The purpose of this handbook is to orient faculty members to the
University. The specific purposes of the handbook are as follows:
1. To familiarize faculty members with the policies, regulations,
and procedures of the University;
2. To provide information about the organization of the
3. To acquaint faculty members with the services and facilities
available to them at the University.
Whenever possible, verbatim statements of policies, regulations, or
guidelines are included; however, this edited handbook often contains only
essential aspects of the politics and procedures under which the University
operates. Complete references appear in the North Dakota Constitution and
Century Code; North Dakota State Board of Higher Education Policy Manual; UND
Constitution; University Council and Senate legislation; University catalogs;
and special bulletins issued by the colleges, schools, divisions, departments,
and administrative offices. The reference date following each section is the
date of the last amendment or revision. When changes in policies and procedures
occur, the Handbook will be revised by the Office of the Registrar, in
collaboration with the University Senate Executive Committee. Please notify the Registrar of changes at email@example.com. Please note that if differences occur between
this handbook and North Dakota State Board of Higher Education policy or North
Dakota Century Code the latter two take precedence.
Chair, University Senate; Vice President for Academic Affairs and
1.2 UND MISSION STATEMENT
University of North Dakota, as a member of the North Dakota University System,
serves the state, the country and the world community through teaching,
research, creative activities, and service. State-assisted, the
University’s work depends also on federal, private, and corporate
sources. With other research universities, the University shares a distinctive
responsibility for the discovery, development, preservation and dissemination
of knowledge. Through its sponsorship and encouragement of basic and applied
research, scholarship, and creative endeavor, the University contributes to the
public well being.
maintains its legislatively enacted missions in liberal arts, business,
education, law, medicine, engineering and mines; and has also developed special
missions in nursing, fine arts, aerospace, energy, human resources and
international studies. It provides a wide range of challenging academic
programs for undergraduate, professional, and graduate students through the doctoral
level. The University encourages students to make informed choices, to
communicate effectively, to be intellectually curious and creative, to commit
themselves to lifelong learning and the service of others, and to share
responsibility both for their own communities and for the world. The University
promotes cultural diversity among its students, staff, and faculty.
In addition to its on-campus instructional and
research programs, the University of North Dakota separately and cooperatively
provides extensive continuing education and public service programs for all
areas of the state and region.
I-2 STATE BOARD OF HIGHER EDUCATION
The State Board of Higher Education is final authority in all matters
affecting the University and exercises jurisdiction over its financial,
educational, and other policies, and its relation with the state and federal
governments. Certain administrative responsibilities of the Board have been
delegated to the Commissioner of Higher Education who is the Chancellor and
chief executive officer of the University system. The Board entrusts the
execution of all its plans and policies, together with the internal government
and administration of the University, to the President and the faculty, and
such other officers as it may select.
nine-member State Board of Higher Education is the policy-setting body for the
North Dakota University System and consists of seven citizen members who serve
four-year terms and who are appointed by the governor, one student who is also
appointed by the governor for a one-year term, and one faculty advisor who is
selected by the Council of College Faculties (NDUS www.ndus.nodak.edu, 11-01-02).
Chancellor and System staff can be found at: www.ndus.nodak.edu
State Capitol, 600 East Blvd. Ave. Dept. 215, Bismarck, ND 58505-0230,
Board Members: The current list of North Dakota University
System officials and the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education members
can be found at website: www.ndus.nodak.edu.
SEE ALSO: State Board of Higher Education Policy
Manual, Chapter 100 (Introduction), Chapter 300 (Governance and Organization), Section 304.1 (Chancellor/Commissioner of Higher Education: Authority and Responsibilities); UND Faculty Handbook VII-3.2 (ND Constitution Article VIII
[Education]), North Dakota Century Code 15-10 (The State Board of Higher Education)
I-3 THE PRESIDENT
1. The president is the chief executive officer
of the institution and a member of the Chancellor's executive staff. The
president is responsible to the Chancellor for all matters concerning the
institution and is an advisor to the Chancellor in matters of
inter-institutional policy and administration.
2. The Board delegates to the president of each institution full
authority and responsibility to administer the affairs of the institution in
accordance with Board policies, plans, budgets, and standards, including the
management and expenditure of all institutional funds, within budgetary and
other limitations imposed by law or by the Board.
3. Each president shall:
a. insure effective and broad-based participation in the
decision-making process from faculty, staff, students, and others in those
areas in which their interests are affected;
b. develop and approve to the Chancellor and the Board, in
consultation with appropriate committees or members of the institution such
policies, plans, budgets, programs, and standards affecting the institution as
deemed necessary and/or advisable or as required by the Board;
c. make recommendations to the Chancellor concerning all requests
d. approve all personnel actions, except the award or change in
tenure status, involving all faculty members and other institution employees;.
e. approve all recommendations transmitted to the Chancellor
and/or to the Board from the institution;
f. define the scope of authority of faculties, councils,
committees, and administrative officers of the institution subject to review by
the Chancellor as may be provided by institution policies;
g. approve or veto decisions by faculty, staff, and student
legislative bodies as may be provided under institution policies;
h. assume responsibility for the development and administration
of institutional policies and rules governing the role of students and their
conduct. In carrying out this responsibility, the president shall insure consideration
of the views of students, faculty, and others;
i. assume responsibility for the establishment of guidelines for
student conduct which set forth prohibited conduct and provide for appropriate
disciplinary procedures and sanctions for violation of institutional rule,
consistent with standards of procedural fairness;
j. maintain good relations and effective communication with the
Board, the Chancellor, and other North Dakota institutions of higher education,
and cooperate with other NDUS institutions to improve academic offerings,
expand access to higher education, promote faculty development, improve support
services, reduce unnecessary duplication and enhance efficiency;
k. maintain good relations with the public by
1. developing sound relationships between the institution and the
community and region in which it is located and the public it serves;
2. establishing and administering a development program with
alumni and other institutional supporters;
3. interpreting the institution and its mission to the public;
4. developing effective communication with legislators and with
other public policy makers in coordination with the Chancellor.
l. be accountable for all funds, property, equipment, and other
facilities assigned or provided to the institution;
m. implement and enforce the provisions of NDCC sec. 15-10-17.1
regarding the conduct of students, staff, faculty, and visitors to the campus;
n. exercise such other authority and perform such other
responsibilities as may be assigned by the Board or the Chancellor.
4. Presidents are hired by and shall serve at the pleasure of the
Board. Presidents shall have a written contract. The term of an initial
contract may not exceed three years; the term of a subsequent contract or
renewal may not exceed five years. The Board may, with written notice of one
year prior to expiration of a contract term, terminate the contract without
cause. The Board may dismiss a president for just cause during a contract term,
following written notice of intent to do so and an opportunity for an
evidentiary hearing. The Board may appoint a hearing officer to conduct the
hearing and make findings of fact, conclusions of law and a recommendation to
the Board, which shall then make its decision based on the hearing record.
5. A tenured faculty member at a Board institution who is
appointed president shall retain that status during the term as president. The
Board may, in its discretion, award a president who is not tenured academic
rank, without tenure status.
State Board of Higher Education Policy Manual, Section 305.1,
SEE ALSO: UND Faculty Handbook VII-1.3 (UND Constitution [The President]),
North Dakota Century Code 15-10-17 (Specific powers
and duties of board of higher education)
I-4 THE VICE PRESIDENTS
In five areas, administrative responsibility has been delegated by the
President to vice presidents. The general areas of responsibility are as
4.1 VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS AND
This vice president is the senior adviser to the President on academic
matters and assumes executive responsibility for the university when the
president is absent from campus; chairs the Council of Deans; and oversees
faculty recruitment, appointment, promotion, and tenure review. The vice
president is responsible for immediate and long-range academic policy and
planning; develops the academic annual and biennial budget recommendations; and
oversees the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Public
Administration, College of Education and Human Development, College of Nursing,
Graduate School, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, Law School, and
School of Engineering and Mines; as well as the following academic support
units: Center for Community Engagement, Center for Conflict Resolution, Chester Fritz
Library, Chief Information Office, Honors Program,
Instructional Development, International Programs, Office of the Registrar,
ROTC, and Summer Sessions. The vice president represents the University on the
NDUS Academic Affairs Council.
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost,
4.2 VICE PRESIDENT FOR FINANCE AND OPERATIONS
This vice president advises the President on financial and administrative
matters including financial control and reporting, planning, development,
maintenance, and operation of the University’s facilities (land,
buildings, utilities), auxiliary enterprises, and related administrative
services. The vice president is responsible for policy, long-range planning,
budget, personnel, and coordination of administrative units within the
division: Auxiliary Services (Chester Fritz Auditorium; Environmental Training
Institute; Police, Parking and Traffic; Ray Richards Golf Course;
Transportation Department; Vending Services), Controller (Accounting Services;
Business Office; Central Receiving; Purchasing), Facilities, Human Resources,
Payroll, Residence Services (Children’s Center; Dining Services; Housing;
Passport ID Card; System Support/Computing Services), Safety &
Environmental Health/Radiation & Chemical Safety/Risk Management, Service
Centers (Bookstore, Duplicating Services; Mailing Services; Printing Center),
and other operations-related functions.
Vice President for Finance and Operations, 11-14-02
4.3 VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT AND OUTREACH
This vice president advises the President on student and outreach matters
and provides leadership for the Division of Student and Outreach Services and
its programs of continuing education, student development, activities, and
services aimed at facilitating students' achievement of their educational
goals. The vice president is spokesperson for student and outreach services,
student needs, and quality of life and education outside the classroom and is
also responsible for policy, long-range planning, budget, personnel, and
coordination of administrative units within the division: Admissions, Career
Services, Continuing Education, Counseling Center, Dean of Students Office,
Disability Support Services, Enrollment Management, Enrollment Services,
Memorial Union, Multicultural Student Services, Native American Programs, Student
Academic Services, Student Financial Aid, Student Health Service, TRIO
Programs, University Learning Center, and the Women’s Center.
Vice President for Student and Outreach Services, 11-19-02
4.4 VICE PRESIDENT FOR HEALTH AFFAIRS
This vice president advises the President on health
affairs matters as UND broadens its public service commitment in the area of
health promotion. He also assists in the
building of synergistic connections among all of the University health-related
programs, including the College of Nursing and the Student Health Center. This title also reflects a leadership role in
the implementation of UND’s strategic plan, particularly with respect to
expanding research and increased external funding. The vice president also serves as Dean of the
School of Medicine & Health Sciences; a statewide community based medical
school, and oversees basic and clinical science departments, health science
departments of occupational therapy, physical therapy, clinical laboratory
science and sports medicine. The vice
president also has oversight of the Center for Rural Health, the Indians Into
Medicine (INMED) program and the Center for Biomedical Research. The dean also serves as the executive
secretary of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences Advisory Council.
Vice President for Health Affairs, 11-15-02
4.5 VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH
This vice president is the chief research officer of
the institution and advises the President on matters that bear on the
university’s mission related to research, scholarship, and creative
activity. The vice president advocates for the university’s research
programs and promotes the creation and maintenance of a university environment
that encourages and supports research and scholarly activity. The vice
president is responsible for policy and oversight of sponsored program
administration and program development including compliance with state and
federal regulations on the proper use of humans and animals in research,
radiation and hazardous materials safety, biosafety and recombinant DNA,
conflict of interest, and the proper conduct of research. The vice president is
responsible for the management of intellectual property, coordinates the
university’s technology transfer initiatives, administers internal grant
competitions, coordinates the university’s state and federal relations
efforts that bear on research, and publishes the university’s research
magazine. The vice president oversees the Office of Research and Program
Development, the Office and Grant and Contracts Administration, and the
university’s research compliance committees.
Vice President for Research, 9-15-02
SEE ALSO: UND Faculty Handbook VII-1.4 (UND Constitution [Administrative
Officers]) I - 5.1
I-5 UNIVERSITY COUNCIL
The Council is the most broadly representative
legislative body on campus. The Council consists of the following: The
President; the Vice Presidents; Associate Vice Presidents who concurrently hold
faculty rank; the Registrar; the Director of Libraries; all deans; all department
chairs; all full-time faculty of the rank of instructor, assistant professor,
associate professor, and professor; program directors; coordinators; assistant
and associate deans who concurrently hold faculty rank; the Director of the
Counseling Center; professional librarians; and such other academic personnel
and administrative officers as the Council may designate.
The Council has the legislative
powers and responsibilities for the University except those assigned to the
Board of Higher Education or to the President. Although ultimate legislative
authority rests with the Council, the month-to-month legislative action for the
University is carried on in the University Senate. The
Council meets at least once a semester. Meetings of the Council shall be called by the chairperson of the Senate
and/or the President of the University, or as a result of a written petition
presented to the Registrar and signed by thirty Council members. The
chairperson of the Senate, in collaboration with the President of the
University, shall determine and publish the agenda of Council meetings. Council
meetings will normally be co-chaired by the chairperson of the Senate and the
President of the University. A meeting
called by written petition will be chaired by the chairperson of the Senate.
The Registrar is the ex officio secretary for all meetings of the Council.
University Registrar and Secretary, University Senate, 6-26-03
SEE ALSO: UND Faculty Handbook VII-1.2 (UND Constitution [The University
5.1 UNIVERSITY SENATE
Since 1961, the principal
legislative powers of the University have been delegated by the Council to the
University Senate. The Senate may exercise all the legislative powers of the
Council except for such limitations as the Council may wish at some later date
to impose. The Senate, therefore, has broad jurisdiction over all matters
involving general University policy. It determines what questions are within its
scope of responsibility, exercises legislative functions concerning them, and
makes such rules and regulations as it may deem advisable to promote the
educational interests of the University. Among other matters, the Senate,
acting for the Council and the faculty, has legislative power over admission
requirements, degree requirements, curricula changes, examination and class
schedules, and general regulations pertaining to student affairs.
The University Senate is composed of
ex officio members, elected Council members, student members, and staff senate
Ex officio Members: The President, the Vice Presidents, the Provost, the
Registrar, the Director of Libraries, and deans.
Council Members: The Council shall provide by
legislation for the election of Council members to the Senate, for such terms
and in such manner as the Council shall determine, but subject to these
limitations: (1) no one may be eligible for election to the Senate who shall
not have been a member of the Council for one full academic year by August 16
of the next academic year; (2) the total number of elected Council
members on the Senate shall be three times the number of ex officio members;
(3) the Council members of each professional school or college and the libraries
shall have the right to elect to the Senate two of its members who are eligible
for election to the Senate, with the exception of the College of Arts and
Sciences, which shall have the right to elect eight senators, two each from the
areas of Natural and Physical Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Fine
Student Members: The number of student members shall be 14 voting members of the
University Senate. The selection, length
and beginning of the term for student members will be determined by the Student
Staff Members: The number of staff members shall be set at three voting members whose
selection, length, and term shall be set by the Staff Senate.
During the first week of April, the Registrar distributes to the members
of the Council a nominating list of those eligible to serve on the Senate and
indicates the number to be elected at-large. Each member of the Council may
then nominate from the list a number of nominees not to exceed the number of
persons to be elected. The Registrar declares as nominees those who have
received the most votes and includes twice the number as are to be elected.
Printed ballots are then prepared and distributed to all members of the
Council, and each person votes for a number not to exceed the number of nominees
to be elected. Senate members elected at-large hold office for two years and
may not serve consecutively for more than two terms.
During the third week of April, each school or college and the libraries
shall provide for the nomination and election by the Council members of his/her
school, college, or the libraries to the Senate two Council members who shall
have been listed by the Registrar as eligible to serve on the Senate in
accordance with Section 2a of the Bylaws of the University Senate, in such a
manner as the dean/director shall prescribe, providing that the voting for the
nominated candidates shall be by secret ballot, with the exception of the
College of Arts and Sciences, which shall have the right to elect eight
Senators, two each from the areas of Natural and Physical Sciences, Humanities,
Social Sciences, and Fine Arts
The Senate meets once each month from September through May. Items for
the agenda may be submitted by any Senate member and must be in the hands of
the Secretary of the Senate not later than 14 days (exclusive of holidays)
before a meeting. The agenda must be distributed to the members one week before
a meeting. Senators' voting records are available in the Registrar’s
Office. The Senate meetings are open, but visitors are seated apart from the
members. Participation is limited to members of the Senate except on those
occasions when the Senate extends the privilege of the floor.
University Registrar and Secretary, University Senate, 9-3-03
SEE ALSO: UND Faculty Handbook VII-1.2 (UND Constitution [The University
Legislature]), VII-2 (Bylaws of the University Senate), VII-2.1 (Standing Rules of the UND Senate)
I-6 UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE STRUCTURE
6.1 COMMITTEES THAT REPORT TO THE PRESIDENT
Programs Council - Co-chaired by the Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs
and Student & Outreach Services, this council is charged with strengthening
existing programs and developing new programs serving American Indian students
and other American Indian people on reservations throughout North America.
Council on Campus Climate - This is a permanent council chaired by the President. It deals with all
matters of campus climate, spanning a wide range of issues from grievance
procedures, multi-cultural awareness, the intellectual vibrancy of the campus,
and even the campus physical environment. The Council’s job is to help
the University enhance and sustain a positive environment on campus for working
and learning. The Council will advise the President on ways and means of
encouraging diversification of the student body, as well as the faculty and
staff of the University; identification and elimination of barriers to positive
inter-personal interaction between and among students, faculty and staff;
supporting the activities that sustain the University as a stimulating
intellectual environment. The membership of the Council will include members of
special-function committees and councils such as the President’s Advisory
Council on Women.
Animal Care & Use Committee - This University-wide committee is
required by Federal law to maintain oversight of the animal facilities and
animal use and care procedures. It
reviews the University’s animal care facilities and programs at least
annually and reports recommendations for improvements or changes to the administration. It also recommends policies and procedures
for the University’s animal care program.
Institutional Biosafety - This University-wide committee is required by Federal law to review, approve
and oversee all projects involving biohazards or potential biohazards conducted
by the University.
Review Board (IRB) - This is a University-wide committee with
representation from the community, required by Federal law to review biomedical
and behavioral research involving human subjects conducted at or sponsored by
the University in order to protect the rights of the human subjects
participating in such research. The
Board reviews and recommends policies and review procedures required to comply
with University policies and Federal, State, and local laws governing the use
of human subjects in biomedical and behavioral research.
and Budget - The Planning and Budget Committee is responsible for preparing
a strategic plan for the University and monitoring its implementation. The committee also advises the President in
the development of the University’s annual and biennial budgets. The Committee’s principal membership
includes ten ex officio members (the President, the Vice Presidents for
Academic Affairs, Student & Outreach Services, Finance & Operations,
Health Affairs, and Research), the Budget Director, the Associate Registrar,
and the Chief Information Officer),and at least one representative (faculty
member, dean or chair) of the following: Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences,
College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Public Administration,
College of Education and Human Development, School of Engineering and Mines,
Graduate School, School of Law, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, College
of Nursing, Energy and Environmental Research Center, Athletics, Chester Fritz
Library, the Dean’s Council, and the Academic chairs. Three student members are appointed by the
President of Student Government. In addition to the ex-officio members, the
committee includes at least five staff members. When it meets as a budget review committee, the group is augmented by
the addition of the chair and vice chair of the University Senate, the
President and Vice President of Student government, the Chair and Vice Chair of
the Staff Senate, and three full-time faculty designated each year by the Chair
of the University Senate.
Advisory Council on Women - This Council advises the President on matters
relating to women’s equity issues and recommends ways of infusing gender
perspectives into the curricular and extracurricular life of the University.
President’s Cabinet – The President’s Cabinet
advises the President on all issues having to do with the administration of the
University and reviews recommendations from the University Planning and Budget
Committee in consultation with the President on matters of budget and
planning. Members include the Provost
and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice President for Student and
Outreach Services, the Vice President for Finance and Operations, the Vice
President for Health Affairs, the Vice President for Research, the Executive
Vice President of the UND Foundation and Alumni Association, the Director of
University Relations, the Budget Director, the Senior Associate to the
President and the Executive Secretary/Assistant to the President.
Public Relations and Marketing
Communication Council – The Council advises the President on issues
related to communicating about and building support for the University’s
strategic agenda. Members include the
Director of University Relations, the Vice President for Student and Outreach
Services, the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, the Vice
President for Research, the Dean of the Graduate School, the Dean of Continuing
Education, the Athletic Director, the Chief Executive Officer of the UND Alumni
Association, and the Senior Associate to the President. The President generally presides.
Safety and Hazardous Materials - This University-wide committee is required
by State law to develop policies and recommend procedures for safe use of
radioisotopes and ionizing radiation by faculty, staff, and students at
UND. It is responsible for assuring that
all such users meet requirements of University license conditions for use and
possession of radioisotopes.
Fee Allocation - This committee, consisting of four students, three staff
members, and the University Budget Director (ex-officio, non voting) makes
recommendations to the President concerning the allocation of the University
Fee, paid by all students in addition to tuition.
Research Council - This is a permanent council, chaired by the Vice
President for Research, advising the Vice President for Research and ultimately
the President, on all matters having to do with research and creative work. The
Council is to help the University maintain an up-date strategic plan whereby
the University will sustain high performance as a Doctoral Research I
university. The Council advises the
Vice President for Research on (1) ways and means of encouraging sponsored work
and creative work of all kinds across the University, (2) identification and elimination
of barriers to sponsored research involvement by the faculty, (3)
identification of sources of support for the full range of creative work by
faculty, and (4) stimulating partnerships and synergistic interaction between
units on and off campus. The Office of
the Vice President for Research will serve as the base for record keeping and
communication for the University Research Council Membership.
SEE ALSO: University
Senate Committee Manual, 01-02
6.2 COMMITTEES THAT REPORT TO THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS AND PROVOST
Academic Advising Committee provides guidance and oversight to the Offices of the Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs and Student Affairs on how to improve undergraduate advising at UND.
Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies (CILT) Academic Advisory Committee functions as a liaison between the faculty and the Center for Instructional Learning Technologies. Faculty members from UND’s eight colleges/schools, representing broad interests in instructional technology, are appointed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost to assist the director with planning and policy decisions for the benefit of the entire University.
CLEP/Advance Placement evaluates, communicates, and makes decisions regarding all programs, which allow college/university credit for academic work related to high school studies and experiences which are pre-college/university entrance.
VPAA Academic Cabinet consists of the deans of the various schools and colleges and other appropriate administrative officers. The Cabinet meets with, and is advisory to, the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.
International Programs serves as an advisory committee to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost on matters involving international students and faculty.
National Scholarship nominates candidates for the Marshall, Fulbright, and Rhodes scholarships. The Truman Scholarship nominates candidates for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, which is awarded to college students preparing for a career in government service.
Outstanding Faculty Awards selects winners for teaching and service awards based on nominations by students, faculty, staff, and alumni; a University-wide committee appointed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, it has student and faculty representatives from every college.
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, 12-07-11
SEE ALSO: University
Senate Committee Manual
6.3 COMMITTEES THAT REPORT TO THE UNIVERSITY
Senate Academic Policies and
Admissions Committee - Provides faculty guidance and oversight in applying
academic standards in admissions and other academic policies.
Procedures Committee - Provides academic guidance and overview of requests
for exceptions to University-wide policy.
Restructuring and Reallocation Committee - Provides faculty guidance and
oversight to the administration in regard to restructuring/reallocation and
other new or special budget proposals and advances faculty-initiated
restructuring/reallocation proposals to the Senate and the Vice President for
Committee on Committees - Provides Senate committee structure by periodic
review of both the structure as a whole, and the function of individual
committees, nominates personnel for committee membership.
Compensation Committee - Provides
and solicits faculty guidance and advice; and disseminates information
regarding compensation issues, including salary and fringe benefits.
Conflict of Interest/Scientific Misconduct Committee - Develops necessary
conflict of interest and scientific misconduct policies for the university,
keeps faculty abreast of these policies, and acts on relevant referrals or
Senate Continuing Education, Distance Education and Outreach Committee - Provides faculty guidance and oversight in balancing, promoting and
integrating traditional academic rigor with necessary and emerging forms of
Curriculum Committee - Aids and advises colleges and departments on
curriculum issues including addition or elimination of courses or programs, and
ensures coherent interdepartmental curriculum changes.
Executive Committee - Provides leadership for the Senate, ensures that
Senate policies are implemented, acts as liaison between the Senate and the
University of North Dakota and the North Dakota University System.
Instructional Development Committee - Serves as an advocate and activist
for instructional development at UND and solicits requests for funds made
available to the committee, reviews the requests and makes allocations.
General Education Requirements Committee - Provides faculty guidance and
oversight of General Education by defining the principles and goals of General
Education, developing and implementing General Education policies, and setting
standards for courses that carry General Education credit. Offers guidance and advice to the Senate
Assessment Committee regarding the assessment of General Education.
Senate Honorary Degrees Committee - Provides a vehicle for
granting honorary degrees according to the current university standards and
Honors Committee - Provides faculty oversight of the University Honors
Program and other programs of honors study in colleges and departments by
formulating policy, establishing standards, and evaluating the success of the
Program, and aids and advises the Honors Coordinator.
Property Committee -
Advises the University regarding faculty rights and interests in faculty
intellectual property. Collects, coordinates and disseminates information for and to
the faculty that is pertinent to their interests in intellectual property.
Intercollegiate Athletics Committee - Provides faculty guidance and
oversight in developing, implementing, and evaluating policies that balance
intercollegiate athletics with academic rigor and promotes gender equity in the
intercollegiate athletic program.
Legislative Affairs Committee - Collects, coordinates and disseminates information
for and to the faculty that is pertinent to University affairs addressed in the
North Dakota State Legislature.
Senate Library Committee -
Provides guidance and oversight by serving in an advisory capacity to the
Director of Libraries regarding library policies and planning and reports to
appropriate bodies on library matters.
Senate ROTC Committee - Provides faculty oversight of and guidance of the ROTC Programs.
Senate Scholarly Activities
Committee - Stimulates and encourages scholarly activities and develops
relevant institutional policies.
Senate Special Review
Committee Pool - Provides faculty representatives to hear and decide
faculty grievances pursuant to Institution and State Board of Higher Education
Senate Standing Committee on Faculty Rights - Designates faculty
representatives to hear and decide faculty grievances referred to it by the
Senate Special Review Committee Pool pursuant to Institution and State Board of
Higher Education regulations.
Senate Student Academic
Standards Committee - Designates faculty representatives to resolve
undergraduate admission appeals or academic grievances not resolved at the
level of the academic unit.
Senate Student Policy
Committee - Provides guidance and oversight regarding UND student life and
welfare, officially recognizes and monitors constitutions of student
organizations, and serves as an appellate body for hearing disputes within and
among student organizations.
Senate Summer Session
Committee - Provides faculty guidance and oversight in applying academic
standards and traditional academic rigor to summer sessions.
Assessment Committee - Provides
faculty guidance and oversight to the Office of Vice President of Academic
Affairs in developing and implementing the University Assessment Plan,
analyzing and interpreting assessment results, developing appropriate reports,
and disseminating assessment results to the University community.
Senate Committee Manual,
SEE ALSO: UND Faculty Handbook VII-2 (Bylaws of the University Senate
[Permanent and ad hoc committees])
6.4 COMMITTEES THAT REPORT TO THE STUDENT SENATE
University Program Council (UPC)
UPC is responsible for programming
for the student body through comedians, movies, concerts, lectures, and
Student Activities Committee (SAC)
SAC is responsible for the funding
of student organizations. The funding
provides for transportation, programming or operational supplies for the
Multicultural Awareness Committee (MAC)
MAC is a committee that funds
student organizations that promote multicultural awareness to the UND
community. The committee also brings
speakers to campus who help bring out unity on the campus.
Board of Student Publications (BOSP)
BOSP funds student organizations
that are interested in creating a publication to reach the students of UND.
Student Body President, 11-14-02
OF NORTH DAKOTA STAFF SENATE
The Staff Senate was established with the
encouragement and approval of the President of the University of North Dakota
on March 13, 1998. It was established to
foster a spirit of unity, pride, and cooperation by being recognized equally
with the University Senate and Student Senate as participants in advising
University administration. It is
comprised of elected representatives from each salary band to serve the following
serve as an active link for meaningful information exchange between staff and
administration relative to issues
of mutual concern.
To provide open meetings to express, propose,
represent, investigate and debate issues. The Staff Senate,
as an official and responsible voice in University affairs, will recommend
action on issues that
majority approval of the senators.
To advise the President with regard to working
conditions and employment practices, including recognition,
and other pertinent issues.
To promote awareness of opportunities and encourage
involvement in the activities and operation of the
Staff Senate, 11-15-02
The academic deans are appointed by the State Board of
Higher Education upon the recommendation of the President. The academic deans have
governance responsibilities which normally include most matters related to
their students, faculty, curricula, planning, evaluation, budget, and
development. The academic deans also have responsibilities to promote the
general mission and administrative goals of the entire University through their
(1) advisory roles as members of the Council of Deans, (2) liaison roles as
members of the University-wide administrative team, and (3) leadership roles as
models of pride and commitment to the intellectual vitality of their University
The academic deans are the key change agents for the institution,
responsible for improving the overall educational programs, exercising
significant impact on the quality of faculty hired and retained, providing an
organizational climate appropriate for quality teaching, and giving leadership
for the development of new programs as well as for planning for the future.
After appropriate consultation through the department chairperson with
the departmental faculties concerned, the dean of each school or college
recommends to the President through the Vice President for Academic Affairs all
appointments, promotions, or removals of professors, other teaching staff, and
appointment of department chairpersons; but the President may reserve the right
to recommend someone other than the person recommended by the dean in case of a
vacancy or of a new appointment, or to ask the dean to make a new
recommendation. When the President does not endorse the recommendation of the dean
for promotion, removal, or appointment of a member of the faculty, other
teaching staff, or the appointment of a department chairperson, the President
shall state in writing, when requested to do so, the recommendations of the
dean and the reasons therefore to the Board.
The deans are responsible for advising students in their colleges about
academic programs, and for certification concerning completion of graduation
requirements. The deans recommend to the Senate Curriculum Committee changes in
curricula in their college; they report annually to the President regarding the
condition of their schools or colleges. They are responsible for supervision of
the college's educational work, for the allocation of the college budget, and
for the efficient conduct of their school or college.
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, 11-14-02
SEE ALSO: UND Faculty Handbook VII-1.4 (UND Constitution [Administrative
8.1 FACULTIES OF SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES
The faculties of schools and colleges consist of those faculty members
giving instruction in any of the schools or colleges of the University. Only
the deans, professors, associate professors, assistant professors, instructors,
and such other officers as may be selected by the deans and faculty with the
approval of the President, shall have the right to vote in matters affecting
the general policy of any school or college. Each dean may call a meeting of
the faculty of that school or college whenever the dean deems it advisable, and
must call such meeting when requested to do so by one-fourth of that faculty.
The President should be informed of such meetings when matters of importance
are under consideration. The faculty of each school or college shall consider
the welfare of the group and make recommendations to the President and
University legislature; but such faculty may not nullify legislation that
touches in any way the general policies of the University.
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, 11-14-02
SEE ALSO: UND Faculty Handbook VII-1.5 (UND Constitution [The Faculties], VII-1.6 [The Service of Faculty and Administrative Officers)
The Graduate Faculty consists of the President, the Vice President for
Academic Affairs, the Dean of the Graduate School, and those members of the
University faculty who are elected to membership by the Graduate Faculty.
New members of the Graduate Faculty may be elected into one of three
categories of membership, full membership, associate membership, and assistant
membership. Election to full membership is based on a faculty member's
preparation, experience, and scholarly or creative accomplishment. The first
qualification shall be the holding of the highest earned degree in the field or
the demonstration of equivalent scholarly or creative accomplishment. The
second qualification is a record of scholarly or creative accomplishment
conducted and completed as a principal investigator, writer, or artist after
receipt of the degree. The third criteria is demonstration of competence in the
teaching and mentoring of students at the graduate level. Associate membership is available to those
members of the faculty who have yet to demonstrate the “record of
scholarly or creative accomplishment” and the “demonstrated
competence educating graduate students” required for full
membership. The criteria for associate
membership are holding of the highest earned degree in the discipline or its
equivalent in accomplishment. Associate
members of the graduate faculty may chair a doctoral student’s faculty
advisory committee and direct the dissertation research if approved by the Dean
of the Graduate School and under the direction of a mentor appointed by the
Dean of the Graduate School. Assistant
membership on the graduate faculty may be given to faculty members from
clinical or professional disciplines who do not hold the qualifications
required for associate or full membership. Assistant members must be licensed, certified, accredited and/or
credentialed to practice their profession. Assistant members may serve as principal supervisors for scholarly
projects (excluding dissertations) and be responsible for advising of such
students. Assistant members may only
advise students within their own department or program. Election to assistant
membership will be based on academic and professional qualifications,
experience, recommendations of the department chair, and approval by the dean
of their college or school. Nominations
for election to the Graduate Faculty originate with the department chairperson
or program director, must receive the approval of the dean of the college, and
are evaluated by the Graduate Committee, which submits recommendations for
election to the Graduate Faculty. Terms of Full, Associate and Assistant
members will continue until program review or other appropriate interval and
will continue upon recommendation of the department chair, and approval by the
dean of their college or school.
Anyone who achieves emeritus status in their department and has been a
member of the Graduate Faculty will retain the rights of their graduate faculty
status. Departments will need to notify
the Graduate School when faculty members become emeritus faculty. Emeritus Membership is a lifetime
The Graduate Faculty is responsible for determining policies within the
Graduate School, and for recommending to the University Senate University-wide
policies in graduate work. The Graduate Committee is the executive body of the
Graduate Faculty and advises and assists the Dean of the Graduate School in
administering the work of the school, especially program development, academic
policy, and degree regulations. Membership of the committee consists of the
Dean of the Graduate School, one full member elected by and from the Graduate
Faculty of each of thirteen academic area electorates and one Graduate Student
Representative. The Graduate Student Representative is a non-voting member.
SEE ALSO: UND Academic Catalog
(Graduate School section, Graduate Faculty Constitution); UND Administrative
Dean, Graduate School, 4-9-03
SEE ALSO: UND Academic Catalog (Graduate School
8.3 DEPARTMENT FACULTIES
The department faculties consist of those faculty members giving
instruction in the various departments or divisions of the schools or colleges.
Each department or division head may call a meeting of his or her department
faculty whenever he or she deems it advisable, and must call such a meeting
when requested to do so by one-fourth of his or her faculty. Each department
faculty determines its own internal policies and the organization of its own
work, and makes recommendations regarding its curriculum and budgetary matters;
but such faculty may not nullify legislation that touches in any way the
general policies of its school or college or of the University.
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, 11-14-02
SEE ALSO: UND Faculty Handbook VII-1.5 (UND Constitution [The Faculties], VII-1.6 [The Service of Faculty and Administrative Officers])
8.3.1 Department Chairpersons
Department chairpersons (or equivalent) perform a critically important leadership and administrative function in the University and report directly to the dean. Chairpersons are administratively responsible for the department and its programs, as well as ensuring that the teaching, scholarship, and service missions of the department, school/college, and institution are carried out with integrity. They have the responsibility for screening and recommending new faculty members, for helping faculty become more effective teachers and researchers, for supervising support staff, for administering the department’s faculty and staff evaluation policies, for conducting department meetings, and for making recommendations on such critically important matters as tenure, promotion, and compensation. Additional responsibilities of the chairperson, to be carried out in collaboration with the faculty, include developing and updating the department’s strategic plan, providing for ongoing evaluation of the curriculum and the assessment of student learning, assisting with recruitment of students, providing for appropriate advisement of students, monitoring the quality of teaching by all persons with instructional responsibilities, managing the department’s budgets, representing the department to internal and external constituents, assisting with fund raising when requested by the dean, and other duties as may be assigned by the dean from time to time. Chairs may delegate responsibilities as appropriate, including the appointment of an assistant or associate chairperson.
Chairpersons report annually to the dean regarding the condition of the department. Every department must have governance policies determined by the faculty in the department.
Any full-time member of the department may be considered eligible to be chairperson. Normally, it is expected that the chairperson be a tenured faculty member at the associate or professor rank. The chairperson of a department should be appointed before the end of the spring term by the dean, after consultation with departmental faculty and with the written concurrence of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. After receiving notice from the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the dean will notify the appointee and the department faculty and staff. Normally the chairperson of the department will be appointed for three successive years with a starting date to be negotiated with the dean.
If the department requests that the current chairperson be appointed to serve another term, and the dean agrees, the normal appointment procedure (described above) will be followed.
If the department requests that the current chairperson be appointed to serve another term and the dean does not agree, the department and the dean will seek to agree upon an alternative candidate from within the department and make an appointment, using the procedure described above.
If the department and dean cannot agree on a candidate from within the department, if there is no member of the department willing to serve as chair, or if there is no member of the department willing to serve who is acceptable to the dean, the dean and the department need to find a workable solution. There may be various options. For example, an external candidate may be employed through the normal faculty recruitment process, or a senior faculty member from within the college may be asked to serve as chair. Ultimately, the dean is responsible for finding a satisfactory administrative solution and for following the appointment procedure specified above.
An external candidate may be recruited and appointed as the chair of the department, according to the policies of the college and the department.
5. If a chairperson is unable to complete the full three year term for any reason, the dean, after consulting with the department, may appoint an acting chairperson to fill the remainder of the term, following the appointment procedure described.
Chairpersons will be evaluated on an annual basis in accord with a policy developed by the college. The policy must provide for periodic input from department faculty, staff, and, where appropriate, students and/or external constituents. The dean is ultimately responsible for the evaluation of the administrative performance of the chair.
Chair compensation will be determined in accordance these four considerations. First, additional compensation for chairs, beyond the faculty base salary, is appropriate because of the additional authority and responsibility of the position. The additional compensation may be in the form of a stipend and/or release time from other duties. Second, chair compensation and chair responsibilities extend beyond the typical nine-month faculty contract. In every case it is important that plans are in place for chair responsibilities to be carried out during the summer as necessary within the specific department. Third, compensation should be appropriate for workload and should take into account factors such as departmental size and complexity. Fourth, the dean, in cooperation with chairs, will develop and use a process within each college to ensure that chair compensation is consistent, equitable within the college, and fair.
Professional Development: The University, through the Office of the VPAA, will provide professional development opportunities for department chairpersons on a regular basis to assist new chairpersons with developing the skills and understanding of the role and to enable all chairpersons to carry out the duties of this important position.
School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Given that the School of Medicine and Health Sciences has policy and practices specific to that unit, this policy does not apply.
Approved by University Senate, 4-03-08
SEE ALSO: UND Senate Minutes, 01-13-81, pp. 2015-2019
(Report of the Committee on the Role of the Chairperson at UND)