Faculty Senate Bylaws


Revised May 7, 2018 (Meeting #232)

Sect. 1 (ART III: Membership)

A.     The membership of the Faculty Senate, hereinafter referred to as "Senate," shall consist of approximately 41 members plus one non-voting presiding officer. Approximately 35 members shall be elected by and from the faculty and will have voting privileges.  Four non-voting members will be selected by and from other university constituencies as follows:  one student selected by the ASUAF; one dean or director selected by the Provost; one staff representative from the registrar's office; and one additional staff member selected by the Staff Council.  Three additional non-voting members will be selected by and from the faculty unions as follows:  one elected official each from United Academics-AAUP/AFT, UAFT, and Adjuncts (United Academics)-AAUP/AFT.  The Past President of the UAF Faculty Senate shall serve as an ex-officio, non-voting member and shall not be eligible to serve on the Faculty Senate until the term as Past President has ended.

Terms shall be for two years and staggered, with approximately one-half of the Senate elected each year.

B.      Representation shall be by academic or research unit and based on the number of qualifying faculty in each unit as described below.

1.     A unit is a single school or college or research institute, a collection of schools and/or colleges or collection of research institutes (see item 5).

2.     For representational purposes only, a qualifying faculty member shall be defined as one who holds academic rank or special academic rank. 

3.     Tenure-track faculty with split appointments will be counted only in the tenure-granting unit.  Research faculty and other qualifying faculty with split appointments will be counted only in the unit of primary appointment.

4.     Each unit will elect the number of representatives to the Senate equal to the number of qualifying faculty in that unit divided by the total number of qualifying faculty at UAF, multiplied by 35 and rounded to the nearest integer.

5.     Schools, colleges and research institutes whose representation under item 4 is zero may form a conglomerate group for the purpose of joint representation as a single unit, if together they qualify for representation under item 4.  If they do not qualify as a conglomerate group, or if they do not choose to be represented as a group, then each unit shall join with a represented school, college or research institute.

6.     Re-apportionment will be done in the year of accreditation review of UAF, expected to be every seven years, or upon two-thirds vote of the Senate.

7.     Each unit will have at least 2 representatives. 
C.     Election Procedure

1.     Election shall be conducted by the represented units, or by the Senate office for any conglomerate groups to provide representatives to the Senate according  to Article III of the Senate Constitution.  Elections are to be held during the spring semester and election procedures are the responsibility of the units, subject to the following:

2.     A faculty member may vote for Senate representatives in only one unit.  For tenure-track faculty, that unit must be the tenure-granting unit.  Research faculty and other qualifying faculty must vote in the unit of primary appointment.

3.     Units with full-time permanent faculty based on other than the Fairbanks campus should elect Senate representatives in a number that is at least equal to the proportion of the non-Fairbanks based qualifying faculty.

4.     Units with faculty who teach in associate, certificate, or noncredit programs should elect representatives in proportion to such faculty.

5.     Units with senior faculty should elect associate and full professors as Senate representatives in a number that is at least equal to the proportion of such faculty.

6.     Units with graduate programs should elect at least one graduate faculty member.

7.     Each unit shall elect at least half as many alternate representatives as representatives.

D.     Vacancies

1.     In the case of death, resignation, transfer, or other reason why an elected representative can no longer represent the unit, an alternate shall immediately become the representative.  The president of the Senate will appoint a replacement from among the unit's elected alternates, with the concurrence of the affected constituency and the consent of the Administrative Committee. 

2.     If no alternate is available to replace the departing senator, the affected unit may hold a special election to replace that senator.  This special election must be held within 30 days of the last day the departing senator served.  All policies and procedures governing regular senate elections apply to these special elections.

3.     In the case of death, resignation, transfer, or other reason why an elected alternate can no longer represent the unit, the affected unit may replace that alternate by holding a special election.  This special election must be held within 30 days of the last day the departing alternate served. All policies and procedures governing regular senate elections apply to these special elections.

E.        Changes in Unit Representation

1.     Changes in a unit's number of representatives on the Faculty Senate shall be implemented at the time of the next scheduled election.  Reductions in a unit's number of representatives shall be accomplished by attrition, as terms expire.  Increases in a unit's number of senate representatives shall be implemented through election of additional representatives at the next scheduled election.

2.      Representatives should serve out the terms to which they are elected.  This includes but is not limited to representatives who hold office at a time of reapportionment of the Faculty Senate, and those whose unit affiliation changes during a term of office. If the representative is no long affiliated with the unit from which they were elected, then an alternate shall be appointed and both shall serve concurrently to the end of the term.  This may lead to a temporary increase in the number of elected representatives serving on the Faculty Senate.

 F.       Absenteeism

1.     When elected members are unable to attend the meetings, their alternates will serve.

G.       Recall

1.     Unethical and/or unprofessional conduct by any elected officer or member of the Senate may constitute a cause for a vote of no confidence and hence a recall.  In order to recall an elected officer or member, the Senate must have a 2/3 majority vote of its total membership.

Sect. 2  (ART IV:  Officers)

The President of the Senate shall be an ex-officio, non-voting member of all elected and appointed committees of the Senate. The President-Elect of the Senate shall be chairperson of the Administrative Committee of the Senate and shall be an ex-officio, non-voting member of such elected and appointed committees of the Senate as the President of the Senate shall direct.

The following internal appeals process will be followed to resolve disagreements between members and the Faculty Senate President and/or President-Elect.

1. Appellant makes a good-faith effort to resolve the issue directly with the President and/or President-Elect. If appellant is not satisfied with the resolution, continue with the following steps.

2. Appellant requests time to speak to the Administrative Committee at its next regularly scheduled meeting. (Standard time allotment will be five minutes’ speaking time.) Appellant may submit a brief summary to be distributed as a written handout to the committee at the meeting, if desired, in addition to being present and speaking. The handout should be submitted five business days before the Administrative Committee meeting and include a description of the decision being appealed, the reasons for the appeal, and the proposed resolution.

3. After the appellant has spoken, the President and President-Elect may respond. (Standard time allotment will be five minutes each. One or both may speak.) The President or President-Elect may also provide a written response as a handout for the consideration of the Administrative Committee.

4. The Appellant will leave the meeting and the Administrative Committee will consider two options: A. No change to the original decision; or, B. Sustain appeal and come to an alternate decision based on the committee's deliberation. The Administrative Committee will vote on the matter. An affirmative vote by an absolute majority of the committee is required to sustain the appeal.

5. A brief report is shared at the next Faculty Senate meeting by the Chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee. There is no further discussion on the matter at the Senate meeting.

Sect. 3  (ART V:  Committees)

A.     An Administrative Committee is composed of the chairpersons of all standing Senate committees and of permanent Senate Committees.  The Provost of UAF is an ex-officio, non-voting member.  Specific duties of the Administrative Committee in its obligation to fully prepare the agenda and materials for efficient operation of the Senate are:

1.     Receive reports from the president of the Senate, the Provost, and, as deemed timely, other individuals, on issues of current and future importance to the Senate;

2.     Accept and review the motions of standing and permanent committees, and from members of the Administrative Committee;

3.     Make certain that the motions are ready for Senate action to the maximum degree possible, and if not, refer them back for further work and/or direct them to other relevant committees that may not           have considered the motions;

4.     Move the motions to the Senate's agenda;

5.     Review and approve other items of the Senate's agenda, as deemed necessary;

6.     Review reports of all committee work in progress; and

7.     Discuss other issues, which may or should lead to later  committee and senate actions.

            In addition,

8.     Within the scope of authority granted by the Senate at the last meeting of the spring semester, the Administrative Committee represents the Senate from the close of the last Senate meeting in the spring until the opening of the first Senate meeting of the fall semester; and

9.     At the first meeting in the fall semester, the Administrative Committee makes a report of all actions carried out in the name of the Senate since the last meeting in the spring semester.

10.    The Administrative Committee oversees the process of evaluation of academic administrators.

11.   The committee chair will provide committee meeting minutes to the Faculty Senate.

B.      Membership on standing and permanent committees is for two years except as noted below with the possibility of re-appointment.  The initial appointment or re-appointment is recommended by the President and President-Elect or as specified in the definition of a Permanent Committee, approved by the Administrative Committee, and confirmed by the full Senate.  Senators are limited to serving on a maximum of one standing committee at any one time.  To provide continuity, terms will be staggered and an initial appointment may be made for one or two years as determined by the Administrative Committee based on need.

C.     Any faculty member who is eligible to vote for a Faculty Senator can serve on a Senate committee, unless otherwise specified.  Standing committees will be constituted entirely of senators or alternates.  Permanent committees can be constituted without senators or alternates.

D.   On standing committees all voting members must be senators or alternates.  Standing committees can have non-voting ex officio members.

E.     All permanent and standing committee chairs will be elected from and by the members of their respective committee.  Committee chairs are voting members of their committees and of the Administrative Committee.

F.   A quorum consists of at least 50% of the voting members of a committee.  Mode of attendance and procedure for voting in a committee meeting shall be the prerogative of each committee.

G.   Appointment and responsibilities of committee chairs:

The previous chair or a representative approved by the       Administrative Committee will convene the first meeting.  The committee elects a new chair at that meeting. 

Committee chairs:

  1. Schedule meetings;
  2. Preside over meetings;
  3. Write and submit a report to the Administrative Committee at the last meeting of the academic year summarizing the actions of the committee;
  4. Provide meeting minutes to the Faculty Senate.
H.      The standing and permanent committees of the Senate are:

1.     The Curricular Affairs Committee will deal with undergraduate curricular and academic policy changes.

2.     The Faculty Affairs Committee shall review issues dealing with faculty prerogative and recommend policy changes to the Faculty Senate.  Issues of faculty prerogative include academic freedom, faculty ethics, research and creative activity, and legislative and fiscal issues that may impact faculty concerns at the university.  The committee will enhance communication of faculty issues with members of the Board of Regents, public officials, and candidates for public office.  In performing these duties, the committee will coordinate as necessary with the relevant officers (and/or their representatives) of the extant collective bargaining units who serve as non-voting members of the Senate and ex-officio members of this committee.

3.     The Unit Criteria Committee reviews proposed unit criteria for evaluation of faculty submitted by the various peer-review units of UAF, and to work with the heads of those units (or their designees) to ensure that their criteria are consistent with criteria defined in the UAF Faculty Appointment and Evaluation Policies and Regulations "Blue Book".  Special unit criteria may add to the standard template that is drawn from the Blue Book but many not alter its language or formatting.  The criteria to be reviewed may include those submitted every five (5) years pursuant to Blue Book Regulations.  They may also include those proposed by units for revision at other times.  The committee also reviews proposed changes to the "Blue Book."

To ensure that perspectives from across UAF are represented, membership consists of at least five senators, one each from the following five schools / colleges: CLA, CRCD, CNSM, SFOS, and CEM; and at least one from CES, SNRE, SOE, SOM or LIB; and at least one senator who has an appointment with a research institute.  There are no student members of this committee.

Final composition of the Unit Criteria Committee is approved by the Faculty Senate Administrative Committee.


1.     The Graduate Academic & Advisory Committee has responsibility for oversight, review and approval of all professional degree courses and programs.  The committee advises the Dean of the Graduate School and the Provost on administrative matters pertinent to the operation and growth of graduate studies at UAF, including financial issues and dealings with other universities.

The Graduate Academic & Advisory Committee includes ten faculty members and up to two graduate students.  The Dean of the Graduate School, Director of the Library, and the University Registrar are non-voting ex-officio members.  Graduate student representatives are appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School using the process established by the Graduate Academic and Advisory Committee and passed by the Faculty Senate in March 5, 2018.

2.     The Student Academic Development and Achievement (SADA) Committee considers policies related to student placement, academic advising and student appeals, development, and retention.  This committee further functions as a curriculum review committee for all developmental education courses.

SADA includes one faculty representative from each of the following campuses of the College of Rural  and Community Development: Bristol Bay, Chukchi, Interior Alaska, Kuskokwim, Northwest, and the Community and Technical College.  One or more of these should be from Developmental Education.  The committee also includes one representative from the Fairbanks Department of Developmental Education; two representatives from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics: one from the Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Geology, or Physics), and one from Math; two from the College of Liberal Arts, including one from the English Department; and one each from Rural Student Services, Rural Campus Student Services, and the Academic Advising Center.  The committee may also invite a student representative to serve as an ex officio member.

3.     The Faculty Development, Assessment, and Improvement (FDAI) Committee facilitates faculty development relative to all components of faculty professional activities including teaching, research, and service to the university, the professional community, and the public. FDAI promotes excellence in faculty teaching through evaluating the status of faculty development and assessment, facilitating intellectual activity and interaction among faculty, promoting fair and relevant faculty evaluation systems, and developing and/or piloting professional development initiatives that recognize and promote good practice in teaching and research.

The FDAI consists of the Chair, and up to 14 other voting members. The membership of the FDAI must include faculty from both rural and Fairbanks campuses and can include faculty who are senators and non-senators. In addition to its regular members, the FDAI includes non-voting ex officio members. These include a mandatory ex officio representative from the Office of Faculty Development (to be selected by the Provost), a member from UAF eLearning, as well as a member of UAF’s list of deans. Other non-voting ex officio members may be invited by the committee.

4.     The Curriculum Review Committee evaluates proposed substantive undergraduate course and program additions, changes, and deletions submitted by the appropriate school/college curriculum committees.  Among the topics of its review are number and duplication of courses, credit assignment, establishment of need for new programs, and resource impacts of curricular changes.  Decisions of the Curriculum Review Committee may be appealed to Curricular Affairs by the department submitting the proposal.  The Committee shall be composed of the chairs of the college/school curriculum councils, the University Registrar or the Registrar's designee, and shall be chaired by a member of the Curricular Affairs Committee.

5.     The GER and Core Committee reviews and approves courses submitted by the appropriate school/college curriculum councils for their inclusion in the General Education Requirements (GER) at UAF.  The GER and Core Committee coordinates and recommends changes to the GER, develops the process for assessment of the GER, regularly reports on assessment of the GER, monitors transfer guidelines for core and GER courses, acts on petitions for core and GER credit, and evaluates guidelines in light of the total core and GER experience.  This committee will also review courses for oral, written, and natural science GER classification. The GER and Core Committee will also periodically review syllabi of courses to which "O" and "W" designators are attached to ensure compliance with Faculty Senate guidelines.  If the committee determines that a course fails twice in a row to meet "O" or "W" guidelines as specified by the Faculty Senate, the committee shall have the power to revoke "O" or "W" designators from that course.*  Committee actions made prior to March 1 will become effective in the next year's Catalog.  Designators will be restored as soon as the course has been reapproved by the committee as once again conforming to "O" or "W" guidelines.

*As found at:

The committee shall be composed of one faculty member from each of the GER component areas:  (Social Sciences, English, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Communication, and Library and Information Research, and Arts), one faculty member from a non-GER component area and one faculty member from CRCD, as voting members.  The member from a non-GER component area shall be elected at large from among UAF faculty, while seats from GER component areas and CRCD shall be elected by their respective faculties. Membership on the committee also may include an undergraduate student as a non-voting member, and representatives from the colleges specifically tasked with core and GER assessment.

6.     The purpose of the Committee on the Status of Women is to monitor the status of women faculty at UAF and to work proactively for gender equity and empowerment of women..

Such actions may  include, but are not limited to: Organizing and supervising surveys on the status of women and assessing the cultural climate of the university as it pertains to women; Recommending policy to address the needs of women faculty; Supporting mentoring of women, both new and mid-career faculty, including facilitating workshops on mentoring, promotion and tenure, negotiating techniques, providing venues for networking, collaboration and advocacy, and other forms of faculty development identified as necessary; Addressing family-work issues, such as child care, parental leave, spousal/partner hire; Coordinating with other campus and university groups which deal with women's and gender issues; and any other issues which would help women to achieve equity at UAF.

Membership will consist of nine members, at least one of whom will be a senator, and eight to be elected at large from among UAF faculty.

7.     The Research Advisory Committee.  The Research Advisory Committee (RAC) consists of up to ten voting members, including two co-chair, along with at least one non-voting ex-officio member such as the Vice Chancellor for Research (VCR). Voting members are restricted to those appointed by the Faculty Senate.  Members of RAC will be nominated to the Chancellor for service on the UA President’s Research Council (PRC). At least two of the ten voting members must be Research Faculty. The committee reviews the issues of researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and provides reports, recommendations, and resolutions to the UAF Faculty Senate and/or Administration on behalf of the UAF research community. The RAC provides a connection between the Faculty and the UAF Administration, and will advise the Administration on research matters.  At the first RAC meeting, the RAC appoints 1) two co-chairs and 2) a RAC member to represent RAC at the VCR’s Research Planning Group (RPG) meetings. It is recommended that each RAC meeting agenda include updates from the RPG and the PRC.

8.     The Faculty Administrator Review Committee (FARC) will facilitate the process of evaluation of all Group A and B administrators.  This will include ensuring timely completion of all reviews and resulting letters, as well as presentation of the results of each review to the Provost, Chancellor, Vice Chancellor for Research, or other supervisor in March.  The FARC will also approve the process which each ad hoc administrator review committee utilizes.

The Faculty Administrator Review Committee shall be composed of the chairs of all individual ad hoc administrator review committees plus one Faculty Senate representative appointed by the Faculty Senate President who shall chair the committee.  The ad hoc administrator review committee chairs may, but do not have to be, members of the Faculty Senate.

9.     The Information Technology Committee will address information technology issues and needs affecting aspects of work faculty engage in.  They will also be the recognized committee to work with requests submitted for consideration by the Office of Information Technology (OIT).

To help ensure that perspectives from across UAF are represented, membership will consist of at least five representatives, with up to three members from each of the schools, colleges, institutes or libraries.  Members who are not Faculty Senators may be appointed to one-year terms. Representatives from OIT and eLearning shall be ex-officio members of the committee. The committee chair must be a senator or an alternate.

I.      Any standing or permanent committee may create subcommittees to assist the committee.

J.     The Senate President may create and appoint the members of any ad hoc committee necessary for conducting Senate business. Ad hoc committees are subject to later ratification by the Senate.

K.     Committees must forward any legislation which involves the setting or altering of policy to the full Senate for approval.  Committees which are specifically charged with applying policy to make decisions may do so without having the Senate approve those decisions.  A review by the full Senate may be requested by the reviewing Senate committee.  A request to the Senate Administrative Committee for a further Senate review may also be submitted by individual Senators if the question has policy implications.  The committee chair is responsible for the presentation of the committee's motion to the Senate at the meeting in which it will be considered. 

Sect. 4  (Art. IX  Parliamentary Authority)

Majority and supermajority votes of the Senate shall be counted on the basis of a majority or supermajority of the votes cast by members present, with abstentions not counting as votes.

May 7, 2018

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