I-2.00-CONSTITUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF UNIVERSITY SYSTEM FACULTY
(Approved by the Board of Regents, February 1, 1989; Amended June
11, 1993; Amended July 10, 2002)
Basic to the effective operation of any system of higher
education is the acceptance of the concept of shared governance.
It is the faculty, whose careers are dedicated to the advancement
of learning, who provide the thrust and direction of any academic
institution. Therefore, the faculty shall have wide powers in
determining professional and academic matters, an informed
advisory role in areas of administrative responsibility, and a
voice in basic decisions which affect the welfare of the system
as a whole.
Section 1. Purpose. The Council of University System Faculty
advises the Chancellor and reports regularly to the Board of
Regents. Its responsibility will be to consider and make
recommendations on matters of System-wide professional and
educational concern to the faculty and matters to which faculty
bring special expertise.
Section 1. Membership. The Council will consist of faculty
representatives elected by the faculties of the constituent
institutions of the University System of Maryland. The faculty of
each campus will determine the qualifications for, and procedures
for selection of, its representatives.
Section 2. Constituent Institutions. For purposes of
representation on the Council, constituent institutions of the
University System of Maryland are: Bowie State University (BSU),
Coppin State College (CSC), Frostburg State University (FSU),
Salisbury University (SU), Towson University (TU), University of
Baltimore (UB), University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB),
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), University of
Maryland, College Park (UMCP), University of Maryland Eastern
Shore (UMES), University of Maryland University College (UMUC),
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES),
and University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute (UMBI).
Section 3. Apportionment of Membership. Initial membership
on the Council will be apportioned in the following manner: UMCP-
6; TU-3; UMB-3; UMBC-3; BSU-2; CSC-2; FSU-2; SU-2; UB-2; UMES-2;
UMUC-1; UMCES-1; and UMBI-1. An institution newly incorporated
into the University System of Maryland will receive
representation on the Council commensurate with the size of its
Section 4. Terms of Members. Members of the Council will
serve three-year terms, with a staggering of the election of the
membership at each constituent institution. The length of the
terms of members initially elected will be determined by the
Section 1. Officers. The Council will elect annually a
chair, a vice chair, a secretary, and two at large members of an
executive committee. No more than one elected member of the
executive committee will be from a single institution. The
executive committee will set the agenda for meetings of the
Council and monitor and bring matters of interest to the
attention of the Council.
Section 2. Meetings. The Council will meet as specified in
its bylaws, but no less than twice during each academic year.
Additional meetings may be convened by the chair of the Council
or by procedures specified in the bylaws.
Section 3. Bylaws. The Council will develop bylaws
consistent with this constitution, will provide for committees,
and will establish its own rules of procedure. At a minimum,
there will be standing committees of the Council with
responsibility for the following areas: academic affairs, faculty
rights and welfare, research, and rules and organization.
Section 1. Amendment. Amendments to this constitution may be
proposed either by a constituent institution or by a member of
the Council. Adoption of amendments will occur according to the
following procedures: (1) initial approval by a two-thirds vote
of the Council; (2) referral of the proposed amendment to the
faculty governing bodies of the constituent institutions for
consideration and comment; (3) final approval by a two-thirds
vote of the Council; and (4) acceptance by the Board of Regents.
Section 1. Adoption. This constitution will become effective
following review by the faculties of the constituent institutions
and approval by a two-thirds vote of the interim Faculty Council,
and upon its acceptance by the Board of Regents.