3.01. Colleges and Schools
3.02. Membership in College and School Faculties
3.03. Duties and Powers of College and School Faculties
3.04. Meetings of College and School Faculties
3.05. The Graduate School
3.06. Meetings of the Graduate Faculty
3.07. Graduate Faculty Executive Committee
3.08. School and College Academic Planning Councils
A. For the purposes of these rules, the colleges and schools of the university are those faculty units headed by a dean.
B. The dean is the chief executive officer of the college or school, and is appointed by the chancellor under search and screen procedures as set forth in 6.04.D. The dean must hold a tenured faculty rank as set forth in Chapter 7 of these rules.
C. Other subunits of the university that include the term “school” in their titles are not considered schools for purposes of this chapter; they may be designated by the chancellor, in consultation with the University Committee, as equivalent to departments for any or all of the purposes described in Chapter 5.
D. A school or college shall be created or discontinued, or the name of an existing school or college changed, by the chancellor after consultation with the University Committee, subject to the approval of the Board of Regents. Creation of a school or college with academic programs at the post-baccalaureate graduate or professional level is also subject to the approval of the legislature. Recommendations concerning these matters shall be reported to the faculties of the schools or colleges directly affected and to the senate for discussion.
A. The faculty of each college or school consists of the chancellor, the dean, and all members of the faculty as defined in 1.02. who hold faculty appointments in the college or school.
B. The faculty of the School of Education also includes those members of departments of other undergraduate colleges and schools who offer upper division courses for teaching majors or other courses required in the School of Education.
College and school faculties have the following duties and powers:
A. To control matters involving scholarship, including the advancement of students, and dismissal for defective scholarship.
B. To recommend to the university faculty requirements for admission to the school, its courses of study, conditions of graduation, and the nature of the degrees to be conferred.
C. To administer the regulations for the admission of students, so far as this duty is committed to them by the university faculty.
D. To recommend to the Board of Regents candidates for earned degrees.
E. To recommend candidates for fellowships and scholarships.
F. To recommend honorary fellows and honorary scholars.
G. To report to the university faculty matters requiring investigation by that body.
H. To make appropriate citations, with approval of the Board of Regents, recognizing outstanding achievements by Wisconsin citizens and others who have been connected with the university or the state.
A. Meetings of each faculty are held at the call of the dean, or as the faculty provides, and shall be consistent with the provisions of the state’s Open Meetings Law. (See 8.02.B.)
B. Each faculty shall make rules of procedure and provide for committees. Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, 11th edition, shall be the default parliamentary manual for all meetings of school/college faculties, but in case of conflict between Robert’s and any rules adopted by those bodies, the latter shall take precedence.
C. The dean is the presiding officer of the college or school faculty and ex officio member of all of its standing committees.
D. Each faculty appoints a secretary who keeps a record of its proceedings. A copy of the proceedings of each faculty meeting is furnished by its secretary to the chancellor, to the secretary of the faculty, and to the secretary of the Board of Regents.
E. The dean or secretary of each college or school faculty shall transmit to the university faculty for consideration all matters that are within its concern or that relate to more than one college or school.
F. The dean or secretary of each faculty shall communicate to the chancellor, for transmission to the president and the Board of Regents, faculty action that does not require consideration by the university faculty but which requires consideration by the Board of Regents or which departs from the established routines and methods of the university.
A. The Graduate School is a component of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education.
B. The faculty of the Graduate School includes all university faculty defined in 1.02. holding professional rank (professor, associate professor, assistant professor or instructor) in any department with graduate program authority, including those with zero-time appointments in such departments.
C. University faculty in departments without graduate program authority may be granted graduate faculty status by the dean and Graduate Faculty Executive Committee upon recommendation of the executive committee of a department with graduate program authority.
D. Members of the graduate faculty are automatically permitted to retain graduate faculty status for one year after their retirement or resignation. Annual extensions of graduate faculty status for a retired or resigned faculty may be granted by the dean or the dean’s designee on the affirmative recommendation of a departmental executive committee and with the approval of the Graduate Faculty Executive Committee.
E. Membership in the graduate faculty or graduate faculty status includes the right to participate in and vote at meetings of the graduate faculty, to vote in elections of committees of the graduate faculty, to serve as a major professor, and to serve on doctoral and master’s examination committees.
F. University faculty from departments without graduate program authority and non-faculty with appropriate qualifications may be permitted to serve on examining committees in accord with policies determined by the graduate faculty and dean.
G. The authority of the graduate faculty is delegated to the Graduate Faculty Executive Committee in accord with section 3.07., below. Decisions of the Graduate Faculty Executive Committee are subject to review by the graduate faculty at a duly called meeting as provided in section 3.06., below.
H. Upon the affirmative recommendation of the departmental executive committee, and approval by the dean of the Graduate School or other person or body designated by the graduate faculty, academic staff may advise graduate students as a committee member or co-chair, but not as sole major advisor, and they may participate in graduate training programs on a basis similar to that of the faculty of the Graduate School. Exceptions will be granted by the dean of the Graduate School to departments with written policies that allow certain academic staff members with documented research and mentorship experience whose primary job responsibilities include graduate education to serve as sole major advisor. These departmental policies must clearly indicate both the criteria that qualify an academic staff member to serve as sole major advisor as well as the departmental mechanisms that ensure that advisors are kept current on the requirements for serving in this capacity.
I. Members of the academic staff with graduate faculty appointments are permitted to retain graduate faculty status for one year after their retirement or resignation upon affirmative recommendation of a departmental executive committee and the approval of the Graduate School dean. Subsequent annual extensions of graduate faculty status for retired academic staff may be granted upon affirmative recommendation of a departmental executive committee and the approval of the Graduate School dean and the Graduate Faculty Executive Committee.
A. Meetings of the graduate faculty shall be held at the call of the dean; or at the request of the Graduate Faculty Executive Committee; or on the written petition to the dean of any 25 members of the graduate faculty.
B. The agenda for a meeting of the graduate faculty is set by the Graduate Faculty Executive Committee in consultation with the dean. Any ten members of the graduate faculty may propose a matter for consideration at any meeting of the graduate faculty by submitting it to the dean. Matters submitted under this provision shall be examined by the dean and the Graduate Faculty Executive Committee and shall be included in the agenda if they are within the jurisdiction of the graduate faculty and in a form suitable for expeditious consideration.
C. Except when there is an urgent need for immediate action, an announcement of a meeting of the graduate faculty and a copy of the agenda shall be distributed to all graduate faculty at least ten days prior to the meeting.
D. A matter not on the agenda for a meeting of the graduate faculty meeting may not be considered at that meeting except by unanimous consent by the body.
A. MEMBERSHIP AND SELECTION OF MEMBERS. The Graduate Faculty Executive Committee consists of sixteen members of the graduate faculty, elected as specified below, the dean, and not more than four associate deans appointed by the dean.
Subjects on which the dean shall share information and consult with the academic planning council include, but are not limited to:
The faculty of each school or college shall establish an academic planning council with which the dean shall consult on school or college programs and budgetary planning. The council shall advise the dean on such matters and present departmental, school, or college views and opinions.
A. MEMBERSHIP. Since considerable variance exists in the size and method of administration of each school or college, the size of each council, the term of membership, and the selection process may vary. Each school or college shall, however, adhere to the following provisions:
Changes in procedures for nomination or election of faculty members shall be approved by the school or college faculty, and transmitted to the University Committee.
B. PROCEDURES. Except as provided elsewhere for the Graduate School Academic Planning Council:
12-07-2020 “he/his” and “she/her” gender pronouns replaced with “they/their” by Fac doc 2721
05-07-2018, amended by Fac doc 2700
05-17-2016, amended by Fac doc 2615