II. Policy Statement
The variety and complexity of the tasks
performed by institutions of higher education produce an inescapable
interdependence among governing board, administration, faculty and
staff. The relationship calls for adequate communication among these
components and full opportunity for appropriate joint planning and
effort. The University supports and recognizes the work and time
commitment of the members of the committees, councils, and senates that
make up the shared governance structure.
A. Staff must confer with their immediate supervisor regarding the capacity for the unit to absorb the loss of the staff member’s time necessary to serve on the committee, council or senate. Workload, staff member performance, attendance and/or dependability and unit budget are examples of, but not an exhaustive list of, reasons that may prevent a manager from approving a staff member to participate in committees, councils and senates. Management should mitigate these to the greatest extent possible.
B. Faculty and staff shall be afforded the necessary time during their regularly scheduled hours to complete duties attributed to their service on committees, councils and senates.
C. Because of the significant level of effort required of faculty senate president and president elect, the work assignment of the individuals shall be adjusted during their service to the University. For the president of the faculty senate, this adjustment shall be equivalent to a three (3) credit hour course in each of the fall and spring semesters for the service year. For the president elect of the faculty senate, this shall be the equivalent of a three (3) hour credit course in the spring semester of the service year. All such efforts must be in-load and supported by the University.Effective Date: