Part 3 - Comprehensive Standards

3.7.5  The institution publishes policies on the responsibility and authority of faculty in academic and governance matters. (Faculty role in governance)

Partial Compliance


The following provides a framework for understanding the governing structure of the University:

  • The President, as the chief executive officer of the institution, is responsible for the execution of the administrative and educational policies of the Louisiana Board of Regents and the University of Louisiana System.
  • The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the chief academic officer of the University, acts as chief administrative officer in the absence of the University President. 
  • The deans of the five colleges, dean of the library, and other academic administrators are responsible to the Provost for the leadership and administration of academic programs within their areas. 
  • The department chairs and program coordinators are responsible to the deans of their respective colleges for the academic, personnel, financial, and material needs of their academic units.
  • The directors of centers and institutes are responsible to the deans of their respective colleges for the academic, personnel, financial, and material needs of their units.
  • Faculty participates in the University’s decision-making process principally through their respective departments, Faculty Council and Senate, as well as service on University committees, councils and task forces. 

Because faculty are generally responsible for ensuring achievement of appropriate student learning and academic program outcomes, the institution has established policies that explicitly delineate the responsibilities and authority of its faculty in academic and governance matters.  These published policies clarify the role of the faculty in relation to other constituencies regarding these critical aspects of the institution.  The fundamental importance of the role of faculty is underscored by a statement included in Section 2.0 of the Employee Handbook [Page: 29] :

A faculty is preeminently responsible for the definition, quality, and character of a university.  The faculty body is responsible for the development and delivery of curricula and for the institution’s record of scholarly contributions.

Section 3.3 of the Employee Handbook describes faculty authority to determine educational policy:

Authority to determine the educational policy of the University of New Orleans – its colleges, schools, and departments is delegated to the faculty by the Board of Supervisors. The faculty exercises this authority by deliberative action in all units and divisions of the University.

The faculty has the authority to establish curricula, fix standards of instruction, and determine requirements for degrees, and make recommendations for the granting of degrees through its respective colleges. It has legislative power over its own meetings and may delegate its own authority to the Faculty Senate and/or to other standing committees. The faculty's authority is limited to matters proper to the faculty, and the UNO President or the UL System President may suspend any faculty action that is deemed administrative in nature or which seriously affects the interests of another faculty of the university or of the system.

The University of New Orleans faculty generally exercises its authority over educational policy through the Faculty Senate and its committees and through departmental, college-level and campus-level committees on courses and curricula.

As stated in the Employee Handbook, the faculty’s role in governance is often exercised through committee service. 

Faculty Council

The UNO Faculty Council consists of all full-time faculty at the University of New Orleans, and is the oldest faculty governance body at UNO, dating back to the University's founding.  The Faculty Council or its standing committees have coordinating authority in all matters involving the establishing of curricula, the fixing of standards of instruction, the determining of requirements for degrees, and generally the determining of the educational policy of UNO in all matters affecting more than a single college, school, or division, and shall advise the administration in other matters as appropriate.

Faculty Council Bylaws

Faculty Council Meeting Minutes

Faculty Senate

The UNO Faculty Senate, formerly the University Senate, became the representative body of the faculty in December 2011.  The Faculty Senate promotes the participation of the faculty in university governance and has authority in matters affecting more than a single college, school, or a division that involves educational policy.  The Faculty Senate assists the university administration in matters of faculty responsibility, such as academic standards and curriculum, student affairs, and administrative policy.  The Faculty Senate also advises the administration focusing on the University’s goals, priorities, and financial needs.

The Faculty Senate serves as the forum for meetings between University administration and faculty regarding relevant issues for debate and discussion, recommends faculty to serve on university-wide committees, establishes University and Senate Standing Committees, and is responsible for membership of Faculty Senate Standing Committees. Faculty are elected to the Faculty Senate according to the Faculty Senate By-laws. Membership also includes the President of the Student Government, the President of the Alumni Association, and the President of the UNO Staff Council.

Faculty Senate Bylaws

Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes

Following is a list of Faculty Senate Standing Committees and a brief description of their respective purposes.  Each studies proposals and resolutions submitted to the Committee and recommends appropriate action to the full Senate.  Committee reports submitted at the end of the 2013-14 academic year are presented.

Faculty Senate Executive Committee

The Senate President, the Vice President, the Secretary, and representatives elected by each college and the Library shall comprise the Senate Executive Committee.  There shall be no more than two members from each of the colleges and Library serving on the Senate Executive Committee at any one time.  The President shall chair the Senate Executive Committee. The Senate Executive Committee represents the faculty as an advisory committee to the University President, making recommendations and stating faculty viewpoints concerning the policies and proposed policies of UNO.  The Senate Executive Committee shall meet following each Senate meeting to review proposals and resolutions submitted to the Senate for action and to determine whether the matter should become an item of Senate business.  The Senate President shall report the actions of the Senate Executive Committee to the Senate.

Academic Freedom, Tenure and Professional Ethics

This Committee shall concern itself with the academic privileges and responsibilities of all members of the University community.

Academic Procedures and Standards

This Committee formulates and reviews policies, rules, and regulations governing the admission, readmission, academic standing, and dismissal of all students for academic deficiency. The Committee examines policies and procedures for academic advisement, scheduling of classes, and registration. Additionally, the Committee creates and analyzes policies to be observed by the instructional faculty in conducting classes, seminars, examinations, students' research, and student evaluations.

Budget and Fiscal Affairs

This Committee shall review the University-wide budgets in cooperation with appropriate officers of Administration. The Committee shall apprise itself of the general financial position of the University and of significant policy and priority aspects of budget decisions. The Committee shall report all significant plans to the Senate, with recommendations when appropriate. The Committee will include a representative from each college and the Library.

Evaluation of Administrators Committee

This Committee shall be composed of the Senate President, one Senate member from each college and the Library, and one staff member from the University Computing Center. The Committee will conduct the surveys which are part of the evaluation of the Deans for the Office of Academic Affairs, and surveys of other administrators, as directed by the University President. The Senate President shall accompany the Provost or other administrator to faculty meetings to report the results of such surveys.

Nominations and Elections Committee

This Committee functions as a committee on committees, and shall be responsible for populating Senate Committees. The committee will also make recommendations to the University President concerning the selection of individual faculty members whom the University President will appoint to the appointed University Standing Committees and ensuring that vacancies on elected University Standing Committees are filled. The Committee runs the election for Hearings Committee pool at-large members. In addition, the Senate Nominations and Elections Committee submits a slate of candidates for the Senate transition meeting elections. The Senate relies on the good judgment of the members of the Senate Nominations and Elections Committee to present candidates who reflect the quality and diversity of the campus community. The Senate President serves as a non-voting ex-officio member of the Senate Nominations and Elections Committee.

Faculty Welfare

This committee shall strive to secure for faculty members those services which will contribute to their welfare or convenience, including orientation to the University, housing, payroll deductions, insurance, health services, and they shall communicate annually with the University President regarding policies governing faculty perquisites and the structure of salaries. The committee shall, acting of its own volition, upon the request of the Senate and/or others, study, evaluate, and report on faculty compensation, including salary and fringe benefits; act in an advisory capacity with the University administration in ascertaining desired changes in faculty compensation; provide information to the faculty on available fringe benefits; solicit faculty suggestions, information, and advice regarding faculty compensation, including salary and fringe benefits; and maintain and keep current committee website.

University Committees

Table 1 lists Faculty Council, Faculty Senate and University-standing committees, the unit to which they report, as well as membership information.

Table 1.  University Standing Committees

Committee Reports to Membership
Faculty Staff Students
Academic Advisor’s Council Provost and VP for Academic Affairs   X  
Athletic Council** President X X X
Budget VP for Business Affairs X X  
Charges* Provost and VP for Academic Affairs X    
Distance Learning Provost and VP for Academic Affairs X X X
Faculty Council President/Provost and VP for Academic Affairs X    
Faculty Senate** President/Provost and VP for Academic Affairs X X X
General Education* Provost and VP for Academic Affairs X X  
Graduate Council Provost and VP for Academic Affairs X    
Grievance Review* Provost and VP for Academic Affairs X    
Hearings Committee Pool* Provost and VP for Academic Affairs X    
Honors Council Provost and VP for Academic Affairs X   X
Institutional Effectiveness Provost and VP for Academic Affairs X X  
Library* Dean of Library Services X   X
Peer Review Oversight Provost and VP for Academic Affairs X    
Recruitment and Retention* VP for Enrollment Management X    
Research Council VP for Research and Economic Development X X  
Service Learning Council Provost and VP for Academic Affairs X X  
Space Utilization and Allocation President X X  
Staff Council President   X  
Student Affairs* VP for Enrollment Management X X X
Student Publication Board* & ** President X X X
University Courses and Curricula* Provost and VP for Academic Affairs X X X
University Honors and Awards* Provost and VP for Academic Affairs X   X

* Indicates association with Faculty Senate

** Indicates community membership

Table 2 lists University cyclical committees, the unit to which they report, as well as membership information.

Table 2.  University Cyclical Committees

Committee Reports to Membership
Faculty Staff Students
Master Planning President X X X
Strategic Planning President X X X


In addition to standing committees, other committees, councils and task forces may be formed to address special needs on an ad hoc basis.

Department Governance

Under the authority of University of Louisiana System Bylaw Chapter III, Section 1, the faculty are charged with determining the educational policy of the System through deliberative action in their respective units and divisions.  UNO Academic Affairs Administrative Policy 2.2 details department governance in academic departments, especially the authority and responsibility of department chairmen as well as the role of faculty.

Faculty Governance Committee

This recently formed Committee develops policies and provides faculty input in areas such as the faculty workload policy, faculty performance evaluation, ongoing faculty professional development, academic program evaluation and review, and academic unit revitalization and restructuring. The Committee, as a representative committee of the faculty, reports to the Faculty Council, and sends forward its draft policies to Academic Affairs or to the other appropriate administrative unit(s).  Detailed information regarding membership and meeting minutes are presented.


Supporting Documents

Document Description
Document IconFaculty_Council_BylawsUniversity of New Orleans faculty Council Bylaws
Document IconFaculty_Council_Meeting_MinutesUNO Faculty Council Meeting Minutes
Document IconFaculty_Council_WebsiteUNO Faculty Council Website
Document IconFaculty_Governance_Committee_Charge_MembershipFaculty Governance Committee Charge and Membership
Document IconFaculty_Governance_Meeting_MinutesFaculty Governance Committee Meeting Minutes
Document IconFaculty_Senate_BylawsUNO Faculty Senate Bylaws
Document IconFaculty_Senate_Committee_Reports_201314UNO Faculty Senate Standing Committee End-of-Year Reports 2013-14
Document IconFaculty_Senate_Meeting_MinutesUNO Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes
Document IconFaculty_Senate_WebsiteUNO Faculty Senate Website
Document IconUL_System_Byalw_Ch_3_I_Academic_StaffUniversity of Louisiana System Bylaw Chapter III, Section 1
Document IconUNO_AP_AA_22_Academic_Departmental_GovernanceUNO Administrative Policy 2.2: Academic Departmental Governance
Document IconUNO_Employee_HandbookUNO Employee Handbook
Document IconUNO_Employee_Handbook_Faculty_AuthorityUniversity of New Orleans Employee Handbook - Faculty Authority