Each of the faculties, according to its size, has one or more representatives on the Faculty Senators Council, a University-wide body of elected professors. University Bylaw 63(a) provides that “The Faculty Senators Council may consider any matters of educational and administrative policy and will function as the Faculty Personnel Committee of the Senate. It will designate representatives on the other standing committees, and in appropriate instances on the ad hoc committees, of the Senate. It may bring to the attention of the various committees of the Senate any matters that it believes should be presented to the entire Senate. It may bring to the attention of the President and Chancellor any matters that it wishes to discuss with him or her. It will perform such other educational functions as are assigned to it by the President and Chancellor or by the Board.”
The administration of New York University and the Faculty Senators Council have agreed to the following five Principles of Joint Shared Governance (Approved by the Board of Trustees, December 12, 2012):
The Faculty Senators Council (FSC) will have a representative (from the FSC or its designee), on University committees, taskforces, or other University-wide bodies that are convened by the administration to advise on matters that affect faculty in educational and administrative policy.
Transparency with respect to information regarding matters that affect faculty in educational and administrative policy is the norm. The use of “deliberative privilege” is the exception to this norm, requested only in circumstances wherein an individual(s) or the University’s interests would be harmed by public disclosure. In such instances, the University administration will provide appropriate reasons for invoking “deliberative privilege”.
Except under rare, extraordinary circumstances, the University administration will provide a reasonable length of time for FSC consultation and input on all matters that affect faculty in educational and administrative policy. This means that the administration must plan in advance to allow enough time for at least one regularly-scheduled FSC meeting to occur before the consultation period comes to a close on any particular matter.
For urgent decisions, such as decisions that must be taken during the summer or winter holiday, when the FSC is not in session, the FSC will establish a “provisional review committee” and a set of procedures for timely consultation and input regarding University administration decisions on matters that affect faculty in educational and administrative policy. All decisions reached by FSC’s provisional review committee are subject to full FSC review and approval. The FSC will promptly convey its final decision on the matter to the administration, which in turn will reconsider the provisional policy, based on new or additional advice provided by the FSC. The administration will then promptly convey its final decision to the FSC.
4. Reasoned Justification
When the FSC submits advice in writing to the University administration and the administration does not agree with or accept the FSC’s advice, the administration will provide its reasons for not accepting the FSC’s advice to the FSC in writing and in a timely matter.
Predicated on the understanding the communications will pertain to Senate-related matters relevant to faculty colleagues within the Senators’ schools, and that the communication systems will be used in a reasonable and responsible manner consistent with the norms of civility, the Deans will enable Senators to send emails to faculty colleagues within their schools. Such communication will clearly convey whether its content is an official FSC communication or if it reflects the personal view(s) of the author(s).
University Bylaw 64(a) provides that “The Deans Council may consider any matters of educational and administrative policy, and will make appropriate recommendations to the President and Chancellor and other University officers. It will perform such other functions as are assigned to it by the President and Chancellor or by the Board.”
University Bylaw 65(a) provides that “The Student Senators Council may consider any matters in which the interests, rights, or responsibilities of students are involved, and will take special responsibility for bringing to the attention of the Senate all matters concerning the students’ extracurricular life at the University. For this purpose, the Council will invite the presidents of student governments in the several schools, and such faculty members and administrative officers as may be specified in the rules of the Council, to function together as the University Committee on Student Life. The Committee may work through such local units as may be appropriate at the various geographical centers of the University, and will transmit to the Senate, through the Student Senators Council, its policy recommendations concerning student life. The Student Senators Council will designate representatives on the standing committees and, in appropriate instances, on the ad hoc committees of the Senate. It may bring to the attention of the various committees of the Senate any matters that it believes should be presented to the entire Senate. It may bring to the attention of the President and Chancellor any matters that it wishes to discuss with him or her. It will perform such other functions as are assigned to it by the President and Chancellor, by the Board, or by the Senate.”
University Bylaw 66(a) provides that “The Administrative Management Council of the Senate will be the liaison in the Senate for the Administrative Management Council of the University, which is composed of elected representatives from the professional and administrative staffs of each school and division of the University. The Administrative Management Council of the University functions as an initiative, deliberative and responsive body concerning policy issues, serves as a vehicle for promotion the continued professional growth and development of its constituents, and has a commitment to community service. The Administrative Management Council of the Senate will designate representatives on the standing committees of the Senate and, where appropriate, on any ad hoc committees of the Senate. The Administrative Management Council of the Senate may bring to the attention of the various committees of the Senate matters of concern to the University’s professional and administrative staffs that it believes should be presented to the entire Senate.
University Bylaw 67(a) provides that “There will be a Graduate Commission having power, subject to the approval of the Senate, to recommend to the President and Chancellor and the Board general policies respecting graduate study in the University leading to masters’ and doctors’ degrees in course except first professional degrees. The Commission will undertake studies and present proposals designed to strengthen the program of graduate instruction in the University. The Commission will review the work of the schools concerned with the preparation of candidates for the degrees under the purview of the Commission, will specify the means of 13 maintaining comparable standards of work for the degrees and of assuring the complete availability of the general graduate offering of the University to every qualified student regardless of the school in which he or she is primarily enrolled, and will in appropriate instances promote the integration or coordination of graduate study by accrediting total programs in the several schools. The recommendations of the Commission will be implemented through suitable directives by the President and Chancellor, the Provost and the Executive Vice President for Health.”
University Bylaw 68(a) provides that “The Senate or the President and Chancellor may from time to time appoint other University and interschool committees and commissios, which will have such powers and duties as are delegated to them at the time of their organization until modified or annulled by action of the appointing authority.”