By-Laws

ARTICLE VII. STANDING RULES

Section 1.a. Enhancement Review Committee 

  1. In performing reviews described in Article IV Section 3a, the Committee shall conduct a thorough evaluation of the faculty member and shall specify at the end whether the faculty professional productivity is rated within one of the following categories:
    1. Some strengths, no deficiencies
    2. Some strengths, some deficiencies but the deficiencies are not substantial or chronic
    3. Substantial chronic deficiencies.
  2. If substantial chronic deficiencies are found, the Review Committee and the faculty member shall work together to draw up a development plan. The plan becomes final once the faculty member, the Dean, and the department chair have signed the document. The plan should:
    1. identify specific strengths that should be enhanced;
    2. identify the specific deficiencies to be addressed;
    3. define specific goals or outcomes that are needed to remedy the deficiencies;
    4. outline the specific activities and programs that should be completed to achieve these goals and outcomes;
    5. set appropriate timelines for the completion of these activities;
    6. indicate appropriate benchmarks to be used in monitoring progress;
    7. indicate the criteria for annual progress reviews;
    8. identify the source of any funding or institutional support, such as assigned time or new research equipment, based on discussions with the Dean or library director.
  3. The Committee shall meet at least once annually to review the faculty member’s progress. In the case of Function B, if the progress is not congruent with the specified timelines and benchmarks outlined in the development plan, the Review Committee will forward its recommendation to the Dean who shall notify the faculty member of the outcome of the review and remind him/her of the appeal process before proceeding with sanctions. 

Section 1.b. Promotion and Tenure Committee 

  1. The Committee will carry out its prescribed responsibilities in accord with the most recent IUPUI and School promotion and tenure guidelines.
  2. In carrying out these functions, however, the Committee shall respect the charges stated in the IUPUI Faculty Handbook and the IU Academic Handbook (as well as the IUPUI Supplement to the Indiana University Academic Handbook) that constrain its purpose. To this end the Committee:
    1. shall evaluate each recommendation of a primary committee and department chair to award or not to award tenure, and when requested by the Dean, may review a recommendation of a primary committee and departmental chair with regard to annual appointment or non-reappointment. In either case, the following criteria shall be taken into account:
      1. whether the recommendation in question is based on adequate peer review;
      2. whether, especially in the case of a recommendation of non-reappointment, all rights of the faculty member in question have been safeguarded in accordance with university-established procedures in this regard;
      3. whether a candidate for tenure shows strong promise of achieving promotion to the rank of Associate Professor, although not necessarily during the same year as that in which a tenure decision is being made;
      4. whether the recommendation in question takes into account the academic mission in support of which the candidate has been hired and with respect to which his or her expectations have been formed and contributions rendered;
    2. shall not make a recommendation contrary to that of the primary committee without having first consulted with that committee and, as appropriate, the department chair. After evaluating the dossier and the recommendations of the primary committee, department chair, and Promotion and Tenure Committee, the Dean will make an independent recommendation; he/she shall provide copies of the Promotion and Tenure Committee's and his/her recommendations to the candidate, chair, and primary committee. In all cases the separate, written recommendations of the primary committee, the chair, the Promotion and Tenure Committee, and the Dean will be forwarded to the Executive Vice Chancellor or administrative authority for the campus level Promotion & Tenure Committee;
    3. shall examine departmental review procedures when so requested by the Dean, or, with notice to the Dean, by any probationary appointee or by any other member of the department concerned, and shall report its findings to the Dean.

Section 2.a. Graduate Curriculum Committee 

The committee shall provide for the orderly review of courses and curricula by: 

  1. Establishing guidelines for submission dates and for proposal formats. These shall be prepared in consultation with the Dean and shall follow University and campus guidelines.
  2. The committee shall act on behalf of the Faculty in reviewing all proposals for new or revised graduate courses; a negative decision may be appealed to the Faculty Assembly by asking the Executive Committee to place the disputed decision on the agenda of the next regular meeting of the Faculty Assembly.
  3. All new programs and major changes in existing programs shall be presented at a regular meeting of the Faculty Assembly for approval by a majority of the voting members. 

Section 2.b. Undergraduate Curriculum and Standards Committee 

  1. The Committee shall refer recommended policy changes to the Faculty Assembly for approval in the following manner:
    1. each recommendation, along with a brief supportive statement, shall be distributed to each member of the Faculty Assembly;
    2. the Faculty shall have one week to review the recommendation before a vote. At the discretion of the Executive Committee, votes may occur by secure ballot or during a meeting of the Assembly;
    3. the Executive Committee has the responsibility to ensure that new or revised academic policies are transmitted to the appropriate authorities and incorporated into the Bulletin of the School of Liberal Arts.
  2. The committee shall provide for the orderly review of undergraduate courses and curricula by establishing guidelines for submission dates and for proposal formats. These shall be prepared in consultation with the Dean and shall follow University and campus guidelines.