Faculty Handbook

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

  1. Composition of the Faculty
  2. Authority of the General Faculty
  3. Legislative Powers of the General Faculty
  4. Functions of the General Faculty
  5. Officers of the General Faculty
  6. Meetings of the General Faculty
  7. Agendas, Motions and Resolutions of the General Faculty
  8. Voting at the General Faculty Meetings
  9. Bylaws of the General Faculty

SECTION 1. Composition of the General Faculty

  1. The General Faculty of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro consists of voting and nonvoting members.
  2. Voting members of the General Faculty are tenured and tenure-track faculty, faculty on leave, all full-time lecturers, full-time clinical faculty, full-time academic professional faculty, full-time research faculty, the President of the University of North Carolina, the Chancellor, the Provost, all Vice Chancellors and such other officials having responsibility for making and administering educational, research and student welfare policies as shall be approved by the General Faculty [ref]The Chancellor, Provost, or any Vice Chancellor may propose that positions on their staff be approved for General Faculty membership as “such other officials having responsibility for making and administering educational, research, and student welfare policies.” The Faculty Government Committee shall study the proposal and recommend action to the Senate.[/ref].
  3. The nonvoting members of the General Faculty consist of faculty emeriti, visiting faculty, writers-in-residence, artists-in-residence, part-time faculty, adjunct faculty, and such other officials having responsibility for making and administering educational, research and student welfare policies as shall be approved by the General Faculty. 2
  4. The official roster of the General Faculty shall be maintained in the Faculty Senate office, and shall be open for inspection by any member of the University community.

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SECTION 2. Authority of the General Faculty

  1. The authority of the General Faculty established herein derives from The Code of the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina, Section 502.D(2) giving the Faculty the right to “advise the chancellor on any matters pertaining to the institution that are of interest and concern to the faculty,” and charging the Chancellor to define the scope of authority of faculties, councils, committees and officers of the institution. This Constitution is the means by which this authority is defined.
  2. All action items passed by the General Faculty or by its legislative arm, the Faculty Senate, shall be forwarded to the Chancellor for approval.

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SECTION 3: Legislative Powers of the General Faculty

The legislative powers of the General Faculty are vested in a Faculty Senate, whose power is defined and members elected according to the principles in ARTICLE II.

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SECTION 4. Functions of the General Faculty

  1. The General Faculty shall:
    1. Advise the chancellor on any matters pertaining to the institution that are of interest and concern to the faculty;
    2. Request and hear reports from the Faculty Senate, the Faculty Assembly, the Chancellor, or any member of the administration;
    3. Approve all promotion and tenure policies and regulations recommended by the Faculty Senate;
    4. Consider any matter relating to the welfare of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro or of the members thereof;
    5. Modify or rescind actions of the Faculty Senate in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution.
    6. Amend this Constitution in accordance with the provisions in Article III.

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SECTION 5. Officers of the General Faculty

  1. The officers of the General Faculty shall consist of a Chair, a Secretary, and a Parliamentarian.
  2. The Chair of the General Faculty shall be the Chair of the Faculty Senate.
  3. The Secretary of the General Faculty shall be elected from its own membership to serve for a two-year term. It shall be the duty of the Secretary to record and to certify the minutes of all General Faculty meetings, and to oversee the distribution of the agenda and the minutes of all General Faculty meetings. The Secretary shall maintain an accurate set of the General Faculty Bylaws, if any.
  4. The Chair shall appoint the Parliamentarian of the General Faculty to a two-year term. The Parliamentarian shall advise the Chair on the conduct of the business section of the General Faculty meetings.

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 SECTION 6. Meetings of the General Faculty

  1. Meetings of the General Faculty shall be held whenever there is business that requires General Faculty action or consultation, but shall take place not less than once every academic year. Meetings may be called by the Chancellor, by the Chair of the General Faculty, or by a petition to the Secretary signed by at least twenty-five members of the General Faculty.
  2. The Chancellor shall convene the meetings of the General Faculty and shall make opening remarks on such matters as he or she deems appropriate. In the absence of the Chancellor, the Chair of the Faculty Senate shall convene the meetings.
  3. The Chair of the General Faculty shall preside over the business section of the General Faculty meetings.
  4. The latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order shall be followed in the conduct of the business of the General Faculty.
  5. The General Faculty may go into executive session at any meeting by a majority vote of those members present and voting.
  6. Gallery privileges at General Faculty Meetings shall be extended to all members of the University community.
  7. The General Faculty, by majority vote of the members present and voting, may grant speaking privileges to members of the gallery.

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SECTION 7. Agendas, Motions and Resolutions of the General Faculty

  1. The Chair, in consultation with the Chancellor, the Provost, the Chair-Elect of the Faculty Senate, and the Secretary of the General Faculty shall organize the agenda for each meeting.
  2. Items may be placed on the agenda by the Chancellor, by the Faculty Senate, and by committees of the Faculty Senate. Any member of the General Faculty may request that an item be placed on the agenda. This request must be honored if accompanied by a petition signed by 15 voting members of the General Faculty.
  3. All items to be placed on the agenda including those proposed or petitioned by members of the General Faculty must be submitted in writing to the Secretary of the General Faculty at least ten working days before the meeting at which they are to be scheduled.
  4. Motions or resolutions proposing General Faculty action may be introduced from the floor without previous inclusion on the agenda only by consent of two-thirds of the General Faculty members present and voting. However, motions to modify or rescind Faculty Senate action may not be introduced from the floor.
  5. The Secretary of the General Faculty shall post the agenda for each meeting of the Faculty Senate website, notify the voting members of the General Faculty via email that the agenda has been posted, and circulate an electronic copy of the agenda to Senators, Department Heads/Chairs, and Deans, at least five working days prior to the meeting.

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SECTION 8. Voting at General Faculty Meetings

  1. Only voting members of the General Faculty as defined in Article I, Section 1.2 shall be entitled to vote at General Faculty meetings.
  2. Quorums a) A quorum of 135 voting members of the General Faculty is required for modifying or rescinding Faculty Senate action, except that a quorum of 45 voting members of the General Faculty is required for amending this Constitution. b) For all other actions of the General Faculty a quorum shall consist of the voting members present.
  3. A simple majority is sufficient to decide all matter that come before the General Faculty, except that a two-thirds majority is required for modifying or rescinding Faculty Senate action, and for amending this Constitution.
  4. Voting shall ordinarily be viva voce vote, but a standing ballot or secret ballot may be called for by the Chair, or by any member of the voting membership of the General Faculty.
  5. At times when a face-to-face meeting of the General Faculty cannot occur, voting may be conducted through secure electronic means. The electronic voting must be preceded by an electronic discussion. Electronic discussions will be held according to Robert’s Rule’s, if possible, but otherwise will be held as a Committee of the Whole. Electronic voting and discussion will remain open for a minimum of 48 hours for discussion and 48 hours for voting, unless the Chair of the General Faculty determines that a shorter period is necessary and announces it prior to the vote. Electronic voting and discussion will be conducted in accordance with the provisions of the North Carolina Open Meetings Act.

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SECTION 9. Bylaws of the General Faculty

  1. The General Faculty may adopt Bylaws for the purpose of conducting its business. Such Bylaws shall be in accordance with this Constitution, and shall be reviewed and approved by the Faculty Government Committee before being presented to the General Faculty for a vote.
  2. The General Faculty Bylaws may be amended by a majority vote of General Faculty members present and voting

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