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Faculty Government

Administrative bodies at colleges and universities across the United States and around the world benefit from a strong tradition of consultation and collaboration with faculty. At the University of Colorado faculty governance groups are involved at every level of the institution, from departmental faculty meetings to Faculty Council's work with the Board of Regents.

On each of CU's four campuses faculty have the principal responsibility for originating policy in accordance with the Laws of the Regents and the laws of the State of Colorado, including:

  • Academic Policy, including initial authorization and direction of all courses, curricula, and degrees offered;
  • Scholastic Policy, including scholastic standards for admission, grading, continuation, graduation, and honors; and
  • Academic Ethics, including development of policies and procedures.

Faculty also act jointly with administration to make recommendations to the Board of Regents in the areas of:

  • polices and procedures for faculty appointment, promotion and tenure review;
  • student conduct and activities;
  • budgetary review and strategic planning;
  • selection of academic administrators; and
  • making of policy concerning the general academic welfare of the University.

On the Boulder Campus the Boulder Faculty Assembly is the primary consultative faculty body to the Chancellor. The BFA's committee structure generally corresponds with the Chancellor's administrative structure. For example, the BFA's Budget and Planning Committee consults with the Associate Vice Chancellor for Budget and Finance.

Other faculty governance organizations operate within colleges and schools. The largest of these on the Boulder Campus is the Arts and Sciences Council.

Each faculty governance organization interfaces with the others through a series of liaisons and ex-officio appointments. For example, the Chairs of each of the four Faculty Assemblies have voting positions on the system-wide Faculty Council's Executive Committee.

BFA Regential Mandate - Regent Laws Section 5.E.5.

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