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Resolution to Accept the Principles of Agreement

WHEREAS, representatives of the Faculty Senate, the Graduate Council, and the Faculty Association met together and framed the attached Principles of Agreement; and WHEREAS, shared governance is a fundamental concern of these organizations; and WHEREAS, these Principles of Agreement have been distributed to faculty and faculty have had an opportunity to comment and these comments have been considered by the Faculty Senate Executive Council; THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate adopt the attached Principles of Agreement.

Principles of Agreement

The Faculty Association has legal jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to wages, hours, and working conditions for all the faculty within the bargaining unit and these matters will be negotiated by the Faculty Association. The Association, however, may receive input on these matters from the Faculty Senate and Graduate Council. The Faculty Senate represents all the faculty as delineated in the Employees Handbook. Faculty Senate will continue to represent those faculty members not included in the bargaining unit, i.e., Medical and Law School faculties, non-tenure track faculties, directors and departmental chairs as it has traditionally. All academic policies and issues related to undergraduate academic standards for the University are the purview of the Faculty Senate. All academic policies and issues related to graduate education and academic standards for the University are the purview of the Graduate Council. All policies and issues related to faculty, student, and institutional research are the purview of the Graduate Council. Where issues of academic policies and standards affect wages, hours, and working conditions, the Faculty Association, Faculty Senate, and Graduate Council will communicate their positions and address potential areas of conflict with one another on a case-by-case basis. It is desirable for members of the Association's Executive Council and elected officials, Graduate Council, and Faculty Senate officers and members to share information and communicate regularly on both formal and informal bases. There should be regular meetings among the President of the Association, President of the Faculty Senate, and Chair of the Graduate Council to share ideas and consider broad faculty-related issues. Further, there should be regular communication between appropriate/equivalent committees of the respective bodies. In order to avoid direct conflicts of interest, it is inadvisable for the offices of Association President and Faculty Senate President, or Graduate Council Chair, to be occupied by the same individual at the same time.