Article I: Definitions, General Relations and Responsibilities

Section 1: Senates

The senates are the highest policy forums for the constituencies they represent.

The Faculty Senate is a creation of the faculty, and is the means by which the faculty shall
exercise, consistent with the legal authority of the Board of Regents and Chancellor, its broad
responsibility for the immediate governance of the university and assume primary responsibility
for academic and educational activities and faculty personnel matters [Merger Law 36.09(4)].

The Academic Staff Senate is the creation of the academic staff members, and is the means by
which academic staff members may actively participate in the broadest areas of university policy
formation and exercise primary responsibility for the formulation and review . . . of all policies
and procedures concerning academic staff members, including academic staff personnel matters
[Merger Law, 36.09(4m)].

The Student Senate is the creation of the student body, and is the means by which students may
actively participate in the broadest areas of university policy formation, and exercise primary
responsibility for the formulation and review of policies concerning student life, services and
interest [Merger Law, 36.09(5)].

Typically, primary responsibility has involved both initiation and review of policies relating to
the specified subject areas for which the constituency is assigned primary responsibility, and a
recognition that weight be given to recommendations in those areas from that constituency.

However, primary responsibility does not mean exclusive responsibility for a subject area. Nor
does primary responsibility for a subject mean that one governance group can unilaterally
prescribe the procedure that another group must use in considering that subject. The statutes give
faculty, academic staff, and students the right to organize themselves as each sees fit to
participate in institutional governance.

Thus, faculty have the authority, and indeed the obligation, to initiate and review policies
concerning academic and educational activities and faculty personnel matters before they are
amended or adopted by the entity or entities at the university with the authority to make
decisions in those areas. Further, greater weight should be given to those faculty
recommendations that deal with the specific subject areas of faculty primary responsibility.

Section 2: Membership

The membership of some of the councils and commissions described in these Faculty Bylaws
include students and academic staff members. Participation by these governance bodies is
strictly voluntary and all such representatives shall be chosen in a manner determined by the
appropriate senate. The decision to participate or not participate by these groups in no way
prevents them from creating independent organizations with similar duties and powers.

No faculty member may serve on more than two of the following in the same year: the Faculty
Senate, the Academic Planning Council, the Academic Information Technology Commission,
the University Undergraduate Curriculum Commission, the University Academic Budget
Commission, and the University Rank Salary and Tenure Policy Commission.

Section 3: Open Meeting

The meetings of all senates, councils, commissions, committees, and boards are open, except
when they are restricted or closed according to the provisions of Wisconsin's Open Meetings
Law. All meeting times, places, and agenda, whether open or closed, shall be published in
advance, except in the case of emergency meetings where such publication is as a practical
matter not possible. In all instances, meetings must conform to the Wisconsin Open Meetings Law.

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