Article XXVII: Bylaws and Voting Rights

A. Establishment of Unit Bylaws

In order to insure orderly conduct of department/School/College/ division/center/institute affairs, the faculty of each department/School/College/ division/center/institute and the academic staff in each division/School/College shall adopt a set of bylaws consistent with University and School/College statutes and policies and with this Agreement. Those bylaws, and any subsequent revision of the bylaws, shall be subject to the approval of the dean/director/vice president and the President or his/her designee. The Association shall receive a copy of each set of bylaws and revisions thereof promptly following their approval by the dean/director/vice president and the President or his/her designee. In the absence of approved bylaws in the above units, the unit head shall hold a meeting of the unit at least once per regular academic term. Meetings of such units shall be conducted in accordance with established department/School/College/division/center/institute procedures or Roberts Rules of Order.

Nothing in this Article shall be construed as abridging traditional rights of self-governance of units, to the extent those rights are exercised in accordance with the statutes and policies of the University and with this Agreement.

B. Participation in Academic-Governance Activities

The rights of bargaining-unit members to participate with vote in the academic-governance activities addressed in Articles XII (Compensation), XVIII (Selection Advisory Committees), XXX (University-Wide Committees) and XXXI (Budget Advisory Committees) shall not be abridged. Their rights to participate with vote in academic-governance activities, including activities addressed in Articles XX (Term Appointments), XXI (Employment Security Status Procedures), XXII (Tenure Procedures), and XXIII (Promotion Procedures), shall be determined under the bylaws of the units and under other provisions of this Agreement and such additional rules as may be agreed upon by the University Administration and the Association.

For academic-governance activities under Article XII (Compensation), participation in selective-salary decisions shall be in the unit in which the bargaining-unit member receives fifty percent (50%) or more of his/her salary. Where salary is allocated evenly between two (2) or more units, the member shall choose at the beginning of each academic year the unit in which s/he will participate. Where salary is allocated among more than two (2) units, participation shall be in the unit from which the member receives his/her largest percentage of salary.

Those members of the faculty or academic staff whose salary is allocated from a unit in which there are no academic-governance structures shall have the right to participate with vote in academic- governance activities in the unit(s) where s/he holds, or is eligible for, tenure or ESS.

C. Periodic Review of Bylaws

Not more frequently than once each five (5) years, the President or his/her designee may request a review of the bylaws of any department/School/College/division/center/institute to determine whether they continue to comply with the statutes and policies of the University and with this Agreement. The unit shall have three (3) months to complete its review and/or revisions of such bylaws, and the President or his/her designee shall have three (3) months to complete his/her review. If the President or his/her designee fails to act within the three-month period, the bylaws shall be treated as approved for purposes of this Article. If the President or his/her designee rejects any provisions in the submitted bylaws, s/he shall return the bylaws to the unit with a statement of reasons for his/her disapproval. The unit may resubmit its bylaws, with revisions, for approval within three (3) months. If the unit does not resubmit its bylaws or if the President or his/her designee does not approve the resubmitted bylaws, the unit shall conduct its affairs in accordance with established department/School/College/division/center/institute procedures or Roberts Rules of Order.

D. Limitation on Grievances

Except as explicitly provided elsewhere, grievances under this Article shall be limited to whether or not approved bylaws exist.