2. Functions And Rights Of The Faculty

A. The Faculty shall be authorized to develop a constitution, bylaws and other related documents for use in discharging its delegated duties and in governing its internal affairs and relationships with other campus groups, subject to the final approval of the Board of Trustees. In any case in which a conflict exists between faculty documents and the official actions of the Board of Trustees or the then-current Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws of Central College, ultimate authority shall reside in the latter. (The Bylaws of Central College, XV.2)

B. The function of the Faculty is to plan and carry out the various formal and informal programs of instruction through which students learn, develop, and advance toward appropriate degrees. In fulfilling this function, the Faculty may prescribe requirements for admission, design various courses of study, establish curricular policies and procedures, determine the conditions of graduation, and recommend to the board of trustees candidates for degrees. 

The Faculty may provide advice, counsel and proposals to the president regarding the scope and framework of academic programs including degree levels, majors, minors, certificates, as well as international and domestic off-campus study opportunities, institutional partnerships and affiliations. The president, in consultation with the Faculty, will submit recommendations to the board of trustees related to academic programs consistent with the provisions of these bylaws (The Bylaws of Central College, XV.3)

C, The Faculty establishes principles and procedures governing appointment, promotion, rank, tenure, academic freedom, and faculty welfare, subject to the final approval of the Board of Trustees. (The Bylaws of Central College, XV.4)

D. Members of the Faculty are entitled to exercise academic freedom in the classroom and other teaching venues; in the choice of teaching and library materials; in the choice of research and creative projects; in performances; and in the publication of both scholarship and the considered views they hold as professional persons and citizens.

F. The Faculty endorses the American Association of University Professors’ (AAUP) statements on “Academic Freedom and Tenure: 1940 Statement of Principles” and the “Statement on Professional Ethics.” These statements, found under General Information, will constitute the bases for the resolution of any issues which may arise concerning these topics.