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University Faculty Bylaws

Policy Number: 3349-03-01
Effective Date: 06/01/2011
Updated: 08/22/2018
Responsible Department: Office of the VPAA
Applies To: Faculty

C. Definitions

Words have their ordinary and widely accepted meaning unless the word or phrase has been assigned a specific meaning within these University Faculty Bylaws.

  1. “Affiliated Faculty” are non-tenure track faculty members who are non-salaried or whose primary role are not as faculty members.
  2. “Board of Trustees” (hereinafter referred to as the “Board”) is established by Ohio Revised Code §3350.10 and derives its power to govern from Ohio Revised Code §3350.12.  The Board is the governing body for the University and all its component Colleges.
  3. “Bylaws” are the rules and regulations which govern the academic enterprise and include its approved procedural appendices.  The Ohio Legislative Services Commission refers to bylaws as rules when they are incorporated into the Ohio Administrative Code.  These Bylaws govern the faculty in their capacity as a faculty in the fulfillment of their education, research, and service responsibilities to the College or University.
  4. “Clinical Education” is the health care education conducted in health care facilities, outpatient clinics, emergency centers, hospitals, or private offices, under the supervision of a qualified practitioner or teaching staff.
  5. “College” is a collective body of faculty who prescribe and conduct a course of study leading to the award of a degree or degrees.
  6. “Deans” are the Chief Academic and Presiding Officers of the Colleges of the University.  Their respective authority and responsibilities are further defined in these Bylaws.
  7. “Departments” are academic units of a College.  The faculty may be organized into Departments that are supportive of, and consistent with, the mission of the respective College and the University.  Departments may be established, changed or eliminated by the Dean after consultation with faculty and the President.  Departments may adopt written procedures to govern internal operations and carry out their Departmental missions.  Such procedures shall be consistent with University policies and procedures, these Bylaws and the procedural appendices adopted pursuant thereto.  Departments shall be reviewed at least every seven (7) years by an ad hoc committee appointed by the Dean.
  8. “Faculty” hold tenured, tenure track and non-tenure track academic appointments that are approved by the Board of Trustees of the Northeast Ohio Medical University.  Full-time and part-time designations for faculty will be determined by their respective College(s).
  9. “Letter of Offer” is a document initiated by the College and sets forth certain conditions of the offer of employment but does not constitute a contract.  Any previous experience to be counted toward a faculty member’s time in rank may be negotiated prior to the offer and will be documented in the Letter of Offer.  Any modifications to the letter must be in writing and agreed to by both parties.
  10. “Notification of Appointment” is a written letter issued to all new affiliated faculty upon final approval of their appointment by the NEOMED Board of Trustees confirming faculty member’s rank, academic department in which rank is held, and the effective date of the appointment.
  11. “Other Academic Organizational Units” of the Colleges and University (Centers and Institutes) may be established to further their missions and objectives.  College units shall be reviewed at least every seven (7) years by an ad hoc committee appointed by the Dean or designee.  The University units shall be reviewed every seven (7) years by an ad hoc committee appointed by the President or designee.
  12. “Salaried Faculty” are tenured, tenure track or non-tenure track faculty members that are full-time, part-time or co-funded and whose primary role is as faculty.
  13. “Shared Governance” is a partnership between administrators and faculty which is based on mutual respect and collaboration.  The core principles of shared governance include collegiality, collaboration, transparency, representative participation, mutual accountability, clarity of roles and responsibilities, and civility.
  14. “Standing Committees of the University”.  Standing Committees are permanent committees intended to fulfill certain obligations of the University and are appointed to deal with a specified subject which promotes the University’s purpose.
  15. “Tenure” is the commitment of a given College of the University to a faculty member for continuous and ongoing faculty appointment that provides protection against involuntary suspension, discharge or termination except for financial exigency or just cause. Tenure ceases upon the faculty member’s voluntary or involuntary termination, retirement or death.  Tenure is a privilege and not a right.
  16. “Tenure Track Position” is a full-time salaried faculty appointment that includes the eligibility to apply for Tenure. The appointment to a Tenure Track Position is set forth in the Letter of Offer.
  17. “Tolling” is the suspension of the time period (granted in year-long increments) that comprises a tenure track faculty member’s Probationary Period and for which there is no expectation of productivity. Tolling of the Probationary Period must be requested by the faculty member and approved by the Department Chair and the Dean of the respective College. Any such suspension of time will not be counted toward the Probationary Period.
  18. “University” is a free-standing, state supported medical university organized under the authority created by Ohio Revised Code §3350.10 and the powers vested in the Board.  The University is organized into Colleges and other administrative units as are necessary to support its mission.

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