Student & Faculty Participation in Development of Campus Policies & Programs : 1.03.10.00
Policy/Guideline AreaGovernance, Organization, and General Policies
Applicable DivisionsTCATs, Community Colleges
To provide for shared governance at TBR institutions by establishing effective means whereby students and faculty can have input into the development of policies and programs relating to student and academic affairs, while recognizing that the responsibility and authority for decision-making rests solely with the administration.
- General Principles The Tennessee Board of Regents recognizes that students and faculty are vital components of the campus community which should effectively contribute to the progress and general welfare of the institutions governed by the Board. While recognizing the value of input from the students and faculty of an institution on issues of common interest, the Tennessee Board of Regents has delegated to the presidents of its institutions the responsibility and authority to make decisions regarding the operation of the institution, subject to TBR policies and procedures and applicable laws. Students should have a primary interest in matters of student life, including discipline, and faculty should have a primary interest in academic affairs, including curriculum, program changes and development, and admission and graduation requirements. Furthermore, both students and faculty have a direct interest in both student and academic affairs.
- Institutional Policies Each institution shall establish effective means whereby students and faculty can participate in and make recommendations concerning the development of policies and programs relating to student and academic affairs, such as the establishment of a student government association and a faculty senate. Due to differences in sizes of the various institutions, and existing methods at some institutions which may effectively provide for faculty and student participation, each institution shall determine and make known, through policy, the method and degree of student and faculty involvement in specific areas of institutional decision-making, subject to the approval of the Chancellor. If an institution adopts a policy establishing a student governing body and/or a faculty governing body, that policy must require that the body adopt by-laws to be approved by the institution’s president. If an institution policy provides for a chief student officer, such as a student government president, that officer must be elected by a general vote open to all students eligible to vote as defined by that institution’s policy. If an institution provides for a chief faculty officer, such as a faculty senate president, that officer must be elected by a general vote open to all faculty members eligible to vote as defined by that institution’s policy.
T.C.A. § 49-8-203
TBR Meetings, June 20, 1975; September 30, 1983; June 19, 1998; Revised TBR Board meeting September 19 & 20, 2019.