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Resolution Of The Board Of Trustees Of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Regarding Faculty Governance

March 1, 2008

The Board of Trustees of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute recognizes the difficult work performed by the Faculty Governance Review Committee and the Palazzo/Kagan Committee.

In conjunction with the ongoing process, the Board wishes to affirm the following principles:

  • We endorse the importance of shared governance regarding academic affairs;
  • We seek to move to a collaborative versus a transactional approach; and,
  • We seek to move to a collegial approach in reaching a positive resolution.

The Board also reaffirms the definition of faculty as active tenured and tenure-track faculty.

Under the guidance of the President, we will keep these Committees engaged and working with the faculty and the administration to establish a new and effective faculty governance structure.

To this end, the Board wishes to establish the following guidelines:

  • Any new faculty governance structure should incorporate strong representation from, and across, all of the Schools and departments of Rensselaer, with the majority of representatives elected through their respective Schools.
  • No faculty member may serve in the faculty governance body who has a conflict of interest with the University.
  • The ultimate approval authority for the Promotion and Tenure process lies with the President (including approval of committee members), and with respect to tenure decisions, including recommendations for tenure to the Board.

The President is committed to moving this important process forward and to its conclusion as expeditiously as possible.

Once again, the Board wishes to thank both Committees for their diligent work.

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