Constitution of the Rice University Faculty Senate
Adopted September 21, 2005
Revised January 25, 2006
Revised January 24, 2007
Revised December 8, 2010
Revised January 19, 2011
Revised February 22, 2012
Revised March 28, 2012
Revised January 25, 2017
Section 1: Powers and Duties of the Faculty Senate
The Faculty Senate of Rice University shall have those powers and duties which have been or which may be delegated to it by the Board of Governors of Rice University and by the faculty of Rice University.
The Faculty Senate replaces the Faculty Council. Any reference in University bylaws, policy and procedure to Faculty Council bylaws and procedure shall be understood as referring to the superseding Faculty Senate constitution and bylaws.
This Constitution is rooted in an understanding that the responsibility and authority for the operation of the University are vested in the Office of the President. The effectiveness of the President's leadership rests upon his or her knowledge of the needs and concerns of the University community, his or her ability to make the wisest decisions within the range of feasible options, and his or her ability to elicit the confidence and support of various elements of the University in implementing these decisions. To these ends, this Constitution seeks to establish a pattern of consultation between the President and faculty through a representative structure. This pattern is not exclusive and should not preclude decisions and actions by the President in some situations.
Section 2: The Membership of the Senate and Faculty Eligibility for Voting
The Faculty Senate will be a representative body of the faculty. It will consist of thirty-four members: thirty elected members, two members appointed by the President and approved by the Senate, and the President and the Provost, who are ex officio, non-voting members. No person shall concurrently hold more than one Senate seat. Administrators at the level of dean or above may not stand for election to the Senate.
Twenty-one members are to be, and elected by, faculty holding tenured or tenure-track appointments in the Schools of Humanities, the Social Sciences, the Natural Sciences, or Engineering, voting in their respective schools. No more than two Senators elected under the provisions of this paragraph shall have primary appointments in the same department. The number of representatives elected by each School shall be based on the proportionate number of tenure-track faculty appointments in each School as determined by the Senate every three years.
Two members are to be, and elected by, faculty holding tenured or tenure-track appointments in the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business.
One member is to be, and elected by, faculty holding tenured or tenure-track appointments in the Shepherd School of Music
One member is to be, and elected by, faculty holding tenured or tenure-track appointments in the School of Architecture .
One member is to be, and elected by, faculty holding tenured or tenure-track appointments in the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, the Shepherd School of Music, or the School of Architecture. Eligibility for the seat shall rotate sequentially through the three schools, with an initial order of the Shepherd School of Music, the School of Architecture, and Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business. Subsequently, the cycle shall repeat. The full term for this seat shall be one year.