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Amendments to the Montana State University-Bozeman Faculty Handbook may be proposed by Faculty Senate or by the University administration. One or more faculty members may request either body to propose an amendment.
The following shall be the exclusive procedure for amendment of the Faculty Handbook.
- Amendments Proposed By Faculty Senate
No less than 10 days before Senate takes action to approve an amendment for proposal to the administration, Senate shall make known the text and a concise statement of the reasons therefore, either by publication in the Staff Bulletin, by mailing to the general faculty, or by some other means reasonably calculated to reach all members of the general faculty. If Faculty Senate rejects the proposal then Senate shall make known to the general faculty the reasons for the rejection.
Upon approval by Senate, the Chair shall forward the text and statement to the administration forthwith. Within 15 days after the administration has received the text and statement, representatives of Senate and the administration shall meet and confer on the proposed amendment in an effort to reach agreement thereon. If the administration agrees, the amendment is adopted. If the administration disagrees, it shall state the reasons therefore in writing to Faculty Senate, and the proposed amendment is not adopted. If the administration shall fail to agree or disagree within the 60 days of receipt of the text and statement, the amendment proposed by Senate is adopted. Notice of the final outcome of this process containing the final text of the amendment, or a statement that the amendment has been rejected by the administration, shall be made known in the same manner as provided above for proposals.
- Amendments Proposed By The Administration
Amendments proposed by the administration shall be submitted to Faculty Senate before incorporation in the Handbook. Simultaneously with each submission, the administration shall make known the text and a concise statement of the reasons therefore, either by publication in the Staff Bulletin or by mailing to the general faculty, or by some other means reasonably calculated to reach all members of the general faculty.
Within 15 days of receipt by Faculty Senate of the text and reasons for an administrative proposal, Senate shall conduct first reading of the proposal, at which meeting the administration shall attend and discuss the reasons for the proposed amendment. If Senate approves, the amendment is adopted. If Senate disapproves , the representatives of Senate and administration shall, normally within 15 days, meet and confer in an attempt to resolve differences. If the differences cannot be resolved, and if the administration thereafter determines that such amendment is reasonable, the amendment is adopted. Within 15 days, notice of the final text of the amendment, or a statement of rejection, shall be made known to Faculty Senate. Notice of the final outcome will be provided to the general faculty in the same manner as provided above for proposals.
- Effective Dates of Change
Adopted amendments pertaining to the contractual provisions of this Handbook shall be incorporated and become effective at the beginning of the contract year following the year of adoption. Other Policies and Procedures not included in this Handbook become effective immediately upon adoption.
When statute or Board of Regents policies pertaining to the contractual provisions of this Handbook are adopted, and the procedures set forth above have been complied with, the policies usually become effective at the beginning of the next contract term, even if the Handbook is not updated at that time.
- Revised July 1, 1999.