Faculty Handbook

1.4.1 Departmental Charters

Required Charter Contents to be Stated in the Following Numerical Order:

  1. a.  A procedure for changing and approving the charter, including a definition of the voting members of a unit and the procedure for changing eligibility.

    b.  Procedures and responsibilities for updating the charter and keeping it in compliance with University-wide and Senate policies. Units should propose conflict resolutions in a timely manner once one has been identified.
  2. A clear definition of the duties and responsibilities of the Department Chair or Director.
  3. Procedures for recommending promotion, tenure, and reappointment among their members. Specific areas that must be addressed in the charter are found in Appendix I. (Tenure, Promotion and Reappointment Procedures): Section 1. (Responsibilities of Each Academic Unit) of the Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty Handbook which implement the Board of Trustees (BOT) Policy on Academic Tenure and Promotion as decreed in the BOT's Bylaws and Policies, Chapter 6.4 Academic Tenure and Promotion.
  4. A definition of the role of professional staff and other non-tenure/tenure-track members in unit governance.
  5. A procedure for obtaining advice from the unit faculty regarding recommendations for sabbatical leaves (Senate Procedure 706.1.1)
  6. A procedure for recommending Emeritus/Emerita status to the President for presentation to the Board of Trustees. This procedure shall include approval by department/school faculty and an appeal system and may be initiated by the retiree or his/her department/school (Senate Policy 703.1).
  7. A procedure for departmental/school grievance (Senate Policy 704.1).
  8. Units may include other policies or practices if they feel that they warrant being included in their charter.

Senate Policy 710.1

12/08/2016 - Annual Review: No changes made to content.
06/03/2015 - To reflect current University titles, "Board of Control" is now "Board of Trustees" and "Board of Control (BOC)" is now "Board of Trustees (BOT)".
03/30/2015 - Annual Review: To reflect current practice, the email address for questions is now policy@mtu.edu. No changes made to content.
02/05/2014 - Updated Michigan Tech and Handbook banners, no changes made to content.
03/06/2013 - Annual Review: "Senate Proposal 09-05" was replaced by "Senate Procedure 706.1.1", "Senate Proposal 20-02" was replaced by "Senate Policy 703.1", "Senate Proposal 23-00" was replace by "Senate Policy 704.1", and "Senate Proposal 5-11" was replace by "Senate Policy 710.1."
07/10/2011 - Annual Review: Senate Proposal 16-92 was replaced by Proposal 5-11, "Required Charter Contents."  To reflect current University titles and practice, MTU is now Michigan Tech and the email address for questions is now hbwebmaster.
02/27/2007 - Format changes made.