University Senate Resolution Regarding Shared Governance at the University of Oregon – April 2013

Number: 
US12/13-26
Date of Notice: 
Wed, 02/13/2013
Legislation, Resolution, or Policy Adoption: 
Resolution
Current Status: 
Approved on 4/10/2013
Motion: 

Section 1

1.1 WHEREAS – On December 7, 2011, the statutory faculty of the University of Oregon approved unanimously the current University Constitution, which mandates shared governance at the University of Oregon under terms provided by the University Charter of 1876, which stipulates that “The president and professors constitute the faculty…and as such have the immediate governance and discipline of the public university and the students therein”;

1.2 WHEREAS – On December 15, 2011, President Lariviere ratified the University Constitution;

1.3 WHEREAS – President Gottfredson, since assuming office on August 1, 2012, has repeatedly affirmed his commitment to academic freedom and shared governance;

1.4 WHEREAS – There is precedent in our state and elsewhere for including academic freedom and shared governance among the terms of a collective bargaining agreement, as specified in the supplementary material attached as an appendix to this motion;

Section II

Be it hereby:

2.1 RESOLVED – The University Senate reaffirms its commitment to the ideals of academic freedom and shared governance;

2.2 RESOLVED – The University Senate, because of the faculty’s own statutory role in shared governance, strongly urges the university administration, during its negotiations with United Academics of the University of Oregon, to refer to itself not as “the University” but as “the university administration”;

2.3 RESOLVED – The University Senate strongly urges the President to manifest the University of Oregon’s commitment to academic freedom and to shared governance by including language in the Collective Bargaining Agreement with United Academics of the University of Oregon that incorporates those principles and protects the role of the University Senate in shared governance.

2.4 RESOLVED – The University Senate strongly urges the President to strengthen academic freedom and shared governance by agreeing to incorporate the University Constitution and existing policies adopted by the Senate and the President into the relevant articles of the Collective Bargaining Agreement with United Academics of the University of Oregon.

Financial Impact: 
Cost Neutral
Sponsor: 

Roxann Prazniak (History, Clark Honors College), UO Senator

Related Documents: 

Supplemental Material 1 — Article 12: ACADEMIC FREEDOM AND GOVERNANCE from “Collective Bargaining Agreement with Portland State University Chapter, American Association of University Professors and Portland State University For the Period September 1, 2011 through August 31, 2013”

Supplemental Material 2 — Article 7: FACULTY GOVERNANCE from “Agreement between the University of Vermont and United Academics (AAUP/AFT), December 5, 2011-June 30, 2014”

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