This process is provided by the Senate of the Faculty
of the University of Mississippi in response to a request from
the Provost. The basis for this process lies in an answer provided
by the University of Mississippi in response to a question from
SACS that includes the following statement.
The University of Mississippi adheres to the principles
of shared university governance enunciated in the "Statement
on Government of Colleges and Universities" jointly formulated
in 1966 by the American Association of University Professors,
the American Council on Education, and the American Association
of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. In accordance
with that document, the University of Mississippi recognizes
that: "the faculty has primary responsibility for such fundamental
areas as curriculum, subject matter and methods of instruction,
research, faculty status, and those aspects of student life which
relate to the educational process." The University therefore
endorses a process of consultation to assure that academic decisions
are made through a joint effort of the faculty and administrators
and with the cooperation and support of a majority of the faculty
The University recognizes that the faculty has special
concern and responsibility for the establishment of the University's
general education policies and goals and particularly for their
implementation regarding curriculum, instruction, research, faculty
status, and degree requirements. In addition, the University
recognizes the faculty's necessary participation in shared governance
regarding long-range plans for the institution, the allocation
and use of physical resources, budgets, compensation, and the
selection of academic officers.
The University acknowledges that true faculty participation
in the governance of academic affairs requires good faith on
the part of both the faculty and administration and genuine commitment
by both to a program of shared governance.
The process proposed here is intended to ensure that the decision
to transfer faculty or not to transfer faculty from the School
of Business to the College of Liberal Arts includes the "cooperation
and support of a majority of the faculty constituency affected."
1. Preparation of a proposal
The issue considered here involves the transfer of faculty from
the School of Business to the College of Liberal Arts. A proposal
for such a transfer must be prepared by the proponents of this
transfer, in this case the Dean of the School of Business. Following
the SACS response, the Dean is strongly encouraged to consult
with the faculty members involved, consult with faculty members
who are not identified for transfer, consult with the Dean of
the College of Liberal Arts, and with the Provost. The proposal
must include the following items:
a) Specific identification of the faculty members who
will transfer to the College of Liberal Arts if the proposal
b) Enumeration of the resources to support the transferred
faculty that will be transferred from the School of Business
to the College of Liberal Arts if the proposal is accepted. If
the transferred resources are not proportional to the number
of faculty transferred (either a greater or lesser percentage
of resources transferred than the percentage of faculty transferred),
the proposal must include a justification for the difference.
c) Anticipated impact on graduate and undergraduate education
within the School of Business and the College of Liberal Arts.
d) Anticipated impact on research within the School of
Business and the College of Liberal Arts.
e) Anticipated impact on the academic careers of the affected
f) Reasons why the proposed transfer has a positive impact
on the University of Mississippi.
The intent of the proposal is to focus discussion and consideration
on clearly defined actions and to provide reasons why the proponents
believe these actions benefit the University of Mississippi.
2. Acceptance if approved by a majority of the affected
The proposal described in the first step must be accepted by
the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and by the Provost. That
is, the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and the Provost must
indicate that they find the proposal acceptable, and will work
to carry out the proposal if it is approved by a majority of
the faculty affected.
3. Consideration of the proposal
The tenured and tenure track faculty of the School of Business
will be provided with a copy of the proposal within 3 days of
acceptance by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and by
the Provost. The Dean of the School of Business may provide a
physical copy, or an electronic copy, or provide instructions
on how to access a web-based copy of the proposal.
Two weeks after the faculty of the School of Business are
provided with a copy of the proposal, the Chair of the Senate
of the Faculty will call a general faculty meeting of the School
of Business with the single agenda item being discussion of the
4. Secret Ballot
Within 2 days of the general faculty meeting for discussion of
the proposal, the Senate of the Faculty will conduct a secret
ballot of the tenured and tenure track faculty in the School
of Business, with the exception of the Dean. Two ballot options
will be provided: "I support the proposal" and "I
do not support the proposal".
A faculty member may return his or her ballot in person or
by campus mail. A two-envelope system will be used to ensure
anonymity of voting and to allow separate tabulation of the ballots.
5. Tabulation of Ballot
All of the tenured and tenure track faculty of the School of
Business are "affected faculty." In order to provide
the best information regarding the support or lack of support
for the proposal, the ballots will be tabulated separately for
the faculty who are identified to be transferred to the College
of Liberal Arts and for the faculty who are identified to remain
in the School of Business. For each group, the proposal will
be classified as "approved by a majority" when the
number of ballots that vote "I support the proposal"
is a majority of the faculty eligible to vote. For each group,
the proposal will be classified as "not approved by a majority"
when the number of ballots that vote "I support the proposal"
is less than a majority of the faculty eligible to vote. This
means that an abstention has the effect of voting against the
proposal and this shall be so stated on the ballot.
Ballots will be tabulated one week from the date on which
they were placed in campus mail to be provided to faculty.
6. Actions after Tabulation of Ballot
If both groups of faculty, those to be transferred and those
to remain, approve the proposal, then the Provost, Dean of the
School of Business, and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts will
take action to realize the transfer of faculty.
If both groups of faculty, those to be transferred and those
to remain, do not approve the proposal, then the transfer of
faculty will not take place unless a subsequent proposal is approved
by the process set out here.
If one group of faculty votes to approve the proposal and
the other group of faculty does not approve the proposal, then
the review process used during creation of the new school will
be used. That is, the proposal will be submitted to the Undergraduate
Council, the Graduate Council, the Council of Academic Administrators,
the Research Board, the External Academic Affairs Committee,
and the University Planning Council. Each of these groups will
consider the proposal and advise the Chancellor and Provost regarding
which action is in the best interests of the University of Mississippi.
After receiving input from these University standing committees,
the Provost will determine whether or not the proposal will be