Section 1: Rules of Procedure
Except as provided in these Bylaws, or modified by university policy, the procedure at meetings of the General Faculty, and Executive Committee and all other committees shall be in accordance with the parliamentary procedure contained in the most recent revision of Robert’s Rules of Order.
Section 2: Delegation of Authority
Except as provided in these Bylaws or modified by university policy, any right, duty or responsibility assigned in these Bylaws to an individual university representative may be delegated by that individual to another appropriate university representative.
The Board of Trustees may delegate its authority under these Bylaws to any university representative, group, or committee that it deems appropriate.
Section 3: Deviation from Bylaws’ Provisions when Required by Applicable Accreditation Mandate
Provisions of these Bylaws may be waived or modified in order to meet specific mandates or requirements imposed by applicable accreditation bodies. In such cases, the college, school, or administrative unit that requires a waiver or modification shall propose to the provost the specific waiver or modification it deems necessary, which shall deviate from these Bylaws only to the extent necessary to meet the applicable accreditation mandate. Requested waivers or modifications of these Bylaws may be implemented only upon formal approval of the provost in writing, upon a determination by the provost that (a) the accreditation standard in question is in fact applicable, (b) it conflicts with these Bylaws, and (c) a waiver or modification of these Bylaws is necessary to meet the applicable accreditation standard. In the case that a waiver or modification of these Bylaws is granted pursuant to this section, the applicable college, school, or administrative unit shall develop to the provost’s satisfaction any necessary policies, procedures, or other governing documents necessary to meet the accreditation standard for which the waiver or modification is necessary.
Section 4: Amendment
Substantive amendments of these Bylaws may be proposed in writing by a minimum of ten (10) faculty members to the Executive Committee of a college or school in which the faculty members hold their primary faculty appointment. The Executive Committee of a college or school shall hold an advisory vote to obtain the input of the Voting Body of the General Faculty of the college or school prior to the Executive Committee voting on the proposed amendment. If the college or school Executive Committee approves the proposed amendment, the dean of the college or school shall present the proposed amendment to the SGC.
Alternatively, any member of the SGC may initiate proposed substantive amendments of these Bylaws by presenting the proposed amendment to the SGC.
In either case outlined above, if the SGC approves the proposed amendment, the amendment shall be considered by the Executive Committees of all colleges and schools (excluding the college or school from which the proposed amendment originated in the case of an amendment proposed by faculty members pursuant to the first paragraph of this section). If the amendment is approved by the Executive Committees of all colleges and schools (after each such Executive Committee holds an advisory vote to obtain the input of the Voting Body of the General Faculty of the college or school prior to the Executive Committee voting on the proposed amendment), the provost shall present the proposed amendment to the TJU Board of Trustees. In the event the amendment is not approved by the Executive Committees of all colleges and schools, then at the discretion of the provost, the proposed amendment may proceed to the TJU Board of Trustees, in which case the Executive Committees that did not approve the amendment shall be provided no less than 10 days to draft a memorandum outlining their reasons for opposing the amendment, which memorandum shall be presented to the TJU Board of Trustees in connection with its consideration of the proposed amendment.
In all cases, a proposal for substantive amendment to the Bylaws shall be circulated to the faculty of a college at least 30 days before the college’s Executive Committee meeting at which the Bylaws amendment will be considered and voted upon.
Nominal, non-substantive changes to or amendments of these Bylaws may be made upon approval by the TJU Board of Trustees without resort to the procedures outlined in this Section. Said TJU Board of Trustees shall be the sole arbiter of whether a proposed change or amendment is nominal and non-substantive. All amendments of these Bylaws must be approved by the TJU Board of Trustees.