ARTICLE I. PURPOSE
Coppin State University is a constituent institution of the University System of Maryland and incorporates by reference Board of Regents policy I – 6.00, Policy on Shared Governance. The University consists of six (6) distinct Divisions: Institutional Advancement, Academic Affairs, Administration and Finance, Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Information Technology, and Athletics, by its mission and vision statement. The President recognizes the distinct and complementary roles that administrators, faculty, staff, and students have in governing Coppin State University. The President recognizes that, as higher education changes and continues to evolve, implementation of the fundamental principles of shared governance as set forth by the University System of Maryland Bylaws, Policies and Procedures at I-6.00, are incorporated and adopted in this policy.
This policy affirms the university’s commitment to these fundamental principles, which shall guide the development of specific governance practices among administrators, faculty, staff and students.
ARTICLE II. PRINCIPLES
- Final authority and responsibility for the welfare of Coppin State University and its’ divisions rests with the President. The President may delegate to the Faculty Senate, Staff Senate and Student Government Association portions of that authority for the purpose of assuring the effective management of Coppin State University.
- Shared governance procedures and principles apply at all levels within Coppin State University.
- Shared governance requires informed participation and collaboration by faculty, students, staff, and administrators.
- Faculty, staff, and students shall have opportunities to participate, appropriate to their special knowledge and expertise, in decisions that relate to:
- Mission and budget priorities for Coppin State University;
- Curriculum, course content, and instruction;
- Appointment, promotion, and tenure of all faculty members and the development of policies that affect faculty welfare generally;
- Development of human resources policies and procedures for exempt and non-exempt staff;
- Selection and appointment of administrators;
- Issues that affect the ability of students to complete their education; and
- Other issues that arise from time to time that affect the overall welfare of Coppin State University.
- While some members of shared governance constituency may be appointed, the substantial majority should be elected by their members. Such bodies should elect their own presiding officers.
- Coppin State University recognizes the subject matter appropriate for faculty, staff and/or student participation in the shared governance process.
The definition shall recognize:
- The responsibility of administrators for forming and articulating a vision for the institution, for providing strategic leadership and for managing its human resources, finances and operations;
- The central role of the faculty in the institution’s teaching, research and outreach and outreach programs including the assessment of the quality of these activities through peer review;
- The essential support provided by staff in facilitating the institution’s operations and the legitimate interest of the staff in participating in the development of policies and procedure that affect them and the welfare of their institutions;
- That students are the institution’s main academic educational focus and that they have a legitimate interest in matters affecting their ability to complete their education including but not limited to costs, grading and housing; and
- That there is a role for each group in the search for and selection of key institutional administrators.
- The President shall consult regularly with the institution’s elected representative bodies.
- While participation in governance by faculty, staff and students is necessary and important for the well-being of Coppin State University, the final responsibility for decision-making rests with the President, who is ultimately held accountable by the public and his elected leaders.
ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP
- Faculty, staff, and students shall each have a body of governance (Senate, SGA) with members elected by their constituents. Each elected body shall have written bylaws and meet regularly.
- The subject for each body shall be identified in accordance with University System of Maryland policy at
- Faculty: I-6.00(III C.2) and III-3 and I-2.00 as described in the Faculty Senate Bylaws.
- Staff: I-6.00 (III C.3) and I-3.5 as described in the Staff Senate Bylaws.
- Students: I-6.00 III C.4) I- 3.01and III-3 as described in the Student Government Bylaws.
Shared governance for Coppin State University shall be represented by the separate bodies for faculty, staff and students. Members of this body will be selected from the official membership of the respective elected constituent governing bodies.
ARTICLE IV. BYLAWS
Each elected constituencies governing body shall establish its own internal governing structure, have written bylaws and shall meet regularly.
ARTICLE V. – Parliamentary Authority
The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised shall govern meetings to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with the Bylaws of Faculty Senate, Staff, and Student Government Association.
ARTICLE VI. – Amendment Procedures
The Policy on Shared Governance may be amended by a two-thirds vote of any one of the constituent bodies. That amendment must be ratified by a simple majority of the other three constituent bodies.
This document was approved by representatives from the Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, Student Government Association and administrators effective November, 2013.