Welcome to the Office of University Governance

The Governance system at the University of Kansas has been described as a "shared" system of governance.  Each of the Senates, Faculty, Staff and Students have a direct line of communication with the Provost and Chancellor.  The University Senate consists of representatives from the three constituent senates: Faculty Senate, Student Senate, and Staff Senate.  The University and Faculty Senate develop, amend, and monitor university policies in a variety of areas.  Although the senates are a vital role in the development and implementation of university policy, the ultimate legal authority to decide rests with the Chancellor.The Governance system at the University of Kansas has been described as a "shared" system of governance.  

The Office of University Governance provides staff support to the presidents of the University Senate and the Faculty Senate and their respective executive committees. This office coordinates and facilitates the passage of amendments to the University Senate Code, the University Senate Rules and Regulations, and the Faculty Senate Rules and Regulations through the governance legislative process until approval by the University or Faculty Senate, Provost and the Chancellor.

The Governance Office serves as the initial point of contact and provides support to the University Senate Judicial Board, the Faculty Senate Faculty Rights Board, the University Support Staff Disciplinary Action Hearing Board, the FacEx Appeals Committee, the SenEx Basketball Committee, and provides interpretation of governance documents (USRR, CODE and FSRR.) The Office also provoides support for the Staff Senate, when requested.    

The University Senate Code (CODE)  details the organization, structure, responsibilities, and membership of Governance committees and boards.  It also describes amendment procedures. 

The University Senate Rules and Regulations (USRR) establishes and describes the procedures governing university-wide policy on academic schedules, academic work and evaluation, graduation and degrees, publications, conflict resolution, financial exigency, and program discontinuance.

The Faculty Senate Rules and Regulations (FSRR) establishes and describes the procedures governing university wide-policy on admission to the University, placement examinations; resident and non-resident study, academic work, promotion and tenure procedures, sabbatical leave procedures, confidentiality of official faculty personnel records, and classified research.


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