Faculty Rights, Privileges and Responsibilities FY2014

Committee Details:

Committee: Faculty Rights, Privileges, and Responsibilities
Committee Category: Standing Committees of the Faculty Senate
Fiscal Year: 2014

Committee Description

Faculty Rights, Privileges and Responsibilities (FRPR):This committee monitors the implementation of policies concerning faculty rights, privileges, and responsibilities, reviews and develops policy proposals on these issues, and communicates with faculty concerning their rights, privileges, and responsibilities.

Membership: members of the Faculty serving staggered three year terms.


Chair: Jan Sheldon, Applied Behavioral Science, (2014)
Gerald Mikkelson, Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (reappointed) (2014)
Mario Medina, Civil/Environ/Arch Engineering (2015)
James Thorp, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (2015)
Kirk McClure, Urban Planning, (2015)
Amalia Monroe-Gulick, Libraries, (2016)
Rick Hale, Aerospace Engineering, (2016)
Diane Fourny, Humanities & Western Civ (2016)


Approved by FacEx: June 17, 2013
Approved by Faculty Senate: September 12, 2013

Approved by Faculty Senate:

  • For further information or to schedule a meeting with FacEx  to discuss charges or the committee’s work, contact FacEx chair Chris Steadham at csteadham@ku.edu.
  • Minutes of each meeting should be e-mailed to the Governance Office (govern@ku.edu) as soon as they are approved.  The minutes will be posted to the Governance web site.
  • If the committee is recommending a change to university policy or rules, FacEx must officially receive that recommendation by 03/25/14 in order to meet timeline requirements for full review by Governance.
  • Please send a report of the committee’s actions on each of the charges, as well as any recommendations the committee wishes to make concerning charges or membership for the following academic year, to University Governance, at govern@ku.edu. Please include the names of committee members and submit the report by April 1, 2014. If the committee still expects to conduct business after April 1, please submit a report by April 1 and later submit any addenda that may be appropriate.

Standing charges:

As circumstances require:

  1. Monitor the implementation of university policies related to the rights and responsibilities of the faculty, including the following general areas (1) appointments, promotions, granting of tenure, and non-reappointments; (2) merit evaluations, rewards and sabbatical leaves; (3) protection of the faculty’s right to privacy; and (4) intellectual property.  Review all current policy statements regarding these matters to ensure that they are adequate, appropriate, and readily available to all faculty members.  Report issues, problems, and recommendations to FacEx (ongoing).
  2. Respond to inquiries and address issues regarding faculty rights, privileges, and responsibilities (as they arise). 
  3. Communicate with representatives of the AAUP regarding their concerns relating to faculty rights, privileges and responsibilities.  Report issues, problems, and recommendations to FacEx (ongoing).

Specific charges:

  1. Gather information on the Core Curriculum course nomination, review, approval, and appeal processes.  Consider how policies and procedures might facilitate implementation of the Core Curriculum while also ensuring that the Core is ideally compatible with academic freedom.  Report findings and recommendations to FacEx.
  2. Gather information on KU’s Intellectual Property Policy as it relates to faculty and the patenting of inventions, including issues such as transparency and consulting.  Report any issues, findings, and/or recommendations to FacEx.
  3. Be prepared to revisit the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.

Meeting Minutes

September 24, 2013 (PDF)

October 8, 2013 (PDF)

October 29, 2013 (PDF)

February 11, 2014 (PDF)

Final Reports and Outcomes

Final Report FY2014 (PDF)

Faculty Rights, Privileges and Responsibilities FY2014