Faculty Rights, Privileges and Responsibilities FY2021

Committee Details:

Committee: Faculty Rights, Privileges, and Responsibilities
Committee Category: Standing Committees of the Faculty Senate
Fiscal Year: 2021

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


Chair: Chris Crandall, Psychology (2021)
Larry Davidow, Pharmacy Practice (2022)
Patricia Gaston, Journalism (2022)
Emma Scioli, Classics (2022)
Amalia Monroe-Gulick, Libraries (2023)
Robert Schwaller, History (2023)
Dale Urie, Humanities (2021)


Approved by FacEx: June 5, 2020
Approved by Faculty Senate: September 10, 2020

For further information or to schedule a meeting with FacEx to discuss charges or the committee’s work, contact FacEx Chair Lua Yuille.

  • Minutes of each meeting should be e-mailed to the Governance Office (govern@ku.edu) 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, please contact Kathy Reed at kreed@ku.edu  
  • 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, and submit the final report by April 30, 2021.

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. Be prepared to review recommendations from Ad-Hoc Committee that is reviewing and suggesting revisions to the Dismissal Procedures for Tenured and Unclassified Academic Staff (after their probation period.)
  2. FRPR work with CTE and Vice Provost Chris Brown, to develop procedures that ensure the confidentiality of instructor personnel records are not compromised by the use of online student evaluations.
  3. Work with the Ad Hoc group on Non-Tenure Track Faculty, to determine policies that will facilitated and expedite the following goals:
  • Convert NTTF single-year contracts to multi-year appointments (such as the Teaching Professor track)
  • Mandate that units provide minimum 3 months advance notice to NTTF re: (non)renewal of contracts.
  1. Review and become familiar with University Senate Rules and Regulations, Article VII. Financial Exigency procedures.  
  1. The Faculty Senate Executive Committee met on September 8, 2020, to review and discuss the three attached responses from Provost Bichelmeyer, regarding amendments to the FSRR, Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct, and the Faculty Handbook.  FacEx is returning the three documents to the committee, requesting that the committee review the responses from the Provost, and respond to FacEx with possible revisions and comments to the objections raised by the Provost.  FacEx also suggests that FRPR consult with the Vice Provost for Faculty Development, Chris Brown, and Marie Taylor, General Counsel, with their revisions and comments.     


Provost Response to FSRR Article X. Interim or Acting administrators (attached) 

Provost Response to an amendment to Article III. Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct. (attached)

Provost Response to Dismissal of Tenured Faculty, FSRR 7.5, and Faculty Handbook (attached)

Meeting Minutes


Final Reports and Outcomes


Faculty Rights, Privileges and Responsibilities FY2021