Comprehensive Standard 3.7.5
The institution publishes policies on the responsibility and authority of faculty in academic and governance matters. (Faculty role in governance)
The University of South Carolina Upstate (USC Upstate) has established policies that explicitly delineate the responsibilities and authority of its faculty in all governance and academic matters. USC Upstate's policies and procedures regarding faculty rights and responsibilities are published in the Faculty Manual. As noted in the Faculty Manual, “the Board of Trustees is the governing body of the university and the powers of the President and the faculty are delegated by the Board in accord with its policies. In all matters pertaining to the standards of admission, registration, requirements for the granting of degrees earned in course, the curricula, instruction, research, extracurricular activities, discipline of students, the educational policies and standards of the university, and all other matters pertaining to the conduct of faculty affairs, including the discipline of its own members, the faculty has legislative powers subject to the review of the Chancellor, the President, and the Board of Trustees.”
Representative minutes from the Faculty Senate meetings of January 22, 2010, November 5, 2010, and March 25, 2011 demonstrate adherence to policies pertaining to faculty roles in governance.