Board of Trustees

3335-5-48.9  Committee on academic freedom and responsibility.

(A)  Membership.

The committee on academic freedom and responsibility shall consist of seven members during autumn and spring semesters and nine members from May to the beginning of autumn semester.

(1)  Six regular tenure-track faculty (eight during the summer period), at least three of whom are members of the senate or members-elect at the time of their selection by the faculty council.  The term of service begins in the summer session following election and extends through the summer session following the third year of service.

(2)  One graduate teaching, research, or administrative associates.

(B)  Duties and responsibilities.

(1)  Study all conditions which may affect the academic freedom or responsibility of the faculty of the university, including the review of proposed changes in the "Faculty Handbook," Chapter 3335-6 of the Administrative Code (rules of the university faculty concerning faculty appointments, reappointments, promotion and tenure), and such changes in the "Operating Manual" as may impinge upon academic freedom or tenure.  If the committee finds that any such proposed change adversely affects academic freedom or tenure, it shall report that finding promptly to the senate for its review.

(2)  Hear and investigate complaints by individual faculty members concerning alleged infringements upon academic freedom or responsibility in the university; report findings and recommendations to the parties involved with the hope of mediating a dispute and report to the senate if further action by the senate is appropriate.

(3)  Hear and investigate complaints by individual faculty members concerning alleged improper evaluation under the procedures of rule 3335-5-05 of the Administrative Code.

(C)  Organization.

(1)  A quorum consists of four members.

(2)  As a standing committee of the senate, this committee is also governed by the provisions of rules 3335-5-46 and 3335-5-48 of the Administrative Code.

(3)  Graduate Student member is recused in cases pertaining to Promotion and Tenure of faculty members.  (B/T 5/1/86, B/T 2/5/88, B/T 2/4/93, B/T 11/4/94, B/T 5/3/96, B/T 7/11/97, B/T 6/4/2004, B/T 6/7/2005, B/T 6/22/2012)