CONSTITUTION OF THE LIMA CAMPUS FACULTY ASSEMBLY
(Adopted March 29, 1967, revised September, 1983 and June
The traditions of the academic community demand that the
faculties of the colleges and schools of The Ohio State
University and their academic equivalents participate fully
in the governance and development of the University. It is
recognized that authority to guide and regulate the
University is vested by the Ohio Legislature in the Board
Trustees and the President. The Lima Campus faculty
acknowledges responsibility to communicate to those
exercising authority over the institution its views on
matters bearing upon the educational program, the welfare
the students, the faculty, and the institution-at-large.
This Constitution is thereby established to facilitate
communication, to assist in developing policy for this
campus, and undertake the responsibilities of an academic
Composition and Organization of the Lima Campus Faculty
Section 1. Membership
a. Membership of the Assembly shall include all members
of the OSU Lima Faculty with a "regular appointment" and
the following categories of instructional personnel holding
a "special appointment": 1 Those having an annual
appointment of 50% or more, or 2 Those having a quarterly
appointment of 100%.
b. Librarians with faculty rank, for purposes of
determining eligibility to membership, shall be
considered as members of the instructional staff
with full privileges of the Assembly.
c. Membership of the Assembly shall include the Dean
and Director, the Associate Dean, and the
Coordinator of the Learning Center.
Section 2. Functions of the Assembly
a. The Assembly shall operate under the Constitution
and By Laws and shall be the official forum and
voice of the Lima Campus faculty.
b. The Assembly shall be concerned with the general
welfare of the faculty and students and shall
advise the Dean and Director in the operation of
the regional campus, help form policy, and initiate
and conduct programs.
c. It shall communicate through appropriate channels
its concerns, findings, and decisions.
d. It shall, when appropriate, assist in the
development and/or execution of University College
policies and programs.
e. It shall elect and instruct its University Senate
f. It shall elect representatives to appropriate local
and intercampus University college boards,
commissions, and committees including the Regional
Campus Faculty Council.
g. It shall urge individual members to use regular
channels available to them as members of The Ohio
State University faculty when such a course of
action is appropriate.
Section.3. Faculty Executive Committee
The Faculty Executive Committee shall consist of
the Dean and Director, the elected officers of the
Faculty Assembly, the university senator, the
regional campus faculty council representative,
and the chairmen of the Academic Planning
curriculum and budget committees. The faculty
executive committee shall be chaired by the Dean
and Director or designee.
Section 4. Meetings of the Assembly
a. Regular meetings of the Assembly shall be held
monthly from October to June. The October meeting
shall be called by the President of the Assembly
(hereafter, the President), as soon after the
beginning of the Autumn Quarter as is feasible to
permit attendance by a quorum of the members. At
this meeting the members shall choose their regular
b. Special meetings of the Assembly shall be called by
the President at the initiative of the President or
within a week after receiving a written request of
10% of the members.
c. From July to September, the Faculty Executive
Committee shall conduct the business of the
Assembly. In the absence of the Faculty Executive
Committee, the President shall appoint an interim
committee. Any actions taken by the Faculty
Executive Committee (or by an interim committee)
shall be promptly reported by mail to the members
of the Assembly. Such actions shall be subject to
the review and final approval of the Assembly at
the October meeting.
d. Minutes of the meetings shall be kept and shall be
filed in the regional campus library.
Section 5. Notices and Agenda of Meetings
a. The Faculty Executive Committee shall promulgate an
agenda for all regularly scheduled meetings of the
Assembly at least seven days before the meeting
date. Reports from standing and special committees
shall be included on the agenda for each regular
b. The notices of all meetings shall be sent by the
Secretary to the members currently on campus via
the campus mail service at least three days before
Section 6. Presiding Officer
The President of the Assembly shall serve as
presiding officer at the meetings of the Assembly.
In the absence of the President, the Vice-President
shall serve as the presiding officer. In the
absence of both from the chair, the President shall
appoint a temporary presiding officer for that
meeting only. No executive duties shall be
performed by this temporary officer, other than
Section 7. Procedure for the Meetings
The President shall appoint a Parliamentarian. The
meetings shall be conducted according to standard
parliamentary procedure such as found in Robert's
Rules of Order Revised.
Section 8. Quorum
A quorum shall consist of an absolute majority of
the members, less any members having an excused
absence at the time of the meeting.
Section 9. Dues, Fines, Assessments, and Expenditures
The Assembly may levy dues, fines, or assessments
on its regular members by a two-thirds vote of
those present at the meeting where such action is
taken. Expenditures shall be appropriated by a
ARTICLE II - Officers and Elections
Section 1. Officers
a. The officers elected by the Assembly shall be
President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.
b. Each officer shall be a member of the Assembly.
c. The Officers shall serve for the academic year.
d. Duties of the Officers:
a. - The President shall call and preside at
meetings of the Assembly, represent the Assembly
in meetings with the Dean' and Director, inform
the Dean and Director of the business and
recommendations of the Assembly, appoint
committees, and carry out business as instructed
by the Assembly. The President, as any other
member, may-vote once on any question but
usually votes only when a ballot is used or to
make or break a tie.
b. The Vice-President shall act in the absence of
the President and carry out special duties
assigned by the President.
c. The Secretary shall notify members of the time
and place of each meeting, keep a record of the
meetings and of all action and correspondence of
the Assembly, keep an up-to-date list of
Constitutional By Laws to reflect current
practice of the Assembly, and provide each
member with a current list of committee
d. The Treasurer shall collect dues and
assessments, keep a record of income and
expenditures, and pay bills of the Assembly.
The records shall be available for inspection by
any member. A committee, appointed by the
President in April, shall audit the financial
records prior to the close of each academic year
and shall report to the Assembly.
e. Additional officers may be named by the action of
Section 2. Elections
The officers shall be elected by a secret ballot
after nomination from the floor at the regular
meeting in May each year: a majority shall elect.
A second ballot will be conducted if no candidate
receives 50% plus one of the votes cast. The
second ballot will be restricted to the two
candidates who have received the highest numbers
Section 3. Recall
Any officer may be removed from office upon the
presentation to the Assembly of a petition signed
by one-fourth of the members, and after the
officer has at least seven days notice of the
specific charges, and, at the officer's request,
after a hearing by the Assembly in which the
charged officer has adequate opportunity to
present a defense. The vote to remove any officer
shall require two-thirds approval of the members
of the Assembly.
Section 4. Vacancies
Vacancies which occur during the academic year shall
be filled at the next regular meeting of the Assembly.
ARTICLE III - Committees
Section 1. Committee Types and Responsibilities
Committees shall be of three types: constitutional
committees, standing committees, and special committees.
a. Constitutional committees are those committees whose
composition and responsibilities are provided for in this
b. Standing committees are those established to study
matters of continuing and recurring interest to the
Assembly and shall include four uniform standing
committees. The uniform standing committees are:
1. A Faculty Executive Committee which shall advise the
Dean and Director in the development and change of
policies pertaining to programs and functions of the
regional campus, aid the President in preparing the
agenda for Assembly meetings, and conduct the
business of the Assembly from July to September.
2. An Academic Planning Curriculum Committee which
shall advise the Dean and Director or designee
concerning course offerings, and develop
recommendations for long-range curricular and
faculty staffing plans.
3. A Budget Committee which shall advise the Dean and
Director in the allocation of resources in the
annual budget, inform faculty about the budget, and
communicate faculty input on the budget to the Dean
4. A Promotion and Tenure Committee which shall prepare
written evaluations for required reviews for
promotion and tenure and for candidacy for promotion
and tenure, and transmit these evaluations to the
Dean and Director of the regional campus and to the
chairman of the appropriate academic department or
c. Special committees may be established for the study
of specific problems that do not properly come within
the purview of a standing or constitutional committee
or that warrant the consideration of faculty members
with special qualifications.
Section 2. Creation of Committees
Standing and special committees shall be established
during regular or special meetings of the Assembly.
a. A committee may be established by the motion of any
member and the approval of a majority vote of the
b. The Assembly's instructions to the committees will be
as specific as circumstances permit.
c. Standing committees will be elected or appointed by
the Assembly as provided in the By Laws.
d. Special committees will be dissolved when their final
report has been approved by the Assembly.
e. Special committees may be established by the
President with the concurrence of the other members of the
Faculty Executive Committee on urgent matters that are
appropriate for committee action but cannot practicably be
delayed to await action by the Assembly.
f. Committee vacancies shall be filled promptly by the
procedure specified in the Constitution or its By-Laws.
Section 3. General Authority of Committees
Committees shall not exceed the authority delegated to
them by the Assembly and shall report regularly to the
Section 4. Committee Personnel
All committee members elected by the Assembly must be
members of the Assembly; however, non-members may be
invited to participate in committee or sub-committee
activities. Committee meetings shall be convened by the
Chairman of the committee.
ARTICLE IV Amendments
Section 1. Proposals
a. Any member may submit a proposed amendment by
filing copy with the Secretary.
b. The Assembly must act upon the request no later
than regular meeting following such filing.
Section 2. Publication
Every proposed amendment shall be distributed by the
Secretary to the members currently on campus via the
campus mail service at least seven days before the
next regular meeting.
Section 3. Discussion
Opportunity for debate at a regular or special meeting
shall be provided for every proposed amendment.
Section 4. Ratification
Amendments shall be ratified by a two-thirds vote of
ARTICLE V - Adoption
This Constitution shall be adopted by the assent of two-
thirds of those who are defined by this Constitution as