Suffolk University is committed to a model of shared governance. This model recognizes that the University administration, program directors, school deans, department chairs, and the faculty each has a legitimate and necessary role in formulating and evaluating academic and administrative policies and in participating in those processes. The faculty shares responsibility for the implementation of the academic mission of the university. The faculty also shares responsibility for the creation, implementation, and resolution of policies and issues that relate to academic freedom; faculty governance; professional ethics; standards and responsibilities; curriculum; faculty status; assurance of learning; academic program creation and review; and those aspects of student life that relate to the educational process. In order for the faculty to adequately fulfill that role, department chairs, deans and other administrators should supply appropriate information to the faculty to aid them in making informed decisions.
Suffolk University recognizes the important role of accrediting associations in shaping the organization and governance of individual schools, departments and programs. Provisions of the University Faculty Handbook must be consistent with the standards set forth by pertinent accrediting agencies, associations and commissions.
Suffolk University is a comprehensive academic institution. The University is comprised of three academic units: the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), Sawyer Business School (SBS), and Suffolk University Law School.
The University Faculty Senate is structured as provided in its constitution. It is the recognized representative university faculty body enabling the faculty of the three schools to participate directly and fully in the shared and transparent governance of the University. It works in close communication and collaboration with the president, provost, deans, and principal administrators in addressing, discussing and resolving issues of concern to the faculty and to the University. The Faculty Senate works to implement the mission of the University and aids in the implementation of the University Strategic Plan. The Faculty Senate also works to unite the faculty of the three schools in recommending and promoting policies that it believes are in the best interest of the students, faculty, and University. The University recognizes the vital role exercised by the faculty in implementing the educational mission of the three schools and as such may seek the advice and consent of the faculty through the Faculty Senate.
In addition, specific duties of the Faculty Senate include but are not limited to:
Each of Suffolk University’s schools pursues its work though a Faculty Assembly, standing committees and other committees. These bodies share governance responsibility with the school and University administration for ensuring the efficient and effective implementation of the School’s mission and strategic plan. Specific governance procedures are included for CAS in Section Eleven, SBS in Section Twelve, and the Law School in Section Thirteen (“school-specific sections) of this University Faculty Handbook.