Committee on Academic Freedom (CAF) By-laws

Section 1 The CAF is advisory to the Provost and the Faculty Senate. The Provost holds decision making authority on matters of academic freedom at the University.

Section 2 Purpose: To investigate and report alleged violations of Academic Freedom on campus; to propose remedies to Academic Freedom violations or patterns.

Section 3 Duties & Responsibilities:

  1. To meet annually (at a minimum) to review the status of violations or patterns of issues pertaining to academic freedom at Kennesaw State University and produce a report summarizing annual data. This report will be forwarded to the Provost and the Faculty Senate upon a majority vote of the committee. Minority positions will be included in the report as requested.
  2. To meet as necessary in response to grievances filed by faculty pertaining to alleged violations of academic freedom (pursuant to the process outlined in the faculty Handbook 4.4.4 III) Recommendations will be forwarded to the Provost upon a majority vote of the committee. Minority positions will be included in the report as requested.
  3. To produce an annual report to the Provost and the Faculty Senate summarizing patterns pertaining to alleged violations of academic freedom at Kennesaw State University
  4. To make recommendations for the remediation of faculty grievances to the Provost
  5. To appraise the Provost and the Faculty Senate of emerging patterns of alleged violations of academic freedom at Kennesaw State University.
  6. To provide consultation to faculty considering filing grievances pertaining to academic freedom or to faculty with questions or concerns related to issues of academic freedom.

Section 2 Membership

  1. Members of the CAF shall be intimately familiar with the principles of Academic Freedom outlined in Faculty Handbook, Section 2.1 and promulgated by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and ideally, trained in the application of those principles.
  2. The FSEC shall solicit nominations from Senators and non-Senators, and the Faculty Senate shall elect CAF members from among the nominees.
  3. The CAF shall consist of six members, including five tenured faculty members plus one University Ombud serving as a non-voting ex-officio member of the CAF.
  4. The members of the CAF shall elect a chair and secretary from amongst themselves.
    1. The chair will be responsible for assembling an agenda, facilitating meetings and voting. They will be the first point of contact for concerns or grievances but may delegate further investigation to committee members.
    2. The secretary shall take notes as well as compile and distribute minutes.
  5. Senators shall strive for disciplinary diversity on the CAF, and there shall be no more than two voting CAF members from any single college in the University.
  6. Members will serve staggered five-year terms
  7. The chair and secretary will be elected by the CAF members at the beginning of each academic year and will serve one-year terms.
  8. Changes to the Academic Freedom Complaint form must be approved by a majority vote of the CAF.
  9. Changes to these bylaws must be approved by a majority vote of the CAF.
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