Functions: (1) At the request of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, to review allegations by a member of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences that his or her academic freedom has been violated, and, if the evidence warrants, to forward the case to the Council on Academic Freedom and Responsibility for further action, as set forth in the Agreement Concerning Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Responsibility of Faculty Members detailed in the OGFDC. (2) To review certain disciplinary actions and recommendations for disciplinary action by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, as set forth in the Agreement Concerning Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Responsibility of Faculty Members detailed in the OGFDC. (3) To review certain appeals by Arts and Sciences faculty of reappointment, promotion and tenure decisions, as set forth in Section V-C. (4) To report annually to the President on its activities during the prior year.
Membership: (1) The Council will consist of eighteen members. (2) Elections will be conducted annually in the spring term by a two-stage preferential ballot. The names of all full-time members of the General Faculty, including those on leave, but excepting those holding administrative offices other than department or program chair, will appear on the first-stage ballot. Each voter will select twelve names. The names of twenty-four persons receiving the highest number of votes will appear on the second ballot. Each voter will select and rank six of these twenty-four names. The six persons receiving the highest number of votes on the second-stage ballot will become members of the Council for a full three-year term. Vacancies on the Council will be filled by appointment in descending order of number of votes received by the first twelve persons on the most recent second-stage ballot. Further vacancies will be filled in the same manner from the next most recent second-stage ballot, and so forth, all such appointments to be valid only until the next spring term elections. The above procedures will be modified if necessary, to ensure that all faculties are represented on the Council. (3) All full-time members of the General Faculty, including those on leave, will be eligible to vote in Council elections. (4) Five members of the Council will constitute the Panel for any case brought before it. Selection of the five Panel members shall be by drawing of lots. Upon challenge or withdrawal of Panel members, under rules set forth in Section 7 of the Agreement Concerning Academic Freedom,Tenure, and Responsibility of Faculty Members, alternate members of the Panel shall likewise be drawn by lot. (5) If the entire membership of the Council available for an individual case should be exhausted by voluntary withdrawals and/or challenges, the Council shall be replenished in the manner described in (2) for purposes of that case only. (6) The Council will have a secretary, to be appointed each spring from the membership of the Council by the President for a one-year term. The secretary will receive charges inaugurating Council proceedings, will supervise drawings by lot, will preside over any challenge procedures, and will record voluntary withdrawals by Council members. (7) After challenges and voluntary withdrawals are completed in any individual case, the five-member Panel which will hear that case will elect its own Panel chair.