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Faculty Senate Chairs' Announcements Academic Year 2018-2019

11 September 2018

ISU Draft Constitution


One of Faculty Senate’s main priorities this fall is to draft an ISU Faculty Constitution and see it ratified in an all-faculty vote and signed by President Satterlee. The Senate has created a Constitution Committee to spearhead this effort. That committee, in consultation with President Satterlee, has produced a working draft constitution, and the Senate has unanimously voted to accept it. Please find attached the ISU Draft Constitution 09-06-2018. We ask you to review the draft and provide your feedback. We are particularly interested in your answers to the following questions:

  • Would you support this draft if it were proposed for adoption as the ISU Faculty Constitution?
  • Are there changes that you would like to see to this draft to improve it?

If possible, please submit your feedback to, by Sept. 21st

In connection with this review, the Senate has also scheduled an open forum to discuss the draft. The forum will be held Monday, September 17, 4:00-6:00 pm, Rendezvous Suites (A,B, and C) in Pocatello, Meridian 683, Idaho Falls-Bennion Room, and Twin Falls-Hepworth 144.


Laura Ahola-Young     
Faculty Senate Co-Chair                                  

Jim Skidmore
Constitution Committee Chair 


Further Information on This Working Draft

The working draft attached is a modified version of the proposed constitution created by the ISU Provisional Faculty Senate in 2011 and approved by a 2/3rds majority in an all-faculty vote that year. 

The Constitution Committee believes that there are a number of considerations that favor taking that draft as our model. First, it is a draft that has a strong pedigree with ISU faculty. It was subject to a thorough vetting process and ultimately ratified by faculty in 2011. Second, this draft embodies a fundamentally traditional model of shared governance. It is grounded in longstanding principles of academic freedom and shared governance that are widely embraced by peer institutions. The draft borrows much of its language in these areas from classic statements such as the AAUP’s “1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure” and its 1966 “Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities.”

The committee has been working closely with the President and is confident that this is a draft that he can also support. In consultation with the President, the committee has recommended one change to the proposed constitution of 2011. We have included this change—marked up to highlight it—in the document we attach here. The committee believes that this change clarifies further a key aspect of traditional shared governance. 

If you have any questions or concerns about this draft, please don’t hesitate to contact Jim Skidmore, Chair of the Constitution Committee, at He is also available to meet with departments or other faculty groups to discuss the document.



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