The University of California has a long tradition of shared governance. Faculty and Administration share responsibility for the conduct of activities within the University. Specific responsibilities for the academic program of courses and curriculum are reserved to the Faculty and planning of resource allocation is determined primarily by the Administration. Shared governance generates consensus with regard to significant changes in policy, procedures and organization.
The DGSOM at UCLA, as part of the University of California, is subject to this same spirit and process of shared governance. These Faculty Bylaws define the mechanisms through which the DGSOM Faculty fulfill their obligations to the governance of the School.
ARTICLE I. GENERAL
Section 1: Purpose
The Faculty shall conduct the government of the DGSOM, subject to the rules and coordinating powers of the Board of Regents and the Academic Senate as may be applicable.
Section 2: Source of Authority
The membership, duties, powers and privileges of the Academic Senate are defined by the Standing Orders of the Regents of the University of California.
The Los Angeles Division is a Committee of the Academic Senate of the University of California and is subject to the Bylaws of the University Academic Senate.
The Faculty of the DGSOM at UCLA is a Committee of the Los Angeles Division and is directly responsible to the Division and subject to its Bylaws. Except as otherwise provided, the governance of the DGSOM is vested in its Faculty which is authorized to organize, to select its own officers and committees, and to adopt rules for the conduct of its business.
ARTICLE II. MEMBERSHIP
Membership in the Faculty of the DGSOM is defined by Regent Standing Order 105.1(a) and Division Bylaw 50 (A)(1-4).
ARTICLE III. DUTIES
Section 1: Curricula to Fulfill the Requirements of the M.D. Degree
The Faculty of the DGSOM shall authorize and supervise all courses and curricula offered in pursuit of the degree of Doctor of Medicine (Regent Standing Order 105.2b).
No change in the curriculum of the DGSOM may be made by any agency, including the FEC, until the proposed change has been submitted to the formal consideration of the Faculty (Academic Senate Protected Bylaw 51; Division Bylaw 10B).
The Faculty's control over curriculum does not extend to courses and curricula that lead to other degrees, such as the Ph.D., since review and authorization of these programs remain under the jurisdiction of the Graduate Council of the Los Angeles Division.
Section 2: Admission, Progress, and Promotion of Students Pursuing the M.D. Degree
The Faculty of the DGSOM shall set policies for the admission of candidates for the degree of Doctor of Medicine and for completion of the degree, and select students for admission.
The Faculty shall determine whether students are making satisfactory progress or shall be required to repeat courses, remediate deficiencies, or be dismissed from the School. This shall be conducted by the Committee on Academic Standing, Progress, and Promotion of Medical Students.
The Faculty shall recommend candidates for the M.D. degree to the President of the University through the Academic Senate, based on a list of candidates proposed by the FEC, with consultation from the DGSOM Vice Dean for Education.
Section 3: Educational and Budgetary Resources
The Faculty of the DGSOM may form a Committee on Planning and Budget analogous to the Los Angeles Division's Council on Planning and Budget (Division Bylaw 65.3). The Faculty has the authority to investigate and make recommendations concerning the allocation of educational and budgetary resources, academic priorities, and the planning and budgetary process within the DGSOM. These recommendations may be made to the Dean, to the Los Angeles Division, and/or to the Chancellor.
Section 4: Other
The powers and duties of the Faculty shall not be construed as limited to those explicitly considered in these Bylaws.
ARTICLE IV. OFFICERS
The officers of the Faculty shall consist of a Chair and a Vice-Chair.
The Vice-Chair, who serves as chair-elect, will be elected every two years by the Faculty and shall serve for six years: the first two years as Vice-Chair, the third and fourth years as Chair, and the fifth and six years as Immediate Past-Chair.
The Chair shall serve as Chair of the FEC.
ARTICLE V. COMMITTEES
Section 1: Faculty Executive Committee
Other members of the FEC shall serve without vote and consist of:
B. Term of Office
C. Nominations and Elections
A quorum shall consist of any nine voting members.
Section 2: Standing Committees of the Faculty
A. There shall be seven Standing Committees:
B. Appointment and Term of Service
C. General Procedures:
Section 3: Ad Hoc Committees of the Faculty
The FEC may appoint ad hoc committees to research, study, and develop recommendations regarding an issue. An ad hoc committee shall consist of as many members as may be appropriate, plus a Chair. All members and the Chair shall serve only as long as the committee is constituted as determined by the FEC.
ARTICLE VI. MEETINGS OF THE FACULTY
A. The Faculty at large shall meet at least once annually after a call by the Chair. The notice shall be circulated at least one week prior to the meeting.
B. The Faculty may meet at other times with at least two instructional days’ notice:
1. After a call by the Chair.
2. After delivery to the Chair or Vice-Chair of a written request for a meeting signed by at least 25 voting members of the Faculty. The request shall be acted on within 48 hours by scheduling a meeting to take place within five calendar days.
C. The Chair of the Faculty shall preside. In the absence of the Chair, the Vice-Chair shall preside. Should the Vice-Chair also be absent, an FEC member designated by the Chair shall preside.
D. Voting members shall consist of DGSOM Faculty in any Academic Senate series and full-time Health Sciences Clinical faculty. Other non-Academic Senate faculty members have the right to attend and participate, but shall not vote.
E. The agenda shall include the following, in the stated order:
F. The order of the agenda may be altered by vote of two-thirds of the voting Faculty present at the meeting.
G. Thirty members of the voting Faculty shall constitute a quorum.
H. Actions or measures considered must be submitted to a mail or electronic ballot in the following circumstances:
1. Requested by 25% of the voting members present, or 15 members, whichever is smaller.
2. Requested in writing by 50 Faculty members within 10 calendar days after distribution of the minutes of the meeting at which the action was taken or the measure considered.
I. The latest edition of Sturgis Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure shall be used as a guide in proceedings of Faculty meetings when not in conflict with these Bylaws.
ARTICLE VII. AMENDMENTS
A. New Bylaws may be adopted, or these Bylaws may be amended or repealed, at a regular or special meeting of the Faculty by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the Faculty voting, provided that a written notice of the proposed change is mailed to each member of the Faculty at least five days of instruction before the meeting at which the action is taken.
B. No change in these Bylaws may be made that will be in conflict with the Bylaws, Regulations, or Legislative Rulings of the Academic Senate.
Reviewed and Approved by the DGSOM FEC April 7, 2020.
UCLA Academic Senate approval pending.