The Regents' Rules and Regulations and the Institutional Handbook of Operating Procedures (IHOP) for The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) describe faculty rights and responsibilities in academic and governance matters:
"Subject to the authority of The University of Texas System Board of Regents and subject further to the authority that the Board has vested in the various administrative officers and subdivisions of the System, the faculties of UTMB regularly offering instruction shall have a major role in the governance of their respective institutions in the following areas: (a) general educational policies and welfare; (b) student life and activities; (c) requirements for admission and graduation; (d) honors and scholastic performance generally; (e) approval of candidates for degrees; and (f) faculty rules of procedure (1) (2)."
Rights and responsibilities of faculty members are also delineated in the IHOP (3) and are based on rules promulgated by the University of Texas System Board of Regents. According to the Regentsí Rules, the duties of a faculty member are to: (a) teach in the classroom, laboratory, seminar, or clinical setting; (b) study, investigate, discover, create, and develop professionally; (c) perform curricular tasks auxiliary to teaching and research, e.g., serving on faculty committees, attending to administrative and disciplinary tasks, fostering intellectual curiosity and integrity in the student body; and (d) use their professional expertise to benefit society (4).
The Regentsí Rules stipulate that the institutional Academic Senate or other representative faculty body should be consulted in the development of the review policies and procedures for evaluation of administrators below the level of president. In addition, those evaluations are to include input from the faculty in general (5).
The Faculty Senate has legislative authority and makes recommendations to the university president. It is comprised of 26 elected members representing the four schools. Procedures for electing senators are detailed in the Faculty Senate Bylaws. The Faculty Senate accomplishes its academic and governance work through the committee structure detailed in Article 6 of the Bylaws (6). The Governance Committee is charged with periodically assessing the scope of faculty responsibility over governance at UTMB and each of the schools. The Faculty Quality Committee is responsible for deliberating on issues of faculty status, rights, and responsibilities, and, when necessary, investigate instances of curtailment of faulty prerogatives, infringement of faculty rights, interference in the discharge of faculty responsibilities, and recommend measures to the Executive Committee of the Senate to communicate to the president, vice presidents, and other key administrators of UTMB. Senate minutes from 2003-present are available on line (7).