Faculty members have an obligation to be informed about issues affecting the greater good of the University community and to become involved in decision-making, especially regarding academic affairs. The faculty's role as active participants in University governance is assured through the Faculty Senate's Constitution and Bylaws.
The Faculty Senate, with elected representatives from faculty ranks, is an advisory body to the President and the Board of Trustees and is a recognized channel of communication between faculty and administration. The Faculty Senate makes recommendations to the President on academic matters and other issues of importance to faculty. In addition to these elected positions, faculty are participating members on University committees. The Faculty Senate also serves as a committee on committees and annually reviews the University committee structure, recommending changes in committees and committee memberships.