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352 Structural Change of an Academic Unit

Last updated on: June 14, 2013
Authority: Approved by the Board of Trustees

352.1 Structural Change of an Academic Unit

A structural change includes establishment, reorganization, abolition, merger, and subdivision, of colleges, departments, and other academic units of the University

352.2 Reorganization, Abolition, or Merger of Academic Unit(s)

Proposals to reorganize discontinue, or to merge, existing departmental academic units may be initiated internally by the department faculty or externally by the College Committee, Dean, or Provost.

352.2.1  Proposals to reorganize discontinue, or to merge, existing departmental academic units may be initiated internally by the department faculty.  Following this initial step, the proposal will be sent for approval to the department chairperson, the School/College Committee housing the Curriculum Committee unit, the Dean, and subsequently to the Provost’s Office, University CAAC, the Executive Committee and the Faculty Senate.  As the document proceeds forward, a clear rationale and minutes, where appropriate, must be included from each entity involved whether it is supportive of the action or not. These materials will be forwarded to University CAAC. Should the Proposal be rejected at any level(s) in the process below that of University CAAC, the Proposal will nevertheless proceed following the chain of authority to University CAAC.  CAAC’s recommendation will be forwarded to the Faculty Senate and Provost for review. 

352.2.2  Proposals may be initiated externally (by the College Committee of the Unit, the Academic Dean, or the Provost).  Proposals that are initiated externally will proceed up the chain of authority, beginning with the unit faculty, and be forwarded from the School/College Dean to the Provost’s office and on to University CAAC. As the document proceeds forward, a clear rationale and minutes, where appropriate, must be included from each entity involved whether it is supportive of the action or not. These materials will be forwarded to University CAAC.  As above, the proposal will proceed forward following the chain of authority to the level of the University CAAC.  CAAC’s recommendation will be forwarded to the Faculty Senate and Provost for review.

Related Information

Policy Administrator:
Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Policy Contact:
Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Parsons Hall 208
(812) 237-2304
ISU-PROVOST@indstate.edu
Policy History:
Policy 352 was approved by the Indiana State University Board of Trustees and added to the University Handbook on June 14, 2013. *Policy 399 Interpretation applies to interpretations of Policies 300 to 399 of the Policy Library.