Revision of the Governance Document & Creation of School Bylaws

The University of Massachusetts Medical School has undergone a two-year review of the campus governance involving the Faculty Council, Executive Council, faculty-at-large and administration and has cuminated in the revison to the Governance Document. The University's Board of Trustees approved the revision to the Governance Document (Doc. T03-035) at their meeting September 18, 2013. In conjunction with the revision, each of the three schools shall revise or establish bylaws to set forth the operating procedures and administration of their respective school.

The Board-approved Governance Document for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (previoulsy identified as Doc. T86-085) has become the Bylaws for the GSBS. The Bylaws were since revised with input from GSBS Faculty, GSBS Assembly, standing committees, legal counsel, and administration. The final version is avaialble online: Approved Bylaws pdficon

The Board-approved Governance Document for the Graduate School of Nursing (Doc. T91-028 ) also has become the Bylaws for the GSN. The GSN Assembly is undertaking review of the document and finalizing their recommended revision. The review will follow the process outlined in Article II, Section A.1.a of the Governance Document on pages 6-7. Information will be made availabe on this webpage as it becomes available.

The School of Medicine (SOM) Bylaws have been created with input from SOM Faculty, governing bodies, standing committees, legal counsel, and administration. The final version is avaialble online: Approved Bylaws pdficon

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Process for Revision Overview Resources

 

Governance Structure

Process for Revision

The Governance Document is evaluated every five years by the Executive and Faculty Councils by a process defined in Article VII of the Governance Document:

  • Amendments to the document shall require approval by two-thirds vote of both the Faculty Council and the Executive Council.
  • The approved amended document shall then be submitted to the faculty-at-large for a vote for or against its acceptance. A simple majority of votes cast shall be required for approval of the document.
  • Proposed amendments shall then be transmitted for administrative and Trustee approval.