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Shared Governance at Detroit Mercy: College-level Shared Governance

College of Engineering and Science

College of Health Professions

The bylaws and other Shared Governance materials for College of Health Professions (CHP) and McAuley School of Nursing (MSON) are located on Blackboard sites to which all relevant faculty have access.

College of Health Professions:

The CHP uses a shared governance model that promotes collaboration, shared decision-making, and accountability to conduct business. A shared governance model is utilized to structure shared responsibility and cooperative action by faculty, staff, and administration to achieve high quality health professions program delivery and outcomes. Shared governance is a partnership designed to achieve shared decision-making, collaboration, and accountability in the conduct of business.  The CHP embraces the “Joint Policy Statement on a Faculty Rights and Responsibilities Framework” adopted by Detroit Mercy’s Board of Trustees and the UDMPU.

McAuley School of Nursing:

The MSON uses a shared governance model to structure shared responsibility and cooperative action by faculty, staff, and administration to achieve high quality MSON program delivery and outcomes. Shared governance is a partnership designed to achieve shared decision-making, collaboration, and accountability in the conduct of business. The MSON embraces the “Joint Policy Statement on a Faculty Rights and Responsibilities Framework” adopted by Detroit Mercy’s Board of Trustees and the UDMPU.

College of Liberal Arts and Education

Shared Governance Issues Management

The Shared Governance Task Force (SGTF) is responsible for monitoring university shared governance activities and ensuring adherence to the structure and operations outlined in the Shared Governance Modification Proposal (SGMP) approved by the five university entities: faculty on the McNichols, Riverfront, and Corktown Campuses; university administration; and the Board of Trustees. In this role, the SGTF serves as a resource for individuals or entities with questions about relative powers, responsibilities, and protocols under the university’s shared governance framework. 

SGTF may serve as an advisory body to help facilitate effective shared governance at the level of school/college/libraries. In these contexts, the role of the SGTF is restricted to questions about the relative powers, responsibilities, and protocols within the school/college/libraries and whether they are consistent with the SGMP. The SGTF holds no authority over elections/appointments or internal shared governance operational policies of colleges/schools/libraries which are consistent with the university SGMP and will operate within the underlying principle (1.4) of the SGMP “that different parts of the university must have substantial freedom and autonomy….This principle recognizes the rights and responsibilities of each of the school/college/[and libraries] on the three campuses to develop their own shared governance structure.”

Any individual or shared governance entity may contact the SGTF for answers to shared governance questions; interpretation of shared governance documents; or to report a possible violation of shared governance.  In the latter case, the SGTF will determine whether a violation of shared governance has occurred and, if there is a violation, may make recommendations to the originator of the submitted conflict and the Provost/VPAA on changes necessary to resolve the violation. 

Contact the SGTF: sharedgovernance@udmercy.edu.

 

 

Approved: MFA, ALT, SGTF April 2021