College of Pharmacy Constitution

Date Adopted: September 2018 - Date Published: February 2021

Preamble

1.1 Mission: The College of Pharmacy inspires and educates current and future pharmacists and scientists, engages in cutting-edge research and leads practice development to improve the health of the people of Minnesota and the world.

Vision: The College of Pharmacy will be a world leader in outstanding pharmacy education and research and in improving health by:

  • Providing a dynamic educational experience to a high-achieving, high-potential, diverse student body, thus empowering them to become leaders in patient-centered, interprofessional care.
  • Leading in innovative research in pharmaceutical sciences and practice while embracing the value of interdisciplinary work.
  • Establishing relationships with patients, decision makers and practitioners to meet changing needs, model patient-centered care and shape the evolving health care system. • Preparing graduate students, residents and post-doctoral fellows to become the next generation of scientists, advanced practitioners and educators.
  • Attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff.

1.2 Professional Program Mission: The mission of the professional program is to educate pharmacists with superior knowledge and skills to provide pharmaceutical care. Supporting Statements:

  • The program teaches students through a common patient care process how to meet the drug-related needs of society at a patient specific level.
  • Emphasis is placed on preparing a generalist practitioner with the knowledge, skills, and values required to provide patient care. The program provides knowledge of the chemical, biological, physical, social, and clinical sciences that underlie pharmacy. Students in the program develop skills, such as problem solving, communication, and analytical thinking, as well as the ability to adapt to change and challenges in health care. Professional ethics, social responsibility, professional citizenship, and commitment to life-long learning are values emphasized by the program.
  • Graduates are prepared to enter pharmacy practice, advanced professional training programs, graduate education, and research.

1.3 Mission of the Graduate Programs. It is a mission of the College of Pharmacy to provide  leadership in promoting the quality of graduate education. The College of Pharmacy supports the  education and training of graduate students to advance chemistry and biology relevant to drug  discovery; human pharmacology; experimental therapeutics; development and assessment of  drug delivery systems; improved individual patient outcomes; and efficient, economical, and  equitable healthcare systems for society.  

1.4 Mission of Residency Programs. The mission of residency programs is to train pharmacists to be highly qualified, independent, patient-centered care providers, who are leaders in providing innovative and comprehensive medication management and advancing the safe and appropriate medication use within the healthcare system. 

1.5 It is the purpose of this Constitution to foster an active, informed faculty, and to promote open communication among the faculty, academic professional and administrative staff, students, support staff, and the administration of the College. Toward this end, the Constitution provides a democratic framework in which are defined the roles of the faculty, academic professional and administrative staff, students, support staff, and administration in initiating recommendations, formulating decisions, and communicating the basis for decisions to those affected.

1.6 This Constitution is not part of the employment contract between the University and its employees. It does not establish terms and conditions of employment. 

Article I: General Powers

1.1 All powers relating to the educational and administrative affairs of the College of Pharmacy are delegated by the Board of Regents and in accord with the constitution of the University Senate, and consistent with actions of these bodies heretofore or hereafter taken, to the Dean, the Departments, the faculty, the academic professional and administrative staff, the student body, and the support staff as herein provided for the purpose of governing the College. These powers may be modified at the discretion of the Board of Regents.

Article II: Dean/Chief Executive Officer

Section 1. Duties & Authority of the Dean 

1.1 The Dean is the chief academic and executive officer of the college, responsible for overseeing the academic priorities and day-to-day administrative operations of the college, including but not limited to setting a vision and aligning college resources to support that vision, inspiring and supporting faculty, staff and students in the activities of teaching and learning, research, and public engagement, garnering internal and external support for the college, and building relationships and support with alumni, donors, civic and business leaders and other key partners in the community. 

1.2 The Dean shall provide leadership in formulating policies and procedures and supporting efforts toward continued improvement of the College’s programs.

1.3 The Dean shall be responsible for the development and periodic review of departmental programs and appropriate personnel in accordance with University policies.

1.4 The Dean shall be responsible for representing the College’s programs to the University, alumni, and community.

1.5 The Dean or the Dean’s designee shall be responsible for communicating official business of the College with other University authorities. The Dean may assign specific administrative duties to members of the faculty and administration of the College and may delegate executive authority to them.

1.6 Where action of the Board of Regents is requested or required, the Dean shall make such recommendations as are necessary to the appropriate University authorities. Such recommendations shall include, but shall not be limited to, appointment, promotion, tenure, and salary increases. The Dean shall report such decisions to the individual faculty members directly and/or through Department Heads.

1.7 The Dean is responsible for the fiscal management of the College, as defined in the Bylaws. 1.8 The Dean shall be the official spokesperson of the College.

1.9 The Dean shall lead the development of the College’s strategic plan.

1.10 The Dean shall establish effective mechanisms for faculty input and consultation on policy development, strategic planning, and implementation of plans.

1.11 The Dean shall execute other responsibilities as defined by the Bylaws.

Section 2. Appointment of the Dean 

The Dean is appointed by, and serves at the discretion of, the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, subject to the approval of the Board of Regents. The Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost has sole authority and responsibility for decisions related to the dean's employment, including but not limited to selection, performance evaluation, and termination. A search committee will be appointed by the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost and its membership shall be made up of representatives from college constituencies, including faculty, staff, and students, as defined below. The search process shall provide faculty, staff, and students with an opportunity to meet with and hear in a public forum from candidates who are announced as finalists for the position, and allow for input to the Provost. Interim appointments will be made by the Provost, after consultation with the faculty and staff. 

Section 3. Consultative Groups 

Recommendations to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost regarding dean search committee membership, process, and input on the finalists shall be provided by the following. 

3.1 The College’s Faculty Consultative Committee (FCC) is designated as the representative body of the faculty.

3.2 The Pharmacy College Board is designated as the representative body of the professional students.

3.3 The College’s CSBU Council is designated as the representative body of the CSBU staff.

3.4 The P&A Staff Council is designated as the representative body of the P&A staff. 

3.5 The Graduate Student Council is designated as the representative body of the graduate students.

Article III: Faculty

Section 1. Definition

1.1 The faculty of the College of Pharmacy shall be composed of all faculty personnel, as defined by the University, holding appointments as Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, or Regents Professor, including members on leave, and the Dean and Associate and/or Assistant Deans of the College if they hold faculty rank.

1.2 The Regular Faculty of the College shall consist of Professors, Associate Professors, and Assistant Professors who hold regular (either tenured or tenure-track) appointments to the College of Pharmacy and shall have permanent voting privileges. In addition to the authority and responsibility granted to Regular Faculty by the University, only Regular Faculty shall have voting rights as provided in these Constitution and Bylaws in the (1) Promotion and Tenure of Regular Faculty, (2) Dissolution, creation or merger of academic departments and graduate programs and (3) Extension of voting privileges as defined in the Bylaws. 

1.3 Voting Faculty are Regular Faculty and those faculty to whom voting privileges have been extended, as defined in the Bylaws. 

1.4 Graduate Faculty are faculty, who have received an appointment from the Dean or Dean’s designate as defined in the Bylaws to carry out graduate education in a graduate program of College of Pharmacy. 

1.5 Voting Graduate Faculty are those faculty who are members of the Voting Graduate Faculty Assembly as defined in the Bylaws. 

Section 2. Academic Freedom, Faculty Rights, Privileges, Responsibilities, and Grievances

2.1 The College faculty shall be governed by University policies in all matters addressed by these policies which are in effect at the time of adoption or amendment of this Constitution or as such policies may be subsequently amended.

2.2 The faculty is responsible for the academic affairs and internal policies of the College and may delegate its authority as it deems appropriate.

Article IV: Other Constituencies

Section 1. Definitions

1.1 Other constituencies are those groups, defined below, that participate in College activities.

Section 2. Academic Professional and Administrative (P&A) Staff

2.1 Academic professional and administrative (P&A) staff shall consist of professional personnel who are assigned to duties enhancing the research, teaching, and service functions of the College and administrative personnel who are involved in policy development or execution, or in directing, coordinating, or supervising activities in the College. 

2.2 The College academic professional and administrative (P&A) staff shall be governed by the University’s policies and procedures which are in effect at the time of adoption or amendment of this Constitution or as said policies and procedures are subsequently amended, including, but not limited to, policies on appointment, evaluation, termination, grievance procedures, and salaries and benefits.

Section 3. Civil Service and Bargaining Unit (CSBU) Staff

3.1 Civil Service and Bargaining Unit staff are individuals hired through the University’s Office of Human Resources and are affiliated with units administratively within the College.

3.2 The CSBU staff shall be governed by the University’s policies and procedures in effect at the time of adoption or amendment of this Constitution or as said policies and procedures may be subsequently amended, including, but not limited to, policies and procedures on position classification, compensation, probationary period, performance rating, dismissal, and grievance procedures.

Section 4. Graduate Students 

4.1 Graduate students include (1) students, who are currently enrolled in a graduate program that is housed in the College of Pharmacy, and (2) students, who are currently enrolled in an affiliated graduate program and have a Voting Graduate Faculty member as their primary advisor.

Section 5. Residents 

5.1 Residents are those individuals enrolled in an accredited, collegiately sponsored residency program as defined in the bylaws. 

Section 6. Professional (PharmD) Students

6.1 PharmD students are those students who are admitted and currently enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy program at the College of Pharmacy. 

Section 7. Responsibilities, Rights, and Privileges

7.1 Members of these other constituencies are expected to participate in the affairs of the College, including governance, committee structure, grievance procedures, and the review of the College Constitution as specified in the Bylaws. Each constituency may be governed by its own Bylaws, consistent with this document and University policies.

7.2 Representatives on College committees shall be chosen according to procedures specified in the Bylaws. 

Article V: Governance/Administrative Structure

Section 1. Governance

1.1 The governance structure of the College of Pharmacy is the organization of the faculty, administration, and other constituencies for the purpose of reaching decisions concerning the academic affairs and internal policies of the College.

1.2 The governance shall be established by the Regular Faculty of the College.

1.3 Faculty and other constituencies are expected to participate in College governance as specified in the Bylaws and required by University policy.

Section 2. Administrative Structure

2.1 The administrative structure of the College of Pharmacy shall consist of the Dean, the Dean’s administrative staff, academic departments, and College committees.

2.2 As the chief executive officer, the Dean of the College of Pharmacy shall be responsible for appointing officers and establishing administrative structure to support and facilitate the teaching, research, and service functions of the College as well as the allocation and expenditure of resources available to the College.

Section 3. The Academic Departments

3.1 The faculty of the College of Pharmacy shall be organized into academic departments as described in the Bylaws.

Section 4. The Graduate Programs 

4.1 Graduate Faculty shall be organized into Graduate Programs or an affiliated Graduate Program as described in the Bylaws. 

Section 5. Department Head

5.1 The appointment of a Department Head is by recommendation of the Dean following the procedures described in the Bylaws.

5.2 The Dean is responsible for conducting a periodic review of the Department Head. 5.3 The Department Head’s responsibilities shall be as described in the Bylaws.

Section 6. Committees

6.1 Committees are as defined in the Bylaws. 

Article VI: Ratification and Amendments

Section 1. Ratification of the Constitution

1.1 All members of the faculty holding voting privileges prior to the effective date of this Constitution shall be eligible to vote on the ratification of the articles contained herein.

1.2 The articles of this Constitution shall be submitted to vote by the faculty at a special meeting called for that purpose. Each article shall be submitted to a vote separately and shall be ratified upon a two-thirds majority of those present and voting.

1.3 These articles shall be deemed effective upon their acceptance and approval by the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota.

Section 2. Amendments

2.1 Amendments to this Constitution shall be submitted by proposal from the committee responsible for Constitution and Bylaws or by a petition signed by a simple majority of the members of the Regular Faculty. All amendments shall be reviewed by the committee responsible for Constitution and Bylaws and their recommendation presented to the faculty.

2.2 Notice of proposed amendments, together with the recommendation of the committee responsible for Constitution and Bylaws, shall be given in writing to all Voting Faculty at least 14 calendar days before the Regular Faculty is called upon to act on them.

2.3 All members of the Regular Faculty shall be eligible to vote on Constitutional amendments. 2.4 Amendments will require approval by a two-thirds majority of the Regular Faculty.

2.5 A simple majority of Regular Faculty present at an official College Assembly meeting may modify proposed amendments, additions, or deletions to the Constitution. These modified amendments, additions, or deletions to the Constitution shall be subject to the process indicated in sections 2.2- 2.4.

Section 3. Implementation

3.1 This Constitution and its amendments shall become effective immediately after adoption by the Regular Faculty and approval by the appropriate University authorities.

Section 4. Interpretation

4.1 Authority to interpret this Constitution and its amendments shall reside with the Dean and the Regular Faculty.

History

July 28, 1989 Ratified by the College of Pharmacy Faculty 

June 21, 1990 Modified by the College of Pharmacy Faculty

April 19, 1991 Modified by the College of Pharmacy Faculty

April 17, 1992 Bylaws Modified by the College of Pharmacy Faculty

July 15, 1998 Constitution and Bylaws Modified by the College of Pharmacy Faculty

August 5, 1998 Bylaws Modified by the College of Pharmacy Faculty

September 2, 1998 Constitution and Bylaws Modified by the College of Pharmacy Faculty

October 9, 1998 Bylaws Modified by the College of Pharmacy Faculty

May 16, 2001 Bylaws Modified by the College of Pharmacy Faculty

June 25, 2001 Bylaws Modified by the College of Pharmacy Faculty

July 8, 2002 Constitution and Bylaws Modified by the College of Pharmacy Faculty

November 4, 2002 Constitution and Bylaws Modified by the College of Pharmacy Faculty

January 8, 2004 Bylaws Modified by the College of Pharmacy Faculty

September 7, 2004 Constitution and Bylaws modified by College of Pharmacy Faculty

April 26, 2005 Bylaws Modified by the College of Pharmacy Faculty

April 13, 2006 Bylaws Modified by the College of Pharmacy Faculty

August 20, 2009 Bylaws Modified by the College of Pharmacy Faculty

June 25, 2015 Constitution Modified by the College of Pharmacy Faculty 

July 27, 2015 Bylaws Modified by the College of Pharmacy Faculty 

May 18, 2017 Constitution and Bylaws Modified by the College of Pharmacy Faculty

September 20, 2018 Bylaws Modified by the College of Pharmacy Faculty

Addendum Documents and Policies Relevant to the Constitution and Bylaws

Article II: Dean/Chief Executive Officer

University procedures regarding general administrative authority*

University policies regarding development and review of department programs*

Constitution and Bylaws of external organizations to which the College sends representatives Academic Health Center Job Description for the Dean (http://www.ahc.umn.edu/dd.html) Human Resources Policies and Procedures, Performance, Recommended Procedures for Comprehensive Reviews for System and Campus Officers (URL:

http://www.umn.edu/ohr/ohrpolicy/Performance/procedures.htm)

Article III: Faculty

Policies of*:

the Regents

the University Senate

the Twin Cities Campus Assembly

the University central administration

Faculty Tenure (See Governing Documents: Academic, URL:

http://www.umn.edu/ohr/ohrpolicy/contents.htm – Adobe Acrobat Reader is needed to view the policy)

Procedures for Reviewing the Performance of Probationary Faculty (URL:

http://www.umn.edu/ohr/ohrpolicy/Governing/performance.htm)

College of Pharmacy Statement Required by Section 7.12 of Regulations Concerning Faculty Tenure (September 2, 1987)

Appointment and Promotion Policy Statement, Guidelines for Criteria and Procedures (February 20, 1987) University Senate Judicial Committee Statement of Procedural Principles and Rules of Procedure (as amended April 16, 1987)

University of Minnesota Grievance Policy and Procedures (See Governing Documents: Academic, URL: http://www.umn.edu/ohr/ohrpolicy/contents.htm – Adobe Acrobat Reader is needed to view the policy)

Article IV: Other Constituencies

Academic Administrative and Professional Manual (URL:

http://www.umn.edu/ohr/ohrpolicy/Governing/Manual/manual.htm)

Civil Service Rules (URL: http://data.ohr.umn.edu/cs_rules/contents_csrules.html)

University of Minnesota Grievance Policy and Procedures (See Governing Documents: Academic, URL: http://www.umn.edu/ohr/ohrpolicy/contents.htm – Adobe Acrobat Reader is needed to view the policy)

Article V: Governance/Administrative Structure

Bylaws

Collegiate Review Committee Guidelines (xx/xx/00)

Appointment and Promotion Procedures for Without-Salary Faculty on Term Appointments (xx/xx/00) Civil Service Board Guidelines of Operation (11/18/87)

College Board Constitution and Bylaws (copy unavailable at this time)

Robert’s Rules of Order (Scott, Foresman and Company Newly Revised edition, 1981)

University Procedures for the Preparation, Review and Approval of Academic Programs (November 8, 1988 Memo from Robert B. Kvavik)

College of Pharmacy Grievance Policy and Procedures

University of Minnesota Student Academic Grievance Policy (URL:

http://www.umn.edu/usenate/policies/stugrieve.html)

* These policies are available on the University’s Web site (URL: http://www.fpd.finop.umn.edu/). Note: References to dated documents will be periodically updated to reflect most current version available.