Proposals Before the Senate

Fall 2020

Materials for the December 17, 2020 Faculty Senate Meeting

Proposed revision to Faculty Handbook section III.D.6 “Confidentiality and Transparency of the Rank and Tenure Process” to have the President rather than the EVP inform the candidate about the rationale for the decision in any case reviewed by the President.

Proposed revision to Faculty Senate Constitution section 4 “Election Procedure” to codify that the Medical Center elects representatives to faculty groups, currently Basic Science, Clinical GU Employed, and Clinical MedStar Employed.

Materials for the November 16, 2020 Faculty Senate Meeting

Family Care Working Group

Materials for the October 22, 2020 Joint Senate-MCEF Meeting

Financial Presentation

Meeting Recording

Family Care Leave Covid-Extension Proposal

Materials for the September 29, 2020 Meeting

Proposed Revisions to the Faculty Handbook Regarding Tenure and

Outside Professional Activities(05-26-20 Clean)

Outside Professional Activities (05-26-20 Redline)

Outside Professional Activities (Current)

Main Campus Racial Justice Presentation

Medical Center Racial Justice Presentation

Law Center Racial Justice Presentation

Summer 2020

Materials for the August 20, 2020 Meeting

Tenure Probationary Period (7-29-20)

Online Participation and Material for Participants (07-29-20)

Supplementary Letter Guidance

UCRT Guidelines Section X.d.vii.6 (07-29-20)

Templates for Unit Meetings (07-29-20)


Materials for the August 6, 2020 Meeting

1. A redline that shows all of the proposed changes to the current IDEAA procedures

2. A clean version of the revised IDEAA procedures that incorporates the required Title IX changes (08-03-20 draft)

 3. The existing IDEAA procedures

4. A statement of the principles guiding the revision

Materials for the July 14, 2020 Meeting

Georgetown University Community Compact (draft 07-13-20)

Integral Elements of Hybrid Courses (draft 07-09-20)

Materials for the June 30, 2020 Meeting

Revised Policy on Sexual Misconduct (Draft 06-17-20)

Revised Policy on Sexual Misconduct (Comparison)

Current Policy on Sexual Misconduct

Guiding Principles of the Proposed Revisions

Key Provisions of New Title IX Regulations

Spring 2020

Materials for the May 26, 2020 Senate Meeting:

Proposed Special Voluntary Early Retirement Plan

Materials for the May 12, 2020 Senate Meeting:

Proposed Revision to the College Constitution and Election Procedure.

Materials for the April 23, 2020 Senate Meeting:

Proposed Revisions to “Expedited Processes for Appointments of Senior Faculty”: Summary and Redline.

Proposed Revisions to “Guidelines for Submission of Rank and Tenure Applications”: Summary and Redline.

Revision to “Outside Professional Activity” (02-28-20): Clean and Redline.

Materials for the January 16, 2020 Senate Meeting:

Proposed Revision to Faculty Handbook Section III.C.9 “Outside Professional Activity.”

Reasons why section III.C.9 needs revision.

Fall 2020

Materials for the December 16, 2019 Senate Meeting:

Approved Revision to Faculty Handbook Section III.C.7 “Academic Year” with Motivation.

Materials for the November 20, 2019 Senate Meeting:

Proposed Revisions to Faculty Handbook Section III.C.7 “Academic Year.”

Proposed Revision to the Graduate School Constitution.

Materials for the October 24, 2019 Senate Meeting:

Materials for the September 17, 2019 Senate Meeting:

Spring 2019

Materials for the May 15, 2019 Senate Meeting

Revision to the Intellectual Property Policy Sections 8-11 approved by the Faculty Senate on April 4, 2019

Current Intellectual Property Policy Sections 8-11

Further Revisions to Faculty Handbook Section  III.D.4 “The University Committee on Rank and Tenure” and revisions to Section III.C.8 “Shared Governance” to implement recommenation A.7 and A.10 of the Rank and Tenure Task Force. 

Revisions to Faculty Handbook Section III.D.10 “The Tenure Probationary Period.”

Proposed Revision of the UCRT “Guidelines for Submission of Rank and Tenure Applications” (04-04-19

Proposed Revision of Faculty Handbook Section III.D.3 “Tenure”

Proposed Revision of Faculty Handbook Section III.D.8 “Standards For the Academic Ranks”

Proosed Revision of Faculty Handbook Section III.D.5 “Applications for Tenure and Rank”

Fall 2018

Proposed “Policy Prohibiting Firearms, Weapons, and Explosives” (approved by the Senate on 11-28-18)

Proposed Faculty Handbook Revisions to implement recommendations A.1, A.3, and A.5 of the Rank and Tenure Task Force Report:

Rank and Tenure Task Force Report 09-10-18

Summary of Proposed Revisions to the School of Nursing and Health Studies Constitution.

Revised SNHS Constitution Redline.

Revised SNHS Constitution Clean.

Spring 2018

Revision to Sections 1 – 7 of the Intellectual Property Policy approved by the Senate on May 14, 2018

Fall 2017

Proposed Faculty Handbook Revisions out for Faculty Review

Approved Resolution:  At the December 13, 2017 meeting, the Faculty Senate uanimously approved the following resolution:

The Georgetown University Faculty Senate commends all the institutional support the University is providing to undocumented students. and supports President DeGioia’s call for passage of a long-term legislative fix to protect Dreamers.

For the December 13, 2017 Senate Meeting:

For the November 13, 2017 Senate Meeting:

Senate Constitution Revision:

Spring 2017

Fall 2016

The Faculty Senate approved the following resolution during the “Open Forum” on December 14, 2016:

In accordance with Georgetown University’s Code of Conduct, enacted in 1999, (, the Faculty Senate reiterates the position that Georgetown University shall not license our University’s name to any corporation that refuses to abide by the GU Code of Conduct. Pursuant to article II of the Code, the Senate recognizes no exceptions to this rule: “The following Code of Conduct shall apply to all licensees of Georgetown University.”  The Senate urges the President to enforce our Code of Conduct rules in all future licensing contracts.

Proposals Approved or Discussed in 2015-2016

The following statement was approved by the Georgetown University Faculty Senate by a unanimous vote on February 16, 2016.

The Georgetown University Faculty Senate joins the faculty of Mount St. Mary’s in condemning the summary dismissal of two faculty members, one tenured, for alleged “disloyalty.”  Academic freedom is at the very heart of a university.  It includes the freedom to express disagreement with the president and other administrators over the policies of the institution.   Academic freedom is protected by the institution of tenure, which entails a mutually acknowledged expectation of continuing employment that is terminable by the university only for just cause and after due process.  While the subsequent reinstatement of the two faculty members is a step in the right direction, the fact that summary dismissal would even be contemplated in a university and executed without due process is cause for grave concern.

In addition to its general concern for the health and well-being of universities across the nation and world, the Georgetown University Faculty Senate is especially disturbed by the disrespectful treatment of one of our university’s own students, Associate Professor Thane Naberhaus (Ph.D.  ‘04).

View the current constitution.

Summary and explanation of the proposed revisions.

Earlier Drafts:

Proposals Approved or Discussed in 2014-15

The Revised FMLA Policy and revisions of the Benefits and Leave Sections of the Faculty Handbook were approved by the Senate and the Board of Directors in February.

The 2014 Proposal is intended to combine and replace the 1992 Guidelines and 2012 Memo that were on the UCRT website in 2014.  The 1992 guidelines are out of date in many ways, and their deficiencies led to the 2012 memo as a corrective.  

Proposals Discussed in 2013-14

Fall 2017