(Ameded on 07/30/2016)


The mission of Upstate Medical University is to improve the health of the communities we serve through education, biomedical research and health care. Upstate Medical University is a state-operated institution of the State University of New York (SUNY) and under the SUNY Policies of the Board of Trustees is considered a “College” and its faculty “College Faculty” as provided for in Article X of the Policies. Upstate Medical University shall be referred to as “Upstate” for purposes of these Bylaws and college shall refer to any of the 4 colleges of Upstate.

The Faculty of Upstate share in Upstate’s mission and vision and hereby promulgate these Bylaws to provide a framework for the faculty to carry out its responsibilities in support of the mission of Upstate Medical University. The Faculty is committed to the principles and practices of equal opportunity and affirmative action in all aspects of Upstate.1

In accordance with Article X, Section 5, of the SUNY Policies of the Board of Trustees (BOT)2, the Faculty of SUNY Upstate Medical University, hereinafter referred to as Faculty, hereby adopts these Bylaws, which are intended to be consistent with the SUNY Upstate Policies of the Board of Trustees, the Bylaws and Governance Handbook of the SUNY University Faculty Senate and provisions of agreements between SUNY and United University Professions. The Faculty has the obligation to participate significantly in the initiation, development and implementation of the educational programs of Upstate. Faculty responsibilities broadly include, but are not limited to involvement and recommendations concerning the education, research and service missions of Upstate.2
These Bylaws reflect the responsibilities imposed upon the Faculty by the SUNY Board of Trustees and outline a model of governance that promotes respectful collaboration and honors the traditional role of faculty participation and responsibility in curriculum, instruction, research, scholarship and service related decisions.3 We acknowledge that Upstate’s Administrative Officers are ultimately responsible for the mission, operation and future of Upstate and that shared decision-making is an ideal to which we aspire, as we strive to jointly achieve the mission of Upstate. We recognize all actions under these Bylaws shall be advisory to the Chancellor and the chief administrative officer of Upstate.2 (X:5b)

Approval: These Bylaws shall be in effect upon approval by the Upstate Faculty and President, in accordance with the Policies of the Board of Trustees.2 (X:5b)



Explanatory Note on terms: According to Robert's Rules, "an officer who has served more than half a term in an office is considered to have served a full term."

Documents that inform these Bylaws include:

1 SUNY Faculty Senate Governance HandbookPDF IconExternal Icon
2 SUNY Policies of the Board of TrusteesExternal Icon
3 New York Department of Higher EducationExternal Icon
4 The 1966 Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities jointly developed by the American Council on Education, the American Association of University Professors, and the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and CollegesExternal Icon
5 SUNY University Faculty Senate BylawsPDF Icon
6 Budget HandbookPDF IconExternal Icon
7 Resolution on Guidelines for Campus Governance Involvement in Presidential Reviews, passed by the SUNY University Faculty Senate, April, 1991PDF IconExternal Icon
8 Report of Faculty Evaluation of AdministratorsPDF IconExternal Icon
9 Personal communications with Stacy Mehlek, Faculty Appointment Specialist, Upstate Medical UniversityPDF IconExternal Icon