A. The Number and Means of Appointment of Membership of the Standing Committee on Faculty Rights (SCOFR) (as required by State Board policy, Section 605.2) (See also Constitution of the Faculty Association, Article XII) 

The Standing Committee on Faculty Rights at Valley City State University shall consist of five tenured faculty members elected for staggered five-year terms.  No department may have two members serving concurrently.  Departments will forward eligible candidate names to the Association.  Annual elections will be held to fill vacancies at the first regular meeting of the Faculty Association in the fall of each year.  Mid-term vacancies on the Committee will be filled by an election at the next regular Faculty Association meeting. 


B. Duties of the Standing Committee on Faculty Rights are outlined in article XII of the VCSU Constitution.


C. Procedures for Hearings Before the Standing Committee on Faculty Rights.


  1. The Standing Committee on Faculty Rights will investigate any alleged violation of the Regulation on Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Due Process of the North Dakota Board of Higher Education involving termination, non-renewal or administrative sanctions as outlined in SBHE policy 605.3.
  2. The Standing Committee on Faculty Rights will also investigate any grievance. A grievance is defined as any complaint regarding conditions which may adversely affect the ability of faculty members to carry out their professional activities, when such complaints cannot be resolved by the faculty member through other channels. "Professional activities" include all functions and responsibilities that affect the ability of the faculty to pursue customary research, teaching, and instructional duties. Grievance does not include matters relating to termination or non-renewal according to the definition and procedures outlined in SBHE policy 605.3.
  3. The Standing Committee on Faculty Rights will follow procedures as defined in SBHE policy 605.4.




Sponsored by: President 

Approved by the Faculty Senate: Spring 1984

Reviewed: Winter 1996

Revised by the Welfare Committee: Spring 2005

Revised by the President: Fall 2005

Revised: October 2007

Revised: May 2021