The faculty council deliberates on matters of general concern and interest to the faculty and serves as an advisory, consultative and supervisory group to faculty committees.
It conducts elections to the advisory council, faculty council, and the academic planning committee, changing annually the order in which these take place. The faculty council president attends board of trustee meetings and, upon request by the chair of the board, reports faculty concerns and views to the board.
To carry out its responsibilities, the faculty is organized into committees under the general supervision of the faculty council. The faculty council, advisory council, and the academic planning committee (APC) are the key committees. The faculty council also selects faculty members to the planning and budget committee. With the exception of the advisory council, the faculty council and the elected members of the academic planning committee, members of regular faculty committees are appointed by the faculty council in consultation with the dean of the College. Each year, the faculty council also establishes a panel of faculty members available for assignment to faculty hearing Boards and the judicial hearing panel. Ad hoc committees may be appointed by the president or dean of the College (after consultation with the faculty council), or by the faculty council itself.
The faculty council consists of five voting faculty members and a president. The members are elected for three-year staggered terms. At least one of the five is to be untenured. The faculty council president, also elected directly by the faculty, serves a two-year term.