Campus Bylaws

Table of Contents

1. Campus Mission

2. Membership

3. Meetings & Voting

4. Officers and Committees

5. Bylaws Amendments


1. Mission

Florida State University Panama City Campus affirms and strives to fulfill the mission of Florida State University and the various Colleges and Departments the campus serves.  These bylaws formulate a method of organization and operating procedures that enable the effective operation of the Campus in furtherance of these missions.

The primary focus of this campus is to provide educational activities and supportive services to the population of the surrounding geographic area as well as the global community.  The highest goal of this institution is to provide an exceptional educational experience for every student.

2. Membership

The faculty referred to in this document, is defined as faculty that are permanently assigned to the Florida State University Panama City Campus.

The faculty is composed of persons representing a diversity of interests that contribute to the knowledge of the student population, and who are qualified as educators by their scholarly or creative work and their effectiveness in teaching students.

Faculty meeting the above criteria shall be deemed voting members.  Faculty governance is being exercised through, at a minimum, the selection of members of unit Curriculum, Bylaws, and Evaluation committees.  Decisions of these committees are the responsibility of faculty members.  Faculty and staff members are expected to be familiar with and follow the Florida State University Substantive Change Policy as found on the university web site http:/

3. Meetings and Voting

3.1 Meetings

Faculty meetings may be called by the Dean, a faculty facilitator, or upon a written request of five voting members. Faculty meetings require an agenda and a forty-eight hour notice.

At least one faculty meeting shall be held during the beginning of the academic year.

3.2 Meeting Conduct

Faculty meetings shall be conducted informally but in the spirit of Roberts Rules of Order.  When deemed necessary and appropriate by the presiding facilitator/chair of the meeting or by the Parliamentarian, or at the request of at least two members of the attending faculty, strict adherence to Roberts Rules of Order may be enforced.

3.3 Voting

A quorum of the voting faculty is required to be present at a faculty meeting in order to conduct business at that meeting.  A quorum is defined as two-thirds of the voting faculty membership.  A simple majority vote of the voting members present will be sufficient to pass any motion, other than those requiring a change in the Bylaws.

4. Officers and Committees


a. Facilitators

At the last regular meeting of each semester, or at another time established by the faculty,  the faculty will elect, by a simple majority vote, two voting members as facilitators.  These facilitators will serve interchangeably as presiding chair at faculty meetings and as faculty representative on the Dean’s Council for the following semester.

b. Parliamentarian

A Parliamentarian shall be elected at the first meeting of the fall semester of the academic year.  The Parliamentarian shall advise the presiding facilitator/chair on procedural issues, preside over and conduct elections, and generally facilitate the orderly transaction of business at meetings.

Faculty Evaluation Committee

a. Membership

Members must be a voting faculty member and shall be elected during the first faculty meeting of the fall semester of the academic year.  Each committee shall consist of five members, each from different disciplines.  Chairmanship of the committee shall be decided by the committee during their first meeting.

The selection of replacements and additions to standing committees may be undertaken by a vote of the faculty either in a faculty meeting or by mailed ballot.

b. Terms

Five members will serve a two-year term.  Initially, three members will be elected for a one-year term and two members will be elected for a two-year term.  On each subsequent year, two faculty members will be elected for a two-year term and one faculty member for a one-year term.  Terms begin and end immediately following the first annual faculty meeting of the fall semester. 

c. Activities

Members of the committee will be responsible for reviewing and making recommendations to the associate dean for faculty’s annual evaluation, merit, salary increases, and promotions.  These recommendations shall be used as input to the final recommendation performed by the associate dean.

Upon completion of evaluations, the committee will review and, if necessary, make recommendations to modify the procedures for annual evaluation, merit, salary increase recommendations, and promotion recommendations. Recommendations for changes to the procedures should be made at a scheduled faculty meeting. Notification of the meeting will require a minimum 14 days’ notice of intent to modify the procedures.  Approved changes will become effective at the first faculty meeting of the subsequent academic year.

No evaluation process shall require a forced distribution of evaluation ratings.  Faculty annual evaluation performance shall be assessed using the following ratings:

  1. Substantially Exceeds FSU’s High Expectations
  2. Exceeds FSU’s High Expectations
  3. Meets FSU’s High Expectations
  4. Official Concern
  5. Does Not Meet FSU’s High Expectations

d. Voting

Voting of the committee will be done by secret ballot.  All recommendations will be submitted to the assistant dean in writing by the chairperson.

e. Faculty Evaluation Policy Florida State University Panama City

Criteria and procedures for evaluating faculty shall be identical to those listed in the most recently ratified Faculty Evaluation Policy of Florida State University Panama City.

Ad Hoc Committees

Committees may be appointed by the campus administration and/or the facilitators on an ad hoc basis.  The charge and the lifetime of the committee should be clear before the committee is constituted.  The appointing authority or the faculty may request that members of an ad hoc committee be elected by either open or secret ballot.

5. Bylaws Amendments

Bylaws may be amended at any regularly scheduled faculty meeting.  Changes to the bylaws require a two-thirds majority of those voting members present, provided that:

  1. A written notice of intent is given at the previous regularly scheduled faculty meeting, or
  2. A written notice is submitted to all voting faculty no less than 14 days prior to the regularly scheduled meeting at which the proposed changes require a vote.

A written petition for an amendment may be submitted by any faculty member.