Article VI: Ratification, Amendment, and Review

1. Ratification. This Constitution shall become the official Constitution of the University faculty of the University of Northern Iowa effective two weeks from the date of its adoption by majority vote of a regular or special faculty meeting, notice of which shall have been given at least one week in advance to the University faculty.

2. Amendment of the Bylaws and Standing Rules of the Faculty. The University Manual of Policies and Procedures, bylaws and other standing rules and resolutions of the faculty already adopted or which may be adopted under this Constitution may be amended, revised, or repealed by majority vote of those present and voting at a regular or special meeting of the faculty, notice of which, including a statement of the proposed amendment, revision, or repeal, shall have been given at least one week in advance.

3. Amendment of this Constitution. This Constitution may be amended, revised, or repealed by a two-thirds vote of those present and voting at a regular or special meeting of the faculty, notice of which, including a statement of the proposed amendment, revision, or repeal, shall have been given at least one week in advance.

4. Interpretation and Construction. In case of any actual or apparent conflicts of construction or interpretation between this Constitution and the current University Manual of Policies and Procedures and/or other officially adopted standing rules and resolutions of the University faculty, the contested issues shall be resolved in favor of this Constitution. If the adjudication of a contested issue is resolved in such a way as to alter a section of the University Manual of Policies and Procedures or other officially adopted standing rule or regulation of the faculty which has previously received Board approval, then that alteration shall be subject to approval by the Board of Regents.

5. Interpretation and Contest. In case of a misunderstanding and/or a contested interpretation of the provisions of this Constitution, the interested party may present his/her case in writing for adjudication and decision by the University Faculty Senate and the Senate shall decide the matter by a majority vote of those present and voting.

6. Appeal and Final Disposition. If the interested or the complainant party referred to above should, after completion of adjudication and decision by the Senate, remain dissatisfied, he/she may request the chairperson of the faculty to enter her/his contest or complaint, as heretofore separately defined, on the agenda of the next regular or special meeting of the faculty and the chairperson shall enter the petition on the agenda. The issue shall then be resolved by majority vote of those faculty present and voting at the aforesaid meeting: the action of the faculty shall be considered final.