University of North Georgia (UNG) is in compliance with this comprehensive standard. The UNG Statutes define the faculty and the faculty senate, which is the governance body charged with establishing and overseeing the university's statutory and standing committees in accordance with the university's mission and commitment to shared governance. In the UNG Statutes, the faculty also is charged with the responsibility for participation in institutional strategic and budget planning. In anticipation of consolidation, faculty teams with representatives from both former institutions (Gainesville State College and North Georgia College & State University) began the environmental scanning process during fall 2012 that would provide the context for UNG's first strategic plan. This planning continued through the spring and summer of 2013. Full engagement in UNG strategic and budget planning by all campus constituencies will begin in fall 2013 upon the return of academic year faculty. The UNG Statutes are published on the UNG intranet, which is available to all faculty, staff, and students with their UNG login.
Through the UNG Faculty Senate Bylaws, the Faculty Senate defines Senate membership, officers, procedures, and the organization of university committees. These Bylaws and the University Statutes were approved by full faculty vote on January 11, 2013. Following that vote, the Faculty Senate's Leadership and Appointments Committee worked diligently to populate all of the institution's governance committees. Documentation of the implementation of the committee structure (as outlined in the Faculty Senate Bylaws) and of their engagement in the approval of academic programs and of academic policies and procedures can be found in the minutes of the Faculty Senate and Academic Affairs Committee meetings during spring 2013. The Bylaws are published on the Faculty Senate webpage on the UNG intranet, which is available to all faculty, staff, and students with their UNG login.
In addition, the role of the faculty is further defined in section 3.1 of the Faculty Handbook. This policy describes the role of the faculty in teaching, scholarship, and service. The Faculty Handbook will be on the Academic Affairs webpage by the beginning of the fall 2013 semester.