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CHAPTER 7: OFFICERS OF THE UNIVERSITY

CHAPTER 7:  OFFICERS OF THE UNIVERSITY

 

The President

 

59. (a)

 (1) The President shall manage the affairs of the University and shall exercise the powers vested in him by the Board of Governors in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution and the General Statutes.

 

(2) The President shall be responsible for the implementation of the resolutions passed by the Board of Governors, the Executive Committee and The Board of Managers, unless otherwise stated

     or implied therein.
 

(3) The President shall be an ex-officio member of the Senate and its Standing Committee of the Senate, and shall be entitled to participate in the meetings and deliberations of all the authorities and bodies of the University.

 

(b)  The President shall be elected by the Board of Governors for a period that shall not exceed four years, at the end of which period he may be re-elected.  A President may not serve for a period exceeding twelve consecutive years.

 

(c)  (1) The Executive Committee shall appoint a special Search Committee, composed of nine members, for the purpose of the election of the President, as follows: six public representatives, including at least one academician who is not an active member of the academic staff of the University, upon the recommendation of the Board of Managers; and three members who shall be elected by the Senate.

 

(2)  The Search Committee shall recommend to the Executive Committee the re-election of the presiding President for another term or a different candidate to serve as President.  The recommendation of the Search Committee shall be brought for approval by the Board of Managers. The presidential candidate shall hold the status of Full or Associate Professor of a Research University and shall have thorough knowledge and understanding of all aspects of university life and the goals of higher education.  The Executive Committee shall approve the candidate by the affirmative vote of more than 70% of its members present and participating in the vote.

 

(3)  The candidate approved by the Executive Committee shall be
elected President by the Board of Governors by a simple majority of its members participating in the vote.

 

(4) If the Executive Committee or the Board of Managers does not approve the candidate, or the Board of Governors does not elect the candidate approved by the Executive Committee, the Search Committee shall recommend a new candidate to the Executive Committee.

 

   (d)   The President shall be a resident and citizen of Israel from the
             beginning of his term of office.


Chancellor

60.  (a)  Upon the recommendation of the President and the Chairman of the
             Board, the Board of Governors may appoint a Chancellor.


       (b)  The term of office of the Chancellor shall be determined by the
             Board of Governors provided that it shall always terminate not later
             than with the termination of the current term of office of the
             President.  The Chancellor shall eligible for re-appointment.


       (c)  The functions of the Chancellor shall be those delegated to him by
             the President in consultation with him.


Vice-Presidents

61.  (a)  The Board of Governors, after consultation with the President, may
             appoint one or more Vice-Presidents.  The Board may empower the
             Executive Committee to do so. 


       (b)  The term of office of a Vice-President shall be determined by the
             Board of Governors provided that it shall always terminate not later
             than with the termination of the current term of office of the
             President.  A Vice-President shall be eligible for re-appointment.


       (c)  A Vice-President shall have such powers as may be delegated to him
             by the President.  Notice of any such delegation shall be given to the
             Board of Managers.


Delegation of Powers


62.  The President may delegate any of his powers to any Authority or Officer
       of the University.


Acting-President

 

63.     In the absence of the President from Israel, or upon his temporary inability to act, the Rector shall serve as Acting President.  In the event that the term of office of the President is terminated, the Rector shall serve as Acting President, unless the Board of Governors determines to appoint another person as Acting President.  Upon the termination of the term of office of the President, steps shall be taken immediately for the election of a new President.

 

Executive Vice-President
 

64.     The Board of Governors may appoint one or more Executive Vice-Presidents to whom the provisions of section 61 shall not apply.  The Board shall determine the functions and powers of the Executive Vice-Presidents, either generally or for a particular appointment.

 

 

The Rector
 

65.     (a)   The Rector shall be elected by the Senate from amongst the full Professors of the University. The candidate or candidates for the post of Rector shall be proposed to the Senate by a special Search Committee set up for this purpose.  The Senate shall elect the Rector from among the candidates proposed by the Search Committee, by a majority of members present and participating in the vote.  If no candidate gains a majority, the Search Committee shall propose another candidate or candidates.

 

       (b)  Whenever a Rector is to be elected a new Search Committee shall be
             established as follows:


             (1)  The Committee shall be composed of the President, who shall
                   serve as Chairman, and six members who shall be elected by
                   the Senate from amongst its members, half of whom shall be
                   from the experimental faculties, and half from the non-
                   experimental faculties.  The outgoing Rector and candidates for
                   the post of Rector shall not be eligible to serve on the
                   Committee.

             (2)  Any five members of the Senate may propose a candidate to
                   serve as a member of the Search Committee.


             (3)  The resolutions of the Search Committee shall be passed by a
                   majority of those voting, provided that the majority includes the
                   Chairman of the Committee.


            (4)  The Search Committee shall continue to serve until the election
                  of a new Search Committee for the purpose of electing the
                  Rector.


            (5)  Should the position of a member of the Committee fall vacant, or
                  should a member be unable to fulfill his function, the Senate
                  shall elect another member in his stead.

 

(c )  The Rector shall hold office for four years, and may be re-elected for
one additional term, in the manner prescribed above. The Senate             
may, at the suggestion of the President, extend the Rector’s first term of office once for a period not exceeding one year.  Should his first term of office be so extended, the Rector may be re-elected for an additional term, provided that he may not serve for a period exceeding eight consecutive years.

 

    (d)   The Rector, in consultation with the President, shall determine who shall serve as Acting Rector in his absence or when he is otherwise
unable to fulfill his duties.  The Acting Rector shall be one of the
following Officers:  The President, the Vice Rector or a person who has
served as Rector, provided that such a person is a full Professor.  The Rector shall notify the Standing Committee of the Senate of his decision.  If the Rector has not determined who should serve as Acting Rector, the Vice Rector shall serve as Acting Rector.  In the event that two Vice Rectors have been appointed, the President shall choose which Vice Rector.  The Acting Rector shall not serve in that capacity for a period exceeding three consecutive months without the approval of the Senate.

 

 (e)     If the Rector’s term of office has expired and a new Rector has not yet
been elected, the outgoing Rector shall continue to serve in office for a
period not exceeding three months. After this time, and until the election of a new Rector, whoever is serving as Vice Rector shall serve as Rector.  In the event that two Vice Rectors have been appointed, the President shall choose which Vice Rector.

 

Vice Rector/s

 

66.     The Rector shall, with the approval of the Senate, appoint a a Vice Rector or two Vice Rectors from among the full Professors of the University, who shall hold office for a period not exceeding the period of office of the Rector who appointed him, and who shall act in such academic matters as the Rector may delegate to him.

 

Deans
 

67.     (a)  There shall be a Dean of each Faculty and each independent school, to be elected by the Faculty Board by a majority vote of present and participating members.  The candidate or candidates shall be proposed by a special Search Committee established for this purpose, and will be chosen from amongst the full Professors, although in special cases the Committee may propose an Associate Professor as candidate.


(b)  Whenever a Dean is to be elected, a Search Committee shall be established as follows:

 

(1) The Search Committee shall be composed of the Rector, who shall serve as Chairman of the Committee, and of six members to be elected by the Faculty Board.  The outgoing Dean and candidates for the position of Dean shall not be eligible to serve on the Committee.

 

(2) Any five members of the Faculty Board may propose a candidate to serve as a member of the Search Committee.
 

(3) The resolutions of the Search Committee will be passed by a majority of those voting, provided that the majority includes the Chairman of the Committee. 

 

(4) The Search Committee shall continue to serve until the election of a new Search Committee for the purpose of electing a Dean.
 

(5) Should the position of a member of the Committee fall vacant, or should a member be unable to fulfill his function, the Faculty Board shall elect another member in his stead.

 

(c) The Dean shall hold office for  four years, unless he has informed the Faculty Council that he shall serve a three year term only, and may be re-elected for one additional term, in the manner prescribed above.  The Faculty Board may, at the suggestion of the Rector, extend the Dean’s first term of office once for a period not exceeding one year.  Should his first term of office be so extended, the Dean may be re-elected for an additional term, provided that he may not serve for a period exceeding eight years.

 

(d) The Dean, in consultation with the Rector, shall determine who shall serve as Acting Dean in his absence or when he is otherwise unable to fulfill his duties from among the full Professors or Associate Professors on the Faculty Board.  The Dean shall notify the Faculty Board of his decision.  If the Dean has not so determined, the Rector will nominate an Acting Dean.  The Acting Dean shall not serve in that capacity for a period exceeding three consecutive months without the approval of the Rector and the Faculty Board.

 

(e) If the Dean’s term of office has expired and a new Dean has not yet been elected, the outgoing Dean shall continue to serve in office for a period not exceeding three months.  After this time the Rector will appoint an Acting Dean who may not serve in this role for more than three months without the agreement of the Faculty Board.
 

(f) The Dean is responsible for the management of the Faculty.  He represents the Faculty before the Rector and other Authorities of the University.
 

(g) The Dean shall preside over the Faculty Board.  He is entitled to participate in all committees established by the Board, departments or other units of the Faculty.
 

(a)  Matters proposed by the Faculty Board, and requiring consideration and decision by the Senate or its Standing Committee shall be brought before the Standing Committee by the Dean.

 

Vice-Dean

 

68.  The Faculty, on the recommendation of the Dean, and with the approval of the Standing Committee of the Senate, may appoint a Vice-Dean or Vice Deans from among the Professors or Associate Professors or Senior Lecturers of the Faculty.  The term of his office shall be that of the Dean, and he shall assist the Dean in all academic matters which are delegated to him.

 

Head of Academic Units
 

69. (a)  In Schools, excluding Independent Schools, Institutes, Departments and Teaching Units (hereinafter: the Academic Units), the Head of an Academic Unit shall be determined in the following manner:

 

(1) In an Academic Unit with at least five teachers in the regular track from the rank of lecturer and         above, the Head of the Unit shall be elected from   amongst the teachers in the Unit from the rank of        Senior Lecturer and above.  The election requires the approval of the Dean.  If the Dean does not approve the election, an alternative candidate shall be elected.  If the Dean does not approve of this election as well, the candidate can re-stand

     for election, and if he receives a majority of two-       thirds of the participants in the vote, then his election shall be approved.  All members of the teaching staff from the rank of Teaching Fellow at the rank of Lecturer and above shall participate in the vote.
 

(2) In an Academic Unit with less than five teachers in the regular track, the Head of the Unit shall be appointed by the Dean, after consultation with the      teachers of the Unit.

 

(3)  In large Academic Units, the Standing Committee of the Senate may introduce an election procedure parallel to that for the election of Deans.  The proposals of the Standing Committee shall be presented to the Unit for approval.

 

     (b)  The Standing Committee of the Senate may decide, in special
           instances, at the recommendation of the Rector, that the Head of an
           Academic Unit shall not be elected or appointed as stated in sub-
           section (a) above, but he shall be appointed by the Rector with the
           approval of the Standing Committee of the Senate.  Every such
           decision shall be valid for only one term of office.


     (c)    (1)    The Head of an Academic Unit shall serve in office for two years
                     or thee years in accordance with the decision of the Unit at the
                     time of election.  The Head of an Academic Unit may be elected
                     or appointed for one further term of office.


             (2)    Where the Head of a Unit is appointed by the Dean, the Dean
                     may extend his period of office once, for a period of one year,
                     after consultation with the teachers of the Unit.


             (3)    Where the Head of a Unit is elected by the teachers of the
                      Unit, the Dean may propose that his period of office be
                      extended once, for a period of one year, and a simple majority
                      shall be required for such an extension.


Independent Schools

 

70.   (a)  An Independent School will be headed by a Dean.

       (b)  The provisions of sections 67, 68 and 75 of the General Statutes will
              apply to the Dean of an Independent School, the Pro-Dean and the
              Vice-Dean.

       (c)  Sections 54, 55, and 56 of the General Statutes will apply to the
            Council of an Independent School.

 

Honorary Officers

 

71.   The Board of Governors may appoint an Honorary Treasurer and other Honorary Officers for such period as it may decide from time to time.  An Honorary Officer shall not receive a salary.  The Board shall determine the functions and powers of the Honorary Treasurer and any other Honorary Officer.

 

University Comptroller

 

72.  The Executive Committee may appoint an independent Comptroller of the University on such conditions and with such terms of reference as the Executive Committee may by statutes prescribe.

 

72a.  Extension of the term of service of Officers

 

       Notwithstanding that stated above in this Chapter, the electing body may decide that the period of service of an officer shall terminate on September 30, that is after the end of the period of service determined in this Chapter (hereinafter “additional period of service”) provided that the additional period of service does not exceed six months.   

 

TERMINATING THE APPOINTMENT OF OFFICERS

 

The President

 

73.   The Executive Committee may, upon an application signed by two-thirds of the members of the Board of Managers or by two-thirds of the members of the Senate, and after hearing the President, decide to terminate the term of office of the President, by a vote of more than 70% of its members present and participating in the vote. The resolution will come into effect on the date to be decided by the Executive Committee.

 

The Rector

 

74. (a) The President or a third of the members of the Senate may in an application signed by them, suggest to the Search committee that it determine to end the term of office of the Rector.
 

     (b) The Search Committee may, on the basis of such an application and after hearing the Rector, determine to terminate the term of office of the Rector if, in its opinion, such is required for the good of the University.

 

      (c)          The decision of the Committee to end the term of office of the Rector requires a majority of five of its members.

 

      (d) If the Committee determines to terminate the term of office of the Rector, the decision shall be approved by the Senate as soon as possible and shall come into effect on the date determined by the Committee, unless a majority of two-thirds of those voting in the Senate opposes the recommendation of the Committee.
 

      (e)          Where the term of the Rector has been terminated, the Committee shall appoint an Acting Rector, until a new Rector is elected.
 

      (f) Where a decision has been taken to terminate the term of office of the Rector, steps for the election of a new Rector shall be taken immediately.
 

Deans

75.

(a)      The Rector or a third of the members of the Faculty Board may, in an application signed by them, suggest that the term of office of the Dean be terminated.

 

(b)      The proposal to terminate the term of office of the Dean shall be submitted to a Special Committee for this purpose, to be composed of the members of the Search Committee for Rector and the members of the Search Committee for the Dean of that Faculty.  The President shall be Chairman of the Committee.
 

(c)      The Committee may, on the basis of such a proposal and after hearing the Dean determine to terminate the term of office of the Dean if, in its opinion, such required for the good of the Faculty or for the good of the University.

 

(d)      The decision of the Committee to terminate the term of office of the Dean requires a majority of nine of its members.

 

(e)      If the Committee determines to terminate the term of office of the Dean, the decision shall be communicated to the Faculty Board as soon as possible and shall come into effect on the date determined by the Committee.

 

(f)       Where the term of office of the Dean has been terminated, his place shall be filled as the Committee shall decide, until a new Dean is elected.

 

(g)      Where a decision has been taken to terminate the term of office of the Dean, steps for the election of a new Dean shall be taken immediately.

 

Heads of Academic Units
 

76. (a) The Rector, or whoever appointed the Head of the Academic Unit, may, together with the Dean, according to the situation, on their own initiative or on the application of the teachers in the Unit, propose to the Standing Committee of the Senate that it determine to terminate the term of office of the Head of the Unit.
 

(b)  The Standing Committee of the Senate may, on the basis of such a proposal, and upon hearing the Head of the Unit, resolve to terminate the term of office of the Head of the Unit if, in its opinion, such is required for the good of the Unit or for the good of the University.
 

(c)  The decision of the Standing Committee to terminate the term of office of the Head of the Unit requires a majority of nine of its members.
 

(d)  If the Standing Committee of the Senate determines to terminate the term of office of the Head of the Unit, the decision shall be communicated to the teachers of the Unit as soon as possible and shall come into effect on the date determined by the Committee.
 

(e)  When the term of office of the Head of the unit has been terminated, his place shall be filled by one of the teachers in the Unit, upon whom the Standing Committee of the Senate shall decide, until a new Head of the Unit is elected.

 

(f)   Upon termination of the term of office of the Head of the Unit, steps for appointment or election, as relevant, of a new Head of the Unit shall be taken immediately.

CHAPTER 7:  OFFICERS OF THE UNIVERSITY