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Faculty Endorsed 5/12/03, Board Approved 5/15/03
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 9/20/04, Board Amended/Approved 10/7/04
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 10/17/05, Board Amended/Approved 10/21/05
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 8/24/07, Academic Affairs Committee Amended/Approved 4/10/07
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 5/6/08, Board Amended/Approved 5/9/08
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 4/14/09, 5/5/09; Board Approved 5/8/09
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 12/7/2011; Board Approved 1/27/12
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B. APPROVING AND MAINTAINING THE HANDBOOK
The 2003 Faculty Handbook supersedes and replaces the prior Faculty Handbooks of the
College. The Faculty
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Administration, and Board of Trustees of the College have reviewed,
endorsed, and/or approved this Handbook in May 2003. Throughout the year, the Provost’s
Office will keep track of changes that need to be made in the Faculty Handbook. Toward the
end of each academic year (or more often, if necessary), the Provost will present the collected
proposed changes to the Faculty Advisory Committee. The Faculty Advisory Committee will
review proposed changes and then formally move in a faculty meeting that said changes be
adopted. (All changes of whatever nature should be formally approved by the faculty after
review by the Faculty Advisory Committee.) After this, the electronic version of the Handbook
can be updated.
CHAPTER II. HISTORY, MISSION, GOVERNANCE, ADMINISTRATIVE
ORGANIZATION, FACULTY ORGANIZATION
IIA. GENERAL OVERVIEW
II.A.1. History and Charter
Birmingham-Southern College, hereinafter referred to as "the College," was created in 1918 by
the merger of Southern University (founded in 1856 in Greensboro, Alabama) with Birmingham
College (founded in 1898 in Birmingham, Alabama). The 1918 charter superseded the charters
of the two parent institutions, but remained substantively the same. Ownership of the College is
vested in the Board of Trustees, which is appointed by the Alabama-West Florida and the North
Alabama Conferences of the United Methodist Church.
The Board of Trustees approved in 1973, amended in 1974, and updated in May 1998, October
1999,
and October 2003,
a set of bylaws to aid in the governance of the College. Also in 1974,
the Board of Trustees and the United Methodist Church's North Alabama and Alabama-West
Florida Annual Conferences approved a new Certificate of Incorporation under the terms of the
Non-Profit Corporation Act of the State of Alabama. For purposes of law, the governance of the
College is, therefore, by a corporation. The new charter, or Certificate, carries forward all
privileges and immunities granted in earlier documents and incorporates them into one
instrument.
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The proposed Faculty Handbook that the Faculty endorsed on May 12, 2003, differs
from this approved Faculty Handbook only in section III.A.1.a.i. wherein the Faculty-endorsed
version stated “... except for adequate cause or under extraordinary circumstances because of
financial exigencies.” The Board approved a revision to state “... except in accordance with
Section III.B.6. and III.B.7. and their subparts” for internal consistency. The revision is
consistent with AAUP guidelines.