College of Health Sciences by-Laws

Core Values, Mission and Vision Statements

Core Values:

Chicago State University (CSU), College of Health Sciences faculty and staff values:

  • Student Learning and Development
  • Life-long learning
  • Diversity
  • Accountability and Responsibility
  • Community Service
  • Critical Thinking
  • Interdisciplinary Education
  • Empowerment and Social Justice
  • Transformative Leadership
  • Professional Integrity


The College of Health Sciences at CSU educates a caring and competent, non-traditional student body, many of whom are underrepresented in the health care professions. Through innovative teaching strategies and interdisciplinary educational experiences, we empower our graduates to be critical thinkers, life-long learners, advocates for reducing health disparities, and providers of quality health care services.


The College of Health Sciences at CSU strives to be recognized as a national leader in interdisciplinary health care education and excellence in teaching, research and service. We strive to inspire and prepare our students to seek and create innovative health care opportunities locally, nationally and globally.

    1. By-Laws and Governing Policies
      The faculty of the College of Health Sciences hereby establishes the following Bylaws to provide a mechanism for faculty participation in the formulation, modification, and implementation of the College’s policies, procedures, and practices governing educational programs, faculty development, student development and other matters necessary to accomplish the mission and goals of the College and the University. The name of this organization shall be the College of Health Sciences.
    2.  Organization
      The College functions as an autonomous unit within the University substantially controlling its destiny in relation to curriculum and personnel and providing input into the budget process of the University.
      The Chief Administrative Officer for the College is the Dean. The Dean or a designated representative shall preside at the All College meetings. A representative from the Dean’s office will serve as an ad-hoc member on all standing committees.
    3.  Membership
      The members of the College include all full time part time faculty members in the College.
    4.  College Faculty
      A. The Dean shall convene All-College meetings once a semester (Fall & Spring terms).

      B. The Dean shall convene a special All-College meeting when requested to do so in writing by one-third or more of the faculty or to address crucial issue(s).
      C. At least three day’s notice shall be given by the Dean to members of the College for any All-College meeting.
      D. A quorum at All-College meetings shall consist of one-third of the faculty members in each department.
    5. Standing Committees
      Committees of the College consist of standing committees and special committees.

General Procedures

College committee members are appointed by October 1st for a three year term with a rotating schedule to provide for continuity. No more than 50% of the membership of any committee will be replaced during any year. Unless otherwise specified, a chairperson and secretary for each committee will be elected from the membership at its first meeting.

  1. The chairperson of each committee will submit a report of committee activities to the Dean’s office at the end of each semester (Fall and Spring).
  2. Each committee shall meet at least once per semester (Fall and Spring), or at the request of the Dean or a majority of the committee.
  3. Copies of committee meeting minutes shall be distributed to the Dean’s office.
  4. A quorum shall consist of the majority of the members present.
    1. Executive Council
        1. Membership
          The Executive Council consists of the Dean, Assistant Dean, Department Chairpersons, and the Director of the Wellness Center.  The Dean serves as chairperson of the Executive Council.
        2. Duties
          The council members will discuss and disseminate information which impacts the College, plan college-wide initiatives and make recommendations to the Dean.
        3. Meetings
          Meetings are convened bi-weekly and at the discretion of the Dean.
    2. Curriculum Committee
        1. Membership
          The Curriculum Committee consists of two faculty from each department
        2. Duties
          The Curriculum Committee reviews and makes recommendations on all new programs, changes in course requirements for major sequences, and additions or deletions of courses.
    3. Faculty Development Committee
        1. Membership
          The Faculty Development Committee develops events/activities that support and enhance knowledge and scholarly productivity.
    4. Social Committee
        1. Membership
          The Social Committee consists of one or more faculty members and one student from each department.(One of the faculty members from each department shall be the representative to the student organization and the student shall be an officer from the student organization.)
        2. Duties
          The Social Committee plans and implements College-wide and University events for faculty, staff and students. Such events may include holiday parties, alumni weekend events, faculty retreats and college convocation ceremonies.
    5. The Recruitment and Retention Committee
        1. Membership
          The Recruitment and Retention Committee consists of one or more faculty from each department
        2. Duties
          The committee will plan and implement (a) interdisciplinary clinical events that will allow students to utilize their skills, (b) plan community health fairs, and (c) plan health-career information dissemination sessions that will enhance student recruitment into the College.

VI.  Special Committees

A.  Grievance Committee

  1. Membership
    a. The Dean of the College or his/her representative from College of Health Sciences.

    b. The Chairperson or his/her representative from the department involved.

    c. One college of Health Sciences faculty member not from the department involved.

    d. One student from the department involved.

    e.  One student not from the department involved.

  2. Committee Procedures

    a. The Dean or his/her administrative representative shall appoint the Chair of the ad-hoc committee.

    b. A committee is formed for each case and is disbanded at the completion of that case.  

    c. The ordinary rights of parties at a hearing (student/instructor) shall apply, including:  right to notice of hearing and decision reached; right to be present at hearing, together with legal counsel; right to present and to inspect evidence. 

    d. Specific procedures for the hearing of each case shall be determined by the members of the committee deliberating that case.

  3. Step Prior to Hearing

    a. Before a case can rise to the college level, it must have proceeded through three levels of deliberation:

      (1) Conference between student and faculty member.

      (2) Conference between department chairperson and student.

      (3) Hearing before Department Grievance Committee.

B.  New Committee

Other special and/or ad-hoc committees may be appointed by the Dean at his/her discretion or upon a majority vote of the members of the college at its meeting.

 VII. Amendments

These By-laws may be amended by a simple majority vote of the full-time College faculty members.

An amendment to the by-laws must be submitted in writing to all members of the College at least two weeks prior to the College meeting in which the amendment will be moved for adoption.

A proposal to amend may be made by the Dean or by any College committee. A proposal may be presented with a petition signed by at least one-third of the full-time college faculty members.