Since fall 1996, the Faculty of CSU Monterey Bay has exercised its rights and fulfilled its responsibilities in the shared governance of the University, by working through two formal bodies: an inclusive Academic Assembly, and a representative Academic Senate.
The Constitution and Bylaws of the Academic Assembly organize and empower faculty to play an integral role in the actualization of the University's vision of shared governance, recognizing that the stewardship of the faculty extends beyond curricular and academic matters into the larger social context of the University community. This is in keeping with the goal set forth in the campus Vision Statement to create "a model pluralistic academic community where all learn from and teach one another in an atmosphere of mutual respect and pursuit of excellence; a faculty and staff motivated to excel in their respective fields as well as contributing to the broadly defined university environment."
As defined in Article V, Section 1 in the Constitution, subject to the laws of the State of California and the regulations of the California State University, the Academic Assembly (or units to which it delegates its powers) shall formulate, review, revise, and adopt for recommendation to the President university policies regarding matters affecting the academic mission of the University.
In accordance with Article V, Section 1 of the Constitution, all powers of the Academic Assembly shall reside in the Academic Assembly except that certain functions may be delegated to the Academic Senate as defined in Article X of the Constitution. The Academic Assembly convenes to address broadly significant campus or faculty issues that merit the involvement of the entire Faculty. The Assembly delegates primary responsibility for the development and review of academic and educational policy to the Academic Senate. The Academic Senate shall represent the Academic Assembly in carrying out the functions defined in Article XI, Section 1 of the Constitution. Actions of the Academic Senate are subject to review by the Academic Assembly in accordance with Article X of the Constitution.