Bylaws: School of Community Health Sciences

A. Mission, Goals, and Values

The mission of the School of Community Health Sciences is to "Develop, disseminate, and apply knowledge with an ecological approach to protect and promote the health of populations".


  • To prepare future public health practitioners, researchers, educators and leaders
  • To develop the knowledge base for public health through research
  • To engage with multiple communities through professional and scholarly service
  • To expose students to diversity in multiple venues
  • To be recognized for leadership in innovative approaches to public health

School's Vision

Foster equitable and healthy communities.

We achieve this vision through these values:

  • Advancing knowledge
  • Embracing diversity
  • Demonstrating integrity
  • Inspiring learning
  • Succeeding through collaboration

B. Purpose of the Bylaws

These bylaws provide guidelines for activities necessary to accomplish the School's mission, and goals. These bylaws are to provide consistency, fairness, and equity to School operations. An electronic copy of the bylaws will be maintained in a location accessible to the faculty and a printed copy will be available to any faculty or staff member who requests it.

C. Authority

These bylaws are within the scope and authorization of the University of Nevada, Reno Bylaws and Division of Health Sciences Bylaws. The content of this manual is an extension of the University Administrative Manual, and codes and bylaws of higher-level administrative units. Any instances where there are apparent discrepancies with higher authority, the higher authority takes precedence over these bylaws.

D. Definitions

  • Bylaws - A document that communicates the means of accomplishing the School's mission, goals, and objectives with a minimum of time and effort, and that results in maximum benefit to all concerned. It is a tool to enhance transparent decision-making with minimal personal restrictions, and to provide consistency in operations.
  • Director - School of Health Sciences' Director/SCHS Director
  • Division - Division of Health Sciences
  • Faculty-at-Large (FAL) - The FAL comprise the voting faculty of the School. The term faculty refers to those individuals holding authorized professional positions as defined by the Board of Regents. All academic and administrative faculty members with at least a 50 percent appointment in the School are considered part of the FAL.
  • Majority - A majority is defined as over one-half (51%) of the voting Faculty-at-Large.
  • NSHE - Nevada System of Higher Education
  • Personnel - The term personnel as used in these bylaws refers to all faculty and staff in the School.
  • Policy - A policy is an organization's statement of philosophy regarding work-related issues. It consists of a definite course of action or provides guidelines for determining present or future decisions.
  • Procedure - Procedures are a particular way of accomplishing a work-related task. They provide a sequence of specific actions to take in order to comply with a policy.
  • School or SCHS - School of Community Health Sciences
  • Staff - Staff are administrative and classified employees who assist the director and faculty, and support the students.
  • VPHS - Vice President of Health Sciences
  • Year - Academic year

E. Appeals

Any faculty member has a right to appeal decisions that appear to be inconsistent with the bylaws, missions, goals, or objectives of the School, Division, or University. Decisions of the Director may be appealed by a majority vote of the Faculty-at-Large (FAL). After voting to appeal a decision, the Steering Committee will meet within 10 days with the Director to discuss differences and achieve resolution. If a resolution cannot be reached, then a memo will be written to the Director asking for specific action. A copy of this letter will be sent to the VPHS. The Director then has 10 days to write a response letter to the FAL with a copy to the VPHS.

F. Amendments

Any member of the voting faculty may propose revisions to bylaws or any part thereof. Proposed revisions must be distributed to the SCHS Director and the voting faculty at least

14 days before a vote is held. Revision(s) of the bylaws must be approved by a vote of two- thirds of the voting faculty. The date of revisions will be noted at the beginning of the section that has been revised.

Most recommendations regarding bylaws are developed by the relevant committees and presented for approval by the Faculty-at-Large and the Director. The director may also develop policies and procedures needed for operation of the School.