3.7.5 The institution publishes policies on the responsibility and authority of faculty in academic and governance matters. (Faculty role in governance)Statement of Compliance: In Compliance.
Policies regarding the role of University of West Georgia faculty in academics and governance are publicly available on the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) website via the "Academic Policies" link . The policies related to faculty roles in governance are discussed in the following University of West Georgia publications: Statutes, University Policies and Procedures, and Faculty Handbook.
The University of West Georgia Statutes document authorizes the process by which policies and procedures are created. Faculty responsibilities are outlined in the following:
Article IV - Faculties of the University
Section 1 - General (p.6) discusses faculty participation in academic government.
Section 2 - Faculty Senate, Purpose and Powers covers the responsibilities of the University of West Georgia Faculty Senate.
Both sections are discussed in broader terms in the Policies and Procedures of the University of West Georgia and in the Faculty Handbook.
Policies and Procedures of the University of West Georgia 
Article IV - Faculties of the University
Section 1 - Role and Function of the Faculties (p.17) covers the following faculty responsibilities: Faculty Work Load, Role and Function of the General Faculty, Role and Function of the General Faculty, Role and Function of the Several Colleges/Schools.
Section 2 - Faculty Senate organization (p.20) covers: Composition of the Senate, the Chair of the Faculty Senate, the Past Chair of the Faculty Senate, the Executive Secretary, the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate, Election of the Faculty Senate, Standing Committees (Purpose), Standing Committees (Function), Standing Committees (Membership and Purpose), Standing Committees (Restriction of Membership), Terms of Office for Committee Members, Standing Committee Recommendations, Ad Hoc Committees, Subcommittees, and Task Forces.
Section 3 - Modification (p.28) states that:
"modifications of the above provisions in Sections 1 and 2 may only be made through a vote of the General Faculty which may be taken either at a physical meeting or by means of electronic or other written forms of balloting, notice of the motion to be voted upon shall be posted and distributed to the faculty at least 10 university business days within the Fall or Spring semesters in advance of the vote. Votes outside of meetings shall be cast over a period of no fewer than 5 university business days within the Fall or Spring semesters. The motion will have passed if it receives a majority of the votes cast."
More details on the role of faculty and their specific functions are discussed in the "By-Laws of the Faculties and Faculty Senate" section of the Policies and Procedures Manual:
Article I - By-Laws of the General Faculty (beginning p.31)
"The General Faculty shall hold at least one meeting in each academic semester.
- Special meetings of the General Faculty may be held on call by the President.
- Only members of the General Faculty may vote. Voting in regular and special meetings may be by voice vote except that a division vote (by showing of hands or standing, whichever is most convenient to the counters) shall be taken on request of any member of the General Faculty, and except that voting shall be by secret written ballot on request of twenty (20) percent of the members present.
- All actions of the General Faculty shall be in the form of recommendations to the President of the University."
Article III - By-Laws of the Faculty Senate (p.32)
- "Regular meetings of the Senate shall be held at least twice in each semester of the academic year on dates determined by the Senate. Special meetings may be called by the President of the University and shall be called upon written application of five (5) senators or any ten (10) members of the General Faculty.
- The agenda of the Senate shall be prepared by the Executive Secretary of the Senate in cooperation with the President of the University… Senate agenda may be amended by two-thirds vote of the members present.
- Standing Committees of the Senate shall meet not less than once each semester, with meeting announcements to be mailed to each committee member at least five (5) scheduled University calendar days prior to a meeting.
- Each Senate committee shall annually elect one (1) faculty member of the Senate as chair. The election shall be held at a special meeting of the continuing members and the newly selected members of the committee to be called by the out-going chair before the end of each spring semester.
- Voting in the Senate shall be either by voice or show of hands. At the discretion of the presiding officer or by request of one (1) senator, vote will be by roll-call, with the vote of each senator recorded in the minutes. Voting in the committees shall be by a show of hands, and a record shall be kept of vote totals."
University of West Georgia Faculty Handbook 
The UWG Faculty Handbook provides policies regarding the role of the faculty in academic and governance matters. The Faculty Handbook is both posted on VPAA website and is available in hard copy. Hard copies are usually distributed among the new Faculty members at the "New Faculty Orientation" at the beginning of each academic year.
The following Faculty Handbook policies are relevant to faculty role in academics and governance:
101.02 - Minimum Criteria for Appointment: outlines a "Service to Institution" requirement dependent upon faculty rank. Thus, for example, appointment to the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor requires: "Demonstration of significant contributions in such service and a strong likelihood of continuing effectiveness as shown by successful, collegial service on departmental, school-wide, institutional or system-wide committees."
103.0302 - Specific Minimum Criteria for Promotion: again includes a "Service to Institution" section that outlines basically the same requirements as 101.02.
103.0403 - Specific Minimum Criteria for the Award of Tenure: the same requirements.
Overall, UWG policies require and encourage faculty to participate in the affairs related to governance of the institution.
The evidence that the policies regarding the role of faculty in both academic and governance matters are actually implemented can be found in the following: Faculty Senate , Senate Agendas , Senate Minutes , President’s Responses , and General Faculty Agendas  and General Faculty Minutes . The report for Comprehensive Standard 3.4.10 discusses the responsibility of faculty for the content and effectiveness of curriculum.
It should be noted as well that there is a clear distinction between the policy-making functions of the governing board (the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia) and the responsibility of the administration and faculty in the governance matters. More details on this topic can be found in the report for Comprehensive Standard 3.2.6.
VPAA Website - Academic Policies
Statutes of the University of West Georgia
Policies and Procedures for the University of West Georgia
UWG Faculty Handbook
Faculty Senate Meetings- Minutes
General Faculty Agendas
General Faculty Minutes