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Plans of Organization

The University of Maryland Plan of Organization is the University's main governing document, which spells out our principles of shared governance. The Plan outlines a system of governance in which faculty, staff, students, and administrators work together on issues that affect the campus community at all levels. The Plan of Organization clearly states that such principles of shared governance should be instituted at each level of governance at the University, including by each College or School within the University. This has facilitated increased communication between the various University constituencies, and has provided an opportunity for everyone to have a voice and exercise leadership in decisions that help shape the University.

The University Plan of Organization states that each College or School, department or other academic unit, and the University Libraries (all referred to as "College" throughout these webpages) shall also have a Plan of Organization to govern its operations. These Plans must also embody the principles of shared governance and reflect University policy. The University Plan of Organization allows amendments to be made at any time, but also allows for a formal review every ten years. In addition, College Plans of Organization must also be reviewed by the University Senate at least once every ten years.

Follow the links below for more information on the University and College Plans of Organization and the review processes for College-level Plans:

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