Shared governance is and shall be a central tenet of academic decision-making at the University of North Texas (as it is in higher education at major public Universities throughout the U.S.). The participation of faculty in decisions that involve academic matters assures that academic quality remains at the heart of the process. Authority for decisions, however, is vested in the Board of Regents, Chancellor, and the President. The President may delegate authority to other members of the University administration as allowed by state law and Regents Rules. Authority may only rest with individuals who can be held directly accountable for the decisions they make. Thus, authority may not rest with a committee.