The Faculty Senate of Oregon Tech maintains the institutional philosophy of shared governance characterized by open and responsible communication, fair treatment of individuals, participatory processes, and collaborative decision making, whereby each member of the faculty has the responsibility to speak and the right to be heard without prejudice. Such a governance philosophy, with the active support of the faculty, provides a climate in which ideas can be initiated, policies and practices can be tested, and a unity of purpose can be forged so that all members of the college community are encouraged and supported in their endeavor to contribute to the mission of Oregon Tech.