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Faculty Senate Bylaws Article VII
Last Amended: 3/26/13
Article VII - Rules Governing Committees and Councils of the Senate
- Members of the faculty with academic rank are eligible to serve on all committees and councils.
- Unless otherwise specified, the term of appointment shall be three years and shall follow a staggered plan. No faculty member may serve consecutively more than one regular term of three years on a standing committee or council. One year must elapse before a faculty member who has served a regular term on a standing committee or council is eligible for re-appointment.
- Faculty members shall not serve concurrently on more than one standing committee or council of the Senate. Members of the Senate may not serve on standing councils of the Senate during their term in office as Senators.
- Vacancies in committees and councils to which the Senate has made appointments shall be filled by the Senate.
- When a member of a committee or council establishes a record of absenteeism, the chairperson of that committee or council should contact the member to determine the reason for the absences. If the individual chooses not to resign but persists in absenteeism, the chairperson of the committee or council shall inform the chairperson of the Faculty Senate who shall have the official authority to dismiss with thanks the committee member and authorize the Senate Nominating Committee to nominate to the Faculty Senate a replacement.
- Each committee and council shall develop and submit to the Senate for approval written policy and procedure statements. It shall recommend policy and procedural changes to the Senate and the President when such changes seem desirable.
- Each committee and council shall keep written minutes of all meetings.
- Each committee and council shall submit an annual report to the Senate prior to the first regular Senate meeting of each year.
- Proposals and/or recommendations submitted to the Senate and referred by the Senate to a committee or council shall be reported in that committee or council's official minutes. The committee or council of the Senate shall indicate its approval, rejection, or lack of action on a proposal or recommendation within thirty days after the referral and return the proposal or recommendation to the Senate for final consideration. A proposal, which is not returned within thirty days and for which there is no communication from the committee or council to the originator, shall be regarded as having committee or council approval and shall be taken up by the Senate for final consideration.
- Each council or committee of the Faculty Senate must report each of its recommendations to the Senate for final consideration. Each such recommendation will become an agenda item for the next regular Senate meeting. If no Senator objects to a recommendation, that recommendation will be treated as having received Senate approval. If one or more Senators move further consideration of one or several recommendations, the recommendation(s) will be taken up at a subsequent meeting. The requirement to delay the recommendation(s) of a council or committee until a subsequent meeting because of the objection of one or more Senators may be suspended by a two-thirds vote of the Senators present and voting. The recommendation(s) may then be amended, approved, or rejected at the meeting in progress.
Questions or jurisdiction of committees and councils shall be resolved by the Senate.