Standing Rules and Rules of Order


Requirement for Two Readings of All Matters of Policy

Motions involving matters of policy shall be proposed in writing to the Faculty Senate one meeting in advance of their consideration; this will constitute a “First Reading.”  The matter is not discussed or voted upon until the “Second Reading” at the next Senate meeting. A two-thirds vote of the members present will be required in order to propose and consider a motion regarding a matter of policy during a single meeting.

Replacement of Senator and Term for Replacement


If a Senator must consider resignation due to illness or for any other reason, that Senator shall submit a resignation to the Executive Committee who shall determine if the resignation shall be accepted. If a resignation is accepted, the Senate shall elect one of the Senate alternates to fill the rest of the Senator’s term.


Executive Committee:



a. Appoint Senate members to Senate Committees.


b. Supervise the Editor of the Faculty Handbook and Senate Secretary

c. Appoint ad hoc committees or task forces. These committees may include in their membership faculty members who are not then serving on the Senate and others.

d. Insure that ad hoc and Senate committees and task forces report annually to the Senate for review, clarification, and coordination of faculty policy.



Institutional Development Committee:



a. Evaluate resource and planning aspects of new degree programs, minors, concentrations and curriculum changes and innovations.


b. Evaluate resource implications of proposed and existing Centers.


c. Review and consult on university planning issues.


d. Consult annually with all Vice Chancellors on annual budget allocations and other institutional development issues.


e. For the 2005-2006 Academic Year, the IDC will fulfill the functions of The University Planning Council (UPC).



Faculty Welfare and Development Committee



a. Supervise the preparation of the minutes of the Senate, the distribution of the Senate agenda, and written reports of Senate actions to the faculty


b. Supervise the faculty elections, preparing and ensuring the integrity of ballots

            1. Recent Clarifications and Changes


            i. The names of faculty who have accepted the nomination by another faculty member for an elected faculty committee or   who have self-nominated will have their interests noted on the ballot. Nominations and self-nominations must be submitted  to a designated FWDC member no less than two (2) weeks prior to the election date. 


                ii. To ensure continuity of the Hearings and Grievance Committee, continuing members of the Hearings and Grievance  Committees should be removed from the Ballot for the Committee of Tenured Faculty.


c. Report annually on faculty salaries.


d. Consult with the Provost in the creation of standing committees.


e. Supervise the University Service Council as it implements a new procedure for committee assignment and review and approve USC recommendations.




Academic Policies Committee


a. Consider for submission to the Senate major curricular change.  When the APC approves a document unanimously, the document is included on a consent agenda. Any Senator may request removing a document from the consent agenda for discussion by the Senate. By tradition, the APC consent agenda is presented during the APC committee report.


b. Approve minor curricular changes and report those changes to the Senate.


c. Review APC Document Approval Process by August 2006 with special attention to the changes adopted Fall 2005.


d. Work with Academic Affairs and the Registrar’s Office to edit catalog insuring that all catalog changes that are not editorial are approved by APC.

e. Coordinate with Integrative Liberal Studies Oversight Committee (ILSOC) on the implementation of the Integrative Liberal Studies (ILS) curriculum.

f. Hear appeals from ILSOC decisions. APC may uphold the decision, reverse the decision, or send it back for further evaluation.