Appendix I

1/24/17

SENATE COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES AND RULES

Revisions to Senate Standing Rules Article I Section 12

(Legislative)

Implementation: Upon Approval by the Senate

Rationale

 

The members of the Committee on Committees and Rules are elected by Senate Council and its chair and vice chair are elected by the committee members at the end of the Senate year.  In contrast, the members of the other Standing Committees are appointed by Committees and Rules and their chairs and vice chairs are appointed by the incoming Senate Chair, in consultation with Committees and Rules.  The current rule calls for the chair and vice chair of Committees and Rules to be elected by the new committee members when they convene at the end of the final regular committee meeting for the Senate year.  Often, some of the new committee members are unable to attend that meeting, due to responsibilities on other standing committees that are meeting on the same day at the same time.  Consequently, the committee leadership is often elected by only a portion of its members.  To solve this issue, it is proposed that the incoming Senate Chair be responsible for calling a meeting of Committees and Rules within one week of the beginning of the new Senate year.  As with all Senate meetings, committee members would have the option to participate either in person or via technology.

Please note that the following contains bold text for additions and strikeouts indicating deleted text. Deleted text is notated with [Delete] [End Delete]. Added text is notated with [Add] [End Add].

Section 12

  1. Prior to the next-to-last regularly scheduled meeting of the Senate year, the Senate Council shall select the members of the Committee on Committees and Rules. The Committee on Committees and Rules shall consist of ten members serving two-year terms, five members to be selected each year. Appointments shall reflect the variety of disciplines, functions, and geographic locations of University units. If a committee member is no longer an elected senator at the end of the first year of the term on the committee, a vacancy shall occur in that position and a selection shall be made to fill the unexpired term.
  2. [Add] Following formal release of election results to the full Faculty Senate, the New Faculty Senate Chair shall convene the new membership of the Committee on Committees and Rules, within one week of the last regularly scheduled Senate meeting.  In that new CC&R membership meeting, the Chair and Vice Chair of the Committee on Committees and Rules shall be determined by election, whose names shall be released and reported to Senate in a timely fashion. [End Add]
    [Delete] The newly selected Committee on Committees and Rules shall be convened immediately following the last regularly scheduled meeting of the Committee on Committees and Rules. In response to the call of the outgoing Chair of Committees and Rules, the incoming Committee shall elect a new Chair and Vice Chair, whose names shall be reported to the Senate at the last regularly scheduled meeting of the Senate year. [End Delete]
  3. The Committee on Committees and Rules shall complete selection of the roster of all committees, including Chairs and Vice Chairs, for the coming Senate year within three weeks of the last regularly scheduled meeting of the Senate year. The membership of each committee will be reported in writing to the Standing Committee Chairs within four weeks of the last regularly scheduled meeting of the Senate year. This roster will be listed in The Senate Record for the last regular meeting of the Senate year.
  4. The terms of the Committee on Committees and Rules shall be from the conclusion of the last regularly scheduled meeting of the Committee on Committees and Rules of one year until the conclusion of the last regularly scheduled meeting of the Committee on Committees and Rules of the next year.
  5. When a member of a Senate committee resigns before the expiration of the appointment, the Chair of that committee shall notify the Chair of the Committee on Committees and Rules of this circumstance, and the latter group shall name a replacement.

COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES AND RULES

  • Jonathan Abel
  • Mohamad Ansari
  • Larry Backer
  • Dawn Blasko, Chair
  • Mark Casteel
  • Pamela Hufnagel
  • William Kelly, Vice Chair
  • Richard Robinett
  • Keith Shapiro
  • James Strauss
  • Jane Sutton
  • Ann Taylor
  • Kent Vrana
  • Matthew Woessner