Appendix F

4/24/18

SENATE COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES AND RULES

Revisions to Bylaws; Article II – Senate Council, Section 3

(Legislative)

Implementation: Upon Approval By the Senate

Rationale:

The Senate Council plays an important role in shared governance. Article II, Section 1 of the bylaws provides that the council review pending reports, and that it provides council to the Senate officers on important matters before the university. Article I, Section 12 of the standing rules charges Senate Council with indicating a vote to remove a Senate Officer in cases of “neglect of duty or misconduct in office.” Currently, however, Senate Council has no mechanism to call itself into session absent the consent of the Senate Chair.

To properly exercise its oversight authority over Senate Officers, Senate Council must have the ability to call itself into session, even over the objections of the Senate Chair. While this authority may never be exercised, providing Senate Council with a degree of independence in initiating special meetings will ensure that Chairs are responsive to the concerns of its members.

Recommendation:

That Article II, Section 3 of the Bylaws be and is hereby amended as follows:

Please note that the following contains bold text for additions. Added text is notated with [Add] [End Add].

Article II

Section 3

The Senate Council shall be convened by the Chair of the Senate at least as often per annum as the Senate. [Add]  The Chair shall convene a special meeting of Senate Council at the request of two-thirds of its voting members. [End Add]

SENATE COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES AND RULES

  • Jonathan Abel
  • Michael Bérubé
  • Victor Brunsden
  • Mark Casteel
  • Ann Clements
  • Beth King
  • Richard Robinett
  • Keith Shapiro
  • James Strauss
  • Jane Sutton
  • Ann Taylor
  • Kent Vrana, Chair
  • Nicole Webster, Vice Chair
  • Matthew Woessner