Appendix G

4/24/18

SENATE COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES AND RULES

Revisions to Bylaws; Article X – Amendments

(Legislative)

Implementation: Upon Approval By the Senate

Rationale:

There is currently no provision for making minor changes to the Bylaws or Standing Rules without formal submission to the Senate.  For example, this might include changes in software, committee names, University offices or titles. To render the Senate more nimble, the Committee on Committees and Rules proposes that such editorial changes of a non-substantive nature be directly submitted by CC&R to Senate Council for approval.  If approved by Senate Council, the changes would be communicated to the members of the Senate in the next Senate agenda, where any senator would have the ability to formally request that the changes be brought before the entire Senate via normal legislative practice.  Should the Council not approve the changes, they could still be subject to submission through normal procedures.  Provided the Senate approves the recommended changes to the Senate Bylaws (Article X) described below, the Standing Rules would then be amended to include the same process for editorial changes of a non-substantive nature

Recommendation:

That Article X 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 X – Amendments

Amendments of the Bylaws may be adopted at any meeting of the Senate by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of those senators present, provided that the amendments shall have been presented in writing at a preceding regular meeting.

[Add] In those cases where amendments are deemed to be editorial changes of a non-substantive nature (e.g., issues of nomenclature, committee names, or faculty titles), the Committee on Committees and Rules may submit them to Senate Council for approval by a two-thirds vote. If the vote fails they will be returned to the Committee on Committees and Rules to be submitted via the regular legislative process. If the vote succeeds, the changes shall be published in a Communication to the Senate in the next Senate agenda.  For five days following the Senate meeting, any faculty senator who feels that the changes require a more careful review may place their objections in writing to the Senate Chair to be returned to the Committee on Committees and Rules to be submitted via the regular legislative process. If there are no objections after five days the changes will go into effect. [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