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ARTICLE VII. Committees of the Senate.

 

Section 1. Executive Committee.

 

  1. The composition, powers and duties of the Executive Committee are defined in the Faculty Constitution, Article IV.
  2. Pursuant to Article IV, Section 1,B,C,D, and Section 5,A, other duties of the Executive Committee shall include the following: 

The Executive Committee shall monitor procedures in grievance actions to determine whether they are in compliance with relevant government documents of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, including the Faculty Constitution, Personnel Rules, guidelines promulgated for personnel issues, and relevant bylaws. The Executive Committee shall ensure that governance practices in the university are consistent with the Constitution. It will report instances of non-compliance and/or inconsistency in procedures and practices to the Faculty Senate.

Section 2. Constitution and Bylaws Committee.

Pursuant to the Faculty Constitution, Article VI, Section 2, the Constitution and Bylaws Committee is established by these Senate Bylaws.

  1. Responsibility - The Constitution and Bylaws Committee will regularly review the Faculty Constitution and the Faculty Senate Bylaws and propose changes as needed to the Faculty Senate. Questions of constitutionality and of Faculty Constitution and Faculty Senate Bylaws interpretation will be referred to the Constitution and Bylaws Committee. It will make recommendations to the Faculty Senate which, by majority vote, will make determinations about constitutional questions. The committee will review college, school, department, or equivalent unit bylaws for consistency with the Faculty Constitution. It will make recommendations for revision if necessary to the unit, or, if the proposed bylaws are found to be consistent with the Constitution, it will make a recommendation to the Senate for acceptance.
  2. Membership - The Constitution and Bylaws Committee will have four (4) members. Three (3) will be senators elected by the Senate at the beginning of the Fall Term. Nominations will be made by the Executive Committee; other nominations may be made from the floor. Upon election, members will serve for the duration of their current terms on the Senate. The Senate past president will serve as non-voting, ex-officio member of the committee.
  3. Chair - The committee chair will be elected by the committee for a one-year renewable term.
  4. Reporting - The committee will report to the Faculty Senate.

Section 3. Elections Committee.

Pursuant to the Faculty Constitution, Article VI, Section 2, the Elections Committee is established by these Senate bylaws.

  1. Responsibilities of the Elections Committee - Election of Faculty Senators: The Elections Committee will conduct elections of faculty senators and reapportion representation on the Senate in accordance with provisions of the Faculty Constitution and the Faculty Senate Bylaws.

    Referenda and Ratification Votes: The Committee will conduct university-level faculty referenda and     constitutional ratification votes in accordance with provisions of the Faculty Constitution and the Faculty Senate Bylaws.
     
  2. Membership - The Elections Committee will have three members from the Faculty Senate, elected by the Senate early in the fall term. The Faculty Senate Executive Committee will nominate three senators for Senate approval. Nominations may also be made from the Senate floor.
  3. Chair - The chair will be chosen by the committee.

Section 4. Committee on Committees.

Pursuant to the Faculty Constitution, Article VI, Section 2, the Committee on Committees is established by these Senate bylaws.

  1. Responsibilities of the Committee on Committees
    1. Faculty Survey - The Committee on Committees will survey the faculty no later than March 1 of each year to determine interest, experience, and qualifications for service on preferred committees.
    2. Appointment of Committees - The Committee on Committees will recommend for Senate confirmation faculty members for all university standing and ad hoc committees. The chair of the Committee on Committees will report to the faculty the names of faculty committee members.
    3. Evaluation - The Committee on Committees will initiate a process of evaluating each committee. It will report its findings with recommendations to the Faculty Senate. At least every five years after the initial evaluation, the Committee on Committees will evaluate committee functions and report its findings with recommendations to the Senate.
  1. Membership - The Committee on Committees will have nine (9) members. Eight (8) will be faculty elected early in the Spring term by the Faculty Senate, one each from Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts, Social Science, Math/Science, Business, Education, and the combined areas of Nursing and Services. The Faculty Senate Executive Committee will prepare a slate of candidates, being diligent to include women and minorities, from the list of faculty who have expressed an interest in serving. Nominations may also be made from the Senate floor. The members will serve three-year terms staggered by lot at the initial meeting. A Faculty Senate Executive Committee's member-at-large will be an ex-official member of the committee. No individual may serve more than two consecutive terms on this committee.
  1. Chair - The chair of the Committee on Committees will be elected by the committee from among the eight elected members. The chair will serve a one-year term renewable by election for a maximum of three consecutive terms. The chair is responsible for: facilitating committee meetings; conducting the election for chair in the Fall; and informing the Faculty Senate office of resignations of committee members and changes in the committee chair.
  2. Reporting - The chair of the Committee on Committees will report to the Faculty Senate.

Section 5. Nominating Committee.

The Nominating Committee is described in these bylaws, Article III, Section 2.

(See GOV 3 for a list of additional Faculty Senate committees.)

Section 6. Ad Hoc Committees.

Ad hoc committees may be created by the Faculty Senate, pursuant to Article VI, Section 3 of the Faculty Constitution.

Section 7. Combined Meeting of Committee Chairs.

At least once each semester the Faculty Senate president shall convene a combined meeting of all chairs of the Committees of the Senate (ARTICLE VII), and all chairs of Faculty Senate Committees (GOV 3). The purpose of the meeting is for the president to review and assess committee activities. Committee chairs shall advise the president on matters of productivity and efficiency of all faculty governance committees. Committee chairs shall report to the president on all committee activities and the success of their committee in fulfilling committee responsibilities. The form and frequency of chair reports will be at the discretion of the President. The combined meeting of committee chairs shall have no policy making authority.

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