University Senate Bylaws, Article II., Section 5

I. SENATE CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE

The Senate Consultative Committee shall represent the faculty, academic professionals, civil service staff, and students at large and not the individual campuses, institutes, colleges, schools, or departments of the University.

The Senate Consultative Committee shall serve as the consulting body to the president and as the executive committee University Senate.

Membership

The Senate Consultative Committee shall be composed of the:
10 elected members of the Faculty Consultative Committee,
the immediate past chair of the Faculty Consultative Committee,
7 elected members from the Student Consultative Committee,
2 academic professional members from the P&A Consultative Committee,
2 civil service members from the Civil Service Consultative Committee, and
the vice chair of the University Senate.

The chair of the Faculty Consultative Committee shall serve as chair of the Senate Consultative Committee.

Articles II, Section 2(f), Article IV, Section 2(f) and Article VI, Section 2(e) of the Rules governing absences from committee meetings and Article I, Section 4, Article III, Section 4, and Article V, Section 4 of Bylaws governing absences from Senate meetings shall apply to the Senate Consultative Committee. Duties and Responsibilities

Consultative

a. To meet with the president or other University officers to discuss issues or policies of the University of concern and, as appropriate, to make recommendations concerning such matters to the University Senate.

b. To initiate whatever studies it deems necessary and appropriate or to request such studies from the president or senior academic officers or from committees of the University Senate.

c. To consult with the president or senior academic officers, in cooperation with the Finance and Planning Committee, on planning and on the annual budget and the biennial request.

d. To receive from any faculty member, academic professional, civil service staff member, or student notification of concerns which may require consultation with the president or senior academic officers.

Steering

a. To superintend and direct all committees of the University Senate, which includes the authority to require that any committee of the University Senate report on any matter within its jurisdiction within 30 days.

b. To receive recommendations of any faculty member, academic professional, civil service staff member, or student who wishes to present a proposal to the Senate and to refer or act upon such recommendations as it deems appropriate.

c. To route to the appropriate body all documents, proposals, or papers on any matter pertaining to the affairs of the University Senate.

d. To convene on a regular basis the chairs of the major University Senate committees as a coordinating committee to discuss and track agenda items.

e. To serve as a coordinating body between the president and the Senate or a committee of the University Senate.

f. To prepare and distribute the agenda for each meeting of the University Senate in accordance with the Constitution, Bylaws, and Rules of the University Senate.

g. To recommend, with the approval of the University Senate, such rules of procedure as are not provided in the Constitution or Bylaws.

h. To keep the published Constitution, Bylaws, and Rules of the University Senate up to date.

i. To convene as needed joint meetings (1) of the Civil Service Consultative Committee, the Faculty Consultative Committee, and the Professional and Administrative Consultative Committee, or (2) the Faculty Consultative Committee and the Professional and Administrative Consultative Committee, to discuss new administrative or regental policies, or changes to existing policies, that apply (1) to all individuals in their capacity as employees of the University or (2) to faculty members and professional and administrative staff. Such meetings will not consider policies that have a direct effect on students.

Executive

a. To serve as a deliberative body of the University Senate on all major items it deems necessary and appropriate.

b. To act on behalf of the University Senate when a decision is required prior to the next scheduled meeting of the University Senate and when a decision is required when it would not be possible to convene a special meeting of the University Senate in a timely fashion; such actions will be reported to the University Senate at its next meeting and the University Senate may then overrule the Senate Consultative Committee.

c. To examine any action taken respecting the University by the Board of Regents, the central administration, or by another individual or body having any relationship with the University.

d. To appoint or assist in appointing, when requested, members of non-Senate committees.

e. To appoint special committees or subcommittees or to employ other devices which it deems necessary and appropriate.

f. To report regularly on any matters which, in its judgment, should be brought to the attention of the University at large or specifically to the attention and consideration of the University Senate.

g. To dispose of business which appears to be not germane to the purposes of the University Senate.

h. To make editorial changes in University Senate policies and documents (including the constitution, bylaws, and rules) to reflect changes in titles of administrative offices or officers; the changes will be reported to the University Senate for information.

i. To correct grammatical and punctuation errors and to approve other non-substantive technical amendments in existing administrative policies previously approved by the University Senate and in University Senate documents (including the constitution, bylaws, and rules); such actions will be reported to the University Senate at its next meeting and the University Senate may then overrule the Senate Consultative Committee.

(Updated: 5/20/14)


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