Article VII: Senate Actions
- Origination of Recommended Actions
Recommendations for Senate action may be submitted to the Faculty Senate through the Executive Committee by a College faculty member, a committee of the General Faculty, or a group of faculty members as qualified under the rules of the General Faculty. Recommended actions may also be proposed by any member of the Senate, by committees of the Senate, or by the Graduate Council.
- Topics for Action
Topics of action appropriate to the Faculty Senate are listed in Article I (2) of these Bylaws.
- Referral of Proposed Actions
Recommended actions under consideration by the Senate may be referred to any special or standing committee of the Senate. All such committees will report the results of their deliberations on referred matters directly to the Faculty Senate.
- Submission of Senate Recommendations to the President and Provost
All recommendations of the Faculty Senate shall be promptly prepared and transmitted by the Secretary of the Senate to the President, Provost or other appropriate person(s). The Chair of the Senate shall follow up on the status of each recommendation and report back on their progress to the Senate for further action. The President, or, by his/her direction, the Provost, must either approve the actions and forward them to the Board of Regents within a reasonable time period or return the action with his/her comments to the Senate within a reasonable time period. The Senate must consider actions returned by the President or Provost at its next meeting. The Senate may also issue a Senate Report that will go forward to the Regents.
All resolutions shall be subject to the same procedures as set out for actions in terms of origination, topics, and referral. Resolutions may be considered by the Faculty Senate when the Senate wishes to express its sense about matters of concern within its purview, even when specific action is not proposed. All resolutions of the Faculty Senate shall be promptly prepared and transmitted by the Secretary of the Senate to the President, Provost or other appropriate person(s). The Chair of the Senate shall follow up on the status of each resolution and report back on their progress to the Senate for further action.
- Selection of the Graduate Council Chair
The Graduate Council shall be responsible for election of the Chair of the Graduate Council, to be selected from among its members at the April meeting of the Graduate Council. The name of the individual elected to be Chair of Graduate Council must be submitted for ratification to the Secretary of Faculty Senate prior to the Senate's May meeting. The Senate shall either ratify or veto that elected individual in May and communicate its decision prior to its next scheduled meeting.
- Proxy Voting
Senators may designate a proxy from their department who shall have voting rights.