1.3 Standing Committee System of the Faculty and its Senate
GENERAL PROVISIONS REGARDING COMMITTEES
Responsive to their roles as agents of the faculty and its Senate and also as prime contributors to them of information and recommendations, all committees are charged to report to the Faculty Senate at least once annually in writing. Committees may be charged further by the Faculty or its Senate for special reports on prescribed subjects.
In the conduct of its business a committee may hold hearings and open meetings as well as joint meetings with another committee.
Faculty appointments to committees are to be for terms of two years, unless otherwise specified in the charge to a committee, staggered so as to ensure satisfactory continuity, but faculty members shall not normally serve for more than two consecutive terms on any one committee. The Committee on Committees and Nominations shall fill the unexpired terms of Senate committee members on leave, except in the case of a committee member who is able to return for a two-year period; in such cases a temporary replacement is permitted. (Rev. fall 1988)
Elections for the standing Committee on Committees and Nominations shall take place at the regular May meeting of the Senate so that this committee is fully constituted on September 1 of each year; and this committee shall prepare its nominations for other committees for action at the following regular May meeting of the Faculty Senate. Officers of the Senate (who with the chair of the Committee on Committees and Nominations form the Executive Committee) shall take office on July 1. Committee members and chairs shall take office on September 1 following their election or appointment. The Faculty Senate Executive Committee may appoint a temporary replacement to serve as a non-voting “Acting Officer” during the period of a vacancy. A replacement for a Past President vacancy may be appointed by the Academic Priorities Review Committee.
(Rev. fall 1988; 10/20/16)
A committee may subdivide itself into working subcommittees in performing its duties and may turn to the standing Committee on Committees and Nominations for the appointment of task forces, study panels, and the like as hereinafter provided, to expedite its work.
Each committee is to recognize where its work touches upon the responsibilities of individual colleges, departments, and divisions, and accordingly is to effect liaison with them so as to ensure adequate exchange of information and viewpoint.
No charge to or statement of authority or responsibility of any committee of the Faculty or its Senate hereinafter occurring shall be construed to confer upon any committee of the Faculty or its Senate any powers, duties, responsibilities, or authorities contrary to or in conflict with the Bylaws of the Board of Trustees of the University of Delaware. The purpose of the committee structure here established is solely in keeping with Trustee Bylaw Chapter 2, Section II, Paragraph C. Article 10: "(The faculty shall): determine the duties which it will delegate to faculty committees and to the faculties of the several colleges and divisions of the University."
ACADEMIC APPEALS, COMMITTEE ON
This committee shall have the sole purpose of serving at Step 4 of the Student Grievance Procedure in reviewing cases appealed to it, determining whether or not a hearing is appropriate, conducting such hearings, and rendering a decision. (See also Student Grievance Procedure in Section II, Conduct of the Academic Program.)
The committee shall consist of two graduate students and two undergraduate students chosen for one-year terms, and five members of the voting faculty appointed for four-year terms, one of whom shall be appointed as the chairperson. The faculty terms shall be staggered so that, if possible, at least three faculty members carry over each year.
(Rev. fall 1988)
ACADEMIC PRIORITIES AND PRESIDENTIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
This committee shall provide advice concerning long-term priorities for the University to the sitting Faculty Senate President, and when appropriate, to the Office of the Provost, and to the Office of the President.
This committee is charged with the responsibility of participating in Academic Program Reviews (APRs), which is the function of the Provost Office in conjunction with the Faculty Senate. The Committee shall advise the Provost on all matters pertaining to APR’s including the selection of units for review. In May, the Committee will obtain a list, from the Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs, of all programs scheduled for review in the coming year. This committee will maintain a written log of all APR’s. This committee will meet at least once a year with the Provost and Deputy Provost to review APR reports for the current year and progress on addressing concerns raised in APR reports from the previous year.
The committee also shall provide historical perspective and recommendations to the Faculty Senate President on matters deemed to be of importance to the Senate, the faculty, or the academic well-being of the University.
This committee shall appoint a replacement for the Past President should a vacancy occur. The replacement will be a former President of the University Faculty Senate.
The committee shall consist of the sitting Senate President, President-Elect, and three to five former Senate Presidents appointed by the Committee on Committees and Nominations. Members shall serve two-year terms, with one former Senate President joining and one leaving each year, if feasible. The Past President serving on the Faculty Senate Executive Committee will serve as chair of the committee.
The Committee shall meet as least once during the fall and spring semester, or more frequently if required. (Committee established 9/94); (Rev. 10/20/16) (Rev Feb 2017; Feb 2018)
The University Faculty Senate Budget Committee is charged with the responsibilities of
- becoming fully informed on the financial and planning issues of this University. Specifically, it shall examine University budgets, financial statements and other related documents used in developing budgetary plans.
- reviewing and providing timely prospective advice, prior to finalizing budget turnaround decisions, concerning the University's annual budgets, the processes used to determine them, and their potential impact on the academic, research and outreach missions of the University to the President, Provost, Deans and other officers of administration with responsibility for the University's annual budgets.
- reviewing budgets of newly proposed or substantially revised academic programs to determine their viability in conjunction with the Coordinating Committee on Education.
- communicating information about the University's annual budgets and their potential impact on academic programs to the University Faculty Senate and to the University Faculty as a whole.
This committee is authorized to confer with other Senate committees and with University budget personnel as appropriate.
The Committee shall consist of seven faculty, the majority of whom shall be tenured. Faculty shall be from at least five of the eight colleges or schools giverned by Deans in which faculty have primary appointments. The Committee on Committees and Nominations shall appoint the faculty members for this committee for terms of three years. Appointments shall be scheduled such that the faculty member’s terms will expire in a staggered manner. The Committee on Committees and Nominations shall appoint annually the chairperson from the seven faculty members. An eighth member of the committee shall be appointed annually by the Provost as his or her designee, and this member shall serve to facilitate interactions between the committee and relevant administrative offices, but shall be a non-voting member of the commttee.(FS Rev. 12/2013) (FS Rev 11-2020)
COMMITTEES AND NOMINATIONS, COMMITTEE ON
This committee shall have general oversight of the committee system of the faculty. It shall regularly review the system and may make recommendations to the faculty or its Senate concerning faculty organization at all levels. It shall monitor the work of the Senate committees and receive and review the monthly and annual reports. It shall recommend the elimination of committees that no longer serve a valuable function. It is authorized directly to constitute on an interim basis such subcommittees, task forces, or study panels as may be requested by faculty committees to help carry out their work, in each case promptly recording through faculty or Senate minutes the membership and charges of such subgroups. Such subgroups which directly concern themselves with issues falling under the jurisdiction of the Vice President of Student Life shall include a substantial number of students to ensure the diverse representation of student interests, with voting status to be determined by this committee. It shall prepare for action by the faculty or its Senate, slates of nominees for Vice President, Secretary, three Senate designees nominated for membership to the Committee on Committees and Nominations, faculty members to the Board of Trustees committees, and standing committees of the faculty, except where nominations and elections are otherwise explicitly provided for, and also for such ad hoc or other committees as the faculty or its Senate may specify. Upon request from the President of the University, it shall propose faculty names for University bodies he or she is preparing to appoint, in the nature of staff assistance without implying a position of the faculty regarding such bodies.
Except in cases where individuals are elected by the University Faculty Senate, this committee shall fill vacancies in faculty committees for the unexpired terms using the following options: 1.) replacement for the period of the vacated member's term or 2.) for the period of the vacated member's term and an additional full term not to exceed three years. Whenever a vacancy occurs in a position which was filled by a Senate election, the replacement will be chosen by a special Senate election. The committee is encouraged to solicit, receive, and hear suggestions regarding faculty committees from any member of the University community; adjudicate questions of interpretation of faculty committee functions, including questions of overlap of such functions; help formulate rules of committee operation or procedure upon request; and perform other consultative or supervisory functions that will promote the effectiveness of faculty committees according to their charges.
This committee shall annually canvass the faculty for individual faculty member's interest in serving on committees, and may employ the members of the Senate to conduct the canvass on a personal basis. The willingness of nominees to serve on committees shall be ascertained before their names are submitted for action. The committee in preparing nominations shall have regard for equitable distribution with respect to academic ranks and with respect to disciplines and academic units of the University. The committee will strive for diversity in committee staffing, with special emphasis on assuring diversity in those committees that may handle student or faculty personnel matters. The committee may consult with Deans and Department Chairpersons concerning workloads of faculty members, and may otherwise consult with the President and other appropriate members of the University Community regarding its nominations. To ensure adequate information-flow between the Faculty Senate and the faculty committees the Committee on Committees and Nominations shall take care that Senators are adequately distributed over the family of committees with appropriate memberships therein. It shall designate one of the faculty appointed to the Committee on Student Life to serve also as a member of the Council on Judicial Affairs. The committee’s nominations shall specify committee chairpersons. (Rev 5/2015)
This committee shall receive and transmit to the faculty or its Senate the nominations of the duly constituted undergraduate and graduate student governments for student memberships on faculty committees as specified. In the absence of a graduate student government, each Senate committee shall choose its own graduate student member(s) as required, unless otherwise specified.
The committee shall consist of one member who is elected for a two-year term from and by each Unit as defined in the Constitution of the Faculty, and three Faculty members-at-large, elected for two-year terms by the Faculty Senate. Following this election, the Faculty Senate shall select one of the faculty designees to act as chairperson for a two-year term and who will also serve as a member of the Executive Committee. If feasible, at least one committee member shall be a senator.
(Committee Revised fall 1988; Rev 10/20/16)
CULTURAL ACTIVITIES AND PUBLIC EVENTS, COMMITTEE ON
It should be the objective of the Cultural Activities and Public Events Committee to foster, encourage, and coordinate throughout the University programs of local, national, and world significance that illuminate, explain, articulate, or are a creative part of the cultures of mankind. The committee shall work with any and all agencies of the University specifically to sponsor, direct, or advise on programs which bring to the University notable and creative figures in scholarship, presentations, art exhibits, and media productions, or any presentation that reflects upon the University's obligation to foster and contribute to the cultural life of the community and the world.
The Cultural Activities and Public Events Committee will meet and will have the specific responsibility of establishing a budget. The Committee will select from its membership a fiscal agent who will have oversight of expenditures. The fiscal agent should have knowledge of the University accounting system and have direct access to secretarial support.
The Cultural Activities and Public Events Committee shall consist of: eight faculty members, two to represent art, two to represent the performing arts, two to represent visiting scholars and speakers, and two to represent films, one of whom shall be appointed as chairperson; two undergraduate students; a graduate student; and an appointee of the Vice President for Student Life.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION, COMMITTEE ON
This Committee shall review all University policies and practices pertaining to diversity and inclusion in the recruiting and retaining of students and faculty. The committee shall submit an annual report in May evaluating the status of policies and practices, including current data on the recruitment and retention of underrepresented faculty and students. It shall recommend for consideration by the Senate statements of goals, policies and practices pertaining to (1) the recruitment, retention, promotion, and general well-being of underrepresented faculty; (2) teaching by faculty that contributes to an inclusive, dynamic campus community in which underrepresented populations are welcomed, represented, and engaged; and (3) encouraging faculty research that furthers knowledge of diversity in its many forms. As part of the charge (2), the committee will perform the ongoing review of new and revised courses seeking to fulfill the multicultural course requirement. This reveiw will be conducted by a subcommittee of three members selected at the discretion of the chair. (Rev 2/2018)
The committee shall consist of eight faculty members who shall serve three-year terms, one of whom shall be appointed chair by the Committee on Committees and Nominations, one graduate student who shall serve a one-year term, and two undergraduates who shall serve one-year terms. The Committee will also consult regularly with the Vice Provost for Diversity in order to ensure open lines of communication between faculty and administration about diversity initiatives on campus. Initial appointments shall be staggered to ensure continuity on the committee. (5/21/90; title updated 2/98; 12/14/15; 2/2018)
EDUCATION, COORDINATING COMMITTEE ON
This committee shall oversee the broad educational affairs of the University in a larger context and will provide liaison and coordination among the various educational committees of the Senate and the Office of the Provost. It will examine educational proposals presented by other Senate committees and will provide leadership for University-level educational initiatives, which may include initiating proposals to be considered by the Senate.
It shall survey academic impacts, weaknesses and strengths. It will help formulate and assess educational policies and practices and make recommendations. It will review the academic calendar proposed by the Provost's Office. It will consult with the Senate Budget Committee to assess the financial impact of academic proposals and initiatives as appropriate. (Rev 5/2016, Rev. 12/2020)
This committee shall be made up of the President Elect of the Senate who shall chair the committee; the Provost or his or her designee; three faculty members appointed for three- year terms by the Committee on Committees and Nominations; one undergraduate and one graduate student; and the chairpersons of the following enumerated standing committees of the Faculty Senate.
- Committee on Graduate Studies
- Committee on Undergraduate Studies
- Committee on Instructional, Computing and Research Support Services
- Library Committee
(Rev. 11/4/91; editorial update 3/98; editorial update 12/99)
This committee shall be composed of the elected officers of the Senate, who are the President of the Senate, the President-Elect of the Senate, the Vice President of the Senate, the Secretary of the Senate, and the Chairperson of the Committee on Committees and Nominations. (Rev. Fac. Sen. 9/15/97)
The committee is charged with receiving, filing, and considering agenda items for Senate meetings; informing the Faculty of ongoing activities of the Senate and other University committees in order to encourage contributions to projects still in their formative stages; advising the President of the University on the agenda for meetings of the University Faculty and other matters of mutual interest; and bringing to the attention of the Senate such information, recommendations, and resolutions as are deemed necessary for the performance of its constituted duties.
The Executive Committee shall meet at least once weekly during the academic year (September to May) and shall include on its agenda provision for appropriate written acknowledgment of all proposals, comments, questions, or other memoranda directed to and received by the Senate. It shall be the responsibility of the Secretary of the Senate to assure the efficient filing of all such correspondence, as well as of adequate minutes of Executive Committee meetings.
(Rev. fall 1988)
FACULTY RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES, COMMITTEE ON
This committee is charged to develop and review general policies in the areas of reappointment, dismissal, faculty evaluation and appraisal, academic freedom and other areas of personnel policy and conditions of faculty employment, and to prepare recommendations concerning such policies for transmission to the Trustees through the faculty or its Senate, and through the President of the University, in accordance with Trustee Bylaws.
This committee is charged with jurisdiction over faculty complaints which are not grievances as defined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Procedures for mediation and hearing of complaints are detailed in the FRR Termination and Complaint Procedures which were approved by the University Faculty Senate on 12 January 2015 and are maintained in the office of the University Faculty Senate.
The committee's decisions on complaints are presented as advisory opinions to the University Provost.
This committee shall consist of seven faculty members, one of whom shall be designated chair and one of whom shall be an assistant professor.
Nothing in the charge to this committee shall be interpreted as overriding the Collective Bargaining Agreement or the laws of the State of Delaware governing collective bargaining. (Rev. 1/23/15, 5/2021)
GENERAL EDUCATION, COMMITTEE ON
This committee shall recommend academic policies and standards for the General Education Program. It shall evaluate on a regular basis the implementation of the General Education Initiative and its goals. It shall also have the ability to develop and recommend new general education initiatives and to bring forward resolutions seeking to improve the ways in which the University fosters the goals of general education.
This committee shall consist of 16 members, including the Provost or designee; a representative of the Center for Teaching & Assessment of Learning; a Division of Student Life representative; an Undergraduate Studies Committee representative; two faculty representatives from the College of Arts and Sciences (one representing humanities and social sciences, the other representing natural and mathematical sciences); one faculty representative from each of the remaining colleges or schools governed by Deans in which faculty have primary appointments; one graduate student; and two undergraduate students. (Rev. 5/2022)
The faculty representatives will be different from faculty members serving on the Undergraduate Studies Committee, and they will be selected by the Committee on Committees and Nominations (COCAN). These representatives will serve two year terms, and they may be reappointed once. One of the faculty representatives will be designated chairperson of the committee by committee members during the first meeting of the committee each academic year. (Rev. 5/2022)
The chairperson of the Committee may request the appointment of additional representatives of faculty or administrative offices relating to such matters as sustainability, diversity, inclusion, student life, and others if such appointments would assist the committee in developing or evaluating particular general education initiatives. These additional representatives shall not have voting privileges. (Rev. 5/2022)
GRADUATE STUDIES, COMMITTEE ON
This committee shall review and consider matters relating to graduate education and shall receive, and may stimulate and originate proposals for its development.
This committee shall formulate, for determination by the Faculty Senate, the policies for admission to graduate study. It shall have the power to act on the alteration, addition or deletion of individual graduate courses recommended by college committees and to delegate this authority to the individual colleges, Office of the University Registrar, or Office of Graduate College, as it deems appropriate. It shall have the power to act on modifications of approved graduate programs and shall make recommendation to the Faculty Senate on courses of study leading to graduate degrees and on matters of policy concerning graduate study. The committee shall have the authority and responsibility for general policies concerning the judicial system for graduate students. In the absence of a duly constituted graduate student government, each academic year it shall appoint the graduate student member of the Committee on Student Life. (Detailed procedures for instituting or modifying graduate degree programs are on file in the Senate Office andGraduate College.)
The Faculty Senate Committee on Graduate Studies shall periodically receive from the Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Educattion/Dean of the Graduate College (hereafter Dean of the Graduate College) a review of the status of graduate education at the University of Delaware.
The Graduate Studies Committee shall, at its own discretion prepare its own recommendations pertaining to graduate education at the University of Delaware.
On the recommendation of the Dean of the Graduate College, this committee shall certify to the President students who have completed the requirements for advanced degrees and upon whom the faculty, with the approbation of the Trustees, is conferring such degrees; such certification shall be entered into the minutes of the faculty or its Senate.
- The faculty members of the Graduate Studies Committee shall be selected by the Senate Committee on Committees and Nominations from among experienced scholars of the faculty, who shall possess established reputations in their fields, a strong commitment to the highest graduate standards, and experience with various types of graduate degree programs.
- The chairperson of the Committee on Committees and Nominations shall annually solicit nominations for service on the Committee on Graduate Studies from the Dean of the Graduate College, the Provost, and other sources.
- The Committee shall consist of a chairperson, three faculty members from the College of Arts and Science (one from natural sciences and mathematics, one from arts and humanities, and one from social and behavioral sciences) and one representative from each other college offering a graduate program, serving for three-year terms to be arranged in sequence such that the terms of no more than four members shall expire in any academic year. In addition, there shall be one ex officio member: Dean of the Graduate College (or designee). There shall be three non voting advisory members including: the Vice Provost for Libraries and Museums (to provide feedback on library support for new programs), the Associate Vice Provost for Graduate and Professioal Education (unless chosen to be the voting designee for the Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education/Dean of the Graduate College, and the Registrar. There shall be two graduate student members appointed. In the absence of a duly constituted graduate student government, the Committee on Graduate Studies shall have the responsibility of arranging the election of graduate student senators. Members as they retire from the Committee shall be replaced by members with the new period of tenure.
- The Chairperson of the Graduate Studies Committee shall be selected by the Committee on Committees and Nominations, and shall be confirmed by the Senate for a two-year term. Nominations for this position shall be taken from a register maintained by the Faculty Senate Office of persons who have served at least one previous term of membership on the Graduate Studies Committee. (Rev. 2/2020)
INSTRUCTIONAL, COMPUTING AND RESEARCH SUPPORT SERVICES, COMMITTEE ON
This committee will advise the Senate on policies, practices and needs for educational resource facilities and computer technology. Working with the Vice President for Information Technologies, the Director of the Library, and other individuals or units as appropriate, this committee will submit recommendations and reports to the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate.
The Committee on Instructional, Computing and Research Support Services shall consist of one faculty member from each of the colleges of the University, one of whom shall be appointed as chairperson by the president of the Faculty Senate; an undergraduate student; a graduate student; a designee of the Director of the Library; a designee of the Director of the Office of Educational Technology; a designee of the Director of Professional and Continuing Studies; a designee of the Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning; and a designee of the Vice President for Information Technologies.
(Committee added fall 1988; rev. 2/94, 4/10, 2/7/22)
INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, COMMITTEE ON
The Committee on International Studies shall evaluate and review policies and practices pertaining to the global mission of the University of Delaware, such as (but not limited to) study abroad programs, international scholarship and partnership opportunities, World Scholars, international service learning and research programs, English Language and academic programs with an embedded global experience, as well as programs for international students studying at the University of Delaware. The committee shall inform the Faculty Senate about these activities and make recommendations to improve them if necessary.
The Committee shall consist of a total of 10 members, including seven faculty, one provost representative, one undergraduate student and one graduate student. Faculty shall be from at least five of the eight colleges or schools governed by Deans in which faculty have primary appointments. The Committee on Committees and Nominations shall appoint the faculty members for this committee for terms of three years. Appointments shall be scheduled such that the faculty member’s terms will expire in a staggered manner. The Committee on Committees and Nominations shall appoint annually the chairperson from the seven faculty members. An eighth member of the committee shall be the Associate Deputy Provost for international programs or his or her designee, and this member shall serve to facilitate interactions between the committee and relevant administrative offices, but will not be a voting member of the committee. The committee will also include one undergraduate and one graduate student. (rev. April 2021)
This committee shall consist of the Vice Provost for Libraries and Museums; one faculty member from each of the eight colleges or schools governed by Deans in which faculty have primary appointments (with the exception of the College of Arts and Sciences which shall have three, one of whom shall be from a discipline in the Humanities); two undergraduate students; two graduate students and two elected librarians or members of the library professional staff who may be the same librarians who serve as elected members of the Faculty Senate. All members of the Committee are voting members. One of the faculty members shall be appointed chairperson. Meetings of the committee shall be open to all librarians (workload permitting) unless a closed session is deemed necessary by the chairperson or the Vice Provost for Libraries and Museums. (Rev. 2/2018) (Rev. 12/2020)
The primary roles of the committee are to advise the Vice Provost for Libraries and Museums on both the needs and foci of the academic community and to provide feedback on the libraries’ current and proposed activities. An important secondary role is to advise the Faculty Senate on policies and practices that relate to the libraries.(Rev 3/2016; 5/2016)
PROMOTIONS AND TENURE, COMMITTEE ON
This committee shall review proposed promotions and the granting of tenure to ensure compliance with the units' published criteria and shall either endorse or question recommendations. The committee shall also review adverse recommendations by departments, colleges, or other administrative units that are formally brought to its attention by individual faculty members, and shall advise the appropriate departments and colleges in such cases. In all cases considered, the committee's formal recommendation shall be made known to all appropriate faculty and officers of the University, but unendorsed recommendations and the reasons thereof shall be made known only to the individual faculty member concerned, the department chairperson and/or dean of the college, and the Provost. Whenever the committee discovers a violation of appropriate procedures, the committee will so inform the Provost at the same time that it makes its recommendation to the Provost on the said candidate's promotion and tenure. The committee shall recommend to the Senate University-wide policies and procedures relating to promotion and tenure and shall advise the faculties of the colleges and departments and the President of the University on the formulations of these policies. It shall ensure that these University-wide policies and procedures are made known within each department and throughout the University, and that unit criteria are roughly comparable throughout the University.
(Rev. 12/3/90; 5/96)
No individual serving on this committee may vote on candidates from his or her own department or participate in the discussion of such candidates. No individual may serve on this committee during the same year in which she or he serves on a college-level promotion and tenure committee.
(Rev. 9/8/86; 5/96; corrected 7/97)
This committee shall consist of four tenured professors, two tenured associate professors, and one Continuing Track faculty member at the rank of associate professor or higher. The Continuing Track faculty member will be fully involved in deliberations and voting on all matters pertaining to Continuing Track faculty. Two of the six tenured faculty members shall be from the College of Arts and Sciences. At least one member of the committee shall be a woman and at least one member shall be a man. No administrative officers (including department chairs) should be appointed to serve on this committee.
(Rev. Fall 1988; 5/96; 9/2015)
RESEARCH, COMMITTEE ON
This committee shall develop and recommend policies relating to research and patent matters at the University and shall hear comments and suggestions on such policies and on their implementation. It shall participate in the award of faculty research and development grants by the University, and it shall actively seek other means of encouraging research by staff and students. It shall have power to review research proposals submitted to it using inside or outside reviewers.
This committee shall consist of the Vice Provost for Research and eight faculty members, one of whom shall be chairperson. Membership on this committee should be restricted to faculty members who have an established record of research and who continue to be actively engaged in a program of research. The faculty committee members should be chosen to be representative of the following general areas: four members should be chosen from the arts, humanities and social sciences (faculty in colleges such as Arts and Science, Business and Economics, Education, Human Resources, Physical Education, and Urban Affairs could most likely be appointed to one of these positions); four members should be chosen from the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics (including faculty in Arts and Science, Agriculture, Marine Studies, and Nursing).
(Rev. fall 1988)
RULES, COMMITTEE ON
Subject to the approval of the faculty or its Senate, this committee shall formulate, codify, and review rules and bylaws concerning the function of the Senate and the sessions of the University Faculty, and it shall recompute faculty memberships in the Senate according to the Constitution of the Faculty. This committee shall also keep continuing records and oversight of the body of faculty, Senate actions, and related University regulations, and it may advise upon the bearing thereto of new legislation, including amendments to the Constitution.
This committee shall consist of the Secretary of the Senate, who shall be its chairperson, and four other members chosen from current and past members of the Senate who serve two-year staggered terms. Of these four appointed members, no more than two may be from the same College.
(Rev. 4/6/92; 4/12/99)
STUDENT AND FACULTY HONORS, COMMITTEE ON
This committee shall recommend the policies governing the granting of student honors and shall administer such policies as are adopted by the faculty or its Senate and approved by the Board of Trustees. It may also recommend to the President nominees for faculty honors and for graduate-student honors.
It shall consist of one member from each college, one of whom shall be chairperson; two undergraduate students and one graduate student; an appointee of the President; and a designee of the Director of the University Honors Program.
STUDENT LIFE, COMMITTEE ON
Per the University of Delaware Charter and Board of Trustees Bylaws, this committee shall review policies and regulations bearing upon the care, control, government, and discipline of all students. Duties include:
- Review proposals that relate to care, control, government, and discipline of all students proposed by any and all University community units before implementation. The committee shall decide whether a change in the substance or wording of a policy should have the approval of the full Senate, or should only require approval of the committee itself, with the Senate informed of its action. The Senate ultimately may choose to act upon items sent to it as information.
- Review and evaluate the University of Delaware Student Code of Conduct annually. The committee must review any proposal to change the Code of Conduct.
- Review and evaluate the Residence Life and Housing Program Plans annually for recommendation and approval by the Faculty Senate.
- As necessary, the committee shall provide advice to the Vice President for Student Life on other areas that affect the life of students including, but not limited: Enrollment Management (e.g., Student Financial Services, Admissions, etc.), UD Police, and Facilities, Real Estate, and Auxiliary Services (e.g., Dining Services, UD Bookstore, Transportation Services, Environmental Health and Safety, etc.). It may meet with the Vice Presidents/Directors of these units responsible for these matters, at their request or at the discretion of the chairperson of the committee.
This committee shall consist of two designees of the Vice President for Student Life; one representative of the Office of Graduate and Professional Education, designated by the Associate Provost for Graduate Studies; five faculty members, one of whom shall be chairperson; four undergraduate students to be appointed by the Student Government Association; and one graduate student appointed by the Graduate Student Government. (Rev May 2019)
UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES, COMMITTEE ON
This committee shall review and consider matters relating to undergraduate education and shall receive, and may stimulate and originate, proposals for its development.
This committee may initiate and shall consider and formulate specific recommendations to the colleges or to the Faculty Senate on undergraduate curricular changes and interdepartmental programs. It shall have the power to act on the alteration, addition or deletion of individual undergraduate courses recommended by college committees which do not involve curricular revision, in each case consulting the deans and department chairpersons concerned, and to delegate this authority to the individual colleges and Office of the University Registrar as it deems appropriate. It shall, further, review the academic standards of the several undergraduate colleges and review and prepare recommendations concerning procedures of undergraduate advisement.
(Rev. fall 1988)
This committee shall have the responsibility for setting policies concerning academic deficiency. This committee shall receive and review for policy consideration from the Undergraduate Records and Certification Committee an annual summary report of its activities. This committee shall recommend, for final determination by the Faculty Senate, the undergraduate educational and academic admission policies, and, in consultation with the Committee on Undergraduate Records and Certification, the policies of academic standing of undergraduates. The committee shall advise the Associate Provost for Admissions and Financial Aid, the Assistant Vice President for Counseling and Student Development, and the University Registrar in implementing these policies.
This committee shall consist of the University Provost or their designee; three faculty members from the College of Arts and Science (if feasible, one from natural sciences and mathematics, one from arts and humanities, and one from social and behavioral sciences) and one faculty member from each other undergraduate college, one of whom shall be chairperson; one representative from the Associate in Arts Program, one representative of the Committee on Graduate Studies; and three undergraduate students. Non-voting members of the committee, who do not count toward a quorum, shall be the Chief Admissions Officer or their designee, the University Registrar or their designee, and the Vice Provost for Libraries and Museums or their designee.