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Amended Stated Rules of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

VI. Committees

A. There shall be the following standing committee:

1. Policy and Planning Committee: The Policy and Planning Committee shall consist of nine tenured faculty, six elected from a nominated slate (two from each division) and three chosen by and from the Chairs (one from each division). Terms are three years for regular faculty and one-year renewable up to three years for Chairs.  All candidates for seats held by regular faculty must commit to serving their three-year term uninterrupted by leaves. The Policy and Planning Committee shall have a faculty chair and a vice chair. The vice chair of the Policy and Planning Committee shall be elected by a vote of its members at the end of the Spring semester each year. The vice chair shall serve a one year term and become the chair the following year. The chair shall serve a one-year nonrenewable term.

The Policy and Planning Committee shall be a full participant in the process by which priorities are set and resources are allocated among the Departments and Schools comprising Arts and Sciences, meeting once per week during the academic term with the Executive Vice President of Arts and Sciences, Deans, and other administrators. In addition, the Policy and Planning Committee’s responsibilities include working with the Executive Vice President of Arts and Sciences and the Deans to constitute, dissolve, and appoint members of standing committees, to evaluate reports on the work of these committees, to call and set agendas for Faculty Meetings, and to report to the faculty. The Policy and Planning Committee shall also be an active participant in the process to choose the Executive Vice President of Arts and Sciences and shall choose a majority of the members of the search committee. The Policy and Planning Committee will receive administrative support from the Office of the Executive Vice President of Arts and Sciences and its members shall be granted appropriate course relief.   

2. Nominating Committee: A seven person nominating committee consisting of the Executive Vice President for the Arts and Sciences and six members chosen by and from the Chairs shall put forward a slate of candidates for the Policy and Planning Committee. The slate shall include at least two candidates for every open position for an annual election to take place no later than April 1 of each Spring term. All members of the Nominating Committee may vote for any number of potential candidates. A nominee must receive five of the seven votes to be placed on the ballot. Candidates may be added to the Nominating Committee's slate upon presentation of a petition signed by fifty members of the regular, full-time faculty.

B. Election to committee membership shall normally be held in April.

C. Special committees shall be appointed by the Executive Vice President in consultation with the Policy and Planning Committee or by the Policy and Planning Committee in consultation with the Executive Vice President.