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Article 7 Committees with Faculty Membership

7.1 The Committee System The Committee system is an essential mechanism through which the Faculty exercises its authority and responsibilities with respect to University policy. Academic Council decisions and recommendations rely on the background information which accompanies recommendations and reports from Committees. The structure, size, standing charge, reporting function and reporting schedule of Faculty Committees are specified by Council resolution. Committee recommendations and reports should come to the Council in a timely manner and should allow time for Council members to consult with their faculty.
There are three types of committees which involve the Faculty in the governance system: Faculty Committees established by the Council, University Committees which require Faculty representation, and University Committees which utilize Faculty expertise. The following Articles describe procedures related to each of these types of committees.

7.2 Faculty Committees Faculty Committees are established by the Council to meet various needs. Committee membership, charges, method of election, and reporting functions are set by the Council. The current list of standing Faculty Committees can be found in Appendix 2 and in the University of the Pacific Faculty Handbook.

7.2.1 Coordination of Faculty Committees The Executive Board, under the direction of the Chair-Elect, shall coordinate the decisions and actions of the various Committees of the Council. The Chair shall assign at-large Board members to serve as Liaisons to the various Committees. The Liaisons should ensure that each Committee's agenda for the year is clear and is integrated with priorities set by the Council. Each Liaison should receive agendas and minutes from the Committees under the person's purview and should assure that recommendations and annual reports from each Committee are scheduled in a timely manner on Council agendas. Each Liaison should also assure that the elections of new Committee Chairs are held as scheduled and that the results are reported to the Chair-Elect of the Council.

7.2.2 Annual Committee Work Plan Each Committee should have a plan of work for the year which includes the standing Committee charge and any special Committee charges approved by the Council. In addition the Committee and the Board Liaison should determine a schedule for reporting new policy recommendations and the Committee's annual written report to the Council.

7.2.3 Council Action on Committee Recommendations The Council shall act on all Committee recommendations in a timely manner and may review the actions of its Committees.

7.2.4 Election of Committee Members; Revised April 16, 2014 The Chair-Elect shall oversee the processes for the nomination and election of Faculty committee members. Oversight responsibilities of the Chair-Elect include the distribution of a Faculty survey to determine Faculty interest in standing for election to Faculty Committees, the various nomination processes for Committee members, preparation of ballots, determination of the schedule for voting, the counting of ballots and certification of the results of elections. Election to a Faculty Committee shall require a majority of the votes cast. The calendar for election processes can be found in Article 5.D.5.

Only Voting Faculty may stand for election to a Faculty Committee. Committee members who cease to be Voting Faculty may no longer hold a Faculty position on a Committee and shall be replaced. The Chair-Elect of the Council shall be responsible for determining eligibility for election and service on a Faculty Committee.

A new representative shall be elected for the unexpired term of a Faculty representative who resigns or loses eligibility.

An eligible Faculty member may serve on a Faculty Committee while on Faculty leave. If the Faculty representative chooses not to serve while on leave, a new faculty representative shall be elected for the period of the leave.

Interim absences as a result of resignations and/or leaves shall be appointed by the Executive Board of the Academic Council in agreement with the membership makeup of the committee.  The appointment shall then be confirmed at the first available meeting of the full Academic Council.

7.2.5 Committee Chairs Each Faculty Committee shall have a Committee Chair who serves for one year and a Committee Chair-Elect who is selected two semesters before taking office as Committee Chair. The Committee Chair-Elect shall be elected from those Faculty members whose terms of office extend over the period during which the person will serve as Committee Chair. Election of Committee Chair-Elect shall require a majority vote of the voting members of the Committee. The results of the election shall be reported to the Chair-Elect of the Council.

7.3 University Committees Requiring Faculty Representation University Committees which require Faculty representation are those standing and ad hoc committees whose charges relate to the matters described in Articles 3.2 and 3.3. When Faculty representation is required on a University Committee, the membership, charge, reporting function, and schedule are negotiated jointly between the Council and the Administration. The Council determines the method of selection for Faculty representatives on these committees. The joint charge to these committees should have the approval of the Council. The Chair of the Council shall designate a faculty member from the Committee to act as liaison between the Council and the Committee. Reports and recommendations from these Committees should come to the Council for appropriate action.

7.4 University Committees Utilizing Faculty Expertise When an Administrative Committee is formed which requires membership of Faculty with special expertise, the charge and membership of the committee should be presented to the Council for comment. The Chair of the Council should solicit suggestions for faculty appointments from the Council and should present a list of qualified faculty to the administrator to whom the Committee will report. The Faculty members may be chosen by the administrator. The Chair of the Council shall designate a faculty member from the Committee to act as liaison between the Council and the Committee. The report of the Committee should be shared with the Council for comment.