The University Senate is empowered
to consider and make recommendations concerning all matters of
general University interest. It may consider any matter referred
to it by the President or Trustees. The Senate may, on its own
initiative, submit recommendations to the President on any matter
affecting the interests of the University. The Senate has the
authority to consider and investigate any question of University
policy, any aspect of governing the University and any general
issue related to the welfare of the University, and to make recommendations
regarding such matters to the appropriate decision-making bodies
or officers of the University.
STANDING COMMITTEES OF THE
The Executive Committee sets the order of business of the Senate
and recommends the annual order of business for Standing Committees.
The Executive Committee handles business on an emergency basis
between Senate meetings, makes recommendations of assignments
to other committees and establishes ad hoc committees, which
are approved by the senate. This Committee reviews and recommends
long and short range plans for the University and may consider
any matter within the jurisdiction of the Senate. All actions
of the Executive Committee are approved by the Senate at its
next scheduled meeting.
Committee on Rights and
The Committee on Rights and Rules considers and investigates
the adequacy of all rules regarding the conduct of resident members
of the University community and the adequacy of procedures for
making and applying such rules.
Committee on Governance
The Committee on Governance considers and investigates questions
related to the governance of the University. At least once annually,
and more often if requested by the Senate or its Executive Committee,
the Committee on Governance reports its activities. It submits
any proposals it may have with respect to the governing of the
University to the Senate.
Committee on Budget and
The Committee on Budget and Planning reviews the current budget
as early in the academic as practical. The Committee considers
issues that arise in the course of the preparation of the budget
and reviews plans for the development of the University budget
in advance of financial decisions with respect to such plans.
The purpose of this committee is to advise the President, through
its report to the Senate, on matters that affect the making of
the budget for the succeeding fiscal year and resource allocation.
Its role is to make recommendations about the major parameters
of the budget that establish in a broad way the priorities which
govern the use of the Universitys resources.
Committee on Community Relations
The Committee on Community Relations shall assist the Senate
in developing and enhancing public service programs which serve
the needs and interests of the local community by applying those
measures which are unique to the University and which facilitate
educational, economic and social improvements within the community.
The Committee serves as an advisory body to the Senate in the
identification of entrepreneurial ventures that involve the extended
use and support of the Universitys resources to engage
in community projects. The Committee reviews a range of University
outreach programs, including economic development activities,
personal, educational and professional enrichment activities,
conferences, workshops and other community service activities.
Committee on Computer and
Information and Technology
The Committee on Computer and Information Technology recommends
policies concerning the allocation of computing resources and
the assignment of priorities for computer use and management
information system services. The Committee evaluates these policies
regularly to ensure that academic and administrative needs are
adequately served. The Committee establishes priorities and guidelines
for computer and information system usage and ensures that the
services provided among the user groups are balanced. The Committee
also monitors the profile of computer resources and service usage
and ensures that accurate records are kept to facilitate monitoring.
The Committee makes recommendations on the type and size of academic
computing resources selected by the University and develops strategies
to ensure that faculty and students make practical use of available