Council: Format for the Public Forum November 29, 1995
The format described below will be followed for the University Council
Public Forum on Wednesday, November 29, 1995.
-- William L. Kissick, Chair, University Council Steering Committee
Format for the Public Forum November 29
The University Council will devote a substantial portion of its
November 29, 1995 meeting to a public forum, in accordance with the
terms of the University Council bylaws (Almanac
The purpose of the open forum is to inform Council of issues
important to the University's general welfare and of the range of views
held by members of the University.
The forum is open to all members of the University Community under
the conditions set by the bylaws following guidelines established by the
Steering Committee of the Council:
- Any member of the University Community who wishes to do so
may attend the Council meeting. Persons who wish to speak to Council,
however, must inform the University Office of the Secretary (898-7005)
by November 21 indicating briefly the subject of their remarks. Those
who have not so informed the Office of the Secretary will be permitted
to speak only at the discretion of the Moderator of University Council
and in the event that time remains after the scheduled speakers.
- Speakers should expect to be limited to three minutes with
the possibility of additional time in cases where members of Council
engage the speakers with followup questions or remarks. The Moderator
may also restrict the repetition of views. Speakers are encouraged to
provide Council with supporting materials and/or written extensions of
their statements before, during, or after the Council meeting.
- Following the deadline for speakers to sign up in the Office
of the Secretary, the Chair of Steering and the Moderator of Council
will structure the open forum session in terms of subject matter themes,
speakers, and times. In the event that there is not enough time
available at the meeting to provide for all of the requests to speak,
these two officers may make selections which accommodate the broadest
array of issues having important implications for Council's work and
representing the breadth of Council's constituencies. The resulting
Order of the Open Forum of University Council will be made available no
later than the Tuesday before the meeting, to be published in The Daily
Pennsylvanian, and posted on Penn Web on that day and, if possible under
publication deadlines, in Almanac/Compass the week of the meeting.
- Speakers' statements should be framed in terms of policy
issues and directed to University Council as a body through the
Moderator. The Moderator will have discretion to interrupt statements
that are directed against persons and otherwise to maintain the decorum
of the meeting, as provided for in the bylaws. In cases where questions
or positions can be appropriately addressed by members of Council or
where a colloquy would seem to be productive, given the time constraints
of the meeting, the Moderator may recognize members of Council to
respond to speakers' statements, with opportunities for followup by the
Tuesday, November 14, 1995
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