Section IV.3(c) of the Council Bylaws provides that a University
Council meeting "shall incorporate an open forum to which all members
of the University community are invited and during which any member of
the University community can direct questions to the Council."
All members of the University community are invited to
bring their concerns to the
University Council Open Forum
Wednesday, January 28, 1998 4-6 p.m.
Mc Clelland Hall, The Quad
(Penn ID required for entry)
Persons who wish to speak at Council must inform the Office of the
Secretary (898-7005) by Wednesday, January 21, 1998.
Topics may include issues such as the following: Admissions
& Financial Aid, Bookstore, Communications, Community Relations, Facilities,
International Programs, the Library, Pluralism concerns, Recreation and
Intercollegiate Athletics, Safety and Security, Student Affairs, Open Expression,
Please see the format given below. Questions may be directed to the
Office of the Secretary at 898-7005.
-- Office of the Secretary
Format for Council's Open Forum
The University Council will devote a substantial portion of its January
28, 1998 meeting to a public forum, in accordance with the terms of the
University Council Bylaws (Almanac March 21, 1995). 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 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 Office of the Secretary (898-7005) by January 21, 1998 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 follow-up questions or remarks. The moderator may restrict 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 those who have requested to speak, the two officers
may make selections which accommodate the broadest array of issues having
important implications for Council's work and represent 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
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 follow-up by the speakers.
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