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SENATE From the Senate Chair

Under Section 15 of the Rules of the Faculty Senate, notification or distribution to members of the Faculty Senate may be accomplished by publication in Almanac. The following is published pursuant to that rule.

To:            Members of the Faculty Senate

From:       Neville Strumpf, Chair

Subject:   Notice of Special Meeting of Faculty Senate to Consider Changes to Rules of the Faculty Senate

1.     Notice of Meeting. A special meeting of the Faculty Senate will be held on Wednesday, May 17, 2006, at 2:30 p.m. in the University Club, The Inn at Penn, 3600 Walnut St. Adjournment will be no later than 3 p.m.

2.   Agenda. The agenda for the special meeting follows:

a.  Call to order.

b.  Proposal pursuant to Section 17 of the Rules of the Faculty Senate to amend those Rules as follows:

(i)  To amend Rule 9(a) to (a) permit the Senate Chair to call meetings of the Executive Committee and to make distributions to the Executive Committee by email transmission, (b) to permit the Senate Chair to call special meetings of the Executive Committee during the University’s winter or summer breaks under limited circumstances, with notice by publication online in Almanac Between Issues and email notification or if necessary by email notification alone, and (c) to permit motions and voting by the Executive Committee by email transmission in certain circumstances.

(ii) To amend Rule 9(c) to change the time for constituency representatives of the Executive Committee to submit nominations for the Nominating Committee from October 1 to “early during the spring semester.”

(iii) To amend Rule 9(f) to (a) eliminate the requirement that nominations by the Committee on Committees be considered at two separate meetings of the Executive Committee, unless at least five members present request a second meeting and (b) to permit the Senate Chair, Chair-elect, and Past Chair to submit nominations to the Executive Committee after May 15 if the Committee on Committees has not, by that date, nominated a sufficient number of committee members who have agreed to serve.

(iv) To amend Rule 9(h) to (a) change the name of the Committee on the Faculty to Committee on Faculty and the Academic Mission and to provide general charges for that committee, (b) to provide general charges for the Committee on Students and Educational Policy, (c) to change the name of the Committee on Administration to the Committee on Faculty and the Administration and to provide general charges for that committee, (d) to provide general charges for the Committee on Publication Policy for Almanac, and (e) to provide general charges for the Committee on Faculty Development, Diversity, and Equity.

(v)  To add a new Rule 9(i) to (a) permit chairs of Senate committees to call meetings and to make distributions by email transmission, and (b) to permit motions and voting by the committee members by email transmission in certain circumstances.

(vi) To amend Rule 11(a) to permit the Senate Chair to call special meetings of the Senate during the University’s winter or summer breaks under limited circumstances, with notice by publication online in Almanac Between Issues and email notification or if necessary by email notification alone.

c.  The amended Rules as they would read as amended may be found at: www.upenn.edu/almanac/volumes/v52/n29/sec-rule-amend.html.

d.  Adjournment (3 p.m.).

3.  Background. During the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 academic years the Senate Committee on the Faculty and the Faculty Senate Executive Committee (SEC) discussed the need to provide explicit approval in the Senate rules for the use of electronic communications in conducting business of the Senate and SEC. The discussions also addressed the need to address certain inefficiencies in the process of nominating and electing members of committees. Finally, the discussions addressed the need to provide standing general charges for the standing senate committees mentioned above. SEC approved in principle the material revisions proposed above and the proposed general charges.

 

 



 
  Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 29, April 11, 2006

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Tuesday,
April 11, 2006
Volume 52 Number 29
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