The University Senate shall have the power to consider and adopt by a two-thirds majority vote any amendments to or modifications of these Bylaws, provided a quorum exists. Amendments to these Bylaws may be proposed at any time by any member of the Senate. Proposals originating outside the University Senate committee on University Statutes and Senate Bylaws shall be submitted in writing to the chair of the University Senate who shall transmit them within one week to the committee on University Statutes and Senate Bylaws. After due deliberation, the committee shall report such proposed amendments to the Senate along with the recommendations of the committee. Proposed amendments and the committee's recommendations shall be reported to the Senate at its next regular meeting after the committee receives the proposals or no later than the second regular meeting if the committee receives the proposals ten (10) days or less in advance of the first regular meeting.
Summary of Ammendments
2/17/78 Proposed Bylaws approved.
2/16/79 Eliminated Friday as a regular meeting date.
2/7/80 VI, 3:standing committees terms set. VII, 1., C.,: Executive Committee shall appoint Committee on Nominations. (Prior text not available in the minutes). VII, 5: add one member from Division of Developmental Studies, one member from the Counseling Center, two faculty members elected at large.
4/23/81 (Text of pre-amendment language not available from the minutes). Article XI, Section 25, faculty appeals amended. Article II, Membership: substitute entire section. Article VI, committee vacancies amended. Article VII, Section 11, B (1): amended. Committee on Nominations will give consideration to the colleges and library's recommendations for candidates selected for standing committees. Article IV, Meetings: amend regular meeting dates and special called meetings. Article VI, Section 2: amended committee reports. Article VII, Section 1, c (2): Executive Committee shall set agenda and distribute no later than five working days prior to the meeting. Article VII, Section 9: amended to define the duties of the Athletics Committee more precisely.
3/9/82 (Text of amendment not indicated in minutes). The following Articles and sections were amended. Article VI, Section 4. Article VII Sections 3.A, 4.A, 5.A, 6.A, 7.A, 8.A, 9.A, 10.A, 11.A, 11.B.2, 12.A.
5/1/86 Committee on Academic Affairs was replaced with three committees: (1) Section 5: Committee on Admission and Standards; (2) Section 6: Committee on Programs and Continuing Education; (3) Section 7: Committee on Research.
10/29/87 Article VII, Section 7.A: changed Assistant Vice President for Research to Associate Vice President for Research. Article VII, Section 8.A: changed Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs to Associate Vice President for Research. Article VII Section 8.B: changed Committee on Academic Affairs to Committee on Programs and Continuing Education. (These amendments were reapproved on 2/4/88 because there was no quorum in October).
5/5/88 Article VII Section 8.B: changed responsibility of Planning and Development to include long-range planning developed by PACE and the Research Committee.
5/4/89 Removed all sexist language from the Bylaws.
10/26/89 Amended Article III to combine Executive Vice President and Provost with the Vice President for Academic Affairs into the Office of Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.
2/1/90 Established Committee on the Budget, Section 15. Article VII, Sections 1.A, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.A amended to provide for election of a chair for all committees within ten working days of a new committee.
5/3/90 Article VII, Section 1.C.6: composition to 11 faculty or officers of administration.
10/29/92 Amended to eliminate all references to the Graduate Board. Changed Article VII, Section 6.B to amend duties of PACE to include functions of former Graduate Board.
2/25/93 Added Article VII, Section 16, Senate Committee on Cultural Diversity.
2/24/94 Added Article VII, Section 17, Fiscal Advisory Committee to the President.
11/3/94 Change PACE to Committee on Academic Programs and Continuing Education (APACE)
3/2/95 Change all references to Division of Developmental Studies to the Division of Learning Support Programs.
5/11/95 Article VII, Section 15.A. Amended to include two members of Staff Advisory Council, including the President of the Staff Advisory Council; two students, including the President of the Student Government Association and the Deans of the six colleges on the Budget committee.
9/28/95 Approved change of the academic status of Learning Support Programs (from the Division of LSP to the Department of LSP, College of A&S). This necessitated changes in the composition of Senate committees to be addressed by the Committee on Statutes and Bylaws. (No actual change to the Bylaws was made 9/28/95.)
11/2/95 Approved change in membership composition of the Committee on the Budget to add the two Senators elected to the Fiscal Advisory Committee to the President (FACP) by a vote of the chairs of all Senate committees per Art.VII, Section 17.A. and to delete the Division of Learning Support Programs (division was change to a department 9/28/95).
11/2/95 Approved method of appointing student members to the Committee on Cultural Diversity (Art.VII, Sect.16). Formerly students were appointed by the University President and approved by the Senate Executive Committee; this action changed the student appointment process to the Dean of Students.
2/20/97 Changed descriptions of standing committees to delete College of Public and Urban Affairs and add School of Policy Studies, adjusted representation, standardized language, deleted references to Division or Department of LSP, and changed composition of Cultural Diversity and Student Life and Development Committees.
4/24/97 Approved addition of a new standing committee: the Committee on Information Systems and Technology (Art. VII, Sect. 18).
5/8/97 Updated duties of Commencement Committee to include review of honorary degree candidates (Art. VII, Sect. 14).
10/30/97 Changed name of College of Health Sciences to College of Health and Human Sciences where necessary (Art. VII, various sections). Added an Enrollment Services representative to Committee on Information Systems and Technology (Art. VII, Sect ion 18).
2/19/98 Added student representatives to IS&T Committee; changed description of duties of Nominations Committee, Admissions and Standards Committee, and Planning and Development Committee; corrected titles in various committees' membership listings ; and codified the recording and dissemination of Senate and Senate committee minutes.
5/7/98 Amended Article IV to establish Senate meeting dates under semester calendar.
10/8/98 Changed text to reflect the conversion from quarters to semesters, to reflect the change from the Division of Student Life and Enrollment Services to the Division of Student Services, to reflect the change from the Department of Learning Support Programs to the Department of Academic Foundations, and to add the Director of Affirmative Action as a non-voting member of the Committee on Faculty Affairs.
12/15/98 Changed text to reflect change from College of Business Administration to J. Mack Robinson College of Business and adjusted administrator titles (Art. VII, various sections).
12/9/99 Changed text to reflect change from School of Policy Studies to Andrew Young School of Policy Studies (Art. VII, various sections).
3/22/01 Changed text to reflect change in VP title (from VP for Research and Sponsored Programs to VP for Research) and added a duty to the Committee on Academic Programs and Continuing Education (Article VII, Section 6).
4/12/01 Added the chair of the Planning and Development Committee to the membership of FACP (Article VII, Section 17A) and added a duty to the Committee on Nominations (Article VII, Section 13B).
10/4/01Added duty to IS&T Committee (Article VII, Section 18 B and C) and allowed for staff to serve on Senate committees (Article VI, Section 4).
12/6/01 Changed the Senate calendar from four to five meetings and moved the organizational meeting from the last meeting of the spring semester to the first meeting of the fall semester (Article IV; Article VI, Sec. 3; and Article VII, Sec. 1A)
10/3/02 Changed text to reflect changes in some administrative titles (Article VII, various sections).
12/5/02 Added staff representatives to the University Senate (various sections).
4/24/03 Amended the membership and duties of the Cultural Diversity Committee and made a minor change to the membership of the Budget Committee (Article VII, Sections 15 and 16).
8/21/03 Amended membership list of Senate IS&T Committee (Art. VII, Section 18A).
12/11/03 Amended Art. VI, Sec 3 to reflect current practice of one-year terms. Amended Art. VII, Sec. 18C to add staff senator and delete SAC representative from membership list.
2/13/04 Amended Art. IV to allow for email voting. Amended the membership list of the Cultural Diversity Committee (Art. VII, Section 16.)
4/29/04 Amended various sections to change the Senate calendar (Art. IV; Art. VI, Sec 3; Art. VII, Sections 1 and 17).
10/21/04 Amended to change the name of the Staff Council (various Articles and Sections) and the University Library (various Articles and Sections)
4/21/05 Amended the duties of several standing committees (Article VII. various sections).
3/15/07 Amended the membership of several standing committees (Article VII. various sections).
4/19/07 Changed the reference of Staff Council president to chair in Article VII (various sections).
10/4/07 Added the Director of the Honors Program to the Admissions and Standards Committee (Article VII, Section 5.)
12/6/07 Adjusted the proportion of faculty in Arts and Sciences on the Admissions and Standards Committee (Article VII. Section 5.)
12/11/08 Amended Article IV. Meetings to allow for special meetings to be called with at least 48 hours notice. Amended the duties of the Executive Committee (Article VII., Section 1C.)
12/10/09 Amended Article VII. Section 15. Amended the membership of the Budget Committee.
3/29/10 Amended Article VII. Section 15. Amended the membership of the Budget Committee. Amended Article VII. Section 12 and 14. Added a representative of Emeriti Association as a non-voting member to the Faculty Affairs and Commencment Committees.
1/27/11 Amended Article VII: Committees. Added Section 19, Committee on Sustainability.
4/14/11 Amended Article VII: Committees. Adjusted membership on the Admissions and Standards and Academic Programs Committees and updated the membership and duties of the Athletics Committee.
10/27/11 Amended Article IV: Meetings to clarify electronic voting. Amended Article VIII: Committees to add the chair of the Executive Committee to the Fiscal Advisory Committee to the President.
1/19/12 Amended Article VII: Committees, Section 10. Changed membership of Student Discipline Committee to 10 faculty members from 7 faculty members.
3/15/12 Amended Article VII: Committees, various sections. Added Institute of Public Health, the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions, deleted the College of Health and Human Sciences and the Counseling Center, and adjusted administrator titles as necessary.
4/19/12 Amended Article VII: Committees, various sections. Added duty to Athletics Committee, deleted a duty from the Planning and Development Committee, and added the Institute of Public Health to the Budget Committee.
1/17/13 Amended Article VII: Committees, sections 18, 8, and 4 to reflect administrator title changes.