Statute of University Governance Structure

[This Statute was approved by University Council (formerly known as the College Council) on October 27, 1971, and accepted by the President and approved with certain recommendations by the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees on November 22, 1971. Additional amendments were adopted by the University Council on May 9, 1973, approved by the President on June 29, 1973; by the University Council on September 22, 1980, including a change in name to “University Council,”approved by the President on September 25, 1980, and by the Board of Trustees on September 26, 1980; by the University Council on May 14, 1981, approved by the President on June 3, 1981; by the University Council on May 16, 1984, approved by the President on June 5, 1984, and by the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees on September 21, 1984; and by the University Council on May 5, 1985, approved by the President on September 5, 1985; by the University Council on May 9, 1990, approved by the President and adopted by the Board of Trustees on May 11, 1990.; and by the University Council on May 13, 1997, approved by the President in June, 1997, by the University Council on May 13, 1999, and approved by the President June 9, 1999.]

I. The University Council

The University Council is the principal body for corporate participation of the various constituencies of the university in policy formulation.

II. The Standing Committees

The standing committees shall function as instruments of continuing evaluation in their respective areas of competence and responsibility. In order to ensure this continuing evaluation, each standing committee shall meet at least twice each semester. All meetings shall be open and announced, with prior publication of agenda and minutes of the previous meeting. Anyone wishing to reserve time to address the committee should give at least two (2) days’ notice to the committee chair, but failure to give such notice shall not prevent one from speaking to the committee if there is sufficient time.
Standing committees shall report to the University Council on all studies mandated to them and on any other matters of policy formulation.

III. Amendments Process

The process of amending this Statute on University Governance consists of three (3) steps: proposal, adoption, and ratification.