Bylaws

  1. PURPOSE OF THE COMMITTEE
    1. The purpose of the committee shall be to provide a recommendation to the appropriate University official regarding the addition or deletion of any academic major or minor degree programs, options, minors, and certificates offered by the University. The committee also reviews the minutes of the College Curriculum Committees, monitors new course proposals, reviews and approves any policy or procedure changes recommended by the General Education Committee (GEC), the General Education Assessment Committee (GEAC), and any other body responsible for university curriculum and forwards these to the Office of Academic Affairs and/or to the Faculty Senate as needed.
    2. The committee also monitors any curricular conflicts that may arise between academic programs and is responsible for making recommendations to the appropriate Chair, Dean, or Academic Vice President regarding possible solutions to resolve such conflicts.
    3. The Chair of the UCCC is the final signatory for the will of the committee on all Routing Forms for the Office of Academic Affairs for curricular changes and/or modifications to academic major or minor degree programs, options, minors, and certificate programs.
  2. COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP
    1. The committee shall be composed of thirteen (13) members each of whom is appointed by the Dean of their respective college from among the full-time tenured and tenure track faculty. Six (6) members shall come from the College of Arts and Sciences and one member shall be appointed from the College of Business, Health Science, Education, Pharmacy, and the Library with an additional member from the Graduate Council and a final member-at-large appointed by the Faculty Senate to ensure that at least one member of the committee is a Senator. The Provost and Assistant to the Provost are ex officio members. Two years from the date of this document, the membership clause of these Bylaws shall be reviewed.
    2. Members shall serve for a term of three (3) years with approximately one-third of the membership eligible for re-appointment each year according to an election rotation attached to this document. Members may be reappointed to successive terms. The baseline terms of membership shall be established at the first meeting after these Bylaws have been ratified with every successive appointment lasting three years until a rotation has been established. The committee secretary shall distribute a membership list and statement of the terms of office at the first meeting of every academic year to each of the members with a copy sent to the Faculty Senate Elections Committee. Current members (as of December 1, 2011) shall be eligible for continuous reappointment on the basis of their desire to continue to serve consecutive terms to ensure experienced membership on the committee. All new members after this date shall be appointed by their Dean, the Graduate Council or the Faculty Senate.
  3. OFFICERS
    1. The committee shall elect a Chairperson and Secretary from the members present at the first meeting of the academic year. The Chair and Secretary shall be the officers of the committee elected to a one-year term.
    2. In the event of an anticipated absence of the Chairperson, the Secretary shall conduct the meeting. In the absence of both officers, the Chair shall designate a temporary replacement from among the voting members of the committee as needed.
    3. At the start of the Fall term, the previous Chair shall convene the first meeting of the year in the absence of any other official business to elect new officers.
  4. COMMITTEE MEETING
    1. The committee shall meet on an ad hoc basis after the initial meeting. The committee shall have no fewer than one meeting per semester of each academic term to ensure the continuity of the deliberative processes of the committee. If convenient, additional meetings shall be held periodically to maintain cohesion among the members and to avoid hasty convocation under adverse circumstances.
    2. The committee shall review information provided by the Office of Academic Affairs regarding the addition or deletion of any academic major or minor degree programs, options, minors, and certificates offered by the University. The committee may also review the minutes of the College Curriculum Committees, monitor new course proposals for conflicts between colleges, review and approve any policy or procedural change recommended by the General Education Committee (GEC), the General Education Assessment Committee (GEAC), and any other body responsible for university curriculum and shall forward this recommendation to the Office of Academic Affairs and/or the Faculty Senate as needed or as required.
    3. A quorum for a meeting shall consist of a simple majority of committee members (7). For the purposes of obtaining a quorum, only appointed faculty members shall be counted; ex officio members shall not be counted.
    4. The Chair shall have a vote regarding committee business only in the event of a tie.
    5. The conduct of business at meetings shall follow Robert’s Rules of Order, revised.
  5. COMMITTEE REPORTING FUNCTION
    1. The Chairperson shall submit a recommendation regarding the addition or deletion of any academic degree programs, new course proposals, and any academic policy or procedural changes regarding the curriculum to the Office of Academic Affairs and/or to the Faculty Senate as needed or as required.
    2. The Chairperson shall be authorized on behalf of the committee to sign the Routing Forms from the Office of Academic Affairs where such signature is required.
    3. The Chairperson shall be required to complete and submit an annual report regarding the committee’s activities at the conclusion of the Academic year to the Faculty Senate.
  6. BYLAW REVISION
    These Bylaws shall be subject to revision with the consent of a simple majority of the members present at a meeting specifically called for such a purpose. Final revision to these Bylaws will require the consent of a two thirds majority of the members present at a meeting specifically called for the purpose of revision. These Bylaws also replace and supersede any previously existing UCCC Bylaws that may arise.

Approved December 8, 2011