Release Time to Enhance Senate Effectiveness

Date of Notice: 
Wed, 09/26/2012
Legislation, Resolution, or Policy Adoption: 
Current Status: 
Approved on 1/16/2013

WHEREAS the Senate is the university’s primary governing body on academic matters, and

WHEREAS the Senate can operate as a representative body only if all members regularly attend meetings, be it

MOVED: Senators may be assigned duties from 3 – 5 pm on Wednesdays only with the understanding that such an assignment shall be canceled or rescheduled to permit attendance at a Senate meeting.

DATE OF EFFECTIVENESS: Not later than Fall Quarter 2013. For current members of the Senate, commitments made prior to the date of passage are exempt from this legislation.

Financial Impact: 
Cost neutral

Frank Stahl, Professor Emeritus (Biology);

Legislative History: 

Election to the Senate imposes the duty to participate in Senate activities including attendance at meetings. In the past, some departments have imposed conflicting duties upon Senate members, seriously interfering with the effective operation of the Senate.