Arizona State University
University Senate
Spring 2014

Senate Motion #2014-60

Motion Introduced by: Task Force on Constitution and Bylaws Review, Chouki El Hamel, Chairperson
 
Date of First Reading: March 31, 2014
 
Date of Second Reading: April 28, 2014

Title of Motion: Amendments to the University Senate Bylaws

The University Senate constitution requires a quadrennial review of the both the articles and bylaws of the Senate constitution.  The Senate recently approved all of the requested changes to the articles of the constitution on September 9, 2013 and those changes will come to a vote of the Academic Assembly in April of 2014.    
 
Senate Motion 2014-60 outlines the recommended changes to the bylaws of the constitution.  The amendments contained in SM 2014-60 require a majority vote by the Senate to be implemented and inserted into the constitution.  Please note, bylaw changes do not require a vote of the Academic Assembly. 
 
Action Requested: Both the UAC and the Task Force on Constitution and Bylaws review,  recommend passing this motion.  
 
The entire bylaws document and additional perfecting changes can be reviewed by clicking here

The entire University Senate Constitution can be viewed by clicking here.

Amendment #1

Bylaw II (B) (1) (c)(1)

Currently states: University Policy and Procedures Committee

Proposed Change: University Services and Facilities Committee

Rationale: The University Policy and Procedures Committee no longer exist and should have been deleted and changed to the University Services and Facilities Committee years ago.  This amendment is correcting a previous error in the constitution.  The University Services and Facilities Committee is considered and has been functioning as a standing committee for many years now.

Amendment #2

Bylaw II. B.9.a
 
Currently states: University Policy and Procedures Committee

Proposed Change: University Services and Facilities Committee

Rationale:  This amendment is connected to the requested change in Amendment #1 The University Policy and Procedures Committee no longer exist and should have been deleted and changed to the University Services and Facilities Committee years ago.  This amendment is correcting a previous error in the constitution.  The University Services and Facilities Committee is considered, and has been functioning as a standing committee for many years now.

Amendment #3

Bylaw II.B.7.b.2.a.1
 
Currently states: This change is in regards to the purpose and functions of the Committee on Committees, it states:
 
To nominate faculty and academic professionals to:

1. Senate committees other than the committees on Academic Affairs

Proposed Change: 

To nominate faculty and academic professionals to:

1. Senate committees other than the Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee(CAPC)

Rationale:  The Academic Affairs Committee no longer exists.  The CAPC is the corresponding committee that is staffed by a mechanism other than through nominations from the Committee on Committees.

Amendment #4

 Bylaw II.B.7.b.2.a.3.
 
Currently states: This change is in regards to the Purpose and functions of the Committee on Committees it states:
 
To nominate faculty and academic professionals to:

3. Officers of the Academic Assembly

Proposed Change: 

To nominate faculty and academic professionals to:

3. Campus president-elects

Rationale:  Since the officers of the Academic Assembly also include the President of the University and the Provost of the University, this change brings improved specificity to the functions of the Committee on Committees and removes the appearance that the committee is able to nominate individuals to the position of President and Provost of the University. Additionally, the process for selection of the Secretary of the Assembly and Senate Ombudsperson is not dependent upon Committee on Committee nominations. The selection of these two positions is via UAC appointment, as directed previously in Bylaw I.B.5. & 6 
 

Actions: 
Approved
Admin Response: 
Approved