Proposal to Changes to the Functions of the Committee on Committees and the Faculty Rules and Governance Committee (D 7845-7846).
Professor Alan Friedman (English and Faculty Rules and Governance Committee member) reported that the proposal regarding the functions of the Committee on Committees and the Faculty Rules and Governance Committee was a non-substantive change, whose purpose was to clarify the respective charges of the two committees. He said the Committee on Committees is responsible for issues pertaining to the compositions, functions, and responsibilities of the Standing Committees of the General Faculty, which includes term limits and voting rights of committee members. He said the Faculty Rules and Governance Committee is responsible for broader issues involving the General Faculty instead of the internal aspects of the specific standing committees; an example, according to Professor Friedman, is the general voting rights of faculty members across campus, which the committee is currently considering. He further reported that the proposal includes a procedural change whereby the Faculty Rules and Governance Committee is being asked to additionally report to the University president, who is the head of the General Faculty, if the committee makes recommended changes regarding the Faculty Council. He explained that this change was needed because “the Faculty Council does not approve or disapprove recommendations to change the way it works or its substance or membership.” Professor Friedman clarified that both the Committee on Committees and the Faculty Rules and Governance Committee had supported the proposal and were recommending Faculty Council approval.
Chair Staiger asked if there were any questions, and there were none. She then called for the vote, and the proposal passed unanimously by voice vote.