Roles and Responsibilities
Committee Chairs have the responsibility of developing a list of members for presentation to the Senate. Committee membership is limited to fifteen (15); the Senate has the right to strike, but not add, names which are proposed to it. Chairs are urged to exercise care and common sense in developing committee membership lists. Specifically, Chairs are urged to:

  • Be aware of the size limitation on committees
  • Make every effort to see to it that all Schools and Professional Staff are represented in approximately equal proportions (e.g., approximately 2 professional staff members and 2 representatives from each of the Schools).
  • Consider librarians as either faculty or staff and, by tradition, and include on each committee
  • Include at least one student representative (a student Senator should be considered)
  • Accept the appointment of a non-voting administrative liaison
  • Make sure that at least one other member of the committee is a Senator.

Members of standing committees are appointed to serve two year terms of office.* Ideally, terms of committee members are staggered, so some continuity can be maintained. When a committee roster is presented to the Senate (by tradition, committee rosters are presented at the first meeting of the Senate, for approval), the following information should be included:  name, unit the individual represents, office address and phone number, e-mail address, specific years of term of service on the committee.

* A committee member is not prohibited from serving multiple consecutive terms as a member of a standing committee.