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HS4 Committees

HS4.1 There shall be an Executive Committee consisting of the Chair of the Faculty [ as provided in bylaw 2.1.1] and elected members of the faculty [as provided in bylaw HS 4.4.1].The Executive Committee elects the Secretary-Parliamentarian of the Faculty from among its membership on a yearly basis [as provided in AM 26 May 88]. The Dean of the college and the associate Dean of student affairs serve in non-voting ex officio roles, and may not hold leadership positions within the Committee. The committee also includes non-voting student representatives [ as provided in bylaws HS 4.1.1.6].(Am 4 Nov 82)(Am 26 May 88)(Am 27 May 16)

HS4.1.1 The members of the Executive Committee are elected in the following manner:

HS4.1.1.1 The elected Faculty membership of the committee shall be distributed as follows: three members chosen from among the departments of Art History, English, History, Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Hispanic Studies, and Women's Studies; three members chosen from among the departments of Anthropology, Economics, Ethnic Studies, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology; one member from among the fine arts departments and programs; and two members chosen from among the committee members of the degreegranting non-departmental programs. There shall be no more than one member of the committee elected from any one department or program. (Am 4 Nov 82)(Am 7 Feb 91)(Am 11 Nov 93)

HS4.1.1.2 The term of office of members of the Executive Committee is two years. The Chair of the Faculty and four of the elected members of the Executive Committee are elected in the same year; the five other elected members of the Executive Committee are elected in alternate years.

HS4.1.1.3 An elected member of the Executive Committee is not eligible for immediate re-election, with the following exception: if the member is elected to the position of Chair of the Faculty, the member may also be reelected to the Executive Committee. (Am 25 May 00)

HS4.1.1.4 The election is held by mail ballot as provided in chapter 7 of the bylaws of the Division. For purposes of these elections, members of the Executive Committee are considered Officers of the Faculty of the College. Members of the Executive Committee take office on the first day of September following their election at a regular election or immediately upon completion of the ballot count at a special election. (Am 22 May 07)

HS4.1.1.5 Whenever the Executive Committee determines that a vacancy exists in its membership, the Secretary-Parliamentarian of the Division conducts an election in accordance with the prescribed procedure, provided the vacancy is expected to last more than six months. A vacancy shall be declared to exist and the committee member considered to have resigned if he anticipates an absence from the committee of more than six months. Vacancies of six months or less are filled temporarily by appointment by the Chair of the Faculty with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee.

HS4.1.1.6 At the beginning of each academic year, the Executive Committee will request that the Legislative Council of the Associated Students and the Graduate Student Council each select two student representatives to the Executive Committee. Each of these student representatives must be majoring in a department or program within the college.

HS4.1.2 The Executive Committee has the following functions:

HS4.1.2.1 The Executive Committee has general oversight of the academic welfare and discipline of the students in the college and shall have power to bring before the Faculty of the College any matters which the committee may deem advisable.

HS4.1.2.2 The Executive Committee appoints all other standing committees and all special committees of the Faculty unless otherwise directed at a meeting of the Faculty of the College.

HS4.1.2.3 The Executive Committee acts finally for the Faculty of the College (a) in the awarding of all degrees to students of the college in all cases that do not involve the suspension of a regulation or that involve only minor adjustments in the curriculum and (b) in the awarding of honors at graduation. The committee likewise is empowered to act on petitions of students for graduation under suspension of the regulations. The committee shall report all degrees approved to the Riverside Division.

HS4.1.2.4 The Executive Committee makes recommendations to the Faculty of the College regarding the establishment and discontinuation of all departmental and non-departmental majors and minors within the college. Regarding modifications in these areas, the Executive Committee acts for the Faculty. (Am 27 Jan 76)

HS4.1.2.5 The Executive Committee acts for the Faculty of the College in making recommendations to the Division in regard to courses and curricula.

HS4.1.2.6 The Executive Committee reviews and makes recommendations to the Dean of the college on proposals for the establishment of new departments and the modification or discontinuation of existing departments within the college.

HS4.1.2.7 The Executive Committee establishes and maintains liaison with the Executive Committees of other colleges and schools of the Division.

HS4.2 There shall be a separate standing committee for each non-departmental program. These committees supervise and administer the nondepartmental programs approved by the Faculty. The Executive Committee will appoint each committee. When committees are concerned with graduate as well as undergraduate curricula, the selection of members shall be made in consultation with the Graduate Council. (Am 27 Jan 76)

HS4.3 The Executive Committee has the power to appoint special committees as needed.


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