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N1 Membership

N1.1 The Faculty of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences consists of (a) the President of the University; (b) the Chancellor; (c) the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor; (d) the Dean of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences; (e) all members of the Academic Senate who are members of the departments assigned to the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences; (f) designated Senate members from other colleges and schools, the number and departmental affiliation of such members to be specified by the Faculty of the College at a regular meeting in each case; and (g) such other Senate members as may be specified by the bylaws of the Riverside Division.(Am 5 Dec 2017)

N1.2 Only members of the Academic Senate are eligible to vote as Faculty in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. However, those holding academic titles in the Riverside Agricultural Experiment Station that do not confer Academic Senate membership (e.g., Specialist) may attend all meetings of the Faculty, and have the privilege of the floor. (Am 29 Nov. 2011)

N2 Officers

N2.1 The Officers of the Faculty consist of a Chair, a Vice Chair, and a Secretary- Parliamentarian. (Am 27 May 93)(Am 5 Dec 2017)

N2.1.1 The Chair of the Faculty is elected for a two-year term and is not eligible to succeed himself/herself immediately. The election is conducted in accordance with the procedure prescribed in these bylaws. If the Chair is unable to complete the term of office for which he/she has been elected, the Secretary-Parliamentarian of the Division shall within two months conduct an election in accordance with the procedure prescribed in these bylaws for the unexpired term provided that the unexpired term is longer than six months. In the interim or in the event that the vacated term is less than six months, the Vice Chair of the Faculty will serve as Chair.

N2.1.2 The Vice Chair of the Faculty is chosen by the Executive Committee from among its membership. The term of office is two years.

N2.1.3 The Secretary-Parliamentarian of the Faculty is chosen by the Executive Committee from among its membership. The term of office is one year. (Am 27 May 93)

N2.1.4 The election of the Chair of the Faculty is conducted as provided in chapter 7 of the bylaws of the Division.

N2.1.5 The Chair assumes office on the first day of September following his/her election at a regular election or immediately upon completion of the ballot count at a special election. The Vice Chair and Secretary-Parliamentarian take office immediately upon appointment. (Ed 27 May 93)

N3 Meetings of the Faculty

N3.1 Meetings may be called by the Chair of the Faculty or by the Executive Committee. At the written request of ten voting members of the Faculty, the Chair must call a meeting. The Chair must call at least one meeting in each academic year. (Am 29 Jan 81) (Am 5 Dec 2017)

N3.1.1 A quorum consists of twenty-five members of the Faculty. (Am 5 Dec 2017)

N3.1.2 A motion to submit a measure to mail ballot has precedence over a motion for a vote in a meeting.

N3.1.3 The Chair must send, at least five days before each meeting, copies of the call for a meeting together with all pertinent documents to each member of the Faculty. The Faculty shall not change curricular requirements or regulations of the college or its departments or change these bylaws at the meetings at which such proposals for change are first made, unless notice is previously given to all members of the Faculty in a call to the meeting (N5.01). (Am 5 Dec 2017)

N3.1.4 These bylaws constitute primary rules of order for meetings of the Faculty and of the committees of the Faculty. The order of business is that prescribed in chapter 4 of the bylaws of the Division. Questions of order not covered by these bylaws or those of the Division are covered by the American Institute of Parliamentarians Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure (formerly the Sturgis Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure), current edition. (Am 5 Dec 2017)

N3.1.5 The minutes of every meeting of the Faculty shall be sent within ten days by the Secretary-Parliamentarian to every member of the Faculty. (Am 5 Dec 2017)

N4 Committees

N4.1 There is an Executive Committee consisting of the Chair of the Faculty, ex officio; the Dean of the college, ex officio; the Divisional Dean of Student Academic Affairs (or equivalent title), ex officio; any other Divisional Dean of CNAS, ex officio; thirteen members of the Faculty as provided in N4.1.1.; and student representatives as provided in N4.1.1.4. Student representatives and all Divisional Deans of CNAS, except the Divisional Dean of Student Academic Affairs, are advisory (nonvoting) members. An elected member of the executive committee is not eligible for immediate reelection unless he/she has completed a term of fewer than 18 months. Eligibility is reestablished after one year of non-service with the exception that the Chair of the Faculty is immediately eligible at the end of their term.The Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary-Parliamentarian of the Faculty occupy corresponding offices in the Executive Committee. (Am 3 Feb 83)(Am 27 May 93)(Am 18 Nov 03)(Am 30 May 06)(Am 30 Nov.10)(Am 5 Dec 2017)

N4.1.1 The elected membership of the committee shall include one member elected from each of the following thirteen departments: Biochemistry; Botany and Plant Sciences, Chemistry; Earth Sciences; Environmental Sciences; Entomology; Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology; Mathematics; Microbiology and Plant Pathology; Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology; Nematology; Physics and Astronomy; and Statistics. The first order of business of the Executive Committee after the biennial election of the Chair of the Faculty will be to determine whether the representation formula needs change and to recommend appropriately to the Faculty. (Am 3 Feb 83)(27 May 93)(Am 30 May 06)(Am 30 Nov.10)(Am 5 Dec 2017)

N4.1.1.1 The term of office of the Chair of the Faculty is two years, elected in even years. The term of office of members of the Executive Committee is three years. The five members of the Executive Committee from the departments of Chemistry; Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology; Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology; Nematology and Environmental Sciences are elected in the same year; the four members of the Executive Committee from the departments of Earth Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Microbiology and Plant Pathology and Statistics are elected in the same year; the four members of the Executive Committee from the departments of Biochemistry, Botany and Plant Sciences, Entomology, and Mathematics are elected in the same year. (Am 3 Feb 83)(Am 27 May 93)(Am 30 May 06)(Am 20 Nov 07)(Am 30 Nov.10)(An 5 Dec 2017)

N4.1.1.2 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.

N4.1.1.3 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 procedure prescribed within these bylaws provided the vacancy is to last more than seven months. A vacancy will be declared to exist and a committee member considered to have resigned if he/she anticipates an absence from the committee of more than seven months. All vacancies are temporarily filled with an appointment by the Chair of the Faculty in consultation with the affected department until a replacement is elected. Appointees for vacancies anticipated to last longer than seven months require the consent of the Executive Committee. (Am 10 Dec 2017)

N4.1.1.4 At the beginning of each academic year, the Executive Committee will request that the Legislative Council of the Associated Students select two student representatives to the Executive Committee. Each of these student representatives must be majoring in a department or program within the college. (Am 30 May 06)

N4.1.2 The Executive Committee has the following functions:

N4.1.2.1 The Executive Committee has general oversight of the academic welfare and discipline of students in the college and has the power to bring before the Faculty any matters that the committee deems advisable.

N4.1.2.2 The Executive Committee appoints all other standing committees and all special committees of the Faculty unless otherwise directed at a meeting of the Faculty. (Am 5 Dec 2017)

N4.1.2.3 The Executive Committee acts finally for the Faculty (a) in the awarding of all degrees to students of the college and (b) in the awarding of honors at graduation. The committee is likewise empowered to act on petitions of students for graduation under suspension of the regulations. The committee will report all degrees approved to the Division.

N4.1.2.4 The Executive Committee acts for the Faculty in the establishment, modification, and discontinuation of majors and minors within the college.

N4.1.2.5 The Executive Committee acts for the Faculty in making recommendations to the Division regarding courses.

N4.1.2.6 The Executive Committee reviews and makes recommendations to the Dean of the college on proposals for the establishment of new departments or modifications of existing departments and reviews the status of all interdisciplinary programs.

N4.1.2.7 The Executive Committee may establish and maintains liaisons with the Executive Committees of the other colleges and schools in the Division when warranted. (Am 5 Dec 2017)

N4.1.2.8 The Executive Committee assists the Dean with request in matters relating to the administration of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.

N4.2 (Deleted 5 Dec 2017)

N4.3 There is a standing committee on Honors and Scholarships consisting of no fewer than three members of the Faculty. Each academic year, the Executive Committee will appoint the chair of this committee, who will then appoint two (or more) additional members to serve for the duration of that year. The duties of the committee are to evaluate all applications for fellowships and scholarships awarded through the College, provide recommendations on who should receive these awards and suggest any changes that will improve these programs. (Am 27 May 93) (Am 29 Nov. 2011) (Am 5 Dec 2017)

N4.4 (Deleted 27 May 93)

N5 Amendment and Suspension of Bylaws and Regulations

N5.1 These bylaws and regulations can be amended or suspended only as provided in chapter 6 of the bylaws of the Division.


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