Organization & Powers of the Academic Senate

Regents Standing Order 105

Organization of the Academic Senate (a) The Academic Senate shall consist of the President, Vice Presidents, Chancellors, Vice Chancellors, Deans, Provosts, Directors of academic programs, the chief admissions officer on each campus and in the Office of the President, registrars, the University Librarian on each campus of the University, each lecturer who has full-time teaching responsibilities in any curriculum under the control of the Academic Senate and whose academic title is Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment or Lecturer with Security of Employment, and each person giving instruction in any curriculum under the control of the Academic Senate whose academic title title is Instructor, Instructor in Residence; Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor in Residence, Assistant Professor of Clinical (e.g., Medicine); Associate Professor, Associate Professor in Residence, Associate Professor of Clinical (e.g., Medicine), Acting Associate Professor; Professor, Professor in Residence, Professor of Clinical (e.g. Medicine), or Acting Professor; however, Instructors and Instructors in Residence of less than two (2) years' service shall not be entitled to vote. Members of the faculties of professional schools offering courses at the graduate level only shall be members also of the Academic Senate, but, in the discretion of the Academic Senate, may be excluded from participation in activities of the Senate that relate to curricula of other schools and colleges of the University. Membership in the Senate shall not lapse because of leave of absence or by virtue of transference to emeritus status. (Am 11 Jul 69; 17 Jul 70; 20 Mar 87) (b) The Academic Senate shall determine its own membership under the above rule, and shall organize, and choose its own officers and committees in such manner as it may determine. (c) The Academic Senate shall perform such duties as the Board may direct and shall exercise such powers as the Board may confer upon it. It may delegate to its divisions or committees, including the several faculties and councils, such authority as is appropriate to the performance of their respective functions.

Duties, Powers, and Privileges of the Academic Senate (a) The Academic Senate, subject to the approval of the Board, shall determine the conditions for admission, for certificates, and for degrees other than honorary degrees. It shall recommend to the President all candidates for degrees in course and shall be consulted through committees appointed in such manner as the President may determine in connection with the award of all honorary degrees. (Am 19 Mar 71) (b) The Academic Senate shall authorize and supervise all courses and curricula offered under the sole or joint jurisdiction of the departments, colleges, schools, Graduate Divisions, or other University academic agencies approved by the Board, except that the Senate shall have no authority over courses in the Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco Art Institute, in professional schools offering work at the graduate level only, or over non-degree courses in the University Extension. No change in the curriculum of a college or professional school shall be made by the Academic Senate until such change shall have been submitted to the formal consideration of the Faculty concerned. (c) The Academic Senate shall determine the membership of the several faculties and councils, subject to the provisions of Standing Order 105.1(c), except the facilities of Hastings College of the Law, and San Francisco Art Institute, provided that the several departments of the University, with the approval of the President, shall determine their own form of administrative organization, and all Professors, Associate Professors, Acting Professors, Acting Associate Professors, and Assistant Professors, and all Instructors of at least two (2) years' service shall have the right to vote in department meetings. (d) The Academic Senate is authorized to select a committee or committees to advise a Chancellor concerning a campus budget and to select a committee or committees to advise the President concerning the University budget. (e) The Academic Senate shall have the right to lay before the Board, but only through the President, its views on any matter pertaining to the conduct and welfare of the University. (f) The Academic Senate is authorized to advise the President and the Chancellors concerning the administration of the libraries of the University. (g) The Academic Senate is authorized to select a committee or committees to approve the publication of manuscripts by the University of California Press.

Faculty Code of Conduct

I. Bylaws set forth the membership, authority and organization of the Senate, and the Regulations codify the requirements for admission, degrees and courses and curricula.

II. Definitions. The following definitions apply to all matters within the jurisdiction of the Riverside Division:

  1. Bylaws: The term bylaws denotes statements which define the source of authority, membership, powers, duties and organization fo the Academic Senate, the Division and its various agencies. In essence they are a constitution for the Senate and its component parts and express the philosophy and purpose of academic self-government and participation by the faculty in the administration of the University as stipulated in the Standing Orders of the Regents.
  2. Regulations: The term regulation denotes statements implementing the application of the Bylaws to such University matters as admission and degree requirements and the authorization and supervision of courses with the jurisdiction of the Academic Senate Bylaws or Regulations.
  3. Legislation: The term legislation denotes Bylaws and Regulations of a Senate agency.