Article IV: Faculty Committees

section 1: definitions and general procedures

  1. Committees are creations of and totally responsible to the body which creates them.
  2. All committees and boards will hold an initial meeting during the first 60 days of the fall semester.
  3. All committees and boards will submit to the Faculty Senate, one month prior to the end of the academic year, a one page summary reporting the activities of the past year.
  4. The Appointments and Elections Committee will recommend for Faculty Senate approval faculty with at least a 50% appointment to serve on committees and boards. Students and academic staff representatives will be chosen in a manner determined by the Student Senate and Academic Staff Senate respectively.
  5. The chair and vice-chair of a committee or board shall be faculty members with at least one year of experience on the particular committee or board, and the Appointments and Elections e. Committee will recommend a committee member to convene the committee or board for its first meeting and shall report the results of this election to the Faculty Senate chair. The committee or board shall elect yearly a chair and vice-chair from its membership. A committee or board member may serve as chair for at most three consecutive years.
  6. Each committee member, unless designated as non-voting, shall be eligible to vote. All ex- officio committee members are non-voting unless otherwise indicated. A voting member who will be absent from a meeting may select a proxy from the eligible faculty or academic staff with advance written notice to the committee chair. This substitute, if approved by the committee by majority vote at a meeting, will be allowed to vote at that meeting. The substitution shall be announced at the beginning of the meeting.
  7. Faculty committees and boards will report and make recommendations to the Faculty Senate.

section 2: research and ethics committee

  1. Responsibilities
    1. Encourages the development of faculty research proposals.
    2. Encourages university personnel (faculty, academic staff, students) to initiate institutional research projects which involve the collection, evaluation, and dissemination of facts and figures which will aid in making decisions to help the university fulfill its missions.
    3. Serves as an advisory and resource body in conjunction with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, to assist university personnel in submitting research proposals for projects which request funding.
    4. Recommends research proposals for funding on the state or local level.
    5. Develops policies and procedures to implement UWS 8 and UWS 21.
    6. Serves as a consultative body to unclassified employees of UW-Platteville on
      subjects related to UWS 8.
  2. Membership
    • ​Minimum of six faculty with representation from each college
    • Two academic staff representative
    • Two students
    • Ex-Officio: (non voting) Director of Research and Sponsored Programs

section 3: admissions and academic appeals committee

  1. Responsibilities
    Informs the Provost, the Registrar, and the Director of Admissions and Enrollment Services after:
    1. taking action on unusual cases of admission which are questionable for academic or other reasons;
    2. hearing appeals from students who question or want clarification on their admission or scholastic probationary status, or grades given by a faculty member;
    3. reviewing applications for credit overloads by students;
    4. hearing appeals from students who believe that they have extenuating circumstances and therefore are requesting a waiver of an excess credit surcharge. (All resident undergraduates who have accumulated 165 credits or 30 credits more than their degree requires for completion of the degree, whichever is greater, will be charged a surcharge equal to 100% of the regular resident tuition, on credits beyond that level).
  2. Membership
    • Minimum of sixteen faculty with at least four from each college.
    • Ex-Officio (voting):
      • Coordinator of Advising and Career Exploration Services
      • Director of the Engineering Advising Office
      • Director of Multicultural Educational Resource Center
      • Director of Student Support Services
    • Ex-Officio (non-voting):
      • Registrar
      • Director of Admission and Enrollment Services

section 4: academic standards committee

  1. Responsibilities
    1. Reviews the admission standards, observes trends, and reports to the Faculty Senate any recommendations based on curriculum and program analysis with respect to the mission of the university, and with respect to attrition.
    2. On a rotating basis, systematically reviews courses that satisfy general education requirements to assure these courses are meeting the overall goals set forth in the General Education Plan and reports its recommendations to the UUCC.
  2. Membership
    • Nine faculty, three elected by each college, serving three-year staggered terms
    • Ex-Officio (non-voting): Director of General Education
    • Director of Admission and Enrollment Services
    • Associate Vice Chancellor

section 5: student discipline appeal tribunal

  1. Responsibilities
    1. Considers student appeals of decisions rendered by the Student Discipline Committee.
    2. Submits, as a recommendation to the Chancellor, a decision concerning the appeal.
    3. An appeal tribunal will be created by the Faculty Senate upon appeal to the Secretary of the Faculty Senate by a defendant in an action of the Student Discipline Committee.
  2. Membership
    • Three faculty members, none of whom may be on the Student Discipline Committee.
    • Two student members, none of whom may be on the Student Discipline Committee.

section 6: appointments and elections committee

  1. Responsibilities
    1. Recommends to the Faculty Senate faculty members to serve on faculty committees, student faculty committees, and boards.
    2. Recommends to the Faculty Senate the functions to be assumed by faculty committees, student faculty committees, and boards.
    3. Periodically evaluates all faculty committees, student faculty committees, and boards, and recommends to the Faculty Senate the retention and deletion of such committees and boards. Supervises all faculty elections to boards and committees, commissions and councils.
    4. Informs faculty of council, commission, senate and committee membership within the first week of the fall semester. Unless already determined, designates a faculty member from each council and commission to convene the initial meeting of the fall semester.
  2. Membership
    • Maximum of twelve faculty with at least three representatives from each college and one from the library and at most five total from any given college.

section 7: student discipline committee

  1. Responsibilities
    1. Clarifies and develops procedures for implementing the policies of the Board of Regents and of the university regarding student conduct.
    2. Hears charges brought against students and student organizations, together with other relevant facts, in order to come to a just and equitable recommendation as to action required.
    3. Delegates to the Assistant Chancellor for Student Affairs the responsibility for administration of the corrective measures decided upon.
  2. Membership
    • Six faculty, none of whom may be on the Student Discipline Appeals Tribunal, with two from each college.
    • Three students, none of whom may be on the Student Discipline Appeals Tribunal, with one from each college.
  3. Appeals
    • Appeals by a defendant of a decision rendered by the Student Discipline Committee must be made to the Secretary of the Faculty Senate, at which time a Student Discipline Appeal Tribunal will be created.

section 8: inter-senate advisory committee

  1. Responsibilities
    1. Confers or meets as often as necessary to coordinate agenda items among the Faculty Senate, Academic Staff Senate and Student Senate. Members will communicate items of mutual concern from their senate and will transmit requests for representative input from their senate.
  2. Membership
    • The vice chair and one additional member from the Faculty Senate, Academic Staff Senate, and Student Senate.

section 9: improvement of learning committee

  1. Responsibilities
    1. Serves as a forum for the discussion of educational ideas and issues.
    2. Encourages faculty and instructional academic staff members to evaluate and improve their teaching.
    3. Serves as a source of information on improvement of learning.
    4. Communicates suggestions for better learning procedures to faculty and students.
    5. Serves as the advisory board to the Teaching and Learning Center.
    6. Serves as the campus faculty review body for proposals such as teaching improvement grants; sabbaticals; and faculty, college, and other appropriate teaching improvement conferences.
  2. Membership
    • Comprised of a total of sixteen faculty members, with a minimum of four from each college.
    • Each college may substitute one instructional academic staff representative for one faculty member.
    • One instructional academic staff representative.
    • The director of the Teaching and Learning Center, the director of First Year Experience, a representative of the Assessment of Learning Outcomes office, and both Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID), UW System, campus representatives.
    • One student.
    • Ex-Officio (non-voting): Provost or designee.

section 10: bylaws committee

  1. Responsibilities
    1. Conducts an ongoing and systematic review of the Faculty Bylaws, and makes recommendations for changes to the Faculty Senate.
  2. Membership
    • Six faculty, two from each college.
    • One library representative.

section 11: university international education committee

  1. Function
    1. The purpose of the University International Education Committee (UIEC) shall be to foster international education on the University of Wisconsin-Platteville campus by serving as an advisory committee and advocate, especially in matters related to curriculum.
  2. Responsibilities
    1. Facilitate and assist faculty in internationalizing the curriculum.
    2. Serve as an advisory committee on international education initiatives, including the international studies major and minor.
    3. Inform faculty about University of Wisconsin-Platteville's international initiatives for graduate and undergraduate students.
    4. Facilitate faculty experience abroad by providing information on current initiatives and through the development of new opportunities.
    5. Provide a venue for sharing international information, understanding, and knowledge across campus.
  3. Membership
    • Six faculty, two from each college, elected by the college to three-year, non-consecutive terms, with at least some of the terms staggered to ensure continuity.
    • Voting:
      • Representative from the University Undergraduate Curriculum Commission
      • One Instructional Academic Staff Member
      • One student (one-year term, appointed by the Student Senate)
    • Ex-officio (non-voting):
      • Director of International Programs
      • Director of the Teaching and Learning Center
      • Advisor(s) to the International Studies major and minor

section 12: university promotion committee (UPC)

  1. Function
    1. The UPC shall review and act upon the department salary and promotion committee’s evaluations and recommendations concerning rank.
  2. Responsibilities
    1. The UPC will require supporting information from the department salary and promotion committee, and, if the department chair’s evaluation and/or recommendation differs from that of the department salary and promotion committee, it will consider both. In making its own recommendations, the UPC will take into account the same criteria and standards incumbent upon the department salary and promotion committee. The chair of the committee will forward the UPC’s recommendations concerning rank to the chancellor.
  3. Membership
    1. The UPC is comprised of six voting members (two faculty members per college). All faculty members must hold the rank of full professor. Members of the department salary and promotion committees are not eligible to serve on the UPC. Terms of service for the faculty members on the UPC will be three years, with two faculty members being replaced each year. In any given year, two colleges will nominate three full professors from their respective college faculty to a university ballot (six names on the ballot). All tenured and probationary faculty will have the right to vote to select two members of the UPC. Voting members may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms. The provost serves as chair (non-voting) of the UPC.

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