VI. Committee on Governance


1.1:      GENERAL MISSION: The Committee on Governance provides a forum for faculty concerns, and makes recommendations, on issues regarding governance.


1.21:    The Committee may initiate, review and make recommendations on matters affecting governance policy and procedures within EHS.


2.1:      MEMBERSHIP: The membership of the Committee consists of one member from each of the college departments, chosen for staggered two-year terms according to each department's procedures.

2.2:      STUDENT MEMBERSHIP: When and if the Committee chooses, it may invite, either through election or appointment, student representation on the committee.

2.3:      ADMINISTRATIVE REPRESENTATION: The Dean or the Dean's designee serves as ex-officio, non-voting member of the Committee.

2.4:      CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE: The Chair of the Governance Committee is a faculty member elected from among that year's membership at the first regular meeting of the Committee in the fall term of each academic year.

2.5:      MEETINGS:

2.51:    REGULAR MEETING TIMES: The Governance Committee will establish its schedule of meetings at the first meeting of each semester. The Committee will meet a minimum of once each semester.

2.52:    SPECIAL SESSIONS: Special sessions of the Committee may be called by the Chair and the Dean's designee when important business necessitates.

2.53:    QUORUM: A quorum is a simple majority of the department representatives who are in attendance at a regularly scheduled meeting or a special session.

2.54:    AGENDA AND ORDER OF BUSINESS: The Dean's designee and the Chair, in consultation with Department representatives, will draft an agenda for an upcoming meeting and submit the agenda, minutes of previous meetings and all appendixes to the committee at least three (3) working days in advance of the meeting. The committee's order of business will be to proceed through the agenda as listed unless the order is altered by a motion and a majority vote to amend the order of business.

2.55:    PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURES: The Governance Committee will follow Robert's Rules of Order during all of its proceedings.

2.56:    VOTING: A majority vote consists of a simple majority by those present. When there is a tie vote, the Dean's designee may vote for the purpose of breaking the tie. Proxy voting will not be permitted on issues related to governance.

2.57:    MINORITY STATEMENTS: Any department representative(s) may request that the minutes show the basis for a minority opinion. This opinion will be so recorded with the understanding that the department representative and the final vote will not be identified.


3.1:      MINUTES: Minutes of each meeting of the Governance Committee will be taken by committee members on a rotating basis. The Dean's office provides essential secretarial assistance with the agenda, minutes, and the processing of documentation. These minutes will be distributed with the agenda according to section 2.34. The minutes will reflect motions recorded as passed or failed.

3.2:      REPORT TO DEPARTMENTS/ADVISORS/STUDENTS: Following Committee action on an item, the Chair will so inform the party/parties accordingly.

3.3:      REPORTS TO EHS FACULTY: The Governance Committee will file a written summary of its academic year's actions by May 15th of each year. This report will be submitted to the Dean's office for transmission to the EHS Faculty and others if so warranted. The Dean's Office is responsible for archiving these documents.

Last revised April 2008.