The authority for Faculty By-laws is found in Article VI, Section A, Items 3 and 4 of the Constitution of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Faculty (revised and approved Fall, 1974).
Committees are responsible to the Chancellor through the Faculty Senate unless directed to report elsewhere at the time of establishment. In their consideration of policies, problems, and programs, committees shall seek information from and the counsel of the Chancellor, faculty, and students.
Committees should keep appropriate groups and individuals (especially the Chancellor) informed of their activities and progress.
Committees, when necessary and appropriate, may establish ad hoc task forces to study specific problems and recommend action to the sponsoring committee.
Committees shall meet at least once per academic term.
Committee chairs shall arrange meeting times which allow faculty, staff, and student committee members to attend the meeting.
Committee chairs will arrange for all interested faculty, staff, and students to present views and opinions on all issues being considered.
Committees shall provide the Chancellor, the Chair and the Secretary of the Faculty Senate, and the President and Secretary of the Student Senate with minutes of each meeting. These minutes, unless otherwise designated in the description of the committee, shall be available on line to the faculty. After three years, minutes will be electronically archived.
Formal recommendations from committees should be prepared in triplicate, one copy each going to the Chancellor, the Faculty Senate, and the Student Senate. Upon receipt of a committee recommendation, the Faculty Senate may follow any one of three courses of action: it may (1) accept the recommendation without change or (2) accept it with modification, whereupon the committee recommendation becomes a faculty recommendation and is forwarded to the Chancellor for approval or veto, or it may (3) reject a committee recommendation.
Committees may ask, through the Senate or the Chancellor, that an issue be placed on the agenda for a faculty meeting. Such a request may grow out of the need for general discussion or information, or out of dissatisfaction with the action taken by the Senate or the Chancellor. Each committee shall prepare a written report to the faculty at least once a year, citing its activities, concerns, and accomplishments for that year. This report shall be submitted to the Secretary and the Chair of the Faculty Senate and to the Chancellor of the University.
Committees shall also provide interim reports when requested to do so.
Wherever practicable, committee membership shall include representation from each of the voting divisions of the faculty. Membership on the Senate shall not be a prerequisite for membership on a faculty committee. In cases where the business of a committee involves matters that are of interest and importance to students, there shall also be student membership on the faculty committee.
The Senate's Executive Committee will receive from the faculty its preferences as to committee appointments and will present to the Senate a list of nominees for existing vacancies. The Senate may propose alternative names or simply approve the Committee's slate. Final appointments to and removal from standing committees are, unless otherwise specified, made by the Faculty Senate with final approval by the Chancellor.
Unless otherwise specified within a committee’s description, the following appointment processes shall be used [FS 06/07 #68]:
The Chair of each committee will be designated annually by the Faculty Senate and shall preferably be a retained member of the committee and appointed by the same process as committee members.
Term of membership is provided for in the definition of each committee (see Article III, Bylaws); however, membership terms will be staggered so that each committee will be comprised of retained and new appointees. (Initial length of term will be determined by committee lot.) It is the intention that appointments to committees be rotated as much as possible.
A committee member who is unable to attend committee meetings may appoint a proxy for a period of time not to exceed one semester, subject to the committee's acceptance of that proxy.
a. to establish the goals and objectives of the undergraduate curriculum of the University
b. to establish the goals and objectives of the graduate curriculum of the University in consultation with the Graduate Studies Curriculum Committee
c. to examine and evaluate the overall curriculum of the University for possible improvements, to recommend revisions, and to initiate suggestions for study and action
d. to examine and recommend to the Faculty Senate proposals for new graduate degree and certificate programs, undergraduate minors and majors, education-abroad programs and any other new academic programs. The committee will review proposals based upon their quility and the degree to which they are aligned with the strategic planning goals of the university and colleges. An academic program is defined as an organized group of college-level, credit-bearing courses, and their related experiences, designed to be used within the fulfilment of a degree or certificate. Examples include but are not limited to majors, minors, emphases, certificates, SAE, ITC, WIS, General Education, Liberal Arts, and Foundation Courses in Agriculture. Graduate programs will be forwarded to the Academic Program and Policy Committee by the Graduate Studies Curriculum Committee. [FS 03/04 #21, FS 07/08 #20] [FS 11/12 #109]
e. to examine and promote the development of new, experimental, and innovative curricular programs and offerings at both the graduate and undergraduate level
f. to examine and recommend to the Faculty Senate proposals for substantial changes in graduate degrees and certificate programs and undergraduate majors and submajors
g. if the committee rejects a proposal for a new program from a department or the Graduate Studies Curriculum committee, that body may request a vote on the proposal by the Faculty Senate. If the Faculty Senate rejects the proposal, the Senate will supply the department or Graduate Studies Curriculum Committee with a summary
h. to approve the plan for assessment of General Education submitted by the Assessment Committee. The Assessment Committee will assess General Education every ten years in conjunction with and prior to the campus visit by the re-accreditation team of the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
i. to approve new or revised course designators
This committee is established under the requirements of Regent Policy Document 17-4 (former 75-5) that requires, in part, that each UW institution “establish and maintain an affirmative action committee (or committees, as appropriate) composed of faculty, academic staff, classified employees, and students to advise the administration on affirmative action needs and concerns, and to assist affirmative action directors in designing and implementing programs.”
Curriculum Committee – See Section T, University Curriculum Committee
This committee is established under the requirements of Regent Policy Document 14-10 (former 96-6), Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability, which requires that each UW institution establish an advisory committee to, “provide information and recommendations responsive to the needs and concerns of individuals with disabilities.”
The Technology Council is the primary advisory and decision- making group for information and--instructional technology at UW-River Falls. The responsibilities of this committee are divided into three broad areas described below, each having a designated faculty lead and Division of Technology Services manager(s) who will coordinate efforts along with the chair.
When an issue comes before the Technology Council that is under the purview of a shared governance body, Technology Council will vote and make a recommendation to the appropriate governance group.
III - Section O: I – Instructional and Learning Technology Lead Issues
For issues that the Technology Council decided need more intensely focused attention, the primary responsibilities of the Instructional and Learning Technology Lead include issues related to instructional and learning technologies that fall within the purview of faculty governance. The Instructional and Learning Technology Lead will return all such shared governance issues to the Technology Council for further action and consideration.
III - Section O: II – Technology Services Lead Issues
Purpose: The Sustainability Working Group (SWG) is the primary group for promoting and coordinating sustainability values, principles, and practices at UW-River Falls. UWRF defines sustainability as our local and global responsibility to meet the needs of present and future generations, as demonstrated by an integrated set of ecologic, social, and economic values, principles, and practices that frame how we think, choose, and act in personal, professional, and community life. UWRF defines Sustainability Research as research, scholarly, and creative activity, that examines, documents, and portrays the breadth and depth of basic and applied contexts of UWRF's definition of Sustainability. [FS 11/12 #115] SWG addresses the planning, design, implementation, and assessment of sustainable campus community programs and policies as well as documentation, such as the Sustainability Tracking and Rating System (STARS), the Climate Action Plan (CAP), and the Sustainable Campus Community Plan (SCCP). SWG is a conduit through which the campus community can recommend curricular, co-curricular, operational, financial, and other sustainable campus initiatives and policies to the appropriate faculty, student, and/or administrative governance or operational units.
Structure & Function: The SWG will consist of 11 voting members (noted below) and be chaired by a qualifying member as noted under Term Limits. There will be one ex officio, non-voting member from the River Falls community. The SWG will have no standing sub-committees. However, it will augment non-voting members as needed to address the scope of sustainability goals and initiatives.
Members: 11 + 1
Director of Sustainability
Four faculty members: One representative from each college
One Instructional Academic Staff (Appointed by Faculty Senate)
Two students: Representing the broader university (Recommended by SWG and approved by Student Senate)
Student Affairs Representative
Diversity & Human Resources representative
Facilities Management representative
River Falls community representative (Ex officio, non-voting)
*Chair (Appointed by Faculty Senate)
• Faculty members are appointed by Faculty Senate on staggered terms of three (3) years.
• Chair should have at least one year of experience on the SWG prior to his/her one-year appointment.
• Instructional academic staff member is appointed by Faculty Senate each spring with option for re-appointment.
• Two students approved by Student Senate each spring for one-year term with option for re-appointment.
• All administrative staff or their designees are appointed or re-appointed annually at the pleasure of the Chancellor.
• River Falls community representative appointed at the pleasure of River Falls city government.
a) Facilitate the continual refinement of a holistic vision for UWRF as a premier sustainable campus community model that fully and systemically integrates inclusivity, global literacy, leadership, and sustainability as a culture of learning and living.
b) Recommend campus sustainability projects, monitor their progress, and submit budget requests on behalf of the entire campus for sustainability related projects and programs.
Recommendations requiring faculty governance decisions are forwarded to Faculty Senate. Recommendations requiring student governance decisions are forwarded to Student Senate. All other recommendations are forwarded to Faculty Senate for informational purposes prior to implementation.
Recommendations requiring administrative decisions are forwarded to the appropriate administrator.
The Chair will consult with governance groups and administration regarding shared governance issues as necessary.