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BY-LAW VII. Committees


Item a. General Provisions with Respect to Committees of the Faculty Senate.


  1. The chair of each standing and ad hoc committee of the Faculty Senate, if a member of the University Faculty and not otherwise a member of the Faculty Senate, shall be a voting member of the Faculty Senate for the duration of the term of office, as provided in the Constitution, Article V, Section C.

  2. The term of membership of all newly elected members of standing committees shall begin on the day following Commencement Day each year.

  3. Any standing committee of the Faculty Senate may establish subcommittees and appoint members of such subcommittees. The establishment of any standing subcommittee shall be subject to approval by the Faculty Senate, with the exception of standing subcommittees of the Committee on Undergraduate Education. The membership of any subcommittee need not be confined to members of the parent committee.

  4. With respect to standing committees with overlapping terms of membership, the respective terms of individual members comprising the initial membership of such committees shall be determined by lot.

Item b. Executive Committee.


The membership and functions of the Executive Committee shall be as provided in the Constitution, Article VI, Section A, excepting that, in addition to the functions therein specified, the Executive Committee shall also assume the following responsibilities:


  1. Each year the Executive Committee, in consultation with the Secretary, shall determine the dates of regular meetings of the Faculty Senate as specified in By-law III, Item a.

  2. The Executive Committee shall select the chair of each standing and ad hoc committee from among the faculty members of each respective committee.

  3. Upon request by the chair of any standing committee, the Executive Committee shall submit to that standing committee a written statement clarifying the responsibilities of the standing committee, subject to the provisions of the Constitution and of these By-laws; and the Executive Committee may submit such a statement to any standing committee on its own initiative.

  4. The Executive Committee shall be responsible for identifying existing or emerging issues affecting the nature and scholarly effectiveness of the University, including all proposed changes in the organizational structure of the University falling within the scope of Article III, Section B, and Article V, Section A, Paragraph 2, of the Constitution of the University Faculty. The Executive Committee shall take suitable and timely action with respect to all such issues, including, as appropriate, their placement on the agenda of the Faculty Senate.

  5. Since each elected faculty member on the Executive Committee serves ex officio on his or her constituent faculty executive committee, as provided in the Constitution Article VI, Sec. A, Par. 1, he or she should report to the Faculty Senate Executive Committee at least once during the year about issues affecting his or her constituent faculty.

  6. The Executive Committee should hear reports from the standing committees at least once a year, preferably in the middle of the academic year.

The Executive Committee shall take the initiative in periodically exploring with the President plans and projects affecting the Faculty and the University and shall assume full responsibility for bringing to the attention of the Faculty Senate all issues which, in the Committee's judgment, affect the vital interests of the Faculty and involve the nature and direction of the University.


Item c. Nominating Committee.


The membership and functions of the Nominating Committee shall be as provided in the Constitution, Article VI, Section B, subject, however, to the following provisions:


  1. Pursuant to the Constitution, Article VI, Section B, the annual designation of members of the Nominating Committee for the following year shall be made not later than May 1; and the term of membership on the Nominating Committee shall begin on the day following Commencement Day.

  2. Each year, the Nominating Committee shall submit to the Faculty Senate nominations for membership in standing committees for the following year not later than April 1; and the term of membership of all elected members of standing committees shall begin on the day following Commencement Day.

  3. In the selection of nominees for membership on each standing committee of the Faculty Senate, the Nominating Committee shall consult with the incumbent Chair of the committee for which nominees are being selected.

Item d. Finance Committee.


  1. The membership and functions of the Faculty Senate Finance Committee (FSFC) shall be as provided in the Constitution, Article VI, Section C.

  2. The Chair of the FSFC shall request the President to designate a deputy to sit with the Committee regularly and participate in its deliberations. In fulfillment of the functions of the FSFC specified in the Constitution, Article VI, Section C, Paragraph 3, the FSFC may request the President, or such deputy as the President may designate, to report directly to the Faculty Senate with respect to budgetary matters.

  3. An elected faculty member of the FSFC may serve for a maximum of two immediately successive three-year terms and thereafter shall be eligible for re-election to the Committee only after the lapse of at least one year following the expiration of a continuous six-year period of service.

Item e. Committee on Faculty Personnel.


  1. The Committee on Faculty Personnel shall consist of a deputy designated by the President, a member of the Committee on Faculty Compensation elected by that committee to serve ex officio, the Faculty Diversity Officer to serve ex officio,and nine voting members of the University Faculty elected by the Faculty Senate. The term of membership on the Committee on Faculty Personnel shall be three years; three members shall be elected each year. Each elected member shall be eligible for re-election only after the lapse of at least one year following the expiration of two consecutive three-year terms of membership.

  2. The Committee on Faculty Personnel shall review faculty personnel policies and procedures, including those having to do with appointment, reappointment, promotion, tenure, and retirement and shall recommend to the Faculty Senate as to desirable changes in these policies and procedures.

  3. At least once during each academic year, the Committee on Faculty Personnel, or one of its subcommittees, shall discuss with the Provost or Dean of each constituent faculty the personnel policies and procedures of that faculty. Each year the Committee shall request of the chief academic officer of the University a report on personnel actions in the categories designated in Paragraph (2) of this item.

Item f. Committee on Research.


  1. The Committee on Research shall consist of the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, ex officio, the Associate Vice President for Research, ex officio, nine voting members of the University Faculty elected by the Faculty Senate, three student members elected by the Graduate Student Senate, and one postdoctoral scholar/fellow elected by the Post Doctoral Researchers Association. The term of membership on the Committee on Research shall be three years for faculty members and one year for student and postdoctoral scholar/fellow members. Each elected faculty member shall be eligible for re-election only after the lapse of at least one year following the expiration of two consecutive three year terms of membership. The terms of student and postdoctoral scholar/fellow members shall begin immediately upon their election to the Committee at the first regular meeting of the Faculty Senate subsequent to Commencement each year. Student and postdoctoral scholar/fellowmembers shall be eligible for re-election annually.

  2. No more than two of the nine faculty members of the Committee on Research shall be chosen from any one constituent faculty.

  3. The Committee on Research shall participate in the initiation and formulation of University policies bearing directly on academic research encompassing all disciplines and shall direct such participation towards facilitation of the performance of high quality research. The Committee shall devote special attention to the policies and regulations deriving from sponsoring agencies providing funding from sources outside the University and shall direct its attention to the maintenance of a proper balance between the recognition and fulfillment of obligations assumed in the acceptance of outside funding and the retention of academic freedom in the pursuit of appropriate research initiatives.

  4. The Committee on Research shall monitor the implementation of existing research policy to determine status and adequacy. Categories of interest to the Committee shall include, but not be limited to, research involving human subjects, animal experimentation, inventions and patents, copyrights, computer resources, and biohazards. The Committee shall request regular annual reports from such administrative committees as specifically deal with these and other categories within the Committee's purview and shall maintain accurate and timely information with respect to these categories. The Committee shall participate in an advisory capacity in the selection of qualified members to serve on either faculty or administrative committees dealing with the research-related categories within its purview.

Item g. Committee on Graduate Studies.


  1. Membership and terms of service of the Committee on Graduate Studies shall be as provided in the Constitution, Article VI, Section D, providing, however, that each elected faculty member of the Committee shall be eligible for re-election only after the lapse of at least one year following the expiration of two consecutive three-year terms of membership. The terms of graduate student members shall begin immediately upon their election to committee membership at the first regular meeting of the Faculty Senate subsequent to Commencement each year. Graduate student members shall be eligible for re-election annually.

  2. No more than two of the nine faculty members of the Committee on Graduate Studies shall be chosen from any one constituent faculty.

Item h. Committee on Faculty Compensation.


  1. The Committee on Faculty Compensation shall consist of the Chief Finance and Administrative Officer or a designated deputy, the Provost or a designated deputy, and nine voting members of the University Faculty elected by the Faculty Senate. The term of membership on the Committee on Faculty Compensation shall be three years; three members shall be elected each year. Each elected faculty member of the Committee shall be eligible for re-election only after the lapse of at least one year following the expiration of two consecutive three-year terms of membership. The Chair of the Committee on Faculty Compensation shall serve ex officio as a member of the Budget Committee, and one faculty member from the Committee on Faculty Compensation shall be elected by the Committee to serve ex officio on the Committee on Faculty Personnel. These two members of the Committee on Faculty Compensation shall bring to the attention of the Budget Committee and the Committee on Faculty Personnel developments concerning faculty salaries and fringe benefits.

  2. The Committee on Faculty Compensation shall consult with and advise the university administration and Board of Trustees on the formation and review of university policies and procedures concerning faculty salaries and fringe benefits. The responsibilities of the committee shall include: consultation with the university administration regarding fringe benefits and the annual allocation of funds available for faculty salaries and raises, an annual review of the guidelines and policies for faculty compensation for each school and college considering issues of comparability in policies across units, review of the implementation of those guidelines and policies at each school and college, competitive analyses of faculty salaries and fringe benefits in peer universities nationwide, the effect of current salaries and fringe benefits on the ability of the university to attract and retain top faculty, and other matters of policy and equity brought to its attention by the faculty or administration. The faculty members of the Committee on Faculty Compensation shall serve as the faculty representatives on any university committee on faculty fringe benefits or compensation.

  3. The faculty members of the Committee on Faculty Compensation shall report to the Faculty Senate on its activities at least once during each semester of the academic year.

Item i. Committee on the University Libraries.


  1. The Committee on the University Libraries shall consist of the Vice President for Information Technology Services, the University Librarian, the Director of the Cleveland Health Sciences Library, the Director of the Library of the School of Law, and Director of the Library of the Mandel School for Applied Social Sciences, ex officiis; three members from the faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences; one member each from the faculties of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, The Case School of Engineering, the School of Law, and the Weatherhead School of Management; one each from the faculties of the schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine, and Nursing; and one undergraduate student elected by the Undergraduate Student Government, one graduate student elected by the Graduate Student Senate, and one postdoctoral scholar/fellow elected by the Post Doctoral Researchers Association. The nine faculty members shall be elected by the Faculty Senate. The term of membership for faculty on the Committee on the University Libraries shall be three years; three members shall be elected each year. Each elected faculty member of the Committee shall be eligible for re-election only after the lapse of at least one year following the expiration of two consecutive three-year terms of membership. The term of membership for student and postdoctoral scholar/fellow members shall be one year, beginning immediately upon their election to the Committee at the first regular meeting of the Faculty Senate subsequent to Commencement each year. Student and postdoctoral scholar/fellow members shall be eligible for re-election annually. The Chair or the designee of the Committee on Information & Communication Technology shall sit ex officio on the Committee on University Libraries, and the Chair or the designee of the Committee on University Libraries shall sit ex officio on the Committee on Information & Communication Technology.

  2. The Committee on the University Libraries shall advise the University Librarian and the University administration on policies and procedures relating to the operations, facilities, and budget of the University Libraries. The Committee shall report regularly to the Senate, with recommendations as appropriate.

Item j. Committee on Information & Communication Technology.


  1. The Committee on Information & Communication Technology shall consist of the Provost or designated deputy, the Vice President for Information Technology Services, the University Librarian, and the chair of the Council of Technology Officers, ex officio; nine voting members of the University Faculty elected by the Faculty Senate, no more than two from each constituent faculty; and one undergraduate student elected by the Undergraduate Student Government, one graduate student elected by the Graduate Student Senate, and one postdoctoral scholar/fellow elected by the Post Doctoral Researcher Association. The term of membership for faculty on the Committee on Information & Communication Technology shall be three years; three members shall be elected each year. Each elected faculty member of the Committee shall be eligible for re-election only after the lapse of at least one year following the expiration of two consecutive three-year terms of membership. The term of membership for student and postdoctoral scholar/fellow members shall be one year, beginning immediately upon their election to the Committee at the first regular meeting of the Faculty Senate subsequent to Commencement each year. Student and postdoctoral scholar/fellow members shall be eligible for re-election annually. The Chair or the designee of the Committee on University Libraries shall sit ex officio on the Committee on Information & Communication Technology; and the Chair or the designee of the Committee on Information & Communication Technology shall sit ex officio on the Committee on University Libraries.

  2. The Faculty Senate Committee on Information and Communication Technology (FSCICT) shall advise the Vice President for Information Technology Services and the Executive Technology Steering Committee on policies, strategies and practices that promote the effective use and management of information and communication technologies (ICT) to support the University's academic and administrative missions.

    The committee shall:

    a) Establish priorities related to ICT policies and strategies on the campus;
    b) Review and provide input annually on the operations and budget of Information Technology Services;
    c) Advise, consult and help develop guidelines and policies on how to organize and govern information and communication-related services, and how to develop, select and budget for ICT within University Information Technology Services and other technology organizations within the university.

    The Committee shall review the information technology and telecommunications infrastructures for teaching, research, and service; collaboration technologies; and administrative systems, especially those related to the academic advising and research administration.

  3. The Committee shall report to the Faculty Senate at least once each year.

Item k. Committee on Women Faculty.


  1. The committee shall consist of nine faculty members elected by the Faculty Senate. No more than two members shall be from any one constituent faculty. Each member shall be eligible for election only after the lapse of at least one year following the expiration of two consecutive three-year terms of membership. The committee shall have as ex officio members the provost or a designee, the director of the Center for Women, the chairs of the Minority Affairs Committee, Women Faculty of the School of Medicine, and the University Advisory Council on Women or their designees, and others as shall be determined by the elected members of the committee.

  2. The Faculty Senate Executive Committee shall appoint a chair of the Committee on Women Faculty.

  3. The committee shall: participate in the initiation and formulation of university policies and procedures bearing on recruitment, retention, promotion, compensation, and quality of life of women faculty; monitor issues bearing on these matters; and make recommendations to the Faculty Senate as to desirable changes in these policies and procedures.

  4. The committee shall report to the Faculty Senate at least once during each academic year.

Item l. Committee on Minority Affairs.


  1. The Committee on Minority Affairs shall be composed of six faculty members elected by the Faculty Senate for three-year overlapping terms, one graduate student elected by the Graduate Student Senate, one undergraduate student elected by the Undergraduate Student Government, one postdoctoral scholar/fellow elected by Post-Doctoral Researchers Association, and two ex officio administrative officers involved with issues of diversity appointed by the provost. In addition, there shall be ad hoc members appointed annually by the Chair with the advice of the Committee. Each elected faculty member of the committee shall be eligible for re-election only after the lapse of at least one year following the expiration of two consecutive three-year terms of membership. The term of membership for student and postdoctoral scholar/fellow members shall be one year, beginning immediately upon their appointment to the Committee at the first regular meeting of the Faculty Senate subsequent to Commencement each year. Student and postdoctoral scholar/fellow members shall be eligible for re-appointment annually.

  2. The Executive Committee shall appoint the Chair of the Committee on Minority Affairs from among the faculty members of that Committee.

  3. The charge to the Committee shall be to act in an oversight and advisory capacity and monitor matters concerning minority affairs by bringing suggestions and strategic plans to the Faculty Senate about teaching, research, and the quality of academic life at Case so that all minorities will feel this university is a powerful place to live, work, learn, and teach.

  4. The Committee shall report to the Faculty Senate at least once during each academic year.

Item m. Committee on By-Laws.


  1. The Committee on By-Laws shall consist of six voting members of the University Faculty, elected by the Faculty Senate, with no more than two from a constituent faculty. The term of membership on the Committee on By-Laws shall be three years. Members of the committee are eligible for reelection immediately upon completion of their term.

  2. The Committee on By-Laws shall review and advise the Faculty Senate with respect to:

    1. the rules and regulations governing the conduct and procedures of the Faculty Senate in the performance of its duties, as authorized and directed by the Constitution;

    2. all proposed amendments to the Constitution of the University Faculty;

    3. all proposed amendments to the By-Laws of the University Faculty;

    4. all proposed amendments to the By-Laws of a constituent faculty, as mandated by Article VII, Sec. A., Par. 2 of the Constitution; and

    5. The Committee on By-Laws shall take into account in its review the internal consistency of each set of By-Laws, as well as the consistency of the By-Laws with other sets of By-Laws and the Faculty Handbook. The committee shall also ensure that By-Laws provide for decision-making processes which are essentially democratic, as specified in Article VI, Sec. A., Par. 4 and Sec. D., Par. 6.

  3. At least once every five years, the Committee on By-Laws shall carry out a review of the Constitution of the University Faculty, as mandated by Article IX, Par. 2 of the Constitution. The Committee shall also review the By-Laws of the Faculty Senate at that time.

Item n. Additional Committees.


The Faculty Senate may create additional standing committees, ad hoc committees, and multipartite committees and commissions.