Protocol for bringing a topic before the Faculty Senate
The following protocol was developed by the Faculty Senate Executive Committee in an attempt to guide faculty members on how to bring a topic to the full Senate. It is an attempt to formalize a process by which topics are placed on the Faculty Senate agenda, while allowing the duly elected members of the Executive Committee an opportunity to provide direction to those seeking resolution of a concern. It provides a means for faculty to ensure that their right to bring a topic before the Faculty Senate is not violated, yet it also allows the Executive Committee to inform the Faculty Senate about its view on the appropriateness of the Faculty Senate as a forum for said topic.
- A USFSM faculty member who wishes to bring a topic before the Faculty Senate (FS) should first bring the topic before the Faculty Senate Executive Committee (FSEC) and request that it be placed on the agenda for the next Faculty Senate meeting.
- To bring a topic before the FSEC, the faculty member must contact any member of the FSEC at least two days prior to the FESC meeting to indicate her/his intent.
- The FSEC member who has been informed of a faculty member’s intent to bring a topic before the FSEC must notify the FS President of the proposed agenda item prior to the FSEC meeting. If the FS President determines that additional information is needed, the faculty member will provide the FSEC with additional details (whether in person or in writing).
- FSEC will vote on whether to place the topic on the FS agenda. If requested by any FSEC member, the vote will be by secret ballot.
- Any topic that is denied by the FSEC will not be listed on the agenda but may still be brought by the faculty member before the FS during the “Other Business: Items previewed by FSEC” portion of the meeting.