Weissman School of Arts and Sciences

The Bernard M. Baruch College of the City University of New York Faculty Bylaws of the Mildred and George Weissman School of Arts and Sciences 

Preamble

The School of Liberal Arts and Sciences shall consist of the following departments: Art; Black and Hispanic Studies; Education; English; Fine and Performing Arts; History; Mathematics; Modern Languages and Comparative Literature; Natural Sciences; Philosophy; Political Science; Psychology; Sociology and Anthropology; Speech, and such other liberal arts and science departments as may hereafter be created.

Article 1 - Membership

Section 1 - Membership. The voting Faculty of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences shall include:

(1) members of Faculty rank or status in the departments of the School;
(2) ten representatives elected at large for three-year terms from among those members of the School of Business who have Faculty rank or status and four representatives elected at large for three-year terms from among those members of the School of Public Affairs who have Faculty rank or status;
(3) College Laboratory Technicians who have been reappointed on an annual salary basis for a third year of continuous full-time service;
(4) the Dean, and Associate Dean(s) of the School;
(5) the Registrar or designee;
(6) four student representatives registered as majors in the School, each to be chosen annually in September by the appropriate student body.
Ex-officio members with voice but without vote shall include: the President, the Vice-Presidents, the Dean of Students, the full Deans of the other Schools of the College, the Chief Librarian, and such other administrative officers as may be designated by the President.

Additional members with voice but without vote shall include all part-time members of the Faculty.

The Faculty may, by resolution, add to its membership any person serving on the staff of the college, who, by reason of his or her educational responsibilities, may properly be admitted. Such an added member shall serve for a term of two years and be entitled to vote.

Article II - Organization and Procedure

Section 1 - Presiding Officer. The presiding officer of the Faculty shall be the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, or designee.

Section 2 - Secretary of the Faculty. There shall be a Secretary of the Faculty who shall be elected by the Faculty to serve for a term of three years. In addition to the usual duties of the office, the secretary shall supervise mail ballots, tally ballots, prepare minutes, and, in consultation with the Dean, prepare an agenda for each meeting of the Faculty.

Section 3 - Quorum. A quorum shall comprise one-third of the voting members of the Faculty. Voting faculty who are on any type of leave except administrative leave, or who are on jury duty, shall not be counted for purposes of determining a quorum, although they may attend meetings and vote if they so choose.

Section 4 - Parliamentary Rules. The presiding officer shall rule on questions of order according to parliamentary rules and usage, as set forth in the most recent edition of Robert's Rules of Order.

Article III - Regular Meetings

Section I - Regular Meetings. Regular meetings of the Faculty shall be held at least twice each semester. Notice of each regular meeting shall be sent to all members of the Faculty at least one week prior to the designated date. An agenda shall be sent to members at least three school days in advance of the meeting.

Section 2 - Order of Business. The order of business of regular meetings shall be as follows:

(1) Record of attendance or roll call;
(2) Approval of minutes for the previous meeting;
(3) Adoption of Agenda;
(4) Communications and announcements;
(5) Elections and nominations to committees;
(6) Recommendations for degrees and diplomas;
(7) Unfinished business;
(8) Reports of committees;
(9) New business; and
(10) Miscellaneous.

Section 3 - Suspension of Order of Business. The order of business at a regular meeting may be suspended by a majority vote of members present, a quorum then being present.

Section 4 - New Business. At a regular meeting, consideration of new business not specified in the proposed agenda for the meeting shall be postponed to the following meeting upon the objection of one-third of the members present, a quorum then being in attendance.

Section 5 - Committee Reports. Reports from committees shall be sent to the members of the Faculty at least three school days prior to the meeting at which action with respect thereto is proposed, such proposed action having been specified in the agenda.

Article IV - Special Meetings

Section I - Special Meetings. A special meeting of the Faculty may be called by the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In addition, a special meeting shall be called by the Dean upon receipt of a written request from ten percent of the Faculty or by the Executive Committee. Notice of each special meeting shall be sent to all members of the Faculty at least three school days in advance thereof. The object of such a meeting shall be stated in the notice, and no other business shall be transacted at the said special meeting, except by unanimous consent of the members present and voting, a quorum then being present.

Article V - The Executive Committee

In accordance with the provisions of the College Governance Charter, there shall be an Executive Committee, which shall advise the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences on all matters within the jurisdiction of the School Faculty. This Committee shall consist of no fewer than five members of the Faculty who shall be tenured full, associate, or assistant professors, or certificated lecturers, and one student registered as a major in the School. A majority shall be non-chairs of departments. Members shall serve for a term of two academic years, but no person shall be elected to more than two consecutive two-year terms. The number of members may not be changed during the biennial term of office for which a particular Executive Committee is elected. Initially, the members of the Executive Committee shall be nominated from the floor and elected at the meeting of the Faculty at which the revised Bylaws are adopted and shall serve until the end of the academic year. Thereafter, the Executive Committee shall be nominated and elected biennially at the final regular meeting of the academic year of the Faculty or at such other time as a vacancy on the Executive Committee may occur. The Committee shall elect from among its members a Chair, who shall consult regularly with the Dean, call meetings, and, in consultation with the Dean and the members of the Committee, prepare an agenda for each meeting of the Committee; and a Secretary who shall keep the minutes of each meeting. The four student representatives to the Faculty shall choose one of their number to be the student representative to the Committee.

The Executive Committee shall also serve as the Committee on Committees for the School Faculty and, as such, it is charged with submitting nominations to the Faculty, for election to the several faculties, bodies, and Committees as provided in the appropriate governance documents and bylaws and for the filling of vacancies from time to time, such Faculty or staff members as are believed to be best suited to carry out the functions of the respective bodies, faculties, and committees to which they are nominated. Elections to fill vacancies shall take place at the first regular or special meeting after the vacancy occurs. Nominations to be voted on by the Faculty of the School and sent on to the Faculty Senate for election to the School and College Academic Review Committees shall be made at the first meeting of the spring semester. In the event that a Faculty member who has been elected to a multiple year term is unable to serve for part of that term, the Executive Committee shall appoint a temporary replacement. The Committee shall not submit nominations for election to the Executive Committee, nor shall it nominate any member of the Faculty for election to more than one major or standing committee. In accordance with the provisions of the College Governance Charter and the General Faculty Bylaws, it shall nominate:

(1) The number of members to serve on the College Faculty Personnel and Budget Committee according to the following formula:
Each school shall elect one representative to the College Personnel and Budget Committee for every hundred faculty or part thereof, computed as one-half of the sum of full-time and full-time-equivalent faculty on October 15 of the fall preceding the election.
(2) the number of members allotted to the School by the College Faculty Senate and to be elected by it to the College and School Academic Review Committees;
(3) two members of Faculty rank to be elected to the College Committee on research.

It shall also nominate:

(1) nine members to be elected to serve on the School Committee on Undergraduate Curriculum;
(2) five members to be elected to serve on the School Committee on Academic Standing;
(3) ten members to be elected to serve as representatives to the School of Business
(4) four members to be elected to serve as representatives to the School of Public Affairs;
(5) one tenured Associate or Full Professor to be elected to serve on the Independent Units Personnel and Budget Committee; and
(6) two members to be elected to serve on the School Committee on Graduate Affairs.

The Committee shall report its own action to the School Faculty regularly or at least once each term and shall develop and supervise a mechanism whereby members elected to represent the Faculty outside the School shall report back to the Faculty orally or in writing at appropriate times or, at the least, annually at the final meeting of the Faculty of the academic year. The Committee shall regularly review the School's bylaws and make necessary recommendations for bylaws revision.

Article VI - Committees

Section 1 - Organization and Procedure of Committees. Every Committee of the Faculty shall be designated, in the motion creating it, as a Faculty Committee, a Staff Committee, or a Special Committee.

(a) Faculty Committees
A Faculty Committee, once created, shall be continued until abolished by resolution of the Faculty. The membership of a Faculty Committee shall be limited to members of the Faculty and such student representatives as may be specified.
(b) Staff Committees
A staff Committee, once created, shall be continued until abolished by resolution of the Faculty. The membership of a Staff Committee may include members of the Faculty, other members of the instructional and non-instructional staff of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and such student representatives as may be specified.
(c) Dean Search Committee
The School Dean Search Committee shall be appointed by the President after consultation with the Executive Committee of the School and the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate. At least one-third of the members of this Committee shall be faculty members of the School. In addition, the Committee shall include at least one student selected from the majors in the School by the Executive Committee in consultation with the student governments.
(d) Special Committees
A Special Committee shall continue until it has been discharged. Eligibility for membership on such committees shall be the same as for Staff Committees.

Section 2- General Provisions. Unless otherwise provided in the motion leading to the creation of a committee, members shall be elected by the Faculty following nomination by the Committee on Committees (the Executive Committee). A list of nominees for committee assignment shall be sent to the members of the Faculty at least three school days prior to the meeting at which election shall take place. The right to make additional nominations from the floor shall be preserved.

Members of each Faculty or Staff Committee for the following academic year shall be elected at the last regular meeting of each academic year, shall assume their duties immediately, and shall serve until the last regular meeting of the following academic year, and until their successors have been elected.

Members of each Special Committee shall serve until the Committee has been discharged. Each Faculty and Staff Committee shall keep minutes of its proceedings and, prior to the final meeting of the academic year of the Faculty, shall file an annual report of its activities and a precis, with the Secretary of the Faculty, which precis shall be sent to the Faculty with the agenda for this meeting. The Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences or designee, shall be, ex officio, a member of every committee. Any student representation on a committee shall be as provided in the resolution creating the committee.

Section 3 - Faculty Committee Functions and Membership

Faculty Committees

1. Committee on Faculty Personnel and Budget. This Committee shall consist of the Chairs of the departments of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Dean, who shall be a member, ex officio, without vote. The Committee shall elect from among its members a Chair, who shall consult regularly with the Dean, call meetings, and, in consultation with the Dean and the members of the Committee, prepare an agenda for each meeting of the Committee; and a Secretary who shall keep the minutes of each meeting.

The Function of this Committee shall be to make recommendations concerning matters of personnel and budget to the College Committee on Personnel and Budget. The chair of this committee shall be elected by the members and shall not serve for more than three consecutive one year terms.

2. Committee on Undergraduate Curriculum. This Committee is charged with the study of undergraduate courses, of admission requirements, and of graduation requirements of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. It may initiate proposals for changes therein. This Committee is also charged with the formulation of plans for the grouping of courses directed towards specialization in the chosen field and is empowered to approve proposed specialization groups submitted by students. A proposal initiated by a department or by a member of the Faculty shall be addressed to the Dean who shall refer it to this Committee. This Committee shall consist of:
(1) nine members of the Faculty of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, each from a different department, elected at large, including among those eligible faculty in Baruch College's Departments of Library and Student Development;
(2) one member each from the Faculties of the other Schools;
(3) two students registered as majors in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, to be chosen by the appropriate student body; and
(4) the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, ex officio, with vote, or the Dean's Designee.

A majority of elected members shall be non-chairs of departments. The Committee shall include the following non-voting members: the Vice President for Academic Affairs or designee, the Associate Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Registrar, the Chief Librarian or designee, and the Admissions Director. This Committee shall elect a Chair who will also be a voting member of the Joint Committee on Undergraduate Curriculum and Articulation of the General Faculty. It shall also elect one member of the Faculty of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences to be a voting member of the Joint Committee on Undergraduate Curriculum and Articulation. The Committee shall report its recommendations to the Faculty regularly or at least once each term.

3. Committee on Undergraduate Academic Standing. This Committee is charged with the responsibility to resolve all questions arising from the application to the cases of individual undergraduate students of the rules prescribed by the appropriate faculty bodies in such matters as grades, scholastic standing, credit load, and curriculum. This Committee is also vested with power to make exceptions thereto in proper cases.
Further, this Committee is charged with studying proposals for changes in the prescribed rules and with making recommendations with respect thereto to the Faculty. The Committee shall render a written report of its actions to the Faculty regularly or at least once each academic year.
This Committee shall consist of:
(1) five members of the Faculty, at least four of whom must be members of the faculty of departments in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Included among those eligible to serve on this Committee are faculty in Baruch College's Departments of Library and Student Development;
(2) the SEEK Director or designee;
(3) two students registered as majors in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, chosen by the appropriate student body;
(4) as ex officio members with vote, the Associate Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, who shall serve as Chair and
(5) the Registrar or designee, and the Director of Admissions or designee, who shall split one vote between the two of them.

4. School Academic Review Committee
This Committee shall hear appeals from decisions of the School Faculty Personnel and Budget Committees and it shall bring its recommendations to the College Faculty Personnel and Budget Committee for action.
It shall consist of: six faculty members who shall be tenured full or associate professors other than members of any Faculty Personnel and Budget Committee or of the College Academic Review Committee.
These faculty members shall serve for a term of two academic years. However, no member shall serve more than two consecutive two-year terms.
At its last Spring meeting each year, the Faculty Senate shall elect five of the six Faculty members for the next academic year in the following proportion: two from the School of Business; two from the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, one from the School of Public Affairs, and one from the Independent Units.

5. Committee on Graduate Affairs
This committee shall consist of the following voting members:
(1.) Two at-large members of the faculty of departments granting graduate degrees to be elected by the voting members of the School's faculty to serve for a two-year term;
(2.) A representative elected by the regular instructors of each graduate program to serve for a two-year term;
(3.) One student member selected by the Graduate Student Assembly for a term of one year commencing at the beginning of the academic year;
(4.) Dean of the School, or designee.
(5.) As non-voting members, the Registrar or designee and the Admissions Officer or designee.
(6.) As non-voting member, the Provost or designee.

This committee is charged with supervising the procedures relating to graduate student admissions, curriculum, and academic standing.

6. Simultaneous Service. No person shall be elected to serve simultaneously on more than two of the following Committees, except in the case of the Chair of the School Personnel and Budget Committee, who must serve on the first three Committees on this list:
(1) Departmental Executive Committees
(2) School Personnel and Budget Committees
(3) College Personnel and Budget Committee
(4) Academic Review Committees

Article VII - Departmental Student Consultation

Each Department shall consult with students and solicit the participation of interested majors as the Department deems appropriate and in response to student recommendations and requests.

Article VIII - Amendments to the Bylaws

Section 1 - Any bylaw may be adopted, amended, or repealed by a two-thirds vote of the members present, a quorum then being present, provided that notice of the proposed action shall have been given at the preceding meeting, and provided, further, that the text of the proposed change shall have been included in the agenda of the meeting at which the action is to be taken.

Section 2 - Alternatively, should the provisions of Section 1 fail to be met due to absence of a quorum, it shall be in order at such meeting to decide by a two-thirds vote of those present to submit to mail ballot the proposed changes. Any bylaw may be adopted, amended, or repealed, then, by a two-thirds vote of those responding in such a mail ballot.

revised 1/20/98

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Passed by Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty at 2/10/98 meeting.

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