August 17, 2009
To: Dean Stroud, Convener
Complaints, Grievances, Appeals & Academic Freedom Committee (CGAAF)
From: Becky LeDocq, Chair
This memo is intended to serve as the initial charge letter to the CGAAF Committee for the 2009-10 academic year.
In an effort to better orient new committee members and to improve the overall efficiency and effectiveness of committee work, the Senate Executive Committee (SEC) is incorporating the following ideas.
- The SEC will be holding a meeting of conveners at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 1 in 325 Graff Main Hall. Please plan on attending this meeting if possible. If you are unable to attend, please send another representative from your committee. An agenda will follow.
- The SEC will be holding a meeting of Chairs during the week before classes in January. The purpose of this meeting will be for committee chairs to report on progress on charges to date and discuss any problems committees may be experiencing.
Per Faculty Senate Bylaw II. (s): “Each faculty committee shall hold an organizational meeting and report the name of the chairperson to the senate office by October 1. (Joint Chairpersons are not permitted.)”
Therefore, as the convener of the CGAAF Committee, please arrange, as soon as feasible, an organizational meeting. In addition to a chairperson, please also elect a secretary.
Primary responsibilities of the chairperson include:
· promptly informing the Senate office (5-8018) the results of the election of officers and any changes in committee membership.*
· organizing and conducting meetings.
· completing a year end report on the CGAAF Committee activities to be submitted to the Senate Office no later than May 31, 2010.
*The committee chairperson should carefully review Faculty Senate Bylaw II, “Faculty Standing Committees” for information on committee attendance and the role of alternates.
Primary responsibilities of the secretary include:
· recording minutes of each meeting.
· promptly sending meeting minutes to Sibbie Weathers (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that the minutes can be posted on the faculty senate website.
In the event the committee chooses to rotate secretarial duties, please designate one person to be responsible for e-mailing the meeting minutes to Sibbie Weathers.
In addition to the committee's normal duties, I ask that the committee consider and report on the following special charges:
· Review the Supplemental CGAAF Committee Rules and Guidelines for Grievances and Complaints to determine if modifications are necessary. In particular, consider :
o the addition of a cover sheet with any grievance/complaint petition that indicates the specific parties at which the grievance/complaint is aimed.
o the feasibility of requirement below when the grievance/complaint petition arrives outside of the normal academic year.
“Within seven calendar days of receipt of the petition, the chairperson shall provide all parties to the grievance with a complete copy of the grievance petition and request a response in writing within seven calendar days.”
Please plan to provide a report to faculty senate at the October 29, 2009 meeting.
If you have any questions about the charges, please feel free to contact me.
Finally, if the Senate Executive Committee or I can assist your committee in any way during the year, please do not hesitate to ask.
cc: CGAAF Committee Members