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College of Letters & Science (1 - 5)

Section 1: General Provisions

1. Membership and Duties

The membership and duties of the Faculty of the College of Letters and Science are those specified in Divisional Bylaws 40(B) and 170. Instructors of less than two years' service may not vote. (Divisional Bylaws 5(C) and 240)

2. Officers

The chair and secretary of the Executive Committee (see Section 2, below) are chair and secretary of the Faculty.

3. Meetings

  1. Frequency

    The Faculty meets at such times as it may determine, or at the call of the Executive Committee (see Section 2, below). At the written request of a quorum of voting members of the Faculty, the Executive Committee must call a meeting. (Divisional Bylaw 215, per Bylaw 180)
  2. Presiding Officer

    The secretary serves as chair in the absence of the chair.
  3. Quorum

    Fifty voting members are a quorum. (Am 12 Feb 81)
  4. Authority in Questions

    Questions of order not covered by legislation are governed by Robert's Rules of Order, or Sturgis Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure, at the option of the agency involved. (Am 12 Feb 81)

Section 2: Committees

4. Executive Committee

[see Divisional Legislative Ruling 1.93.A, Appendix II]

  1. Membership

    The committee consists of the Executive Dean of the College, ex officio, the Dean of Undergraduate Education of the College, ex officio, and six members elected for three terms, two members each from the three divisions of the College: Humanities and Fine Arts; Mathematical, Life and Physical Sciences; and Social Sciences. No two members should be from the same Department. Any member previously elected for a term of less than three years may serve for a term of up to three years. After the completion of their three-year terms, members will be ineligible for immediate re-election. Academic Senate members are allowed to vote only in the divisions(s) associated with their academic appointment(s). The Associated Students and the Graduate Student Association each shall have a representative on the FEC. Although these members do not formally vote, they participate fully in the discussions, providing valuable input into matters pending before the Committee. (Am 27 Sep 05; Am 26 May 11; Am 26 Apr 12; Am 4 Dec 14; Am 20 Oct 16)
  2. Officers

    The Committee selects from its elected members a chair and a secretary.
  3. Replacements

    If an elected member is unable to complete a term and the vacancy occurs after the annual general election, the Executive Committee shall request the Committee on Committees to appoint a replacement to fill the vacancy until the next general election takes place.
  4. Duties

    1. To represent the Faculty in all aspects of the academic administration of the College, including:
      1. oversight of the welfare of students;
      2. administration of the General Education program for the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Fine Arts, subject to the authority of the Divisional Committee on General Education; (Am 13 Jan 83)
      3. collaboration with the Faculties of the colleges and schools at Santa Barbara in the development of General Education programs for other Bachelor's degrees;
      4. administration of requirements or their equivalents for major programs offered in the College;
      5. approval of proposals for the establishment of new majors or group majors in consultation with the Divisional Committee on Educational Policy and Academic Planning;
      6. periodic review of existing major and instructional programs in consultation with the Divisional Committee on Educational Policy and Academic Planning;
      7. review of all undergraduate course requests submitted by the College;
      8. review of and recommendation to the Executive Dean of the College regarding proposals submitted by him/her for the establishment of new departments or for modifications of existing departments; (Am 27 Sep 05)
      9. action for the Faculty on matters of business included in the Call for a Faculty meeting which was adjourned for lack of a quorum. Such actions shall be subject to the Divisional rules on referendum.
    2. To authorize the Dean of Undergraduate Studies of the College, at the committee's discretion, to administer the Divisional and Senate regulations concerning students, including the suspension of the regulations in individual instances, and to supervise and take appropriate action in individual cases of students subject to probation or dismissal. (Am 27 Sep 05)
    3. To establish and maintain liaison with the Executive Committees of the other colleges and schools in the Division.
    4. To appoint all committees of the Faculty for which no other provision is made.
    5. (Am 22 Apr 99)

Section 3: Modification of Bylaws


Except for Bylaw 1, any of these Bylaws may be modified at any meeting of the Faculty in accordance with the procedure described in Divisional Bylaw 190, per Bylaw 180.