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Divisional Committee on Rules and Jurisdiction

B. Rulings by the Divisional Committee on Rules and Jurisdiction

Numbering indicates the month and year in which the ruling was made, i.e., April 1965 = 4.65.A (A indicates the first ruling that month.).


Regulation 175(B)(1) stipulates that each candidate for the degree of Bachelor of Arts must complete at least 180 units of which 60 units must be in upper-division courses. There is no legislative requirement in the Regulations of the Santa Barbara Division that these 60 units must be taken while the student is in upper-division standing. Thus, credit earned by freshmen and sophomore students enrolled in such courses shall be recorded as upper-division credit towards the satisfaction of the 60-unit requirement.


In University courses undertaken for credit, the authority to assign or to request changes in term grades which are filed with the Registrar is strictly limited to Professors of all ranks, Instructors, Lecturers, Physical Activities Supervisors, and those Associates who are not students. Teaching Assistants do not have this authority.


Undergraduate readers may be used to read examinations, to discuss the results with students, to advise students on study methods, etc., which might improve future performance, and to increase the student's comprehension of topics, provided that (1) such activity is supplemental to formal class work and not a substitute for it, (2) the reader is under close supervision of the instructor in charge, and (3) the instructor is readily available to any student who is not satisfied by his or her discussions with the reader.


The Divisional Committee on Committees appoints the members, chairs, and vice chairs of the committees named in Section 3 of the Divisional Bylaws. Those committees do not include ones that serve only one part of the Division directly or which receive members by elections. These committees traditionally elect their chairs. Therefore, the [Rules and Jurisdiction] Committee rules that the Executive Committee of the Santa Barbara Faculty Legislature may choose its committee chair by any method agreeable to it.


(Rescinded 3/96)


In Divisional Regulation 35(B) [which governs Passed/Not Passed courses in a major], courses considered "major courses" in any given student's case are those which a department accepts as fulfilling the requirements for the major, including both lower and upper-division courses and those given both in and out of the department. The maximum of eight [Passed/Not Passed] units in the major allowable per student is not intended to apply to courses taken by a student in the department in excess of those used to fulfill the requirements for the major.

D1.75 A

A student may not change his or her enrollment in a course required for his or her major from the letter-grade system to Passed/NotPassed if that option is foreclosed by the Faculty of his or her college or school.


The grading system in the College of Creative Studies is not an all-or-nothing system (as in all other Passed/Not Passed systems) but a sliding scale of units from 0 to 6. To receive no units is to make no progress toward graduation and is equivalent to not having taken the course. Therefore, College of Creative Studies courses in which a student receives 0 units are to be deleted from the student's permanent record.


A student under the terms of his or her enrollment in the Education Abroad Program is regarded as concurrently enrolled on his or her home campus of the University. Consequently, time spent at a center abroad of the Education Abroad Program shall count as a part of the three-term minimum Residence Requirement for graduation per Senate Regulation 612 [see Divisional Regulation 75].


Each Executive Committee of the Faculty of a College, often abbreviated as "Executive Committee of the College," is a committee of the Academic Senate. These Committees are authorized by the Bylaws of each Division of the Academic Senate as organizations through which the Faculty of each College can coordinate the academic affairs of their College. These Committees report to, and are responsible to, the Academic Senate and its officers. They should be distinguished from Administrative committees that are created by the Administration and are responsible to, and report to, Administrative Officers.

Bylaws of the Faculties, including the size and structure of Executive Committees, are determined by a vote of each Faculty after review by the Committee on Rules and Jurisdiction and approval by the Senate. Bylaws of the Senate are specific that Executive Committees of the Faculties of Colleges shall be selected by the Faculty of that college and shall include the Dean of that College as an ex officio member of the Committee. "Selection by the Faculty" has been interpreted Universitywide as election by the Faculty. Faculty may nominate themselves or be nominated. Election is by faculty who are members of the Senate.

Decisions of the Executive Committees, although normally by consensus, are formally decided by a majority vote of the Committee. The Dean is not a voting member. Executive Committees may invite others to participate in their deliberations, but such other persons are not members of the Committee and do not vote. Executive Committees report to the Chair of their Senate Division, and their decisions are subject to review and approval by the Senate Legislature.

Although the bylaws use the words "Colleges" and "Deans," these words are construed to include equivalent academic units and their principal administrative officers. For example, the Graduate School of Education is interpreted as "College of" for Executive Committee purposes, and "Dean" is interpreted as "Dean" when that person is the primary responsible administrative officer, as in the College of Creative Studies.

The UCSB Academic Senate [Divisional] Committee on Rules and Jurisdiction (R&J) has responsibility regarding questions on interpretation of Bylaws and Regulations. R&J also has supervisory and coordinating powers relative to the Executive Committees of the Faculties. A published ruling by a Divisional R&J [Committee] finalizes that matter, but the ruling may be appealed to the University R&J, or the Bylaws or Regulations that were in question may be changed by the Division Legislature subject to conformance with University-wide Bylaws and Regulations and Rulings of the Regents. Changes at the University Bylaw level are rare and involve extensive deliberations by the Board of Regents, the Office of the President, and the Academic Council (representing the Universitywide Senate).


The revision to the Faculty Code of Conduct procedures (Appendix IV of the Senate manual) as approved by the Legislature /April 25, 1991, was not developed in cooperation with the Chancellor, nor approved by the Chancellor, and is invalid for that reason. The published procedure prior to that time, including revisions through October 19, 1989, was approved by both the Senate and the Chancellor and is and has been operative.

(Am 15 Oct 09)