Academic Requirements Committee

The following information is taken from Motion US00/01-6 which revises the charges to the standing University Committees:


The Academic Requirements Committee shall be responsible for the administration and interpretation of academic requirements for baccalaureate degrees, and for action on student petitions for exceptions to these requirements and other academic regulations. It shall have no jurisdiction over regulations governing graduate degrees or requirements for individual majors or minors. The committee's largest task shall be to evaluate and rule on student petitions. The committee shall also gather data and observe the effects of academic regulations, and present its findings and recommendations to the faculty.The committee shall delegate to its secretary, the University Registrar, the administration of many routine phases of the University's academic regulations in accordance with policies set by the committee.


Membership of the Academic Requirements Committee is not fixed except for the 3 student members.The composition of the committee traditionally includes 7-8 teachingfaculty, 3 students, plus Academic Advising Director or designee (ex officio), Financial Aid Director or designee (ex officio), and University Registrar as Secretary (ex officio, non-voting). Advanced students -- junior or senior -- are preferred.


The Academic Requirements Committee shall report to the University Senate. At a minimum this report shall be in the form of an annual written report submitted by the Committee Chair to the Secretary of the University Senate no later than the final University Senate meeting in May. The committee shall also make additional written or oral reports to the Senate as necessary.The Committee shall also report to the Undergraduate Council on all pertinent issues.

See also US01/02-4 which is a process for filling vacancies on elected committees:

7.1 Since 1991-92, all non-elected committees established by faculty legislation are appointed by the Committee on Committees, a committee appointed by the University Senate. The Secretary of the Faculty shall coordinate the elections of faculty to elective committees. The secretary shall arrange for the filling of vacancies on elected committees and councils by notifying the next eligible candidate, determined in descending order of the number of votes received in the most recent election for the relevant committee or council. If no eligible candidate is available to fill the vacancy, the Senate Executive Committee, with advice and recommendations from the Committee on Committees, shall appoint an eligible faculty member to fill the vacancy until the next regular election cycle. Filling a vacancy shall not preclude the appointee from standing for election to the same committee or council during the next election cycle if eligible. 

Reports to the Senate and to the Assembly


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