The authority for Faculty By-laws is found in Article VI, Section A, Items 3 and 4 of the Constitution of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Faculty (revised and approved Fall, 1974).
Committees are responsible to the Chancellor through the Faculty Senate unless directed to report elsewhere at the time of establishment. In their consideration of policies, problems, and programs, committees shall seek information from and the counsel of the Chancellor, faculty, and students.
Committees should keep appropriate groups and individuals (especially the Chancellor) informed of their activities and progress.
Committees, when necessary and appropriate, may establish ad hoc task forces to study specific problems and recommend action to the sponsoring committee.
Committees shall meet at least once per academic term.
Committee chairs shall arrange meeting times which allow faculty, staff, and student committee members to attend the meeting.
Committee chairs will arrange for all interested faculty, staff, and students to present views and opinions on all issues being considered.
Committees shall provide the Chancellor, the Chair and the Secretary of the Faculty Senate, and the President and Secretary of the Student Senate with minutes of each meeting. These minutes, unless otherwise designated in the description of the committee, shall be available on line to the faculty. After three years, minutes will be electronically archived.
Formal recommendations from committees should be prepared in triplicate, one copy each going to the Chancellor, the Faculty Senate, and the Student Senate. Upon receipt of a committee recommendation, the Faculty Senate may follow any one of three courses of action: it may (1) accept the recommendation without change or (2) accept it with modification, whereupon the committee recommendation becomes a faculty recommendation and is forwarded to the Chancellor for approval or veto, or it may (3) reject a committee recommendation.
Committees may ask, through the Senate or the Chancellor, that an issue be placed on the agenda for a faculty meeting. Such a request may grow out of the need for general discussion or information, or out of dissatisfaction with the action taken by the Senate or the Chancellor. Each committee shall prepare a written report to the faculty at least once a year, citing its activities, concerns, and accomplishments for that year. This report shall be submitted to the Secretary and the Chair of the Faculty Senate and to the Chancellor of the University.
Committees shall also provide interim reports when requested to do so.
Wherever practicable, committee membership shall include representation from each of the voting divisions of the faculty. Membership on the Senate shall not be a prerequisite for membership on a faculty committee. In cases where the business of a committee involves matters that are of interest and importance to students, there shall also be student membership on the faculty committee.
The Senate's Executive Committee will receive from the faculty its preferences as to committee appointments and will present to the Senate a list of nominees for existing vacancies. The Senate may propose alternative names or simply approve the Committee's slate. Final appointments to and removal from standing committees are, unless otherwise specified, made by the Faculty Senate with final approval by the Chancellor.
Unless otherwise specified within a committee’s description, the following appointment processes shall be used [FS 06/07 #68]:
The Chair of each committee will be designated annually by the Faculty Senate and shall preferably be a retained member of the committee and appointed by the same process as committee members.
Term of membership is provided for in the definition of each committee (see Article III, Bylaws); however, membership terms will be staggered so that each committee will be comprised of retained and new appointees. (Initial length of term will be determined by committee lot.) It is the intention that appointments to committees be rotated as much as possible.
A committee member who is unable to attend committee meetings may appoint a proxy for a period of time not to exceed one semester, subject to the committee's acceptance of that proxy.
the Provost and Vice Chancellor or the Provost and Vice Chancellor’s designee, four students,
and the Registrar or his/her designee [non-voting - FS 08/09 #22].
2. Term of office: three years for faculty, one-third to be appointed each year; one year for students.
a. to establish the goals and objectives of the undergraduate curriculum of the University
b. to establish the goals and objectives of the graduate curriculum of the University in consultation
with the Graduate Studies Curriculum Committee
c. to examine and evaluate the overall curriculum of the University for possible improvements,
to recommend revisions, and to initiate suggestions for study and action.
d. to examine and recommend to the Faculty Senate proposals for new graduate degree and
certificate programs, undergraduate minors and majors, education-abroad programs and any
other new academic programs. The committee will review proposals based upon their quility
and the degree to which they are aligned with the strategic planning goals of the university
and colleges. An academic program is defined as an organized group of college-level,
credit-bearing courses, and their related experiences, designed to be used within the fulfilment
of a degree or certificate. Examples include but are not limited to majors, minors, emphases,
certificates, SAE, ITC, WIS, General Education, Liberal Arts, and Foundation Courses in Agriculture.
Graduate programs will be forwarded to the Academic Program and Policy Committee by the Graduate
Studies Curriculum Committee. [FS 03/04 #21, FS 07/08 #20] [FS 11/12 #109]
e. to examine and promote the development of new, experimental, and innovative curricular programs
and offerings at both the graduate and undergraduate level.
f. to examine and recommend to the Faculty Senate proposals for substantial changes in graduate
degrees and certificate programs and undergraduate majors and sub-majors.
g. if the committee rejects a proposal for a new program from a department or the Graduate Studies
Curriculum committee, that body may request a vote on the proposal by the Faculty Senate. If the
Faculty Senate rejects the proposal, the Senate will supply the department or Graduate Studies
Curriculum Committee with a summary.
h. to approve the plan for assessment of General Education submitted by the Assessment Committee.
The Assessment Committee will assess General Education every ten years in conjunction with and prior
to the campus visit by the reaccreditation team of the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central
Association of Colleges and Schools.
i. to approve new or revised course designators.
4. Procedure: The committee shall, in consultation with the Provost and Vice Chancellor, coordinate
University-wide programs as specified under “Duties” above and require reports from faculty responsible
for conducting such programs as requested.
5. Recommendations dealing with new or revised:
a. undergraduate academic programs are approved by the department/program, college curriculum
committee, college dean. Academic Program and Policy Committee, Faculty Senate, the Provost and
Vice Chancellor, in that order. [FS 06/07 #27, FS 07/08 #20]
b. education abroad academic programs are approved by the department/program committee,
International Programs Committee, Director of Global connections, Academic Program and Policy
Committee, Faculty Senate, the Provost, and the Chancellor, in that order.
c.graduate academic programs approved by the department, college curriculum committee, college
dean, director of graduate studies, Graduate Studies Curriculum Committee, Academic Program and
Policy Committee, Faculty Senate, the Provost and Vice Chancellor, and the Chancellor, in that order.
This committee is established under the requirements of Regent Policy Document 17-4 (former 75-5) that requires, in part, that each UW institution “establish and maintain an affirmative action committee (or committees, as appropriate) composed of faculty, academic staff, classified employees, and students to advise the administration on affirmative action needs and concerns, and to assist affirmative action directors in designing and implementing programs.”
Curriculum Committee – See Section T, University Curriculum Committee
This committee is established under the requirements of Regent Policy Document 14-10 (former 96-6), Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability, which requires that each UW institution establish an advisory committee to, “provide information and recommendations responsive to the needs and concerns of individuals with disabilities.”
The Technology Council is the primary advisory and decision- making group for information and--instructional technology at UW-River Falls. The responsibilities of this committee are divided into three broad areas described below, each having a designated faculty lead and Division of Technology Services manager(s) who will coordinate efforts along with the chair.
When an issue comes before the Technology Council that is under the purview of a shared governance body, Technology Council will vote and make a recommendation to the appropriate governance group.
III - Section P: I – Instructional and Learning Technologies
For issues that the Technology Council decided need more intensely focused attention, the primary responsibilities of the Instructional and Learning Technology Lead include issues related to instructional and learning technologies that fall within the purview of faculty governance. The Instructional and Learning Technology Lead will return all such shared governance issues to the Technology Council for further action and consideration.
III - Section P: II – Technology Services Lead Issues
Purpose: The Sustainability Working Group (SWG) is the primary group for promoting and coordinating sustainability values, principles, and practices at UW-River Falls. UWRF defines sustainability as our local and global responsibility to meet the needs of present and future generations, as demonstrated by an integrated set of ecologic, social, and economic values, principles, and practices that frame how we think, choose, and act in personal, professional, and community life. UWRF defines Sustainability Research as research, scholarly, and creative activity, that examines, documents, and portrays the breadth and depth of basic and applied contexts of UWRF's definition of Sustainability. [FS 11/12 #115] SWG addresses the planning, design, implementation, and assessment of sustainable campus community programs and policies as well as documentation, such as the Sustainability Tracking and Rating System (STARS), the Climate Action Plan (CAP), and the Sustainable Campus Community Plan (SCCP). SWG is a conduit through which the campus community can recommend curricular, co-curricular, operational, financial, and other sustainable campus initiatives and policies to the appropriate faculty, student, and/or administrative governance or operational units.
Structure & Function: The SWG will consist of 11 voting members (noted below) and be chaired by a qualifying member as noted under Term Limits. There will be one ex officio, non-voting member from the River Falls community. The SWG will have no standing sub-committees. However, it will augment non-voting members as needed to address the scope of sustainability goals and initiatives.
Members: 11 + 1
Director of Sustainability
Four faculty members: One representative from each college
One Instructional Academic Staff (Appointed by Faculty Senate)
Two students: Representing the broader university (Recommended by SWG and approved by Student Senate)
Student Affairs Representative
Diversity & Human Resources representative
Facilities Management representative
River Falls community representative (Ex officio, non-voting)
*Chair (Appointed by Faculty Senate)
• Faculty members are appointed by Faculty Senate on staggered terms of three (3) years.
• Chair should have at least one year of experience on the SWG prior to his/her one-year appointment.
• Instructional academic staff member is appointed by Faculty Senate each spring with option for re-appointment.
• Two students approved by Student Senate each spring for one-year term with option for re-appointment.
• All administrative staff or their designees are appointed or re-appointed annually at the pleasure of the Chancellor.
• River Falls community representative appointed at the pleasure of River Falls city government.
a) Facilitate the continual refinement of a holistic vision for UWRF as a premier sustainable campus community model that fully and systemically integrates inclusivity, global literacy, leadership, and sustainability as a culture of learning and living.
b) Recommend campus sustainability projects, monitor their progress, and submit budget requests on behalf of the entire campus for sustainability related projects and programs.
Recommendations requiring faculty governance decisions are forwarded to Faculty Senate. Recommendations requiring student governance decisions are forwarded to Student Senate. All other recommendations are forwarded to Faculty Senate for informational purposes prior to implementation.
Recommendations requiring administrative decisions are forwarded to the appropriate administrator.
The Chair will consult with governance groups and administration regarding shared governance issues as necessary.
a. to provide a University-wide forum for the critical reading of and response to new course proposals
and all changes to existing course proposals
b. to facilitate the resolution of differences between colleges, departments, and programs where
duplication of course content occurs
c. to provide continuity and guidance regarding course proposal format
d. to provide continuity and guidance regarding the amount of detail in course proposals
e. to maintain a standardized form to be used for all course proposals and accompanying transmittal
2. Membership: Seven faculty members (at least three of whom are members of the graduate faculty),
the Provost and Vice Chancellor or his/her designee, and one student. The seven faculty members
selected will include at least one representative from each of the colleges. The Registrar or designee
and a representative from the Library will sit as ex-officio, non-voting members of the Committee.
[FS 06/07 #31]
3. Term of Office: Three years for faculty, approximately one-third to be appointed each year, one year for
a. to receive and evaluate, according to University Curriculum Committee purposes, all new and revised
courses that have been approved by the appropriate college curriculum committee and/or the
Graduate Studies Curriculum Committee. The University Curriculum Committee will review courses
and make recommendations in relation to their quality and the application of credit. The Committee
will also adjudicate and make recommendations in those cases that involve University regulations or
cross college/department/program overlap [FS 06/07 #31]
b. to coordinate procedures with all college curriculum committees and/or the Graduate Studies
c. to suggest changes in format of the course proposal form and transmittal form
a. Courses are usually generated and developed by department faculty. Course proposals must be
reviewed and approved at the departmental level. Letters of acknowledgement from persons in
departments that were consulted where possible curriculum overlap may occur must be
forwarded with the proposal. Letters of acknowledgment are required from consulted
departments whose course enrollments may be affected due to changes in or additions of course
prerequisites in the proposal. The originating department must sign the accompanying transmittal
form. If the proposal is either an undergraduate course or a combined undergraduate/graduate
proposal, it is then sent to the college curriculum committee or other appropriate committee. In
the case of an intercollegiate course, for example, the proposal is sent to the college curriculum
committee where the program is housed administratively; wheres in the case of a graduate
course, it is sent to the Graduate Studies Curriculum Committee.
b. The Dean of the College approves or disapproves new courses and/or changes in course offerings
by signing the accompanying transmittal form. This signature is an indication that the Dean
acknowledges the impact the course may have on faculty load and financial requirements.
c. Graduate level courses must be approved or disapproved by the Graduate Studies Curriculum
Committee and signed by the Director of Graduate Studies before being submitted to the
University Curriculum Committee.
d. Education-abroad courses must also obtain a letter from the Chair of the International Programs
e. Course proposals approved by the Deans (and both the Director of Graduate Studies and the
Graduate Studies Curriculum Committee, for graduate courses) are forwarded to the University
Curriculum Committee (an updated electronic copy). When a course is revised or changed, copies
of the old original proposal must also be sent to the University Curriculum Committee. A signed
transmittal form must accompany all course proposals.
f. The University Curriculum Committee Chair will publish in the committee's agenda a list of all
courses to be reviewed by the University Curriculum Committee so as to inform the University
faculty. Information will be published in accordance with Wisconsin Open Meetings Law
g. At the request of the University Curriculum Committee Chair, a departmental representative must be
at the meeting to represent new and revised course proposals. The representative should be
prepared to provide a short verbal explanation/justification of the new or revised course proposal.
The representative will serve as a liaison between the University Curriculum Committee and the
department in which the proposal originated. The committee may ask the representative to clarify
information and provide background material.
h. Guidelines for review and approval of course proposals:
1) Review for accuracy information prompts, such as year of first offering, minor/major
2) Check for the inclusion of appropriate prerequisites.
3) Review for adequacy of course outlines and attachments including acknowledgment letters from
persons in departments that were consulted where possible curriculum content overlap may
occur. In the case of education abroad courses, a letter from the chair of the International
Programs Committee must also be reviewed.
4) Adjudicate and make recommendations in those cases of overlap or other conflicts involving
University regulations or intercollegiate differences.
5) If substantive changes to the course proposal are deemed necessary for the course to be
approved by the University Curriculum Committee, the proposal may be sent back to the
appropriate college curriculum committee or the Graduate Studies Curriculum Committee.
i. Guidelines for information dissemination after committee action:
1) Minutes of all the meetings will be sent to:
a. all committee members
b. all college curriculum committee chairs
c. all college Deans and the Director of Graduate Studies
d. the chair and secretary of the Faculty Senate
e. the President of the Student Senate
2) The original course proposal with accompanying transmittal form will be sent to the Dean's Office
of the appropriate college, or the Office of Graduate Studies (for graduate courses), for the
permanent/official files. Copies, including transmittal form, will also be sent to the person who
submitted the course proposal and one to the Department(s) in which the course will be taught.