Undergraduate Bylaws

Approval of Undergraduate Programs

Prior to the development and submission of any proposal for a new undergraduate degree program, the program sponsors must secure approval of a preliminary plan from the appropriate Dean(s). If the preliminary program plan is endorsed by the Dean(s), both the preliminary proposal and the Dean’s endorsement will be reviewed by the Office of the Provost prior to the preparation and submission of a formal program proposal to the appropriate college and University curriculum committees. When cross-college collaborative programs are involved, preliminary plans should be prepared jointly by the participating sponsors.

Each of the colleges has a Committee on Curriculum appointed by the dean of the college or elected through established college procedures. This Committee, normally comprised of five to seven members, is charged with responsibility for considering new curricula for the college, and changes in existing curricula. The Committee will make its recommendations to the college Dean.

If a new or substantially revised program affects only one college, it is sent, after approval by the Curriculum Committee and the college Dean, to the Provost or his designee, who is the Chairperson of the University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UUCC), for budgetary and administrative review. The Provost or his designee then forwards the program to the University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for academic review. After budgetary and academic approval, the proposal is then submitted to the Faculty Senate for its approval, and if approved, then to the President and the Board of Trustees for their review and action.

Where a new or substantially revised program affects more than one college, the proposal will first be referred to a joint meeting of the Curriculum Committees of the colleges concerned. The proposal then follows the procedures outlined above through the Provost's Office, the University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, the Faculty Senate, the President and Trustees for approval. The provision of forwarding recommendations to the Faculty Senate does not apply to course changes within a college where such changes do not affect departments in other colleges.

In the case of minor revisions, a copy of the proposal should be forwarded by the College Curriculum Committee to the Chairperson of the University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee who may report the matter to the University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for informational purposes or for appropriate action as deemed necessary.

In the event that no College Curriculum Committee, or more than one, wishes jurisdiction, the proposal will be sent to the Provost for administrative review and then to the University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee in the manner described above. This committee will assume jurisdiction and rule on the content of the program. Recommendations of the University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee will be reported to the Faculty Senate for possible referral to the full Senate.

University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UUCC)

The UUCC shall be composed of one faculty representative from each of the colleges, chosen annually by and from the respective curriculum committees, plus three Academic Deans or their designees chosen annually by the Provost or his designee, and a student representative chosen by the SGA. The Provost or his designee shall chair the UUCC and shall vote only in the event of a tie.

The function of the UUCC shall be to consider and make recommendations to the Senate concerning any proposals for undergraduate curriculum changes (e.g., establishment, change, or deletion of curricula; establishment of University-wide requirements; elimination of overlapping courses; or establishment of interdisciplinary programs crossing college lines) affecting the colleges which would normally require Senate action. Such proposals may originate within the UUCC itself, or may be submitted to the UUCC in writing via the Chairperson or by any person or group. In the latter case, a copy of the proposal must also be submitted to the Senate Agenda Committee (SAC). If the SAC receives no response from the UUCC on a given proposal within six weeks of first having received notice of it, it may bring the matter directly to the Senate for possible consideration.

The UUCC, following the report of any ad hoc committee and its own deliberations, shall (after making appropriate additions or modifications) forward its recommendation to the SAC. The UUCC shall constitute the Senate's designee in considering interdepartmental and intercollege disputes arising from matters concerning courses or programs offered or proposed. The Senate Agenda Committee will review UUCC's recommendations for possible referral to the full Senate.

The UUCC shall meet at least once during each academic quarter, and shall submit to the SAC an annual report. The UUCC shall keep appropriate minutes of its meetings which shall reflect the sense of the meetings, except that all votes taken shall be recorded in detail.