Committees of the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate

Committee List

Considers and reports on conditions of academic freedom within the University.
Initiates and advises on annual and long-range academic and physical planning.
Considers and reports on policies and practices affecting the composition of the Berkeley undergraduate student population.
Evaluates courses with respect to Regulation 300 (Breadth Requirement in the study of American Cultures)
Represents the Berkeley Division at meetings of the Statewide Assembly. The call to meetings will be distributed to Senate members at least 10 calendar days prior to the meeting, per Senate Bylaw 120.B, and will be available on the systemwide Assembly web page (see Related Links below). Berkeley Senate members may comment on agenda items through their Assembly representatives. If you would like to participate in an Assembly teleconference from a central campus location, please contact us for coordination purposes at <>.
Represents the Division in academic-appointment and promotion matters and in the allocation of resources. The committee meets every Thursday throughout the year, and it also meets every Tuesday during the spring.
Appoints The Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Parliamentarian of the Division; All other Standing Committees; Special Committees as the Division may direct; Nominees for appointment to administrative committees when called upon by The Chancellor; and Student Members to Committees on Educational Affairs.
Advises the Division and the Administration on the acquisition, utilization, and security of computers, information systems, and electronic communications, and related facilities and resources.
Approves new courses and modification in existing courses; considers requests for variances in course and graduation requirements. Meets twice monthly on Fridays from 1:30-3:30pm.
Represents the Division in matters relating to demonstrations, protests, and similar actions on campus.
Reports to the Division annually on the progress of the campus in achieving equality of opportunity and a supportive campus climate for underrepresented and otherwise excluded groups.
Acts on behalf of the Division on matters other than legislative matters retained by the Division
Proposes recipients of Clark Kerr Award (contribution to advancement of higher education) and various external awards for faculty.
Nominates for the approval by the Divisional Council two members of the Division who have made distinguished records in research.
Works with administration on issues of both regular and emeriti Faculty welfare.
Exercises administrative and coordinating functions in the Graduate Division
Advises the Chancellor regarding administration of the Library.
Prepares and publishes commemorative statements concerning deceased members of the Division. Memorial tributes are published by the systemwide Academic Senate.
(Not a Committee) Individual members hear complaints from academic personnel regarding actions by members of the Division and other officers of the University, by students, or by staff.
Provides advice and may act as mediators in cases within the jurisdiction of the Committee on Privilege & Tenure.
Charged with adjudicating the following types of matters: grievance cases, where a member of the Senate claims injury through the violation of his/her rights and privileges; disciplinary cases, where a member of the Senate is accused of having violated the Faculty Code of Conduct; and early termination cases, where a Senate or non-Senate faculty member challenges whether there is good cause for his/her early termination. Its findings and recommendations are advisory to the chancellor.
Supervises the award of Berkeley student prizes
Awards research grants and advises on research policy.
Interprets and proposes changes to the By-Laws and Regulations. Supervises elections and other Divisional votes. Secretary is chair of R&E.
Promotes good teaching and evaluates candidates for the Distinguished Teaching Awards and awards educational grants.
Advises the Senate on matters related to undergraduate curriculum development. Participates in departmental reviews and proposals for new undergraduate majors and schools. Advises Senate on issues related to the quality of undergraduate student life.
This committee recommends to the Chancellor policies related to awarding of all undergraduate financial aid; awards such undergraduate scholarships restricted to students at UC Berkeley; sets criteria for the award of undergraduate honors.