13. Composition of Committees

(Am. 4.90, 10.90, 10.24.02, 11.3.10)
  1. Classification of Committees

Standing Committees of the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate are divided into two categories:

Committees on Faculty and Senate Affairs, without student members;

Committees on Educational Affairs, with student members.

  1.  Committees on Faculty and Senate Affairs


These Committees shall be composed solely of Senate members appointed by the Committee on Committees, with the exception of the Committee on Committees and the Divisional Council as noted:

    • Assembly Representation            
    • Budget and Interdepartmental Relations          
    • Committees4
    • Divisional Council5
    • Faculty Awards        
    • Faculty Research Lecture             
    • Faculty Welfare
    • Memorial Resolutions
    • Ombudspersons
    • Privilege and Tenure
    • Research
    • Rules and Elections

(CC. 10.89, 10.25.94, 4.25.05, 05.03.17; EC. 11.91, 3.92, 05.03.17)

  1. Committees on Educational Affairs
    1. Composition

These Committees shall be composed of faculty members appointed from the Berkeley Division by the Committee on Committees, unless otherwise provided for in these By-laws, and shall include student members:

      • Academic Freedom     
      • Academic Planning and Resource Allocation        
      • Admissions, Enrollment, and Preparatory Education                   
      • Computing and Information Technology     
      • Courses of Instruction
      • Demonstrations and Student Actions
      • Diversity, Equity, and Campus Climate                   
      • Library
      • Prizes
      • Teaching
      • Graduate Council
      • Undergraduate Council          
      • Undergraduate Scholarships, Honors, and Financial Aid

(CC. 11.88, 9.91, 3.92, 10.25.94, 6.26.06, 5.2.12, 10.29.14, 05.03.17, EC. 05.03.17)

    1. Student Participation

Student members shall be eligible to serve on all standing sub-committees of those Committees listed in By-Law 13.C.1.

    1. Student Selection and Appointment     
      1. Selection

During the summer, student members for each of the Committees on Educational Affairs will be selected by the ASUC student groups through their vetting process and presented to the Committee on Committees as a list of nominations to be appointed according to the Divisional process used by the Committee on Committees and Divisional Council. Names of student members shall be sent to the Committee on Committees by September 1 of the academic year in which they are to serve.

      1. Nonfulfillment

Failure of the ASUC to provide student nominees for Divisional Senate Committees, as specified above, shall not interfere with the ongoing functioning of Berkeley Divisional Committees.     

      1. Grievance Board
Complaints by a Divisional Committee against a student member or by a student member against the Committee to which the student has been appointed shall be referred on the initiative either of the student or of the Committee Chair for resolution to a Grievance Board composed of the Chair of the Committee on Committees, the Faculty Representative to the ASUC, and the Chair of the Graduate Assembly.

      1. Absentee Members

Upon three unexcused consecutive absences, student members will be automatically withdrawn so that their absences will not affect quorum.6 (En. 11.3.10)

    1. Voting Procedure
      • On all formal votes in committees attended by student members, the student opinions will be recorded separately and so reported whenever the recommendation of the committee is presented to the Division, to other Academic Senate bodies and to administrative officers advised by such committee. (CC.3.89)
      • When the committee is acting for the Senate, student members do not vote.


4 Committee on Committees members are elected at large (By-law 17) and Divisional Council members are ex officio or elected at large (By-law 4).

 5 Committee on Committees members are elected at large (By-law 17) and Divisional Council members are ex officio or elected at large (By-law 4).

6 If a student is unable to attend a meeting, then she or he must attempt to inform the committee chair or staff in advance of the expected absence.