Committees of the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate

Committee List

Considers and reports on conditions of academic freedom within the University. Meets twice a year, with additional meetings as needed; schedule to be arranged.
Initiates and advises on annual and long-range academic and physical planning. Meets twice a month on Wednesdays from 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Considers and reports on policies and practices affecting the composition of the Berkeley undergraduate student population. Meets monthly on Fridays from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Evaluates courses with respect to Regulation 300 (Breadth Requirement in the study of American Cultures). Meets monthly on Fridays from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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. 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 acad_sen@berkeley.edu. Meets three times a year.
Represents the Division in academic-appointment and promotion matters and in the allocation of resources. Meets every Thursday from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., and also every Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. during the spring semester.
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. Meets twice a month on Wednesdays from 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Advises the Division and the Administration on the acquisition, utilization, and security of computers, information systems, and electronic communications, and related facilities and resources. Meets monthly or as needed; schedule to be arranged.
Approves new courses and modification in existing courses; considers requests for variances in course and graduation requirements. Meets twice a month on Fridays from 1:30-3:30pm.
Represents the Division in matters relating to demonstrations, protests, and similar actions on campus. Meets twice a year, with additional meetings as needed; schedule to be arranged.
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. Meets monthly on Thursdays from 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Acts on behalf of the Division on matters other than legislative matters retained by the Division. Meets on alternate Mondays from 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Proposes recipients of Clark Kerr Award (contribution to advancement of higher education) and various external awards for faculty. Meets as needed; schedule to be arranged.
Nominates for the approval by the Divisional Council two members of the Division who have made distinguished records in research. Meets once in the spring.
Works with administration on issues of both regular and emeriti Faculty welfare. Meets monthly on Mondays from 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Exercises administrative and coordinating functions in the Graduate Division. Meets monthly on Mondays from 2:00-4:30 p.m.
Advises the Chancellor regarding administration of the Library. Meets monthly on Thursdays from 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Prepares and publishes commemorative statements concerning deceased members of the Division. Memorial tributes are published by the systemwide Academic Senate. Meets once a year.
(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. Meets as needed; schedule to be arranged.
Supervises the award of Berkeley student prizes. Meets as needed.
Awards research grants and advises on research policy. Meets monthly; regular schedule to be determined.
Interprets and proposes changes to the By-Laws and Regulations. Supervises elections and other Divisional votes. Secretary is chair of R&E. Meets monthly or as needed; schedule to be arranged.
Promotes good teaching and evaluates candidates for the Distinguished Teaching Awards and awards educational grants. Meeting schedule to be arranged.
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. Meets monthly on Wednesdays from 2:00-4:00 p.m.
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. Meets four times a year.