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Faculty Senate

The Common Council of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is the representative body of the university personnel.  All members of the university may attend and speak at meetings of the Common Council (subject to rules as the Common Council may adopt), but only members of the Common Council may offer motions, second motions, or vote.   The Common Council meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month, during the academic year, at 3 p.m. in Room 116 CPS.
Every council business item has a specific nature. The nature of business affects quorum and participation privileges (below). By default, the nature of business depends on the committee or committees from which it originates, as follows:
1.    Information Technology Council, University Affairs Committee, or University Personnel Development Committee: General Council Business.
2.    Academic Affairs Committee, Curriculum Committee, General Education Committee, Graduate Council, or 2 or more of those committees: Faculty Senate Business.
3.    2 or more committees from both previous lists: General Council Business.
4.    Academic Staff Council: Academic Staff Business.
5.    Faculty Council: Faculty Business.
6.    Academic Staff Council and Faculty Council: Faculty Senate Business.
7.    University Staff Council: University Staff Business.
8.    University Staff Council and another personnel council: General Council Business.
In consultation with the Executive Committee of Common Council, the Common Council chair is responsible to classify an item's nature of business. Any councilor can make a special motion to "re-classify an item's nature of business." This motion is General Council business, takes precedence over any other motion on the item, requires a second, is debatable, and requires a majority vote of all councilors present.
Quorum and participation privileges change depending on the nature of the business, as described in the table below.
Nature of Business
Right to Speak
Right to Vote
General Council
All councilors
All councilors
All councilors
Faculty Senate
Academic staff, faculty, the dean, & the chancellor appointee
All councilors
Academic staff, faculty, the dean, & the chancellor appointee
Academic Staff
Academic staff
All councilors
Academic staff
All councilors
University Staff
University staff
All councilors
University staff

When the Common Council meets, the agenda shall have three distinct segments:
1.   Reports by the Student Government Association, the chancellor, and the provost.
2.   General Council business, including reports from the appropriate standing committees, and reports from personnel representatives.
3.   Faculty Senate business, including reports from the appropriate standing committees.
The officers of the Common Council and the chairs of the standing committees of the Common Council constitute the Executive Committee.  The Executive Committee meets on a regular basis to coordinate the activites of the Common Council and to ensure that appropriate consideration is given to matters for consideration and potential action by the CommonCouncil.  The Executive Committee meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, during the academic year, at 3 p.m. in Room 223 DUC.  The Executive Committee also serves as an advisory council to the chancellor at the chancellor's request.
Nomination and election of members of the Common Council, standing committee chairs, and standing committee members is conducted under the supervision of the Nominations and Elections Subcommittee, according to the rules prescribed by the Constitution of the Common Council and such additional rules as the subcommittee may establish.  The annual shared governance election takes place in spring.  New councilors, standing committee chairs, committee and subcommittee members take office at the beginning of the following fall semester. 

2015-2016 Common Council and Executive Committee meeting schedule

Standing Committees of the Common Council include:

Standing committees whose chairs are elected and members are appointed:

  • Academic Affairs Committee
  • Curriculum Committee
  • Diversity Council
  • Graduate Council
  • Information Technology Council
  • University Affairs Committee

Standing committees whose members are elected and chairs are elected by the members:

  • Academic Staff Council
  • General Education Committee

Standing committees whose chair and members are elected:

  • Faculty Council
  • University Staff Council
2015-2016 Shared governance compiled committee and subcommittee meeting schedules