University of Wisconsin–Madison

6.04. Other Committees Concerned with Academic and Educational Activities

A.    The faculty, Faculty Senate, or other appointing body to which the faculty or Faculty Senate have delegated authority may establish committees that are not faculty committees as defined in 6.01. or shared governance committees as defined in 6.02. All committees established in this chapter shall be referred to as Chapter 6 committees.

B.    When a committee established by the faculty, Faculty Senate, or other appointing body to which the faculty or Faculty Senate have delegated authority that is not subject to the provisions of 6.01. considers issues related to academic matters, decisions shall be restricted to a subcommittee consisting of the faculty members of the committee. Decisions of the faculty subcommittee about academic matters cannot be overturned by the full committee. Disputes about identifying issues as academic shall be resolved by the University Committee

C.    Ad Hoc Committees are working groups established to focus on a targeted purpose for a set duration of time. If the objectives and responsibilities of an ad hoc committee affect one or more shared governance groups, the appointing authority shall apply shared governance principles to the membership and functions of the committee. To ensure observance of shared governance principles, the appointing authority shall consult with the relevant group(s) prior to charging or appointing any ad hoc committees. Disputes as to whether an ad hoc committee should be deemed to be shared governance in scope shall be resolved by the University Committee, after appropriate consultation with the Academic Staff Executive Committee, the Central Committee, and/or Associated Students of Madison. The University Committee’s decision may be appealed to the Faculty Senate.

D.  Search and Screen Committees are a specific subset of Ad Hoc Committees. Search and Screen Committees are formed for the targeted purpose of hiring a specific position and are charged by the hiring authority. Search and Screen Committees shall observe the shared governance principles related to the position being recruited. Positions with broad university authority shall follow full shared governance principles as a result, as expressed in the previous section.

  1. MEMBERSHIP. When a vacancy occurs or is anticipated in the position of academic vice chancellor/provost or at the level of college/school dean a search and screen committee shall be appointed by the chancellor or authorized hiring authority and shall consist of:
    1. A faculty majority, as defined in 6.01.C., appointed after consultation with the University Committee.
    2. Administrators, academic staff, university staff, and students.
    3. A chair designated by the chancellor from among the faculty majority.
  2. FUNCTIONS. It is the function of the committee to determine and supply to the chancellor or authorized hiring authority an unranked list of acceptable candidates for the vacant position. It is not necessary that the committee ascertain whether each candidate on the list would accept the position if it were offered. Upon request, the committee shall also report to the chancellor or authorized hiring authority and to the University Committee on the manner in which it conducted its deliberations.
  3. FURTHER ACTIONS. If none of the slate of candidates recommended is acceptable to the chancellor or authorized hiring authority and the Board of Regents, or if all acceptable candidates decline, the committee may be requested to submit a new list of acceptable candidates, or a new search and screen committee may be appointed.

[Procedures for the selection of the chancellor conform to Regent policy.]

E. Committees concerned with Academic and Educational Activities.

  1. Appropriate faculty bodies shall be consulted before other committees concerned with academic and educational activities are established. The appropriate body for campus-level consultation is the University Committee, and the appropriate bodies for school- and college-level consultation are the school or college academic planning councils.
  2. Faculty members serving on campus-level committees established under the provisions of 6.04.E. should be selected in consultation with the University Committee.
  3. Such committees should not normally be established if there is a faculty committee or a committee established by the faculty whose responsibilities cover the academic and educational matters of concern.