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Updated December 8, 2016


Academic Senate Information


At the November 21, 2016 Senate meeting, the following resolutions were passed by the Senate:

AS 1636 which is now, SS-F16-1, Sense of the Senate Resolution, Reaffirming SJSU's Commitment to an Inclusive Campus Climate and our Determination to Provide a Safe, Supportive and Welcoming Community.  This resolution was submitted by the Executive Committee in response to the pre-and-post election divisive and hateful rhetoric.  It reaffirms SJSU's commitment to civil discourse.  It also expresses campus solidarity with those among us affected or specifically targeted by the hateful rhetoric.  This SS was submitted to the entire faculty for a referendum vote and the results were (322-5-2/Yes-No-Abstain).  This resolution is posted on the Senate website, see link above.

AS 1628, Policy Recommendation, Modification of Bylaw 15 Pertaining to Editorial Changes of Senate Documents (Final Reading).  Passed.  This bylaw modification clarifies procedures for the Senate Chair to make minor editorial changes to Senate documents with the consent of the Executive Committee and final approval of the President.  This resolution has been sent to the President for approval and is pending.

AS 1629, Policy Recommendation, Concurrent Membership on Operating and Policy Committees (Final Reading)  Passed.  This bylaw modification eliminates potential conflicts of interest that occur when a faculty member or administrative representative serves concurrently on an operating committee and its parent policy committee.  This resolution has been sent to the President for approval and is pending. 

AS 1634, Senate Constitutional Amendment, Modifies Senate Membership (Final Reading).  Passed.  This change to the Senate constitution removes the VP for University Advancement from the Senate and adds the Chief Diversity Officer as a full voting member.  This amendment has been sent to the full faculty for a vote and must be approved by a majority to be forwarded to the President for approval.

AS 1639, Policy Recommendation, Modifies bylaw 4.11, Senate Executive Committee Membership (First Reading).  This change will remove the VP for University Advancement from the Executive Committee and replace him with the Chief Diversity Officer as a full voting member.  This resolution will come to the Senate for a Final Reading on December 12, 2016.

AS 1621, Policy Recommendation, Departmental Voting Rights (First Reading).  This policy recommendation returns the departmental voting policy to the Senate following major modifications in response to the first reading and wide-spread campus input.  This resolution will return to the Senate for a final reading at the December 12, 2016 meeting.

AS 1638, Policy Recommendation, Modifies bylaw 2.2, Pertaining to the Term Length for the Senate chair (First Reading).  This bylaw change would change the term of the Senate Chair from one to two years.  This resolution will return to the Senate for a final reading at the December 12, 2016 meeting.

AS 1637, Policy Recommendation, Required Enrollment for Culminating Graduate Students (First Reading).  This policy recommendation establishes clear guidelines and requirements for continuous enrollment of graduate students who opt for thesis (Plan A) or creative project (Plan C) to fulfill their degree requirement.  This resolution also establishes a three-tiered system of special session classes to ensure that costs of continuous enrollment accurately represent the level of resources and faculty workload associated with each graduate program.  This resolution will come back to the Senate for a final reading in the Spring 2017.

AS 1640, Policy Recommendation, Final Examinations, Evaluations, or Culminating Activities (First Reading).  Passed.  This policy recommendation replaces S06-4 and establishes clear guidelines for administration of final exams, evaluations or culminating activities.  It defines the time frame for the activities, exceptions to the time frame and circumstances under which students may request rescheduling of a culminating activity.  It also establishes the department chairperson as the authority for monitoring compliance with the policy.  This resolution will come back to the Senate for a final reading in the Spring 2017.

AS 1632, Amendment B to University Policy S15-6, Appointment of Regular Faculty Employees; Composition of Recruitment Committees (Final Reading).  This amendment provides additional flexibility to departments that may wish to elect search committee members from outside their department to assist in their searches.  Passed.  This resolution has been sent to the President for approval and is pending.



The Senate received a university budget presentation by VP of Administration and Finance, Josee Larochelle on October 10, 2016.  Click here to see the slides presented.

The Senate also received a budget presentation for Academic Affairs from Provost and Senior VP of Academic Affairs, Andy Feinstein on October 10, 2016. Click here for the Academic Affairs presentation.

Opportunities for University Service

  • Serving on a Senate committee is an excellent way to get involved and we encourage you to find a committee focused on issues of importance to you, whether it be faculty affairs/professional standards, instruction and student affairs, research, facilities, or program development and assessment. 
  • Please check the list of current senate committee vacancies.  If you are interested, please contact your college rep for the Committee on Committees to learn about appointment and/or election procedures.



Recent Senate Policies signed by the President (Academic Year 2016-2017):

F16-3, Modification of Senate Bylaw 15c, Pertaining to Editorial Changes in Policies and Senate Management Resolutions 

S15-1, Amendment A, Allocation of Assigned Time for Exceptional Levels of Service to Students, As per the CFA/CSU Collective Bargaining Agreement (2014-2017)