University Curriculum Committee (UCC)

Bylaws

  1. Composition

    The University Curriculum Committee (UCC) is composed of the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs (SVPAA) and Dean of the Faculty, who shall chair the committee, the Registrar, two representative from each College Curriculum Committee and three representatives elected at large by the Regular full-time faculty. Terms of office will be for three years. Faculty representatives, except those from National Services and the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies must be tenured. All faculty representatives must have three or more years of full time teaching at Norwich. The SVPAA and Dean of the Faculty will vote only on motions which require a tie to be broken. The Registrar is a non-voting member of the committee.

  2. Meetings

    Meetings of the UCC are open to the faculty and are called by the SVPAA and Dean of the Faculty in accordance with a regular schedule. Special meetings shall be called by the SVPAA and Dean of the Faculty at the direction of the President or upon request of three or more members of the UCC.

  3. Functions

    1. All Proposals, regardless of origin, involving curricular matters are submitted to the UCC for review and recommendations, with a view to maintain and improving the health and vigor of the total curricular program of the University. The UCC shall submit recommendations to the President on all academic matters including, but not limited to the following:
      1. Requirement for all undergraduate and graduate degrees and programs
      2. Additions, changes, or deletions of courses, programs, disciplines, majors, minors or other academic matters relating to curricula and courses of instruction.
      3. Continuing education, summer school, and off-campus courses and programs.
    2. The UCC will periodically study its own structure and procedures.
  4. Procedures

    The UCC makes recommendations on curricular proposals only after their prior review by the appropriate School Curriculum Committee. Proposals submitted to the UCC which do not originate at the School Curriculum Committee level will be referred to the appropriate School Curriculum Committee first for its review and recommendation. Proposals submitted to a School Curriculum Committee which do not originate from a Department/Program will be referred to the appropriate Department/Program first for its review and recommendation, unless the proposal involves the creation of a new Department or Program.

    1. Department/Program Level
      Each curriculum proposal requires Department/Program approval before being submitted to the appropriate School Curriculum Committee. Copies of proposals going to a School Curriculum Committee will be sent to the Director of the Kreitzberg Library and the Director of Academic Computing for an impact statement.
    2. School Level
      Each School Curriculum Committee shall take action on all matters involving the curriculum within its School and submit its recommendations to the UCC.
    3. University Level
      The UCC shall take action on all curricular matters of the University and submit its recommendations, which pass by a two-thirds majority to the President of the University. All other recommendations of the UCC shall be submitted to the Faculty Senate for action.
  5. Proposal Format and Time Schedule

    1. Each proposal submitted to the UCC shall include enough copies for each member of the Committee. A proposal may be brought to vote only at a meeting subsequent to one in which it was originally introduced. By a two-thirds vote of the UCC, this regulation may be set aside to permit immediate voting.Each proposal should include a recommendation from the School Curriculum Committee and relevant information, such as: a description of the proposal, justification, objective(s), prerequisites, impact on resources, etc. New program proposals need to follow the approved format for program proposals. New course proposals need to follow the approved format for new course proposals.
  6. Reporting

    1. The recommendations of the UCC, which pass by a two-thirds majority, are submitted by the SVPAA and Dean of the Faculty together with his own recommendations to the President for disposition.
    2. The UCC shall report to the Faculty Senate all its recommendations and final decisions by the President.
  7. Disagreement on Policy Between the President and the UCC

    In case of disagreement between the President and the UCC, the President shall forward the matter in question to the Faculty Senate for consideration. If after consideration by the Faculty Senate disagreement remains between the President and the Senate, the President will promptly forward the matter in question to the Chairperson of the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees.

Final revision: May 17, 2011
(July 21, 1993)
(June 25, 1993)
(Dec. 9, 1992)

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