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College of Arts and Sciences

The New CAS ByLaws - An Implementation Guide March 18, 2008

General Principle: The Bylaws take effect upon approval by the faculty. By a vote of 59 (in favor) to 1 (opposed), the CAS Faculty approved the new Bylaws and, having been announced at the February 12, 2008 CAS Faculty Meeting, are now in effect. Exceptions to this shall be based on the changes to the Bylaws that are best implemented at a later point in time, relative to regular cycles of the College, so as not to disrupt College business.

For example: all currently constituted committees shall continue their work until the end of the Spring 2008 semester, as defined in the old by-laws. Changes in both committee composition and responsibilities and activities (as described in the new Bylaws), shall be implemented for the Fall 2008 semester. All faculty currently serving terms that continue beyond the Spring 2008 semester shall continue to serve until the end of their elected term. Faculty area distributions on committees, as described in the new Bylaws, will be implemented as terms on committees expire and members replaced.

The Details (delayed implementation items)

Section I: Membership. If possible, the Voting Membership (part C) will be in effect with the spring elections filling vacancies on committees. If that is not possible, it will be implemented by the start of the Fall 2008 semester.

Section II: Officers. The current Secretary of the College will serve until the end of the Spring 2008 semester. Effective in the Fall 2008 semester, the Secretary of the College will be "appointed by the Dean, subject to the consent of the Faculty" as described in part B of the new Bylaws.

Section III: Meetings. There are no items in this section that need to be delayed in order to be implemented.

Section IV: Standing Committees - General Provisions. There are no items in this section that need to be delayed in order to be implemented.

Section V: Standing Committees. The APBC is being constituted for the first time, so a schedule of 3-year, 2-year and 1-year terms for both appointed and elected members has been established so that there will be an orderly turnover of committee members (care was taken to ensure that terms for appointed and elected members from the same disciplinary area were staggered, too). For all other committees, representation in distribution areas was assessed and vacancies allocated based on the distribution needs as specified in the new Bylaws.

Section VI: Ad Hoc Committees. There are no items in this section that need to be delayed in order to be implemented.

Section VII: Ammendment of Bylaws. There are no items in this section that need to be delayed in order to be implemented.

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