By-Laws

Article 1
Membership

The Committee shall have a maximum of twenty-one voting members appointed by the University President.

Membership shall include faculty, staff, administrators, and students of all levels.

Membership shall be drawn from and will include at least one member from each school and division.

Membership is contingent on attendance at three quarters of the scheduled meetings and on active participation in at least one subcommittee.

An undergraduate nominated by the committee shall serve as a voting member of the Committee.

The Chair and Vice Chair shall be selected by the Committee, once constituted.

Article 2
Term of Office

The term of office shall be two years with the option of a third year. If a member leaves the school or university division he/she represents, and is the sole representative of said school, then his/her term shall expire automatically at the end of the semester and a replacement from said school shall be appointed. (It is understood that a student member may not be able to fulfill a full term.)

The initial terms shall be staggered by lot, for one and two year terms.

Article 3
Responsibilities

The Committee shall address systemic issues related to justice and gender within the campus.

The work of the Committee may be conducted by subcommittees (e.g. Retreats/Conferences, Curriculum Development, Special Events, Work/Family Life Issues, Faculty Development, Undergraduate Life, Graduate Student Issues)

Article 4
Procedures

  • A quorum consists of one third of the members.
  • Regular meetings shall be scheduled at the beginning of the semester.
  • Special meetings may be called by the Chair or Vice Chair with one week's notice.
  • Decisions of the Committee are determined by the majority of members attending a meeting.

Article 5
Reporting Responsibilities

  • The Committee shall report its conclusions/recommendations first to the President.
  • The Committee shall send its conclusions/recommendations to unions, associations, task forces, or other USF organizations that in the Committee's judgment need to be apprised of its findings.
  • Committee minutes and proceedings shall be sent to the Executive Officers at the close of the Spring semester of each academic year.

Article 6
Change in By-Laws

  • Any proposed changes in these By-Laws must be approved by three quarters of the Committee.
  • Any changes in these By-Laws are subject to the approval of the University President.