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The Committee System

KU governance operates on a committee system under which issues are referred to one of several standing committees of the University Senate (8 committees) or Faculty Senate (6 committees).  SenEx writes charges for University Senate committees.  FacEx is responsible for appointing faculty to all committees and for writing charges for the Faculty Senate committees. The Student Senate, and Staff Senate appoint or nominate representatives of their respective groups to serve as voting or ex-officio members of governance committees.

University Senate Committees (faculty, students, staff)

  1. Academic Computing and Electronic Communications (ACEC)
  2. Academic Procedures and Policies (AP&P)
  3. Athletic Committee
  4. Calendar
  5. International Affairs
  6. Libraries
  7. Planning and Resources (P&R)
  8. Retirees Rights and Benefits (RRB)


Faculty Senate Committees (faculty only)

  1. Faculty Compensation
  2. Faculty Rights Board (FRB)
  3. Faculty Rights, Privileges, and Responsibilities (FRPR)
  4. Faculty Research
  5. Restricted Research
  6. Standards and Procedures for Promotion & Tenure (SPPT)

University Commissions and Boards (faculty, staff, students)  

Governance is directly responsible for the Judicial Board, and nominates faculty to serve on the Parking Commission and Parking Transit.


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