Statutes Committee Meeting Minutes

Meeting of February 15, 2000


Members Present: John Adams (EDI); Sandra Corse (LCC); Ashley Prisant (UG Student); and Marc Smith (ME)

Members Absent: John Dorsey (ECE) and Rich Combes (GTRI-EOEML)


  1. Prof. S. Abdel-Khalik requested an amendment to the Statutes to accompany the Institute’s proposed Policy on Extension of the Probationary Period for Tenure. The amendment was presented at an earlier meeting of the Executive Board and is attached to these minutes. After a short discussion, it was approved by a unanimous vote to send this amendment to the General Faculty for a first reading. That meeting is scheduled for February 29, 2000.
  2. The amendment to the Bylaws proposed by the Student Activities Committee on May 20, 1999 was withdrawn after they were informed that the Institute Bylaws, Section already gives them the power to appoint a standing subcommittee as they had wanted. 
  3. Prof. Edward Thomas’s proposal to eliminate the use of specific titles for administrators in lieu of generic titles in the Statutes and Bylaws was discussed. The intent is to clarify the appointment of individuals to the appropriate governing bodies and committees. The committee approved this change and the translation of titles is attached to these minutes. These new titles were approved by an e-mail vote on February 23, 2000 and will be sent to the General Faculty for a first reading at the meeting on February 29, 2000.
  4. The "Report to the Executive Board by the ad-hoc ‘Committee on Election Procedures'," submitted to the Executive Board on August 3, 1999 was discussed. This committee reviewed certain aspects of the representation and election procedures related to service on the General Faculty Assembly, the Academic Senate, and the Executive Board. After some discussion, the Statutes committee decided to consider rewriting the Statutes to more clearly define representative units, sub-units, and voting eligibility via these units. A piecemeal approach would probably make the statutes more difficult to interpret than they are now. Marc Smith will bring this proposal to the Executive Board for discussion in a future meeting.