During this critical time, our five senates, and numerous university committees are essential to our success. The fluidity and urgency of this situation demands that we review policies and, in some cases, develop new procedures to give us necessary flexibility. A good example of that is the development and review of an interim furlough policy, which was reviewed by President’s Cabinet and Budget Planning Council (BPC) before being finalized. BPC has also weighed in on administrative realignment plans that have university-wide reach.
Similarly, as we consider any changes to academic program offerings or academic college structures, we will engage with Faculty Senate and seek feedback through Student Senate leadership.
At the same time, departmental-level decisions, including personnel reduction decisions, will be made at the department level in consultation with the appropriate Dean or Vice President. Decisions impacting academic units will be reviewed by the Provost prior to implementation and decisions impacting administrative units will be reviewed by the President prior to implementation.