Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of the Faculty Council shall:

1. Coordinate activities of the Faculty Council and its committees;

2. Ensure that Faculty Council is informed of the activities of the Faculty Council committees and the Faculty Senate committee;

3. Request reports as it deems necessary from the committees of the Faculty Council and the committee of the Faculty Senate;

4. Initiate and assign items of new business to the Faculty Council and to the Faculty Council committees and the Faculty Senate committee;

5. Receive proposals for items suggested for Faculty Council consideration;

6. Request the circulation to the Faculty Council or to the Faculty Senate of documents offered for consideration by the Faculty Council or Faculty Senate;

7. Serve as the Faculty Council's Committee on Elections;

8. Notify the relevant campus assemblies of the need to fill vacancies on the Faculty Council;

9. Appoint a Special Event chair to preside at a special event, as needed;

10. Review and recommend changes in these bylaws.

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Budget Committee

The Budget Committee considers matters concerning the allocation of university resources, including:

1. Reviewing the budget requests with representatives of the system administration prior to their submission to the Board of Regents and reporting the committee's concurrence or non-concurrence with the budget request to Faculty Council; 

2. Evaluating the management of the university's resources, which shall be included in the committee's annual report to Faculty Council; 

3. Management of the university's resources, which shall be included in the committee's annual report to Faculty Council; 

4. Acting as the advisory body to Faculty Council on matters of the budget.

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Committee on Racial & Ethnic Equity (CREE)

The Committee on Racial & Ethnic Equity (CREE) considers concerns of ethnic minority faculty, including:

  1. assessing the cultural climate of the university as it pertains to opportunities for ethnic minority faculty for academic advancement, productivity and appropriate compensation;
  2. making recommendations for creating an academic environment that fosters the academic success of both ethnic minority faculty and ethnic minority students;
  3. working to assure fairness in the recruitment and retention of ethnic minority faculty and students;
  4. developing support networks and recommending policy to address the needs of ethnic minority faculty and students. 

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer + (LGBTQ+) Committee

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer + (LGBTQ+) Committee considers concerns of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender faculty, including:

1. Assessing the cultural climate of the university as it pertains to opportunities of LGBTQ+ faculty for academic advancement, productivity and appropriate compensation;

2. Making recommendations for creating an academic environment that fosters the academic success of LGBTQ+ faculty; 

3. Working to assure fairness in the recruitment and retention of LGBTQ+ faculty;

4. Developing support networks and recommending policy to address the needs of LGBTQ+ faculty.

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Personnel and Benefits Committee

The Personnel and Benefits Committee considers policies in the general area of university faculty personnel compensation, including benefits, for the purpose of ensuring that all faculty are adequately, appropriately, and fairly compensated, with consistent attention to issues of diversity, equity and inclusion as they relate to compensation. Among the policies that are relevant to the Committee's charge are those affecting:

1. Faculty salaries;
2. Faculty benefits; retirement annuities, insurance, sick leave, health benefits and other benefits;
3. Policies on tenure, promotion and privilege of faculty members;
4. Sabbaticals and other types of academic leave;
5. Travel allowances;
6. Considerations of diversity, equity, and inclusion;
7. Personnel and benefits decisions due to program discontinuance.

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Communications Committee

The Communications Committee considers matters of communication relevant to faculty at CU, including:
1. Providing guidance related to strategies and approaches (e.g., messaging, appropriate technologies, etc.) for communicating with faculty in an inclusive and equitable way.
2. Inviting greater and more diverse* participation in the shared governance process, and fostering a culture of equity and inclusion.
3. Informing faculty of the issues before the Faculty Council and urging them to contribute their opinions, analysis, and ideas.
4. Providing opportunities for faculty to share insights and ideas about issues impacting faculty across the four campuses.
5. Acknowledging and promoting impactful faculty contributions to affirm and value their efforts.
6. Promoting awareness of the mission and impact of the Faculty Council and other shared governance bodies, and publicizing events of significance to the faculty.
7. Facilitating collaboration among the standing committees of the Faculty Council and assisting them with their communication needs.
8. Advising on system wide communication media (e.g., CU Connections, CU on the Air) to ensure that content is inclusive of and sensitive to diverse* faculty voices.
*Diverse, as used here, encompasses but is not limited to gender, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, nationality, academic rank, religious background, ability, experience, and diversity of thought.

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Educational Policy and University Standards (EPUS) Committee

The Educational Policy and University Standards (EPUS) Committee considers and recommends policies on education and academic and procedural standards, including:

1. University academic standards, including the Uniform Grading Policy;

2. Procedural standards affecting academic affairs common to all academic units of the university;

3. Honorary degrees and recognition medals;

4. Evaluation and improvement of learning and teaching at all university levels.

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Women's Committee

The Women's Committee considers concerns of women faculty, including:

1. Assessing the cultural climate of the university as it pertains to opportunities of women faculty for academic advancement, productivity and appropriate compensation; 

2. Making recommendations for creating an academic environment that fosters the academic success of women faculty; 

3. Working to assure fairness in the recruitment and retention of women faculty; 

4. Developing support networks and recommending policy to address the needs of women faculty; 

5. Administering the Elizabeth Gee Memorial Lectureship Award.

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The following committees of the Faculty Council are currently inactive:

  • Disability 
  • Bylaws
  • Faculty Code of Conduct
  • Grievance Study 
  • Learning, Education Technology, Teaching & Scholarship (LETTS)
  • Salary & Equity Committee