Plenary Meetings of the Faculty
Each year the speaker of the Faculty Senate will convene a minimum of three
plenary meetings of the university faculty. In the fall semester, one shall
occur when the speaker invites the president to make a "State of the University"
address. Additionally, on the day prior to Spring Commencement, the speaker
will convene a regular plenary meeting to receive reports from the president,
the Examinations and Standing Committee, and the registrar, and to approve the
candidates for spring graduation. A similar regular plenary meeting will be convened
in January, often combined with a Faculty Senate meeting, to approve the candidates for fall graduation.
The speaker, with the approval of the Executive Committee, or the president
may call additional regular meetings of the university faculty in plenary
session to serve as sounding boards on important, transcendent issues affecting
the university. Any votes taken at such regular meetings would be advisory to
the Senate. In addition, a petition signed by fifty voting members of the
faculty shall require the speaker to convene a special meeting of the university
faculty in plenary session to discuss a specific matter.