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  1. Objectives and Functions

    1. The Council of Department Chairs/Program Directors at the
      University of Southern Indiana shall serve as a channel of
      communications for USI department chairs/program directors to
      support the development of the department chairs and program
      directors across disciplines.

    2. The Council shall serve as the representative agency of the
      department chairs/program directors in matters of faculty affairs,
      which could include advising and making recommendations to
      the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs and to the
      Faculty Senate.

    3. The Chair of the Council shall be available to advise the Provost
      and Vice President of Academic Affairs, and be available to
      advise the Chair of the Faculty Senate, at regular intervals during
      the academic year.

  2. Organization and Relationships

    1. Membership in this Council shall include all academic
      department chairs, all academic program directors, and, on an exofficio and non-voting basis, the Chair of the Faculty Senate. If
      necessary, a Council member may designate a representative to
      vote in his or her absence. If a Council member does make such
      a designation, then the Council Secretary should be notified of
      the designation prior to the meeting date.

    2. The Council shall have a Chairperson, a Vice-Chair, and a
      Secretary who shall be nominated and elected by the Council for
      a two-year term.

    3. The Chairperson, Vice-Chair, and Secretary of the Council shall
      meet prior to each Council meeting to set and publish the agenda. The agenda and minutes of the previous meeting shall be distributed to the Council at least one week prior to the meeting.

    4. In the case of a permanent vacancy for any cause in the
      Chairperson s position, the Vice-Chair of the Council shall serve
      in that capacity until a replacement for the unexpired term of the
      Chairperson has been duly elected by the Council.

    5. The Council may, on a periodic basis, need to establish ad-hoc
      committees. The authority to set up those committees, and to
      select their chairpersons, shall be vested in the Council
      Chairperson.

  3. Operations

    1. The Council shall meet at least twice per semester.

    2. Ten members of the Council at any Council Meeting shall
      constitute a quorum of the Council.

    3. An act approved by a majority of Council members (or
      designated representatives) in attendance at any Council Meeting
      where a quorum is present shall be considered an act of this
      Council.

    4. This Charter may be amended at any Council Meeting where a
      quorum exists by a two-thirds vote of Council members (or
      designated representatives) in attendance.

    5. The Council shall operate under the most current edition of
      Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (Cambridge, Mass.:
      Perseus Publishing).

    The forgoing Charter of the Council of Department Chairs/Program Directors at the University of Southern Indiana was adopted by vote of the Council in meeting on May 9, 2006 and subsequently approved by the Provost.


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