Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

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Constitution Committee

Constitution Committee Mandate

This committee crafts and reviews changes to the Constitution as needed, and generally is responsible for making sure the Constitution reflects current needs and practices.  Chairs of Standing Committees may choose whether to take proposals they have for changes to the Constitution either through the Constitution Committee or directly to Steering, depending on the complexity of their proposal or implications it may have for other parts of the Constitution. Consultation with the chair of the Constitution Committee is advised.

Duties of the Constitution Committee

  • Ensures that the constitution is maintained and updated, through a process of dialogue with Steering and other Standing and Ad Hoc committees
  • Proposes changes on its own initiative, and acts upon proposals/referrals from Steering or from other committees
  • Produces and approves wording for consideration by Steering; any changes to the constitution must be made at a meeting of Steering, using the normal consensus procedures

Members

  • The Constitution committee is chaired by the co-chairs of Steering.
  • The chairs of all Standing Committees, and the program director and program coordinator, are automatically members of the Constitution Committee
  • As with all other standing committees, any member of the community not named above may participate; in order to ensure that members have adequate familiarity with the issues being discussed, it is expected that they make a one-year commitment to participation.
     

Duties of the chair of Constitution Committee

  • Set agendas for meetings, through consultation with committee members, keeping track of action items from previous meetings, and watching for items referred from other committees
  • Distribute the agenda, via email, along with relevant attachments, at least 24 hours prior to each meeting
  • Make approved changes to the “master” Constitution document, and ensure that the revised document is posted on the Cultural Studies website in a timely fashion