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Course Approval Procedures: Regular Courses

[Note: A semester day is defined as any calendar day between the first day of the semester and last day of the semester.]

1. Faculty members shall propose new courses to the department undergraduate curriculum committee (for courses numbered 001- 499) or graduate curriculum committee (for courses numbered 600-999), or both for courses numbered 500-599. The faculty member should provide all information requested on Form B or Form C (and Graduate Guidelines). After the proposal has been approved by the established departmental procedures (e.g., curriculum committee or entire faculty) the committee chair or equivalent shall sign the signature sheet (Form A) and forward it and the course proposal (Form B or Form C) (and Graduate Guidelines) to the department head/chair for his or her review.

2. Within 15 calendar days of receiving the course proposal, the department head/chair will review it, and if he/she approves it, shall sign the signature sheet and send it along with 10 copies of the proposal to the school/college curriculum committee. The department head/chair shall forward one copy of the proposed course description to the Faculty Senate Office . The Secretary of the Faculty Senate shall cause the proposed course description to be published in the Campus Chronicle . The description shall be in the same form as it is expected to appear in the University Catalog : Department, number, title, instructor, description, credits and prerequisites [if none so indicated]. The description is not to exceed 30 words.

3. Within 30 semester days of publication in the Campus Chronicle , any faculty member with questions or objections concerning any aspect of the proposed course shall submit them to the Secretary of the Faculty Senate. Questions or objections received by the Secretary shall be promptly forwarded to the proposer and to all signatories. Publication in the Chronicle is the only official notice required of every course proposal and the only opportunity for any faculty to object. Thereafter, the only opportunity for an objection is that available to a Faculty Senator on the floor of the Senate after the course has been moved for approval. School/college curriculum committees or Senate councils may, however, request comments for good cause from a specified department(s) during their review of the proposal.

4. Within 30 semester days of receiving the course proposal from the department head/chair, the school/college curriculum committee shall review it. If the committee approves the proposal, the committee chair shall sign the signature sheet and promptly forward it along with the proposal to the dean of the school/college. If the proposal is distributed to the committee fewer than 30 days prior to the end of the semester, the course shall be placed on the agenda of a curriculum committee meeting to be held no later than 45 days from the first day of the following semester.

5. Within 5 calendar days of receiving the proposal, the dean of the school/college shall review it. If the dean approves the course, he/she shall sign the signature sheet and send it along with 10 copies of the proposal plus any copies of addenda to the Secretary of the Faculty Senate for review.

6. Upon receipt of the signature sheet and proposal from the dean of the school or college, the Secretary of the Faculty Senate will review the proposal to ensure that it conforms to the requirements of committee and council review. The Secretary shall expeditiously forward an adequate number of copies of the course proposal to the appropriate Senate Council(s), (Academic Matters Council, for courses numbered 001-499; Graduate Council, for courses numbered 600-999; both councils for courses numbered 500-599).

7. The Senate council(s) shall review the course proposal, and shall approve, disapprove, or request substantive revisions in the proposal within 45 semester days of distribution to the appropriate subcommittee(s). If the proposal is distributed to the subcommittee fewer than 45 days prior to the end of the semester, the course shall be placed on the agenda of a council meeting to be held no later than 60 semester days from the first day of the following semester. If revisions are needed, the council(s) shall take no further action on the proposal until the required information is submitted. Upon receipt of the information requested, the council(s) shall act within 30 semester days.

8. Signature sheets of courses approved by the Academic Matters Council shall be signed by the chair of the Council and submitted with the proposal to the Secretary of the Faculty Senate. Signature sheets of courses approved by the Graduate Council, shall be signed by the chair of the Council and submitted with the proposal to the Dean of the Graduate School, who shall review the proposal and approve or disapprove it within 14 semester days. If he/she approves the course, the Dean shall sign the signature sheet and forward it and the proposal to the Faculty Senate Office. The Secretary of the Faculty Senate shall cause the courses so approved to be placed on the agenda with an appropriate motion.

9. The Faculty Senate shall vote on the course proposal. If the course is approved, the Secretary of the Faculty Senate shall sign the signature sheet and promptly forward it and the proposal to the Provost or designee.

10. If, subsequent to debate on the Senate floor, a course is referred back to the appropriate council(s), the council(s) in question must consider the specific objection(s) raised at the next scheduled meeting of the council(s) and determine the proper course of action (e.g., consultation with the proposer or re-submission to the Faculty Senate).

11. The Provost or his/her designee shall review the proposal and if he/she approves the proposal shall sign the signature sheet and notify the proposer, the department head/chair, the dean of the school/college, the Secretary of the Faculty Senate, the Dean of the Graduate School (when appropriate) and the Scheduling Office that the course may be offered.

 

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