Recent Legislative Changes

Recent Divisional Actions:

(Updates are effective September 1, 2018 unless otherwise stipulated)

The following actions were taken by the Academic Senate Santa Cruz Division at its regular meeting on May 16, 2018:

The following Resolution was passed by acclamation.

Be it Resolved:

That the Santa Cruz Division of the Academic Senate would like to express its deep gratitude to Professor Ólőf Einarsdóttir for her leadership over the last two years. Chair Einarsdóttir has worked tirelessly as Chair, and has gone above and beyond to personally contribute to numerous campus initiatives, ably guiding the Senate through numerous important issues, including the selection of a new Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, resumption of faculty childcare, enrollment planning including impaction policies, Strategic Academic Planning, and the kick-off of a new LRDP.

Professor Einarsdóttir has performed all these duties with honesty, attention to detail, and with the best interests of the division always at heart.

For this service, the Senate thanks Professor Ólőf Einarsdóttir.

The following Motion was passed by a show of hands.

Presented to the Senate for approval is a motion to allow the Special Committee on Development and Fundraising to continue through August 31, 2019, after which it will present findings or propose an amendment to the Senate bylaws to establish itself as a standing committee.

The following Legislation was passed by a show of hands.

The Committee on Educational Policy (CEP) proposes an amendment to Regulation (SCR) 10.4.7 to clarify the requirements for students who wish to complete additional majors or minors along with their primary major. The regulation change proposed below ensures that the current practice can continue. Also, the fact that CEP can forbid certain major/minor combinations (apart from approving such restrictions proposed by departments in program statements) is stated explicitly.

10.4.7 Additional major or minors. A student becomes eligible for additional majors or minors by fulfilling the requirements of the declared majors or minors. Courses used to satisfy the requirements for each major must include a minimum of 40 upper-division credits (as per 10.4.3) not used to satisfy the 40 minimum upper-division credits of any other major or the 25 minimum upper-division credits of any minor. Courses used to satisfy the requirements for each minor must include a minimum of 25 upper-division credits (as per 10.4.4) not used to satisfy the 40 minimum upper-division credits of any major or the 25 minimum upper division credits of any other minor. Courses taken beyond these minimums to satisfy upper-division requirements for a major or minor may be applied toward another major or minor. Departments may approve substitution of appropriate upper-division courses to satisfy the requirements of this section. Lower-division courses may always simultaneously satisfy the requirements of different majors and/or minors. The Committee on Educational Policy may prohibit certain combinations of majors and/or minors.

The following Legislation was passed by a show of hands.

The Committee on the Library & Scholarly Communication (COLASC) proposes an amendment to Bylaw 13.23. COLASC assessed a need to update the charge to clarify the committee’s role and purview. Revision of the charge seeks to foster dialogue and interaction between the libraries, senate faculty, and students. COLASC proposes the following changes:

13.23.2 The Committee advises the President of the University and the Chancellor at Santa Cruz regarding the administration of the University Library at Santa Cruz, in accordance with the Standing Orders of the Regents. It consults with campus and library administration on local and Universitywide library and scholarly communication policies. Scholarly communication refers to the modalities by which research and creative work are made public, as described in 13.23.4. Whenever appropriate, the Committee joins the library administration in providing representation at Universitywide discussions of library policy.

13.23.4 The Committee reviews existing and proposed library acquisition and management policies and plans, and collaborates with the Library Administration and other appropriate campus entities in the development of those policies and plans, ensuring that they are based upon existing and changing patterns of faculty and student use of the University Libraries, and the varied needs of the campus’s academic programs.    

It studies and reports on multifaceted issues of scholarly communication, including access, publishing, teaching, archiving and storage, and copyright and fair use. It is the responsibility of the committee to strategize and recommend on matters related to scholarly communication, library services, and library resources in collaboration with the library personnel and other campus entities.


The following actions were taken by the Academic Senate Santa Cruz Division at its regular meeting on February 21, 2018:

The following Resolution was passed by a show of hands.

Whereas the Santa Cruz Academic Senate -- teachers, scholars, instructors, and researchers -- are committed to ensuring a safe environment where research, teaching, and service may thrive,

and whereas recent and reoccurring mass shootings on educational campuses threaten our mission and very existence, we join in solidarity with the survivors of the Parkland Florida school shooting on February 14, 2018 in calling for comprehensive and effective legislation to address gun issues so that no student need attend school in fear.

Be it resolved, that the Santa Cruz Academic Senate request that our Governor and State officials work with all other elected officials to ensure a safe and secure educational environment for all.


The following actions were taken by the Academic Senate Santa Cruz Division at its regular meeting on December 1, 2018:

The following legislation was passed by a show of hands.

The Committee on Educational Policy proposes an amendment to Regulation that will change the general education requirement of two composition courses for students who have satisfied the University of California’s English Language Writing Requirement (ELWR) to one composition course. This is in conjunction with a restructuring of the College Core and Writing Program courses that is described in detail in the Academic Literacy Curriculum proposal submitted by the Writing Program and the Council of Provosts, available at the CEP website. In brief, the restructuring will result in the following changes:

  1. Writing outcomes will no longer be administered in the College Core course. At present, the College Core course for ELWR-satisfied students is either a C1 composition course (College 80A) or a C2 composition course (College 80B). The students who take College 80A then go on to take a C2 composition course, Writing 2, in the Writing Program. In the proposed model, all ELWR-satisfied students will take a College Core course (denoted as College 1) followed by one composition course, Writing 2 (or an honors version thereof, Writing 2H). By proper coordination with the new College 1 course, after successful completion of Writing 2, students will fulfill the C2 outcomes that have been approved by CEP.
  2. ELWR-required students in all colleges will be required to take an additional composition course, Writing 1, between College 1 and Writing 2. Successful completion of Writing 1 will result in satisfying ELWR. This fulfills the objective of the amendment to Regulation 10.5.2 that was approved by the Academic Senate in 2016, that ELWR-required students should satisfy ELWR before taking a course that satisfies any composition requirement for ELWR-satisfied students. At present, ELWR-required students in four colleges take special sections of College 80A that satisfy the C1 requirement and also try to bring them to an ELWR-satisfied level (achieved through a portfolio review). Five colleges have the same system, but require students with low scores in the ELWR-placement examinations to take two five-credit courses, College 80C and 80D instead of College 80A. One college has ELWR-required students take a course with the Writing Program, Writing 20, instead of College 80A. The proposed model will result in a uniform system for all colleges.
  3. The proposed model will also have a uniform system for the College Core course. All students will take one five-credit course, College 1, which will teach them critical reading and critical thinking. This will be a prerequisite for Writing 1 and Writing 2.

  4. The Multilingual Curriculum (MLC), which is currently available to ELWR-required F-1 visa holders, will be opened to ELWR-required domestic students who are English language learners before enrolling in Writing 1 (or Writing 1E). This is consistent with the practice at other UC campuses. The Writing Program will also offer a course Writing 1E for those students in this category who feel that they need assistance with English language learning but do not need the two-course MLC sequence.

The amendment to Regulation will require an amendment to Regulation 10.5.2 for consistency, which is also proposed here. For the purpose of Regulation 10.5.2.d, “an Entry-Level Writing course” should be understood to include College 1, which will be a prerequisite to Writing 1 and will therefore enable a student to make progress towards ELWR satisfaction.           a. Composition. Students are required, in addition to satisfying the ELWR requirement, to complete one five-credit hour course or the equivalent in composition and rhetoric. This course shall usually be taken in the student’s first year and must be completed before the student enrolls in the 7th quarter.

10.5.2              d. Entering students who have not satisfied the requirement in one of the above ways must enroll in an Entry-Level Writing course in their first term of residence; pending satisfactory passage of the requirement, continued enrollment in an Entry-Level Writing course is mandatory. Satisfaction of the Entry-Level Writing Requirement is a prerequisite for enrolling in the composition course required under SCR, enrollment in every other university-level undergraduate course in English composition and for the Bachelor's degree.