Recent Legislative Changes

Recent Divisional Actions:

(Updates are effective September 1, 2017 unless otherwise stipulated)

The following actions were taken by the Academic Senate Santa Cruz Division at its regular meeting on May 19, 2017:

COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES 2017-18 Nominations (AS/SCP/1858), with the following changes, were approved by acclamation.

Career Advising
Update: Nina Treadwell                     Music
- Will serve full year instead of only winter & spring quarters
Add: Judy Scott                                Education

Research
Update: Marilou Sison-Mangus         Ocean Sciences
- Will serve full year instead of only spring quarter

Faculty Welfare
Add: Yiman Wang                            Film & Digital Media

COMMITTEE ON EDUCATIONAL POLICY Amendment to Manual Chapters for Undergraduates (AS/SCP/1859), with amendments, was passed by a voice vote.

Chapter 8: 8.3.1 Final examinations must be given in all undergraduate courses unless the department or college sponsoring the course has obtained permission (in accordance with SR 772C) from the Committee on Courses of Instruction to omit them at the option of the instructor in the course.

Chapter 9: 9.1.5 With the approval of the Committee on Courses of Instruction, course sponsoring agencies may offer courses as "P/NP only." The designation of courses as "P/NP only" shall be made by the Committee on Courses of Instruction to have effect for all of the following academic year, beginning with the requested term and shall remain in effect until changed by request of the course sponsoring agency, with the approval of the Committee on Courses of Instruction. During the academic year, agencies may request the "P/NP only" designation for new courses to be offered for winter, spring, or summer terms. 

Chapter 10: 10.1.3 D. Except when Divisional Regulations provide otherwise, a student in the Education Abroad Program, the UC Washington, D.C. Program, the UC Center in Sacramento Program, or courses offered by the UC Natural Reserve System (NRS) California Ecology and Conservation Field program may meet the residence requirement in accordance with the following provisions:

1. A student who completes the graduation requirements while in the Education Abroad Program, the UC Washington, D.C. Program, the UC Center in Sacramento Program, or the UC Natural Reserve System (NRS) California Ecology and Conservation Field program may satisfy the requirements stated in paragraph (A) in the final 45 (or 30 semester) units preceding the student's entrance into the Education Abroad Program, the UC Washington, D.C., Program, the UC Center in Sacramento Program; or the UC Natural Reserve System (NRS) California Ecology and Conservation Field program.

2. Subject to the prior approval of the department concerned, a student who is enrolled in the Education Abroad Program, the UC Washington, D.C. Program, the UC Center in Sacramento Program, or the UC Natural Reserve System (NRS) California Ecology and Conservation Field program may satisfy the residence requirement by earning 35 (or 24 semester) of the final 90 (or 60 semester) units, including the final 12 (or 8 semester) units, in residence in the college or school of the University of California in which the degree is taken.

10.2.3.1.b. b. Disciplinary communication (DC) requirement. Students must have instruction and substantial practice in modes of communication appropriate to their major. The largest component of the DC curriculum must involve writing. The requirement must be satisfied either within one five-credit upper-division course or within a combination of up to three upper-division courses totaling at least five credits. Major program requirements must include approved disciplinary communication curricula.

Bylaw 2.2 Curricula. The Santa Cruz Division authorizes all courses and curricula offered at Santa Cruz, including all credit courses administered by the Santa Cruz Office of University Extension. It does so subject to the University-wide and Santa Cruz Academic Senate Bylaws and Regulations and the Standing Orders of the Regents. As these Bylaws stipulate below, elements of this authority are exercised by the Faculties of colleges and schools, the academic divisions, the Committee on Educational Policy, Committee on Courses of Instruction, and the Graduate Council, and the departments.

COMMITTEE ON EDUCATIONAL POLICY Amendment to Bylaw 13.17 (AS/SCP/1860) was passed by a voice vote.

13.17.1 There are no fewer than six and no more than nine Santa Cruz Division members plus the Registrar and the Chair of the Committee on Courses of Instruction serving ex officio. In addition, there are one non-senate teaching faculty representative, one non-voting provosts' representative selected by the Council of Provosts, and no more than two student representatives

13.17.2            (Section was deleted)

13.17.8 The Committee oversees the grading including all matters pertaining to the Faculty's participation in grading. The Committee will explain and answer questions concerning grading and evaluations, and inform the Registrar's Office about Committee interpretations of Academic Senate policies.

13.17.9 Consistent with Senate Bylaws 20 and 310A.4, CEP may delegate routine administrative decisions related to academic policies and regulations of the Division to the Admissions Director, the University Registrar, and College Provosts.

13. 17. 10 CEP will monitor and review on an annual basis all delegated decisions.

COMMITTEE ON EDUCATIONAL POLICY Amendment to Regulation 10.5.2 (AS/SCP/1869) was passed by a voice vote.

CEP recommended delaying the implementation of the changes to 10.5.2 until Fall 2018. No change was proposed to the wording of the regulation, only to the implementation date.

COMMITTEE ON COURSES OF INSTRUCTION Amendment to Bylaw 13.16 (AS/SCP/1861) was passed by a voice vote.

13.16.2 Reviews, coordinates and takes final action on all matters relating to courses of instruction, including approval of new courses, modifications, withdrawal, conduct, content, credit valuation, classification of existing courses, prerequisites, the numbering and catalog description of courses.  Reviews requests for exceptions to Division Regulations governing courses of instruction.  The Committee shall, after consultation with the department(s) concerned, have the authority to delete from the catalog any course that has not been offered for six consecutive years. Consults, and advises faculties of colleges, departments and individual members of the Division when matters relating to their courses of instruction are before the Committee.

13.16.6 Consistent with Senate Bylaws 20 and 310A.4, CCI may delegate routine administrative decisions related to academic policies and regulations of the Division to the University Registrar and College Provosts.

13.16.7 CCI will monitor and review on an annual basis all delegated decisions.

COMMITTEE ON EMERITI RELATIONS Amendment to Bylaw 13.18.1 (AS/SCP/1862) was passed by a voice vote.

13.18.1 There are at least two and no more than five emeritus and one non-emeritus Santa Cruz Division members, plus the Chair of the Committee on Faculty Welfare serving ex officio. (Am 21 May 04; EC 18 Oct 91, 31 Aug 99, 31 Aug 04, 31 Aug 06)


The following resolution was passed by a show of hands.

Whereas: “The University of California welcomes and supports students without regard to their immigration status” and “is committed to creating an environment in which all admitted students can successfully matriculate and graduate”;

Whereas: Undocumented Students face a range of barriers and difficulties that have become even more acute during the Trump administration, including

▪      inadequate resources for counseling and safe, secure, meeting places

▪      ineligibility for many types of federal funding

▪      insufficient funds in the Professional Career Development Program (PCDP) internship and scholarship program

▪      reluctance to take out loans, including DREAM loans, due to uncertainty about future earning power due to immigration status

Be it resolved that:  The Senate calls for the Chancellor and CP/EVC to take meaningful action to address the barriers and difficulties controlled by UCSC (e.g., inadequate resources for counseling and safe, secure, meeting places) and report back to the Senate at the beginning of the 2017-2018 academic year, and subsequently annually, until undocumented students have permanent protection within the U.S.. Programs for counseling and mentoring should be designed in consultation with Undocumented Student Services and representatives in the Undocumented Alliance, or an appropriate student successor organization representing undocumented students.

Be it resolved that: We call for the UC Office of the President to arrange for forgiveness of loans and increase funding for the Professional Career Development Program PCDP internships and scholarships for undocumented students.

The following resolution was passed by a show of hands.

Whereas: “The University of California welcomes and supports students without regard to their immigration status” and “is committed to creating an environment in which all admitted students can successfully matriculate and graduate”;

Whereas: “UCPD is devoted to providing professional policing services that strive to ensure a safe and secure environment in which members of the University’s diverse community can pursue the University’s research, education and public service missions. Community trust and cooperation are essential to effective law enforcement on campus or other UC locations”;

Whereas: President Trump has issued an executive order criminalizing undocumented status, by stating that it is the policy of the executive branch to “detain individuals apprehended on suspicion of violating Federal or State law, including Federal immigration law”

Whereas: In the wake of Immigration and Custom Enforcement operations in February 2017, Santa Cruz police chief Kevin Vogel stated, “We can’t cooperate with a law enforcement agency [Department of Homeland Security] we cannot trust”

Be it resolved that: The Senate calls for UC Office of the President to prohibit Immigration and Custom Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, and Homeland Security Investigations from coming on campus under any circumstances.

The following resolution was passed by a show of hands.

Whereas: “The University of California welcomes and supports students without regard to their immigration status” and “is committed to creating an environment in which all admitted students can successfully matriculate and graduate”;

Whereas: Information in student records regarding students’ and students’ family members’ immigration status is vulnerable to subpoena, and thus could constitute a threat to the safety and security of undocumented students or of undocumented family members

Whereas: UCSC staff members who sought to protect the privacy of student records by refusing subpoenas would be subject to contempt of court charges

Be it resolved that: The Senate calls for the Chancellor and CP/EVC to institute policies that will ensure that records of students’ or students’ families’ immigration status will not be retained beyond the brief and limited time needed for determination of eligibility for grants, loans, or other programs. These policies would apply to all units on the campus, including the registrar, office of financial aid, student affairs, and colleges.


The following actions were taken by the Academic Senate Santa Cruz Division at its regular meeting on November 18, 2016:

The following resolution was passed by acclamation.

Whereas, this is Alison Galloway's final meeting of the Academic Senate as the Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor (CP/EVC), and

Whereas, Alison Galloway has been an exemplary teacher, scholar, and servant of the university, and

Whereas, Alison Galloway's long commitment to teaching has been recognized with a UC Santa Cruz Excellence in Teaching award, and

Whereas, Alison Galloway’s excellence in research has been recognized by the Physical Anthropology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences with its highest honor, the T. Dale Stewart Award for career achievement, and

Whereas, Alison Galloway’s research expertise in forensic science has enabled her service to the larger community by allowing her to testify in homicide cases, and thus to speak for the dead, who cannot speak for themselves, and

Whereas, Alison Galloway has tirelessly served the University of California, Santa Cruz, in numerous Senate and administrative roles since joining the campus in 1990, as Professor of Anthropology, Chair of the Department of Anthropology, Chair of the Committee on Teaching, member of the Committees on Faculty Welfare and Planning & Budget, Vice-Chair of the Academic Senate, Chair of the Academic Senate, Vice Provost of Academic Affairs, and, for over six years, Campus Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor, and

Whereas, Alison Galloway took office as Campus Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor in 2010, when the campus and country were still in the midst of a global financial crisis and the campus was experiencing a bleak period of reorganization and cuts, and an uneasy future, and

Whereas, Alison Galloway led the campus through this period, never despairing and always looking forward, and

Whereas, Alison Galloway has been an exemplary campus citizen and a model of dedicated, effective leadership,

We are therefore Resolved that this body should recognize Alison Galloway for her outstanding contributions to this Senate, this campus, and this University, and we wish her continued success as our valued colleague.


The following legislation was passed by a show of hands.

The Committee on Research proposes an amendment to Bylaw 13.27.2. COR assessed a need to update the charge to clarify the committee’s proactive strategic role in Senate research and remove dated information. COR proposes the following changes:

1) The committee informs the Division on issues pertaining to the research mission at UCSC and the University of California, consults with the Vice Chancellor for Research (VCR), advises the Chancellor, and explores new initiatives to enhance the quality, relevance, sustainability and support for research. For example, the committee addresses campus research budgets, research infrastructure, policy and strategy, promotion and coordination of multidisciplinary research, collaborative research among faculty, and policies governing acceptance of extramural funding.

2) Advises the VCR on policies for periodic evaluation of administrative entities that support faculty research, including such offices as the Office of Research, Office of Sponsored Projects Office for the Management of Intellectual Property and Compliance Administration and UCSC Natural Reserves.


The following resolution, with amendments, was passed by a show of hands.

Be it resolved that the Santa Cruz Division of the Academic Senate:

Condemns the dramatic reduction of the print collection at the Science and Engineering Library without proper and timely consultation with the Committee on Library and Scholarly Communications (COLASC) and the affected faculty

Deplores the destruction of books from the Science and Engineering Library without an opportunity being given to members of the university or the public to save the books

Rejects the library's decision to choose which books to be discarded without seeking the opinion of the faculty in the affected departments, who have professional expertise in the relevant fields

Calls on the University Librarian to commit that such an action will not be repeated, and that the Academic Senate, Graduate Student Association, andStudent Union Assembly will be adequately consulted and the faculty informed before making significant changes to the on-campus collections and archives of the University Library

Calls on the University Librarian to provide the faculty with a list of books removed from the Science Library, and take steps to reacquire (in print or online form) those books that the faculty consider extremely important

Calls on the Chancellor and CPEVC to reaffirm the role of the University Library as a teaching and research library that is key to supporting faculty and student research as well as instruction.