Descriptions of Standing Committees of the Academic Senate

Committee

Committee on Academic Freedom (CAF)
Description: Academic freedom means that both faculty members and students can engage in intellectual debate without fear of censorship or retaliation. Academic freedom gives both students and faculty the right to express their views - in speech, writing, and through electronic communication, both on and off campus - without fear of sanction, unless the manner of expression substantially impairs the rights of others or, in the case of faculty members, those views demonstrate that they are professionally ignorant, incompetent, or dishonest with regard to their discipline or fields of expertise. Academic freedom gives both students and faculty the right to study and do research on the topics they choose and to draw what conclusions they find consistent with their research, though it does not prevent others from judging whether their work is valuable and their conclusions sound. To protect academic freedom, universities should oppose efforts by corporate or government sponsors to block dissemination of any research findings.

In recent years, UCSF’ CAF has engaged in the following issues:

  • Reviewing institutional sponsorship of events at UCSF;
  • Use of materials generated by UCSF faculty;
  • Faculty rights and responsibilities regarding the IS-3 Electronic Information Security Policy; and
  • Assessment of the state of academic freedom amongst UCSF faculty.
  • Tobacco research

Qualification: UCSF Faculty in the Adjunct, Clinical X, Health Sciences Clinical, In-Residence, and Ladder Rank series are eligible to be appointed.
Membership: 5-6 members, meets for 90 minutes every other month. (Committee Bylaws and Duties | Archives)

Committee on Academic Personnel (CAP)
Description: Makes recommendations on appointments, promotions, and merit advancements, changes in series, appraisals, terminations, & appeals of personnel actions. CAP oversees the Distinction in Teaching and Distinction in Mentoring awards, and annually updates the Faculty Handbook as needed.

In recent years, CAP has also addressed the following issues:

  • Personalized Mentoring Advancement & Promotion (PMAP) Module: This module aims to personalize information related to advancement and promotion to a faculty member’s current series, rank, and step. As a faculty member advances through their series, or changes series, information within the module will change as well.
  • APM Changes:  CAP has played a major role in commenting on systemwide APM changes that relate to faculty series, especially recent changes relating to both Clinical X and the Health Sciences Clinical Series (APMs 112-4-b[8], 210-6, 278, 279 and the new APM 350 for Clinical Associates).
  • In-Residence Task Force (2017-18)

Qualifications:  Faculty within the Clinical X, In-Residence, and Ladder Rank series at the full Professor rank are eligible to be appointed as full voting members. Faculty within the Adjunct and Health Sciences Clinical series at the full Professor rank are eligible to be appointed as a non-voting guest.
Membership:  Maximum of 9 Senate members (Clinical X, In-Residence, and Ladder Rank series), and a maximum of 2 non-Senate non-voting guests, meets 12:15-2:45 pm every Wednesday. (Committee Bylaws and Duties | Archives)

Committee on Academic Planning & Budget (APB)
Description: Addresses campus-wide planning, budgetary, and financial proposals and decisions. APB is also charged with initiating studies with regard to budget and planning on proposed activities that would significantly impact the academic and research mission of the campus as a whole or any two of the Schools.

Currently, APB has been particularly involved with:

  • Information Technology planning;
  • Human Resources reforms & restructuring decisions;
  • UCSF Campaign;
  • Campus finance & planning

Qualification: UCSF Faculty in the Adjunct, Clinical X, Health Sciences Clinical, In-Residence, and Ladder-Rank series at the Associate or Full Professor rank are eligible to be appointed.
Membership: 19 members plus ex-officio members from the administration and the Chairs of each school's Faculty Council. APB meets monthly for two hours. (Committee Bylaws and Duties | Archives)

Clinical Affairs Committee (CAC)
Description: Review policy & issues relating to the clinical enterprise. CAC has taken a leading role in the recent Task Force on Clinical Affiliation Agreements and Standard of Care and the Joint Senate-Administration Review Committee on Campus Affiliation Policy 100-10. In addition, CAC has participated in the ad-hoc systemwide Clinical Affairs Advisory Group. Recent and ongoing activities include:

  • Outreach to clinical faculty at UCSF affiliates;
  • Clinical Affiliation Agreements;
  • Clinical faculty leadership development;
  • UC Health;
  • Clinical faculty outreach at UCSF affiliates;
  • Review of affiliation agreements impacting UCSFs educational mission;
  • Assessment of clinical faculty leadership development pilot

Qualification: UCSF Faculty in the Adjunct, Clinical X, Health Sciences Clinical, In-Residence, and Ladder-Rank series are eligible to be appointed.
Membership: 14 members (including ex-officios), CAC meets monthly for 90 minutes. (Committee Bylaws and Duties | Archives)

Committee on Committees (COC)
Description: The Committee on Committees is charged with appointing or removing committee members, representatives to Systemwide Senate committees and members of ad hoc committees as requested for the San Francisco Division of the Academic Senate and Systemwide Academic Senate.
Qualification: Members are elected by the faculty of the Division; UCSF Faculty in the Adjunct, Clinical X, Health Sciences Clinical, In-Residence, and Ladder-Rank series at the Associate or Full Professor rank are eligible to be elected.
Membership: 9 members, meets bi-monthly on Friday afternoons for 90 minutes. (Committee Bylaws and Duties | Archives)

Committee on Courses of Instruction (COCOI)
Description: Review and approve all courses offered at UCSF for credit. Recent and ongoing activities include:

  • Web Based Coursework;
  • Review of New Inter-professional Education Course Instructions;
  • Committee on Education Policy Collaboration;
  • Late Course Submissions;
  • Evaluating Efforts to Address Late Course Submissions;
  • Collaboration with Education Policy Committee;
  • Improving Course Submission in the School of Nursing

Qualification: UCSF Faculty in the Adjunct, Clinical X, Health Sciences Clinical, In-Residence, and Ladder-Rank series are eligible to be appointed.
Membership: 10 members, meets bi-monthly for two hours. Course reviews are conducted by members throughout the year. (Committee Bylaws and Duties | Archives)

Committee on Educational Policy (CEP)
Description: Focuses on the educational mission of the University, especially in regard to curricula, schools, institutes, departments; current focus is on educational space. Recent and ongoing activities include:

  • Challenges & Opportunities of Inter-professional Education;
  • Chancellor's Fund Senate Funds;
  • Curriculum Changes (all Schools);
  • Educational Space at UCSF;
  • Partnering with Committee on Courses of Instruction (COCOI) on campuswide logistical issues.

Qualification: UCSF Faculty in the Adjunct, Clinical X, Health Sciences Clinical, In-Residence, and Ladder-Rank series are eligible to be appointed.
Membership: 8 members, meets monthly for 90 minutes. (Committee Bylaws and Duties | Archives)

Committee on Equal Opportunity (EQOP)
Description: Makes recommendations regarding issues relating to gender equity and underrepresented groups at UCSF. Recent and ongoing activities include:

  • Chancellor's Fund;
  • Review of revisions to Academic Personnel Manual as they relate to diversity (e.g., APM 210-6 & Senate bylaw 336);
  • Review of Revised Presidential Policy on Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action regarding Academic and Staff Employment
  • Responses to the Faculty Climate Survey and the Faculty Family Friendly Initiative reports

Qualification: UCSF Faculty in the Adjunct, Clinical X, Health Sciences Clinical, In-Residence, and Ladder-Rank series are eligible to be appointed.
Membership: At least 10 members, meets monthly for two hours. (Committee Bylaws and Duties | Archives)

Executive Council (EXC)
Description: The Executive Council reviews and coordinates policies, actions and reports of the standing committees of the San Francisco Division.
Qualification: Members are appointed to this committee by virtue of another role within the Academic Senate (i.e. committee chair) or the campus administration (i.e. Dean).
Membership: 39 members, meets monthly for two hours. (Committee Bylaws and Duties | Archives)

Committee on Faculty Welfare (CFW)
Description: Makes recommendations on issues & policies that impact faculty, including health and retirement benefits, housing, parking, childcare, & the general welfare of faculty. Recent and ongoing activities include:

  • 2017 Faculty Enrichment Fund;
  • Faculty Family Friendly Initiative (3FI);
  • Faculty Climate survey;
  • Faculty health and disability benefits;
  • Faculty Home and Childcare Pilot;
  • Faculty Life and percentage Appointments;
  • Risk Management and Insurance Services;
  • UC Retiree Health;
  • Human Resources reforms;
  • IT Security

Qualification: UCSF Faculty in the Adjunct, Clinical X, Health Sciences Clinical, In-Residence, and Ladder-Rank series are eligible to be appointed.
Membership: 7 members, meets bi-monthly for 90 minutes. (Committee Bylaws and Duties | Archives)

Graduate Council (GRAD)
Description: Approves new UCSF programs and the establishment of new graduate degrees; reviews existing graduate program; & comments issues/policies that impact the graduate enterprise.  Recent and ongoing activities include:

  • Self-Supporting Professional Graduate Degree Program in Nursing leading to the Doctor of Nursing Practice;
  • UC Presidential Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment
  • External Reviews
  • Graduate program proposals;
  • Authorization for Graduate Division to offer courses for credit

Qualification: UCSF Faculty in the Adjunct, Clinical X, Health Sciences Clinical, In-Residence, and Ladder-Rank series are eligible to be appointed.
Membership: 13 members, meets monthly for two hours. (Committee Bylaws and Duties | Archives)

Committee on Library & Scholarly Communication (COLASC)
Description: Advises the Library administration on issues and policies regarding collections, Open Access, facilities, and journal access.

  • Open Access
  • Library Space Planning
  • Inclusion of preprints and interim research products in grant proposals to the NIH
  • Publisher offsets for open access article processing charges

Qualification: UCSF Faculty in the Adjunct, Clinical X, Health Sciences Clinical, In-Residence, and Ladder-Rank series are eligible to be appointed.
Membership: 10 members, meets monthly for 90 minutes. (Committee Bylaws and Duties | Archives)

Committee on Privilege & Tenure (P&T)
Description: Addresses disciplinary, grievance, or early termination matters affecting members of the Academic Senate.

  • Sexual Harassment & Sexual Violence

Qualification: UCSF Faculty in the Clinical X, In-Residence, and Ladder Rank series at the full Professor rank are eligible to be appointed.
Membership: 9 members, meets monthly for two hours. (Committee Bylaws and Duties | Archives)

Committee on Research (COR)
Description: Reviews and fund applications for grants and lectureships through participation in the RAP program; selects Faculty Research Lecturers (FRLs) in Basic, Clinical, and Translational Science; makes recommendations on policy impacting the research enterprise.

  • Subawards Process Improvements
  • Review of ORUs
  • Implementation of the Common Rule (IRBs)
  • OSR Advisory - Funding Model
  • Resource Allocation Program
  • Faculty Research Lectures

Qualification: UCSF Faculty in the Adjunct, Clinical X, Health Sciences Clinical, In-Residence, and Ladder-Rank series are eligible to be appointed.
Membership: 17 members, meets monthly for two hours. (Committee Bylaws and Duties | Archives)

Committee on Rules & Jurisdiction (R&J)
Description: Responsible for periodic review & amendments of Divisional Academic Senate bylaws & legislation.

  • Bylaw revisions
  • Faculty Intranet
  • Community Day at UCSF

Qualification: UCSF Faculty in the Adjunct, Clinical X, Health Sciences Clinical, In-Residence, and Ladder-Rank series are eligible to be appointed.
Membership: 9 members, meets monthly for one hour. (Committee Bylaws and Duties | Archives)

Committee on Space (SPC)
Description: Sets general principles and goals to guide UCSF space stewardship, including maintenance of existing infrastructure, making recommendations regarding occupancy of new and renovated buildings, monitoring space usage and occupant satisfaction.

  • Space planning
  • Future of Parnassus
  • Clinical and teaching space planning
  • Space allocation metrics

Qualification: UCSF Faculty in the Clinical X, In-Residence, and Ladder Rank series at the full Professor rank are eligible to be appointed.
Membership: At least 9 members, meetings monthly for two hours. (Committee Bylaws and Duties)

Committee on Sustainability Ad-Hoc (SUST-A)
Description: Review and recommend action on issues pertaining to UCSF?s environmental sustainability.

  • Global Food Initiative
  • Carbon Neutrality Initiative
  • Clean Meat Initiative

Qualification: UCSF Faculty in the Adjunct, Clinical X, Health Sciences Clinical, In-Residence, and Ladder-Rank series are eligible to be appointed.


Faculty Council

Each School Faculty Council acts on behalf of that School’s faculty in matters related to education and other issues of concern for the faculty, in which they are advisory to their School’s Dean. Faculty Council members are elected from within each school. For more information, see each School’s bylaws.
School of Dentistry Bylaws | Webpage | Archives
School of Medicine Bylaws | Webpage | Archives
School of Nursing Bylaws | Webpage | Archives
School of Pharmacy Bylaws | Webpage | Archives

Other Committees

UC Systemwide Committee Representatives (RSC)
Most UCSF Standing Committees have representatives to their counterpart UC Systemwide committees. Those representatives are appointed by the Committee on Committees from the existing membership of each UCSF committee. A few UC Systemwide committees do not have counterparts at UCSF, for example the UC Press Editorial Board or the University Committee on Preparatory Education. The Committee on Committees names individual faculty members to serve on UC Systemwide committees without local counterparts. Those representatives are responsible for reporting back to the Coordinating Committee, as needed. A complete list of all UC Systemwide Committee Representatives may be found here. (Archives)
Assembly or the Academic Senate (ACAS)
The Assembly of the Academic Senate represents the faculty in the governance of the entire University of California as mandated by the Standing Orders of the Regents. The Assembly is authorized to consider any and all matters of concern to the Senate as a whole and has the power to take final action on all legislation substantially affecting more than one Division. The Assembly is ready at all times to advise the President. Each Division (campus) is allocated a number of seats on the Assembly based on a census of the Academic Senate faculty (current and emeriti) for each Division. The Committee on Committees appoints individual UCSF faculty to serve two-year terms. Academic Assembly Delegates are responsible to report to the Coordinating Committee, as needed. (Archives)
Academic Council (COUNCIL)
The Academic Council is the administrative arm of the Assembly of the Academic Senate and acts in lieu of the Assembly on non-legislative matters. It advises the President on behalf of the Assembly and has the continuing responsibility to request committees of the Senate to investigate and report to the Council or to the Assembly on matters of Universitywide concern. The Chair of each Division (campus) is a member of the Academic Council.
Task Force and Ad Hoc Committee
From time to time, special task forces and ad hoc committees are assembled to study and report on matters of concern to the UCSF faculty. The work may be conducted at one-time meetings, via email or, less frequently, may last up to 6 months. Some examples of ad-hoc committees or task forces are: review of affiliation agreements, involvement on UC Systemwide committees (e.g., International Education), Chancellor's committees (e.g., diversity, student health), research misconduct committees or faculty misconduct committees. Task forces and ad hoc committees meet as determined by the work proposed and the members' schedules. UCSF faculty at any rank are eligible to serve. For bylaws governing Task forces and ad hoc committees please refer to 85-A, 90-B and 101-D. (Archives)