Faculty across the campus are invited to share their concerns with the council member representing their unit. In addition, faculty have several options for bringing issues to the attention of the Council.
Do you have an idea or a suggestion for the BFC?
Since serving as a member of the BFC I’ve had the opportunity for my voice to be heard on many important issues. It’s been exciting to see the influence of faculty governance on campus policies.Marietta Simpson, Music
How to bring a concern to the Council
Ask for advice
If you're not sure where to start, you can contact any of the following
- Your BFC representative;
- The BFC officers;
- The chair of the relevant standing committee; and/or
- The Director of the Faculty Council Office.
Officers can provide advice on the most effective channel for addressing specific concerns. They can also help determine whether the concern is university-wide, campus-wide, or local, and can provide advice for next steps in any case.
Consulting the chair of a standing committee can also help provide direction for further action. Many issues that come before the Council originate from a committee, making them a productive starting point.
The Director of the Faculty Council Offices can offer guidance on policy and procedure, the history and context of a particular issue, and how best to direct your concern within the BFC.
Ask a question
Have a question that you would like to see addressed at BFC meeting? Send it to Lana Spendl, Director of the Faculty Council Offices, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Faculty President Cate Reck at email@example.com.
Questions received at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting are generally addressed during the Presiding Officer's remarks or during the Executive Committee report. If you cannot attend the meeting to hear the answer to your question, check out the audio recording and verbatim transcripts, available within two weeks after the meeting or contact the Faculty Council Office.
Make a proposal
Do you have ideas for ways to make the campus better? If so, consider submitting a proposal. Any member of the campus community can submit a proposal and ask the Council to consider it.
Before you propose legislation, you are encouraged to review the existing policies, procedures, and resolutions. In addition, it may be helpful to consult the BFC archives.
Once submitted, proposals are typically routed to the relevant committee (or committees) for further discussion. For more details on the policy pathway, see the full policy development process.