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Meetings

Where and when does Academic Senate meet?

The Academic Senate meets five times a year: twice in Bathurst, twice in Wagga Wagga and once in Albury-Wodonga. It always meets face-to-face, not by video-conference. Its meetings are held in March, May, July, September and late November/early December. Its meetings are scheduled to go from 10am-3pm. The details of the rooms in which the Academic Senate meets can be found on the Agenda papers which are posted on the Senate website. Details of campus parking can also be found on the University locations website.

Can I attend meetings of the Academic Senate?

Yes. In addition to its 20 members, any member of CSU's staff can attend meetings of the Academic Senate. You may do this as an 'observer' (who can listen without the right of discussion). Or you may wish to be granted the right of 'audience and debate,' that is, participate in Academic Senate's discussions. If so, you can apply for this right to the Manager, Academic Senate.

Meeting procedures for the Academic Senate

The dates and locations for meetings of the Academic Senate and its sub-committees are published in the previous year and posted on the Senate website.

Senate meetings begin with an Acknowledgement of Country, in which the Presiding Officer pays respect to the traditional owners of the land on which CSU stands. Next 'Apologies' are recorded – from those members who have told the secretary of the meeting that they are unable to attend. Then agenda items are starred (which means it will be discussed by the meeting): either because it involves a verbal report, or because it does not have a formulated recommendation, or because one or more members wish to discuss that item. The recommendations embodied in agenda items which are not starred are then adopted by the meeting without further discussion.

The Academic Senate's agenda is always organised in the same way. After the starring of items comes confirmation that the minutes of previous meeting(s) are accurate records of those meetings. Then there is an opportunity to discuss any business arising from the minutes of previous meeting(s). Next, the Presiding Officer and then the Vice-Chancellor report on any issues they deem relevant to the current or future deliberations of Academic Senate (other than those already on the agenda). There follows a section of the agenda dealing with reports from Senate sub-committees. Then there is a section itemising new or 'general business.' The first item under 'general business' is what we call the 'hot topic' or "Academic Issue for General Discussion.' Anyone on the CSU staff may propose a 'hot topic.' Following this, there is an opportunity for senior managers to comment on the reports they are expected to table (the Deputy Vice-Chancellors and the Executive Deans). Meetings end with the discussion of any items of urgent business which have arisen too late for inclusion on the published agenda and, finally, a confirmation of the date of the committee's next meeting.