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Roles and Responsibilities of Members

What are the roles and responsibilities of members of Senate?

Members of Academic Senate, particularly elected members, have a crucial role in explaining Senate and its work to other members of the academic community – and in encouraging colleagues to bring forward relevant matters for discussion at Senate committees. Too, all members of Senate are encouraged to bring to committees their own experience and expertise – as well as the views of the particular group or electorate that they represent (such as the student body or the Senior Executive or a School or Faculty). Nevertheless, as a member of a Senate committee, all members' decision-making and inputs into the committee must reflect the interests of the University as a whole. Beyond this, members' responsibilities are to be aware of the committee's purpose and functions, to be ethical and diligent, and to contribute actively and critically to the committee's discussions and work. Importantly, members should also be the communication point between the committee and the member's School, Faculty, Division or other area regarding the discussions, decisions, policies and other developments in the committee. All this applies as much to Faculty and School committees as it does to University committees and Academic Senate itself.

The Academic Senate has agreed that regardless of their category of membership (that is, elected, nominated, ex officio etc) all members of Academic Senate and its committees have the following roles and responsibilities:

Elected, nominated or appointed members of Academic Senate or one of its committees are encouraged to bring to that committee their own experience and expertise and the views of the particular group or electorate (such as the student body or a School or Faculty) that they represent. However, as a member of the committee, their decision and input into the committee must reflect the interests of the university as a whole. Once they assume membership of the Academic Senate or committee they are subject to the overriding duty to serve the interests of the Academic Senate or committee (Bennetts v Board of Fire Commissioners of New South Wales (1967) 87 W.N. (Pt1) (NSW) 307 at 311 refers).

 

 

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