College of Engineering bylaws
- The Faculty of the College of Engineering shall conduct the government of the College of Engineering.
- Members of the Faculty of the College of Engineering constitute a committee of the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate (Senate Bylaw 60) and may delegate authority to committees or committee officers.
The following are ex officio members of the Faculty of the College:
- The President of the University
- The Chancellor at Berkeley
- The Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
- The Dean of the College
Other members of this Faculty are
- Deans of the Colleges of Chemistry, Environmental Design, Letters and Science, Natural Resources, the Walter A. Haas School of Business and the School of Public Health
- All members of the Division who are members of departments assigned to the College of Engineering
- Chairs of the Departments of Chemistry, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Earth & Planetary Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics
- One representative nominated by each other department giving courses prescribed in the curricula of the College of Engineering
- Such other members of the Senate as the Dean of the College may nominate because of their contribution in teaching or research to the field of engineering
The Chair of the Faculty of the College of Engineering shall serve for a term of two years beginning with the first day of instruction in the Fall Semester. The Chair presides at meetings of the College of Engineering faculty and serves as Grand Marshal at Commencement ceremonies conducted by the College of Engineering.
The Faculty of the College of Engineering shall elect a Secretary for a two-year term beginning with the first day of instruction in the Fall Semester. After serving two years as Secretary, the Secretary will automatically succeed to the office of Chair of the Faculty unless the Secretary is unwilling or unable to serve, in which case the Faculty of the College of Engineering shall elect a Chair. The Secretary will conduct electronic ballots following Academic Senate Bylaw 95. The Secretary is authorized to refer any or all questions, including petitions of students, received for presentation to the Faculty, directly to the Dean of the College of Engineering.
- Regular meetings of the Faculty shall be held at least twice a year; once in the Fall Semester and once in the Spring Semester. The Chair and the Secretary arrange the schedule of regular meetings.
- The call to a Regular Meeting must be sent to all members of the Faculty at least seven calendar days prior to the meeting.
- The Faculty may meet at such times as it may determine, or at the call of the Chair or the Secretary, in an Emergency Meeting.
- The call to an Emergency Meeting must be communicated to all members of the Faculty at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.
A. Order of Business
The Order of Business at regular meetings shall be as follows:
- Announcements of the Faculty Chair
- Notice of
- Notice of Votes by the College Faculty Conducted Electronically
- Special Orders – Consent Calendar
- Reports of Standing Committees
- Reports of Ad Hoc Committees
- Reports of Interdisciplinary Committees
- Petition of Students
- Unfinished Business
- New Business
- Report of the Dean
By Robert’s Rules of Order, the regular Order of Business may be suspended at any meeting of the faculty by a two-thirds majority of the voting members present when quorum is attained
Fifteen (15) voting members shall constitute a quorum
C. Voting Requirements
- Enactment, amendment, or repeal of the Bylaws requires a two-thirds vote of those present and voting (or of those voting by mail or electronically.)
- All other business requires a majority of the votes cast.
D. Electronic Ballots
- At least seven calendar days before the deadline for completion of voting, the Secretary of the Faculty shall provide to each voter instructions for voting electronically, accompanied by all relevant material, such as background information, a brief summary of arguments pro and con, and a deadline for submission of electronic votes.
- The Secretary shall utilize a system that verifies each voter’s identity and maintains security.
- The Secretary shall give the tally of the votes and certify the results, including invalid ballots.
E. Prior Notice
- Meeting notices and materials, including the full text of any proposed modification to the Bylaws that is to be acted on at a meeting of the Faculty, will be provided in electronic or paper form at least seven calendar days prior to a regular meeting or 48 hours prior to an emergency meeting.
A. Appointment and Term
- The Chair of the Faculty shall appoint committees of the Faculty not otherwise provided for.
- The Dean of the College of Engineering shall nominate to the Faculty each year the members of the Standing Committees of the Faculty.
- Committees shall be appointed each year and shall serve until succeeding committees are appointed. (Committees are appointed each year to serve for a one-year term, beginning with the first day of instruction of the Fall semester, unless otherwise specified.)
- Committee membership may include up to one-third representation by non-Academic Senate members provided the committee’s responsibilities do not preclude such appointment by Academic Senate Bylaws and Regulations.
B. List of Standing Committees, Membership and Duties
Council on Equity & Inclusion
- Associate Dean, Inclusive Excellence, Chair
- Executive Associate Dean, Ex-officio
- Faculty Equity Advisors from each department in the College of Engineering
- E&I Staff Directors
- Designate(s) from CoE E&I student committees, as appointed by the respective student committee(s).
In order for the College of Engineering at Berkeley to effectively pursue its mission of educating leaders, creating knowledge, and serving society, it is essential that the faculty and student body reflect the diversity of society at large in California and that all members of our College community are welcomed, respected, supported, and valued.
The charge of the Council is to consult, formulate, implement, and assess plans to achieve the College of Engineering’s Equity and Inclusion goals of eliminating the barriers to full participation by traditionally underrepresented groups and to actively encourage the broadest participation possible of all groups in partnership with the Associate Dean of Equity and Inclusion and the entire College community (faculty, staff, and students at both the College and Departmental levels).
The responsibilities of the Council include: strategic planning; active participation in faculty recruitment; active participation in graduate student recruitment; admissions and advancement; undergraduate recruitment and support; ensuring a climate of equity and inclusion; effectively coordinating with and being responsive to our CoE student E&I committees, partnering as appropriate to support joint initiatives.
Engineering Ethics & Social Responsibility
- Executive Associate Dean, Ex-officio
- A faculty member from each department in the College of Engineering.
In order for the College of Engineering at Berkeley to effectively pursue its mission of educating leaders, creating knowledge, and serving society, it is essential that students are made aware of engineering ethics and social responsibility as they practice in the engineering profession.
The College of Engineering Committee on Engineering Ethics and Social Responsibility is charged with working with the Dean of the College of Engineering and the entire College community (faculty, staff, and students at both the College and Departmental levels) to ensure that the college provide an appropriate level of engineering ethics and social responsibilities to all of our students.
The responsibilities of the Committee include strategic planning to incorporate engineering ethics and social responsibilities in undergraduate and graduate curricula and planning of events on engineering ethics and social responsibilities.
Committee on Graduate Study
- One representative from each department in the College of Engineering
- Two graduate student members
- The Executive Associate Dean (ex officio)
- Engineering faculty member(s) of the Graduate Council (ex officio).
This committee shall review proposed graduate curriculum and curricular changes, review graduate engineering courses and modifications in existing courses, and advise the Dean on graduate programs.
Proposed changes must be approved by a vote of the full faculty of the College of Engineering.
Committee on Undergraduate Admissions
- Representatives from each department in the College of Engineering
- Director of Engineering Student Services
- Member of Engineering Student Services coordinating transfer reviews
- Executive Associate Dean (Chair)
- Two undergraduate students, at least one being a transfer student.
The charge of the committee is to propose freshman admissions policies to the Berkeley Division Committee on Admissions, Enrollment and Preparatory Education, and coordinate college admissions procedures and activities.
Committee on Undergraduate Study
- One representative from each department in the College of Engineering
- Chair of the Engineering Science Committee
- Director of Engineering Student Services (ex officio)
- Associate Director of Engineering Student Services (ex officio)
- Two undergraduate student members.
This committee shall review proposed undergraduate curriculum and curriculum changes for the faculty of the College of Engineering; serve as the final authority on petitions from students for variances in degree requirements within the authority and jurisdiction of the College of Engineering; certify the meeting of undergraduate degree requirements; and review undergraduate engineering courses and modifications in existing undergraduate engineering courses.
College of Engineering Faculty vote on all proposed changes to:
- course work
- major requirements
- unit change
- new courses
The Executive Associate Dean concurs on educational policy changes and all changes must subsequently be approved by the Academic Senate’s Committee on Course Instruction.
Recommendations to the Academic Senate
The Faculty shall not make recommendations to the Academic Senate as to the amendment or repeal of Senate legislation, or as to new legislation in the Senate, unless written notice of the proposed recommendation shall have been sent to each member of the Faculty at least five days previous to the meeting at which the amendment is to be moved.
Amendment of Bylaws
The foregoing Bylaws may be added to, amended, or repealed at any regular or special meeting by a two-thirds vote of all voting members present, provided that written notice of amendment shall have been sent to each member of the Faculty at least five days previous to the meeting at which the amendment is to be moved. No amendment shall be made that is inconsistent with legislation of the Academic Senate (Berkeley Division Bylaw 160).
Revised May 2021