General Undergraduate Requirements Committee

On September 3, 2020, the University Undergraduate Common Program Oversight Committee was changed to the General Undergraduate Requirements Committee, including the duties with Resolution 2020-2021-2 Faculty Senate Bylaw Change - Undergraduate Common Program Oversight Committee. The General Undergraduate Requirements Committee provides oversight of courses and alternative plans to fulfill the General Education Program, diversity and technology requirements, as well as other program requirements common to all undergraduate students.

About Senate Joint Committees and Councils

In the spirit of shared governance, joint committees and councils are proposed on the Senate floor and recommended to the president of the university by a majority vote of the Senate. Joint committees and councils are administered by the designated committee administrator. As the elected representatives of the faculty, the Faculty Senate is responsible for all university curricular committees and councils. At any time, the president or Senate may evaluate the effectiveness of joint committees in conjunction with the Steering Committee. It is the responsibility of the joint committees and councils to report any policy change recommendations to the Faculty Senate Steering Committee for consideration.

Rules and policies of the Senate govern the operation of its committees. Senate committees may adopt temporary rules and policies necessary to the operation of committees. These temporary rules must be consonant with the constitution and the bylaws and are reported to the Office of the Faculty Senate as they are adopted. Such changes are subject to subsequent approval by the Senate.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. To monitor university-wide undergraduate curriculum requirements such as the General Education Program, diversity, Gordon Rule, foreign language proficiency, and to review any changes, additions, or deletions to those curriculum requirements.
  2. To review, monitor, and make recommendations to the dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies on courses and syllabi submitted to fulfill the university diversity requirement meet the established definition of diversity.
  3. To make recommendations to the Undergraduate Policy and Curriculum Committee on changes to the General Education Program.
  4. To make recommendations to the Undergraduate Course Review Committee regarding course proposals related to the General Education Program.

Committee References

Undergraduate Common Program Oversight Committee website
Joint Committee and Council Procedures
Parliamentary Procedure


The committee shall consist of at least fifteen faculty members, with at least one faculty member from each of the colleges with undergraduate programs and one professional librarian (selected by the Committee on Committees in consultation with the college deans and the dean of Undergraduate Studies). The Committee on Committees shall consider the proportion of general education credit offered between the colleges. If possible, members of the general faculty responsible for general education courses shall serve on the committee. The dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies or designee (ex officio) shall identify other ex officio members, making every effort to ensure that areas relating to General Undergraduate Requirements are represented. The chair and vice chair of the committee shall be a faculty member elected annually by the membership. Terms of service shall be two years, staggered.

If a committee member is absent or unable to serve for eight weeks or longer, an interim or permanent replacement will be appointed for the remaining term. If a committee member is appointed a member by virtue of the position held which will not change over multiple committee terms, those members may be listed as continuing members. When the continuing member ceases to hold the position that entitles him/her to such membership, membership on the committee ends. A committee member designated as an ex officio member is a contributing member who takes part in all discussions and serves as a resource person but is non-voting.

For expectations of committee members, see Joint Committee and Council Procedures.

General Undergraduate Requirements

Kirk Gay, Chair
School of Performing Arts
College of Arts and Humanities

Note: A committee member who misses more than half of the regularly scheduled meetings in an academic year for which an alternate has not been assigned by the Senate Office is presumed to have resigned from the committee. It is the responsibility of the committee member to ensure attendance is recorded whether in person or on the phone.

Meeting Schedule

Meetings are schedule by the College of Undergraduate Studies. See, Undergraduate Common Program Oversight Committee website for the meeting schedule and supporting materials. No action can be taken at committee meetings unless a majority of the voting membership is present.

Meeting Materials

The committee submits a brief annual report of the committees' activities by the end of the second week of August each year. Below are the annual reports for the committee.

Committee Minutes Annual Report
General Undergraduate Requirements none 2019-2020
9-20-18 | 10-18-18 | 11-1-18 |
1-10-19 | 3-7-19 4-18-19 |
10-12-17 | 11-2-17 | 12-7-17 |
3-22-18 | 4-12-18
none 2016-2017
10-23-15 2015-2016
10-5-14 | 11-12-14 | 12-10-14 2014-2015
9-11-13 | 10-9-13 | 10-30-13 | 11-13-13 | 12-11-13 | 3-12-14 None
1-8-13 None
none 2011-2012



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