University Honors Committee

The University Honors Committee recommends to the dean of the Burnett Honors College on policies and plans for the college.

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. 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 consider and recommend fundamental policies and procedures relating to the Burnett Honors College, including the general direction of the college and its programs, requirements, faculty participation, and curricular matters.
  2. To make recommendations to the dean of the Burnett Honors College on matters requiring judgments regarding faculty and student awards, scholarships, and other benefits.
  3. To make recommendations to the dean of the Burnett Honors College as required on disciplinary matters relating to The Burnett Honors College including the removal of a student from the program.

Committee References

Joint Committee and Council Procedures
Parliamentary Procedure


The committee shall consist of one faculty member from each academic unit, and one representative from each of the UCF Connect campuses with students participating in the Honors Program (selected by the Committee on Committees in consultation with the dean of the Burnett Honors College), and three student representatives (recommended by the dean of the Burnett Honors College). The dean of the Burnett Honors College (ex officio) will chair the committee and identify other ex officio members. The vice chair shall be elected annually by its membership at the first meeting of the committee after the new Faculty Senate is elected, normally in the early fall term.Terms of service shall be two years, staggered, with the exception of the student members, who shall serve for one year.

If a committee member is absent or unable to serve for eight weeks or longer, contact the Faculty Senate Office for an interim or permanent replacement to 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.

University Honors

Sheila Piñeres, Chair
Dean, Burnett Honors College

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 chair of the committee. 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
University Honors none 2019-2020
10-26-18 | 2-15-19 2018-2019
none 2017-2018
10-20-16 2016-2017
none 2015-2016
none 2014-2015
none 2011-2012



Thursday, November 19, 2020
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