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Guide for Changing Bylaws & Appendices



Any agency of the Los Angeles Division of the Academic Senate (e.g., the Executive Board, a Senate standing or special committee, a College, a School, a Department, or Faculty) can propose changes to Divisional legislation. In this guide, the unit that generates a legislative change proposal is referred to as the originating body responsible for taking proposals through each step of the change process, which is described in detail below.

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STEP 1. Developing a Proposal

• Originating body prepares the legislative change proposal

• Senate Staff inform colleagues as soon as possible of the pending legislation.


STEP 2. Preliminary Review (Optional)

• Originating body submits proposal to Committee on Rules and Jurisdiction for a preliminary review


STEP 3. Single-Unit vs. Faculty-Wide Effect

• Changes affecting single units must be approved by simple majority vote of affected faculty before going to the Executive Board

• Change proposals affecting the entire Senate go directly to Executive Board

• Senate Staff ensures appropriate staff members are copied on the decision; refers proposals to Executive Board


STEP 4. Executive Board Review

• Originating body submits proposal (with the result of the vote if required) to Executive Board

• Senate Staff ensures appropriate staff members are copied on the decision


STEP 5. Formal CR&J Review

• Executive Board forwards proposal to CR&J

• CR&J suggests changes as needed or rules on conformance

• CR&J returns recommendations and/or ruling to the Executive Board

• Executive Board considers substance and consequences of proposal; returns its recommendations, with CR&J recommendations and/or ruling, to originating body

• Executive Board places proposal on the Legislative Assembly agenda (Consent Calendar or regular agenda)

• Senate Staff (CR&J Analyst and E.B. Staff) should copy correspondence to relevant parties to facilitate timely communication


STEP 6. LGA Vote

• Representative of originating body is available to present the proposal and take questions

• Measure requires 2/3 majority vote for adoption

• Senate Staff ensures results are sent to the Chancellor's Office and copied to relevant bodies.