FACULTY RESPONSE TO FOUR DAY SCHEDULE

Resolved: That the Academic Senate of Sonoma State University (SSU) reaffirm that the faculty have the primary responsibility for curricular and pedagogical decisions; and be it further;

Resolved: That the Academic Senate of SSU declares that any impact upon curricular operations due to the 2009-10 furlough implementation plan remain within the purview of the faculty; and be it further;

Resolved: That the Administration’s proposal for a four-day instruction schedule for the spring 2010 term unduly disrupts the curricular operations for campus; and be it further;

Resolved: That the Academic Senate of SSU hereby recommends against the implementation of a four-day instruction schedule due to the adverse impact upon the university’s curriculum and pedagogy; and be it further;

Resolved: That the Academic Senate declares its expectation of full administrative consultation with the governing bodies of the Academic Senate when making joint decisions on all matters related to the academic calendar, including the setting of modules which may impose significant changes on the curriculum.

RATIONALE: The faculties of the respective campuses of the California State University have the primary responsibility for curricular and pedagogical decisions, including the academic calendar. This is evidenced by the Policy Documents and Reports of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP); the California Government Code of Regulations, sections 3560 (c) and sections 3561 (b) and (c); in the Principles and Policies: Papers of the Academic Senate CSU (pp. 51-57); the Procedures and Policies statements of the Statewide Senate under Collegiality in the California State Higher University System; and in the policy statements of HEERA. Therefore the Academic Senate hereby declares that it is the responsibility of the faculty to recommend to the President whether the institution should move from a five-day schedule of classes to a four-day schedule for the spring term of 2010.

Approved by the Senate 9/17/09