Contribute to the Agenda
Do your homework! Read the prep materials for meetings. Solicit input from colleagues in your college/unit if necessary before the meeting. Studying ahead helps to avoid the embarrassment of asking a question that is answered in supporting materials. Make suggestions to the executive committee about topics for discussion.
A motion is a formal step to introduce a matter for consideration by the senate. Many motions in the senate are proposals to change or amend UNLV Bylaws, Faculty Senate Bylaws, or some aspect of academic policy or curriculum. Motions frequently come out of committee deliberations and frequently a motion that has not been vetted through the appropriate committee will be referred to that committee for deliberation before reappearing.
Formal Motion Process
Motions are presented to the Senate upon recognition by the chair, usually of a senator or a committee chair. Every motion requires a “second” by a senator. Then the chair will restate the motion and open discussion of the motion. Motions to change or adapt a motion being considered often happen spontaneously. They will follow the same formal process. If you are interested in submitting a motion for consideration at a meeting, please use the Faculty Senate Agenda Item form and submit it a week prior to the next senate meeting so that it may be included in the senate’s agenda.