1. From time to time issues of significant importance to the University at large, or a part thereof, require sustained and detailed study by a group of persons representing the community. Such studies should be undertaken by ad hoc committees, called Task Forces, rather than by the governance councils and their standing committees. Delegation of such studies to Task Forces will enable the everyday work of the governance bodies to proceed without delay. The Task Forces will report directly to the regular governance bodies.
2. A Task Force should be created ONLY when a significant and complex issue requires study. Minor alterations in policies should be handled as part of the everyday work of the councils and their standing committees.
Task Forces are not intended to replace or circumvent the decision making responsibilities and powers of the governance system councils.
A Task Force may be created only by a vote of the General Faculty
A Task Force may be proposed to the Faculty by:
Academic Affairs Council, University Council, or Campus Affairs Council;
a petition signed by thirty-five (35) members of the General Faculty and presented to the Chair of the Faculty;
a petition signed by one-third (1/3) of the members of the DCGA Senate and presented to the Chair of the Faculty;
a petition signed by sixty (60) members of the Supportive Operating Staff and presented to the Chair of the Faculty.
The body or group proposing the creation of a Task Force must specify the membership composition of the Task Force, the issue or proposal it is to study, the duration of time required for completion of the work of the Task Force, and to which governance body the Task Force will report.
During the Faculty's consideration of a proposal to create a Task Force, no amendments which significantly affect the substance of the proposal may be offered. Minor alterations in structure and purpose, and amendments which clarify the substance of the proposal, are in order.