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Bylaws of the Gender Equity Council

ARTICLE I: Charge

The Gender Equity Advisory Council ("Council") is established to advise the President on matters related to gender issues at Texas Tech University and make recommendations for changes to ensure an equitable and inclusive environment for all members of the university community.

The Council will be advisory and will not have final authority to direct, control or supervise any activities related to the operations or activities of the institution.

ARTICLE II: Membership

The members of the Council are expected to have demonstrated a consistent interest in and support for creating and continuously improving an equitable and inclusive environment at Texas Tech University .

Section 1. The Council shall consist of thirteen (13) voting members comprised as follows:

  • Five members from the faculty.
  • Five members from the staff.
  • One undergraduate student.
  • One graduate or professional school student.
  • The senior woman administrator in Athletics.

Section 2. The following policies also apply to membership of the Council:

  • All appointments are made by the President.
  • Term of all appointees shall be for three years except for the student members who will serve one year terms. New appointee terms will begin on the first day of the Fall semester. If exceptional conditions exist, the President may extend a member's appointment. Members will continue to perform their responsibilities until a replacement is in place.
  • Members will attend all meetings of the council and perform duties as determined by the Chair and Vice Chair.

Section 3. Ex-Officio members of the council shall include the following:

  • The Director of Women's Studies
  • The President's Chief of Staff
  • The Special Assistant to the President for Diversity
  • The Provost or designee
  • The Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance or designee

Ex-officio members shall not have voting privileges on matters under consideration or review by the Council.

Section 4. All members of the Council serve at the pleasure of the President. A member may be removed for actions that are inconsistent with Council and/or University policies.

ARTICLE III: Officers

Section 1. Officers of the Council shall consist of a Chair and Vice Chair and shall be appointed by the President.

Section 2. The duties of the Chair and Vice Chair shall be those customarily assigned to these officers and such other duties as may be hereinafter designated. The Chair will offer to address the Faculty, Staff and Student Senates once a year to inform these groups of the activities of the Council.

ARTICLE IV: Meetings

Section 1. Meetings of the Council shall be held at least once each fall and spring semester or at the call of the Chair.

Section 2. Special meetings may be called at any time by the Chair or by the request of six (6) or more Council members upon giving notice to the members of not less than twenty-four hours in advance of the called meeting time. The notice shall be confirmed in writing.

ARTICLE V: Duties and Responsibilities

The objective duties of the Council shall be to advise the President on matters related to gender issues at Texas Tech and make recommendations for changes to ensure an equitable and inclusive environment for all members of the university community.

ARTICLE VI: Committees and their Duties

Section 1. The Council shall have three standing committees:

  • Committee on Employment Issues
  • Committee on Family Issues
  • Committee on Climate

Section 2. The membership of each standing committee shall be determined by the Chair and Vice Chair of the Council. The chair of each committee shall be appointed by the Chair of the Council. Either the Chair or Vice Chair of the Council shall be an ex-officio member of each committee.

Section 3. Each committee shall present an annual report to the Council summarizing its activity during the academic year and indicating specific matters or concerns that should continue to be monitored the following year. The annual reports shall be given as scheduled by the Chair of the Council.

Section 4. The Council shall establish ad hoc committees as it deems necessary.

ARTICLE VII: Amending the Bylaws

Amendment or revision of the Bylaws maybe made only after having been read at two successive meetings of the Council, followed by a two-thirds affirmative vote of the voting membership of the Council.

 

Charge of the Gender Equity Council

Charge

The Gender Equity Advisory Council ("Council") is established to advise the President of Texas Tech University on matters related to gender issues at Texas Tech and make recommendations for changes to ensure an equitable and inclusive environment for all members of the university community.

The Council will be advisory and will not have final authority to direct, control or supervise any activities related to the operation of activities of the institution.

Membership

The Gender Equity Advisory Council shall consist of thirteen (13) members as follows:

  • Five members shall be appointed from the faculty.
  • Five members shall be appointed from the staff.
  • One undergraduate student.
  • One graduate or professional student.
  • The Senior Woman Administrator in Athletics.

Council membership will include four ex-officio members as follows:

  • The Director of Women's Studies
  • The President's Chief of Staff
  • The Special Assistant to the President for Diversity
  • The Provost
  • The Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance

Appointment

Term of all appointees shall be for three year terms except for the student members who will serve a one year term. New appointee terms will begin on the first day of the Fall semester. If exceptional conditions exist, the President may extend a member's appointment. Members will continue to perform their responsibilities until a replacement is in place.

Operating Procedures

The Council shall adopt rules regarding its internal functioning and will provide for regularly scheduled meetings. The Chair will offer to address the Faculty, Staff and Student Senate once a year to inform these groups of the activities of the Council during the year.

Chairperson

The Chair and Vice Chair will be appointed by and will serve an indefinite term at the pleasure of the President.