Repeal and Adoption of Two Policies on Academic Calendar

Date of Notice: 
Tue, 01/20/2015
Legislation, Resolution, or Policy Adoption: 
Policy Adoption
Current Status: 
Approved on 1/21/2015

Section I

1.1 WHEREAS, the transition to a new Board of Trustees for the University under the law popularly known as Senate Bill 270 of 2013 removed the State Board of Higher Education as a future source of policies for the University of Oregon; and

1.2 WHEREAS, a number of policies adopted by the State Board of Higher Education in the past (including Internal Management Directives and some unnumbered, miscellaneous policies) involve academic matters as commonly understood in higher education, including two on academic calendars, namely the quarter and semester systems; and

1.3 WHEREAS, the University of Oregon appears to have no adopted policies of its own regarding the academic calendar, namely the quarter and semester systems; and

1.4 WHEREAS, one State Board policy is inapplicable to UO and the other establishes the quarter and semester systems and contains valuable history; and

1.5 WHEREAS, Section 170 (8) of Senate Bill 270 provides:

(8) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, the lawfully adopted rules and policies of the State Board of Higher Education pertaining to a university with a governing board that are in effect on the effective date of this 2013 Act continue in effect until lawfully superseded or repealed by the standards or policies of the governing board or the university [emphasis added]; and

1.6 WHEREAS, linkages and comments are provided on the Senate’s “Master List” of rules and policies, including unique, easy-to-track identifying numbers (see Policies of Senate Interest Excel workbook),

Section II

2.1 BE IT HEREBY MOVED that the following (found at be enacted as a regular University of Oregon policy:

492       no number         Board Policy      Academic Calendar

2.2 BE IT FURTHER MOVED that OUS IMD 2.015 (found at be enacted as a University of Oregon policy:

629       OUS IMD 2.025  Instructional Program     Academic Calendar

Financial Impact: 
Cost Neutral

Senate Executive Committee (acting through Professor John E. Bonine)

Legislative History: 

See adoption notes at the end of each existing “580 rule.” 

This Motions was amended on floor of the senate, 1/21/15. Attached is a redlined version of the original motion.