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Senate Priorities Committee (SPC)

As per Senate Bylaw #1:

6.2.1. Composition: the President, who shall serve as Chair; the Vice-Chair (who is the Vice-Chair of Senate); the Provost and Vice President Academic; the Vice Provost Academic; the Vice Provost, University Planning; one (1) member elected by and from the Deans, including Chang, YSGS, and Library; five (5) members elected by and from the faculty Senators in accordance with Article 3.3.1; one (1) student Senator elected by and from all undergraduate (Faculty and At-Large) and Law student Senators in accordance with Article; one (1) student Senator elected by and from all undergraduate (Faculty and At-Large), Law, Continuing Education and any union-elected student Senators in accordance with Article; one (1) graduate student Senator elected by and from all student Senators in accordance with Article; and the Secretary of Senate (non-voting).

6.2.2. Terms of Reference: to take responsibility to formulate, in consultation with the Secretary, the agenda for each Senate meeting, together with supporting documentation; to select, for at least two (2) Senate meetings per year, topics of importance and interest to the Toronto Metropo community, and relevant to the responsibilities of Senate: Such topics shall be open for discussion in Committee of the Whole for an extended period, not to exceed ninety (90) minutes; the SPC shall notify Senate in advance of such topics and arrange for their presentation; to bring to the attention of Senate, and to consult with Senior administration regarding, emergent issues facing the University and, when appropriate, to recommend to Senate the

referral of such issues to a Standing Committee, or to recommend to Senate the creation of an ad hoc Committee to address such an issue, or to recommend some other course of action; to establish a sub-committee, if desired either by Senate or the SPC, to examine and review the state of the University’s overall finances and priorities with respect to their impact on academic programs and activities in light of the Academic Plan, and to present to Senate its findings and recommendations; to represent Senate in meetings with the Board of Governors (or representatives) that may be agreed upon from time to time regarding matters of mutual concern; and to report

back to Senate as appropriate on the nature of, and any outcomes from, such meetings; to explore the implications and sustainability of the creation of new Faculties and/or Departments/Schools, and to advise Senate accordingly; and to act on behalf of Senate, if needed, during the summer months or as emergency powers as outlined in Senate Bylaw #2, and to report to Senate at the first meeting of the following Session any actions taken on its behalf.