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Constitutional Revision Taskforce 2005-2010

The Constitutional Revision Taskforce was an ad hoc committee charged by former Chancellor Sam Schuman to review the UMM Constitution. Suggestions for areas of consideration included the amendment process and discrepancies between campus policy and practice.


Campus Constitution, approved Fall 2010.


History of the process:

Fall 2006: Open Forums were held Nov. 16 and Nov. 29. Questions discussed may be found in the Nov. 6 proceeding notes. Members of the campus community were also able to participate in the discussion via the on-line forum.

Fall 2009: The Campus Assembly approved a motion for the Executive Committee to make minor editorial changes to the proposed constitution. Amendments to the proposed constitution were brought to Campus Assembly and voted upon. A process for voting on the proposed constitution was approved by the Campus Assembly.

Spring 2010: A motion to approve the proposed revised constitution was voted upon by members of the Campus Assembly. There were not enough votes in favor of the proposed constitution for it to be ratified. A motion to bring the proposed constitution to the Campus Assembly again in the future was approved and the Executive Committee was charged with creating the process and leading this initiative.

Fall 2010: The Executive Committee implemented a process for again voting upon the proposed constitution. It was approved.
Ad Hoc Committee Members, 2006-2008 (click here for original 2005-06 members)
Mary Elizabeth Bezanson, faculty, Chair
Michael Korth, faculty
Bert Ahern, faculty
Gwen Rudney, faculty

Tom McRoberts, P&A
Gary Donovan, P&A
Rebecca Webb, USA

Kristin Strissel, student
Blair Jasper, student

Greg Thorson, ex-officio
Sandy Olson-Loy, ex-officio

Writing Group: Tom McRoberts, Greg Thorson, Mike Korth, Gwen Rudney, Kristin Strissel, Rebecca Webb
Drafts (see section below for earlier versions of the constitution)

April 2008 draft (pdf file)
December 2009 (final) draft (Word doc showing changes)

    Summary of key changes


Proceedings
While the committee is not acting on formal minutes, these documents summarize meeting activity.

February 20, 2006
February 27, 2006
March 13, 2006
March 20, 2006
March 27, 2006
May 1, 2006
Oct. 9, 2006
Oct. 23, 2006
Oct. 30, 2006
Nov. 6, 2006
Nov. 13, 2006


Links to governance document references

By-Laws of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents
Regents' Policy on College Constitutions (PDF file)
Regent's Policy on Reservation and Delegation of Authority (PDF file)
University Senate Constitution, By-Laws, and Rules
U of M President's Delegation Matrix (PDF file)
Policy Statement concerning matrix, "ReDelegation of Authority by the President" (PDF file)


Earlier versions of the Morris Campus Constitutions and By-laws
Constitution 2005 By-laws 2005
Constitution 1999 (image files)
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By-laws 1999 (image files)
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By-laws 1998 Constitution 1993
Constitution 1992 (image files)
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Constitution 1991 (image files)
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