(Excerpt from pages 4-5 of 2006-2007 USC Columbia Faculty Manual)
The faculty may establish regular or special committees and shall elect members in accordance with existing faculty rules. All regular committees shall consist of six faculty members, elected for terms of three years, with two members elected annually unless there is specific provision to the contrary. Vacancies shall be filled by special elections unless the remaining term to be filled is for one academic year or less, in which case the vacancy shall be filled by the Senate Steering Committee. The chair of a faculty committee shall be a faculty member except as otherwise indicated in The Faculty Manual.
Every committee shall meet at least once a year and whenever new members are elected or appointed. Committees shall meet as often as necessary to complete their business. Voting by proxy is not permitted. All student members of regular faculty committees shall be voting members.
With the approval of the members of the committee, the chair of an elected committee may request that the chair of the senate remove an elected member for excessive absences or nonparticipation.
Other than student members or ex officio members, only voting members of the university faculty shall be members of faculty committees, whether elected or appointed, unless there is specific provision to the contrary in The Faculty Manual. Faculty members shall be from academic units properly concerned with the functions of the committee.
No voting member of a committee, whether elected or appointed, may serve more than three consecutive years on the same faculty committee. No faculty member may at any one time be an elected member of more than two faculty committees. Except where otherwise noted, ex officio faculty committee members cannot vote. Student members shall be selected in accordance with student government procedures.
Special committees are appointed by the Faculty Senate Steering Committee annually, but under no circumstances may an individual be appointed to a special committee for more than three consecutive years. Special committees normally cease to exist after one year; however, justification for their continued existence may be submitted to and approved by the Steering Committee. Special committees shall be listed in University Committees, published by the provost.
The committees named below are agencies of the faculty. By August 15, committee chairs shall submit annual reports containing a summary of the committee's activities and actions to the Faculty Senate office. These reports shall be in the minutes of the September senate meeting.