Any member or group within the TCNJ community may raise an issue for governance. The individual or a representative of that group should approach the faculty co-chair of the appropriate executive committee. For issues related to policy, procedure, or programs, the contact person is the co-chair of the Steering Committee, reachable at Steering@tcnj.edu. For planning issues or concerns, the contact person is the co-chair of CSPP. If the stakeholder is unsure as to which executive committee is the appropriate body to address the issues, that person should direct the issues to the co-chair of Steering.
The appropriate executive committee will 1) determine whether issues are appropriate for consideration within the governance system, 2) assure that they are sent to the appropriate committee or council with well-defined charges, and 3) facilitate and monitor the flow of issues as they are considered through the governance process, including communication about their status to the TCNJ community.
In an inclusive environment, the default status of potential policy is that it should go through governance. As a general guideline, exceptions to this practice may include:
- A situation in which the proposed policy is subject to external mandate (such as legislation) such that the content of the proposed policy is essentially unalterable.
- A situation in which the proposed policy is, in essence, an administrative procedure.
- A situation in which a proposed policy does not affect the broader college community.