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University Senate Records

Identifier: UA0075

Scope and Contents

The Senate files include minutes, correspondence, committee reports and minutes, resolutions, and information on constitutional amendments and revisions, university governance, Senate elections and membership, and the University Court. Files of committee materials, correspondence, and meeting minutes best document the development and work of the Senate. Files marked "Analyses of Senate Activities" and "Handbook" contain summary information on its history. The Chancellor's letter dissolving the Senate may be found in Folder 48 (E. K. Fretwell to Peggy Grant, October 25, 1979).

For background on the creation of the Senate, see the separate files of the University Governance Committee in RG 24-00-05.

The collection consists of seven single files and the following five series: Elections; Senate Proceedings; Committees; Correspondence; University Court


  • Creation: 1971 - 1979


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Administrative History

In the spring of 1970, UNC Charlotte faculty and students approved a university constitution. The document was "designed to provide a broader and more effectual participation in the process of considering and formulating policies, practices, and procedures for governing and improving The University of North Carolina at Charlotte" (preamble). The principal feature was the creation of the University Senate, which included representatives from the faculty and students.

Chancellor D. W. Colvard authorized the establishment of the Senate, and the first meeting was held on May 6, 1971. Dr. Loy H. Witherspoon was elected chairman pro tempore. In 1973, the Constitutional Review Committee was appointed to consider changes in the initial constitution. The committee recommended a number of revisions, especially in regard to election procedures and representation, and in April 1975, the faculty and students approved a new constitution. The new Senate included faculty, students, and support personnel all elected by their constituencies.

The Senate dealt with a wide variety of issues, among which were representation in the Senate, academic programs and planning, university governance, campus planning, employee grievance procedures, traffic and parking, and the University Court. The issue which it could not resolve and which eventually led to its dissolution in 1979 was the definition of its role in university governance, particularly vis-a-vis the faculty and student governing bodies.


1.668 Linear Feet (4 boxes [4 letter document cases])

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Records of the University Senate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte from the entirety of its existence (1971-1979), including minutes, correspondence, and committee records

Related Materials

Faculty Governance Records (UA0042)

Student Government Assocation Records (UA0237)

University Governance Committee (RG 24-00-05)

Processing Information

Physical processing of this collection occurred years prior to 2017. The inventory was rearranged from an alphabetical listing into series in December 2017 by Olivia Eanes, Archival Assistant. Series were created based on the file titles assigned in earlier processing.

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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte [All collections not yet online. For assistance, contact Special Collections:; 704-687-1170] Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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