Authority for changing the name of a department or consolidating departments

[Advice to Division Chair Dan Simmons 10/2004]

CERJ was asked for advice regarding (1) a proposal from the School of Medicine to change the name of the Department of Ophthalmology to the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science; and (2) a proposal from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to consolidate four departments (Agronomy and Range Sciences, Environmental Horticulture, Pomology, and Vegetable Crops) into the Department of Plant Sciences.

As the names of academic departments are under the authority of the University President and his/her delegates, rather than the Senate, CERJ found no Senate jurisdictional or legislative issues involved in either of these proposals.