Flexibility in Remote Attendance at Local Academic Senates

Resolution Number
Assigned to
Relations with Local Senates Committee
State and Legislative Issues

Whereas, Meetings of local academic senates and their associated committees are subject to the requirements of the Ralph M. Brown Act (Government Code sections 54950- 54963);

Whereas, The governor’s Executive Order N-29-20 (17 March 2020) states that “All requirements in the Brown Act expressly or impliedly requiring the physical presence of members, the clerk or other personnel of the body, or of the public as a condition of participation in or quorum for a public meeting are hereby waived”; and

Whereas, Attendance at and participation in meetings of many local academic senates and their associated committees has increased thanks to the waiver of the requirement for physical presence of members or of the public, allowing senates to continue asserting their purview over academic and professional matters despite the ongoing covid-19 pandemic;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office to advocate for continued flexibility in allowing remote attendance and participation at meetings of local academic senates and their associated committees by members and the public.