The University of Maryland Plan of Organization is the guiding document for shared governance at the University. It states that a review of the current Plan be undertaken at least every ten years by a committee composed of members elected by the Senate. The Senate Executive Committee may institute a review of the Plan in the fifth or subsequent year following a review if in its judgment there have been changes in the University significant enough to justify a review.
The Plan of Organization Review Committee (PORC) is charged with conducting a thorough review of the University's Plan. Any proposed revisions must be approved by a majority vote of the University Senate and submitted to an institution-wide referendum. Passage of revisions on an institution-wide referendum require a majority of the votes cast within each of two of three major constituencies. Final approval of the revised Plan lies with the President of the University.
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