Sac State University Policy Manual

Guiding Principles

Policy Administrator: Vice President for Academic Affairs
Authority: FS 12/13-35
Effective Date:
Updated: December 18, 2012
Index Cross-References:
Policy File Number: FSG00040.htm


  1. The Faculty Senate develops and recommends to the President policy related to academic programs and curricular offerings.
  2. Decision making in curricular matters is to remain as close to departmental and school faculty as possible.
  3. Inherent in the decision making process is the implicit trust that those making curricular decisions will act responsibly and in good faith toward the goal of offering the best academic program possible given existing resources and constraints.
  4. Departments and colleges are accountable for their curricular decisions and are to offer approved courses and programs regularly.
  5. If the offering of courses and programs regularly is not possible within existing resources, departments are to modify offerings or resources.

5a.          Academic units should review their course offerings periodically and formally request course deletion when it is no longer possible or pedagogically desirable to offer a course.
5b.          Courses that are not offered for three academic years will be subject to course inactivation by Academic Affairs during periodic catalog review. Reactivation of a course will require a new course proposal.
5c.          In situations in which the department is temporarily unable to offer a course regularly, i.e. at least once every three academic years, the department may request from the Curriculum Subcommittee and Academic Affairs a “suspension” of the course for a period of time not to exceed 2 years from the time it would have otherwise been made inactive; such a suspension may be renewed through the same process. A suspended course could be made active through a formal request to the Curriculum Subcommittee and Academic Affairs. Courses that exceed their period of suspension will be subject to course inactivation by Academic Affairs during periodic catalog review. Reactivation of a course will require a new course proposal.

  1. The approval procedures are designed to ensure review at each level. Sending a signed proposal forward implies concurrence of thought at prior levels.