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University Standing Committees

There are three categories of Standing Committees:

  • Coordinating Committees (Article VIII)

    These committees will supervise and integrate, singly or in conjunction, the formulation and execution of policy in four areas: academic policy and planning, operations, scholastic life and academic atmosphere, and faculty. They shall recommend all policies to the faculty for adoption. They shall be responsible for the interpretation of policy in their respective areas.

    They shall consider all issues submitted by the faculty members or referred by the Chair of the Faculty. They shall report to the faculty at each faculty meeting.

  • Executive Committees (Article IX)

    These committees will carry out specific policies and programs in the areas of their respective assignments. They shall submit their policy recommendations to the relevant coordinating committees for consideration, and they may report such recommendations directly to the faculty. Upon request of the appropriate coordinating committee they shall present a report of their particular actions.

    These committees may be assisted in the execution of their duties by an administrative director appointed by the President.

  • Committees of the Administration (Article X)

    These are committees created by the administration that the faculty has agreed to participate in, and all are governed by guidelines listed in this Article. Except when otherwise indicated in the committee descriptions below, each faculty member of an administration committee shall be elected and shall serve in accord with the Procedures of Article VI of the faculty By-Laws. Terms of service are subject to amendment at the discretion of the administration committees, the President, or the Board of Trustees.

  1. Delegation of Powers

    Faculty committees may delegate matters of specialized study, program direction, and administration to ad hoc or permanent sub-committees. (The members of such sub-committees need not be members of the committee making the delegation.)

  2. Eligibility, Restrictions, Terms

    1. Faculty members appointed to tenure-track and term positions are eligible for elected positions on most faculty committees, except where otherwise noted in these By-Laws. For example, The Committee on Faculty [see Article VIII.B.2] and the Grievance Committee [see Article VIII.H of the Personnel Policies] are limited to tenured members of the faculty. A faculty member must be tenured or in at least the seventh year of full-time faculty status to be eligible for election as an at-large representative to the Committee on Academic Policy and Planning (CAPP), the Committee on Management of Academic Operations (MAO), the Student Life and Academic Atmosphere Committee (SLAAC), the Faculty Development Committee (FDC), or the Committee on Administration (COA).

    2. All faculty members are eligible for appointed positions on faculty committees where such positions exist and subject to restrictions that may be imposed on each committee.

    3. All terms of service on faculty committees filled by elections shall be three years, unless otherwise specified. Members may be re-elected.

    4. No faculty member may serve in an elected position on more than three committees or on more than one coordinating committee.

    5. A faculty member may not run for election to any Standing Committee in the year preceding an approved leave (e.g., pre-tenure leaves, sabbatical leaves, leaves for renewable term faculty members, pre-retirement leaves, and special leaves).

  3. Election of Officers of Faculty Committees

    The chair and secretary of a faculty committee shall be chosen from the elected faculty members at the last meeting of the previous academic year except where otherwise specified. A faculty member must be tenured or in at least the seventh year of full-time faculty status to be eligible to chair the Committee on Academic Policy and Planning (CAPP), the Committee on Management of Academic Operations (MAO), the Student Life and Academic Atmosphere Committee (SLAAC), the Faculty Development Committee (FDC), or the Committee on Administration (COA). No person shall serve two years in succession. Officers of committees shall have voting rights.

  4. Communications and Reports

    Minutes of coordinating committees shall be made available to all members of the faculty, unless restricted access is required due to confidentiality considerations. Each coordinating committee shall report regularly at faculty meetings.

  5. Creation of New Committees

    The faculty may create new committees whose members shall be elected by the faculty, except in cases where the faculty, by a two-thirds vote of those present and voting, shall authorize some other procedure.