Committees

Student Life Committee

Purpose:  to seek actively to improve the quality of student life at the university in nonacademic areas in these ways:

(1)    By formulating modifications in the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities and recommending them for approval by the student, faculty, and administrative bodies.  Proposals for such modifications may also be initiated by the appropriate student, faculty, and administrative bodies.  Proposals in this category will go into effect if approved by the three bodies specified.  The Undergraduate Student Government, faculty, and administration will each set up its respective body and methods for approval.  When one of the bodies suggests modifications of a proposal, the Student Life Committee will act as a conference committee to arrive at an acceptable conclusion.

(2)    In the area of student life, by recommending rules and policies on student conduct, athletics, and on- and off-campus functions sponsored by a university organization.  Proposals in this category go into effect upon approval by the dean of students.

(3)    By recommending and promoting programs it considers helpful in enhancing student life and contributing to an improved spirit of understanding and cooperation among members of the university community.  Proposals in this category go into effect upon approval by the dean of students.

(4)    By discussing matters involving on-or off-campus residency and making recommendations to the appropriate authority.

(5)    The committee will not make rules pertaining to student residencies.

(6)    None of the above limits the authority of the dean of students to establish policies and rules in the area of student affairs.

Membership:  five students (one of whom must be a graduate student), four full-time faculty members, three administrators, plus the dean of students as a non-voting member.  The committee will elect its own chair annually.  The committee will be empowered to elect a student co-chair, if it so wishes.  Up to two of the faculty members of this committee, designated by the CFNE, will also attend meetings of the Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees, each with a term of two years.


Committee on Undergraduate Studies

Purpose:  to interpret academic policies in cases that are presented by individual students from the undergraduate colleges or schools, and to grant waivers when appropriate, to readmit students who have been dismissed for academic reasons, and to approve individualized majors/minors.

Membership:  five full-time faculty members, as follows:  three representing the College of Arts and Sciences, one representing the College of Business, and one representing the group of schools/colleges comprised of Education, Social Work, and Engineering; and two undergraduate students.

Grievance and Discipline Committee

(1)   In the case of grievances, the purpose is: to ensure the academic and non- academic rights of students and faculty members by hearing any case in which a student thinks one of the rights listed in the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities has been denied, unless a more specific grievance or review procedure has been established for a matter. The committee will consider only whether the challenged action or decision by a member of the faculty, administration, student body or any agency of these groups was unfair (arbitrary) or capricious.

(2)   In the matters of discipline, the purpose is: to serve as the board of appeal for all decisions, made at the level of a dean or equivalent, regarding student academic misconduct and violations of the Code of Conduct, except where students are subject to a special code of conduct, for example, an honor code or special code of student responsibility in a professional or other program.

(3)   Membership: five full-time faculty members, three administrators, and four students. The committee will elect a chair annually from among the committee’s faculty members.

(4)   Procedure: In the case of student-initiated grievances, each panel selected to hear an individual case will consist of one student member, one administrative member, one faculty member and the chair, who is non- voting, who will preside at meetings and who will see that the parties involved are given a fair and impartial hearing. The chair may take part in the questioning and discussion. Once a panel has been selected, all of those voting members plus the chair must be present in person to hear the case. The grievance hearing procedures are outlined in the Student Policy Book.

In matters of discipline:

(a)   The chair will select, from among the members of the committee, a special five-member hearing panel for each disciplinary case. Each such special hearing panel will consist of two faculty members, one administrator and two students.

(b)   The policies and procedures to be followed by this committee are as specified in the Student Policy Book. After the hearing, the panel will issue a written recommendation and the reasons underlying that recommendation to the Executive Vice President and Provost.