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; the chief academic officer or his/her designee; and two undergraduate students.

Students should submit a formal letter along with the completed petition form to Michael C. Jordan, Director of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, campus mail AQU 110. Petition forms and further information about the Committee can be found here.

The petition form should be signed by the student's faculty adviser. If the request involves a decision or action of an instructor, a statement from that instructor should accompany the student's request.

Requests concerning major or minor field requirements should be addressed to the appropriate department chair.

Grievance Committee

Purpose:  to ensure the 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.  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 was unfair (arbitrary) or capricious.

Membership:  five faculty members, three administrators, and three students.  The committee will elect a chair annually from among the committee’s faculty members.

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.

Committee on Discipline

The Committee on Discipline shall be the board of appeal for all decisions regarding academic misconduct which are reached at an administrative level by an academic dean (or designee) and for all decisions regarding violations of the Rules of Conduct which are reached at an administrative level by the Dean of Students (or designee). Each special hearing panel shall have the authority to investigate the facts of the particular case which has been appealed and may:

1.Affirm the original decision and sanction;

2.Affirm the original decision and reduce or increase the original sanction;

3.Reverse the original decision; or

4.Disallow the original decision and order a new hearing by the academic dean (or designee) or the Dean of Students (or designee).

The committee shall consist of five faculty members, two administrators and four students. The Dean of Students (or any designated hearing officers) shall not be a member of the committee. The five faculty members shall be chosen in accordance with the Faculty Organization Plan, except that the terms of office shall commence on June 1. The four student members of the committee shall be chosen for terms of one year, commencing on May 1, in a manner designated by the Undergraduate Student Government. The two administrators shall be appointed for terms of two years, commencing on May 1, by the president of the university. In the case of vacancies, each of the above groups shall determine its own method of filling the unexpired terms.

The committee shall elect a chair annually from among the committee's faculty members. It shall be the chair's duty to select, from among the members of the committee, a special five-member hearing panel for each disciplinary case. Each such special hearing panel shall consist of two faculty members, one administrator and two students. The chair shall arrange for the meetings of each such panel, preside at these meetings, and see that the accused student is given a fair and impartial hearing. The chair may take part in the questioning and discussion, but shall not have a vote. The chair shall appoint, from among the committee's faculty members, a vice-chair who may take over as chair of a special hearing panel. In this case, the vice-chair must preside at all meetings of that panel. No meeting of a special panel shall be held unless the chair (or vice-chair) and all five voting members are present in person and not by substitute. If this proves impossible, a new panel shall be selected to hear the case again from the beginning.

Except as otherwise expressly provided herein or as otherwise provided in the document titled Committee on Discipline Procedures, the meetings of the special hearing panels shall be closed unless the chair (or vice-chair) decides otherwise.

The chair of the Committee on Discipline shall maintain a set of continuing records of all cases considered by the special hearing panels. These shall be available to faculty and administrators.

The Committee on Discipline, through the chair, may require witnesses to appear before the committee to present evidence on cases when the committee deems it appropriate.