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School Committees

All School committees are advisory and recommendatory to the Director. The membership, structure, and function of some of the School's committees are governed by University, Administrative and Operational Policies and the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Director may establish ad hoc committees in consultation with the FAC. The Director will welcome requests from Faculty for positions on the School’s various committees. The Director, when making appointments to School committees, will be mindful of the diversity of disciplines within the School and will consider the expertise and interests necessary for the effective functioning of specific committees.

  1. Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC)

    This elected School advisory committee represents full‐time School members in School governance. The Faculty Advisory Committee (hereinafter "FAC") is structured and operates as described in the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement.

    The FAC is convened and chaired at least once per term by the Director who, in consultation with the FAC, sets the agenda for its meetings. FAC members may request that items be added to the agenda. Additional meetings of the FAC may be called by the Director, as needed. The Director is an ex‐officio nonvoting member of the FAC. If at any time at least one‐half of the members of the FAC request a meeting, such a meeting will be held.

    Tenure and Non-Tenure Track Faculty (hereinafter "Faculty") members of each program elect members to the FAC. The FAC shall consist of two (2) Faculty members from each program area. FAC terms are for two (2) years. Elections are conducted in the Spring Semester and the FAC members assume office at the beginning of the Fall Semester. To the greatest extent possible, these elections will be staggered so that only one FAC member (per program area) is elected each year.  Each School FAC elects three, preferably tenured FAC members, to serve two-year terms on the College Advisory Council. These elections will be staggered so that at least one CAC member is elected each academic year.

  2. Curriculum Committee

    One (1) Faculty member from each program unit in the School will be elected by and from the School Faculty to serve on the Curriculum Committee. One of these members will be elected by the other members to serve as the Chair of the Curriculum Committee.

    The Curriculum Committee assists the Director in supervising and coordinating the School’s academic programs. The Curriculum Committee makes recommendations on any and all matters which affect the academic programs of the School including but not limited to Faculty proposals for new courses, changes in course content, major requirements, and other curricular matters. The Curriculum Committee reviews and decides student appeals regarding course substitution. The Curriculum Committee shall elect three (3) members to serve on the College Curriculum Committee.

  3. Student Academic Complaint Committee

    The Student Academic Complaint Committee is composed of at least four (4) Faculty appointed by the FAC. One member of the committee is elected by other members to serve as the Chair of the Student Academic Complaint Committee. The policies and procedures of this committee are governed by University Policy 3342‐4‐02.3, including but not limited to the addition of at least one (1) student representative to the committee. An undergraduate student will be added to the committee for complaints from undergraduate courses and a graduate student will be added to the committee for complaints from graduate courses.

    In the event that a member of the Student Academic Complaint Committee is the subject of or may otherwise be involved with a student complaint, the FAC will select a replacement from the Faculty. If the Chair of the Committee is the subject of or may otherwise be involved with a student complaint, the Director will appoint another member of the Student Academic Complaint Committee to chair the committee and the FAC will appoint an additional member to the committee from the Faculty.

  4. Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion Committee

    The policies and procedures which govern the School’s Ad Hoc Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion (RTP) Committee are included in University Policy. Procedural and operational guidelines for this committee are provided annually by the Office of the Provost. This committee reviews materials relevant to the professional performance of Faculty who are candidates for reappointment, tenure, or promotion in rank, and to make recommendations to the Director on each of these personnel decisions. The recommendations of this committee and the Director, together with the materials assembled for the committees, are forwarded to the Dean of the College.

  5. Other Ad Hoc Committees

    The Director may establish, charge, and appoint the membership of ad hoc committees as required by the School. In establishing ad hoc committees, naming members and designating a committee chair, the Director shall consult with the FAC. The Director will welcome requests and preferences from the Faculty before establishing and making appointments to ad hoc committees.

  6. Regional Campus Faculty Representation

    Regional campus Faculty members shall be represented on key School committees such as FAC, search committees, promotion and tenure committees, curricular and school policy and program development committees. If they have attained graduate Faculty status, they may serve on graduate committees.