SGA functions in the same manner as the United States Congress and the executive branch of the U.S. government. The executive branch includes the student body president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and an appointed cabinet. The legislative branch consists of senators who are elected each year to represent the students in the College community. Senators are elected on the basis of class standing. Senators work with the administration and faculty of the College to determine the policies and concerns of Westminster. The committees listed below were established by SGA to provide a means of communication and cooperation among various interest groups within the College.
Each spring, executive officer slates are voted on by the student body. Newly elected officers (February 2013) are as follows:
Vice President:Adam Seymour
Student Associate Members for the Board of Trustees
SGA also is responsible for selecting the Student Associate members for the Board of Trustees. There are three students on the board with the President of SGA being one of them.
Associate Trustees for the 2012-2013 academic year are Christian Friday, Emily Puruczky and Emily Wiest.
Student Standing Committees
Members of the Student Government Association also serve on one of seven standing committees. Each of the committees is involved with a different facet of student life at Westminster. Chairpersons are listed following each committee description.
Shall be responsible for reviewing current academic policies and practices, as well as recommending changes in procedure. This committee is responsible for the annual College Bowl competition and the selection of students for Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities.
Shall be responsible, but not limited to, promoting existing diversity on campus and encouraging future diversity. This includes, but is not limited to, attending meeting of existing diversity groups, reporting back to the Senate, and planning diversity events.
Shall be responsible for allocating the Student Government Association's Grant Fund among the recognized student organizations. This committee also recommends to the Senate the funding of student groups. Yearly, the committee audits all organizations that receive SGA funding.
Student ConcernsKendall Hunter
Shall review and recommend policies and practices pertaining to the constitution and by-laws of the SGA. It shall also conduct all elections relating to the SGA, and is responsible for handling all non-academic student concerns. The Chair of the Judiciary Committee shall serve as a permanent member of the Food Advisory Committee.
Public RelationsStephanie Oleyar
Shall act as a liaison between the SGA and the Westminster community and shall promote the activities of the SGA. In addition, they shall write a weekly anecdote in the Holcad updating students on the activities of SGA.
Special EventsEmily Puruczky
Organizes student Homecoming activities in addition to planning off- campus trips to cultural and sporting events.
Shall be responsible, but not limited to, promoting and coordinating service projects within the New Wilmington Borough and abroad. Shall serve as a liaison to the Drinko Center and the Civic Engagement Council.
Faculty Standing Committees, Councils and Boards
The faculty has approved student membership on many standing faculty committees, councils and boards. The Student Government Association's standing committees monitor these groups. Descriptions of each group follow.
CommitteesCurriculum Development Committee shall have particular responsibility for leading the Faculty to decisions regarding the overall direction of the curriculum. It shall review and recommend to the Faculty policies relating to academic programs and degrees, including but not limited to long-range curricular needs and direction, course offerings, and methods of instruction. To engage faculty involvement in curricular planning, the Committee shall hold open meetings at appropriate times to share the results of its study and invite faculty response. Where necessary, the Curriculum Operations Committee and the Curriculum Development Committee shall consult to determine which Standing Committee reviews a particular problem.
This committee shall include nine members: the Vice President for Academic Affairs, six elected faculty, two elected from each of the three groups, and two students.
Curriculum Operations Committee shall review and make recommendations regarding the academic calendar, daily schedule, new course proposals, and general education course proposals. In addition, the Committee is also responsible for the review of changes in existing major and minor programs. Where necessary, the Curriculum Operations Committee and the Curriculum Development Committee shall consult to determine which Standing Committee reviews a particular program.
This committee shall include nine members: the Associate Dean of the College, six elected faculty and two students.
Institutional Research Review Committee shall meet to review the ethical procedures that are used to conduct research under the auspices of Westminster College on human and animal subjects or that has environmental impact. The committee will review general policies proposed for categories of research within disciplines or departments and will conduct special reviews for research procedures that fall outside a department's general guidelines. The committee shall restrict its review to the well being of the research participants, non-human subjects, student researchers, as well as the project's environmental impact. Student members are not required to review specific faculty research, which is proposed by their course professors or advisers. As needed, the committee will consult relevant experts, e.g., veterinarians, the Chemical Hygiene Officer, and mental health professionals.
This committee shall include eight members: six elected faculty, two elected from each of the three groups (Article IV, Section A, item 3 of the Faculty Constitution) and two students.
CouncilsPlanning, Budget, adn Institutional Research Council is responsible for developing or reviewing and recommending to the President the following: 1) updated versions of the Long Range Plan and other planning documents; 2) space utilization plans; 3) annual operating budget parameters and budget priorities; 4) instruments and strategies for institutional assessments. This council will also review results of institutional research and make recommendations to appropriate groups. The council will identify the areas requiring institutional research in order that its work and recommendations be founded on a reliable, ever-developing data base.
Because the purpose of the Council is to assure appropriate levels of campus understanding and shaping of the College's plans and budgets, its members will bring to the Council's deliberations valid concerns and suggestions of various constituencies. Members will report at least once each Fall and Spring semester the work of the council to the groups from which they are elected.
This council shall include fifteen members: the President of the College (who shall be chair), the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Vice President for Finance and Management Services, the Vice President for Institutional Advancement, the Dean of Student Affairs, the Director of Institutional Research, the Dean of Admissions and Enrollment Management, four members elected by the faculty, two students, and two support staff representatives.
Religious Life Council is responsible for reviewing and recommending policies related to the religious life of the College. It shall advise and make recommendations to the Chaplain. It shall be responsible to review College policies that impact on the religious life of the College and bring recommendations regarding those policies to the appropriate body. The council will report annually to the faculty and to the Student Government Association.
This Council shall include ten members: the Chaplain, a Student Affairs Dean (designated by the Dean of Student Affairs), four members elected by the faculty and four students.
Enrollment Management Council shall review and recommend policies and procedures on enrollment management at the College. Policies and procedures under the council's purview include, but are not limited to, enrollment research, planning and targets; student recruitment and retention; and financial aid policies. The council shall also oversee the selection of endowed scholarship recipients.
Members of this Council shall establish and review annually the parameters and conditions for conditional and unconditional admission and non-admission. The Council will advise and make recommendations to the Dean of Admissions and Enrollment Management.
This Council shall include thirteen members: the Dean of Admissions (who shall be Chair), the Vice President for Academic Affairs, an additional member of the Admissions staff designated by the Dean of Admissions, the Director of Financial Aid, the Director of Athletics, five members elected by the Faculty, and two students. Student members will not participate in any Council deliberations pertaining to individual students.
Instructional Resources Council shall review and recommend policies and priorities regarding campus instructional resources. It will serve as an advisery Council to the Head Librarian, Director of Information Systems, and Director of Audio Visual Services and in consultation with these three, the council will recommend to the appropriate Vice President and/or the Faculty and then to the President.
The primary functions of this Council will include, but are not limited to, the following: recommending an ongoing College-wide plan for library and other information resources; proposing priorities for meeting the information and technology needs of the College; recommending the College-wide acquisition of information resources and associated technology; and informing the campus about information resources and technology and recommending education programs pertaining to the use of all such resources.
This Council will include nine members: the Head Librarian and Director of Information Systems (who shall be co-Chair); Director of Audio Visual Services; four elected faculty members, one from each of the three departmental groups but not more than one from a specific department, plus one at-large; and two students. The Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Vice President for Finance and Management Services will serve as ex officio non-voting members.
Student Life and Athletic Council shall review and make recommendations on policies pertaining to student life (student activities and organizations, Student Government Association, fraternities and sororities, judicial affairs, minority, international and disabled student affairs, counseling services, career center, orientation, residence life, student health services, safety and security) and intercollegiate and intramural athletics. The Committee shall evaluate applications from student organizations seeking official College recognition and conduct periodic review of existing student organizations.
The Council will advise and make recommendations to the Dean of Student Affairs on matters pertaining to student life. On matters pertaining to intercollegiate and intramural athletics, the Council will advise and make recommendations to the Director of Athletics.
This Council shall include nineteen members: the Dean of Student Affairs (who shall be Chair), both Associate Deans of Student Affairs, the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, the Director of Athletics, the Associate Director of Athletics, five elected faculty members (three of whom must be non-Physical Education faculty) and eight students.
BoardsAffirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Board is Advisery to the President of the College, regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action issues.
This Board consists of the Equal Opportunity Officer (who is the Chair and is appointed by the President), one administrator appointed by the President for a two-year term, one faculty member from the Faculty Personnel Committee selected by the Committee for the same term as his or her appointment to the FPC, one faculty member elected at large from the Faculty for a two-year term to be staggered with the FPC appointment, two members of the support staff appointed by the President for staggered two-year terms, and two students appointed by the Student Government Association to serve until their respective graduations. The President or his/her designate is an ex officio member of the board.
Student Publications Board will review and recommend policies and procedures pertaining to officially recognized student publications to the Dean of Student Affairs. The Board shall appoint the editors and other selected staff of the student publications and review their budgets and contracts. Finally, the Board shall approve the establishment and elimination of any student publications.
This Board shall include the Business Manager of the College, the faculty advisers for all student publications, four elected members of the Faculty, and five students, none of whom is an editor of an officially recognized student publication. The Board will be chaired by one of its faculty members.
Judicial Board shall consider cases of individual student or student organizations accused of violating the College's Code of Conduct. In considering cases, the Board shall follow the procedures outlined in the portion of the Handbook for Students entitled "Student Rights and Responsibilities."
This Board shall include eight members: four faculty members, one of whom shall serve as chair, and four students. Four of the faculty members of the Student Life and Athletic Council shall serve as the members of the Judicial Board.
College Appeals Board is responsible for considering appeals of judicial decisions made by the Dean of Student Affairs or the College Judicial Board. In considering cases, the Board shall follow the procedures outlined in the portion of the Handbook for Students entitled "Rights and Responsibilities."
This Board shall consist of three elected faculty members and three students appointed by the Student Government Association. Members of the College Appeals Board may not be members of the Judicial Board. Faculty members serve one-year terms.