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Curriculum Committee

The Curriculum Committee shall have particular responsibility for leading the Faculty to decisions regarding the overall direction of the curriculum and shall review 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.  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.  

Institutional Resources Committee

The primary functions of this Institutional Resources Committee will include, but are not limited to, the following: recommending an on-going College-wide plan for library and other instructional resources; proposing priorities for meeting the instructional and technology needs of the College; recommending the College-wide acquisition of instructional resources and associated technology; and informing the campus about instructional resources and technology and recommending education programs pertaining to the use of all such resources. 

Planning, Budget, and Institutional Research Council

Planning, Budget, and 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.

Enrollment Management

The 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 Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing.

Student Experience Council 

The Student Experience Council shall review and make recommendations on policies pertaining to the student experience at Westminster College, including student activities and organizations, Student Government Association, fraternities and sororities, judicial affairs, minority, international and disabled student affairs, counselling services, career center, orientation, residence life, student health services, safety and security, intercollegiate and intramural athletics, and religious life. The Council shall evaluate applications from student organizations seeking official College recognition. It shall also be responsible for reviewing College policies that affect the religious life of the College and bringing recommendations regarding those policies to the appropriate body.

The Council will advise and make recommendations to the Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students 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. On matters pertaining to religious life, the Council will advise and make recommendations to the College Chaplain.

 

Student Publications Board

Student Publications Board will review and recommend policies and procedures pertaining to officially recognized student publications to the Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students. The Board shall appoint the editors and other selected staff of student publications and review their budgets and contracts. Finally, the Board shall approve the establishment and elimination of any student publications. Members of this Board shall include the Business Manager of the College, the faculty advisors for all student publications, two 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.

Institutional Review Board

The Institutional Review Board 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 have environmental impact. The Board will review general policies proposed for categories of research within disciplines or divisions/schools and will conduct special reviews for research procedures that fall outside a division/school’s general guidelines. The Board shall restrict its review to the well-being of the research participants, non-human subjects, and student researchers, as well as the project’s environmental impact. Student members are not required to review specific faculty research, proposed by their course professors or advisors. As needed the Board will consult relevant experts (e.g., veterinarians, the Chemical Hygiene Officer, and mental health professionals).

The IRB will additionally appoint and maintain an Institutional Animal Care and Use Sub-Committee (IACUC), which will include eight members: the six elected IRB faculty members, an additional appointed faculty member who has current or recent experience with animal research (unless one of the elected IRB members has current or recent experience with animal research), and a veterinarian consultant. The IACUC will meet to review proposals for research involving non-human, vertebrae subjects as referred to them by the IRB, and will conduct bi-annual inspections of Westminster’s animal housing facilities, following which they will submit a report and recommendation to the IRB and the VPAA.

College Appeals 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.

The Appeals Board consists of five (5) student members: three (3) student standing members plus two (2) student alternates. The three standing members are appointed by SGA; the two (2) student alternates are elected from and by the entire student body.