Oakland University Senate

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Rochester, MI 48309-4486
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Senate Committee Charges

Senate Committee Charges

Academic Computing Committee

Charge:

  1. To advise the University Senate on all matters pertaining to the use of computers for instruction and research. It is expected to define and be responsive to the needs of students and faculty using the University computer facilities.
  2. It is given primary responsibility for devising and directing the implementation of plans to develop appropriate levels of computer literacy.
  3. It is required to prepare annually a recommendation to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost and President on requirements for improvements and additions in computer facilities (both hardware and software) to meet the anticipated computing needs for the subsequent five-year period.
  4. To advise the Chief Information Officer as necessary and assist in developing services, schedules, and priorities for academic computing usage in relation to total University computer usage. It should, periodically, examine patterns of use and charge systems, and make recommendations for such modifications as may be necessary.

Membership                  

Status

Term

Appointing Body

Nine faculty, one as chair

Voting

Staggered 2-year

Senate upon nomination by the Steering Committee

Student

Voting

1-year

Student Congress

Student

Voting

1-year

Student Chapter of ACM

Chair, Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering

Ex-officio and Voting

While Dept. Chair

SECS

Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Ex-officio and Voting

While CIO

CIO

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (or Designee)

Ex-officio and Voting

While Senior Vice President or for period Senior Vice President designates

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Executive Director Classroom Support and Instructional Technology Services (CSITS) (or Designee)

Ex-Officio and Voting

While Assistant Vice President or for period Assistant Vice President designates

Executive Director, CSITS

Academic Conduct Committee

Charge:

To review, propose, and implement policies concerning academic dishonesty.

Membership                  

Status

Term

Appointing Body

15 faculty, one as chair

Voting

Staggered 2-year

Senate upon nomination by the Steering Committee

Four students

Voting

1-year

Student Congress

Two student alternates

Voting

1-year

Student Congress

Vice President for Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer (or designee)

Ex-officio and Voting

While Vice President or for period Vice President designates

Vice President for Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer

Academic Standing and Honors Committee

Charge:

  1. To review, propose, and implement university policies concerning academic probation, dismissal, readmission and University Honors;
  2. To review petitions from students regarding granting of University Honors and report to the Senate.

Membership                  

Status

Term

Appointing Body

Five faculty, one as chair

Voting

Staggered 2-year

Senate upon nomination by the Steering Committee

Three students

Voting

1-year

Student Congress

Director of the Tutoring Center

Ex-officio and Non-voting

While Director

Director of the Tutoring Center

Registrar

Ex-officio and Non-voting

While Registrar

Registrar

Professional Advisor

Ex-officio and Non-voting

2-years

Professional Advising Council

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost (or designee)

Ex-officio and Non-voting

While Senior Vice President or for period Senior Vice President designates

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Vice President for Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer (or designee)

Ex-officio and Non-voting

While Vice President or for period Vice President designates

Vice President for Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer

Director of the Office of Student Success

Ex-officio and Non-voting

While Director of the Office of Student Success

Director of the Office of Student Success

 

Assessment Committee

Charge:

  1. To coordinate and advise on the planning and implementation of assessment by academic units;
  2. To prepare an overall University Assessment Plan which meets the requirements of Higher Learning Commission and to consult with the staff of that Association, as appropriate, to insure that the Plan and its implementation continue to meet Association standards;
  3. To advise and cooperate with the General Education Committee in planning and carrying out assessment of the University's general education programs;
  4. To advise the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, the University Committee on Undergraduate Instruction, and the Graduate Council on the findings of the assessment program and their implications for specific program reviews and for maintaining and improving the quality of undergraduate and graduate instruction in general; and
  5. To report to the University Senate and the Assemblies of the organized faculties on the findings of the assessment program and their implications for maintaining and improving the quality of undergraduate and graduate curricula and instruction at the University.

Membership                  

Status

Term

Appointing Body

Three faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences, eligible to be named chair

Voting

Staggered, 3-years

Senate upon nomination by the Steering Committee

One faculty member from each school and the library, eligible to be named chair

Voting

Staggered, 3-years

Senate upon nomination by the Steering Committee

Two at-large faculty appointees, eligible to be named chair

Voting

Staggered, 3-years

Senate upon nomination by the Steering Committee

One student

Voting

1-year

Student Congress

Director and Assistant Director of the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment

Ex-officio and Non-voting

While Director and Assistant Director

Director of the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment

Professional Advisor

Ex-officio and Non-voting

3-years

Professional Advising Council

Vice President for Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer (or designee)

Ex-officio and Non-voting

While Vice President or for period Vice President designates

Vice President for Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer

One Oakland University Alumnus(a)

Voting

3-years

The Alumni Board on nomination of the Vice President for University Advancement

Budget Review Committee

Charge:

  1. To work with the President, vice presidents, and Senate Planning Review Committee in the implementation of university plans, goals, objectives, role, and mission;
  2. To receive from the President reports on available resources and their allocation to the university divisions and, jointly with the Senate Planning Review Committee, to advise the President regarding priorities for such allocations;
  3. To receive from the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost reports on available resources and their allocation to the university's academic programs and, jointly with the Senate Planning Review Committee, to advise the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost regarding priorities for such allocations;
  4. To report to the Senate on the current university budget and its role in advancing university goals and objectives;
  5. To advise the Senate concerning the budgetary implications of relevant changes affecting the organization of the university;
  6. To report to the Senate and its committees (as needed, UCUI, the Graduate Council, the General Education Committee) on the university-wide budgetary implications of proposed new academic programs or the discontinuance or major reorganization of existing academic programs as may be proposed; and
  7. To meet jointly, as needed, but at least once each semester with the Senate Planning Review Committee.

Membership                  

Status

Term

Appointing Body

Six faculty, one as chair. The chair, whenever possible will be chosen from a faculty member with experience on the committee

Voting

Staggered 3-year

Senate upon nomination by the Steering Committee

One Administrative Professional

Voting

3-year

AP Assembly

The Director of Budget and Financial Planning

Voting

While Director of Budget and Financial Planning

Director of Budget and Financial Planning

Campus Environment and Development Committee

Charge:

  1. To consider the aesthetic and ecological effects of both present practices and future plans for the physical maintenance and development of the campus,
  2. To recommend policies in these areas, and to advise the administrative officers responsible for campus development,
  3. Such issues as new construction, location of utilities and parking facilities, aesthetic accouterments, maintenance practices, and the identification of areas for outdoor education shall fall within the purview of this committee.

Membership                  

Status

Term

Appointing Body

Five faculty, one of these as chair

Voting

Staggered 2-year

Senate upon nomination by the Steering Committee

Four students

Voting

1-year

Student Congress

Four Administrative Professionals

Voting

Staggered 2-year

AP Assembly

Vice President for Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer (or Designee)

Voting

While Vice President or for period Vice President designates

Vice President for Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer

One professional staff member from Campus Facilities and Operations

Voting

1-year

Associate Vice President for Facilities Management

Associate Vice President for Facilities Management

Ex-Officio and Non-voting

While Associate Vice President

Associate Vice President for Facilities Management

General Education Committee

Charge:

  1. To recommend to the Senate policies and requirements for undergraduate general education,
  2. To function as a curriculum committee for a university-wide program of general education,
  3. To function as an assessment committee for a university-wide program of general education,
  4. To respond to petitions of exception relating to that program in accordance with Senate authorizations,
  5. To communicate through regular exchange of minutes with the University Committee on Undergraduate Instruction, and to provide information on petitions of exception regarding General Education to the University Committee on Undergraduate Instruction for preparation of a university-wide annual report on petitions of exception.

Membership                  

Status

Term

Appointing Body

Thirteen faculty, (including one faculty from the Kresge Library), one as chair

Voting

Staggered 3-year

Senate upon nomination by the Steering Committee

One Undergraduate Student

Voting

1-year

Student Congress

Associate Provost

Ex-officio and Non-voting

While Associate Provost

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

General Education Assessment Coordinator

Ex-officio and Non-voting

While General Education Assessment Coordinator

Director, Office of Institutional Research and Assessment

Professional Advisor

Ex-officio and Non-voting

Staggered 3-years

Professional Advising Council

Registrar (or designee)

Ex-officio and Non-voting

While Registrar or appointed by Registrar

Registrar

Director of the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (or designee)

Ex-officio and Non-voting

While Director or for period Director designates

Director of Institutional Research and Assessment

Graduate Council

Charge:

  1. To recommend to the University Senate academic policies and procedures concerning graduate education; and, when necessary, seek advice from the Senate Planning Review Committee, the Senate Budget Review Committee, and other appropriate bodies concerning the impact of these policies and procedures.
  2. To recommend to the University Senate concerning new graduate programs;
  3. To confer with the Dean of Graduate Education about program support or other activities in graduate education, as the Dean of Graduate Education may seek such advice;
  4. To recommend and approve modifications in graduate programs with advice from other appropriate bodies as needed;
  5. To render advice concerning existing programs or alterations in them as Dean of Graduate Education may seek such advice;
  6. To review all programs in timely fashion and report findings to the Senate Planning Review Committee and the University Senate;
  7. To recommend, when necessary, to the Senate Planning Review Committee and the University Senate, with advice from other appropriate bodies as needed, program suspension or discontinuance based on findings from the program review process;
  8. To appoint subcommittees necessary to assist the Graduate Council in the conduct of its responsibilities;
  9. To assist in all evaluations of ongoing and proposed graduate programs for their consistency with the goals and objectives of the University;
  10. To maintain regular communication with the Senate Planning Review Committee through exchange of minutes; and
  11. To approve all candidates for degrees and report this approval to the President of the University. 

Membership                  

Status

Term

Appointing Body

Dean, Graduate Education, Chair

Ex-officio and Non-voting

While Dean, Graduate Education

Dean, Graduate Education

One faculty member from each organized faculty that currently sponsors a graduate degree program

Voting

2-years

Academic Unit

Three faculty at-large

Voting

2-years

Dean, Graduate Education

One library faculty member

Ex-Officio and Non-voting

1-year

Dean, University Libraries

Assistant Dean, Graduate Education

Ex-officio and Non-voting

While Assistant Dean

Dean, Graduate Education

Honorary Degree Committee

Charge:

To consider and recommend candidates for honorary degrees, according to the criteria and procedures specified by the Oakland University Board of Trustees and found at www.oakland.edu/honoarydegree.

Membership                  

Status

Term

Appointing Body

Six Faculty

Voting

Staggered, 3-years

Senate upon nomination by the Steering Committee

One Graduate Student

Voting

1-year

Student Congress or Dean, Graduate Education

Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Provost (or designee)

Ex-officio and Voting

While Senior Vice President or for period Senior Vice President Designates

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Intercollegiate Athletics Committee

Charge:

  1. To advise the President and the Athletic Director about matters affecting the academic and athletic integrity of intercollegiate athletics, including, but not limited to, matters affecting student-athlete welfare.
  2. To advise the Athletic Director generally on policies for student-athletes including, but not limited to, standards of academic eligibility, student support and health, academic integrity and progress, equity, Title IX, and NCAA and Horizon League issues.
  3. To assist Oakland University in meeting the NCAA and Horizon League standards for student-athlete welfare.
  4. To receive timely and regular reports from the Athletic Director on matters related to athletics, including but not limited to current and proposed plans and policies that affect the athletic programs, including plans and policies on buildings, facilities, budgets, services, academic support and NCAA compliance; and to advise and make recommendations on same.
  5. To receive reports and recommendations from other Senate committees and to advise and make recommendations to the Senate and its committees, as needed.
  6. To take on additional duties as directed by the Senate Steering Committee.

Membership                  

Status

Term

Appointing Body

Four faculty

Voting

Staggered 3-year

Senate upon nomination by the Steering Committee

Two student-athletes

Voting

1-year

Student Athlete Advisory Committee Executive Committee

One Administrative Professional from University Housing, Student Financial Services or Admissions

Voting

3-year

AP Assembly

One external/community member

Voting

3-year

Faculty Athletic Representative

Professional Advisor

Voting

3-years

Professional Advising Council

Faculty Athletics Representatives (FAR) who shall serve as chair

Voting

While Faculty Athletic Representative

Oakland University President

Athletic Director

Ex-officio and Non-voting

While Athletic Director

Athletics Director

Senior Woman Administrator in Athletics

Ex-officio and Non-voting

While Senior Woman Administrator

Athletic Director

One Athletics Compliance Staff Member

Ex-officio and Non-voting

1-year

Athletic Director

Library Committee

Charge:

  1. To serve as a liaison between the University Libraries and the faculty and students of the University; to bring faculty and student opinion before the library and to interpret library policies to faculty and students;
  2. To advise the library and the University Senate in the formulation of broad general policies on collections, buildings, facilities, and services. These policies shall be presented to the University administration by the Dean of the University Libraries;
  3. To receive timely and regular reports from the Dean of the University Libraries on current and proposed library plans and policies;
  4. To receive timely and regular reports from the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost on current and proposed university plans and policies which may impact the University Libraries and to advise and make recommendations on same;
  5. To receive reports and recommendations from other duly constituted committees and to advise and make recommendations to the Senate and its committees, as needed;
  6. To take on additional duties as directed by the Senate Steering Committee; and
  7. To meet regularly, but at least once each semester.

Membership                  

Status

Term

Appointing Body

Four library faculty, eligible to serve as chair

Voting

Staggered, 2-years

Senate upon nomination by the Steering Committee

Four College faculty (one from each of the four faculty groups), eligible to serve as chair

Voting

Staggered, 2-years

Senate upon nomination by the Steering Committee

One faculty member from each school, eligible to serve as chair

Voting

Staggered, 2-years

Senate upon nomination by the Steering Committee

One medical library faculty, eligible to serve as chair

Voting

Staggered, 2-years

Senate upon nomination by the Steering Committee

Three students, one of whom is a graduate student

Voting

1-year

Student Congress

Dean, University Libraries

Ex-officio and Non-voting

While Dean, University Libraries

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost (or designee)

Ex-officio and Non-voting

While Senior Vice President or for period Senior Vice President designates

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Planning Review Committee

Charge:

  1. To work with the President, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, other vice presidents, the Senate Budget Review Committee, and other duly constituted committees in the review of university plans, goals, objectives, role, and mission;
  2. To advise the President, jointly with the Senate Budget Review Committee, regarding priorities for university resource allocations;
  3. To advise the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, jointly with the Senate Budget Review Committee, regarding priorities for academic resource allocations;
  4. To make recommendations to the Senate on any changes affecting the academic organization of the university;
  5. To advise the Senate on the university-wide implications of relevant changes affecting the organization of the university;
  6. To report to the Senate regarding the outcome of organizational changes;
  7. To report to the Senate and its committees (as needed, UCUI, the Graduate Council, the General Education Committee) on the university-wide implications of proposed new academic programs or the discontinuance or major reorganization of existing academic programs as may be proposed;
  8. To receive reports and recommendations from duly constituted committees, to maintain communication with the Graduate Council, the Senate Budget Review Committee, and the University Committee on Undergraduate Instruction through regular exchange of minutes, and to advise and/or make recommendations to the Senate, as needed;
  9. To take on additional duties as directed by the Senate Steering Committee; and
  10. To meet jointly, as needed, but at least once each semester with the Senate Budget Review Committee.

Membership                  

Status

Term

Appointing Body

Six faculty, eligible to serve as chair. The chair, whenever possible, will be chosen from among those with experience on this committee.

Voting

Staggered, 3-years

Senate upon nomination by the Steering Committee

One student

Voting

1-year

Student Congress

One Administrative Professional

Voting

3-years

AP Assembly

Director Office of Institutional Research and Assessment

Voting

While Director, Office of Institutional Research and Assessment

Director Office of Institutional Research and Assessment

Dean of Graduate Education

Ex-Officio and Non-voting

While Dean of Graduate Education

Dean of Graduate Education

Associate Provost

Voting

While Associate Provost

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Research Committee

Charge:

  1. To encourage and promote scholarship, research, and creative endeavors among all faculty members of the University.
  2. The Committee's responsibilities include, in particular, the evaluation of applications for intramural research funds and the allocation of these funds among bargaining unit faculty members.
  3. More generally, they include advising and making recommendations to the Chief Research Officer on practices and policies conducive to scholarly activity. 

Membership                  

Status

Term

Appointing Body

Nine faculty, eligible to serve as chair

Voting

Staggered, 2-years

Senate upon nomination by the Steering Committee

One faculty appointed by Graduate Council, eligible to serve as chair

Voting

Staggered, 2-years appointment shall be made by Graduate Council by February 15th for a term that would begin in the next Fall semester

Graduate Council

Chief Research Officer or Designee

Ex-officio and Non-voting

While Chief Research Officer or designated by Chief Research Officer

Chief Research Officer

Senate Elections Committee

Charge

The Elections Committee of the University Senate shall conduct elections and referenda and make apportionments as described in the various articles of the Senate Constitution (Article IV, ix)

Membership                  

Status

Term

Appointing Body

Three Senators

Voting

2-years

Steering Committee

Student Academic Support Committee

Charge:

To promote the academic success of students by considering, evaluating, and recommending policies and procedures in the areas of advising, financial aid, registration, admissions, student life, career development, and any other areas of student academic interest that may be brought before it.

Membership                  

Status

Term

Appointing Body

Six faculty, eligible to serve as chair

Voting

Staggered, 3-years

Senate upon nomination by the Steering Committee

President, Student Congress

Voting

While President

Student Congress

One Undergraduate Student

Voting

1-year

Student Congress

One Graduate Student

Voting

1-year

Student Congress or Dean, Graduate Education

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost (or designee)

Ex-officio and Non-voting

While Senior Vice President or for period designated

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Vice President for Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer (or designee)

Ex-officio and Non-voting

While Vice President or for period designated

Vice President for Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer

Dean of Students (or designee)

Ex-officio and Non-voting

While Dean of Students or for period designated

Dean of Students

Professional Advisor

Ex-officio and Non-voting

3-years

Professional Advising Council

Teaching and Learning Committee

Charge:

  1. To promote the teaching function and the learning process by sponsoring incentives for good teaching and by publicizing within the University significant ideas and approaches to teaching and learning;
  2. To provide for a more structured outlet for reflection on both the teaching and learning process and the aspirations and accomplishments of the teaching profession.

Membership                  

Status

Term

Appointing Body

Nine faculty, eligible to serve as chair

Voting

Staggered, 3-years

Senate upon nomination by the Steering Committee

Four Students

Voting

1-year

Student Congress

Two Administrative Professionals

Voting

Staggered, 3-years

AP Assembly

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost (or designee)

Ex-officio and Non-voting

While Senior Vice President or for period designated

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

University Committee on Undergraduate Instruction

Charge:

  1. To recommend to the University Senate academic policies and procedures concerning undergraduate education and, when necessary, seek advice from other appropriate bodies concerning the impact of these policies and procedures;
  2. To evaluate and monitor petitions of exception regarding university-wide undergraduate academic requirements except for university-wide general education requirements;
  3. To prepare an annual report on all petitions of exception to be shared with the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, the Registrar, individual Committees on Instruction, and the Senate Planning Review Committee;
  4. To make recommendations to the University Senate regarding proposed and existing undergraduate programs, including recommendations for program modification, suspension, or discontinuance;
  5. To advise the Senate Planning Review Committee (SPRC) and the Senate Budget Review Committee (SBRC) concerning proposed new undergraduate programs and to maintain regular communication with SPRC and SBRC through exchange of minutes;
  6. To cooperate with the General Education Committee in overseeing undergraduate instruction throughout the University and to maintain regular communication with that committee through exchange of minutes;
  7. To schedule and monitor decennial reviews of all undergraduate programs in timely fashion and report findings to the Senate Planning Review Committee and the University Senate;
  8. To evaluate ongoing and proposed undergraduate programs for their consistency with University academic policies and mission, to monitor catalog copy to ensure compliance with all such policies; and to monitor all catalog changes impacting outside of the Committee on Instruction making the change;
  9. To advise the Senate on all matters that body or its Steering Committee may refer to the Undergraduate Committee on University Instruction concerning undergraduate instruction and the general requirements within which the specifics of undergraduate degree programs function.

Membership                  

Status

Term

Appointing Body

Four College faculty representing the arts and humanities, languages, natural sciences, and social sciences, eligible to serve as chair. each of whom shall represent UCUI to the Committee on Instruction or equivalent group in her/his academic unit

Voting

Staggered, 3-years

Senate upon nomination by the Steering Committee

One faculty member from each organized faculty outside the College, eligible to serve as chair. each of whom shall represent UCUI to the Committee on Instruction or equivalent group in her/his academic unit

Voting

Staggered, 3-years

Senate upon nomination by the Steering Committee

Director of Integrative Studies

Voting

While Director

Director of Integrative Studies

Two students

Voting

1-year

Student Congress

Associate Provost, Chair

Ex-officio and Non-voting

While Associate Provost

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Vice President for Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer (or designee)

Ex-officio and Non-voting

While Vice President or for period Vice President designates

Vice President for Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer

One Professional Advisor

Ex-officio and Non-voting

3-years

Professional Advising Council

Registrar (or designee)

Ex-officio and Non-voting

While Registrar or for period Registrar designates

Registrar

Campus Tree Advisory Ad Hoc Committee

Charge:

To develop and maintain the Oakland University Campus Tree Care Plan for the purpose of establishing and maintaining a Tree Campus USA distinction. The Campus Tree Care Plan should include:

  1. A clearly stated purpose
  2. State the responsible authority/department (enforces the Campus Tree Care Plan)
  3. Campus tree care policies for planting, landscaping, maintenance and removal including establishing and updating a list of recommended and prohibited species; managing for catastrophic events
  4. Protection and preservation policies and procedures, including a process for implementing tree protection plan including step-by-step process that every project must follow including construction and trenching
  5. At least one goal and target (could include, but are not limited to, tree canopy target, development of a link between the Campus Tree Plan and other green initiatives on campus or in the community; completion of a campus-wide tree inventory, etc.) and include how the goal will be measured
  6. Tree damage assessment (enforcement, penalties, and appeals)
  7. Prohibited practices
  8. Definitions of terminology related to campus trees
  9. Communication strategy for how the campus tree care plan will be communicated to the college community and contractors to heighten awareness about policies and procedures as well as the goals of the institution

Membership                  

Status

Term

Appointing Body

One faculty member

Voting

For period of ad hoc committee

Senate upon nomination by the Steering Committee

One faculty member from the Campus Development and Environment Committee

Voting

For period of ad hoc committee

Chair, Campus Development and Environment Committee

One administrative professional

Voting

For period of ad hoc committee

AP Assembly

One Administrative Professional from the Campus Development and Environment Committee

Voting

For period of ad hoc committee

Chair, Campus Development and Environment Committee

One Student Representative

Voting

For period of ad hoc committee

Housing

One Student Representative

Voting

For period of ad hoc committee

Student Congress

One Community member with tree expertise

Voting

For period of ad hoc committee

Associate Vice President for Facilities Management

Associate Vice President for Facilities Management

Voting

For period of ad hoc committee

Associate Vice President for Facilities Management