The University Senate has established several standing committees to help address the concerns of the various constituencies in the campus community. These committees formulate and review policies to be established by the Senate, review established policies and their administration and recommend any changes that may be desirable. They also serve in an advisory capacity and as a board of appeal. The standing committees are an invaluable resource as well as a conduit for addressing potential issues on campus.

Standing Committees

  • Academic Procedures & Standards (APAS) - reviews a range of policies related to admissions, dismissal, advising, registration, and how classes are conducted.
  • Campus Affairs - reviews policies affecting the entire campus, including facilities, honors and prizes, and safety issues.
  • Educational Affairs - reviews policies and initiatives intended to enhance the University’s educational system.
  • Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (EDI) - considers programs and policies that support and advance the University’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusiveness.
  • Elections, Representation, & Governance (ERG) - reviews College Plans of Organization, which outline how Colleges govern themselves, and reviews policies and practices related to the Senate’s elections and operations.
  • Faculty Affairs - reviews policies on a range of issues related to faculty life and work, including academic freedom, faculty morale, and promotion policies.
  • General Education (merged with the Educational Affairs Committee)
  • Programs, Curricula, & Courses (PCC) - considers proposals to modify, create, or discontinue academic programs and units.
  • Staff Affairs - responsible for policies regarding staff and employee life at the University, and encouraging greater participation by staff in shared governance.
  • Student Affairs - reviews policies involving student life outside of the classroom, including student organizations, resident life, and extracurricular activities.
  • Student Conduct - reviews the codes related to student conduct and their enforcement, and acts as an appellate body for violations of those codes.

Standing Committee Member Orientation Slides

Annual Summaries of Committee Activity

Elected Committees

  • Committee on Committees - selects committee volunteers to fill vacancies on Senate standing committees each summer.
  • Nominations Committee - identifies and recruits candidates for Senate-elected committees and councils each spring.
  • Senate Executive Committee (SEC) - responsible for charging Senate committees with the review of specific issues and determining whether committee reports are ready for Senate review. The SEC is also responsible for setting the agenda for the Senate and representing the Senate to the University administration.