Committees

The Student-Faculty Committee on Academic Affairs

Purpose

To serve in an advisory capacity to the College Senate in matters relating to instruction, courses, and programs. Recommendations regarding new course proposals or curricula shall be submitted directly to the Provost, but all other recommendations shall be sent to College Senate for approval or modification before being forwarded to the President.

Composition

The committee shall consist of seven (7) faculty members, one of which shall be a librarian, elected by the librarians. Each School shall elect one member. The remaining member(s) shall be member(s)-at-large with no School having more than two members on this committee. The member-at-large elections will be supervised by the Speaker by secret ballot. The Provost shall serve as a non-voting member.

A student member from each School shall be elected or appointed by the Student Government Organization from those students having at least a 2.0 cumulative average based upon completion of not less than one semester's work on the Morrisville campus. Students will be appointed to this Committee by the School Deans, in case the Student Government Organization fails to select these students. Individual Studies shall also be entitled to one student representative.

Terms of Office

The faculty members shall serve two-year terms. The student members shall serve one-year terms.

Officers

The Committee as a whole shall elect at the beginning of each year a chairperson and a secretary.

The duties of the chairperson shall be:

  1. To schedule meetings and give notices of such in the Faculty/Student Bulletin.
  2. To submit the rules and procedures of the committee to College Senate for approval within the first six weeks of the academic year.
  3. To publish, after College Senate approval, within the first eight weeks of the academic year, the following information for distribution to each member of the organization:
    1. The purpose of the Committee.
    2. The rules and procedures by which the Committee will conduct its business.
    3. The names of the Committee members.
  4. To prepare an agenda of items submitted by members of the Committee, other faculty, students, administration, or College Senate.
  5. To conduct meetings.
  6. To be responsible for the preparation of recommendations to the College Senate.
  7. To see that the committee is represented when such recommendations are considered by others.

The duties of the secretary shall be:

  1. To take the minutes of each meeting.
  2. To prepare and distribute copies of such to the Committee members.
  3. To assist in the preparation of recommendations, including the final summary report of the year. 
  4. To maintain a file of all actions taken by the Committee, including copies of all reports and recommendations.

The Student-Faculty Committee on Student Affairs

Purpose

To serve in an advisory capacity to the College Senate on matters involved with the betterment of campus life other than those dealing with academics.

Composition

The committee shall consist of seven (7) faculty members, one member of the Student Affairs professional staff, and one (1) student from each School. The Dean of Students shall serve as a non-voting member. Each School shall elect one faculty member. Then the remaining faculty member(s) shall be member(s)-atlarge with no School having more than two faculty members on this committee. The member-at-large elections will be supervised by the Speaker by secret ballot. The Student Services member shall be elected by that group. Student members shall be elected or appointed by the Student Government Organization from those students having at least a 2.0 cumulative average based upon completion of not less than one semester's work on the Morrisville campus. Students will be appointed to this Committee by the School Deans, in case the Student Government Organization fails to select these students.

Terms of Office, Officers and Their Duties

As prescribed for the Student-Faculty Committee on Academic Affairs.

Committees/Boards Needing Student Participation

Multicultural Affairs - enhances diversity and multiculturalism at College and heightens sensitivity to the needs of students of color (2 students);

Affirmative Action - is a hearing board for affirmative action matters and plans recruitment of College personnel (2 students);

Academic Affairs - hears recommendations and helps to determine academic policies of the College (4 students);

Academic Issues Committee - discusses, studies, and makes recommendations to the College Senate concerning academic policy in any area not covered by another College Senate committee. The committee will also periodically review academic policies in the Faculty/Staff Handbook. (1 student)

Awards - oversees the annual nomination and selection procedures of both the local MSC Distinguished Faculty Award and the SUNY-wide Chancellor's Awards for Excellence. The committee solicits and evaluates nominations from campus and alumni populations through nomination forms and reviews submission packets for substantive criteria in the following categories: teaching techniques and representative materials, scholarship and professional growth, student services, academic standards and requirements and evaluation of student performance, and a summary of outstanding qualifications and major achievements. The committee selects award winners based upon the evaluation materials requested, then completes and transmits the submittal materials for the SUNY Awards to the local MSC Provost’s Office. (1 student)

Curriculum - discusses, studies, and makes recommendations to the College Senate concerning changes to the curriculum including those involving new courses or programs, changes to how courses meet general education requirements, changes to the levels of courses, changes to the number of credit hours, changes in prerequisites, and any substantial changes to programs or courses that affect the course offerings of other departments. (1 student)

Educational Technology - studies and reviews college policies associated with distance education in its various forms, makes recommendations regarding how well information technology and library policies on campus serve teaching and learning, and educates the campus on these policies. (1 student)

Norwich Liaison Committee - discusses, studies, and recommends ways of improving interaction between the main campus and the Norwich Campus and makes the College Senate and the Student Government Organization aware of important issues at the Norwich Campus. (2 students-one from Norwich and one from the Main Campus)

Student Affairs - addresses nonacademic issues relevant to student life (1 student);

Morrisville Auxiliary Corporation - represents the student body with any concerns or suggestions (4 students);

Intercollegiate Athletic Board - develops and recommends long-range plan for College athletic program for men and women (4 students);

College Council - determines rules and regulations concerning students and other regulations consistent with State policy (1 student);

Residence Hall Council - plans and budgets programs for respective halls (7 students);

Personal Safety - develops recommendations for College-related safety and security measures (2 students);

Student Health Advisory - reviews and makes recommendations to student health insurance plan and reviews student issues and concerns (4 students);

College Judicial Board - hears charges placed against fellow students (Resident Assistants).