Committees

Committees

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Academic Calender Committee (OPEN SPOT)

(2 at large. Meets Biweekly). This committee will look at potential changes to the university calendar including, but not limited to, the alignment of breaks with local schools as well as the creation of an attendance policy that can excuse students for days of religious observance.

Academic Coordinating Commission

(3 at-large. Meets every other Tuesday at 4pm in OM 340 for about an hour.) The Academic Coordinating Commission will have jurisdiction over all matters relating to the University's academic programs such as curriculum, teaching load, and the general university catalog.

Academic Honesty Board (OPEN GRAD STUDENT SPOT)

(6 undergrad and 6 grad students. Meets for appeals approx. 8-12 hours per year.) The Academic Honesty Board is established to hear and decide on cases initiated by students involving academic dishonesty cases. These are cases where the instructor feels that a student has claimed others’ work, achievements, or arguments as their own.

Academic Technology Committee

(1 at-large. Meets every other Wednesday at 4pm in HH122 for an hour.) The Academic Technology Committee will make decisions on matters of computer service related to student access and availability within the university. This committee reports to the Academic Coordinating Commission.

Activities Council (OPEN SPOT)

(3 at-large & 5 AS club reps. Meets weekly, typically on Mondays for 1-2 hours.) The AS Activities Council recognizes Associated Students Clubs and establishes policies and grant funding to a wide range of campus activities, events and conferences. This committee reports to the AS Board of Directors.

Alternative Transportation Fee Committee

(1 at-large. 1 RHA Rep. Meets at least once a quarter.) The Alternative Transportation Fee Committee manages the operations and finances of the Western Student Transportation program. This committee is also charged to evaluate the Western Student Transportation program, review student input, identify issues, and recommend changes in the fee as well as the program as a whole.

AS Senate Reform Task Force

The AS Senate Reform Task Force will be responsible for making recommendations and actively participating in the reformation process of the AS Student Senate. Members will serve on this group with the AS Senate Reform Staff Person by: • Reviewing draft Senate Reform proposals. • Providing feedback on the Senate reform proposals. • Ensuring student representation and input. • Outreaching to students of the greater campus community to increase engagement in the AS Student Senate Reform process.

B

Bookstore Advisory Group

(1 at-large. Approx. 3 hours a quarter.) The Bookstore Advisory Group will review and discuss store policies, services, and operations. This committee also will make suggestions regarding effective marketing and promotional messages that emphasize the benefits of the store as a campus resource and revenue source for student programs.

Budget Committee (OPEN SPOT)

(3-5 at-large. Weekly meetings for an hour during spring quarter.) The AS Budget Committee will review the budget proposals of the AS organizations and activities. This committee will establish the operating budget for the next fiscal year. They are also responsible for presenting the proposed AS budget to the AS Board of Directors by the final meeting of the year for approval.

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Campus Dining Committee

(5 students at large. Meets monthly for 1-2 hours.) The Campus Dining Committee advises the director of University Residences and the University Dining Services resident director manager on matters concerning service from residential, retail and catering programs. The committee broadly represents the campus community providing comment on the quality of existing services and responds to new initiatives. Members may act as an appeals board concerning exceptions to the campus catering guidelines.

Carl H. Simpson Bridging Award

(2 at-large) The committee reviews the nominations for the Carl H. Simpson Bridging Award. This award is to benefit a WWU staff, faculty member, or student who has demonstrated a remarkable ability or innovative approach to bridging some aspect of academic or campus life, in this way bettering the Western community.

Central Health & Safety Committee

(1 at-large. Meets 4 times a quarter for 1-2 hours.) The Central Health & Safety Committee promotes and enhances the safety and health of the students, employees and visitors present on the campus, in the university facilities, or engaged in university-sanctioned activities. This committee reports to the university president.

Committee on Undergraduate Education

(2 students at-large. Meets every other Thursday at 4pm in OM340 for an hour and a half.) The Committee on Undergraduate Education advises the Academic Coordinating Commission on all curriculum matters related to General Education.

Community Transportation Advisory Group

(1 at-large. Meets 4 times a year.) The Community Transportation Advisory Group serves as advisors to the WTA Board and staff through representation of the interests of the community. This committee provides advice on public transportation services planning and coordination, according to the terms and requirements of WTA.

Counseling, Health and Wellness Services Committee

(2 off-campus students: 1 w/children, 1 w/out children. Meets 3-4 times a year) This committee reviews the operation of the Counseling, Health and Wellness Centers, which includes reviewing the budgetary allocations and the funding mechanisms for these centers, and recommending changes in revenues and expenditures within the centers. There is a requirement of 1 student with children and 1 without children. This committee reports to the University Services Council.

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Departmentally Related Activities Committee

(1-3 non-affiliated students. Meets about 2 times in fall & spring and weekly in winter.) This committee is responsible for developing criteria for areas needing funding, and to assess and prioritize funding to those areas. Further responsibilities include reviewing budget proposals and to recommend allocations of student service and activities fees, establishing policies in regard to 160 funds on behalf of the represented areas, and providing a source for response to student concerns. DRAC reports to the University Services Council.

Disability Advisory Committee

(1 at-large. Meets 3-4 times a year.) In support of the university's continued commitment and efforts, the committee serves to improve accessibility by advising Western on disability matters; making recommendations in regard to policy, procedures, capital projects and programs; and addressing other disability-related issues that may arise.

Diversity Achievement Award Committee

(1 at-large. Meets to decide recipient.) The award is intended to recognize individuals, departments, organizations or community members who have distinguished themselves in efforts that have enhanced diversity and multicultural understanding at WWU. The committee, comprised of faculty, staff and students, will screen all nominations and make a recommendation to the President in spring quarter.

Divestment Committee

(1 at-large. Meets twice a quarter.) The AS Divestment committee meets to identify issues related to fossil fuels and divestiture. The overall objective is to provide background information and estimated impacts from different aspects of divestment and provide a list of considerations for the Associated Students and appropriate University administrators by the end of winter quarter 2014.

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Election Board

(6 at-large students, no more than two from any one organization or club. Training and grievance hearings as needed during spring quarter.) The Election Board makes decisions concerning the fairness of AS Election proceedings through hearings regarding candidate grievances. Judgments are made according to the rules and regulations outlined in the AS Election Code. This committee reports findings to the AS Board of Directors.

Election Code Review Committee

(3-5 at-large. Meets weekly late November to February. Approx. time 10-20 hours.) The Election Code Review Committee reviews and recommends changes to the AS Election Code in order to simplify and clarify the Code and the AS Election process. The committee's goals are to encourage more professional campaigns, greater voter turnout, and increase participation in the election process.

Emergency Management Committee

(1 at-large. Meets for 6 hours per quarter.) The Emergency Management Committee develops and updates the university's response plan within the framework set up by the Emergency Response Plan, the Emergency Operations Plan and with direction provided by the President and Vice Presidents. This committee establishes working groups to develop and update specific response guidelines. This committee reviews each working group's output and recommend materials to the university president. They report to the university president.

ESC Presidents Council

(1 representative per ESC club) The President’s Council provides a forum in which the leadership of the internal Ethnic Student Center (ESC) organizations can come together to foster communication and teamwork. The Council serves as a support and resource group for ESC leadership. Students for this committee are nominated through the ESC.

ESC Steering Committee

(1 representative per ESC club) This committee sets policies and procedures for the Ethnic Student Center and maintains the mission of the organization. It serves as the facilitator for the disbursement of programming funds, and ratifies new Ethnic Student Center clubs. Students for this committee are nominated through the ESC.

Excellence in Teaching Award

(1 undergrad & 1 graduate student at-large, affiliated with WCE, FC, CBE, CFPA or Huxley. Meets spring quarter to choose recipient.) The Excellence in Teaching Award Committee reviews the nominations and designates two faculty members to receive this annual teaching award. Nominations are solicited from alumni, students and faculty members.

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Facilities & Services Council (OPEN SPOT)

(2-3 at-large. Meets once or twice a month for an hour.) The Facilities and Services Council deals with the Associated Students' various services and facilities (Food Services, Lakewood, Viqueen Lodge, etc.). This committee reports to the AS Board of Directors.

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Graduate Council

(3 graduate students. Meets 5-7 times a quarter for 1 hour.) The Graduate Council will have jurisdiction over all graduate school curricula and degree programs; which includes the approval of all graduate program courses and the standards for awarding of all graduate degrees granted by WWU. This committee reports to the Academic Coordinating Commission.

Green Energy Fee Committee

(2 at-large) GEF Committee oversees the operations of the Green Energy Fee program, reviews project applications, and makes recommendations concerning the allocation of Green Energy Fee funds. The committee evaluates the Green Energy Fee program, identifies issues, and recommends changes to the fee level as well as the program as a whole.

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International Programs Advisory Committee

(1 at-large. Meets twice a month for an hour.) The International Programs Advisory Committee works to evaluate and make recommendations concerning proposals from all Colleges of Western for courses and programs to be held outside the U.S. Advises the Director of International Programs and Studies.

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Legislative Affairs Council

(6 at-large. Meets Mondays for 1-2 hours.) Legislative Affairs Council works to increase student involvement and to formulate positions and policies of the AS relating to legislative activities, national affairs, and external affairs.

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Outstanding Faculty Leadership Award Committee

(2 students-at-large. Meets to decide recipient in spring quarter.) This committee review the nominations for the Outstanding Faculty Leadership Award which is intended to recognize a faculty member who has made outstanding efforts to serve and enrich the intellectual vitality of the campus and broader community.

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Parking & Transportation Capital Implementation Advisory Committee

(2 Students at-large. Meets winter and spring quarter.) This committee looks at the Institutionalized Master plan (IMP) and creates goals regarding parking and alternative transportation at WWU. It then makes recommendations regarding affirmation with Parking and Transportation components of the IMP and develops options for implementation phasing plans and pricing concepts.

Parking and Transportation Advisory Committee (OPEN SPOT)

(1 on-campus student, 1 off-campus student. Meets biweekly.) Advises the Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs on parking issues that include current challenges and future needs to provide sufficient, sustainable and accessible parking for faculty, staff, students and visitors while balancing those needs with alternative transportation goals.

Parking Appeals Board

(4 at-large. Meets 1-2 times a month.) The Parking Appeals Board is established to hear and decide on cases involving alleged violations of Western’s Parking Regulations.

Peter J. Elich - Exellence in Teaching Awards Committee

(2 at-large, affiliated Human/Social Sciences and Science/Technology. Meets to decide awardees.) This committee reviews the nominations and designates two faculty members to receive this annual teaching award.

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Recreation Center Advisory Committee

(1 at-large. Meets monthly for an hour.) The Recreation Center Advisory Committee will provide an opportunity for student, faculty and staff involvement in the future direction of Campus Recreation.

Recruitment, Admissions, and Support Committee

(2 at-large. Meets at least twice a quarter.) Works with and advises Admissions at Western Washington University, and makes recommendations to the University about recruitment, admissions, and support of students, with an expected outcome of increases in the proportion of highly talented students from across the cultural spectrum enrolled at WWU.

Residential Advisory Committee

(1 at-large. Meets every other week for one hour.) Residential Advisory Committee advises the Director of University Residences on matters concerning the campus residential community as they relate to student development and meets to review the mission of the department, the philosophy of the residential program, and long range plans. Will also assist in developing initiatives to support student success, leadership development, learning communities, new student experience and academic advising. Reviews policies and procedures that affect student housing on campus.

Ronald Kleinknecht - Excellence in Teaching Award Committee

(1 at-large associated with the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. Meets to decide recipient spring quarter.) The committee reviews the nominations for the Ronald Kleinknecht Excellence in Teaching Award which is given to an outstanding instructor or visiting faculty member from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Sehome Hill Arboretum Board

(1 at-large. Meets 8 times a year for 90 minutes.) The Sehome Hill Arboretum Board works to create, develop, and operate an arboretum on Sehome Hill in the city of Bellingham. To that end, the Board will prepare and update long-range development plans, provide the operational structure, and be responsible for the administration of the Arboretum in accordance with Inter-Local Cooperation Agreement between the City of Bellingham and Western.

Senate Library Committee

(1 at-large. Meets biweekly.) The Senate Library Committee is charged with the annual review of the Libraries' strategic plans. The committee advises and reports to the Faculty Senate and to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs on the Libraries' future directions, including such matters as collections, services, automation, communications within the University Community, and adequacy of the Libraries' resources. Provides ideas for enhancing students’ information skills and periodically reports to the Faculty Senate.

Services & Activities Fee Committee

(8 students, designated by area. Meets weekly winter and spring quarter.) The Services and Activities Fee Committee will evaluate existing and proposed programs and program priorities each year, propose the level of services and activities (S & A) fees assessed upon Western students, and propose the distribution of S & A fees among student activities and programs. The committee will submit its budget recommendations and program priorities to the Board of Trustees for approval.

Structure & Program Advisory Committee

(2 AS Employees, and 4 at-large. Typically meets bi-weekly in fall and weekly in winter. ) The Structure and Program Advisory Committee will act as an advisory committee to the AS Board of Directors, making recommendations regarding structure, policies, and procedures as well as carrying out the implementation of the Assessment Process.

Student Academic Grievance Board

(6 undergrad and 6 grad students. Meets for appeals approx. 8-12 hours per year.) The Student Academic Grievance Board is established to hear and decide on cases initiated by students involving academic grievances in curricula, unfair conduct, etc. These grievances do not allow witness testimony.

Student Publications Council

(2 at-large. Meets twice a quarter for 2 hours.) The Student Publications Council functions as the policy-making board of each authorized student publication. It sets general policies including name, objective frequency, and method of publication. This specifically excludes daily editorial and operational decisions as to the conduct of each publication.

Student Rights & Responsibilities Committee

(3 at-large, one a grad student. Meets every 5 years to examine the code.) The Student Rights and Responsibilities Committee will evaluate the University's disciplinary code and policies which concern student rights and responsibilities. This committee may recommend changes in policy concerning student rights and responsibilities.

Student Technology Fee Committee

(3 at-large. Meets at least once a quarter.) To oversee the operations and finances of the Student Technology Fee. This committee is also charged to evaluate the Student Technology Fee program, review student input, identify issues, and recommend changes in the fee as well as the program as a whole.

Student Technology Renewal Committee

(1 at-large. Meets biweekly.) Makes appropriate recommendations to the AS Board regarding the renewal of the Student Technology Fee which will be voted on by either the student body or the AS Board of Directors by meeting with the various stakeholders, gathering student input, and proposing a fee that reflects the values of the students.

Student Trustee Selection Committee

(2 at-large. Meets for selection process only.) This committee recommends three Student Trustee Candidates to the Board of Directors who pass it on to the Governor of Washington for approval.

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Teacher Curricula and Certification Council

(3 students currently enrolled in an education program; one must be a grad student. Meets bi-weekly for 2 hours.) The Teacher Curricula and Certification Council will have jurisdiction over teacher education curricula, teacher certification programs, and professional preparation programs proposed by certification consortia in which the university participates. This committee works to provide interaction among the units of Western engaged in teacher preparation. They report to the ACC.

Transportation Advisory Committee

(4 at-larg & 1 RHA rep, meets weekly for an hour.) The Transportation Advisory Committee works to increase student involvement in the development, revision of ideas, and promotion of the all-campus transportation pass program for Western. Committee also monitors all legislation concerning transportation and the possible effects it may have on the Western community.

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University Judicial Appeals Board

(6 at-large students. Meets for training and appeals approx. 8-10 hours a year.) The University Judicial Appeals Board will review the hearing and sanctions of the University Judicial Officer in the event that a student appeals an action taken against him/her. The appeal process is set to determine specific points and not simply to provide a second hearing for the case.

University Planning and Resource Council

(1 at-large students. Meets every other Wednesday at 4pm in OM340 for 90 min.) The University Planning and Resource Council works in coordination with the Faculty Senate. Is responsible for the formation of policy in all aspects of university planning, the review (on an annual basis) of the Roles and Missions Statement for Western, and to recommend institutional goals and objectives for implementation. Reports to the Faculty Senate.

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Western Study of General Education

(2 at Large. Meets biweekly or as needed). This committee will be looking at the desirability and feasibility of General University Requirement reform on our campus. Will report to Committee on Undergraduate Education with recommendations.