Committees

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Academic Calender Committee

(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

(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.

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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.

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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.

Committee on Undergraduate Education

(1 student 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

(1 student w/ children, 1 student w/ out children, 1 RHA REP) Review policy and recommend changes as needed. Review the budgetary allocations and the funding mechanisms for the services and programs and recommend changes in revenues and expenditures. Ensure that the established procedures for determination of the mandatory Health and Wellness Services Fee have been followed.Review student evaluation and peer reviews of the services. Review the student health insurance program for the previous year and to recommend continuation with current provider or to develop a request for proposals for a competitive selection process to be undertaken and to serve as the review panel for proposals received and forward recommendations to the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs.To review the programs and services included in the areas on a periodic basis by analyzing quarterly and annual reports and statistics and other documents deemed relevant for this purpose.

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Department Related Acivities Committee

To receive student input regarding Department Related Activities funding and to make decisions resulting in the DRAC’s funding recommendation to the Services and Activities Fees Committee for inclusion within the S&A Fees Committee’s final recommended budget to the Board of Trustees for their action in accord with RCW

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.

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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.

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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Graduate Council

(3 graduate students. Meets Tuesdays from 12-1.) 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.

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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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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

(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.

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.

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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.

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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

(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.

University Sustainability Advisory Committee

(4 students at-large) The mission of the University Sustainability Advisory Committee is to promote sustainability throughout the University – in planning, development, and operation of the campus environment and facilities, as well as in curriculum innovation, faculty, staff, and student research, and outreach to the greater community. Through these efforts, Western endeavors to become a national leader in sustainability.

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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.