Governance Committee Descriptions

Below is a list of the 30 university governance committees.  Although not all governance committees report to the University Senate, the University Senate appoints or conducts elections to fill membership positions.

If you have any questions about the membership on a particular committee, call the University Senate Office at extension 3-4675. The Senate Office has access to all the current information about committee structures, chairs, meeting times, etc.

Committee appointments

January 2018

August 2018

September 2018

August 2019

Academic Standards & Policies Committee: 

Recommends to the University Senate policies regarding academic standards and admissions standards for all students and programs, undergraduate and graduate. Meetings: monthly and as needed. Terms: 2 years. Appointees: 6 of the 13 members.

Academic Technology Committee:

Acts as a clearinghouse for all other technology related committees on campus for the purpose of keeping all parties informed of activities and needs. Meetings: as needed. Terms: 2 years. Appointees: 5 of the 24 members.

Athletic Policies & Programs Committee:

Makes recommendations concerning all matters, including financial management that affect the operation of the athletic, intramural and recreational programs at the university. Meetings:  TBD. Terms: 3 years. Appointees: 4 of the 10 members.

Calendar Committee:

Makes recommendations to the Administrative Council with regard to an academic calendar for the University. Meetings: TBD. Terms: 2 years. Appointees: 7 of the 16 members. – Reports to Administrative Council.

Campus Beautification & Preservation Committee:

Makes recommendations as to ways the campus can be beautified both internally and externally. It also solicits the cooperation of all members of the university community in keeping the campus beautiful. Meetings:  as needed. Terms: 2 years. Appointees: 6 of the 10 members. – Reports to Administrative Council.

Center for the Enhancement of Teaching Advisory Board:

Provides oversight to the projects and programs developed by the center's faculty teams. Assists the director in meeting the goals and objectives of the Center. Meetings: TBD Terms: 2 years. Appointees: 7 of the 16 members.

Commission on Human Diversity:

Pursues the goal of having a university community where all members honor each other's differences. It sets priorities, monitors changes and educates the community in order to create an environment in which all members will receive proper recognition, encouragement and support. Meetings: monthly Terms: 2 years. Appointees: 11 of the 27 members. – Reports to Administrative Council.

Commission on the Status of Minorities:

Recommends policies and changes needed to provide an environment in which the needs of minority students, faculty, staff and administrators can be met and in which their experiences at Kutztown University can be enhanced. Meetings: TBD Terms: 2 years. Appointees: 5 of the 17 members. – Reports to Administrative Council.

Commission on the Status of Women:

Addresses equity issues of concern to all women at the university. The commission will make recommendations to the Commission on Human Diversity concerning the conditions necessary for women students, faculty, staff and administrators to assert their expectations of respect, recognition and reward with special attention to minority women and the under-utilization of the talents and perspectives of women throughout the university. Meetings: monthly Terms: 2 years. Appointees: 10 of the 27 members. –Reports to Administrative Council.

Committee on Committees:

Makes faculty and professional staff appointments to university-wide committees as needed. It also makes recommendations on the structure of the committees to which it makes appointments. Meetings: monthly and as needed. Terms: 3 years. Electees: 8 elected members.

Cultural Affairs Advisory Committee:

Advises in the selection of performances for the Performing Artist Series at the university. Meetings: once a semester or as needed. Terms: 2 years. Appointees: 4 of the 6 members. Reports to  the Cultural Affairs Director

Enrollment Management Committee:

Identifies, supports and facilitates effective enrollment management programs and strategies. Meetings: TBD Terms: 3 years. Appointees: 4 of the 17 members.

Events Advisory Council:

Determines guidelines for the scheduling of all activities except for those scheduled by the Dean of Academic Services and the Director of Athletics. Each spring the committee reviews applications for and oversees the preparation of the Schedule of Events for the following year. Meetings: as needed. Terms: 2 years. Appointees: 2 of the 12 members.

Grade Appeal Board:

Reviews and acts on petitions from students who believe that their final course grade reflects unsubstantiated academic evaluation and who wish to pursue a grade change appeal in accordance with the Grade Appeal Petition. Meetings: as needed. Terms: 3 years. Electees: 5 of the 6 members.

Graduate Exceptions Committee:

Reviews and makes recommendations on academic policies, acts on petitions of graduate students wishing to have policies waived for extenuating circumstances, approves courses by examination and takes action and takes action on students seeking re-entry after academic dismissal. Meetings: as needed. Terms: 3 years. Appointees: 5 of the 7 members.

Honorary Degree Committee:

Implements policy and procedures to invite outstanding individuals to serve as visiting professors. It also implements policy and procedures by which the university confers honorary degrees. Meetings: as needed. Terms: 2 years. Appointees: 5 of the 8 members.

Institutional Climate Committee:

The purpose of the ICC is to heighten awareness of campus community members' perceptions and attitudes about KU; open up communication concerning perceptions and attitudes about KU; recommend university policies, procedures, and practices that promote more positive stakeholder perceptions and attitudes about KU; encourage teaching, research, and programs that enhance KU's climate of engagement, and transform KU into a more welcoming and inclusive place to live, work and learn. The ICC shall serve as a consulting team for stakeholder concerns about climate that arise from the survey and from other sources, and they shall present the results of their inquiry in open forums and in campus community reports and updates. Meetings: monthly Terms: 3 years. Appointees: 8 of the 17 members.

Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects:

Reviews research, both student and faculty, which involves human subjects in order to assure that no research at Kutztown University exposes persons who participate as subjects or respondents to unreasonable risks to health, general well-being, or privacy. Meetings: as needed. Terms: 2 years. Appointees: 7 of the 8 members.

International Affairs Committee:

Coordinates activities for international students on campus. It fosters and promotes international education programs. Meetings: as needed. Terms: 3 years. Appointees: 9 of the 14 members.

Library Committee:

Considers library needs and makes recommendations concerning library policies. It serves as a liaison between the library and university community. Meetings: TBD Terms: 2 years. Appointees: 7 of the 9 members. Reports to Library Director.

Professional Development Committee:

Facilitates the professional growth of the faculty and administrators at the University. It considers and funds individual and group proposals from faculty and administrators that satisfy the guidelines of the committee. Meetings: twice monthly. Terms: 2 years. Appointees: 4 of the 6 members and 4 alternates.

Research Committee:

Supports research projects of faculty and administrators by providing seed money under guidelines distributed by the committee to allow a person to pursue, on a limited basis, a new topic or idea. Meetings: as needed. Terms: 2 years. Appointees: 8 of the 9 members and 8 alternates.

Space Allocation Committee:

Implements changes in the usage of various areas on campus. Meetings: as needed. Terms: 2 years. Appointees: 5 of the 11 members. Reports to Vice President Administration & Finance

Strategic Planning & Resources Committee:

Makes recommendations concerning strategic planning, budget, and development and allocation procedures for the university. In order to fulfill this responsibility, the committee develops and reviews all pertinent planning and budget materials. Meetings: TBD Terms: 3 years. Electees: 11 of the 29 members.

Student-Faculty Review Board

Provides due process for the student population by hearing appeals and deciding whether or not violations by students have arisen under legally established university regulations. Meetings: as needed. Terms: 3 years. Appointees: 5 of the 11 members. - Reports to Dean of Students.

Undergraduate Admissions Exceptions Committee:

Recommends admission for students who do not qualify for regular admission to the university. Meetings: bi-monthly. Terms: 2 years. Appointees: 4 of the 7 members.

Undergraduate Exceptions Committee:

Reviews petitions of individual students wishing to have a specific regulation waived for just cause. Meetings: monthly and as needed. Terms: 3 years. Appointees: 5 of the 9 members.

University Conduct Board:

Hears cases involving students accused of violating a university regulation. Meetings: as needed. Terms: 3 years. Appointees: 10 of the 22 members.

University Safety & Security Council:

Reviews safety issues and assists with program development. Meetings: Terms: 2 years. Appointees: 1 of the 16 members. – Reports to Administrative Council.

University Traffic Bureau:

Advises the Administrative Council on proposals, policies and regulations pertaining to parking and traffic control on the campus. It serves as an appellate body to hear and adjudicate violations of campus parking and traffic regulations. Meetings: twice monthly. Terms: 3 years. Appointees: 2 of the 9 members. – Reports to Administrative Council.

Students are invited to participate in the Kutztown University Governance and Advisory Committees.  This is a great way to get to know others at the university, become a part of the decision-making process and have your voice heard.  No prior experience necessary, just a genuine interest in being an active part of the community!

The Student Government Board will review online applications on a rolling basis and makes student placements in early September.  Questions?  Please contact Leah in Student Involvement at casselli@kutztown.edu.   

Union Committee Representative: To be considered for a committee union position please contact a union representative.

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