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Descriptions of Standing Committees

Committee on Rank, Tenure and Awards

The Committee on Rank, Tenure and Awards develops recommendations for policies and procedures that involve faculty appointments, contract renewals, granting of tenure, promotions, fellowships, leaves of absence, and awards. The Committee makes recommendations in these areas on all personnel actions for continuing tenure-track and tenured faculty.

The Committee follows the policies and procedures outlined in the Iona College Faculty Handbook regarding the responsibilities and timelines that govern the faculty and the administration when dealing with matters under the jurisdiction of the Committee. Because of the sensitive and confidential nature of the materials handled by the Committee in its deliberations, the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs provides administrative support to the Committee.

In its actions on personnel, the Committee reports to the Provost. When it deals with matters of policy, it reports to both the College Council and the Provost.

The Committee on Rank, Tenure and Awards consists of twelve members: the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Academic Deans (ex officio, non-voting), six tenured faculty members from the School of Arts and Science, and three tenured faculty members from the Hagan School of Business.

Ratified by the College Council on 12/13/2001

Committee on Academic Affairs

Academic Standards, Programs, and Departmental Affairs

  1. To review and recommend degree and grading standards, and standards of appointments within the departments and divisions of the college.
  2. To review at least every five years the objectives, academic policies, and performance of each academic department and division of the college.
  3. To submit to the Provost and, through the College Council to appropriate administrators, recommendations for registration of new programs and all matters which require approval or registration by the University of the State of New York or other accrediting agency.
  4. To receive from the schools' curriculum committees proposals for curricula and academic policies and to make recommendations regarding those proposals to the Provost and the College Council.
  5. To review and make recommendations regarding the core curriculum of the College to the Provost and to the College Council.

Grievances

If a dispute arises concerning the effects of an academic decision, the matter may be referred to the Committee on Academic Affairs. The committee must decide within thirty days whether it will consider the dispute. If it does not consider it, the decision stands. If it does consider the dispute, the original decision is suspended pending a final judgment by the Committee on Academic Affairs. 

Ratified by the College Council on 12/13/2001

Committee on the Budget

1.1.1. Committee on the Budget

1.1.1.1. Members: The Committee comprises the President, the Provost, the Vice President for Finance and Administration, and the Academic Deans (ex officio); six faculty members from the School of Arts and Science and three faculty members from the Hagan School of Business; two representatives of the Student Executive Council; and two representatives of the Staff and Administrative Council.

1.1.1.2. Reporting structure: the Committee reports to the College Council and the Vice President for Finance and Administration.

1.1.1.3. Jurisdiction: the Committee has jurisdiction over budgetary policies and procedures, current and proposed budgets, salaries and benefits.

1.1.1.4. The responsibilities of the Committee shall be:

(a) to review the current budget to ensure effective utilization of resources.

(b) to assist in preparing the budget recommendation for the next fiscal year, taking into consideration the College's strategic goals and the recommendations of the Committee on Human Resources & Compensation.

(c) to present, through the College Council, the Vice President for Finance and administration and the President, the recommended budget to the Board of Trustees.

(d) to make recommendations to the Vice President for Finance and Administration regarding the strategic management and planning of the College's finances and budget over a multiyear horizon.

(e) to elect faculty members from the Committee on the Budget, to the Committee on Human Resources & Compensation and other committees as required.

Ratified by the College Council on 12/13/2001

Committee on Human Resources and Compensation

Members: The Committee is comprised of the Provost, the Vice President for Finance and Administration, and the Director of Human Resources; three faculty members from the School of Arts and Science and two faculty members from the Hagan School of Business elected by the faculty of the Committee on the budget; and six representatives of the Staff and Administrative Council. The five faculty members shall constitute a Sub-committee on Faculty Compensation and the six staff and administrative members shall constitute a Sub-committee on Staff and Administrative Compensation.

The voting members of the Committee will elect a chair. The Sub-committee on Faculty Compensation and the Sub-committee on Staff Compensation will elect respective chairs.

Responsibility: The Committee will be responsible:

  1. To review and make recommendations regarding Human Resources to the Vice President for Finance and Administration and the College Council and Security policies and procedures to the College Council.
  2. To review the recommendations on Compensation from the Sub-committees in order to make compensation recommendations to the Committee on the Budget.

Reporting structure: On Human Resource policies the Committee reports to the College Council and Vice President for Finance and Administration. On matters of Compensation the Committee
reports to the Committee on the Budget.

Jurisdiction: The Committee has jurisdiction over human resources and campus security policies, programs and procedures; and salaries and benefits for faculty, staff and administrators.

Ratified by the College Council on 12/13/2001

Committee on The Libraries

PREAMBLE: The Committee on Libraries shall serve as the principal representative of the collective interests of the Iona College community on matters of the Library and library services. The Committee shall serve as the principal liaison and advisory body on these matters to the College Council and to the Director of Libraries.

PART I

GENERAL STATEMENT

  1. The Chair of the Committee shall preside at the meetings and shall represent the Committee to the College Council. The Chair shall have the power to appoint on a temporary basis another member of the Committee to fulfill these duties.
  2. The Secretary of the Committee shall keep and distribute minutes of the meetings and assist the Chair as necessary.
  3. All questions before the Committee shall be decided by a simple majority vote.
  4. It is highly desirable that each member of the Committee attends every meeting.
  5. All meetings are open to the College community. Upon advance notice, the committee by simple majority may allow members of the Iona community to make oral presentations to the Committee.
  6. The Chair should notify Committee members of meetings at least one week in advance. This notification should include the agenda and all pertinent materials to be discussed.
  7. The Committee shall keep minutes. Each year the Committee shall review its activities of the preceding year, establish an agenda for the next year and, when appropriate, propose statutory changes that will contribute to the effectiveness and efficiency of the Committee. The reports on these self-studies and an annual record of attendance should be sent to the Chair of the College Council by April 30 of each year.

PART II

THE COMMITTEE ON LIBRARIES

1. Membership

1.1 The Committee on Libraries shall consist of 16 members: the Director of Libraries (ex officio); one librarian; one member of the library staff who is not a librarian; one representative from the committee on Information Technology and Computing Services; six faculty from the School of Arts and Science; three faculty from the Hagan School of Business; one representative from the Staff and Administrative Council; and two representatives of the Student Executive Council.

1.2 No representative shall serve more than six consecutive years on the Committee.

1.3 The librarian shall be elected by the librarians of the College for a term of two years. The non-librarian member of the libraries’ staff shall be elected by the other non-librarian members of the libraries’ staff for a term of two years. Thereafter, these groups will elect their representatives in alternate years.

2. Reporting Structure

On policies and procedures, the Committee reports to the College Council and the Director of Libraries. On budgetary matters, the Committee reports to the Committee on the Budget.

3. Jurisdiction

The Committee has jurisdiction over policies, procedures, and needs of the Libraries and library services

4. Responsibilities

4.1 The Committee on Libraries shall serve as the principal representative of the collective interests of the Iona College community on matters of the Libraries’ and library services. The Committee shall serve as the principal liaison and advisory body on these matters to the College Council and to the Director of Libraries.

4.2 The Chair of the Committee shall preside at the meetings and shall represent the Committee to the College Council. The Chair shall have the power to appoint, on a temporary basis, another member of the Committee to fulfill these duties.

4.3 The Secretary of the Committee shall keep and distribute minutes of the meetings and assist the Chair as necessary.

4.4 All questions before the Committee shall be decided by a simple majority vote.

4.5 It is highly desirable that each member of the Committee attends every meeting.

4.6 All meetings are open to the College community. Upon advance notice, the Committee by simple majority may allow members of the Iona community to make oral presentations to the Committee.

4.7 The Chair should notify the Committee members of meetings at least one week in advance. This notification shall include the agenda and all pertinent materials to be discussed.

4.8 The Committee shall keep minutes. Each year the Committee shall review its activities of the preceding year, establish an agenda for the next year, when appropriate, propose statutory changes that will contribute to the effectiveness and efficiency of the Committee.

5. Other

5.1 Meetings

5.1.1. The Committee shall meet at least once per semester.

5.1.2 Special meetings of the Committee may be called by the Chair.

5.1.3 A quorum shall consist of eight members of the Committee.

5.1.4 Agenda for meetings of the Committee shall be developed by the Chair, and distributed to the members of the Committee at least seven days in advance of each meeting. All members of the Committee have the right to suggest to the Chair items for inclusion on the agenda.

5.1.5 A member may make a proposal under "New Business" at any meeting.

5.1.6 Meetings shall be conducted according to Robert's Rules of Order.

5.1.7 Individuals who resign or cease to be members of the Committee should notify the Chair of the Committee and the Secretary of the College Council.

5.2 Elections

5.2.1 At the beginning of each academic year, the Committee will elect from its membership a Chair, a Secretary, and a representative to the Committee on Information Technology and Computing Services.

5.2.2 These elections are to be conducted in the following manner:

5.2.2.1 The Chair will elicit nominations and seconds from the Committee.

5.2.2.2The members will vote by secret ballot for one nominee for each position.

5.2.2.3 If one nominee receives a majority of the votes cast, the nominee is elected.

5.2..2.4 If no nominee receives a majority, then a second vote will be held immediately between the top two vote getters for that position.

Ratified by the College Council on 12/13/2001

Amended by the Library Committee on 2/6/07


Committee on Information Technology and Computer Services

Description: The committee makes recommendations to the Administration on matters involving computing policy and acquisitions. On matters of policy, recommendations are made to the Vice Provost for Information Technology and the College Council. Recommendations regarding the budget are made to the Committee on the Budget. Specifically, the areas addressed by the committee, and in which recommendations are made, include the following:

  • Institution-wide policies on computing and information systems
  • Budgetary and technological impact of proposed new or significantly altered systems
  • Standards for software acquisition
  • End-user policies on computing and information systems
  • Priorities for hardware and software upgrades in faculty and administrative offices
  • Upgrades for student laboratories
  • Policy for the Iona College website, especially changes to the home page
  • Technical and support standards for online courses

Ratified by the College Council on 12/13/2001

Committee on Institutional Advancement

To become acquainted with the fundraising and alumni relations plans and the publications, advertising and public relations activities of the College in order to help communicate information to the various sectors of the College; and to represent to the Advancement Office ideas, opinions and alternative viewpoints from the College community.

To this end, the committee will meet regularly to review college publications, advertising, and public relations efforts, with special attention to the success of these efforts in communicating to the public the values, resources, and traditions of the College.

Ratified by the College Council on 12/13/2001 

Committee on Student Affairs

  • To serve as a forum where concerns and issues affecting the quality of student affairs, development, life and services are reviewed and discussed
  • To make policy recommendations concerning student life to the appropriate administrators and to the College Council, and to monitor the implementation of these recommendations.
  • To continuously evaluate the student life areas in terms of the Mission and goals of the College.
  • To review budget requests and expenditures for the student life areas, and to make recommendations to Student Development directors, student leaders, and the Committee on the Budget.

Ratified by the College Council on 12/13/2001 

Committee on Athletics

To serve as a liaison between the athletic department and the constituent assemblies of the College Council.

To provide a forum to discuss overall College policies and procedures regarding both intramural and intercollegiate athletics.

To review periodically the status of student athlete eligibility (initial and ongoing) and compliance with NCAA and MAAC regulations.

To review periodically the comparative academic performance of student athletes by sport and to make recommendations regarding continuous improvement strategies.

To review periodically issues of gender equity as they apply to athletics at Iona College .

To provide both a forum for ideas and a communications vehicle to dialogue on the role of athletics at Iona .

Committee on Diversity

5.9.10.1. Members: The Committee comprises the Vice Provost for Student Life (ex officio); the Assistant Director of Student Development for Diversity (ex officio); the Senior Women's Administrator for Athletics (ex officio); the Omsbudperson for Harassment and Discrimination (ex officio); two faculty members from the School of Arts and Science; one faculty member from the Hagan School of Business; three representatives of the Student Government Association; and three representatives from the Staff and Administrative Council.

5.9.10.2. Reporting structure: The Committee reports to the College Council and the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs.

5.9.10.3. Jurisdiction: The Committee has responsibility for diversity initiatives and the promotion of opportunities and professional development related to diversity.

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