CHAPTER ONE: 1640
HISTORY, MISSION, GENERAL ORGANIZATION, AND GOVERNANCE
PREAMBLE: This section contains statements of the function and structure of each university-level standing committee. The names of persons appointed to serve on each such committee are published at the beginning of each academic year by the Committee on Committees, and copies of this publication are available from the Office of the Faculty Secretary (208-885-6151). This section, dating to the 1979 edition of the Handbook, has been frequently revised as necessitated by the changing mission or membership of existing committees or the deletion of obsolete committees or the addition of new ones.
.44 Faculty Senate
.46 Arts Committee
.48 Graduate Council
.34 Provost Council
.72 Research Council
ACADEMIC HEARING BOARD (AHB)
B. STRUCTURE. Five faculty members, at least one of whom holds an administrative position in a college.
ACADEMIC PETITIONS COMMITTEE (APC)
B. STRUCTURE. Five faculty members, at least one from the Counseling and Testing Center and include two assistant or associate deans, and (w/o vote) the registrar or that officer’s designee. To assure a quorum alternates are appointed for the dean and faculty positions by the chair of the APC from a list of those who have previously served on the committee. [ed. 7-03, 7-06, rev. 7-08]
C. ASSUMPTIONS AND PROCEDURES.
ADMINISTRATIVE HEARING BOARD (AdHB)
B. STRUCTURE. Four members of the faculty (including one from the College of Law), one staff member, one student and the following ex officio members, or their designees: Registrar and Manager of Student Accounts. [rev. 7-06, 7-10]
A. FUNCTION. To act on applications for admission to UI in the cases of undergraduate applicants who do not meet minimum requirements for admission but who request a review (the applicant must submit additional material that reflects real promise of success in a college-level curriculum). The Admissions Committee also hears appeals from disenrollment when that disenrollment is the result of the presentation of incomplete or false information on initial application as an undergraduate at UI. Decisions of this committee may be appealed as stated in 2500. (Similar applications for admission to the College of Graduate Studies are acted on by the Graduate Council, and its decisions may be appealed as stated in 2500; those for admission to the College of Law are acted on by that college’s Committee on Admissions, and its decisions may be appealed, in order, to the full faculty of the college and, when they consent to hear the appeal, to the president of the university and the regents.) [ed. 7-00]
A-1. This committee traditionally meets during the summer. [add. 7-08]
B. STRUCTURE. Three members of the faculty, director of counseling and testing center or designee, chair of Ubuntu or designee, and the following without vote: director of admissions (or designee), and a Student Support Services designee. To assure a quorum alternates for the faculty positions are appointed by the chair of the Admissions Committee from a list of those who have previously served on the Committee. [rev. 7-97, 7-06, 7-08 ed. 7-05, 4-12]
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
[Created 2012, see Ubuntu FSH 1640.58]
B. STRUCTURE AND MEMBERSHIP. Three (one from the library, one academic administrator, and the third should have experience and/or possess knowledge of persons with disabilities) all of whom are selected by the Committee on Committees, ITS Director (or designee), Facilities Director (or designee), Executive Director for Human Resources (or designee), Director of Disability Support Services, Director of Housing, Director of Human Rights, Access and Inclusion (who also serves on Ubuntu), two staff members, two students (undergraduate and graduate), and the following without vote: Parking and Transportation Services, Center on Disabilities and Human Development, Public Safety & Security (or designee), and Office of General Counsel. [ed. 8-12]
INSTITUTIONAL ANIMAL CARE AND USE COMMITTEE (IACUC)
(See also APM 45.01) [ed.12-13]
A. FUNCTION. To perform the functions of the IACUC as defined in APM 45.01. [ed. 7-06, rev. 7-10].
B. STRUCTURE. [rewritten 7-10]
B-1. Members are appointed to three year terms by the Institutional Official (IO) who is the VP for Research and Economic Development. To provide the necessary expertise and continuity members may serve successive terms with reappointment by the IO.
B-2. The committee is composed of not less than seven voting members including the Campus Veterinarian; the Manager of the Laboratory Animal Research Facility; a public member who is not employed by the UI, is not a laboratory animal user, is not an immediate family member of an individual affiliated with the UI, and is not a practicing scientist experienced in research involving animals; one member of the faculty or staff with responsibilities involving the utilization of animals in teaching or research from each of the following - the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Natural Resources, the College of Science, and one member at large. The public member/non-scientist position may be fulfilled by two individuals at the discretion of the IO. (See Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals on the National Academies of Science website.)
B-3. Alternates that meet the criteria for each of the specified positions may be appointed by the IO.
B-4. The Chief Research Compliance Officer serves as a standing member without vote.
B-5. The IO may remove and replace a committee member at any time when the IO has determined that the member is unwilling or unable to perform committee member functions.
INSTITUTIONAL BIOSAFETY COMMITTEE (IBC)
A. FUNCTION. On behalf of the University, the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is responsible for:
A-1. Reviewing and approving potentially biohazardous material research, including infectious agents (humans, plants, animals) or biological agents with potential harm to the environment, Select Agent and Toxins and recombinant DNA activities conducted at or sponsored by the institution for compliance with governmental agencies: Select Agent Regulations, the NIH Guidelines, (NIH) and alignment with best practices as provided in the Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories, (BMBL) and other appropriate best practices. (Links to the governmental agencies are available at the Office of Research Assurances or IBC websites). This review shall include: (i) independent assessment of the containment levels appropriate for the proposed research; (ii) assessment of the facilities, procedures, practices, and training and expertise of personnel involved in research. As appropriate consultants may be utilized to assist the IBC. (NIH section IV-B-2-b-1 and University Biosafety Policy)
A-2. Notifying the Principal Investigator of the results of the IBC’s review and approval. (NIH section IV-B-2-b-2)
A-3. Lowering containment levels for certain experiments as specified in NIH section III-D-2-a, Experiments in which DNA from Risk Group 2, Risk Group 3, Risk Group 4, or restricted agents cloned into nonpathogenic prokaryotic or lower eukaryotic host-vector systems. (NIH section IV-B-2-b-3)
A-5. Periodically reviewing recombinant DNA research and potentially infectious material research conducted at the institution to ensure compliance with the NIH Guidelines and BMBL best practices. These reviews occur every three years. (NIH section IV-B-2-b-5)
A-6. Adopting emergency plans covering accidental spills and personnel contamination resulting from potentially infectious material and recombinant DNA research. (NIH section IV-B-2-b-6)
The IBC also serves as an advisory body to the Vice President for biohazardous research activities.
B. STRUCTURE. The IBC is a faculty chaired committee. In accordance with NIH Guidelines, the IBC must be comprised of no fewer than five members so selected that they collectively have experience and expertise in recombinant DNA technology and the capability to assess the safety of recombinant DNA research and to identify any potential risk to public health or the environment. These members are nominated by the Vice President for Research and Economic Development. Three members of the committee serve as standing members of the committee as part of their job role: 1.) The Biosafety Officer, 2.) The Chief Research Compliance Officer and 3.) The Campus Veterinarian. At least two members shall not be affiliated with the University (apart from their membership on the IBC) and represent the interest of the surrounding community with respect to health and protection of the environment. The IBC shall include at least one individual with expertise in plant, plant pathogen, or plant pest containment principles when experiments utilizing Appendix P of the NIH Guidelines, Physical and Biological Containment for Recombinant DNA Research Involving Plants, require prior approval by the IBC. The IBC shall include at least one scientist with expertise in animal containment principles when experiments utilizing Appendix Q of the NIH Guidelines, Physical and Biological Containment for Recombinant DNA Research Involving Animals, require IBC prior approval. When the institution conducts recombinant DNA research at BL3, BL4, or Large Scale (greater than 10 liters), a Biosafety Officer is mandatory and shall be a member of the IBC. In order to ensure the competence necessary to review and approve research protocols, every effort is made to ensure that the committee also includes expertise in infectious materials, biological safety, physical containment, a person knowledgeable in institutional commitments and policies, applicable law, standards of professional conduct and practice, and a member of the laboratory technical staff. When changes in NIH guidelines require change in committee structure, such changes will become effective at the time required by federal law, (NIH Section IV-B-2-a). To provide the necessary expertise and continuity of operation, members may serve consecutive three-year terms.
The Responsible Official (RO) who is the VP for Research and Economic Development may remove and replace a committee member at any time when the RO has determined that the member is unwilling or unable to perform committee member functions.
BORAH FOUNDATION COMMITTEE
A. FUNCTION. To outline and execute a continuing program to achieve the objectives of the foundation established at UI in memory of United States Senator William E. Borah. In accordance with those objectives, the Borah Foundation Committee will sponsor programs and projects focusing on understanding the causes of war and the conditions that contribute to peace. [rev. 9-02]
B. STRUCTURE. Six faculty members, two staff, four students, and (without vote) the associate director of the Martin Institute for Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution. This committee requires a heavy time commitment; as such, elected members will serve two year terms. The Borah Foundation Committee meets weekly and elects its own chair. The Borah Foundation Committee members serve from April 1st of the year of appointment. [rev. 7-97, 7-05, 7-06, 4-11, 9-13]
UNIVERSITY BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE
[created January 2005; replacing previous Institutional Planning and Budget Advisory Committee]
A. FUNCTION. The function of the University Budget and Finance Committee is
B. AGENDA. The agenda of each meeting will be set by the Chair of the committee in collaboration with the executive director of planning and budget and/or the provost. The executive director of planning and budget is the point of contact for the committee and is responsible for notifying the committee of relevant meetings dealing with university finances and budgets. The Senator in the second year, or designee, on the Budget and Finance Committee is responsible for reporting to the senate activities of the committee. [ed. 7-06, rev. 2-11]
C. STRUCTURE AND MEMBERSHIP. The committee is composed of 11 voting members, all (except students) serving on three year staggered terms, and 4 nonvoting members as follows: five faculty (two selected by Committee on Committees, three elected by Faculty Senate from among senators beginning their second year of service on the senate), three staff (not associated with the university financial or budget offices), three students (selected by the Committee on Committees from nominations provided by the Associated Students of the University of Idaho, Graduate & Professional Student Association and the Student Bar Association). Ex Officio (w/o vote) membership includes: Provost and Executive Vice President, Executive Director of Planning and Budget, Budget Director, Director of Institutional Research and Assessment. [rev. 2-11]
The committee's chair will be selected by the Committee on Committees from one of the five faculty members. A broad representation of faculty, staff and students across the various colleges of the university is expected. [ed. 7-09, rev. 2-11]
CAMPUS PLANNING ADVISORY COMMITTEE
B. STRUCTURE. Five faculty members, two of whom are elected by and from Faculty Senate. The committee's chair will be selected from one of these five. The other members of the committee will be the Vice President for Finance and Administration (or designee), the Assistant Vice President for Facilities, the Executive Director of Information Technology, one staff member, and the Coordinator of Disabled-Student Services (or designee). [rev. 7-99, 7-06, 7-08, 7-10, ed. 7-04, 7-09]
CLASSIFIED POSITION APPEAL BOARD (CPAB)
A. FUNCTION. To hear, on referral from the vice president for finance and administration, appeals from decisions of Human Resources (HR) regarding position classifications; to make recommendations to the vice president as to disposition of such appeals; and to advise the vice president on problems and procedures concerning position classification. [ed. 7-06]
B. STRUCTURE. Four members of the classified staff, at least one of whom holds a supervisory position; two faculty members, each of whom holds or has held an administrative position at UI; and, without vote, the director of employment services. The staff members are nominated by the Staff Affairs Committee and the faculty members are nominated by the Committee on Committees. Members are appointed by the president and serve for three years, with one-third taking office each year. The board elects its own chair. [ed. 7-05]
COMMENCEMENT COMMITTEE [rev. 7-98]
B. STRUCTURE. Five faculty members (one of whom serves as chair), one honors student (nominated by ASUI in consultation with the director of the University Honors Program), and the registrar. The chair of this committee also serves as an ex-officio member of the administrative committee charged with production of the commencement activities. [rev. 7-98]
COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES
B. STRUCTURE. Six faculty members, vice chair of the Faculty Senate (chair), Faculty Secretary (w/o vote) and the following or their designees: provost and executive vice president and ASUI president. [rev. 7-05, ed. 7-06, 7-09]
A. FUNCTION. [See also 1420 D.] To advise the provost and provide a communication forum for the following purposes:
B. STRUCTURE. Provost (chair), vice provosts for academic affairs and student affairs, vice president for research and economic development, dean of graduate studies, WWAMI director, library dean, center leadership and academic deans. [rev. 7-03, 7-06, 1-07, ed. 9-10]
DISABILITY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
[Combined with Affirmative Action in July 2006]
DISMISSAL HEARINGS COMMITTEES
[This section was removed from FSH 3910 D-3.b. and placed here in July 2008]
A. FUNCTION. This committee will conduct a hearing at the request of a faculty member who has been terminated to determine whether their termination was properly based on the grounds stated (see FSH 3910 D-3 and 3920 D.)
B. STRUCTURE AND MEMBERSHIP: The DHC is composed of four faculty members and one administrator at the departmental level or above, six faculty members and three administrators as alternates. Committee members, including alternates, are chosen on the basis of their objectivity and competence and the high regard in which they are held in the UI community. In appointing members the Committee on Committees should attempt to reflect the diversity of the UI faculty. Due to the possibility a case may be appealed to the Faculty Appeals Hearing Board care should be taken in appointing members to both Faculty Appeals Hearing Board and Dismissal Hearings Committee. The term of membership is three years. [rev. 1-09, 4-11]
C. SELECTION: The faculty member requesting a hearing has the right to substitute up to two members appointed with two others from the alternate list. The provost also has the right to substitute two members appointed with two others from the alternate list. If as a result of substitutions and conflicts of interest there are an insufficient number of faculty members or administrators on the alternate list, the Committee on Committees will be asked to appoint more members to the alternate list as needed. Once the panel for an individual hearing has been determined, it will meet at the direction of the chair of the Dismissal Hearings Committee and elect its own panel chair. [rev. 1-09]
FACILITIES SCHEDULING POLICY COMMITTEE
[Substantially revised in 2007. See also APM 35.35]
A-1: To develop, implement, and manage scheduling policies and procedures to ensure the impartial and principled use of university facilities, both buildings and grounds, consistent with accreditation standards.
A-2: To advise the president or the president’s designee on the operational use of UI facilities and to advise him/her and the vice president for finance and administration concerning appropriate fees to charge.
A-3: To manage the impact of events, programs, and multiple events on daily University operations.
A-4: To ensure the effective resolution of scheduling conflicts.
A-5: To communicate information to the campus and community concerning facility use, policy, and procedures.
B. STRUCTURE. Registrar (co-chair), assistant vice president for auxiliary services (co-chair), vice provost for academic affairs, dean of students, assistant vice president for facilities, faculty secretary, two faculty members, the chair of the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, the chair of Lionel Hampton School of Music, the chair of Theatre Arts and Film, the risk management officer, the director of Commons and Union/Campus Recreation, the director of Conference Services, the associate registrar, the manager of KIBBIE/Memorial Gym/Pool Center, the associate director of Athletics, the facilities planner, two ASUI representatives (one from the Student Recreation Center Board and one from the Student Union-Commons Board).
C. CONTEXT: UI Facilities are used by multiple programs, including: academic programs, intercollegiate athletics, campus recreation programs, and by multiple constituencies including students, faculty, staff, retirees, alumni, and visitors. As demand for university facilities increases, there will be increasing potential for scheduling and scheduling policy conflicts. Policies and procedures for ensuring the impartial and principled resolution of those scheduling conflicts will be critical.
D. MAJOR OBJECTIVES:
D-1. To analyze the issues associated with scheduling and resolving facilities scheduling conflicts.
D-2. To develop effective policies and procedures for University facility use that:
a. support the general educational mission of the University;
b. maximize opportunity to provide a revenue stream from facilities when such uses do not conflict with the mission of the University;
c. minimize risk of loss associated with the goals, finances, operations, compliance;
d. provide for the impartial, principled scheduling of facilities and for resolving scheduling conflicts, while ensuring both efficient use of the facilities and an efficient scheduling process.
D-3. To develop systematic assessment methods and procedures (when needed) which demonstrate the effectiveness and impartiality of the scheduling process.
D-4. To provide those with programs or activities in these facilities with an on-going opportunity for representative participation in the scheduling process.
FACULTY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE (FAC)
B. STRUCTURE. Nine faculty members, not more than two of whom are departmental administrators (administrators above the departmental level are not eligible for membership on this committee). [rev. 7-08]
FACULTY APPEALS HEARING BOARD
A. FUNCTION. This board will conduct a hearing at the request of a faculty member who wishes to appeal an institutional decision under FSH 3840 A. In each case referred to it, the board has the following responsibilities: [ed. 7-12]
A-1. To review all documentary evidence submitted by the parties prior to the hearing and all evidence submitted by the parties at the hearing. The board may require the parties to submit evidence deemed relevant by the board.
A-2. To determine whether there has been any (1) failure to comply with prescribed procedures, (2) application of inappropriate considerations, (3) abuse of discretion, or (4) abuse of the appellant’s academic rights and privileges.
A-3. To make recommendations to the president.
B. STRUCTURE AND MEMBERSHIP: Five faculty members, one of whom is a departmental administrator, are principal members. In addition, five other faculty members, two other departmental administrators, and three off-campus faculty members are appointed as alternate members of the board. In appointing members, including alternates, the Committee on Committees must ensure that the majority of the members are tenured and each of them have been employed at the UI for longer than two years. Since a case for dismissal is appealable to the Faculty Appeals Hearing Board, care should be taken in appointing members to both Faculty Appeals Hearing Board and Dismissal Hearings Committee. The term of membership is three years, with initial terms staggered to form a rotation pattern. The off-campus alternates will serve, in place of principal faculty members chosen by lot, when an appeal by an off-campus faculty member is to be heard. The other alternate members will serve, as appropriate, when a principal member is deemed to have a conflict of interest. Once the panel for an individual hearing has been determined, it will meet at the direction of the chair of the Faculty Appeals Hearing Board and elect its own panel chair. [rev. 7-99, 1-09, 4-11]
C. SPECIAL CONSIDERATION: Faculty members serving on the Faculty Appeals Hearing Board (FAHB) should take careful note of the following additional considerations and conditions for service: 1) appeals usually occur following tenure, promotion, and salary decisions in the middle of the Spring semester, 2) appeal hearings usually require a 2-4 hour time block which will require meeting on a weekday evening or Saturday to accommodate the schedules of all of the parties involved in a hearing, and 3) the term of office of a member of the FAHB ends when the last active case final report is submitted. Faculty members not willing to abide by these conditions should not apply for service on the Faculty Appeals Hearing Board. [add. 7-02]
[rev. 7-99, extensively revised 7-08]
B. STRUCTURE AND MEMBERSHIP. The committee is composed of eight voting members consisting of five faculty members representing at least four units, one staff member, two students (including a representative from the ASUI Fine Arts Committee when possible), and four ex-officio (non-voting) members to include one administrator designated by the president, a representative of the Laboratory of Anthropology, a representative from Facilities Management, and the Moscow Arts Commission Art Director, or designee.
FISCAL EMERGENCY COMMITTEE
[Removed 7/05 no longer exists.]
[See 1700 V for the function and structure of this council.]
GRIEVANCE COMMITTEE FOR STAFF EMPLOYEES
[See 3860 for the function and structure of this committee.]
GRIEVANCE COMMITTEE FOR STUDENT EMPLOYEES
[See 3880 for the function and structure of this committee.]
HONORS PROGRAM COMMITTEE
B. STRUCTURE. Six faculty members to represent a broad spectrum of the UI community, an academic dean from one of the six colleges representing the honors curriculum (college representation to rotate on an annual basis), President of the Honors Student Advisory Board or designee, and (w/o vote) director of the University Honors Program (UHP), associate director of the UHP, program advisor of the UHP (staff). The latter serves as secretary. One of the six appointed faculty members serves as chair. [rev. 7-97, 7-03, 7-05, 7-06, ed. 7-98, 7-10]
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD
[Formerly Human Assurances Committee, rev. 1-09, rewritten 7-10]
A. FUNCTION. The federal government requires the University to designate an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to ensure that human participant research conducted under the auspices of the University meets federal requirements. Under the approved federal-wide assurance (FWA00005639) for the University, the IRB shall apply the regulations set forth by HHS (www.hhs.gov) at 45 CFR 46 to all human participant research, regardless of funding source, and shall be guided by the ethical principles set forth in The Belmont Report: Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects. The IRB shall also apply the human participant research regulations established by the Food and Drug Administration for clinical investigations involving drugs, biologics, medical devices, and other test articles. (21 CFR 50; 56; 312, and 812). The IRB shall act in conformance with other federal laws and regulations germane to human participant research and with state and local law that serves to elucidate and supplement federal regulations for human subject research. [See FSH 5200.]
A-1. Research that has been approved by the IRB may be subject to further review and approval or disapproval by UI officials. However, university officials may not approve research that has not been approved by the IRB. (45 CFR 46.112)
The committee also serves as an advisory body to the VP for Research and Economic Development for Human Subjects/Participants Research Matters.
B. STRUCTURE AND MEMBERSHIP.
B-1. The IRB is a faculty-chaired committee.
B-2. It shall have at least five members, with varying backgrounds to promote complete and adequate review of research activities commonly conducted at the University of Idaho [45 CFR 46.107(a)].
B-3. The position of Chief Research Compliance Officer serves in the capacity of a non-voting standing committee member to assist in representing institutional commitments and regulations, [45 CFR 46.107(a)].
B-4. The IRB shall include one member whose primary concerns are in scientific areas and one member whose main concerns are in nonscientific areas [45 CFR 46.107(c)].
B-5. The IRB shall include one member who is not otherwise affiliated with the institution and who is not part of the immediate family of a person who is affiliated with the institution [45 CFR 46.107(d)].
B-6. The IRB may, in its discretion, invite individuals with competence in special areas to assist in the review of issues which require expertise beyond or in addition to that available on the IRB. These individuals may not vote with the IRB [45 CFR 46.107(f)].
B-7. The Signatory Official, who is the VP for Research and Economic Development may remove and replace a committee member at any time. If and when he/she determines that the member is unwilling or unable to carry out committee functions.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE
[created 7-00, replacing Instructional Media Services Advisory and University Computing Advisory Committees]
A. FUNCTION. To advise and recommend university policies regarding the planning, implementation, and maintenance of information technology in the areas of teaching, research, outreach, and management.
B. STRUCTURE AND MEMBERSHIP. Six faculty members broadly representative of disciplines in the university including one from the library, the Vice-President for Research or designee (w/o vote), the Executive Director of Information Technology, or designee (w/o vote), the Registrar, or designee (w/o vote), the Director of the Center for Teaching Innovation, or designee, a representative of the off-campus faculty, the student chair of the Student Computing Advisory Committee, or designee. The voting members of the committee (including the committee chair but excluding the student member) are selected by the Committee on Committees, giving special attention to appointing faculty members who are active in and have a great interest in the general area of information technology and its application to teaching, research, outreach, and management. [ed. 7-05, rev. 7-06]
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY COMMITTEE
B. STRUCTURE AND MEMBERSHIP. The committee consists of five faculty members, one of whom is a departmental administrator, and at least a majority of whom are from disciplines which historically have given rise to substantial numbers of copyrights, maskworks, and patents. In addition, two faculty members are appointed as alternates from a list of those who have previously served on the committee, to serve, as appropriate, when a principal member is deemed to have a conflict of interest and the director of the technology transfer, or designee (w/o vote). The chair of the committee is chosen by the Committee on Committees. [rev. 7-06, 7-08, 5-12]
INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
[Removed 7-06, it was determined that a task force could be formed when needed.]
[Affirmative Action and Disability Affairs & Juntura were combined in 2012 to form Ubuntu]
A. CONTEXT: Ubuntu, as explained by
Desmond Tutu, is essential to the interconnectedness of being human and living
in interdependent communities. Ubuntu is affirming and inclusive of others
because we all belong to a larger whole which is diminished when any members are
humiliated, disrespected or oppressed. People with Ubuntu enrich
themselves but do so in ways that enable the community and all its members to
also improve. In this spirit the Ubuntu committee is established to
advance these ideals.
B-1. Ubuntu will promote the values of
respect, understanding, and fairness within our diverse university experience;
review university policies and programs affecting under-represented and/or
under-served students, staff, and faculty in consultation with appropriate
representatives as necessary across campus; recommend changes and additions in
university policies and programs that enhance student/staff/faculty success and
advancement. [See also 4340.]
B-2. Ubuntu will monitor and advance the university’s affirmative action and equal opportunity programs [see FSH 3060] being a strong and active voice ensuring that the university’s programs, activities and services are accessible to persons with learning, sensory, physical and other disabilities. The committee will also work closely with the Americans with Disabilities Act Advisory Committee (ADA) to identify relevant rules and regulations pertaining to specific affirmative action and equal opportunity problems at the university. Ubuntu also recommends policies and procedures to address specific disabled access challenges at the university, consistent with requirements of applicable regulations and regents’ policy ensuring that the ‘spirit of the law’ is followed.
B-3. This committee will advise the president on matters of equal opportunity, ensuring that UI’s programs, activities and services are available to persons with learning, sensory, physical and other disabilities, and identify avenues for ensuring the campus community creates a fair and inclusive environment for all.
B-4. This committee will also discharge such other functions as may be assigned by the Faculty Senate or by the president or the president’s designee. It will also submit periodic reports on its activities to the Faculty Senate including recommendations for appropriate program or policy changes (see FSH 1460).
C. STRUCTURE. Four faculty, one of whom serves as chair; two staff members (one from Staff Affairs); two students (one undergraduate (ASUI) and one graduate (GPSA or SBA), one of whom belongs to an under-represented and/or under-served student population and the following ex officio members without vote or their designees: the ASUI Director of Diversity Affairs, Coordinator of Student Support Services, the Director of Multicultural Affairs, the Director of the Women’s Center, a representative from Human Resources, the Director of Human Rights, Access and Inclusion, the Director of Diversity and Community, the Coordinator for Disability Support Services, the Director of International Programs, the LGBTQA Coordinator, and the Director of the Native American Student Center or the Native American Tribal Liaison. [rev. 1-14]
LIBRARY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
A. FUNCTION. To recommend policies and procedures concerning the needs, functions, and objectives of the University Library. [See also 6920.]
B. STRUCTURE. One faculty member plus one faculty member each from humanities, sciences, and social sciences; one faculty from the library; one undergraduate student; one graduate student; and (w/o vote) dean of library services. [rev. 7-06]
OFFICER EDUCATION COMMITTEE
A. FUNCTION. [See also 1565 G.] [ed. 7-06]
B. STRUCTURE. Heads of the Departments of Aerospace Studies (WSU), Military Science, and Naval Science, three other members of the faculty, (one of whom serves as chair), the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, or designee (ex officio), and two students (one ROTC and one non-ROTC). [rev. 7-03, 7-06, 7-08]
A. FUNCTION. To hear and decide appeals concerning matters involving parking and to review and advise the university administration on campus parking conditions, policy, and regulations. Decisions of this committee regarding parking violations may be appealed to the assistant vice president for facilities. [See also 6120 and 6940.] [ed. 7-99, 7-03, 10-12, rev. 7-06]
B. STRUCTURE. Three members of the faculty, three members of the staff, two students, and (w/o vote) the parking coordinator. [rev. 7-06]
PROMOTIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE
[See 3560 H-2 for the function and structure of this faculty committee.] [ed. 7-00, 7-10]
A. FUNCTION. To advise the UI administration on major publications, such as catalogs, viewbooks, magazine, faculty-staff newsletter, and annual reports; to consider communication options; and to recommend the most effective ways to reach targeted audiences. Specific responsibilities include:
B. STRUCTURE. Director of university communications (chair), vice provost for academic affairs, executive director of UI Foundation, director of alumni relations, director of New-Student Services, publication creative director, publications editor, and secretary of the faculty. [ed. 7-99]
RADIATION SAFETY COMMITTEE
A. FUNCTION. To be responsible to the vice president for finance and administration for all aspects of UI’s radiation-safety program and consult with individual investigators concerning radiation safety procedures. The Radiation Safety Committee is responsible for all matters pertaining to the formation, administration and operation of a comprehensive radiation safety program. The Radiation Safety Committee reviews new applications and renewal applications to use radioactive materials, conducts audits and reviews of the radiation safety program, determines appropriate levels of radiation safety training and testing, maintains records of committee proceedings and actions, develops radiation safety manuals and safety practices, and ensures compliance with all applicable rules and regulations. [See also 6120.][ed. 7-05, 7-06, rev. 11-10]
B. STRUCTURE. Radiation safety officer, director of Environmental Health and Safety or a representative of Finance and Administration, and an academic dean or department head and up to eight technical members. The academic administrator and the technical members are selected from the various areas of teaching and research where radioactive materials are used. These include, but are not limited to, agricultural sciences, forestry, life sciences, mining and metallurgical sciences, engineering, and physical sciences. A technical member must meet the requirements of an authorized user. To provide the necessary expertise and continuity of operation, technical members may serve two or more consecutive terms, but the membership may not include more than two technical members who have served continuously for more than two three-year terms. The chair and vice chair are elected each spring by the current members of the committee to serve for the next membership year. The term of the chair is one year but may serve two consecutive terms. A quorum shall consist of the chair, radiation safety officer, director of Environmental Health and Safety or a representative of Finance and Administration, and a minimum of four of the eight technical members. All requests for committee action are submitted to the radiation safety officer. When a sufficient number of items have been received, the radiation safety officer, with approval from the chair, will arrange a meeting of the Radiation Safety Committee. The Radiation Safety Committee shall meet as often as necessary but not less than quarterly. [ed. 9-10, rev. 11-10]
A. FUNCTION. The Research Council is the faculty’s standing committee that oversees the implementation of discovery, creativity, and research policies [see 5100 and 5200] and resolves disagreements about the interpretation or implementation of those policies. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a standing subcommittee of the Research Council. For information on its function, structure, and membership, call the Research Office. [See also 5200 D and E.] [rev. 1-06, 1-09]
B. STRUCTURE. One faculty member from each of the colleges, four members appointed by the president to ensure adequate representation from faculty constituencies that are most active in discovery, creativity, and research policies while ensuring that faculty engaged in multidisciplinary activities are represented, and (w/o vote) vice president of research and economic development and dean of library services (or the latter's designee). The representatives from the colleges are designated in accordance with procedures determined by their respective faculties. The vice president for research and economic development serves as chair of the Research Council. [ed. 7-97, 9-10, rev. 1-06]
SABBATICAL LEAVE EVALUATION COMMITTEE
A. FUNCTION. To review applications for sabbatical leave, to make recommendations to the Faculty Senate for approval and referral to the president, to review the reports of those returning from sabbatical leave, and to evaluate annually the results of the program. [See also 3720.] [ed. 7-00, 7-09]
B. STRUCTURE. Five faculty members (with at least one representative each from the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences) and vice provost of academic affairs, or designee (w/o vote). [rev. 7-06, 2-09]
SAFETY AND LOSS-CONTROL COMMITTEE
[created 7-00, replacing previous Safety Committee]
A. FUNCTION. The responsibilities and purposes of the committee are as follows: a. to promote policies and programs that will provide a safe and healthy working and living environment for university students, employees, and members of the public, and that will protect public property from injury or damage; b. to promote the principles and associated benefits of an effective Safety and Loss-Control Policy; c. to endorse and systematically promote university employee safety training; d. to encourage the campus community to identify, correct, and report potential hazards and/or unsafe work practices; e. to monitor and review University of Idaho accident and loss summarized reports and statistics; and; f. to report annually to Faculty Senate and the President's Executive Council on campus-wide safety initiatives and program development. [ed. 7-09]
B. STRUCTURE. The committee is composed of 17 voting members and 3 ex-officio (non-voting) members, as follows: One faculty member from each college; Director of University Residences or designee; Director of Student Health Services or designee; Assistant VP of Facilities or designee; Assistant Vice-President of Human Resources or designee; Staff Affairs Representative; one undergraduate student; one graduate student; Commander, Moscow Police Department, campus subdivision (ex-officio); Occupational Safety Specialist (ex-officio); the Director, Environmental Health & Safety (ex-officio), and the University of Idaho’s Executive Director of Public Safety or designee. The Safety and Loss-Control Committee is governed by a chair and vice-chair, with the vice-chair assuming responsibilities of the chair after one-year rotation. The committee elects its own chair and vice-chair from among the voting members. Committee members representing colleges are appointed by the university's Committee on Committees and serve a three-year period. The college representatives are ex officio members of their college unit safety committees. Student members of the committee will serve terms as recommended by the ASUI and GPSA. [rev. 7-05, 7-06, 7-08, ed. 6-09, 10-13]
SCIENTIFIC MISCONDUCT COMMITTEE
[See FSH 3230]
A. FUNCTION. An inquiry board (FSH 3230 E-3) formed from the members of this committee is charged with making a preliminary evaluation of the evidence and testimony of the respondent, complainant, and key witnesses to determine whether there is sufficient evidence of possible scientific misconduct to warrant an investigation. The purpose is not to determine whether scientific misconduct definitely occurred or who was responsible.
B. STRUCTURE AND MEMBERSHIP. The vice president for research and economic development will nominate, with appointment by the Committee on Committees and confirmation by the Faculty Senate, six tenured faculty members to a Scientific Misconduct Committee (SMC) with one member appointed as chair. The vice president will initially nominate two tenured faculty members to one-year terms, two tenured faculty members to two-year terms, and two tenured faculty members to three-year terms. Thereafter, tenured faculty members will be nominated for three-year terms. A departmental administrator may not chair the SMC. [ed. 7-09, 9-10]
SHARED LEAVE REVIEW COMMITTEE
[Removed 7-05 no longer exists]
SPACE ALLOCATION COMMITTEE
[Removed 7-05 no longer exists, but see APM 40.10 C for Space Governance Group][ed. 12-13]
STAFF AFFAIRS [ed. 7-09]
[See 1800 for the function and structure of this committee.]
STUDENT FINANCIAL AID COMMITTEE
A. FUNCTION. [See also 2900.]
B. STRUCTURE. Five faculty members, two students, and (w/o vote) director of student financial aid, a member of the Student Support Services staff, and an additional person designated by the director. [rev. 7-97, 7-06, ed. 7-05]
TEACHER EDUCATION COORDINATING COMMITTEE
A. FUNCTION. [See also 4300.] [ed. 7-06]
B. STRUCTURE AND MEMBERSHIP. Faculty members nominated by the College of Education from each of the following groups: two from Curriculum and Instruction, one from the Division of Adult, Career, and Technology Education, and one from the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance; and one from the Department of Counseling and School Psychology, Special Education, and Education Leadership; Education Certification Officer ex officio; one faculty member (in consultation with other colleges) from each of the following groups: communication, humanities, social sciences, mathematics, and natural sciences; three students, one graduate level student in education and two junior or senior level students in education; three P-12 school personnel; and Dean of the College of Education or designee (w/o vote), who serves as chair. [rev. 7-08, 7-10]
TEACHING AND ADVISING COMMITTEE
[Substantially revised in 7-05, 7-06]
A. FUNCTION. This committee will serve in an advisory capacity to the Vice Provost of Academic Affairs. The specific functions of this committee are: [rev. 7-08]
B. STRUCTURE. Six faculty members, some of whom have received university-level teaching and advising awards, an associate dean or college level advisor, a departmental staff advisor, the director of general education, an undergraduate or graduate student, non-voting members from the Office of Instructional Research Assessment, Academic Advising Center, and the VP for Academic Affairs, or designee. [rev. 7-08, ed. 8-12]
UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE FOR GENERAL EDUCATION
[Information on University General Education can be accessed at the general education website: http://www.uidaho.edu/class/general-education] [ed. 11-11, 11-12]
B. STRUCTURE AND MEMBERSHIP. Director of General Education (w/o vote), College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences Dean, or designee (w/o vote), College of Science Dean, or designee (w/o vote), Registrar, or designee (w/o vote), Assistant Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, or designee (w/o vote), and 11 faculty members selected by the Committee on Committees, one of whom serves as chair, and two undergraduate students, appointed by ASUI. The faculty members shall include one member from the Colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Art and Architecture, Business and Economics, Education, Engineering, and Natural Resources and from the Library, and two members from the Colleges of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences and Science. The student members shall also be chosen to represent two different colleges. [rev. 7-06, 7-08, 7-10, 11-12, ed. 8-12].
UNIVERSITY CURRICULUM COMMITTEE
B. STRUCTURE. One faculty member from each college except Law and Graduate Studies, of whom at least one must be a member of the graduate faculty and at least one of whom must have experience in an interdisciplinary area; one faculty member at large, one faculty member from the library, two upper-division undergraduate students; one graduate student; and the following without vote: vice provost of academic affairs, registrar, secretary of the faculty (or their designees), and the director of general education as a non-voting member of the University Curriculum Committee. To assure a quorum alternates for the faculty positions are appointed by the chair of the University Curriculum Committee from a list of those who have previously served on the committee from that college. If there should be no such alternates available from a particular college, the chair of that college's curriculum committee is the designated alternate. [rev. 7-98, 7-06, 7-08, 1-09, ed. 8-12]
UNIVERSITY DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
A. FUNCTION. To plan and coordinate the fund-raising activities of the university and its units.
B. STRUCTURE. Vice president for university advancement (chair), financial vice president, provost, academic deans, executive director of the UI Foundation, director of athletics, director of alumni relations, trust and investment officer, and executive director of development. [ed. 7-05]
UNIVERSITY JUDICIAL COUNCIL (UJC)
[This section was removed from FSH 2400 and placed here in July 2008.]
A. FUNCTION. UI's student judicial system is established and maintained for the prosecution and handling of disciplinary matters concerning UI students (as "student" is defined in the preamble to the Statement of Student Rights ). Any and all matters consistent with the Student Code of Conduct  and the Statement of Student Rights are handled by the system under the rules and regulations set out in FSH 2400.
B. STRUCTURE AND MEMBERSHIP. This committee is broadly representative of the academic community. The council consists of eleven members (five faculty members, five undergraduate students and one graduate student). The faculty members are selected by the Committee on Committees. The five student members are appointed by the ASUI president with the advice and consent of the ASUI Senate and the graduate student is appointed by GPSA. To allow members to gather a greater history of and confidence in the administrative process, a two year term is recommended.
C. QUORUM. Five members, at least two of which must be students, constitute a quorum and a majority of those present shall decide a case. In case UJC is unable to convene a quorum as defined above, the ASUI president or the chair of the Faculty Senate may appoint persons to fill the designated student or faculty positions on a temporary basis. [ed. 7-09]
D. SPECIAL CONSIDERATION. Members serving on the University Judicial Council (UJC) should be aware that federal regulations governing the handling of disciplinary matters recommend a specific hearing time schedule. Therefore, committee members may need to be available for approximately two to four hours within as little as five days of a student being charged with a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. [add. 1-14]
University Multi-Campus Communications Committee
A-1. To coordinate the orderly conduct of General Faculty Meetings at multiple sites across the state.
A-2. To design, review and recommend for approval by Faculty Senate, operating protocols with respect to conducting faculty meetings with active participation of faculty across the state. Focus points include methods of recording and reporting of votes, recognition of members and other logistical issues.
A-3. To work in collaboration with the Information Technology Committee (see 1640.55) to review and make recommendations to Faculty Senate on appropriate communication technologies to maintain high-quality faculty meetings.
A-4. To report annually to the Faculty Senate on faculty satisfaction with communications during faculty meetings.
B. STRUCTURE AND MEMBERSHIP. Secretary of the Faculty who serves as chair, one faculty member who resides at the Moscow campus, the Executive Director of Information Technology or designee (w/o vote), and one faculty member from each designated remote site (see FSH 1540 A-1) who serves as the secretary’s delegate at faculty meetings. One alternate faculty member from each designated site will be selected. Committee members are appointed by the university's Committee on Committees and serve a three-year period. [rev. 8-12]