3.3 Faculty Membership on College Committees
Amended May 1999, May 2018, Oct. 2019
Members of the faculty serve on a number of College committees whose functions and membership are determined by legislation of the Board of Trustees and Campus Senate.
A. Campus Senate
The Campus Senate serves as a forum in which students, faculty, and staff communicate and consider matters of general concern to the College. Its goal is to improve and sustain the involvement of the campus community in the governance of campus affairs affecting the broader campus community by establishing open, effective and efficient channels of communication between and amongst constituencies of the College community. While Campus Senate may suggest policies and legislation to the appropriate bodies, it has no legislative authority itself. Campus Senate is composed of six students (four elected by their respective classes, a student elected by the student body to serve as co-chair, and the Student Council President), a faculty co-chair (who must be a tenured member of the faculty), an at-large faculty member, two staff members appointed by Staff Council (one of whom is designated to serve as co-chair), the Provost (or a designated representative), and the Vice President for Student Affairs (or a designated representative). Additionally, the President of the College (or designee) has voice but no vote in the Senate except to break ties. The faculty co-chair and the at-large faculty member are both elected by the faculty during the elections for college committees in the spring. As per the Senate Constitution, neither the faculty co-chair nor the at-large faculty representative may serve more than two years consecutively.
B. The Student Conduct Review Board
The judicial system of the Campus Government is framed to promote the corporate well-being of the College community by adjudicating alleged violations of College social regulations. Disciplinary proceedings are designed to secure the rights of students and, conversely, to protect the College from inordinate student behavior. Like the legislative branch, the judicial system combines the efforts of administrative officers, faculty, and students. The Student Conduct Review Board, which hears alleged violations of social infractions of College regulations, is composed of three students appointed by the Student Council, and four faculty members, one of whom serves as chair. Ordinarily, each year the faculty elects two members for two-year terms, as specified in Article IV of the Constitution of Campus Government, found in the Student Handbook. The President of the College appoints the chair of the Student Conduct Review Board each year from among the members. Rights of due process are guaranteed to any student(s) appearing before the Board. (See Article IV of the Constitution.)
C. The Academic Infractions Board
The Academic Infractions Board (AIB) hears charges of alleged violations of the College's academic regulations. It consists of six faculty members (serving two-year terms) elected by the faculty, and at least four student members. It reports to the Committee on Academic Standards. A complete description of the AIB and its procedures appears in the Course of Study and in the Faculty Handbook, section 1.5. Amended Jan. 2019
D. GLCA Academic Council
Two faculty, one elected each April for a three-year term.
E. Faculty Athletics Representatives
Two faculty members, one female and one male, serve as representatives to the North Coast Athletic Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Faculty athletics representatives also serve as liaisons between the faculty and varsity athletics, sit on the athletics subcommittee of the Committee on Academic Standards, and report to CAS. Faculty athletics representatives contribute to conversations about compliance, contest scheduling, student welfare, and other matters at the interface of athletics and academics both on campus and at the conference and national level. Representatives serve renewable five-year terms, with the terms staggered to enable continuity, are nominated by the Executive Committee of the Faculty in consultation with the Director of Athletics, and stand for Faculty vote. The faculty vote represents a recommendation to the President, who makes the appointments. Amended Feb. 2018
F. Drug and Alcohol Program Board
One faculty member invited by the Chair of Senate to serve a two-year term.
G. College Traffic Citation Appeal Board
One faculty member and students, invited by the Director of Security and Safety in consultation with the Provost.
H. Academic-Athletics Subcommittee
Added May 2018
- 2 NCAA/NCAC faculty athletics representatives (FARs);
- 1 member of CAS;
- Director of Athletics;
- 2 Varsity athletics coaches, representing Women’s and Men’s athletics (nominated by the Director of Athletics);
- 2 Students (at least one from the Kenyon Student Athlete Advisory Council);
- 1 Associate Provost.
The committee is chaired by one of the FARs. The academics-athletics subcommittee considers matters at the interface of academics and athletics. The committee has no legislative responsibility, but reports to CAS and may make policy recommendations to CAS. It meets approximately twice per semester, once to consider varsity schedule and once to address other matters. Its charge includes:
- Scheduling of varsity athletic contests. The committee evaluates varsity athletic schedules in the context of CAS guidelines. CAS has final authority over athletic scheduling discussions.
- Other matters at the interface of athletics and academics. These might include but are not limited to:
- coordinate efforts to improve communication between athletics and academics,
- consider policies and procedures related to missed class time,
- contribute to policies related to student-athlete welfare, including those related to concussion and other injuries.