Each committee has the authority to make recommendations to the appropriate Vice President for the consideration of policy changes that affect the Institution. Each Vice President has the authority to accept or deny the committees’ recommendations. If a policy will affect the University budget, it must be reported and accepted by the President’s Cabinet.
- Academic Council (Undergraduate) - VP of Academic Affairs
- Admissions - VP of Student Life
- Athletic Committee - VP of Intercollegiate Athletics
- Budget and Planning Committee - VP of Fiscal Affairs
- Commencement Committee - VP of Academic Affairs
- Financial Aid/Scholarship Committee - VP of Student Life
- First Year Experience - VP of Student Life
- Graduate Council - VP of Academic Affairs
- Homecoming/Feast of Ingathering - VP of Advancement
- Institutional Review and Assessment - Provost
- Library Committee - VP of Academic Affairs
- Retention Committee - VP of Student Life
- Spiritual Life Committee - VP of Student Life
- Student Life Committee - VP of Student Life
- Teacher Education Committee - VP of Academic Affairs*
- University Disciplinary Committee - VP of Student Life
- University Technology Committee - VP of Academic Affairs
* The Teacher Education Committee reports directly to the Teacher Education Council and Dean of the School of Education/Sport Studies. Academic policy recommendations from this committee, if approved, are proposed to the Academic Council. Non-academic policy recommendations from the Teacher Education Committee must be approved by both the Chair of the Department of Education, the Dean of Education and Sport Studies before it can be recommended to the VP of Academic Affairs for official adoption as University Policy.
STANDING COMMITTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY
The standing committees of the University actively participate in the governance of the University as advisory and recommending bodies to the Presidential Cabinet in planning the operation of the University. Membership on the standing committees is on the basis of a combination of ex-officio status (President & Provost), elected or appointed faculty members, designated administrators, and student representatives as specified by committee composition. Each standing committee elects a recording secretary to keep minutes which should be retained by the committee chairman. A file copy is forwarded to each of that committee’s members, and to the President or Provost as applicable. Since final authority for the University’s daily operations rests with the President, it is recognized that these committees formulate recommendations for the purpose of facilitating the program of the University and for accomplishing the institutional goals and objectives.
The University utilizes the following standing committees:
Financial Aid/Scholarship Committee
Membership in this committee consists of the Director of Financial Aid (who chairs the committee), and the Director of Admissions & the Athletic Director, the CFO, Music Department Representative and one appointed faculty representative. The Financial aid Committee establishes guidelines for the general financial aids policies of the University. This committee reviews financial aid and scholarship policies and makes recommendations to the Presidential Cabinet.
Academic Council (Undergraduate)
Membership in this committee consists of a junior faculty representative, a senior faculty representative, the four Academic Deans, the registrar, and the General Education Chair. The Registrar attends as an ex-officio member for consultation as requested. This committee assists the VPAA by making recommendations for establishing guidelines for the general undergraduate admissions policies of the University as set forth in the University’s catalog. It makes recommendations regarding the addition or deletion of courses in the curriculum, grading policies, scheduling, degrees offered, library, instructional media, improvement of instruction and other matters which might improve the academic climate and involvement of faculty and students in the teaching-learning process.
Graduate Council (Academic Council – Graduate)
Membership in this committee consists of the Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, and three faculty representatives and Institutional Effectiveness Director the Registrar attends as an ex-officio member for consultation as requested. This committee assists the Provost and VPAA by making recommendations for establishing guidelines for the general graduate admissions policies of the University as set forth in the Graduate catalog. It makes recommendations regarding the addition or deletion of courses in the curriculum, grading policies, scheduling, degrees offered, library, instructional media, improvement of instruction and other matters which might improve the academic climate and involvement of faculty and students in the teaching-learning process.
Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Assessment Committee
The IRB & Assessment Committee is charged with the obligation to oversee the annual assessment of the entire University. The Institutional Effectiveness Director, Assessment Coordinator, Director of Online Education, Strategic Planning Representative, Chair of Education Department and a faculty representative will work with this committee to communicate their intentions of program assessment. All records will be reported to the Director of Assessment at the appoint time within each academic year. The objective of the IRB is to protect the rights and welfare of people involved in research. This committee reviews plans for research that involve human subjects. Any research or assessment completed on or off the SCU campus that involves student and/or personnel, in any way, must seek approval from the IRB. Instructions and applications may be sought through the IRB chair.
Membership consists of: the Director of Information Services, Assistant Dir. of Information Services, Director of Online Studies, a student representative and a faculty representative. The purpose of the Library committee is to advise the Library Director with respect to the administration of the University library, its rules, and policies, service and budget, and together represent the interests of the library to the faculty.
Student Life Committees
Student Life Committee
Membership: Dean of Student Life, Student representative, Resident Director, Director of Student Success Center one staff representative and one faculty representative. This committee deals with areas of concern affecting student life on campus. It encourages programs which promote good faculty-student relationships and student administration relationships.
It makes recommendations regarding campus rules and regulations, changes in student life policy, student social life, editing the Student Handbook, reviewing the minutes of the Student Senate meetings, approving student activities, residence hall procedures, and disciplinary procedures.
University Disciplinary Committee (Sub-Committee)
Membership: dean of Student Life, Director of Enrollment, Faculty Representative, two Student
Representatives, and the Resident Director.
This committee evaluates evidence submitted by the student being charged with violation(s) of stated or implied policy of SCU. After hearing the evidence, the committee will determine an appropriate course of action in accordance with the guidelines of the Student Handbook. As deemed appropriate by the Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee, Vice-President and Dean for Student Affairs, as well as the student, is allowed to call witnesses into the hearing.
Judiciary Committee (Sub-Committee)
Membership: two (2) Presidential Cabinet members, a faculty member selected by the Presidential Cabinet, one student selected by the Presidential Cabinet and one student selected by Student Senate.
The purpose of the committee is to be responsible for the overall program of recruitment, admissions and the retention of students.
This committee shall be composed of the following members: the Director of Enrollment, the Director of Admissions, VP of Academic Affairs, the Financial Aid Director, an Adult Studies Representative, an Athletic Representative, and a Faculty Representative.
Spiritual Life Committee
It shall be the responsibility of this committee to study and make recommendations for a positive and wholesome development of individual and group spiritual life on campus.
Membership consists of the VP of Student Life, Music Faculty Representative, Student Representative, Student Senate Chaplain, two Theology & Missions Faculty, and a Faculty Representative.
Planning and Budgeting Committee Definition
The planning and budgeting committee is responsible for formulating and recommending to President’s Cabinet appropriate policies and procedures related to institutional, strategic and integrated planning, and budget management and preparation. The Committee is responsible for reviewing institutional
effectiveness data to guide all planning and budgeting recommendations. Specifically, the Committee is responsible for recommending tentative and final budgets, strategic and master plans, and strategic resource allocation processes.
The Committee consists of all members of the Dean’s Council, the Human Resources Director and Chief of Staff, and the President’s Cabinet, and may from time to time invite select members of the University to attend certain meetings.
Other Academic Affairs Sub-Committees
The Institutional Review and Assessment Committee
General Education Committee
Adult Studies Committee
Policy Revised: New Standing Committees approved for 2014 added as well as updated VP Titles 10/24/14