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III. B. University Governance

  • Introduction

    With more than 5,400 students in day and evening classes, some 451 full and part-time faculty, 246 administrators, and alumni numbering over 38.000, a certain number of administrative arrangements and operational procedures are needed. Students should understand these processes to enhance their experiences and also to assume their significant role in the governance of the University.

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  • Student participation in Governance

    An organizational structure has been developed which recognizes that the three primary constituencies of the University - students, faculty, and administration - all play major roles in governing the University, thus creating a formal communication system which is essential for effective operation.

    The University has established a system of decision making by which final decisions are made at the lowest level of administration consistent with the concept of interested representation and collegiality. It is through this system that students play a role in governing the University.

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  • The President

    The Board of Trustees has final legal authority for all University business. However, it is the President who, as Executive Officer of the Board, carries final authority for day-to-day operational policies and decisions. The President is the chief officer of the entire institution, the official representative of the University to its various publics, and the administrator who has overall responsibility for planning, supervising, managing, and evaluating the work of the University.

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  • University Council

    In formulating University policy and in making major operational decisions such as on budget matters, the President enjoys the collaborative assistance of University Council. The University Council is a body composed of three student representatives appointed by the Students’ Government Association; four faculty members appointed by the Faculty Senate; the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students; the Academic Deans; the Executive Assistant to the President; the Vice President of the Corporation; the Provost; and the three Vice Presidents. The guiding concept behind this collaborative arrangement at La Salle is referred to as “President-in-Council.” The President has final authority for approving new policies and for changing old policies; however, such actions can be taken only after review with Council.

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  • Provost and Vice Presidents

    The University is organized into four areas, headed by the Provost and three Vice Presidents. These officers report directly to the President. The responsibility of each area is reflective of its name: Academic and Student Affairs, Business Affairs, University Advancement, and Enrollment Services.

    The Provost is responsible for the University’s central mission of teaching and learning. he is assisted in these responsibilities by the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students, the Dean of the School of Business Administration, the Dean of the College of Continuing and Professional Studies, the Dean of the School of Nursing, and by the Directors of the various academic services such as the Registrar, the Library, and Information Technology. The Deans are in turn assisted by the Academic Department Chairs and Directors within their respective Schools or Divisions.

    The Vice President for Business Affairs is responsible for administering fiscal programs, security, food service, and the physical plant. The Vice President is assisted by a Comptroller and the Directors of the Campus Store, Food Services, Printing and Mail Services, Human Resources, Purchasing, Physical Facilities, and Security and Safety.

    The Vice President for University Advancement is charged with directing the University’s fund raising programs and for communicating its policies and goals to its many publics. This area includes the Assistant Vice Presidents for Alumni, Marketing and Communication, Government and Community Relations, and their staffs.

    The Vice President for Enrollment Services is directly responsible for developing and implementing enrollment management (student recruitment and retention) strategies and activities. The Vice President is assisted by the Dean of Admissions, the Director of Student Financial Services, the Registrar, and the Director of Institutional Research.

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  • University Committees

    Committees have been established in each administrative area to assure the participation of all three constituencies; accordingly, provision is made on all standing committees of the University to reflect the views of students, faculty, and administration. Except for those committees whose chairs are designated ex-officio, committees select a chair from among faculty and administration members at the beginning of each academic year.

    The Students’ Government Association appoints the students who sit on all standing University committees (with the exception of the Community Development Advisory Board).

    The following is a partial list of the major standing committees of primary concern to students:

    • Academic Affairs Committee:

      In its monthly meeting, the Academic Affairs Committee deals with problems referred to it by any of its members or by members of the faculty which arise in carrying out existing academic policies. Thus, it considers, for example, revisions of the academic calendar, the rules of academic standing, the grading system, special programs, new programs and departments, and so forth. It also suggests actions to the University Council in matters of wider scope or of an essentially policy making nature.

      The Academic Affairs Committee is composed of the Provost as ex officio chairperson; the Academic Deans and the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students as ex officio members; five voting faculty members representing each of the Schools with two of the five from the school of Arts and Sciences and some of the five regularly teaching in graduate programs; a non-voting faculty member from the Faculty Senate; three student representatives; and the Assistant Provost for Administration as a non-voting member.

    • Academic Department Boards:

      Students are offered the opportunity to participate in decisions regarding academic life through membership in academic department boards. Although each academic department may organize its board accordingly, typically these boards items such as curriculum revision, teacher evaluation, tenure and advancement in rank, and general academic concerns.

    • Activities Funding Board:

      The Activities Funding Board has been established to assist the Division of Student Affairs in administering student organization accounts.

      The duties of the Board include reviewing budgets of all student organizations requesting or receiving institutional funding, hearing the funding requests of new student organizations, annually recommending and submitting budget appropriations for regularly funded organizations, hearing requests of student organizations desiring funds which exceed their annual budget allotment and providing financial assistance for new programs, arbitrating disputes related to student organization accounts, and recommending to appropriate University authorities modifications or additions to the way in which funds are secured for student organizations.

      The membership includes two faculty members appointed by the Faculty Senate, two student affairs administrators, eight students appointed by the Students’ Government Association, and a faculty or staff member (ex-officio and chair) appointed by the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students.

    • Athletics Committee:

      The Athletics Committee (AC) advises the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation (DIAR), and the President as the AC deems timely and proper on current and proposed policies and practices relating to the intercollegiate and recreational sports programs.

      The AC meets regularly with and informs the DIAR on all matters which deserve his/her attention, or to consider issues on which he/she seeks advice.

      The AC will also meet at the beginning of each academic year with the University President to discuss plans for the upcoming year.

      The AC may also meet periodically with coaches, athletics administrators, and student/athletes to review their experiences in an effort to promote the enhancement of the University’s intercollegiate and recreational sports programs.

      The AC will receive the Annual report from the DIAR and Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR).

      AC members are expected to communicate routinely with and serve as a liaison between their respective groups and the AC and the DIAR.

      • Committee Membership

        The membership shall consist of the following:

        • Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation (as an ex officio member)\
        • Faculty Athletics Representative (as a standing member)
        • Six (6) Faculty Members (as appointed by Faculty Senate)
        • Three (3) Alumni Representatives (as designated by Alumni Association) – 2 votes
        • One (1) Explorer Club Representative (as designated by Explorer Club Board of Directors)
        • Two (2) Student Athletes (as designated by Athletics Relations Council) – 1 vote
        • Two (2) Students (as designated by Students’ Government Association) – 1 vote
      • Term of Appointment
        • Five-year term for Faculty Athletics Representative
        • Three-year terms for Faculty Members, Alumni, Explorer Club, and Student Affairs Representatives
        • Student Members to be designated on an annual basis, with strong consideration of underclass appointments to gain experience and be in a position to serve and contribute over several years.
    • Curriculum Committee:

      The Curriculum Committee is charged with a continuing review of the general and specialized education provided by the University’s curriculum. The Committee is essentially concerned with the integrity of the curriculum in terms of the University’s philosophy and objectives. It is responsible for the curriculum as a whole and for individual departmental curriculum proposals. Part of the responsibility includes reviewing and making recommendations on new course proposals. The Committee is also concerned with any major rearrangements of the academic year which affect the basic pattern of the curriculum.

      The Curriculum Committee has the Provost as Chairperson as is composed of the Deans of the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, and Nursing; the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students; nine faculty members; and three students. The Director of the Connelly Library and the Registrar are non-voting members of the Committee. The Curriculum Committee is an advisory group responsible to the Provost.

    • Food Services Committee:

      The Food Services Committee is advisory to the Director of Food Services for the purpose of maintaining a formal communication link between the Food Services Administration and the various constituencies which it serves. It shall provide the Director of Food Services with a forum to receive advisory information to aid in formulating departmental policy and operating procedures.

      The committee shall be comprised of the Director of Food Services, who will serve as chair; the Assistant Director of Food Services or one of the Food Services managers, appointed by the Director of Food Services; a Community Development staff member, appointed by the Senior Associate Dean of Students; a University Life staff member, appointed by the Assistant Dean of Students; one faculty representative, appointed by the Faculty Senate; one Day Division student (preferably a commuter), appointed by the Students’ Government Association; one Continuing Studies student, appointed by the Continuing Studies Student Council; and two students appointed by the Resident Student Association. Should the Continuing Studies Student Council fail to appoint a representative, the position will revert to the Students’ Government Association for appointment.

    • Health Advisory Committee:

      The Health Advisory Committee is an advisory board to the Associate Dean of Students for Counseling and Health Services, the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students and the Provost. The Committee assists with the development and review of student health policies, services and education programs and advises the Alcohol and Other Drug Program Coordinator on issues and policies related to the use of alcohol and drugs at La Salle University. The committee also functions in an advisory capacity on health issues that effect the University as a whole such as a smoking policy, handicapped accessibility and possible disease outbreaks.

      The Health Advisory Committee has the following responsibilities regarding Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS): to develop and monitor educational programs in order to increase awareness of AIDS and HIV infection and to prevent the transmission of AIDS within the University community; to serve in a consultative capacity when requested regarding individual cases of HIV infection; serve in an advisory capacity to University administrators regarding the institutional response to AIDS; and, to review and update the University guidelines and protocols by considering changes in the available knowledge regarding AIDS and in national, state and University policies.

      The Committee is composed of three academic and student affairs administrators appointed by the Provost and Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students, three faculty members appointed by the Faculty Senate, three students appointed by the Student Government Association (one being a student athlete, if possible), and one staff member each from Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation, Food Services and Human Resources. The Associate Dean of Students for Counseling and Health Services and the Director of the Student Health Center will serve as co-chairs of this committee.

    • Judicial Board:

      The purpose of the Judicial Board is to adjudicate cases involving violation of the University’s rules and regulations. Membership includes six faculty members and eighteen students. A panel of four students and one faculty member is drawn from the available board members to hear a case. The eighteen student members of the board are appointed by the Students’ Government Association after consultation with the current board members. The six faculty members of the board are appointed by the Faculty Senate.

    • The Community Development Advisory Board:

      The Community Development Advisory Board advises the Division of Student Affairs on matters related to residence hall living. It is the appropriate group for students, faculty, and staff interested in becoming involved in making decisions about the nature and quality of resident life. The Board meets regularly to discuss issues and topics of concern and interest.

      The Community Development Advisory Board is comprised of two Community Development student staff members; two students at large, appointed by the Resident Student Association; the President of the Resident Student Association; three Community Development staff members; two Student Affairs Administrators, including one from University Life; one Food Services staff member; one faculty member; and a faculty or staff member (ex-officio and chair) appointed by the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students.

    • Security and Safety Advisory Committee:

      The Security and Safety Advisory Committee advises the Director of Security and Safety and the Vice President for Business Affairs on matters related to safety and security and provides an avenue of communication for concerns and suggestions from all areas of the University. In carrying out its charge the committee shall concern itself with matters relating to delivering appropriate security services to the University community. It shall also be concerned with recommending and coordinating matters relating to campus safety which shall include issues of job safety and compliance with all federal, state, and local rules and regulations effecting safety in the work place. The committee shall review accident/injury reports, monitor trends, and recommend corrective action plans. The Committee shall be comprised of the Director of Security and Safety and the Director of Human Resources, or his or her representative, who shall serve as co-chairpersons; one faculty representative appointed by the Faculty Senate; three students (one each appointed by the Resident Student Association, Students’ Government Association, and the Adult Student Council, respectively); a representative of the Athletic Department appointed by the Director of Athletics, the Associate Dean of Students for Counseling and Health Services, or his or her designate, a representative of the Food Services Department, appointed by the Director of Food Services; a representative of the Physical Facilities Department, appointed by the Director of Physical Facilities, and at the discretion of the Provost and each vice president a representative staff person from his or her area, if not otherwise represented, a representative of the Office of Continuing Studies faculty or staff as appointed by the Director of the Office of Continuing Studies.

    • Student Affairs Committee:

      The Student Affairs Committee is an advisory board to the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students and the Provost and is primarily concerned with the formulation and review of major policies governing student life outside the classroom. The committee meets regularly to acquaint the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students with its views on matters within the Student Affairs area which require attention and/or to consider questions on which the Dean seeks its advice or aid in the discharge of his or her decision-making responsibilities. In addition to policy review and formulation, the committee has authority to review and make recommendations concerning all student affairs services, activities, and regulations. Introduction of new policies and changes in old policies in the Student Handbook require prior consultation with the Student Affairs Committee. The Student Affairs Committee also may suggest actions to University Council on student life matters.

      The committee is comprised of three student affairs administrators, three faculty members, six students, and the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students (ex-officio and chair).

    • Student Press Committee:

      The Student Press Committee has been established to create and maintain an environment in which the high quality student newspapers, radio station, and other media forms, including electronic, most effectively benefit the entire University community. The committee formulates general policies as needed for the Collegian, WEXP, etc., and advises the Provost and the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students on related matters.

      The Student Press Committee will be composed of the following 13 voting members: Collegian Editor, WEXP station manager, two at-large student members, neither of whom should be a member of any publication/station whose editors/manager sit on this committee, two non-senior, non-voting student members, one from the Collegian staff and one from the WEXP staff, three faculty members to be appointed by the Faculty Senate, one administrator to be appointed by the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students, the Collegian Advisor, the WEXP Advisor, and the Channel 56 Station Manager.

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Effective Date: August 21, 2017

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