Committees

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The Academic Affairs Committee will oversee the curriculum and educational policy. It will also address any issues relating to the Bookstore as necessary. Membership: 5 faculty, one elected from each division, one appointed by the President; 4 students; 1 administrator (the Dean of Faculty, who will chair).
 
 
The Administrative Committee advises the President on administrative matters not primarily involving academic policy; considers and makes recommendations on requests for exemptions from College regulations; periodically reviews the College calendar and functions and structures of the committees of the College and recommends changes to the faculty meeting and to the Student Association; receives reports from the Committee on Standing on their decisions. Membership: 3 faculty, elected for two year terms; 3 students; 3 administrators: the President, chair, the Dean of Faculty, the Dean of the College. The Registrar will serve as secretary without vote.
 
 
The Admissions and Financial Aid Committee recommends and reviews admissions policy and is available to the Office of Admissions for consultation, advice, and support regarding special cases of admission and other issues; recommends and reviews financial aid policy and acts as an advisory group and sounding board to the Director of Financial Aid. (Note: Bunche Scholars and International Admissions remain subcommittees). Membership: 5 faculty, one elected from each division, one appointed by the President; 4 students; 3 administrators (the Vice President for Administration, the Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, and the Director of Financial Aid). The Committee elects its own chair.
 
 
The Athletic Advisory Committee provides general oversights and advice and assistance to the Athletic Director in matters of departmental planning, staffing, and policy-making and policy review. Membership: 3 elected faculty; 3 students; 3 members of the coaching staff (the Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Women's Administrator, one women's coach, one men's coach); 3 administrators (the Director of Athletics, the Dean of Faculty, and the Dean of the College). The Committee elects its own chair.
 
 
The College Affairs Committee will oversee the co-curricular program, and will formulate and recommend policies concerning student life to appropriate bodies (e.g., to the Faculty and to the Student Government Association) except for the curriculum and academic requirements. Membership: 4 faculty, one elected from each division; 5 students; 1 administrator (the Dean of Students, who will chair).
 
 
The Cultural Events Committee allocates undesignated College lecture funds together with funds made available by the Student Association and recommends the summer reading for the incoming class (note: Lipman Lecture Committee remains a subcommittee). Membership: 4 elected faculty, one elected from each division; 4 students; 1 administrator (the Dean of Students). The Committee elects its own chair.
 
 
Financial Priorities Committee submits to the President its comments and recommendations concerning the adequacy of the College's programs and activities in relation to the College's resources; reviews the budget with the administration before its presentation to the Board. Membership: 3 faculty, 3 students, 2 administrators, 1 non-voting alumnae/a.
 
 
The Healthcare Advisory Committee advises the Medical Director and the Dean of the College on matters related to College health services and health education. Membership: 3 elected faculty; 3 students, 3 administrators (the Dean of the College, the Director of Women's Services, and the Medical Director). The Committee elects its own chair.
 
 
The ISC is in charge of Independent Majors and Senior Scholar Projects.
 
 
The Information Technology Committee shall oversee strategic direction for the use of information technology at the College, making recommendations to other Committees or Administrative Officers as appropriate. This oversight involves review of significant goals, programs, and policies, as well as the relation of these goals, programs, and policies to important choices involving hardware, software, infrastructure, staffing, and financial support. Although the Committee has limited membership, the Committee wishes to open discussion of these issues as widely as possible and invites students, faculty, and staff to identify items of concern, to raise questions, to offer suggestions or to attend the meetings as guests at any time.
 
 
The Library Committee advises the Director of the Colby Libraries on matters of policy and regulations governing library use by students and faculty; advises on library purchases. Membership: The Director of the Colby Libraries; 1 other librarian; 4 faculty: 1 elected per division, 1 elected at-large; 3 students.
 
 
The Multicultural Affairs Committee communicates with both the Academic Affairs Committee and the College Affairs Committee: The Committee on Multicultural Affairs serves as a vehicle for considering policy, practices and issues of any kind related to, but not limited to, matters of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and other multicultural matters including efforts to (1) support and coordinate with existing groups and committees, e.g., the Committee on Race and Racism concerned with campus community multicultural issues and programs (hereinafter "community concerns"); (2) support and sponsor community discussions on campus of community concerns; (3) support programs of the residence hall staff and others in the residence halls on community concerns and intercultural relations in the hope that inevitable tensions can be defused and education and tolerance increased; (4) work with those responsible for the orientation of new students, faculty, and staff to be certain that community concerns are adequately addressed; (5) recommend appropriate education and training programs for faculty, students, and staff to increase multicultural awareness; (6) work with the Dean of Faculty on ways to increase the effectiveness of our advising system for those with special needs; (7) make recommendations to the administration, to the faculty, and to other relevant committees, e.g., the College Affairs Committee, on ways to strengthen the campus community; (8) hold open forums on topics of general community concern; (9) make recommendations to the faculty, the College Affairs Committee, and to the President's Council with respect to the changes in the College's regulations concerning diversity; (10) work with the Academic Affairs Committee to maintain the integrity and perhaps, recommend revisions in the diversity requirement; (11) review the progress of Colby's affirmative action programs and suggest ways to strengthen them; and (12) address forums of harassment in its purview. The Committee will hold at least one open forum per year on each of the following issues: sexual orientation and homophobia; gender and sexism; ethnicity and ethnic bias; religion and religious discrimination; and social class and socioeconomic bias. The Committee will organize a separate task force on one or more of these issues whenever needed. The Committee distributes its minutes to the members of the Committee on Race and Racism as well as to its own membership. Membership: 3 members elected at large by the faculty (two-year terms); 3 students appointed by the Vice President of the Student Government Association and 3 administrators appointed by the President. Three members of the Committee on Multicultural Affairs (1 administrator, 1 faculty member, and 1 student, all chosen by the Committee) will serve as members ex officio, with vote, of the Committee on Race and Racism. The Committee elects its own chair.