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The Councils of the General Faculty provide a forum for deliberation on matters of policy affecting the entire institution. They serve in a continuing advisory capacity to the President, the Provost and Board of Trustees, and report annually to the General Faculty. The President will appoint chairs of Councils normally from among the members who are not ex officio.
All faculty members of the Councils shall be elected or appointed for a period of three years. Members elected or appointed during the spring assume office on the first day of the summer term; those members elected or appointed to full three year terms shall be ineligible to succeed themselves. Council meetings shall be conducted according to the latest edition of Robert's Rules of Order.
From the Organization of the General Faculty of Dartmouth College (OGFDC).
Functions: (1) To recommend to the Dean of Graduate and Advanced Studies, the Provost, and the Trustees principles and policies governing all aspects of graduate education. (2) To review and approve proposals for graduate degree programs (PhD., M.S., and M.A.) and to forward them, with recommendation, to the Provost's Academic Planning Committee. Council jurisdiction does not normally extend to those degree programs which are the exclusive responsibility of the faculties of the Professional Schools. (3) To certify to the Trustees that candidates have met all requirements for the granting of graduate degrees. (4) To submit a report to the General Faculty at the end of each academic year.
Membership: The Council on Graduate Studies shall consist of the Dean of Graduate and Advanced Studies, who will chair the council, the director (or designate) of each of the degree-granting graduate programs, one member from each of the Arts and Sciences, Geisel, Thayer, and Tuck schools, and two graduate students.
The chair shall take the initiative in forming such special committees as are desirable for planning and coordinating interlocking interests of graduate programs with other activities of the various faculties, and with the responsibilities of existing committees of those faculties.
Functions: (1) To represent the faculty and students in maintaining the excellence of the Library with respect to its collections, resources, services, programs and spaces for the benefit of the Dartmouth community. (2) To assist in strategic planning for the Library by keeping the Dean of Libraries informed about current and future library needs for teaching, learning and research, and providing liaison between the Dean of Libraries and the faculties of Dartmouth. (3) To advise the Dean of Libraries on formulation and implementation of policies and programs in relation to collection development & collection management, development of new library services and on other matters of general library policy. (4) To submit a report to the General Faculty at the end of each academic year.
Membership: The Council on the Libraries shall consist of the Dean of Libraries; the Provost or their representative; the Dean of College or their representative; the Dean of the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies or their representative; six members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (two from each division, from different departments, appointed by the Committee on Organization and Policy); one member from each of the three Professional Schools; and four students (two undergraduates, one graduate) and one postdoc. The Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer serves as a non-voting member.
Functions: (1) To represent the four faculties of the College in conference with the President and Trustees on the award of honorary degrees. (2) To cooperate with the Committee on Commencement in determining faculty participation at Commencement and on similar occasions.
Membership: The Council on Honorary Degrees shall consist of three members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (one from each division) appointed by the Committee on Organization and Policy, and one member from each of the three Professional School faculties.
Functions: (1) To propose and endorse internal policies regulating the activities sponsored by agencies outside the College. (2) To propose and endorse institutional positions in response to policies of external sponsoring agencies as they affect the College. (3) To review periodically the scope and impact of sponsored activities in relation to institutional purposes. (4) To propose and endorse institutional policies with regard to patents, copyrights, technology transfer, and the like. (5) To submit a report to the General Faculty at the end of each academic year.
Membership: The Council on Sponsored Activities shall consist of the Provost, the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, the Director of Sponsored Projects, the General Counsel, the Deans of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences the three Professional Schools, and the Dean of Graduate and Advanced Studies, or their duly appointed representatives, and two members appointed by the Steering Committee from the faculties of the Professional Schools, and two members from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences delegated from the voting membership of the Committee on the Faculty. The chair shall be appointed by the President from among the members.
Functions: (1) To advise and consult with the VP/CIO on technology issues, services, standards, policies, and priorities that affect the faculty, students and staff of Dartmouth College. (2) To advise and consult with the VP/CIO on developing appropriate communication channels to Dartmouth faculty, students, and staff so that the Dartmouth constituencies are informed about information technology issues, and Computing Services has a variety of channels where concerns can be raised. (3) To advise the General Faculty, the officers of administration, and the Board of Trustees on questions of information technology policy. (4) To submit a report to the General Faculty at the end of each academic year.
Membership: The Council on Computing shall consist of the Provost, the Dean of the Faculty, the Dean of the College, the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (or their representatives); the Vice President of Information Technology/Chief Information Officer, Librarian of the College; six members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (two from each division, from different departments) appointed by the Committee on Organization and Policy; one member from each of the three Professional School faculties; two undergraduate students and one graduate student.
Non-voting members of the Council shall include: the IT Directors from each of the three Professional Schools, three members from Computing Services representing support for Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences divisions, and the Director of Library User Services.
The Vice-President of Information Technology shall have the authority to form subcommittees as needed to provide advice on particular computing issues. Appointments of members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences to such subcommittees shall be made by the Committee on Organization and Policy. All appointments to such subcommittees shall be for a one-year term which can be renewed.
Functions: (1) To review with the President policies and decision-making processes which bear on the benefits program at Dartmouth College. (2) To advise and consult with appropriate constituent groups on significant changes being contemplated well before the deadline for finalizing them. (3) To receive from the Office of Human Resources on at least an annual basis a report, complete with appropriate data and comparative information, regarding 1) responsiveness of the benefit plan to the needs of faculty and staff, 2) competitiveness with the plans of other institutions, and 3) cost effectiveness of Dartmouth's benefit plan. (4) To review and evaluate the College's employee benefits program and to make recommendations to the President with regard to the modification of existing employee benefit plans and the design of any new benefit programs (5) To submit a report to the General Faculty and other interested parties at the end of the academic year.
Membership: The Council on Benefits shall consist of four members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (one drawn from the voting membership of the Committee on Faculty and three appointed by the Committee on Organization and Policy), one member from the Faculty of the Tuck School, one member from the Faculty of the Thayer School, two members from the Faculty of the Dartmouth Medical School, four representatives from exempt ranks and eight members from non-exempt and non-union service employee ranks. Members shall serve on the council for a term of three years, with the terms of service staggered.
The chair shall be appointed by the President from among the members. The Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer,or his or her representative, shall be a non-voting member and serve as staff to the council.
Functions: (1) To advise the Dean of Faculty's Office of Undergraduate Advising & Research on issues related to undergraduate research, undergraduate research programs, and campus-wide events at which undergraduates present their research. (2) To determine selection criteria for research programs administered by the Office of Undergraduate Advising & Research and to assist in selecting students for funding and for campus presentations as necessary. (3) To make undergraduate research opportunities and funding sources known to undergraduates and to keep faculty members informed about such opportunities and resources so that they may counsel and encourage students to make full use of them. (4) To act as an advisory body to faculty submitting grant proposals that involve undergraduate research. (5) To recommend to the General Faculty any major changes to the policies and procedures regarding undergraduate research at the college. (6) To submit a report to the General Faculty at the end of each academic year.
Membership: The Council on Undergraduate Research shall consist of the Dean of Faculty or his or her representative, the Provost or his or her representative, the Assistant Dean of Faculty for Undergraduate Research, a member of the Committee on Instruction, six members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (at least one from each of the four divisions of the faculty, no two from the same department, appointed by the Committee on Organization and Policy), and one member from each of the three professional schools.
Function: The Title IX Council was created as part of the Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy approved by the four faculties and the Board of Trustees in June 2019 and made effective September 1 of 2019. The Title IX Council and Ad Hoc Hearing Committee (AHHC) is charged with resolving reports of sexual misconduct against Faculty members.
Membership: The Title IX Council consists of fair and impartial decision-makers and is separate and distinct from the Title IX team. Members of the Title IX Council shall consist of twenty-four elected members of the General Faculty, including fifteen members from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and three members from each of the other three faculties, serving staggered three-year terms. All members of the Title IX Council will have received appropriate training to participate as informed and impartial decision makers. The resolution process for faculty and the specific role of the AHHC is described in the Process for Resolving Reports against Faculty.
Functions: (1)At the request of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, to review allegations by a member of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences that his or her academic freedom has been violated, and, if the evidence warrants, to forward the case to the Council on Academic Freedom and Responsibility for further action, as set forth in the Agreement Concerning Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Responsibility of Faculty Members detailed in the OGFDC. (2) To review certain disciplinary actions and recommendations for disciplinary action by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, as set forth in the Agreement Concerning Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Responsibility of Faculty Members detailed in the OGFDC. (3) To review certain appeals by Arts and Sciences faculty of reappointment, promotion and tenure decisions, as set forth in Section V-C. (4) To report annually to the President on its activities during the prior year.
Membership: (1) The Council will consist of eighteen members. (2) Elections will be conducted annually in the spring term by a two-stage preferential ballot. The names of all full-time members of the General Faculty, including those on leave, but excepting those holding administrative offices other than department or program chair, will appear on the first-stage ballot. Each voter will select twelve names. The names of twenty-four persons receiving the highest number of votes will appear on the second ballot. Each voter will select and rank six of these twenty-four names. The six persons receiving the highest number of votes on the second-stage ballot will become members of the Council for a full three-year term. Vacancies on the Council will be filled by appointment in descending order of number of votes received by the first twelve persons on the most recent second-stage ballot. Further vacancies will be filled in the same manner from the next most recent second-stage ballot, and so forth, all such appointments to be valid only until the next spring term elections. The above procedures will be modified if necessary, to ensure that all faculties are represented on the Council. (3) All full-time members of the General Faculty, including those on leave, will be eligible to vote in Council elections. (4) Five members of the Council will constitute the Panel for any case brought before it. Selection of the five Panel members shall be by drawing of lots. Upon challenge or withdrawal of Panel members, under rules set forth in Section 7 of the Agreement Concerning Academic Freedom,Tenure, and Responsibility of Faculty Members, alternate members of the Panel shall likewise be drawn by lot. (5) If the entire membership of the Council available for an individual case should be exhausted by voluntary withdrawals and/or challenges, the Council shall be replenished in the manner described in (2) for purposes of that case only. (6) The Council will have a secretary, to be appointed each spring from the membership of the Council by the President for a one-year term. The secretary will receive charges inaugurating Council proceedings, will supervise drawings by lot, will preside over any challenge procedures, and will record voluntary withdrawals by Council members. (7) After challenges and voluntary withdrawals are completed in any individual case, the five-member Panel which will hear that case will elect its own Panel chair.
Functions: (1) To act in an advisory capacity to the director of athletics and the Dean of the College regarding general policies concerning the programs of physical education, intercollegiate athletics, and intramural athletics and their relationship to the academic programs of the College. (2) To act in an advisory capacity to the director of athletics and the Dean of the College regarding policies concerning absences of members of athletic teams and to recommend the occasions on which athletes may request excused absences from faculty members. (3) To consider and recommend policies regarding the scheduling of games to ensure that contest dates conflict as little as possible with the College's academic programs.
Membership: The Dartmouth College Athletic Council shall consist of the Dean of the College, who will chair the council, the director of athletics, three members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences appointed by the Committee on Organization and Policy. The Dean of the Faculty or a designated representative shall be ex officio.
Functions: To formulate, articulate, and promote the Faculty's academic priorities in relation to the allocation of resources, the objectives on which resource allocation is based, and those commitments or expenditures that have significant budgetary effects. To participate in budgetary discussions concerning the Faculty and the institution as a whole. This general charge includes the following: (1) At the beginning of each academic year, to discuss the Faculty's priorities in order to establish or revise them over the course of the year. To consult on administrative priorities and the institution's resource planning, by reviewing existing and preliminary budget allocations over multiple fiscal years. (2) At the beginning of each academic year, to meet with the President and Provost to discuss the Faculty's priorities and institutional priorities. (3) To support recommendations about academic priorities through access to detailed budget data relevant to all categories of the Central budget, including historical data and FTE numbers (the latter in lieu of explicit compensation data). (4) To consult with appropriate College officers, and to make specific recommendations to the President and Provost, in light of the Faculty's priorities. (5) To report annually to the General Faculty and to consult with faculty of individual schools as needed (e.g., at faculty meetings or convened forums).
Membership: The Council on Institutional Priorities shall consist of the Executive Vice President (ex officio); the Provost or their representative (ex officio); four members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences; one faculty member from each of the professional and graduate schools (Tuck, Thayer, Geisel, and Guarini). The chair shall be a faculty member appointed by the Provost on behalf of the President. Members shall serve on the council for a term of three years, with the terms of service staggered.
Functions: (1) To provide guidance to the Provost and Executive Vice President in addressing the challenges of work-life issues including, but not limited to, housing, childcare, and partner employment opportunities. (2) Advise senior leadership on efforts to coordinate with other providers and large employers in the Upper Valley regarding dependent care, after school care, and summer care. (3) Advise the Senior Vice President & Senior Diversity Officer on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, as they relate to the hiring and retention of faculty and staff.
Membership: The Council on Work-Life Issues shall consist of the Chief Human Resources Officer; Executive Vice President (ex officio); the Provost or their representative (ex officio); three Arts & Sciences faculty (one from each division); one faculty from each of the professional schools (Tuck, Thayer, Geisel); three Dartmouth Staff; one Graduate or Professional students and one postdoctoral scholar. Members shall serve on the council for a term of three years, with the terms of service staggered. The chair shall be a faculty member appointed by the Provost on behalf of the President.
The Ad Hoc Council on Work-Life Issues (COWLI) is currently working to identify potential solutions and opportunities for the following concerns: Childcare, community building, housing, and partner employment.
If you have a comment or suggestion for either of these matters or want to present a new work-life issue for the council to consider, please complete this questionnaire.
The council will review your submission and consider your thoughts.