Article 6: Committees

The board may appoint committees and prescribe their duties and functions. The president (or designee) shall be a non-voting member of all such committees. The secretary shall keep a record of committee proceedings and shall report to the board as required. The delegation of any authority of the board to any committee shall not relieve the board or any member of any responsibility imposed by law or the State Constitution.

All resolutions and all committee reports offered which involve matters for record in the minutes shall be made in writing.

Committee on Academic Affairs

The committee’s responsibilities are to:

  • Assist in attaining the goal stated in the board’s bylaws that requires the “University to offer undergraduate and graduate education of the highest possible quality...” and “to encourage moving our research and experimentation” and to “diffuse...the knowledge and information.”
  • Review revisions to the board’s bylaws, policies, ordinances, and other board-approved governance documents such as the bylaws for academic governance, unless designated to another committee.
  • Review recommendations for hiring, promotion, and tenure where appropriate and recommend such appointments for board
  • Attend to issues related to institutional and programmatic accreditation.
  • The committee may review the policies and operations of critical academic units.
  • Review university policy regarding tech transfer, intellectual property, copyright, and commercialization.
  • Serve as the lead committee for review and engagement on matters related to the University extension and the outreach and engagement efforts.

Committee on Audit, Risk and Compliance

The committee’s responsibilities are to:

  • Review the financial reporting processes and audits of financial reporting processes and audits of financial statements, the internal audit program, and the review and selection of the independent auditors.
  • Provide oversight for risk management. The committee may identify threats and risks that need to be subjected to greater scrutiny by appropriate university leaders.
  • Review reports from the chief compliance officer and senior leadership regarding priorities, operation, and effectiveness of the University’s compliance efforts. The chief compliance officer will report on the effectiveness and compliance by the University’s representatives and employees with both the Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics.
  • Review any violations and failures to comply with federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations, as well as institutional policies.
  • Review compliance with Board Policy 103, Conflict of Interest.


Committee on Budget and Finance

The committee’s responsibilities are to:

  • Oversee the operating and capital budgets of the University.
  • Review policies which have significant financial impact.
  • Review contracts for construction, assurance of debt, management of real estate owned or gifted to the University and any such other matters which the board finds may have financial or budget implications.
  • Review the annual financial statements and other financial data such as credit agency ratings.
  • Assume the role and responsibilities assigned to it under Board Policy 607, Investments.
  • Assist the board in determining compensation for the president and advise the president regarding appropriate compensation for senior executives.
  • Coordinate the annual evaluation of the president.

The president or the vice president for administration may consult with the committee on any matters concerning the administration of the University, including such areas as information technology, human resources, and purchasing and procurement.


Investment Advisory Subcommittee

The Investment Advisory Subcommittee is a subcommittee of the Committee on Budget and Finance. Membership of the committee will be determined as set forth in board policy. The role and responsibilities of the Investment Advisory Subcommittee are set forth in Board Policy 607, Investments.


Committee on Student Life and Culture

The committee’s responsibilities are to:

  • Monitor the out-of-classroom activities related to the student experience,
  • Work with Student Life and Engagement to assure that the student experience is consistent with the expectations of the University. This includes student health, wellness, and safety, both on- campus and off- campus.
  • Assume responsibility for the review of the following:
    • General Student Rights and Responsibilities (SRR)
    • Graduate Student Rights and Responsibilities (GSRR)
    • Medical Student Rights and Responsibilities (MSRR)
    • Law Student Rights and Responsibilities (LSRR)
  • Reviews policies and issues related to student conduct and the Office for Civil Rights and Title IX Education and Compliance.
  • Liaise with ASMSU, COGS, and RHA.
  • Liaise with the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics for issues affecting student athletes, and Student Life and Engagement on issues related to the intramural programs.
  • Review issues around the relationship of the University to surrounding communities.