Mandate from Policy B2.0:
The Academic Affairs Committee shall be the educational policy committee of the Senate and shall formulate and review all matters related to educational policies and procedures, with the exception of policies that are in the purview of the ICC and Graduate Council. The committee shall also serve as liaison with appropriate administrators and administrative bodies of the university. The Academic Affairs Committee shall consist of the following: one faculty member per college, each to be elected by his or her collegial faculty; three members at large elected by the Academic Senate; and the provost or his or her delegate (ex officio, voting).
AY2017 AAC Charges:
- Review D5.1 and consider applying restrictions prohibiting suspended students from participating in other RIT sponsored activities such as student government, Simone Center grants, RIT Clubs, and Teams. Make recommendations for associated policy changes and bring them to the Senate for discussion and vote.
- Assess the guidelines for contact time per credit hour in the case of laboratory intensive classes, from college to college, from both the students’ and faculty’s perspective (teaching load). Determine whether guidelines for contact time per credit hour and student work hours are being appropriately adhered to and, as necessary, suggest how these guidelines might change for more effective operation within the new calendar structure. Identify if this should be an Institute-wide initiative or whether this should remain under the purview of individual colleges or academic units.
- Investigate the options for i) a new FA grade (Failure due to Absence) and ii) faculty initiated student withdrawal from a class based on a student’s demonstrated absence from two or more classes during add/drop week. Make a recommendation to the Senate for further action and policy change, as necessary. Investigate whether withdrawn students should be barred from participation in course evaluations.
- Review Policy D05.0 and address the need to include language stating how in courses with multiple sections in a semester, the department head might require a common final. Propose a policy change if necessary and bring to the Senate for discussion and vote.
- Per policy B05.0, review policy D01.6 – Protocols for Academic Centers (last reviewed in 2008).
- Review RIT Policy D 2.0 https://www.rit.edu/academicaffairs/policiesmanual/d020 and modify as needed in order to clarify/update the amount of transfer credit allowable for an undergraduate degree.
- Review and summarize the report from the OTG Task Force and make recommendations for revision, as necessary, to Course Withdrawal Policy (D.05, IV) https://www.rit.edu/academicaffairs/policiesmanual/d050 and Probation and Suspension Policy (D.05.1) https://www.rit.edu/academicaffairs/policiesmanual/d051.
- Review Policy D05.1 for possible revision to remove the upper credit boundary.