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Academic Support and Student Affairs Committee - Charges

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Mandate from Policy B2.0:

10.2 Committee on Academic Support and Student Affairs. The Committee on Academic Support and Student Affairs shall have the responsibility to monitor and review the aspects of the university that support education and teaching. Examples of areas of academic support include the following:  academic services; computer services; cultural programs; and museum and library services of the university. The committee shall also be responsible for policy recommendations relating to the academic aspects of student life and to review questions and policies related to the quality of student life.  Faculty members from the committee shall also serve as liaison for the Senate with appropriate administrative officers, committees, and councils of the university, and, when appropriate, shall act in conjunction with the Academic Affairs Committee in the formulation of policies and proposals to be submitted to the Academic Senate. The 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; four student representatives, including the president of Student Government or his or her delegate (ex-officio, voting); the provost or his or her delegate (ex-officio, voting) and the vice president for Student Affairs or his or her delegate (ex-officio, voting).

Charges for AY2015:

  1. The IP Policy includes an appeals provision which would allow faculty to bring questions regarding ownership to the RIT Intellectual Property Policy Committee and then the appropriate divisional vice president (See C03.0 (IV) (N)). Investigate if this policy ensures and has the proper safeguards for faculty, and propose revisions if found otherwise.

  2. Follow up on the consultant’s recommendations for improving the students counseling and health centers programs and services.

  3. Review policy D17.0 Final course grade dispute policy and make sure it is compliant with other policies.

  4. Review current policies related to the confidentiality and privacy of student health information and propose necessary changes to the ways in which policies are communicated to students, faculty, staff, and families (hereafter “consumers”).

    1. Determine (to the extent possible) what student health information at RIT is covered under the more restrictive HIPPA law and what information is covered under the more permissive FERPA law.

    2. Propose changes as necessary to ensure that a reasonable consumer would understand the degree to which health information is protected from unwanted and unexpected disclosure, either by prohibiting unwanted disclosures or by ensuring consumer knowledge of potential disclosure.

    3. Examine the disclosure of student health information in university disciplinary proceedings.