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Internal Governance

One of the various ways SGA represents the voice of the student body is through participation in internal governance committees. These committees are the students’ eyes and ears to what is going on throughout various levels of RU governance. It is SGA’s duty to report the business of these committees to the student body.

Internal governance committees are a joint undertaking of students, faculty, staff, and the administration, and they oversee and recommend policies and programs concerning just about anything going on at Radford, from dining services to parking to student evaluation of faculty to student health.

There is at least one student representative on each internal governance committee. This person is required to attend all meetings of their respective committees and report relevant information to SGA. If you have a question pertaining to any of the committees below, please email our Legislative Vice President, Justin Blankenship at jeblankenship@radford.edu!

Academic Advising Committee

Plans, monitors, and evaluates all functions related to academic advising to include the advising of students, registration processes, QUEST, graduation check-out, degree-audit, and academic policies affecting student progress and retention. The committee makes recommendations to improve academic advising as well as policies and practices affecting students’ success and progress toward graduation. Ensures that all undergraduate students receive adequate and equitable advising that is appropriately evaluated. Recommendations from the Academic Advising Committee are forwarded to the Vice President for Academic Affairs through the Academic Policies and Procedures Committee where appropriate.

Academic Policies and Procedures Committee

Reviews and recommends policies concerning class attendance, examination, class withdrawal, grading, registration, scheduling, academic advising and other academic policies and procedures. Opportunity for comment on proposed actions from this committee should be extended to the Student Government Association, Faculty Senate and Administrative Senate prior to submission to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Academic Program Review Committee

The University Academic Program Review Committee is a review body with an obligation to complete a rigorous assessment of each academic program’s self-study and make program continuance recommendations based on the established criteria. The Committee makes program development recommendations and provides analyses and recommendations pertaining to resource utilization and allocation. The Committee provides a copy of its recommendations, along with any suggestions for program improvement/development to the department chairperson and/or program coordinator. The program review for those programs scheduled, along with the Committee’s assessment and recommendations, shall be submitted to the Vice President for Academic Affairs according to established deadlines.

Administrative/Professional Faculty Grievance Committee

Hearing grievances regarding an employment matter directly and adversely affecting the professional well being of a member or members of the administrative/professional faculty. Non-grievable issues are specifically outlined in the Administrative and Professional Faculty Handbook. Specific grievance timelines, procedures, appeal routes, and reporting guidelines are also found in the handbook.

Animal Care and Use Committee

Recommends policy and reviews the institution’s program for humane care and use of animals for teaching or research, and inspects the institution’s animal facilities, including animal study areas, at least once every six months; prepares reports of the evaluations and submits those to the Institutional Official. The ACUC insures that deficiencies are corrected. The committee reviews, and if necessary, investigates concerns involving the care and use of animals at the institution resulting from public or in-house complaints. The committee reviews, and either approves, requires modifications in (to secure approval), or withholds approval of those components of proposed activities related to the care and use of animals, and of any proposed significant changes regarding the care and use of animals in ongoing activities.

Bookstore Advisory Committee

Seeks to help provide the best possible service to students, faculty and staff and provide a forum for open communication between the Bookstore and all campus constituencies. Proposed actions require the opportunity for comment by the SGA and Faculty Senate prior to submission to the Director of University Services.

Buildings and Grounds Committee

Recommends guiding principles for planning related to campus buildings and grounds, including a determination of the types and scope of projects that are to be brought before the committee for review. Reviews priorities for capital projects. Recommends buildings and grounds to support priorities from the planning process. Recommends, according to established university guidelines, the relocation of offices, departments, and teaching spaces in order to make a more efficient and effective use of the campus. Major actions (i.e. capital project priorities, master plan) proposed by this committee require the opportunity for comment by each of the senates.

Clubs and Organizations Committee

Recommends, reviews, and administers policy regulating student clubs and organizations. The committee grants recognition to student clubs and organizations in accordance with the authority delegated to the 21 committee by the Vice President for Student Affairs. Decisions regarding policy matters are referred to the Student Affairs Executive Council.

Co-Curricular Activity and Facilities Committee

To review and recommend resolutions to co-curricular activity and co-curricular activities facilities issues (i.e. student union, other co-curricular facilities, campus recreation, intramural program, RU Outdoors, sports clubs, programming, etc.) that are brought to the committee. Policy proposals will be referred to the Student Affairs Executive Committee.

Committee on Intellectual Property

To assist the administration in developing standards and procedures for implementing policy regarding intellectual Property as stated in Section 3.4 of the Radford University Teaching and Research Faculty Handbook. And, to recommend amendments to the policy as needed.

Convocation and Commencement Committee

Schedules and plans university convocations (held during the opening of the fall semester, on Founder’s Day and others that may be scheduled), commencements, and related activities. The committee will submit recommendations concerning the selection of speakers for convocations and commencement programs to the President. Substantive proposed actions by this committee require the opportunity for comments from the SGA and Faculty Senate prior to submission of a final report to the President’s Cabinet.

Dining Services Advisory Committee

Seeks to help provide the best possible service to students, faculty and staff and provide a forum for open communication between the Dining Services and all campus constituencies. Proposed actions require comment by the SGA prior to submission to the Director of University Services.

Diversity and Equity Action Committee

Recommends and reviews policy and procedures concerning equity issues. Serves as advisory group to the President’s Cabinet and the University’s Equal Opportunity Official on diversity and equity issues. Develops and recommends strategies for recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups (students, faculty, and staff). Develops and recommends strategies and reviews issues related to students, faculty and staff with disabilities. Proposed actions from this committee require the opportunity for comment from all the senates prior to submission of a final report to the President’s Cabinet.

Enrollment Management Committee

The Enrollment Management Committee conducts studies and analyzes data on demographic trends; sets enrollment targets for new freshmen, transfers, graduate students, summer and off-campus enrollments; and reviews the recruitment and marketing plans for appropriateness to the specified goals. This committee has the authority to recommend the management strategies for the reports to SCHEV.

Faculty Appeals Committee

Hears appeals of recommendations or decisions related to evaluations, non-reappointment (including those resulting from post-tenure review), tenure, promotion, and termination for cause. The Committee shall report its findings and make its recommendations to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. If the appeal is of the Vice President of Academic Affair’s recommendation, the Committee shall report its findings and make its recommendations to the President of the University. If the appeal is of the President’s action, the Committee shall report its findings and make its recommendations to the Board of Visitors.

Faculty Awards Committee

Develops the criteria, publishes the criteria and nomination process, and solicits nominations from faculty, staff, and students for the Donald N. Dedmon Professorial Award, and the RU Foundation Awards for Creative Scholarship and University Service. After review of the nominees’ materials, the committee will recommend to the President the recipient of each award. Also solicit nominations and nominates outstanding faculty for the State Council of Higher Education Outstanding Faculty Awards Program in accord with the criteria and procedures annually established by the State Council. Submits its slate of nominees to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Completed nominations will be submitted to the State Council of Higher Education through the offices of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the President.

Faculty Grievance Committee

Hears grievances regarding an employment matter directly and adversely affecting the professional well being of a member or members of the teaching and research faculty, which is not related to evaluation, reappointment, tenure or promotion, and which is not covered by other University policies, procedures, or regulations. The Committee shall report its findings and make its recommendations to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. If the grievance is of the Vice President for Academic Affair’s actions, the Committee shall report its findings and make its recommendations to the President of the University. If a grievance is of the President’s action, the Committee shall report its findings and make its recommendations to the Board of Visitors.

Faculty Professional Development Leave and Research Support Committee

Provides recommendations regarding policies and activities related to research and scholarly activities, research support, sponsored programs, and the Faculty Professional Development Leave program. Reviews applications and makes recommendations regarding Faculty Professional Development Leave.

Financial Aid Advisory Committee

Serves in an advisory capacity to the Office of Financial Aid and seeks to provide assistance in identifying areas of concern while promoting and increasing public awareness to the student body. Significant proposals require comment from the SGA prior to submission to the Director of Financial Aid.

General Education Curricular Advisory Committee

Considers assessment reports on the effectiveness of the general education program or elements thereof, recommends curricular programmatic modifications in general education that are based on assessment results, and reviews and comments on such recommendations made by the President or Vice President for Academic Affairs. Faculty Senate should comment and approve any changes. Comments are required of the SGA.

Graduate Affairs Council

Recommends policies and procedures regarding concerning the following specific areas as they relate to graduate programs: admissions, recruitment and retention, academic standards (including advising, transfer credit; class attendance, student expectations, experiential learning experiences, etc.) student financial aid; program and curriculum development and revision; graduate faculty membership; student research and creative activity.

Information Technology Resource Committee

Plans for and promotes the improvement of information technology resources, including program assessment towards goals and integration of recommendations with strategic planning and budget process. Proposed actions from this committee require the opportunity for comments from all senates prior to submission of a final report to the President’s Cabinet.

Institutional Review Board for the Review of Research Committee

Recommends and reviews policy regarding the protection of human subjects participating in research; reviews and approves or disapproves all proposals involving research on human subjects and reports all action taken to the Director of Sponsored Programs and Grant Management; monitors all research on human subjects approved by the committee; submits required reports to state and federal agencies; reports alleged violations to the appropriate College Dean and recommends sanctions for the individuals who fail to comply with established policies and procedures to the appropriate College Dean.

Intercollegiate Athletics Committee

Recommends and reviews policies concerning intercollegiate athletics; recommends the addition and elimination of intercollegiate athletic sports. Proposed actions from this committee require the opportunity for comment from the SGA and Faculty Senate.

Library Committee

Helps in the development of the Radford University library as a strong resource and research center, which will aid students and the University academic community through the review, recommendation, and implementation of policies concerning the library’s operation. Proposed actions from this committee require the opportunity for comments from the SGA and the Faculty Senate prior to submission of a final report to the President’s Cabinet through the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Outstanding Student Worker Selection Committee

Responsible for reviewing and recommending nominations for this annual award funded by the Radford University Foundation based upon specific criteria. One award shall be granted to a graduate student and two awards shall be granted to undergraduate students.

Parking and Traffic Committee

Recommends and reviews policy governing vehicle registration; recommends and reviews policy governing student, faculty, and staff parking regulation; establishes an Appeals Committee, oversees, implements and enforces a procedure for appeals of campus parking and traffic citations; reviews and edits the publication of Parking and Traffic Regulations. Proposed actions from this committee require the opportunity for comment from all the senates prior to submission of a final report to the President’s Cabinet through the Vice President for Business Affairs.

Planning and Budget Advisory Committee

Solicits input and feedback from the University senates and other constituencies regarding the university’s strategic plan, action plans and budgets. Reviews the past year’s accomplishments, challenges, opportunities (prepared by the President’s Cabinet), and current trends (prepared by the Director of Institutional Research). Reviews annual strategic action plans (prepared by the President’s Cabinet). Evaluates resource needs and makes allocation recommendations. Distributes information to the University community regarding the outcome of the planning and budgeting process. Assesses the effectiveness of university planning and budgeting.

Professional Education Committee

Helps in the development of the Radford University library as a strong resource and research center, which will aid students and the University academic community through the review, recommendation, and implementation of policies concerning the library’s operation. Proposed actions from this committee require the opportunity for comments from the SGA and the Faculty Senate prior to submission of a final report to the President’s Cabinet through the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Scholarly Lecture Committee

Selects, funds, and assists university departments and appropriate student organizations in the presentation of lectures of general university interest. The committee shall select, fund, and review scholarly lecture proposals and advise the sponsoring organizations.

Student Affairs Executive Committee

Reviews and recommends policies and procedures concerning student life and campus experiences, including co-curricular activities, policies and procedures for the allocation and expenditure of student activity fees, student leader compensation, the Standards of Student Conduct, the campus judicial system, space utilization of Heth and the new student union, and all policies that may have an effect on campus life and/or environment for students. Members of this council should consult with their constituencies before final decisions are made by this council and recommended to the Vice President for Student Affairs. As necessary, this council will continue to act in an advisory capacity to the Vice President for Student Affairs. This council also reviews and recommends revisions to the Internal Governance Structure concerning Student Affairs and serves as the appellate body for appeals of actions taken by other committees that report to the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Student Athlete Appeals Committee

Hears appeal cases from student-athletes who have had athletic grant-in-aid (student aid) reduced or canceled and transfer eligibility issues. Written procedures shall be followed that provide for consistent and fair treatment for all student athletes. There is no further appeal of this committee’s decision. This committee is convened only when business needs to be addressed.

Student Awards Committee

Reviews, recommends, and administers policy and the selection process concerning the Who’s Who Program, the Outstanding Student Awards, and other campus-wide student award activities. Decisions regarding policy matters will be referred to the Student Affairs Executive Council.

Student Evaluation of Faculty Committee

Reviews and recommends policies and procedures concerning student evaluation of faculty. Proposed actions from this committee require the opportunity for comments from the SGA and the Faculty Senate prior to joint submission. Proposals from this committee are to be submitted jointly to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Student Health Advisory Committee

Serves in an advisory capacity to the Director of the Student Health Center on non-medical policy related to the operation of the Center. Hours of operation, program suggestions and feedback on the administration of the Center are all areas of discussion to the committee. Proposed actions require comment from the SGA prior to submission to the Director of the Student Health Center.

Student Media Steering Committee

Reviews and recommends policies and procedures concerning student evaluation of faculty. Proposed actions from this committee require the opportunity for comments from the SGA and the Faculty Senate prior to joint submission. Proposals from this committee are to be submitted jointly to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Undergraduate Curriculum and Catalog Review Committee

Receives proposals for changes in academic requirements and course proposals from College Curriculum Committees, reviews for duplication of existing courses; monitors changes to the academic sections of the University undergraduate catalog, including the accurate inclusion of policy developed by appropriate university bodies. Monitors catalog for compliance with accreditation requirements.

University Executive Council

Reviews, for effectiveness, the existing internal governance structure and proposals to change that structure. Approves changes to the internal governance system and university committees/councils that are designed to strengthen the effectiveness of the system and grants recognition to newly formed special interest groups and organizations, excluding student clubs and organizations and groups that report to senates subject to the approval of the President’s Cabinet. Advises the President of the University and members of the President’s Cabinet on any matters brought before it, especially issues on which varying recommendations may be sent forward by one or more of the senates and by one or more of the University committees. Reviews and makes recommendations concerning the university calendar.

University Performance Series Committee

Arranges and promotes the University Performance Series.