Custodian of Policy: PresidentRelevant Minnesota State System Policy: n/a
Effective Date: December 2015
Last Review: 2015
Next Review: Fall 2022
Minnesota State University Moorhead has a committee and task force structure that is designed to advise the administration on various University activities that are critical to the mission, via a process that honors the principles of shared governance. Committees and task forces are composed of appointed faculty, staff and students who provide their time and expertise in service of the MSUM mission.
This policy sets forth required operational principles for these groups, and defines a general charge for each category of committee. Specific committee names, charges and membership are found at: https://sp.mnstate.edu/sites/committees-and-task-forces.
Proposals from any member of campus, or group, to establish new committees or task forces, or to discontinue an existing committee or taskforce, are considered via the Meet and Confer process. An Ad Hoc Committee on Committees will be formed, via the Meet and Confer process, every two years to review and make recommendations about the status of existing committees and task forces. This review should be done in odd years to align with the biennial Faculty Association committee appointment process.
All committees and task forces are advisory to the President or her/his designee and are responsible for reporting their recommendations to the Faculty Senate, Student Senate and other representative bodies. Recommendations from a committee require a recorded vote.
Advisory Committee. A group of diverse stakeholders that convene regularly to provide advice and hands-on support to another group.
College Committees. A committee, on which the majority of the members are faculty, and is charged with considering areas and activities of primary importance to that academic unit. (e.g., College Curriculum Committees, 19A Peer Review Committees, Ad hoc Grade Appeal Committees).
Compliance Committees. A committee that is created and operates under federal, state or other external guidelines, and is charged with ensuring compliance with these external regulations.
Programmatic Committee. A committee charged with considering curricular issues of academic programs where two or more departments share equivalent responsibility for offering the requisite coursework. Recommendations from Programmatic Committees are made to the appropriate dean/s and are shared with the departments involved in the program. These recommendations do not replace departmental recommendations on curricular issues.
Steering Committee. A committee that is advisory to the administration about the strategic direction for a specific project or initiative. Any Steering Committee recommendations regarding any affiliated academic program, do not replace departmental recommendations on curricular issues.
Student Affairs Committee. A committee, on which the majority of voting members are students, that is charged to consider non-academic areas and activities of primary importance to students. Student Affairs Committee recommendations are made to the President, or her/his designee.
Task Force. A group charged with making recommendations to the President about an institutional concern. A Task Force has an ending date, and appointments will only continue beyond this date after consultation between the President and the appropriate bargaining units and/or Student Senate.
University Committee. A committee charged with considering areas and activities that impact the University community as a whole. University committees have a defined membership established by the administration in consultation with relevant bargaining units and Student Senate as appropriate. University Committee recommendations are made to the President, or her/his designee.
Working Group. A Task Force that does not have a set ending date.