170 Student Involvement in the Governance of Academic Departments/Programs
To implement the University's commitment to student involvement in
the policy-making structure of the College by meaningful participation
in academic departmental and program governance.
Participation in academic governance is not a token gesture; instead,
students are expected to work diligently and constructively within the
departments and the departmental committees to which they are elected
and/or assigned. While the initial burden of implementation falls upon
the academic departments and programs, the effective operation of student
representation will be the responsibility of the student representatives
and the majors, graduate students, or students involved in a program
who elect them.
Student members selected to participate in the governance of an academic
department or program shall be majors or graduate students in that department
The students shall have the opportunity of electing student representatives,
the number of which shall be no less than one-fourth and no more than
the number of faculty in that academic department or program. The department
or program will determine the number of students in any committee.
The number of students to be elected or selected (within the stated
minimum and maximum) is a departmental (or program) decision. It is
subject, of course, to revision from year to year. It is recommended
that the initial decision be arrived through consultation with the majors'
club or, in the absence of such an organization, interested students.
The selection of student representatives shall be through an annual
elective process, which will allow for nominations by petition, secret
balloting, and recall procedures. If an insufficient number of student
representatives is available through this process, the chairperson or
his/her designee, in consultation with the Brockport Student Government
(BSG), may recommend supplementary student representatives to the department.
In cases where there is to be an election, departments shall assist
by taking the following steps:
Publicizing the elections (e.g., mailing notices to all majors,
graduate students, or students involved in a program.
Providing a list of majors, graduate students, or students
involved in a program to be used to check off individuals as
they cast their votes at the polling place.
In the absence of a majors' club, the department will appoint
students to organize and supervise the election.
Student representatives shall participate in the same manner as faculty
members in the deliberative and decision-making processes in the areas
involving curriculum, scheduling of courses, advisement procedures,
student representation, evaluation of courses, and any other departmental
matters as may be determined by the faculty and student representatives
of the academic department or program. The department from committees
dealing with confidential and/or personnel matters may exclude students.
Item 5 recognizes that the deliberative and decision-making processes
vary from department to department. Therefore, departments shall involve
the student representatives within the departmental committees that
deal with the range of subjects in which the student representatives
have a voice. Participation by student representatives involves, of
course, voting privileges.
In those departments or programs where the majors, graduate students,
or students involved in the program are not organized into a club, the
department shall take steps to establish such an organization. It is
only through such an organization that the student representatives can
maintain contact with and represent the constituency that elects them.