1.7 Committees of the Institution

1.7.3 Student Affairs and Campus Life Area Committees


1.7.3.1 Assessment Committee

1.7.3.1.1 Membership
  • At least two Student Affairs and Campus Life Directors
  • Representatives from various SACL Departments
1.7.3.1.2 Term of Office

Members volunteer for the committee on a yearly basis.

1.7.3.1.3 Committee Duties

The purpose of the Assessment Committee is to coordinate training, provide direction, and serve as a resource for Division-wide and departmental assessment efforts. The Assessment Committee will work in consultation with the senior associate vice president for student affairs and campus life. Focus will be on outcome assessment and assessment of student out-of-classroom learning, with particular attention to Divisional and departmental contributions to the College mission, the mission of the Division, as well as the missions of individual departments.

1.7.3.1.4 Authority to Which the Committee is Responsible

The committee reports to the senior associate vice president for student affairs and campus life. Chair is the senior assistant to the senior associate vice president for student affairs and campus life. The committee meets regularly during the year as designated by the chair.


1.7.3.2 Committee on AIDS Education and Policy

(This committee no longer exists.)


1.7.3.3 Action for AIDS

(This committee no longer exists.)


1.7.3.4 Campus Life Awards Committee

1.7.3.4.1 Membership

The committee consists of one representative from six different student affairs departments.

  • One Residential Life staff member
  • One Campus Center and Event Services staff member
  • One Student Leadership and Involvement staff member
  • One Career Services staff member
  • One Division of Intercollegiate Athletics staff member
  • One Multicultural Affairs staff member
  • Additional representatives as appropriate

Representatives should have significant student contact.

1.7.3.4.2 Term of Office

The department representatives can change from year to year although continuity is encouraged.

1.7.3.4.3 Committee Duties

This committee is responsible for selecting a maximum of ten graduating Ithaca College seniors to receive the Campus Life Award to recognize them for their involvement in and commitment to campus life. The committee also plans and sponsors the Campus Life Award reception for recipients and their families/guests just prior to graduation each May.

The majority of the committee’s work occurs between January and May. The committee meets as needed during this time period.

1.7.3.4.4 Authority to Which the Committee is Responsible

The committee reports to the senior associate vice president for student affairs and campus life. The senior associate vice president for student life and campus life appoints the chairperson.


1.7.3.5 Diversity Awareness Committee

1.7.3.5.1 Membership

The membership is open to all students, staff, and faculty with a commitment to developing an awareness and a willingness to act to bring about positive impact and change on issues reflecting racial, ethnic, ability, religious, sexual orientation, class, and gender related differences.

1.7.3.5.2 Term of Office

Members may participate on their own initiative and will be appointed annually.

1.7.3.5.3 Committee Duties

The mission of the Diversity Awareness Committee is to provide educational programs, training sessions, and experiential activities on issues of diversity relevant to our campus community and in our society. The committee strives, through these events, to bring positive change to attitudes, values, and behavior. The committee also explores issues of advocacy and leadership in enhancing the expansion of diversity.

Members are expected to attend monthly meetings, to participate actively on a subcommittee, and to attend programs of the committee in all areas of diversity. Members are encouraged to support and attend diversity related programs sponsored by other groups on campus.

1.7.3.5.4 Authority to Which the Committee is Responsible

The committee reports to the senior associate vice president for student affairs and campus life.

The committee elects its own chairperson.


1.7.3.6 Health Promotion Committee (HPC)

(This committee no longer exists.)


1.7.3.7 Interfaith Council

1.7.3.7.1 Membership
  • Jewish chaplain
  • Catholic chaplain
  • Protestant chaplain
  • Up to two student representatives from each of the recognized faith communities (Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant)
  • Representatives from other campus faith communities
  • One administrative staff member
  • Senior Assistant vice president for student affairs and campus life (ex-officio)
  • At least two at-large seats are available to the College community
1.7.3.7.2 Term of Office

Representatives will be appointed by the group they represent to serve one-year terms and may be re-appointed indefinitely.

The student representatives from the faith communities are appointed by their respective communities, and the faculty, academic administrators, and administrative staff members are appointed by the council.

1.7.3.7.3 Committee Duties
  1. To create interreligious understanding and respect among members of the Ithaca College community by providing leadership, counsel, and encouragement to people in their search for wholeness, meaning, and a vital faith.
  2. To respond actively to issues of moral and ethical importance on the campus, in the community, and in the world at large.
  3. To broaden and deepen the active participation of the council in the life of the campus community by promoting the sharing of resources between the council and other segments of the Ithaca College community.
  4. To encourage open and clear communication of individual and communal values in order to build an environment that supports continual values clarification in the development of self-knowledge and personal vision.
  5. To encourage understanding and respect of human differences and work to eliminate discrimination on the basis of differences, including, but not limited to: religious beliefs, gender, race, or national origin, emotional, physical, and intellectual ability, sexual orientation.
  6. To develop more effective student religious leaders and more effective campus ministries.
1.7.3.7.4 Authority to Which the Committee is Responsible

The council reports to the senior associate vice president for student affairs and campus life who serves on the council as an ex-officio member. The council meets weekly throughout the year or according to the needs of the group. The Chaplain currently serving as Director of the Chapel serves as the Advisor for the council. The council and its meetings are led by a student chair who is selected by majority vote.


1.7.3.8 Ithaca College Community Service Committee

(This committee no longer exists.)


1.7.3.9 Orientation Planning Committee

(This committee no longer exists.)


1.7.3.10 Safety Awareness Committee

1.7.3.10.1 Membership

Membership is open to staff, faculty, and students. However, representation from the following areas is always encouraged:

  • Faculty representatives
  • Staff representatives
  • Residential life representatives (professional and student staff)
  • Student auxiliary safety patrol members
  • Residence hall association representatives
  • Student government representatives
  • Environmental Health and Safety member
1.7.3.10.2 Term of Office

Members may participate on their own initiative.

1.7.3.10.3 Responsibilities of the Committee

This committee is responsible for planning publicity efforts and activities related to safety awareness during the academic year. Programming is aimed at all segments of the Ithaca College community including students, faculty and staff. With the national emphasis and concern on campus safety and security, the work of this committee is essential to promoting a safe environment on campus.

1.7.3.10.4 Authority to Which The Committee Reports

The committee reports to the director of public safety. The chairperson is appointed by the senior associate vice president for student affairs and campus life.


1.7.3.11 Sexual Harassment Awareness Committee

(This committee no longer exists.)


1.7.3.12 Solicitation Committee

(This has been moved to section 1.7.4.4.)


1.7.3.13 Staff Development Committee

1.7.3.13.1 Membership

The committee is open to all student affairs and campus life staff. Committee membership is typically between seven to nine staff members and represents the diversity within the division. At least two directors should serve as representatives on the committee. Members having skills and background in program development would be beneficial.

1.7.3.13.2 Term of Office

Members are appointed by the senior associate vice president for student affairs and campus life for one-year periods and may be re-appointed indefinitely.

1.7.3.13.3 Committee Duties

This committee is responsible for planning and implementing programs and activities which build unity and familiarity among the members of the student affairs and campus life division, assisting in the setting of direction for the division, and meeting the common professional development needs of the membership. Both educational as well as social programs are sponsored. Because the focus of the committee is on the divisional level, each department is responsible for addressing the particular professional development needs of its own staff. The committee will sponsor programs for staff at all levels. The committee assesses the needs of the division on an on-going basis and solicits and investigates resources to assist in the planning and sponsorship of programs.

It meets on a regular basis throughout the year as determined by the committee.

1.7.3.13.4 Authority to Whom the Committee Reports

The committee reports to the senior associate vice president for student affairs and campus life. The senior assistant to the senior associate vice president for student affairs and campus life serves as chairperson.


1.7.3.14 Life Safety Committee

(This was moved from section 1.6.2.12. This committee no longer exists.)


1.7.3.15 Parking Appeals Board

(This was moved from section 1.6.2.14.)


1.7.3.15.1 Membership
  • One faculty member, designated by Faculty Council
  • One student member, designated by the Student Government Association
  • One staff member, designated by the Staff Council
  • One administrator, designated by the senior associate vice president for student affairs and campus life
  • One staff member from the Office of Public Safety
  • One staff member from the Office of Residential Life

The Parking Policy Committee shall be represented at all Parking Appeals Board meetings by a nonvoting observer.


1.7.3.15.2 Term of Office

Each member serves a one year term but can be reappointed to successive terms.


1.7.3.15.3 Committee Duties
  1. To review all parking appeals and requests for variances in the campus parking regulations. The appeals board is responsible for interpretation of the rules but does not generate parking rules and regulations.
  2. To meet weekly to review appeals and to submit its decisions to the Office of Public Safety which will notify the individual appellant of the Board's decision in writing. All decisions are final and confidential.
  3. To keep the director of public safety informed of its activities.
  4. Minutes and agenda of each meeting should be shared with Staff Council, Faculty Council, and the Student Government Association.

1.7.3.15.4 Authority to Which the Committee is Responsible

This committee reports to the senior associate vice president for student affairs and campus life.

The group shall elect its own chairperson.


1.7.3.16 Parking Policy Committee

(This was moved from section 1.6.2.15.)


1.7.3.16.1 Membership
  • One faculty member, designated by Faculty Council
  • Two students designated by Student Government Association
  • One staff member, designated by Staff Council
  • One administrator, designated by the senior associate vice president for student affairs and campus life
  • One administrator from the Office of Public Safety (ex-officio)
  • One staff member from the Office of Public Safety (ex-officio)

1.7.3.16.2 Term of Office

All members serve two-year terms.


1.7.3.16.3 Committee Duties
  1. To recommend policy relative to the regulations of vehicular operation on campus including, but not restricted to, parking, speed regulations, and registration. The Parking Policy Committee shall designate a representative to attend all Parking Appeals Board meetings as a nonvoting member.
  2. To provide counsel to Public Safety in its enforcement of parking regulations.
  3. To review and decide on all proposals for changes to the current parking policies.
  4. Minutes and agenda of meetings should be shared with Faculty Council, Staff Council, the Student Government Association, and the student affairs and campus life department directors.

1.7.3.16.4 Authority to Which the Committee is Responsible

This committee reports to the senior associate vice president for student affairs and campus life.

The committee can select its own chairperson or the chairperson will be appointed by the senior associate vice president for student affairs and campus life (or designee).


1.7.3.17 Crisis Emergency Response Team

(This section has been moved to section 1.7.6.2 and renamed Core Emergency Response Team.)

Last Updated: May 20, 2013