ARTICLE IV: STANDING COMMITTEES

Section 4.1 List of Committees  
Section 4.2 General Guidelines  
Section 4.3 Academic Standards and Admissions Committee  
Section 4.4 Curriculum Committee  
Section 4.5 Personnel Action Committee 
Section 4.6 Research Advisory Committee 

Section 4.1 List of Committees
The standing committees of the Graduate School of Nursing shall be:

a) Academic Standards and Admissions

b) Curriculum

c) Personnel Action

d) Research Advisory

Section 4.2 General Guidelines

a) The standing committees shall normally consider, without restriction, any and all matters within the scope of their charge. Such committees may help to develop and recommend policies and objectives and may assist in overseeing their implementation, but shall not usurp the functions of the faculty assembly and the administration of the Graduate School of Nursing. The committees shall function in an advisory capacity to the Faculty Assembly and shall be delegated additional authority by the Dean or Faculty Assembly as deemed necessary. The Dean shall serve ex officio on all standing committees. Should a tie occur on standing committees, the issue will be brought to faculty assembly for a full vote.

b) The term of membership on a standing committee shall be one year. Vacancies may be filled at any time. Where applicable, chairs of committees shall be elected annually by the voting members of that committee. Students nominated by the Graduate School of Nursing student body shall be appointed to committees as appropriate by the Dean. Such students shall be non-voting members.

c) Members of all standing committees shall be appointed by the Dean.

d) Meetings shall be held monthly or less frequently as appropriate, but additional meetings may be called at any time at the discretion of the chair.

e) A quorum shall consist of a simple majority of the voting membership.

f) Decisions shall be reached by simple majority vote of the quorum present. A vote by hand shall be the preferred method of voting (except as provided under Section 4.5b below), but any member may move for a secret ballot at any time.

g) After faculty approval, new or revised policies and procedures will be disseminated by the committee.

h) Ad hoc committees and task forces may be formed for a specific purpose by the Dean or upon a simple majority vote of the Faculty Assembly. The chair and membership of an ad hoc committee and task force shall be designated at the time of its formation. The ad hoc committee shall follow the procedural guidelines above ([f] through [i]), and shall expire with the completion of its work and the presentation of a report to the Dean and/or Faculty Assembly. Ad hoc committee and task forces shall report to the Dean and/or Faculty Assembly, as appropriate, and shall not appropriate the prerogatives or functions of the University of Massachusetts schools, campus-, or school-governing bodies or existing committees.

Section 4.3 Academic Standards and Admissions Committee

a) Membership: The Academic Standards and Admissions Committee shall consist of:

1) One chairperson

2) At least one faculty member from the core graduate program, master’s degree specialty programs, and PhD program

3) One student

4) One student alternate

b) Student members will absent themselves from the committee during discussion and voting regarding prospective and current students.

c) Duties: The Committee will carry out those responsibilities defined in the four categories below (Sections 4.3 c.1 through 4.3 c.4):

1) Formulate, evaluate, and present to the faculty, as appropriate, any issue or policy regarding admission, retention, progression and graduation of students.

2) Pursue appropriate activities related to the recruitment of students and dissemination of admissions information.

3) Assign faculty advisors; make individual assessments and decisions concerning student status within the context of current policies, and in the case of a student under consideration for action, notify the student's faculty advisor of the impending action and give the faculty advisor an opportunity to discuss the action with this Committee or other appropriate bodies.

4) Recommend to Faculty Assembly, as appropriate, regarding admission, retention, progression, and graduation.

d) The Dean communicates to students the Faculty Assembly’s decision regarding admission, retention, progression, and graduation.

Section 4.4 Curriculum Committee

a) Membership: The Curriculum Committee shall consist of:

1) Associate Dean for Academic Programs

2) One chairperson

3) At least one faculty member from the core graduate program, the master’s degree specialty programs, and PhD program

4) One student

5) One student alternate

b) Student members will absent themselves from the committee during discussion and voting regarding prospective and current students.

c) Duties: The Committee shall carry out those responsibilities defined in the three categories below.

1) Curriculum review. The Committee shall

• review courses proposed for the Graduate School of Nursing program and submit committee recommendations to the faculty

• assure that courses offered are in keeping with the stated mission, goals and outcomes of the Graduate School of Nursing

• annually review and evaluate the curriculum related to the philosophy and objectives of the Graduate School of Nursing and their relationship to those of the University of Massachusetts Worcester

• undertake activities relating to interdisciplinary cooperation and opportunities for innovation; and

• perform other responsibilities related to the Graduate School of Nursing curriculum as determined by the Faculty Assembly.

2) Educational resources. The Committee, in collaboration with Graduate School of Nursing fiscal personnel, shall recommend library acquisitions and deletions from existing holdings and other technological resources, equipment and materials. The Committee shall function as a clearinghouse for curriculum support materials, shall coordinate and evaluate individual faculty requests, and shall establish criteria for determining priorities among such requests. The Dean shall have final fiscal authority for approval of all requests.

3) Program evaluation. The Committee shall have responsibility for planning and implementing methods and procedures of all aspects of total program evaluation. All findings shall be made available to the student body and the faculty.

Section 4.5 Personnel Action Committee

a) Membership: The Personnel Action Committee shall consist of three faculty members who hold the rank of Associate or full Professor. In the event that three faculty members who hold the rank of Associate or full Professor are not available, the Dean shall appoint an appropriate replacement.

b) Duties: The Committee shall, in concert with the guidelines developed by the Graduate School of Nursing, consider all matters concerning faculty appointments, re-appointments, faculty development, promotions and tenure and shall advise the Dean on faculty personnel actions, including, but not limited to, rank and duration of initial appointment, re-appointment and promotion. Committee votes on tenure cases shall be by secret ballot. Initially, review of faculty for tenure may be conducted with external academic nurse reviewers to ensure that standards are appropriate. As faculty members become tenured, they will serve as primary reviewers for subsequent cases, with input from external academic nurse reviewers. Deliberations of the Personnel Action Committee will be initiated by a written recommendation from a member of the committee, a faculty member or the Dean. The source document shall be the current Academic Personnel Policy of the University of Massachusetts Worcester.

Section 4.6 Research Advisory Committee

a) Membership: Shall consist of faculty members who have an established program of research and/or teach in the core research courses in the master’s specialty programs or PhD program.

b) Duties:

1) provide advice and guidance to the Dean of the GSON concerning structure and process for research policy, infrastructure and services

2) coordinate/sponsor regular student forums on research

3) periodically review research content in the curriculum

4) facilitate guidance to faculty in the grant development process