Committees

ALL-COLLEGE COMMITTEES

Academic Affairs Committee:

The Academic Affairs Committee oversees curriculum and educational policies. It also addresses any issues relating to the Bookstore as necessary.

Admissions and Financial Aid Committee:

The Admissions and Financial Aid Committee recommends and reviews admissions policy and is available to the Office of Admissions for consultation, advice, and support regarding special cases of admission and other issues; recommends and reviews financial aid policy and acts as an advisory group and sounding board to the Director of Financial Aid.  (Note: Bunche Scholars and International Admissions remain subcommittees).

Advisory Committee on Off-Campus Study:

Advisory Committee on Off-Campus Study, which serves as an advisory committee to the president, dean of faculty, and faculty on matters relating to off-campus study and reviews the approval of applications for off-campus study and appeals in cases of denial. The committee conducts periodic reviews of approved off-campus study programs. This committee will meet only once or twice per academic year.

Financial Priorities Committee:

Financial Priorities Committee submits to the President its comments and recommendations concerning the adequacy of the College’s programs and activities in relation to the College’s resources; reviews the budget with the administration before its presentation to the Board.

Independent Study Committee:

The Independent Study Committee, which selects qualified students to do independent study in lieu of two courses each semester of their senior year (as Senior Scholars) and reviews applications of students designing independent majors.

Information Technology Committee:

The Information Technology Committee shall oversee strategic direction for the use of information technology at the College, making recommendations to other Committees or Administrative Officers as appropriate. This oversight involves review of significant goals, programs, and policies, as well as the relation of these goals, programs, and policies to important choices involving hardware, software, infrastructure, staffing, and financial support. Although the Committee has limited membership, the Committee wishes to open discussion of these issues as widely as possible and invites students, faculty, and staff to identify items of concern, to raise questions, to offer suggestions or to attend the meetings as guests at any time.

Library Committee:

The Library Committee, which advises the director of the Colby libraries on matters of policy and regulations governing library use by students and faculty and advises on library purchases.

College Affairs Committee:

The College Affairs Committee will oversee the co-curricular program, and will formulate and recommend policies concerning student life to appropriate bodies (e.g., to the Faculty and to the Student Government Association) except for the curriculum and academic requirements.

Athletics Advisory Committee:

The Athletic Advisory Committee provides general oversights and advice and assistance to the Athletic Director in matters of departmental planning, staffing, and policy-making and policy review.

Cultural Events Committee:

The Cultural Events Committee allocates undesignated College lecture funds together with funds made available by the Student Association and recommends the summer reading for the incoming class

Healthcare Advisory Committee:

The Healthcare Advisory Committee advises the Medical Director and the Dean of the College on matters related to College health services and health education.

Student Security Advisory Committee:

The Student Security Advisory Committee communicates with the Director and Assistant Director of Security on matters related to College security issues.

Multicultural Affairs Committee/Committee on Race and Racism:

The Multicultural Affairs Committee communicates with both the Academic Affairs Committee and the College Affairs Committee: The Committee on Multicultural Affairs serves as a vehicle for considering policy, practices and issues of any kind related to, but not limited to, matters of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and other multicultural matters including efforts to (1) support and coordinate with existing groups and committees, e.g., the Committee on Race and Racism concerned with campus community multicultural issues and programs (hereinafter “community concerns”); (2) support and sponsor community discussions on campus of community concerns; (3) support programs of the residence hall staff and others in the residence halls on community concerns and intercultural relations in the hope that inevitable tensions can be defused and education and tolerance increased; (4) work with those responsible for the orientation of new students, faculty, and staff to be certain that community concerns are adequately addressed; (5) recommend appropriate education and training programs for faculty, students, and staff to increase multicultural awareness; (6) work with the Dean of Faculty on ways to increase the effectiveness of our advising system for those with special needs; (7) make recommendations to the administration, to the faculty, and to other relevant committees, e.g., the College Affairs Committee, on ways to strengthen the campus community; (8) hold open forums on topics of general community concern; (9) make recommendations to the faculty, the College Affairs Committee, and to the President’s Council with respect to the changes in the College’s regulations concerning diversity; (10) work with the Academic Affairs Committee to maintain the integrity and perhaps, recommend revisions in the diversity requirement; (11) review the progress of Colby’s affirmative action programs and suggest ways to strengthen them; and (12) address forums of harassment in its purview. The Committee will hold at least one open forum per year on each of the following issues: sexual orientation and homophobia; gender and sexism; ethnicity and ethnic bias; religion and religious discrimination; and social class and socioeconomic bias. The Committee will organize a separate task force on one or more of these issues whenever needed. The Committee distributes its minutes to the members of the Committee on Race and Racism as well as to its own membership.

The Committee on Race and Racism serves as a vehicle for considering policy, practices, and issues of any kind related to, but not limited to, race and racism on the campus; and reviews and suggests strategies:

  • for addressing racial harassment
  • for addressing curricular issues, e.g., the diversity requirement
  • for hiring and retention of faculty and staff of color, including affirmative action
  • for recruiting and retaining students of color
  • regarding policies and practices pertaining to residential life and campus climate, e.g., racial awareness training initiatives.

The committee holds open forums on issues of race and racism. The committee works in tandem with the Committee on Multicultural Affairs via an exchange of ex officio members, and may choose to work jointly with that committee on matters of mutual interest related to race and racism. The committee distributes its minutes to the members of the Multicultural Affairs Committee as well as to its own membership.

Bias Incident Prevention and Response (BIPR)

The BIPR team is charged with responding to bias incidents involving members of the Colby community and working with other appropriate individuals, offices, and organizations to foster a climate of openness and inclusion on campus.  The team will also perform an educational role in fostering a climate of civility and mutual respect.

Conduct Board

The Conduct Board overseas student-to-student disputes.

 

SGA COMMITTEES

Traditions Committee

The Traditions Committee works on looking into Colby traditions and reinstating them. Thus, while the committee must look into Colby’s history, it is also important to note that while that they want the tradition to continue into the future. Also, it is important to publicize the tradition to the rest of the student body.

Housing and Facilities Advisory Committee

The Housing Committee works on continually improving the housing system at Colby.

Dining Services Committee

Dining Services committee works to represent student opinion in Colby’s dining experiences, through bringing more student-oriented food programming and enhancing student participation in philanthropic outreach.

Publicity Committee

The Publicity Committee works with the SGA Publicity Chair to publicize the activities and events of the Student Government. The Publicity Committee will also work on coordinating student outreach events for the campus.

Student-Alumni Engagement Committee

The Student-Alumni Engagement Committee is an opportunity for students to take an active role in interacting with Colby College alumni and the Office of Alumni Relations. The committee’s main goal is to coordinate conversations, programs, and resources between alumni and students. The committee serves to manage events between alumni, alumni groups, and student organizations. The committee will assist with engaging alumni with campus on-goings. The committee will serve as a resource for students that want to further connect and receive assistance and support from alumni.

Judiciary Committee

The Parliamentarian shall call the SGA Judiciary Committee in order to hear disputes about elections, recalls and impeachments and their decisions are final.