List of Institute Committees

These committees are not only a critical channel for involving graduate students in Institute operations, but also a great way to take an active role in learning about MIT and representing the graduate community.

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Institute committees offer a wide range of topics and levels of commitment – detailed descriptions can be found below. For more information many committees also have individual webpages linked from here

GSC Representatives who serve on a Institute/Faculty Committee are entitled to an additional $100 of representative funding ($250 total) every funding cycle (Feb-Oct, Oct-Feb).

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ASSESSMENT OF BIOHAZARDS, COMMITTEE ON
Presidential Committee, Policy, Health/Safety, Flexible

COMMUNITY SERVICE FUND BOARD
Presidential Committee, Life and Community, Flexible

DAPER ADVISORY BOARD
Presidential Committee, Life and Community, Flexible

DISCIPLINE, COMMITTEE ON
Faculty Committee, Policy, High-Profile/Commitment

DISTINGUISHED FELLOWSHIPS, COMMITTEE ON
Presidential Committee, Education, Flexible

FACULTY POLICY COMMITTEE
Faculty Committee, Policy, Education, High-Profile/Commitment

FAMILY AND WORK COUNCIL
Presidential Committee, Life and Community, Flexible

GRADUATE PROGRAMS, COMMITTEE ON
Faculty Committee, Education, High-Profile/Commitment

HOBBY SHOP, COMMITTEE ON THE
Presidential Committee, Life and Community, Flexible

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, COMMITTEE ON
Presidential Committee, Policy, Flexible

LIBRARY SYSTEM, COMMITTEE ON THE
Faculty Committee, Policy, Flexible

MEDICAL CONSUMERS’ ADVISORY COUNCIL
Presidential Committee, Policy, Health/Safety, Flexible

PRESIDENTIAL ADVISORY CABINET
Presidential Committee, Policy, High-Profile/Commitment

RACE AND DIVERSITY, COMMITTEE ON
Presidential Committee, Life and Community, Flexible

RADIATION PROTECTION, COMMITTEE ON
‘Presidential Committee

ROTC OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
Presidential Committee, Policy, Health/Safety, Flexible

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT COMMITTEE
Other MIT Committee, Policy, Health/Safety, High-Profile/Commitment

STUDENT LIFE, COMMITTEE ON
Faculty Committee, Life and Community, Policy, Education, High-Profile/Commitment

TOXIC CHEMICALS, COMMITTEE ON
Presidential Committee, Policy, Health/Safety, Flexible

TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING, COMMITTEE FOR
Presidential Committee, Policy, Flexible

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS & FINANCIAL AID, COMMITTEE ON
‘Faculty Committee, Policy, Education, Flexible

USE OF HUMANS AS EXPERIMENTAL SUBJECTS, COMMITTEE ON THE
Presidential Committee, Policy, Health/Safety, Flexible

WOMEN’S ADVISORY BOARD
Presidential Committee, Life and Community, Flexible

CAMPUS ACTIVITIES COMPLEX ADVISORY BOARD
Other MIT Committee, Policy, Flexible

COMMENCEMENT COMMITTEE
Presidential Committee, High-Profile/Commitment

CORPORATION JOINT ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON INSTITUTE-WIDE AFFAIRS
Corporation Committee, Policy, Flexiblet

CREATIVE ARTS COUNCIL
Other MIT Committee, Life and Community, Flexible

DSL HEALTH PROMOTION COMMITTEE
Other MIT Committee, Health/Safety, Flexible

TITLE IX STUDENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Other MIT Committee, Flexible


Institute Committee Descriptions

ASSESSMENT OF BIOHAZARDS, COMMITTEE ON
(Presidential Committee, Policy, Health/Safety, Flexible)

The Committee on Assessment of Biohazards will review investigations involving potential health and safety problems associated with biological research.

COMMENCEMENT COMMITTEE
(Presidential Committee, High-Profile/Commitment)

The Commencement Committee, composed of members of the faculty, administration, and student body, has charge of the arrangement and conduct of commencement exercises.

COMMUNITY SERVICE FUND BOARD
(Presidential Committee, Life and Community, Flexible)

The Community Service Fund Board provides financial support to charitable organizations in which MIT student/employee/faculty volunteers participate. The board solicits contributions from all members of MIT and outside sources, and then reviews requests for help from projects utilizing MIT volunteers. The board consists of members throughout MIT representing the Corporation, faculty, students, administration, and alumni/ae.

CORPORATION JOINT ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON INSTITUTE-WIDE AFFAIRS
(Corporation Committee, Policy, Flexible)

The purpose of CJAC is to associate with the Corporation a representative group at MIT to which the Corporation can turn for consideration and advice on special Institute-wide matters requiring Corporation attention. The committee provides an additional means for bringing student and faculty representatives into regular communication with the Corporation on matters of long-range imporantce to the MIT community. Membership consists of 6 Corporation members, 6 faculty members, and 6 students.

CREATIVE ARTS COUNCIL
(Other MIT Committee, Life and Community, Flexible)

Headed by MIT’s Associate Provost, the Creative Arts Council was established in the fall of 1989 to take its place beside the other faculty councils and to bridge the gaps between arts programs residing in different schools and department within the Institute. The Creative Arts Council advises the Associate Provost in individual programmatic areas, general curricular issues, facilities, fund-raising, and MIT’s relation to outside cultural and educational institutions.

DAPER ADVISORY BOARD
(Presidential CommitteeLife and CommunityFlexible)

The DAPER Advisory Board is composed of faculty members, alumnae, students, and ex-officio members of the Administration all of whom are appointed by the President of MIT to advise on all matters of policy and procedure related to the Institute programs in physical education, intercollegiate athletics, club and intramural sports along with informal recreational pursuits.

DISCIPLINE, COMMITTEE ON
(Faculty Committee, Policy, High-Profile/Commitment)

The Committee on Discipline (COD) shall consider such cases of alleged misconduct by students as shall be brought to its attention by the Dean of Students and Undergraduate Education or by any member of the MIT community. An accused student shall be given an opportunity to appear in person at a COD meeting. If the findings of the committee include a recommendation that a student be required to withdraw from the Institute, the recommendation with the findings shall be reported to the President for approval or disapproval; otherwise, the COD shall act with power. From Rules and Regulations: The Committee on Discipline shall consist of the Dean for Undergraduate Education and the Dean for Student Life, ex officiis; six elected members of the Faculty; and three undergraduate and two graduate students. Past members who have completed their terms may, for a period of three years thereafter, be called to fill out a quorum for a particular hearing, only one such member to serve in a given hearing.

DISTINGUISHED FELLOWSHIPS, COMMITTEE ON
(Presidential Committee, Education, Flexible)

The members of the Committee on Foreign Scholarships conduct interviews in October and November with applicants for various international scholarships. The committee then meets to evaluate and rate the applicants for the Fulbright-Hays Grant, to select two nominees for the Churchill Scholarship, and to nominate one or more principal candidates and alternates for the DAAD Scholarships.

FACULTY POLICY COMMITTEE
(Faculty Committee, Policy, Education, High-Profile/Commitment)

The Faculty Policy Committee maintains a broad overview of the Institute’s academic programs, deals with a wide range of policy issues of concern to the faculty, and coordinates the work of the Faculty Committees. From Rules and Regulations: The Faculty Policy Committee shall consist of the Chair of the Faculty who shall be Chair of the Committee; the Associate Chair of the Faculty who shall be Deputy Chair of the Committee; the Secretary of the Faculty; the Chair elect or the immediately preceding Associate Chair (in alternate years); seven elected Faculty members; one undergraduate and one graduate student; and, ex officiis nonvoting, two members designated by the Provost, and one member designated by the President.

FAMILY AND WORK COUNCIL
(Presidential Committee, Life and Community, Flexible)

MIT’s Council on the Family and Work serves in an advisory and deliberative capacity concerning family and work-related issues as they impact MIT’s faculty, staff, and students. It is the Council’s responsibility to: 1) identify family and work-related issues, 2) establish a process to evaluate and respond to these issues, and 3) make periodic recommendations to MIT’s senior officers about courses of action relevant to these specific issues.

GRADUATE PROGRAMS, COMMITTEE ON
(Faculty Committee, Education, High-Profile/Commitment)

The committee on Graduate Programs shall consist of six elected faculty members, the Associate Chair of the Faculty, two graduate student members, and ex officiis, the Dean for Graduate Students and the Vice President for Research (or their designated representatives). The Chair of the Faculty shall appoint the Chair of the Committee from the group consisting of the six elected faculty members. The Chair of the Committee and the Dean for Graduate Students shall jointly appoint one departmental or program graduate administrator to the committee.

HOBBY SHOP, COMMITTEE ON THE
(Presidential Committee, Life and Community, Flexible)

The Committee on the Hobby Shop encourages and promotes the use of the Hobby Shop by students.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, COMMITTEE ON
(Presidential Committee, Policy, Flexible)

The Committee on intellectual Property recommends to the administration policy guidelines for intellectual property, including patents, copyrights, and agreements. It considers issues of the ownership and distribution of MIT intellectual property, conflict of interest, and MIT-industry interactions. Its policy recommendations balance a desire to transfer MIT technology to industry or other institutions for the public good, with a need to maintain an environment at MIT that promotes openness and excellence in education and research.

LIBRARY SYSTEM, COMMITTEE ON THE
(Faculty Committee, Policy, Flexible)

The Committee on the Library System shall formulate policy for the administration of the Libraries, with the advice of the Director of Libraries, consistent with the objectives of the Institute. It serves as a liaison between the Libraries and their users. The committee shall review budget allocations as prepared annually by the Director of Libraries. From Rules and Regulations: The Committee on the Library System shall consist of six elected Faculty members, two graduate student members, two undergraduates, and the following ex officio members: the Provost (or representative), the Vice President for Information Systems (or representative), and the Director of Libraries and two members of the Library Staff designated by the Director.

MEDICAL CONSUMERS’ ADVISORY COUNCIL
(Presidential Committee, Policy, Health/Safety, Flexible)

The Medical Consumers’ Advisory Council serves as a communications link between the Medical Department and its users. Its objectives are to keep the MIT community informed of the services available through the Medical Department and to discuss criticisms and suggestions for the modification or addition of services to meet the changing needs of the community. The council reports annually to the Medical Management Board, which is the governing board of the Medical Department within the MIT structure.

PRESIDENTIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
(Presidential CommitteePolicyHigh-Profile/Commitment)
The Presidential Advisory Cabinet (PAC) is a student advisory body to MIT President Rafael Reif. The body consists of four undergraduate and four graduate students (including the presidents of the Graduate Student Council and the Undergraduate Association who serve as exofficio members). This body serves at the pleasure of the MIT president in a purely advisory capacity on various issues identified by the President concerning the student body. Student members are nominated through the GSC and UA nominations boards and serve one-year terms starting July 1st every year.

RACE AND DIVERSITY, COMMITTEE ON
(Presidential Committee, Life and Community, Flexible)

The Committee on Campus Race Relations is charged with fostering better relations among the races of people at MIT and helping the community realize the benefits of its cultural and racial diversity. Members are appointed from the senior administration, faculty, staff, and student body and include people with different racial and cultural backgrounds. Members will work closely with the various racial and ethnic groups. The committee has several responsibilities, including coordinating a systematic action agenda for improving race relations on campus, developing and distributing relevant resource guides, and administering a modest grants program to support projects and activities that promote multicultural understanding and positive race relations.

RADIATION PROTECTION, COMMITTEE ON
(Presidential Committee, Policy, Health/Safety, Flexible)

The Committee on Radiation Protection is responsible for the establishment and continuing review of an adequate radiation protection program at the Institute and its off- campus sites. The committee is also responsible for the Institute’s compliance with radiation protection regulations promulgated by state, federal, and local agencies.

ROTC OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
(Presidential Committee)

The ROTC Oversight Committee monitors the partnership between the campus ROTC programs and MIT, working closely with the senior MIT administrator responsible for ROTC. The committee responds to issues as they arise and makes recommendations for changes in policy and operational matters where appropriate.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT COMMITTEE
(Presidential Committee, Policy, Health/Safety, High-Profile/Commitment)

As charged by the President, the Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response Committee (“The Committee”) is an advisory body that will provide guidance to the Provost, Chancellor, the Vice President for Human Resources, and the Institute Community and Equity Officer (“The Steering Committee”) as needed; to encourage a campus environment that is safe, respectful and free from discrimination; and to oversee an institute-wide approach to prevent and respond to sexual misconduct and other forms of gender-based discrimination.
With that charge, the Committee will provide guidance and input on efforts to assess the campus environment, create and implement prevention and response resources and strategies (including those recommended by the Education and Prevention Task Force), and develop and monitor policies and practices with regard to sexual misconduct and other forms of gender-based discrimination. The Committee will submit an annual report to the Steering Committee.
The Committee will meet regularly and convene, as needed, workgroups. Examples include workgroups for research and evaluation, education and outreach, student and community engagement, and policy development and review.
The Committee will work closely and in collaboration with the Title IX Office, Division of Student Life, Office of the Dean for Graduate Education, Violence Prevention and Response, MIT Police, Human Resources, and Office of the General Counsel.

STUDENT INFORMATION POLICY, COMMITTEE ON THE
(Presidential Committee, Policy, Flexible)

The purpose of this committee is to oversee the Student Information Policy, which includes interpreting the policy; establishing processes to facilitate its implementation; and resolving attendant disputes. The policy incorporates the privacy rights and protections provided by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). To carry out these functions, the committee will periodically review and update the policy and present its recommendations to the appropriate senior officers. Additional responsibilities include reviewing compliance and insuring community awareness of the most current information policy. The committee may be called upon to hear student complaints and answer questions relating to the policy.

STUDENT LIFE, COMMITTEE ON
(Faculty Committee, Life and Community, Policy, Education, High-Profile/Commitment)

The Committee on Student Life (CSL) shall be concerned with the quality of the learning and living environment of the MIT community. The duties and responsibilities of the CSL shall include (a) effecting Institute-wide support services to students by maintaining formal and informal relationships among students, the Institute, and the Faculty; (b) modifying policies pertinent to student life and making recommendations to the Faculty and the Dean for Student Life; (c) encouraging innovation in programs, including the coordination and review of initiatives; (d) interacting with other Faculty Committees and student governing organizations and communicating with the MIT community; and (e) serving as the standing Faculty advisory body to the Dean for Student Life. From Rules and Regulations: The Committee on Student Life shall consist of six elected members of the Faculty, three undergraduate and two graduate students, and ex officio nonvoting, the Dean for Student Life. The three undergraduate students shall normally include one sophomore, one junior, and one senior.

TOXIC CHEMICALS, COMMITTEE ON
(Presidential Committee, Policy, Health/Safety, Flexible)

The Committee on Toxic Chemicals is responsible for reviewing current practices with regard to the effects on human subjects of toxic chemicals, including carcinogens. The committee is also responsible for formulating policies necessary to control the risks and exposure to personnel working with such agents and for compliance with governmental regulations.

TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING, COMMITTEE FOR
(Presidential Committee, Policy, Flexible)

The Committee for Transportation and Parking reviews and advises on policy governing the operation of the transportation and parking system at MIT. It further serves to monitor and make recommendations concerning transportation-related issues that affect the MIT community.

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS & FINANCIAL AID, COMMITTEE ON
(Faculty Committee, Policy, Education, Flexible)

The Committee on Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid shall be responsible for formulating and reviewing policies on admission of all undergraduate students, including college transfers, except in cases of students applying for readmission, and on financial aid to students, including undergraduate scholarships, loans, and student employment. The committee shall also exercise prior review of MIT publications and formal releases directed toward the prospective undergraduate student. From Rules and Regulatons: The Committee on Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid shall consist of six elected Faculty members, three undergraduate students, one graduate student, and, ex officiis, the Dean for Undergraduate Education, the Dean of Admissions, the Executive Director, Student Financial Services, and one member designated by the Dean for Undergraduate Education.

USE OF HUMANS AS EXPERIMENTAL SUBJECTS, COMMITTEE ON THE
(Presidential Committee, Policy, Health/Safety, Flexible)

The Committee on the Use of Humans as Experimental Subjects is responsible for reviewing every research project utilizing humans as research subjects, and for devising effective procedures to ensure the adequate review of all protocols. Its principal role is to determine whether subjects used in any research project are protected against undue risk and to ensure that their rights, privileges, and privacy are protected.

WOMEN’S ADVISORY GROUP
(Presidential Committee, Life and Community, Flexible)

The Women’s Advisory Board is representative of many women at MIT. Its members are selected from various constituencies and from various areas of the Institute. The committee meets quarterly and works with and advises the Special Assistant to the President on areas of concern to the constituent groups and serves as a communications link with her office.

Other Committee Descriptions (may change regularly)

CAMPUS ACTIVITIES COMPLEX ADVISORY BOARD 
(Other MIT Committee, Policy, Flexible)

The Campus Activities Complex Advisory Board is a group comprised of a variety of stakeholders on campus and tasked to assess functional and innovative uses for CAC resources. Members of the board include undergraduate and graduate student group representatives, faculty, staff, and alumni. With these diverse perspectives, the group provides the feedback on policy and program development necessary to keep our processes current and effective. The group offers a balanced and productive forum to discuss any new or improved services and amenities that the CAC could provide for the community.
Since its inception in 1989, the advisory board has been a successful collaboration resulting in many improvements on campus, including the W20 Lobby and Reading Room renovations.

DSL HEALTH PROMOTION COMMITTEE 
(Other MIT Committee, Health/Safety, Flexible)

The DSL Health Promotion Committee (HPC) is charged by the Dean for Student Life with initiating and sustaining an integrated, coordinated, and seamless approach to student health and wellness through DSL programs and services. The HPC will promote and foster awareness among students, faculty, parents, and staff about health and wellness issues impacting undergraduate and graduate students and student life. Working in collaboration with key campus stakeholders, emphasis will be on creating a healthy campus environment that enhances the quality of student life and promotes academic success and social and emotional growth. Full meetings once a month (or so) for an hour, subgroup meetings may meet more frequently.

TITLE IX STUDENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
(Other MIT Committee, Flexible)

The TIX Student Advisory Committee will be a group of students who can provide feedback and input to the Title IX Office regarding our messaging and outreach campaigns, and help us most effectively engage with the student body around issues of gender equity. The time commitment will be one to two meetings a month in the evening, at which dinner will be provided. The meetings will be between one and two hours. A time and date has not yet been set and will depend on student availability.


Institute Committee Types

Presidential Committee

Committee appointed by the MIT Office of the President.

Faculty Committee

Committee appointed by the Faculty.

Corporation Committee

Committee appointed by the Corporation.

Other MIT Committees

Committee with graduate representatives not appointed by the President, Corporation or Faculty.

Life and Community

Issues on this committee include those related to student life, shared community resources such as space planning or support programming, family and transportation.

Policy

Issues on this committee involve creation, evaluation and critique of MIT policies.

Education

Issues on this committee involve educational programs and resources.

Health/Safety

Issues on this committee include health, wellness and safety.

Flexible

This committee has a flexible time commitment. It meets 2-3 times per semester (on average). All graduate students are welcomed to apply to serve on this committee.

High-Profile/Commitment

This committee has a more demanding time commitment. It may meet monthly and might also have issue-based working groups or special projects associated. Graduate students with experience working closely with the administration, within the GSC or other Institute Committees are welcomed to apply to serve on this committee.

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