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 16-Oct 15, Oct 16-Feb 15).

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Committees with Openings

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

GRADUATE HOUSING WORKING GROUP
Other MIT Committee, Policy, Life and Community, High-Profile/Commitment

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

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

STUDENT AND AFFILIATES HEALTH INSURANCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Other MIT Committee, Policy, Health/Safety, Flexible

Committees without Openings

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

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

CAMPUS PLANNING, COMMITTEE ON
Faculty Committee, Life and Community, Policy, High-Profile/Commitment

CHANCELLOR’S ADVISORY COUNCIL
Other MIT Committee, Life and Community, Policy, Education, High-Profile/Commitment

COMMENCEMENT COMMITTEE
Presidential Committee, High-Profile/Commitment

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

CREATIVE ARTS COUNCIL
Other MIT 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

DSL STUDENT WELLBEING ADVISORY GROUP
Other MIT Committee, Life and Community, 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

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, 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

TITLE IX STUDENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Other MIT Committee, Flexible

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


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.

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.

CAMPUS PLANNING, COMMITTEE ON
(Faculty Committee, Life and Community, Policy, High-Profile/Commitment)

The Committee on Campus Planning serves as the standing Faculty advisory body to the MIT administration on campus planning. It provides Faculty perspectives and counsel on campus planning issues, including, but not limited to, future academic and research needs of the community. The committee seeks to understand the needs of the Faculty for the campus environment and ensure communication with the Faculty on important matters related to the MIT campus and surroundings. The chair of the committee serves ex officio on the MIT Building Committee, and members may be called upon to serve on task forces and/or other ad hoc committees concerned with campus planning.  One undergraduate and one graduate student will be members of the committee beginning in academic year 2017-2018.

CHANCELLOR’S ADVISORY COUNCIL
(Other MIT Committee, Life and Community, Policy, Education, High-Profile/Commitment)

The Chancellor’s Advisory Council (CAC) provides a key link between the Chancellor’s Office, including the Vice Chancellor and Division of Student Life, and the student body.  CAC acts as a confidential advisory body and sounding board to the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, and Vice President and Dean for Student Life. Student members provide insights into the student life and learning experience, and offer advice to advance the chancellor’s agendas.  Examples include the following areas:

  1. Education Innovation;
  2. Student Support and Wellbeing;
  3. Sexual Assault Education and Prevention; and
  4. Residential Campus Planning.

Membership

In addition to the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, and the Vice President and Dean for Student Life, CAC consists of eight students.  Students are selected based on nominations from the Undergraduate Association, the Graduate Student Council, the Dormitory Council, the Institute Community and Equity Officer, the Executive Administrator of the MindHandHeart Initiative, and the Title IX Coordinator.  CAC appointments are effective for the duration of an academic year.  The Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, and Vice President and Dean for Student Life hold the ultimate responsibility for determining membership and may make any changes they deem necessary.

Time Commitment

CAC meets with the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, and Vice President and Dean for Student Life three times a semester. All members are required to respect and maintain the confidiential nature of CAC’s discussions.

The Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, and Vice President and Dean for Student Life set the agenda for CAC meetings with input from student members.

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 importance 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)

COD aims to ensure equity and fairness to complainants and respondents. Processes are intended to be consistent, objective, and educational, rather than adversarial. Approximately 20% of cases are resolved through help-seeking protocols or informal means, without disciplinary action. In other cases, sanctions can include faculty letters to file, education, probation, removal from housing, suspension, or expulsion. COD acts with power in all cases. In specific circumstances, decisions may be appealed to the Chancellor.

MIT’s expectations for students and student organizations are outlined in publications such as the Mind and Hand Book, the Handbook on Academic Integrity, Policies and Procedures, and Housing Policies. The COD is not responsible for creating or changing policy, only for applying established policies to the facts of the case.  The formal charge to the committee can be found in the Rules and Regulations of the Faculty, section 1.73.7.

The committee consists of 6 elected faculty, 3 undergraduate students, 2 graduate students, and representatives of the deans for undergraduate education, graduate education, and student life. In 2013, the committee added the option of smaller sanctioning panels, creating a streamlined resolution in cases where a respondent accepts responsibility. In 2015, the committee introduced a dedicated sexual misconduct subcommittee, with membership appointed by the COD chair.

COD adjudicates cases involving allegations of cheating, plagiarism, alcohol, drugs, hazing, theft, sexual misconduct, unauthorized access, and other serious issues, which can be complex and emotionally charged. Some cases may require that members make difficult decisions about whether students should be permitted to stay at the Institute. Proceedings are subject to strict confidentiality. Strong interpersonal and communication skills are essential.

Time Commitment

Hearings/Panels.  Generally service on 1-3 sanctioning panels per semester (4-5 hrs ea). Scheduling varies based on member availability. Hearings typically require 2-3 hours preparation.

Meetings.  2 hrs per month of all-COD meetings and 2 hrs per month of subcommittee meetings.

Training.  Required all-member training includes 10-16 hours of initial briefing (across 2-3 days) in the early fall and a half-day retreat during IAP. Members serving on the sexual misconduct subcommittee receive 24-32 hours of additional specialized training.

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.

DSL STUDENT WELLBEING ADVISORY GROUP
(Other MIT Committee, Life and Community, Flexible)

The DSL Student Wellbeing Advisory Group (SWAG) links together critical student support functions at the Institute, including MIT Medical, MIT Mental Health and Counseling, and Student Support and Wellbeing. It further connects these resources to the voice of the student body.

SWAG acts as a confidential student advisory body and sounding board to the Chief of Mental Health and Counseling, the Director of Student Health, and the Senior Associate Dean of Student Support and Wellbeing. Student members provide insight into the student life and learning experience, including campus trends, and offer advice to advance the student support agenda on campus. Conversations may focus on (but will not be limited to):

  1. The student experience with support services on campus
  2. Potential changes to service delivery
  3. Critical health (mental health, physical health, and wellbeing) issues affecting the MIT community
  4. The intersection of academics and personal wellbeing

Time Commitment

SWAG meets two times per semester. All members are required to respect and maintain the confidential nature of SWAG’s discussions. Meeting agendas are set by the Chief of Mental Health and Counseling, the Director of Student Health, and the Senior Associate Dean of Student Support and Wellbeing, with input from student members.

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.  The Committee has the following duties and responsibilities:

  1. Formulate policy on matters of concern to the Faculty, for approval by the Faculty; interpret and implement policy as approved by the Faculty.
  2. Coordinate the work of the other Committees of the Faculty, establishing liaison with them, providing guidance and direction, and referring issues to particular Committees or establishing Ad Hoc Committees as appropriate.
  3. Maintain a broad overview of the Institute’s academic programs, coordinating and reviewing proposals from the Standing and Ad Hoc Committees for presentation to Faculty meeting.
  4. Maintain a broad overview of the activities of the Office of Corporate Relations and other similar efforts as they relate to the activities of the members of the Faculty.
  5. Keep informed of new problems of potential conflicts of interest and recommend appropriate modifications of policies and procedures to the Faculty.
  6. Communicate with the Faculty as a whole on important matters of policy, reporting regularly at Faculty meetings.
  7. Meet periodically with the President, Academic Deans, and others to enhance the interchange between the Faculty and the Administration on matters of concern to the Faculty.
  8. Consider issues involving relationships between Administration and both Faculty and other academic staff with teaching responsibilities.
  9. Establish the manner in which the academic program is presented in official Institute publications, delegating to other Standing Committees such parts of the responsibility as deemed desirable.

Membership

Voting members (13)—Chair of the Faculty (chair of the committee), Associate Chair of the Faculty, Secretary of the Faculty, Chair-elect or the immediately preceding Associate Chair (in alternate years), 7 elected Faculty members, 1 undergraduate, and 1 graduate student.

Ex officio, nonvoting members (3)—2 members designated by the Provost, 1 designated by the President.

Time Commitment

Meets 2x/month on Thursdays, 12-2 pm, in 10-300. Lunch provided.

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 HOUSING WORKING GROUP
(Other MIT Committee, Policy, Life and Community, High-Profile/Commitment)

The Graduate Housing Working Group will serve as the Institute’s advisory body for issues related to graduate housing strategy and planning.  The group’s charge includes the following:

  • Develop a plan to fulfill the remaining 250+ graduate student beds recommended in the 2014 Clay Report.
  • Explore issues such as potential sites, housing types, and a timeline for bringing these new beds online.
  • Assess how graduate student housing needs for singles and families have evolved in the three years since the Clay Report’s publication.
  • Report findings and recommendations to the MIT community for comment, and to the senior administration for a formal response.
  • Establish a process to ensure a periodic review of graduate student housing needs.

Graduate students will make up at least half of the working group.  Non-student members will include the Vice Chancellor, the Vice President and Dean for Student Life, the Director of Campus Planning, and the Senior Director for Housing Operation and Renewal Planning.

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

The Committee shall exercise general oversight of graduate educational programs and of graduate student policies.  The Committee has the following duties and responsibilities:

  1. Evaluating proposals for the adoption of new graduate degree programs and making recommendations to the Faculty concerning these programs.
  2. Evaluating proposals for the termination of existing programs with the aim of ensuring that (1) students currently enrolled in the program are able to complete their degree requirements; and that (2) departments whose curricula are affected have been given reasonable notice of termination; and reporting to the Faculty on the steps that are being taken in the process of termination.
  3. Considering proposals that would change or modify general policies related to graduate programs and graduate students and making recommendations to the Faculty.
  4. Encouraging best practices for graduate educational programs, including collecting and disseminating such practices.
  5. The Committee shall retain responsibility for:
    1. Evaluating academic performance of graduate students, including the issuance of formal warnings and denials of further registration.
    2. Approving requests for minor departures from general requirements for advanced degrees.
  • Approving proposals for changes in a graduate level subject of instruction.
  1. Cooperating with the Committee on Academic Performance in making recommendations to the Faculty on such matters as minor changes in the calendar, examinations and grading.
  2. Recommending to the Faculty, at the conclusion of the two regular terms and of the end of the summer session, candidates for advanced degrees.

The Committee may delegate responsibility for (i) through (v) to the Dean for Graduate Education.

  1. Serving as the standing Faculty advisory body to the Dean for Graduate Education and the Vice President for Research on policies related to graduate students.

Membership

The Committee consists of six elected members of the faculty, the Associate Chair of the Faculty, and two graduate student members. The Dean for Graduate Education and the Vice President for Research (or their designated representatives) serve as ex officio members. The Chair of the Committee and the Dean for Graduate Education 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. The committee shall monitor and uphold the MIT Faculty Open-Access Policy, which details the process for disseminating scholarly research.

Membership

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 Head of Information Services and Technology (or representative), and the Director of Libraries and two members of the Library Staff designated by the Director.

Time Commitment

Currently meets 2-3x per semester or as needed. The meeting day varies from year to year based on members’ availability, but it is always held 12pm-1:30pm, with lunch provided. There is generally little preparation needed ahead of meetings.

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 AND AFFILIATES HEALTH INSURANCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
(Other MIT Committee, Policy, Health/Safety, Flexible)

The Student and Affiliates Health Insurance Advisory Committee advises the Executive Vice President and Treasurer, Provost, and Chancellor based on perceived needs, balancing resource constraints.  It is not a decision-making body or an advocacy platform.  The Committee will review and discuss requests for benefit changes; benefit design changes that may be required in light of Federal and State requirements; recommendations on Basic and Extended premium rates for students, affiliates, spouses, and dependents; and coverage for student activities and athletics.  The Committee will also provide input on communications to improve student knowledge and exception processing.

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 faculty Committee on Student Life is concerned with the quality of the learning and living environment at MIT, with specific attention to issues of community. The duties and responsibilities of the CSL include:

  1. Exercising general attention for the range, availability, and effectiveness of Institute-wide support services to students, and with the formal and informal relationship among the students, the Institute, and the Faculty.
  2. Considering proposals that would change or modify policies pertinent to student life and making recommendations to the Faculty and the Vice President for Student Life.
  3. Encouraging innovation in programs regarding student life, particularly involving faculty, including the coordination and review of initiatives.
  4. Interacting with other Faculty Committees and student governing organizations and with the Schools, departments, etc., on important issues concerning student life and community and communicating with the MIT community about such issues.
  5. Serving as the standing Faculty advisory body to the Vice President for Student Life.

The Committee is an advisory body and does not act with power on policies.

Membership

The voting members of the Committee consist of six elected members of the faculty, three undergraduate, and two graduate students. The three undergraduate students shall normally include one sophomore, one junior, and one senior. The Vice President for Student Life (or a designated representative) serves as an ex officio, nonvoting member.

The committee frequently hosts guests to discuss student life issues.

Time Commitment

Meets every other Friday during fall and spring terms, from 12-2 pm. Members must be available for full 2-hour sessions of standing Friday meetings. Lunch is provided.

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

The Title IX 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.

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 is 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 also exercises prior review of MIT publications and formal releases directed toward the prospective undergraduate student.

Membership

The voting members of the Committee are six elected Faculty members, three undergraduate students, and one graduate student. The ex officio, nonvoting members of the Committee are as follows:

  • Dean for Undergraduate Education
  • Dean of Admissions
  • Executive Director of Student Financial Services
  • One member designated by the Dean for Undergraduate Education (typically, administrative leadership)

Time Commitment

Meets 4 times/semester (approximately once/month) on Thursdays from 12-1:30pm; lunch is provided. Members must be available for standing Thursday meetings. Additional meetings may occasionally be required.

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.


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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