Skip to main content

Office of the Provost

6004 Parkhurst Hall, Room 111
Hanover, NH 03755-3529
Phone: (603) 646-2404
Email: Provost@Dartmouth.edu
Home >

College Councils

From the Organization of the Faculty of Dartmouth College (OFDC):

The Councils of the General Faculty provide a forum for deliberation on matters of policy affecting the entire institution. They serve in a continuing advisory capacity to the President, the Provost and Board of Trustees, and report annually to the General Faculty. The President will appoint chairs of Councils normally from among the members who are not ex officio.

All faculty members of the Councils shall be elected or appointed for a period of three years. Members elected or appointed during the spring assume office on the first day of the summer term; those members elected or appointed to full three year terms shall be ineligible to succeed themselves. Council meetings shall be conducted according to the latest edition of Robert's Rules of Order.

 

Council Functions and Membership

 

  • Council on Graduate Studies
    Functions: (1) To recommend to the faculties and the Trustees principles and policies governing all aspects of graduate education (2) To review proposals for graduate degree programs and to forward them, with recommendation,to the appropriate faculty or faculties of the College. Council jurisdiction does not extend to those degree programs which are the exclusive responsibility of the faculties of the Professional Schools. (3) To certify to the appropriate faculties that candidates have met all requirements for the granting of graduate degrees. (4) To submit a report to the General Faculty at the end of each academic year.

    Membership: The Council on Graduate Studies shall consist of the Dean of Graduate Studies, the Chair (or designate) of each of the degree-granting graduate programs, one member from each of the three Professional School faculties, and two graduate students.

    The chair shall take the initiative in forming such special committees as are desirable for planning and coordinating interlocking interests of graduate programs with other activities of the various faculties, and with the responsibilities of existing committees of those faculties.

  • Council on the Libraries
    Functions: (1) To represent the faculty in maintaining the excellence of the Library with respect both to its holdings and to its usefulness to the educational community.  (2) To advise the Librarian of the College on formulation and implementation of policies for the acquisition, housing, and preservation of library resources, on development of library services for the benefit of the libraries' users, and on other matters of general library policy.  (3) To assist in the apportionment of the acquisitions funds of the libraries, in keeping the Librarian of the College informed concerning library needs for programs of instruction and research, and in providing liaison between the Librarian of the College and the faculties of the College. (4) To submit a report to the General Faculty at the end of each academic year.

    Membership: The Council on the Libraries shall consist of the Librarian of the College; the Provost or his or her representative; the Dean of College or his or her representative; six members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (two from each division, from different departments) appointed by the Committee on Organization and Policy; one member from each of the three Professional Schools; and three students, two undergraduates and one graduate. The Vice President of Information Technology serves as a non-voting member.

  • Council on Honorary Degrees
    Functions: (1) To represent the four faculties of the College in conference with the President and Trustees on the award of honorary degrees. (2) To cooperate with the Committee on Commencement in determining faculty participation at Commencement and on similar occasions.

    Membership: The Council on Honorary Degrees shall consist of three members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (one from each division) appointed by the Committee on Organization and Policy, and one member from each of the three Professional School faculties.

  • Council on Sponsored Activities
    Functions: (1) To propose and endorse internal policies regulating the activities sponsored by agencies outside the College. (2) To propose and endorse institutional positions in response to policies of external sponsoring agencies as they affect the College.  (3)  To review periodically the scope and impact of sponsored activities in relation to institutional purposes. (4)  To propose and endorse institutional policies with regard to patents, copyrights, technology transfer, and the like. (5) To submit a report to the General Faculty at the end of each academic year.

    Membership: The Council on Sponsored Activities shall consist of the Provost, the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, the Director of Sponsored Projects, the General Counsel, the Deans of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the three Professional Schools or their duly appointed representatives, and two members appointed by the Steering Committee from the faculties of the Professional Schools, and two members from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences delegated from the voting membership of the Committee on the Faculty. The chair shall be appointed by the President from among the members.

  • Council on Computing
    Functions: (1) To advise and consult with the VP/CIO on technology issues, services, standards, policies, and priorities that affect the faculty, students and staff of Dartmouth College.  (2) To advise and consult with the VP/CIO on developing appropriate communication channels to Dartmouth faculty, students, and staff so that the Dartmouth constituencies are informed about information technology issues, and Computing Services has a variety of channels where concerns can be raised. (3) To advise the General Faculty, the officers of administration, and the Board of Trustees on questions of information technology policy. (4) To submit a report to the General Faculty at the end of each academic year.

    Membership: The Council on Computing shall consist of the Provost, the Dean of the Faculty, the Dean of the College, the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (or their representatives); the Vice President of Information Technology/Chief Information Officer, Librarian of the College; six members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (two from each division, from different departments) appointed by the Committee on Organization and Policy; one member from each of the three Professional School faculties; two undergraduate students and one graduate student.

    Non-voting members of the Council shall include: the IT Directors from each of the three Professional Schools, three members from Computing Services representing support for Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences divisions, and the Director of Library User Services.

    The Vice-President of Information Technology shall have the authority to form subcommittees as needed to provide advice on particular computing issues. Appointments of members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences to such subcommittees shall be made by the Committee on Organization and Policy. All appointments to such subcommittees shall be for a one-year term which can be renewed.

  • Council on Benefits
    Functions: (1) To review with the President policies and decision-making processes which bear on the benefits program at Dartmouth College. (2) To review and evaluate the College's employee benefits program and to make recommendations to the President with regard to the modification of existing employee benefit plans and the design of any new benefit programs. (3)  To receive from the Office of Human Resources on at least an annual basis a report, complete with appropriate data and comparative information, regarding 1) responsiveness of the benefit plan to the needs of faculty and staff, 2) competitiveness with the plans of other institutions, and 3) cost effectiveness of Dartmouth's benefit plan. (4) To advise its constituent groups whenever appropriate on changes being contemplated before the deadline for finalizing them. (5) To submit a report to the General Faculty and other interested parties at the end of the academic year.

    Membership: The Council on Benefits shall consist of four members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (one drawn from the voting membership of the Committee on Faculty and three appointed by the Committee on Organization and Policy), one member from the Faculty of the Tuck School, one member from the Faculty of the Thayer School, two members from the Faculty of the Dartmouth Medical School, four representatives from exempt ranks and eight members from non-exempt and non-union service employee ranks. Members shall serve on the council for a term of three years, with the terms of service staggered. The chair shall be appointed by the President from among the members. The Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer,or his or her representative, shall be a non-voting member and serve as staff to the council.

  • Council on Undergraduate Research
    Functions:(1) To advise the Dean of Faculty's Office of Undergraduate Advising & Research on issues related to undergraduate research, undergraduate research programs, and campus-wide events at which undergraduates present their research. (2) To determine selection criteria for research programs administered by the Office of Undergraduate Advising & Research and to assist in selecting students for funding and for campus presentations as necessary. (3) To make undergraduate research opportunities and funding sources known to undergraduates and to keep faculty members informed about such opportunities and resources so that they may counsel and encourage students to make full use of them. (4) To act as an advisory body to faculty submitting grant proposals that involve undergraduate research. (5) To recommend to the General Faculty any major changes to the policies and procedures regarding undergraduate research at the college. (6) To submit a report to the General Faculty at the end of each academic year.

    Membership: The Council on Undergraduate Research shall consist of the Dean of Faculty or his or her representative, the Provost or his or her representative, the Assistant Dean of Faculty for Undergraduate Research, a member of the Committee on Instruction, six members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (at least one from each of the four divisions of the faculty, no two from the same department, appointed by the Committee on Organization and Policy), and one member from each of the three professional schools.

  • Council on Academic Freedom and Responsibility
    Membership: (1) The Council will consist of eighteen members. (2) Elections will be conducted annually in the spring term by a two-stage preferential ballot. The names of all full-time members of the General Faculty, including those on leave, but excepting those holding administrative offices other than department or program chair, will appear on the first-stage ballot. Each voter will select twelve names. The names of twenty-four persons receiving the highest number of votes will appear on the second ballot. Each voter will select and rank six of these twenty-four names. The six persons receiving the highest number of votes on the second-stage ballot will become members of the Council for a full three-year term. Vacancies on the Council will be filled by appointment in descending order of number of votes received by the first twelve persons on the most recent second-stage ballot. Further vacancies will be filled in the same manner from the next most recent second-stage ballot, and so forth, all such appointments to be valid only until the next spring term elections. The above procedures will be modified if necessary, to ensure that all faculties are represented on the Council. (3) All full-time members of the General Faculty, including those on leave, will be eligible to vote in Council elections. (4) Five members of the Council will constitute the Panel for any case brought before it. Selection of the five Panel members shall be by drawing of lots. Upon challenge or withdrawal of Panel members, under rules set forth in Section 7 of the Agreement Concerning Academic Freedom,Tenure, and Responsibility of Faculty Members, alternate members of the Panel shall likewise be drawn by lot. (5) If the entire membership of the Council available for an individual case should be exhausted by voluntary withdrawals and/or challenges, the Council shall be replenished in the manner described in (2) for purposes of that case only. (6) The Council will have a secretary, to be appointed each spring from the membership of the Council by the President for a one-year term. The secretary will receive charges inaugurating Council proceedings, will supervise drawings by lot, will preside over any challenge procedures, and will record voluntary withdrawals by Council members. (7) After challenges and voluntary withdrawals are completed in any individual case, the five-member Panel which will hear that case will elect its own Panel chair.

Last Updated: 6/7/18