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Articles III - IV

Article III. House Presidents' Association

SECTION 1. MEMBERS

The House Presidents' Association shall consist of;

  1. The chair;
    1. The student shall be elected from among the membership of the House Presidents' Association.
    2. The student shall serve for one year. The student may run for and be elected to the office for no more than two terms.
  2. The vice chair;
    1. The student shall be elected from among the membership of the House Presidents' Association.
    2. The student shall record minutes from the meeting.
    3. The student shall conduct meetings in the absence of the chair.
  3. All house presidents duly elected by their respective houses.

SECTION 2. DUTIES AND POWERS

  1. Meetings of the house presidents shall be held twice a month for the purposes of discussing concerns relating to the functioning of the houses.
  2. House presidents as a group shall recommend measures for consideration and action by the college committee dealing with community policy.
  3. House presidents shall act as an avenue of communication between the administration and the houses on matters of residence at Smith College.
  4. House presidents shall consider problems and questions referred to that group by the administration, individual houses, or students.
  5. On occasion, the body of house presidents may be called upon to transmit information from other organizations to the members of the houses or to conduct elections, referendums, or surveys as requested by the cabinet or the senate.
  6. All house presidents shall return to campus approximately seven to ten days prior to opening convocation to participate in an orientation and training program.

Article IV. Curriculum Committee

SECTION 1. MEMBERS

The Curriculum Committee shall consist of;

  1. The chair;
    1. The student shall be a senior, elected in the spring all-college election of their junior year, for a term of one year. The student shall have been a member of the Curriculum Committee for at least one year.
    2. The student's term shall begin at the cabinet meeting following the election. The term shall end at the cabinet meeting following the successor's election.
    3. The student shall sit on cabinet.
    4. The student shall set the agenda and preside over meetings of the Curriculum Committee.
    5. The student shall publish the agenda for all-campus forums sponsored by the Curriculum Committee on the SGA webpage.
    6. The student shall be able to request that additional members of the college community attend meetings of the Committee on Academic Policy as necessary.
    7. In the event the office of chair of the Curriculum Committee is vacated, it shall be filled by the vice-chair of the Curriculum Committee.
  2. The vice chair;
    1. The student shall be a member of the Curriculum Committee, elected in the fall from the committee's membership for a term of one year.
    2. In the event the office of vice chair of the Curriculum Committee is vacated, it shall be filled by a divisional representative, who shall be self-nominated and elected by a simple majority of the Curriculum Committee.
  3. The secretary;
    1. The student shall be a member of the Curriculum Committee Executive Board.
    2. The student shall be responsible for all correspondence and minutes of the Curriculum Committee.
  4. The Ada vice-president or an appointee from the Ada Comstock Scholars class.
  5. One to three senators, elected by the senate.
  6. Two students shall be appointed in the spring by the Committee on Elections and Appointments for a term of one year. Preference shall be given to students who have not sat on the executive board in the past.
  7. The head of Student Academic Advisers.
  8. One graduate student may sit on the committee, to discuss overlapping curricular concerns with undergraduate studies.

SECTION 2. DUTIES AND POWERS OF THE CURRICULUM COMMITTEE EXECUTIVE BOARD

  1. The chair of the Curriculum Committee and representatives from the executive board shall be liaisons to the Committee on Academic Priorities.
  2. To hold forums for the discussion of questions of educational policy.
    1. The forums shall be held as necessary and shall be open to the entire college community.
    2. Any member of the college community may propose business for the agenda. The chair is responsible for publishing the agenda prior to the forum.
    3. The executive board shall be responsible for relaying any proposals made during the forums to the appropriate body for consideration.
  3. To appoint committees, ad hoc or permanent, to investigate suggestions and implement programs regarding educational policy.
  4. To publish course critiques to help students in the selection of courses in the form of ASPECTS (A Student Perspective on Every Course Taught at Smith).
  5. To keep the senate and campus at large informed of curriculum concerns and changes.
  6. To assist the administration with the college's mandatory faculty teaching evaluations each semester. Members of the committee shall meet with the dean of the college and other administrators involved in planning and altering these evaluations.
  7. To carry the operating expenses of the Faculty Teaching Award Committee. An appointee from the committee will serve as the chair of the Faculty Teaching Awards Committee.
  8. To advocate for increased global engagement opportunities in the curriculum. A committee member shall be a liaison to the Global Studies Center Student Steering Committee.

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