Student Handbook

Bylaws of the Student Government Association of Smith College

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 in the fall.
    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.
    3. The student shall sit on the SGA president's cabinet.
      1. The student shall be a voting member of Senate or shall choose to send the vice chair in their place.
  2. The vice chair;
    1. The student shall be elected from among the membership of the House Presidents' Association in the fall.
    2. The student shall conduct meetings in the absence of the chair.
    3. The student shall sit on SGA Senate as a voting member if chosen by the chair.
  3. The secretary;
    1. The student shall be elected from among the membership of the House Presidents' Association in the fall.
    2. The student shall record minutes from the meeting.
  4. All house presidents duly elected by their respective houses.

SECTION 2. DUTIES AND POWERS

  1. Meetings of the house presidents shall be held once a week 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 them 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 elected in the spring all-college election for a term of one year. The student shall have been a member of the Curriculum Committee for at least one year.
    2. The term shall begin at the first senate meeting of the academic year following the regular spring election. It shall end on the last senate meeting in that same academic year. 
    3. The student shall sit on Senate as a voting member.
    4. The chair shall meet regularly with college faculty and administrators. This includes meeting regularly with the Provost, attending Faculty meetings, and sitting on the Policy Subcommittee of the Committee on Academic Priorities.
    5. The student shall set the agenda and preside over meetings of the Curriculum Committee.
    6. In the event that the office of chair of the Curriculum Committee is vacated, it shall be filled by the vice-chair of the Curriculum Committee.
    7. In the event that no chair is elected in the spring campus-wide elections or the seat is vacated prior to fall elections, an interim chair shall be elected from within the committee to serve until a new chair can be elected.
  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. The vice chair shall accompany the chair to administrative meetings and shall help advise the chair on the priorities and proceedings of the committee.
  3. The secretary:
    1. The student shall be responsible for all the correspondence and minutes of the Curriculum Committee, and shall be responsible for ensuring that the records and documents related to the work of the committee are saved digitally for access by future committees.
  4. The Ada vice-president or an appointee from the Ada Comstock Scholars class.
  5. Up to to three senators, elected by the senate.
  6. A student from each class year should be present on the committee. If these representatives cannot be recruited from senate or the student body by the first meeting of the school year, the committee should turn to the Committee on Elections and Appointment to appoint members.
  7. Additional members may be appointed by the Committee on Elections and Appointments at the request of the chair.

SECTION 2. DUTIES AND POWERS OF THE CURRICULUM COMMITTEE

  1. The chair of the Curriculum Committee shall be liaisons to the Committee on Academic Priorities.
  2. The committee shall host forums to discuss educational policy issues.
    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 chair shall be responsible for relaying any proposals made during the forums to the appropriate bodies for consideration.
  3. To appoint committees to investigate suggestions and implement programs regarding educational policy. These committees may be ad hoc or permanent.
  4. To keep the senate and campus at large informed of curriculum concerns and changes.
  5. 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 with other administrators involved in planning and altering these evaluations.
  6. The Committee shall regularly gather input from the student body to aid in agenda setting and decision making. The Committee shall be responsible for representing the campus community, rather than relying solely on the opinions of its members.
  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. The Committee may appoint members to act as a liaison to different offices and centers, including but not limited to the Shared Center, Jacobson Center, Global Studies Center, or Spinelli Center.