Calendar Committee

The Calendar Committee will review the calendar as published for the current academic year and as proposed for the next academic year to determine if modifications are desirable. The Committee’s recommendations, with rationale, are made to the Interim Provost.

Additionally, the committee should develop and submit for approval the academic calendars for the next five years.

MEMBERSHIP: Administrators, including

  • Dean, College of Business or Dean, College of Arts and Sciences – 1
  • Graduate Programs – 1
  • Undergraduate Advising and Records – 3
  • Other – 1
  • Faculty – 2
  • Students – 2

MEETINGS: As necessary at the call of the Chair

REPORT: The final report should be made to the Interim Provost by October 1 for inclusion in University publications for the next academic year.

Commencement Awards Committee

CHARGE: The Committee will review all of the Commencement awards, approve the criteria for selection of award recipients, implement a procedure appropriate for selection of award recipients, and carry out that procedure.

The Committee will solicit nominations from the Bryant community for the following awards:

  • The Achievement in Creative Expression Award
  • The Bryant University Good Citizenship Award
  • The George M. Parks Award
  • The Roger W. Babson Award

The following awards are selected by respective departments, which must submit the names and biographies of award recipients to the Awards Committee no later than March 8.

Academic Affairs – Office of the Interim Provost and Chief Academic Officer

  • The Bryant University Scholar Award
  • The President’s List Sash

Academic Records Office

  • The Jeremiah Clark Barber Award
  • The George J. Kelly Award
  • The Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key Award

Accounting Department

  • The Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants Award
  • The Leander Francis Emin Endowed Homestead Award
  • The Anna M. & Jere St. Angelo ‘61 Accounting Award (2)

Athletics Department (2)

  • The Female Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award
  • The Male Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award

Communication Department

  • The Communication Department Award

Computer Information Systems Department

  • The Computer Information Systems Department Award

Economics Department

  • The Excellence in Economics Award

English and Cultural Studies Department

  • The Literary and Cultural Studies Award

Finance Department

  • The Jack H. Rubens Leadership in Finance Award
  • The Jack H. Rubens Leadership in Financial Services Award

History and Social Sciences Department

  • The Global Studies Award
  • The Legal Studies Award
  • The Political Science Award
  • The Sociology Award
  • The Pell Medal for United States History Award

Management Department

  • The Target Corporation Bryant Student Chapter of SHRM Management Department Award (3 )

Mathematics Department

  • The John Hancock Insurance Company Award (2 )
  • The SAS Institute Award (2)

Modern Languages Department

  • The Modern Languages Department Award

Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity

  • The Kappa Tau Brotherhood Award

Psychology Department

  • The Excellence in Applied Psychology Award

ROTC Program

  • The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Achievement Award

Science Department

  • The Environmental Science Leadership Award
  • The Excellence in Biology Award

Student Senate Service Awards Committee

  • The Student Senate Service Award (6)

The Student Charge is delivered by a graduating senior who is selected by the Committee from a pool of applicants.

Recommendations to effect changes in awards are made to the Interim Provost.

The Committee will include a biography on each recipient.

MEMBERSHIP:

  • Administrators – Residence Life, Student Activities, Academic Affairs Administration
  • Other: Faculty (1), Student with Junior standing (1)

Ex-officio: VPSA/Dean of Student Life or designee

NOTE: The VPSA/Dean of Students will serve in an ad hoc capacity on this Committee and vote in the event that someone from that area has not been selected to serve as a regular member of the Committee.

MEETINGS: As necessary at the call of the Chair.

Selection of award recipients must be finalized and submitted to the Commencement Committee no later than April 15.

REPORT: The final report of the Committee which lists all award recipients is to be submitted to the Interim Provost by April 15 of each academic year.

Graduate School Academic Grievance Committee

CHARGE:

The Graduate Student Academic Grievance Committee will hold hearings on academic grievances filed by graduate students.  The appeal process for an academic grievance will initially be pursued through the faculty member involved and the Director of the Graduate School.  The Committee will meet only when the student has not been able to resolve the grievance through the faculty member and Director.  The Committee will have the authority to make recommendations for disposition of grievances to the Interim Provost. The Interim Provost will consider the recommendation; however, he/she will not be bound by the recommendation, and his/her decision on the grievance will be final.

MEMBERSHIP:

  • Administrators (1)
  • Director of Graduate School–Chair Pro tem
  • Graduate Faculty (3)
  • Graduate Students (5)

MEETINGS:

The Committee will meet as soon as possible subsequent to the chairperson receiving a written request for a hearing from a graduate student.  A written recommendation shall be submitted to the Interim Provost within one week after the Committee has heard a grievance.  The Interim Provost will respond to the Committee concerning the disposition of the grievance report within one week after his/her having received the report, and the Interim Provost’s decision will be final.

REPORT:

The Committee will submit an annual report of its activities to the Interim Provost by April 15 of each academic year.

Honors Council

CHARGE:

The Honors Council will review and make recommendations to CUO related to the Bryant University Honors Program.  These would include:

  • Review and make recommendations on admissions/entrance/retention requirements for undergraduate honors;
  • Review and make recommendations to Curriculum Committee regarding curriculum requirements for undergraduate honors students;
  • Review and recommendations to CUO relating to undergraduate Honors Program requirements;
  • Approve all proposals for senior honors projects and review the completed work;
  • Make certain that instructors and students are functioning as an Honors community.

MEMBERSHIP (Two-year staggered terms):

  • Honors Coordinator (non-voting)
  • Faculty (4)
  • Ex Officio: Special Advisor to the Interim Provost

REPORT:

Submit an annual report on student projects and the progress of the Honors Program in general to the Interim Provost by June 15 each year.

Scholastic Standing Committee

CHARGE:

The University Committee on Scholastic Standing is responsible for reviewing and recommending standards of academic performance required for the awarding of degrees and academic honors, and the quality of work leading to an academic warning, probationary status, or academic dismissal.

The Committee will meet to hear, review, and decide on the appeals of those students who have been academically dismissed and who request such a review. The initial decision regarding readmission rests with the Committee, which, upon review, will establish the particular conditions for readmission. These conditions may be academic as well as non-academic in nature.

A student who has been readmitted to Probation Status by the Committee and who does not adhere to all the conditions set by the Committee will be dismissed from the University without further appeal to the Committee.  The decision of the Committee may be appealed to the Interim Provost (or his/her designee) for final disposition.

The Committee will establish, at the earliest possible date, written policies and procedures addressing the following areas:  committee confidentiality, requirements for a quorum, role of the chair to the committee, and a philosophy to guide the workings of the Committee.

Recommendations to effect changes in policy and procedure are made to the Interim Provost. The Committee serves as a body of Hearing Officers from which a panel may be selected to preside.  A panel is defined as consisting minimally of three (3) faculty members and two (2) administrators, but it could range upward to include the entire committee membership.

MEMBERSHIP:

  • Administrators (3) – Undergraduate Programs, Student Affairs, Admission
  • Faculty (4) – 1 elected as Chair, another as Vice Chair

NOTE: The VPSA/Dean of Students will serve in an ad hoc capacity on this Committee and vote in the event that someone from that area has not been selected to serve as a regularmember of the Committee.

MEETINGS:

The Committee will meet a minimum of once each year to review the standards of academic performance and at such other times as necessary to hear academic appeals and make recommendations on admission.

REPORT:

A written report will be submitted at the beginning of each semester on the activities of the previous semester to the Interim Provost (e.g., February 10 and September 10).

Undergraduate Student Academic Grievance Committee

CHARGE:

The Committee will hold hearings on academic grievances asserted by undergraduate students.  The appeal process for an academic grievance shall initially be pursued through the faculty member involved, the appropriate chairperson, and the Special Advisor to the Interim Provost. The Committee will meet only when the student has not been able to resolve the grievance through the faculty member, the chairperson, and the Special Advisor to the Interim Provost.  The Committee shall have the authority to make recommendations for disposition of grievances to the Interim Provost.  The Interim Provost will consider the recommendation but will not be bound by the recommendation; his/her decision on the grievance will be final.

MEMBERSHIP:

The composition of the committee will be as follows:

  1. The student/faculty ratio is 4/4; four (4) faculty members and four (4) undergraduate students;
  2. At least one faculty representative must serve from each of the colleges: The College of Business and The College of Arts and Sciences;
  3. One representative of the university administration (preferably from the Registrar’s Office).
  4. Student restrictions are as follows:
    1. Student members must have achieved at least junior status.
    2. Student members must be screened by Academic Affairs for academic integrity, and must have achieved a minimum 2.5 GPA.
  5. The confidentiality statement must be signed and adhered to as a requirement for membership.
  6. The faculty membership term is for two years and staggered for continuity.

MEETINGS:

The Committee will meet as soon as possible subsequent to the Chair receiving a written request for a hearing from an undergraduate student.

A written recommendation will be submitted to the Interim Provost within one week after the Committee has heard a grievance.  The Interim Provost will respond to the Committee concerning the disposition of the grievance report within one week of his/her having received the report; and the Interim Provst’s decision will be final.

REPORT:

The Committee will submit an annual report of its activities to the Vice President for Student Affairs by April 15 of each academic year.

Institutional Review Board on Human Subjects

CHARGE:

The IRB on Human Subjects shall review all federally funded research involving the use of human subjects prior to initiation of that research. Review is voluntary for non-federally funded projects. The IRB exists to help ensure the protection of human subjects used in research projects, to provide guidance to researchers in the design of experiments, to inform and protect the faculty on legal issues, and to provide a process that encourages the review of experimental protocols.

MEMBERSHIP:

IRM members are appointed by the President or his appointed designee. The IRB is composed of six members with varying experience, expertise, background, and gender in order to promote adequate review of research activities. Members include: Two faculty from liberal arts disciplines; two faculty from business disciplines; one administrator who will also serve a record-keeper; and a faculty member who is not affiliated with Bryant University, either directly or indirectly.

MEETINGS:

The IRB will meet as needed to respond to proposals within two weeks, shorter if possible. The IRB will make every effort to prevent the delay of research projects or submission of funding proposals.

REPORTS:

All committee deliberations will be a matter of public record. Minutes will be kept at all committee meetings, and the committee’s decisions on proposals will be communicated in writing to the investigator, the Chair of the investigator’s department, and the Interim Provost. Copies of these minutes and final decisions will be available to the Bryant Community.

The Interim Provost will conduct an annual review of the program to ensure that the review process is adequately serving the research community, and that proper protection is being afforded human subjects.