The By-Laws of the University describe the Advisory Committee as follows: "So that the knowledge and views of the Faculty may be appropriately represented in important decisions facing the University, there shall be an Advisory Committee consisting of the Provost, the academic Deans, and eight tenured Faculty members selected from and by the undergraduate faculty and one Faculty member selected from and by the law faculty. The Committee shall make recommendations to the President concerning cases of undergraduate tenure and promotion summer grant applications; sabbatical applications; honorary degree nominations; other matters of University-wide importance; and the processes by which these decisions should be reached. The Board shall consult with the Committee in considering the selection of a President of the University. The President shall consult with the Committee in considering the selection of a Provost, and the Provost shall consult with the Committee in considering the selection of an academic Dean."
Automatic Rule and Reinstatement Committee is composed of two undergraduate faculty members, the Dean of The College, the Dean of the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics, the VPSA/Dean of Students, the Associate Provost, the Associate Dean of The College, Associate Dean of the Williams School, the Dean of Student Life, and the University Registrar as a non-voting consultant. It administers regulations concerning undergraduate academic probation and the Automatic Rule which govern an undergraduate student's academic eligibility to continue enrollment at Washington and Lee. The committee also determines whether an undergraduate student who has withdrawn from the University may be reinstated and whether a student who applies to the committee may receive a leave of absence.
Courses and Degrees Committee (C&D) composed of the Dean of The College and the Dean of the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics, six undergraduate faculty members appointed by the President, and two student representatives appointed by the President upon nomination by the Student Body Executive Committee; the University Registrar serves as the non-voting secretary. The committee is charged with the general supervision and development of policies concerning undergraduate entrance requirements, courses of study, curricular standards, and degrees. More specifically, its functions, subject to review and final action by the undergraduate faculty, are: (a) to make suggestions concerning entrance requirements as they relate to the curriculum of the University; (b) to study and consider the change and improvement of undergraduate curricula and requirements for degrees, and to recommend such changes; (c) to determine questions concerning the introduction, substitution, and evaluation of individual courses of study, and also the policy governing credit for work offered by transfer students from other institutions; (d) to consider methods and standards of instruction including the matter of duplication of courses. The committee meets at 3:30 pm every Tuesday during the academic term.
Faculty Administrators Evaluation Committee (FAEC) creates the instruments used for including faculty in the evaluation process for the provost and academic deans, to oversee the administration of the faculty involvement in the evaluation process, and to report the results to the supervisor (President in the case of the Provost and Provost in the case of the Deans). Members of this committee are all tenured faculty, four undergraduate and two law, serving three-year terms. During their term on the Faculty Review Committee, members or alternates would be ineligible to serve on the FAEC.
Faculty Committee on Inclusiveness represents faculty concern for making Washington and Lee a community open to persons from diverse backgrounds, one that respects and recognizes benefits of administrators, faculty, staff, and students from these different backgrounds. The committee receives reports from administrators as recommended by the faculty, advises University administrators where appropriate, and proposes new initiatives to the faculty when and if they are needed. The committee reports to the faculty annually. The committee consists of seven undergraduate and two law faculty appointed for three-year, staggered terms. Undergraduate members are appointed by the Provost in consultation with the current committee, subject to approval of the undergraduate faculty. Law members are appointed by the Dean of the School of Law in consultation with the current committee and subject to approval of the law faculty. Committee members should include senior and junior faculty members representing all segments of the diverse community for which we are striving. [This committee is dormant. No new appointments to this committee are being made. Faculty EC has been asked to consider eliminating this committee. Comments should be directed to Larry Peppers, Chair of Faculty EC.]
Faculty Executive Committee (FEC) acts ad interim for the University and Undergraduate Faculty when the faculty cannot meet; it receives student, faculty, and departmental petitions requesting exceptions to University regulations on matters not delegated to other University Committees; it originates recommendations to the university and undergraduate faculties relating to matters not delegated to other University committees; it receives a suggested one- and five-year undergraduate calendar from the Registration and Class Schedules Committee and recommends a calendar to the undergraduate faculty; it acts as the faculty's "committee on committees;" and it advises the President and Deans on matters not delegated to the Advisory Committee. The committee will be the point of contact between the undergraduate faculty and the Dean of Admissions about policy regarding undergraduate admissions and practices. The committee meets at 3:30 pm every Monday during the academic term.
The Rector of the Board of Trustees has invited the Faculty to participate in the board sessions and to serve as non-voting participants in all the activities of six standing committees, namely Campus Life, Capital Projects, Development and External Relations, Finance, Law and Undergraduate Academics and Admissions. The faculty will elect eight representatives, with each serving on two committees for a two-year term. A lapse of one year is required between elected terms. To assure representation by the three divisions, two representatives are elected from the Law School, two are elected from the Williams School, and four are elected from The College. Each of the three units should elect their representatives in the manner they deem appropriate. A "year" is defined as an academic year. Terms will normally begin with the October board meeting. The assignment of who serves on which committee, with the exception of the Law Committee, will be determined by discussions between the Rector and the elected members as to where their interests and expertise can best be used. The representatives will make written reports to the faculty after each board meeting, and a spokesperson selected by the group, will make an oral report at the undergraduate and law faculty meetings.
Faculty Review Committee (FRC) is advisory to the President and shall hear appeals for non-reappointment or failure to promote based on detailed and substantiated allegations of inadequate consideration or improper consideration. The FRC is composed of six members and five alternates, all of whom shall be tenured members of the Faculty. Five members and three alternates shall be elected from and by the undergraduate faculty and one member and two alternates shall be elected from and by the law faculty. Members and alternates of the Advisory Committee and the Faculty Administrators Evaluation Committee are not eligible to serve concurrently on the FRC and for one year subsequent to the completion of their respective terms.
The By-laws define the duties and composition of the committee as follows: "The President's Advisory Committee and the Rector of the Board shall constitute a Committee on Honorary Degrees which shall be chaired by the Provost. The Board, on its own initiative or upon recommendation of the Committee, may from time to time grant such honorary degrees as it deems proper, and must approve honorary degree recipients."
Student Affairs Committee (SAC) is composed of the VP for Student Affairs and Dean of Students (chair), the Dean of Student Life, the Assistant Dean for Law Student Services, six members elected by and from the University Faculty (undergraduate and law) from among those not already on the University Board of Appeals and including at least one from the Department of Physical Education, Athletics, and Recreation and one elected by and from the Law Faculty. Student members are the President of the Student Body, the Chair of the Student Judicial Council (SJC), a student from the Student-Faculty Hearing Board (SFHB), the Head Resident Assistant, the President of the Student Bar Association (SBA), the second-year representative to SBA, an elected representative of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) Advisory Board, the President of the Interfraternity Council (IFC), and the President of the Panhellenic Council (PC). SAC is responsible for reviewing issues affecting student life, for recommending to the University Faculty changes in University policy on non-curricular student matters, and for overseeing Greek life including the maintenance and review of the Standards for Fraternities/Sororities. With authority delegated by the University Faculty, SAC oversees the judicial procedures of SJC, IFC, PC, SFHB and the resident advisers in university housing.
Student-Faculty Hearing Board (SFHB) is authorized to hear and adjudicate allegations of sexual misconduct involving Washington and Lee students. It is chaired by an administrator with appropriate professional training and experience appointed by the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, and drawn from the administrative staff of the Division of Student Affairs. The Vice President for Student Affairs shall serve as chair in the event that recusal or some other circumstance prevents the board chair from serving in a specific case. The Chair who presides in any specific case shall not be permitted to serve on the University Board of Appeals in any appeal arising from that case.
University Board of Appeals (UBA) is chaired by the Dean of Students and hears all appeals from the student conduct process filed by individuals, groups, or the University Official, with the exception of appeals from the Executive Committee of the Student Body. Two Undergraduate Faculty and two Law Faculty are elected for two-year terms, from among those not on the Student Affairs Committee, with initial faculty appointments staggered to assure that no more than one of each will rotate off in a particular year. Alternate members for University Board of Appeals shall be elected at the same time as members are elected. There shall be two alternates, decided as the first runners-up in the election of members, one from the undergraduate faculty and one from the law faculty. Alternates will serve in the event a board member needs to resign or recuse, or cannot participate in a hearing due to unforeseen circumstances. Six student representatives (one undergraduate junior, two undergraduate seniors, one second-year law, two third-year law) are appointed by the Executive Committee of the Student Body each year for a one-year term.