From Academic Guide
(Approved: BFC 2/6/73, 4/16/85; BFC Agenda Committee: 5/22/09)
Budgetary Affairs Committee (BAC)
See Circular B21-73 and BFC Meeting Minutes from February 6, 1973
The Budgetary Affairs Committee acts as a representative of the Faculty Council in offering to the Provost and to the Vice President and CFO its continuing advice and criticism on all aspects of the Bloomington campus budgetary policy and the allocation of the Bloomington campus financial resources, especially those proposed allocations or reallocation of financial resources that have bearing on the academic priorities of the University and the economic well-being of the faculty and academic staff. Among others, the Committee’s responsibilities include: considering the relative allocation of the University’s resources with respect to new programs and significant changes in existing programs; considering the setting of priorities with regard to capital outlays; and considering the setting of general faculty salary policies. The critical stages of the Committee’s responsibility come during the initial procedures of the formulation of the budget, during the final consolidation of budgetary information in the office of the Provost, prior to submission to the President and the Board of Trustees; and during any period of budgetary crisis. The Committee should be granted full access to pertinent budgetary information. The term of office is two years, with no restriction on reelection.
Distributed Education Committee (DEC)
See Circular B25-2001
The Distributed Education Committee (DEC) was created in December 2000 upon the recommendation of the Educational Policies Committee in response to the Office of Distributed Education’s Strategic Plan. The DEC is part of a framework that aims to ensure that faculty is involved with the development and implementation of policy in the area of distributed education. Together, this framework provides expertise and guidance in the area of distributed education policy development. The Committee is “composed of members who represent not only a balance of units and fields, but also a balance of views concerning the promise of DE development at IU.” The Committee membership should include overlaps with members of the Office of Distributed Education Committee and the School of Continuing Studies Committee. Recommendations for how this committee should be initiated came from the University of Illinois faculty seminar on Distributed Education and the example the U of I faculty set for approaching involvement in this matter.
Diversity and Affirmative Action Committee (DAAC)
See Circular B29-2003
The DAAC has its roots in the ad hoc Committee on the Affirmative Action Plan/Committee on Affirmative Action, and functioned until the BFC appointed a standing committee.
In April 2003, the Committee’s name was formally changed to the Diversity and Affirmative Action Committee. The DAAC develops policies related to campus diversity; responds to campus issues on affirmative action that may arise; monitors the performance of the campus in meeting affirmative action goals; confers with the campus affirmative action officer and the office of academic support and diversity on policy and performance issues. Every year the DAAC invites the campus Affirmative Action Officer to present a report to the BFC.
Educational Policies Committee (EPC)
The Educational Policies Committee is charged with developing campus policies concerning teaching, curriculum, student information, and related areas. It also monitors and consults with administrative offices connected with enrollment. Its core membership should form the Bloomington nucleus of the University Faculty Council’s committee of the same name. Should the Bloomington faculty members be less than five, a sufficient number of faculty members from the Bloomington campus would be added to bring the faculty membership up to five. At least one graduate student and one undergraduate student shall serve on the committee as representatives of the student body.
Faculty Affairs Committee (FAC)
See BFC meeting minutes, 10/3/1972
In response to the University Faculty Council’s Faculty Affairs Committee dealing with matters that pertained only to the Bloomington campus, the BFC Agenda Committee suggested the creation of the BFC Faculty Affairs Committee. The Committee is charged with Developing policy governing faculty appointments, grievances, discipline, and working conditions. Its core membership should form the Bloomington nucleus of the University Faculty Council’s committee of the same name. Should the Bloomington nucleus be less than five members, a sufficient number of faculty members from the Bloomington campus would be added to bring the membership up to five. Additionally, the committee includes at least one graduate student and one undergraduate student, for a total membership of seven.
Foundation Relations Committee (FRC)
Formerly known as the Capital Campaign Committee, this Committee was formed in 1981specifically to assist the University Foundation with its Capital Campaign. In 1983 the name was changed to the Foundation Relations Committee in order to reflect the Committee’s broader role of maintaining a cordial working relationship with the University Foundation by way of sharing information and by seeking and giving advice (when appropriate). The Committee is not designed to take the place of any other Foundation committee.
Fringe Benefits Committee (FBC)
Formed to ensure faculty has a voice when it comes to changing or implementing new fringe benefits provisions. The Committee evaluates continually the adequacy of faculty fringe benefits and is the locus for suggestions from faculty on the Bloomington campus, from which the Committee then formulates recommendations for the administration.
Library Committee (LC)
See Circular B30-1978
The BFC Library Committee was established in 1978 to serve as a parallel committee to the University Faculty Council’s Library Committee. In short, the Committee monitors Library development and policies governing Library management; it consults with and advises the Dean of Libraries on priorities and collections. Appropriate items proposed for Council consideration are assigned to the LC by the Agenda Committee.
Research Affairs Committee (RAC)
See Circular B3-2003 and Sept. 10, 2002 BFC Meeting Minutes
The Research Affairs Committee is a Bloomington Faculty Council legislative and consultative committee. Established to assure review by a body of expertise, the RAC considers and advises the Bloomington campus on issues related to research policy. The Committee is charged with working with the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Office of Federal Relations to advise on research matters affecting faculty, and participate in the development of policy and practices where appropriate.
Student Academic Appointee Affairs Committee (SAAAC)
See the March 31, 1970 “Report of the Associate Instructor Implementation Committee of the Faculty Council” Formerly known as the Associate Instructor Affairs Committee, the Committee was created in 1970 and given the charge of studying existing problems with the training of student academic appointees on the Bloomington campus and attempting to anticipate future problems; recommending improvements in policies concerning the role of student academic appointees and helping in the implementation of those changes; and acting as an informal mediator in disputes involving student academic appointees. Additionally, at least once a year, the Committee should review for possible dissemination information concerning the number of student academic appointees appointed in different schools and departments, their salary ranges, and other pertinent information. The committee name was formally changed to the Student Academic Appointee Affairs Committee in 2005.
The membership should include three full-time faculty members and three student academic appointees from the College of Arts and Sciences, and one full-time faculty member and one student academic appointee from each of the other schools on the Bloomington campus having ten or more student academic appointees. One ex-officio member represents the Provost’s office.
Student Affairs Committee (SAC)
See Faculty Document #25, 1965-1966 and UFC meeting minutes from April 16, 1955 and October 21, 1969; BFC meeting minutes from October 3, 1972; and the December 19, 1950 “Report of the Committee on Faculty-Student Relations”
Formed in 1972, the Student Affairs Committee (SAC) is charged with developing policy connected with student life and non-curricular instructional matters; serving as a point of faculty-student contact; and consulting and advising the Dean of Students. In creating the original University Faculty Council Student Affairs Committee, the Dean purposely did not proscribe the duties of the committee but preferred to allow the group a considerable degree of flexibility. However, duties could include, “establishing and maintaining the best possible student-faculty relations, receiving and reviewing communications regarding student problems and issues, advising the various offices and agencies of the University regarding student affairs and, in general, serving as an agency of the faculty.”
Its core membership should form the Bloomington nucleus of the University Faculty Council’s committee of the same name. Should the Bloomington members be less than five, a sufficient number or Bloomington faculty will be added to bring the membership up to five. With this Committee, there should be equal representation of students and faculty, and two of the students should be student representatives on the council.
Technology Policy Committee (TPC)
See Circular B26-2001 and BFC Meeting Minutes from December 5, 2000
The primary role of the Technology Policy Committee shall be to liaison with and represent faculty interests in technology applications with the office of the Vice President for Information Technology and the various subdivisions of this office pertaining to technology issues, apart from distributed education, on the Bloomington Campus.