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Standing Committees of the College

Complete mambership list of the Standing Committees 2013-2014.

A. Advisory Committee of the Professorial Faculty

This is an elected committee as needed and as charged by the Dean. This committee may receive comments, suggestions, opinions and problems from faculty members. The committee will discuss such matters and bring its advice and recommendations to the Professorial Faculty. Those matters which are not resolved will be channeled in the best possible manner for disposition, i.e., to other committees, to the administration or to open discussion at full meetings of the Professorial Faculty. Meetings of this Advisory Committee will be held as needed.

B. Standing & ad Hoc Committees

Standing Committees shall be appointed by the Committee on Committees. Members on such committees shall be appointed and serve for two-year terms or until their successors are appointed. Sub-committees may be instituted and membership appointed by the various committees subject to review by the Executive Council. The Dean shall be an ex officio member of all committees of which he/she is not an appointed member. He/she may designate one or more representatives to attend meetings on his/her behalf and to exercise any vote to which the Dean may be entitled.

The Standing Committees on Faculty Affairs, Faculty Appointments, Bylaws and Rules and Committee on Committees shall report to the Executive Council through the Dean. The Standing Judicial Board shall report to the Dean.

The other Standing Committees shall report to the Professorial Faculty through the Executive Council.

Ad hoc committees consisting of any faculty members may be appointed by the Dean and shall report as he/she directs.

Special committees shall be created as determined, and for the purpose defined, by the Executive Council, which shall direct the Committee on Committees to appoint their members.

When appropriate, a representative of the general public may be appointed to any committee as an additional member with a vote.

C. Committee on Committees

  1. Membership
    The committee shall be composed of the Dean, two members of the Professorial Faculty elected at large by the Professorial Faculty, and three Departmental Chairpersons, each elected by and from one of the following peer group clusters:
    1. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Cancer Biology; Microbiology and Immunology; Pathology, Anatomy and Cell Biology; Physiology; Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.
    2. Family and Community Medicine; Medicine; Obstetrics and Gynecology; Pediatrics; Psychiatry and Human Behavior; Surgery, Health Policy, Emergency Medicine.
    3. Anesthesiology; Medical Oncology; Dermatology and Cutaneous Biology; Neurology; Neurosurgery; Ophthalmology; Orthopaedic Surgery; Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery; Radiology; Radiation On cology; Rehabilitation Medicine; Urology.

      Elected Department Chairpersons shall serve for three years and may not succeed themselves. The member of this group senior in service on the committee shall serve as Chairperson.

      One member shall be elected each college year by the following procedure: The Secretary of the Executive Council will distribute to appropriate Department Chairpersons a mail ballot listing the names of those eligible for election. Unless a candidate receives a majority vote, a second ballot will be distributed containing the names of two candidates who received the largest number of votes. A majority of the votes cast will elect.

      Members elected by the Professorial Faculty (one from basic science, one clinical) will be elected to the Committee on Committees as full voting members. Each will serve a two-year term, and may not be reelected until two years have intervened following the end of the term.
  2. Responsibilities
    The Committee on Committees shall appoint the members and designate the Chairpersons of all Standing and Special Committees of the faculty and may by its action change the quorum and procedure requirements otherwise required by the most recent edition of Robert's Rules of Order which shall otherwise govern. It shall report its appointments to the annual meeting of the Professorial Faculty, but the Committee's appointments shall not be subject to change.

D. Committee on Faculty Affairs

  1. Membership
    The committee shall be composed of at least seven members of the Professorial Faculty.
  2. Responsibility
    The committee shall make recommendations on all matters concerning faculty welfare, faculty awards, sabbatical leave and all grievances except where dismissal with cause or compliance violations are at issue. The Committee shall also receive proposals from the Volunteer Faculty Association and similar faculty groups that may be transmitted to the Executive Council with the committee's recommendation for consideration. The committee shall report its findings to the Dean for final action and to the Executive Council if a policy change is appropriate.

E. Committee on Faculty Appointments & Promotions

  1. Membership
    The committee shall be composed of the Dean's representative, ex officio, and at least five full Professors.
  2. Responsibility
    The committee shall make recommendations on all appointments and promotions involving academic rank and dissociations except those associated with disciplinary procedures.

F. Committee on Student Affairs

  1. Membership
    The committee shall be composed of at least 11 members of the General Faculty, representatives from the Dean's Office and three undergraduate medical students.
  2. Responsibility
    The committee shall make policy recommendations concerning student welfare, health, counseling, awards, discipline, grievances, scholarships and loans. It shall also consider reports of student abuse if the matter has not been adequately addressed at the department level. The committee also shall be the liaison body between Jefferson Medical College and the Student Council and other recognized student organizations.

G. Committee on Admissions

  1. Membership
    The committee shall be composed of at least 15 members of the General Faculty, three undergraduate medical students and a representative of the Dean's Office.
  2. Responsibility
    The committee shall be responsible for the selection of students and shall have power to act in all matters pertaining to admissions in accordance with general policies adopted by the Professorial Faculty. The committee has the overall responsibility of ensuring that the integrity of the admissions process is maintained. The Professorial Faculty may modify existing policies from time to time. However, new regulations affecting admissions shall not become effective until the next college year, and the committee's actions on specific admissions may not be reversed by another faculty body.

    Members of the committee shall have access to all applications for admissions and other data regarding applicants. They may interview applicants and otherwise assist the Dean in the survey of applications, but all correspondence, including notification of acceptance or rejection, shall be conducted through the Dean's Office.

H. Committee on Bylaws and Rules

  1. Membership
    The committee shall be composed of at least five members of the Professorial Faculty, including two representatives from the basic science departments.
  2. Responsibility
    The committee shall keep the Bylaws and Rules of the Faculty conformed as to changes, deletions and additions; consider proposed changes in the Bylaws and Rules; and make recommendations to the Executive Council on such proposals.

I. Committee on Curriculum

  1. Membership
    The committee shall be composed of at least eight members of the General Faculty, three of whom are selected from the basic science departments and five from the clinical departments; representatives from the Dean's Office and three undergraduate medical students.
  2. Responsibility
    The committee shall be responsible for the undergraduate curriculum. The committee, in cooperation with the Department Chairpersons, will approve programs and evaluate their effectiveness, both intra and extramurally. It may recommend changes in the rules for the conduct of examinations and, in consultation with the Registrar, shall arrange schedules for all final examinations.

J. Committee on Student Promotion

  1. Membership
    The committee shall be composed of at least 12 members of the Professorial Faculty, six from the basic sciences, and six from the clinical sciences and representatives from the Dean's Office.
  2. Responsibility
    The committee shall review and recommend evaluation procedures, requirements and general policies for satisfactory scholarship. The committee shall apply such policies as the Professorial Faculty and the Executive Council may adopt from time to time. The committee's decisions with respect to particular students may not be reversed by another faculty body.

K. Committee on Research

  1. Membership
    The committee shall be composed of at least five members of the General Faculty and a representative of the Dean's Office.
  2. Responsibility
    The Research Committee shall make recommendations regarding the formulating of research policy and shall encourage the development of research capability of the Medical College. It shall advise regarding rules and regulations for the administration of research programs in the College. It shall support distribution of information about sources of research funds and make recommendations to the Dean concerning accumulation and disbursement of the research fund of the College and the establishment of support facilities to enhance the research capability of the College. It shall advise the Dean relative to the selection of faculty for limited funding opportunities. The Chair of the Research Committee will chair the Inquiry Committee in instances of alleged scientific misconduct, and members of the Inquiry Committee will be drawn from the Research Committee in addition to the ex-officio members.

L. Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee

  1. Membership
    This is a University committee by federal requirement whose membership shall be nominated by the College Committee on Committees to the University President for Appointment. The Committee shall be composed of at least five members of the General Faculty of the College, a representative of the Dean's Office, two graduate students and additional members as necessary to comply with federal and local regulations.
  2. Responsibility
    The committee shall be responsible for the establishment and evaluation of the animal care program with regard to the maintenance of acceptable standards for the care, use and treatment of animals in research and education in compliance with pertinent laws. It shall review, approve and monitor all research programs involving the use of animals. It shall make recommendations concerning animal quarters and animal support facilities.

M. Institutional Review Board

  1. Membership
    The committee shall be composed of at least five members of the General Faculty, a representative from the Dean's Office and additional members as necessary to comply with federal and local regulations.
  2. Responsibility
    The Institutional Review Board shall review, approve, disapprove and monitor all research programs involving human subjects. It shall assure that research on human subjects complies with all regulations designated to protect humans in research. The committee's decision with respect to any application may not be reversed by another faculty body.

N. Committee on Academic Protocol

  1. Membership
    The committee shall be composed of at least five members of the General Faculty. The Chairperson will be the Marshal of the College.
  2. Responsibility
    The committee shall make recommendations concerning opening exercises, commencement, awarding of honorary degrees, special events, portraits, lectureships, Class Day and regalia.

O. Committee on Alumni and Public Affairs

  1. Membership
    The committee shall be composed of at least five members of the General Faculty and three undergraduate medical students.
  2. Responsibility
    The committee shall seek to maintain relations with the Alumni Association of the College and with other organizations that promote the welfare and progress of the College.

P. Committee on Departmental Review

  1. Membership
    The committee shall be composed of at least five full Professors including two Department Chairpersons.
  2. Responsibility
    The departments to be reviewed shall be discussed annually with the Dean by the Committee on Departmental Review. The committee shall evaluate each department within five years after appointment of a new Chairperson and periodically thereafter, but no less frequently than every eight years; determine any weaknesses that may exist in order to strengthen the effectiveness of the Department Chairperson; and assimilate data from within and without the institution that will assess the progress and accomplishments of the department. The committee shall discuss its findings with the Chairperson of the Department and then report to the Dean.

Q. Committee on Affiliations

  1. Membership
    The committee shall be composed of at least five members of the Professorial Faculty, one representative from the Dean's Office and three medical students.
  2. Responsibility
    The committee shall be responsible for all affiliations. It shall review all affiliations and make recommendations to the Dean. The committee shall assist the Dean in negotiations for the establishment of affiliations and provide a continuous review of all aspects of existing affiliations.

R. The Judicial Board

  1. Membership
    1. The Dean or the Dean's delegate
    2. Two faculty members and two alternates
    3. Two students and two alternates.
  2. Responsibility
    All matters involving alleged violations of the Student Code of Professional Conduct shall be referred initially to the Dean for disposition. He may refer such matters either to the Student Professional Code Committee for its consideration and recommendations or to the Judicial Board for its review and/or recommendations. The Judicial Board shall operate in accordance with the procedures contained in the Student Handbook of Jefferson Medical College entitled "Student Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities."

S. Nominating Committee for the Professorial Faculty

  1. Membership
    The Committee on Committees each year will appoint a Nominating Committee for the Professorial Faculty. It will consist of five members, none of whom is a member of the Committee on Committees. Members of the Nominating Committee will not be on any slates, which the Nominating Committee prepares.
  2. Responsibility
    The Nominating Committee will prepare slates for election to the Advisory Committee of the Professorial Faculty, to the Executive Council and to the Committee on Committees. The persons nominated for each position must be drawn from among members of the Professorial Faculty. Additional nominations and the election procedure shall take place as described in Art. II, Sec. 4. Whenever it is stipulated that the incumbent must be a member of a particular group, nominations will be made from that group only.

T. Committee of Continuing Evaluation of the Code of Professional Conduct

  1. Membership
    1. Two members of the General Faculty
    2. Two faculty members appointed by (but not members of) the Faculty Professional Code Committee
    3. Two students d. Two students appointed by (but not members of) the Student Professional Code Committee
  2. Responsibility
    The committee shall operate in accordance with the procedures contained in the Code of Professional Conduct.

U. Committee on Tenure

  1. Membership
    The Committee on Tenure is a University Committee whose membership shall consist of the Deans of the Colleges of the University and seven (7) tenured faculty members from among the Colleges of the University who hold the rank of Professor as specified in the Tenure Policy. The Committee on Committees shall recommend the Medical College representatives to the Committee on Tenure.
  2. Responsibility
    The Committee shall evaluate requests for Tenure and conduct post tenure reviews pursuant to the Tenure Policy. The committee's recommendations shall be forwarded to the President and the Board of Trustees who shall decide tenure.

V. Committee on Continuing Education

  1. Membership
    The Committee shall be composed of at least eight (8) members of the General Clinical Faculty and at least one (1) representative of the Dean's Office. Members should have a particular commitment to CME both within their department and with the Medical College.
  2. Responsibility
    The Committee shall be responsible for overseeing the CME mission of the Medical College, establishing policies and procedures for the conduct of all CME activities bearing the sponsorship of the Medical College, assuring compliance of the Medical College with the provisions of accreditation by the Accreditation Council for CME, participating in the planning, review, and monitoring of all CME activities bearing the sponsorship of the Medical College, and authorizing the use of institutional imprimatur for CME programs.