Student Union wants to help empower students to be their own advocates and one way to do that is by joining one of the University Committees. Note that this may not be a complete list of all the University Committees open to undergraduates and that their recruitment cycles vary throughout the year.
Assembly Series Committee
The purpose of the Assembly Series Committee is to discuss suggestions for speakers for the Assembly Series and to approve all such speakers, as well as, when necessary, to review policies governing the Series to maintain its relevance and mission for the University and St. Louis communities it serves.
8 undergraduate and 3 graduate students sit on this committee.
This committee meets twice a year, but most of the communication is conducted via email throughout the year.
The purpose of the Committee is to plan the logistics, scheduling and other events of the annual commencement ceremonies and to coordinate activities with other commencement- related groups, such as the Honorary Degree Committee and the Senior Student Association.
The president of Senior Class Council as well as the president of the Graduate Professional Council sit on this committee.
This council meets four times a year.
Discrimination and Harassment Hearing Committee
The purpose of the Discrimination and Harassment Hearing Committee is a standing administrative hearing committee formed to hear complaints of discrimination or harassment brought against faculty members pursuant to the University’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment. Complaints to this committee must involve allegations of discrimination or harassment based on race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran status, disability or genetic information.
3 undergraduate and 1 graduate student sits on this committee.
Holocaust Memorial Lecture Committee
The Committee’s purpose is to make recommendations concerning a speaker for the University’s annual lecture, inaugurated in 1989 by then-Chancellor William H. Danforth tocommemorate the Holocaust and to address its broader implications for other instances of systematic persecution and mass murder. The lecture is part of the Assembly Series.
4 undergraduate and 1 graduate student sits on this committee.
This committee typically meets once a year.
Student Conduct Board
The Student Conduct Board performs an extremely important role in preserving academic and behavior standards at Washington University. The Student Conduct Board hears and decides cases of serious student misconduct referred to it by the Student Conduct Administrator or by individual School or College academic integrity panels, and performs other duties as prescribed by the Student Conduct Code (published in Bearings, the student handbook, and elsewhere).
Faculty members are appointed by the Senate Council; student members are appointed by the Student Union and the Graduate Professional Council.
6 undergraduate and 6 graduate students sit on this committee
This committee typically meets twice a year, but can meet upwards of 3-5 times a year.
Title IX Committees
Advisory Committee on Title IX Policies and Practices:
The university will create a Title IX advisory committee, to include students, faculty and staff, which would provide regular feedback to the Provost and to the Director of the Title IX Office about the Title IX process, policies and practices, and the university’s efforts in implementing this action plan.
The university will work with students to develop a peer consultant program within the Title IX Office to work with complainants and respondents. Students participating in the Title IX process would have the opportunity to be assigned a peer consultant who would be an additional source of support and information as they go through the USAIB process.
University Sexual Assault Investigation Board
The USAIB is charged with adjudicating reports of sexual assaults in which students (both graduate and undergraduate) are named as the respondent. For each case we chose a panel of three USAIB members to evaluate the case and come to a decision. To the extent possible we try to make each panel consist of a faculty member, staff member and student. The panel receives a report from the case investigator and then interviews the parties and any additional witnesses they need to hear from. They deliberate and come to a decision and then write a report detailing their decision and the reasoning behind it.
Currently there approximately 35 students (both undergraduate and graduate) on the Board.
In the past they have recruited once a year, bu there is a possibility that they will be increasing the number of times per year they recruit.
University Policy and Practice Affecting Students with Disabilities
The purpose of the committee is to advise the staff of the Disability Resource Center and Facilities Planning and Management regarding Danforth Campus policies and practices affecting students with disabilities and to make recommendations related to grievances brought by students with disabilities or other concerned parties.
6 undergraduate and 5 graduate students sit on this committee.