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Approved by a vote of the faculty March 9, 2016.

Meetings
This committee will meet at least one time each fall and spring semester. The chair will call the initial meeting each semester. Additional meetings may be called as necessary.

Membership
1. The chair shall be the Faculty Athletic Representative appointed by the President.
2. The Faculty Athletic Representative, nine faculty members (three from the College of Arts and Sciences, one from the College of Biblical Studies, one from the College of Business Administration, one from the College of Education and Human Services, one from the library, and two at large), and two students shall serve as members of the committee. When possible, one of the students should be an active student-athlete, the other should be a representative from the general undergraduate student body.
3. The athletic director and associate director of athletics for academics and compliance will serve in a non-voting capacity.
4. The term of service for faculty is three years. The term of service for student members is one year.

Criteria for Membership
Full-time member of the ACU faculty for faculty positions on the committee.

Rotation
Approximately one-third of the membership of the committee will rotate each year in order to provide continuity.

Functions and Responsibilities
1. See that the entire intercollegiate athletic program of the university, for men and women, conforms to the rules and regulations for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), of the Southland Conference, or any other legislative body whose rules ACU subscribes, and of Abilene Christian University.
2. Review the general academic progress of athletes.
3. Perform exit interviews for graduating student-athletes or athletes who have exhausted their athletic eligibility.
4. Consider any matter referred by the President, the Provost, the Vice President for Student Life, the Faculty Senate, or any member of the committee.
5. All members are required to also sit on one of three subcommittees that will serve as working groups for matters involving Academics, Compliance & Fiscal Affairs, and Equity & Welfare.
6. Athletics Committee members will review proposals or concerns addressed in the subcommittees.

Charge of subcommittees: 

Academics
The Academics subcommittee will be specifically charged with the responsibility for oversight role over academic issues relating to the student-athletes in the Athletics. They will report any findings or concerns to the Athletics Committee to make recommendations to the President of the University. This subcommittee will:
• Monitor admission and academic progress of student-athletes, including a review of information about graduation rates, aggregated grade distributions, loss of eligibility for academic reasons, number of classes missed due to scheduling of athletics events, and other data related to the academic well-being of student-athletes.
• Review policies and procedures regarding academic standards and support.
• Recommend policies and procedures for continual improvement in the Intercollegiate Athletic Program’s efforts to promote an environment of academic excellence for its student-athletes.
• Prepare an annual report for the Athletics Committee.

Compliance & Fiscal Affairs
The Compliance & Fiscal Affairs subcommittee will be specifically charged with the responsibility for an oversight role over issues relating to policies and procedures established by the NCAA, Southland Conference, ACU, and other legal requirements within the Athletics Department. They will report any findings or concerns to the Athletics Committee to make recommendations to the President of the University. This subcommittee will:
• Monitor the compliance procedures and practices of the Intercollegiate Athletics Program; make recommendations toward continuing improvement; and review all NCAA Bylaw violations annually.
• Monitor financial policies and practices; make recommendations for continuing improvement, when appropriate; and review the annual budget for Athletics.
• Recommend policies and procedures for continual improvement in the Intercollegiate Athletic Program’s efforts to promote an environment of compliance and fiscal responsibility.
• Prepare an annual report for the Athletics Committee.

Equity & Welfare
The Equity and Welfare subcommittee will be specifically charged with the responsibility for oversight role over diversity issues relating to the staff, coaches, and student-athletes in the Athletics department. They will report any findings or concerns to the Athletics Committee to make recommendations to the President of the University. This subcommittee will:
• Monitor the implementation and effectiveness of the Intercollegiate Athletics Program’s minority, gender, and student-athlete well-being plans and programs, particularly those that guarantee the fair and equitable treatment of student-athletes; protect the physical, educational, and emotional welfare of student- athletes; and promote the University’s commitment to the fundamental values of sportsmanship and ethical conduct.
• Recommend policies and procedures for continual improvement in the Intercollegiate Athletic Program’s efforts to promote a fair, diverse, and safe environment for its student-athletes.
• Prepare an annual report for the Athletics Committee.

Subcommittee Composition
• Each committee will have at least 2 faculty representatives from the Athletics Committee, with one of those faculty acting as a subcommittee chair.
• Each committee will have a representative from the Athletics Department:
o Academics Subcommittee – Athletics representative from Academics
o Compliance & Fiscal Affairs – Athletics representative from Compliance
o Equity & Welfare – Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance and Academics
• Each committee will also have a staff representative selected by the Athletics Committee
o Academics Subcommittee – Staff representative from Registrar or Admissions Office
o Compliance & Fiscal Affairs – Staff representative from University Council or Budget Management Office
o Equity & Welfare – Staff representative from Student Life Office
• The staff representatives would be full members of the subcommittees, but not actual voting members on the Athletics Committee.
• Each subcommittee should also have a student-athlete representative selected to serve by the Athletics Committee.

Administrative Officer(s)

  • Chair: Jonathan Stewart, NCAA Faculty Representative
  • Vice Chair: (selected from the faculty on the committee)
Faculty by College Expiration Replacing
Arts and Sciences
Kelly Mann 2023 Adam McGee
Rebecca Hunter 2024 Tim Kennedy
John Xu 2025 Todd Womble
Biblical Studies
Wes Crawford 2023 Chris Flanders
Business Administration
Jennifer Golden 2024 Sarah Easter
Education and Human Services
Ramonica Scott 2025 Melissa Long
Library
Stephen Rektenwald 2024 Avery Weems
Faculty-at-Large
Odies Wright 2023 Odies Wright
Andrew Holowiecki 2025 Lisa Powell

 

Resource Personnel

  • Gary McCaleb, Vice President of the University
  • Zack Lassiter, Vice President of Athletics
  • TBD, Sports Information Director
    Students (2)

The Student Handbook describes the appeal process that the Disciplinary Review Board serves

Meetings
This board will meet when called by the chair or co-chairs. 

Membership

Faculty membership comprises nine faculty members (three from the College of Arts and Sciences, one from the College of Biblical Studies, one from the College of Business Administration, one from the College of Education and Human Services, one from the Library, one from the School of Nursing, and one at-large). 

The term of service for faculty members is three years. 

A chair or co-chairs are appointed from the faculty members.

Criteria for Membership
Only full-time members of the ACU faculty may serve in faculty positions on the committee

Selection
Faculty members are assigned by the Provost or designee.

When the President sends an appeal to the Disciplinary Review Board, the chair will determine

whether there is a substantial cause for appeal. If so, the chair will assemble a panel including at least two members of the review board in addition to the chair or co-chairs, as well as three students appointed to the panel by the Student Government Association. The student representatives will be full-time junior or senior students in good standing with the university.

Rotation

Approximately one-third of the faculty membership of the committee will rotate each year in order to provide continuity. The chair or co-chairs may succeed themselves.

Purpose and Jurisdiction

  1. Afford a fair and impartial hearing to each student who appears before the Disciplinary Review Board. 
  2. Render final disciplinary rulings related to student disciplinary matters. 
  3. Provide such other judicial functions as may be assigned to it by the Provost or by the President.

Administrative Officer(s)

  • Chair: Open
  • Vice Chair: Open
  • General Counsel: Slade Sullivan
  • Vice President for Student Life: Tamara Long
Faculty by College Expiration Replacing
Arts and Sciences
Brad Rix 2023 Jennifer Huddleston
Jennifer Hennigan 2024 Rachel Riley
Kenneth Pybus 2024 Lori Houghtalen
Biblical Studies
Heidi Morris 2024 Mindi Thompson
Joanna Mendez-Pounds 2024 Mindi Thompson
Business Administration
Arisoa Randrianasolo 2024 Curtis Clements
Education and Human Services
Ramonica Scott 2024 Laura Baker
Library
Erica Pye 2024 Laura Baker
Faculty-at-Large
James Prather 2023 Denise Barnett

 

Students (14)

Meetings
The committee will meet at least one time each fall and spring semester.

Membership

  1. The chair of the committee shall be selected from the faculty on the committee at a meeting during the spring semester before the chair will serve in that capacity. 
  2. The Dean of Admissions, the Registrar, the Director of Testing, eight faculty members (two from the College of Arts and Sciences, one from the College of Biblical Studies, one from the College of Business Administration, one from the College of Education and Human Services, two from the College of Graduate and Professional Studies, and one from the School of Nursing), a representative from SOAR, the Director of University Access Programs, and two students shall serve as members of the committee. The Vice President for Enrollment Management shall serve in an ex-officio capacity. 

The term of service for faculty is three years.

The term of service for student members is one year.

Criteria for Membership
Only full-time members of the ACU faculty may serve in faculty positions on the committee

Rotation
Approximately one-third of the faculty membership of the committee will rotate each year in order to provide continuity. 

Functions and Responsibilities

  1. Receive an annual report from the Dean of Admissions on the admissions process including current results of recruitment, admissions and on-boarding, and review the standards and practices presented in this report. 
  2. Consult on and recommend changes in admissions standards to the faculty and Dean of Admissions. 
  3. Consider and recommend standards for course placement. 
  4. Act upon appeals by students relative to matters pertaining to admission to the University. 
  5. Advise on any enrollment questions brought before the committee by the Dean of Admissions, Vice President of Enrollment Management or the Provost.

Administrative Officer(s)

  • Chair: Open
Faculty by College Expiration Replacing
Arts and Sciences
Qiang Xu 2023 Brad Rix
Kenneth Pybus 2025 Rebecca Hunter
Biblical Studies
Lisa Merchant 2023 John Boyles
Business Administration
Daniel Garcia 2023 Nathan Gibbs
Education and Human Services
Annie Bane 2024 Jenn Rogers
Graduate and Professional Studies
Brenda McAdoo 2025
Kristin O’Byrne 2025
School of Nursing
Julie Whitley 2025 Diane Jackson
Faculty-at-Large
Scott Stovall 2024 Diane Jackson
Avery Weems 2024 Carisse Berryhill

 

Resource Personnel

  • Eric Gumm, Registrar
    Students (2)

Membership
A selection of tenured faculty representative of the colleges within the university.

Responsibilities
1. To review the applications for Faculty Renewal Leaves
2. To recommend to the Provost the candidates to receive a Faculty Renewal Leave.

Term of Office
The term of office is three years

Administrative Officer(s):

  • Chair: Open
Faculty College Expiration Replacing
Cliff Barbarick CBS 2023 Chris Flanders
Aaron Robison CAS 2024 Phyllis Bolin
Melissa Long CEHS 2025 Martha Smallwood
Kyle Tippens COBA 2025 Monty Lynn
Qiang “John” Xu CAS 2024 David Hendricks
Deb Williams CAS 2024 Mark Cullum
Cherisse Flanagan CAS 2023 Suzie Macaluso
Kelly Elliott CAS 2025 Matt Roberson

2022-2023 Administrative Officer(s)

Chair:  Suzie Macaluso (ext. 2799, Box 27793, email: scm11a@acu.edu)
Chair Elect:  Brent Reeves (ext. 2385 Box 29319 email: bnr01a@acu.edu)
Past Chair:  Sheila Jones (ext. 2089 Box 28084, email: joness@acu.edu)

Senator by College Phone Box# Email Term Exp. Replacing
Arts and Sciences
Larry Isenhower 2799 27793 scm11a@acu.edu  2024 Jennifer Huddleson
Rachel Team 2285 28011 rmg97j@acu.edu  2024 Dawne Meeks
Catherin Baumgarnder 2956 27843 crg97t@acu.edu 2024 Suzie Macaluso
Deb Williams 2405 28252 wlmsdeb@acu.edu 2024 Lauren Lemley
Carolina Archer 2494 28252 cha06a@acu.edu 2025 Tim Kennedy
Kathleen Lee 2020 28132 kms02b@acu.edu 2025 Steven Moore
Dan Morrison 2293 28156 drm18c@acu.edu 2025 Cindy Roper
Cherisse Flanagan 2282 28011 cyf07a@acu.edu 2023 Michael Daugherity
Todd Womble 2083 28252 mtw04b@acu.edu 2023 Nathan Gibbs
Biblical Studies
Kelli Gibson 3709 29422 keb00c@acu.edu 2025 Rodney Ashlock
Cliff Barbarick 3767 29449 cab11c@acu.edu 2025 Houston Heflin
Business Administration/SITC
James Prather 2385 28036 bnr01a@acu.edu  2024 Don Pope
Jody Jones 9500 29300 jxj16c@acu.edu 2023 Curtis Clements
Education and Human Services
Ramonica Scott 2089 28084 joness@acu.edu  2023 Sheila Jones
Stephanie Hamm 2072 27866 sjh05e@acu.edu  2024 Lynette Austin
Rachel Slaymaker 2072 27866 rxw99a@acu.edu 2022 Andrew Huddleston
School of Nursing
Pricilla Wyatt 2025 Diane Jackson
Library
Craig Churchill 2347 29208 churchillc@acu.edu 2024 Melissa Atkinson
Faculty-at-Large
Katelin East 2247 27866 kpc05a@acu.edu 2025 Cole Bennett
Sarah Easter 3773 29352 sge02a@acu.edu 2023 Brad Rix
Kim Hardin 6317 29008 kam00e@acu.edu 2025 Jenn Rogers
Chris Flanders 3742 29438 clf03c@acu.edu 2025 Vic McCracken
College Faculty/Instructor Senators
Bill Horn 4938 28252 hornw@acu.edu 2023

Meetings
This council meets once each month during the fall and spring semesters. Additional meetings may be scheduled if agenda items require. Mail ballots are used during the summer.

Membership
1. The Assistant Provost for Graduate Programs shall serve as chair and votes only in the case of a tie.
2. Each academic unit with a graduate program is entitled to one representative to the Graduate Council.
2b. The Graduate School of Theology may appoint a member who will have voting privileges for matters of university policy, but not matters of curriculum.
3. Ex officio members include the Dean of Library Services and Educational Technology, the Director of Faculty Enrichment of the Adams Center, the Registrar, the President of the Graduate Student Association, and the deans of the schools and colleges of the university. The term of service is three years; members may succeed themselves.

Criteria for Membership
1. Must be a member of the ACU graduate faculty.
2. Must be recognized as a productive, creative scholar.
3. Must be active in graduate affairs of a department/school as demonstrated by directing graduate student research, teaching graduate courses, or serving as a director of a graduate program or as a graduate advisor.

Selection
1. Must be a member of the ACU graduate faculty.
2. Must be recognized as a productive, creative scholar.
3. Must be active in graduate affairs of a department/school as demonstrated by directing graduate student research, teaching graduate courses, or serving as a director of a graduate program or as a graduate advisor.

Rotation
Approximately one-third of the membership of the Graduate Academic Council will rotate each year in order to provide continuity. Members will serve three-year terms and may be reappointed.

Functions and Responsibilities
In its capacity as the Executive Committee of the graduate faculty, the Graduate Council shall:
1. Review proposals for new graduate degree programs and make recommendations to the general faculty assembly;
2. Review proposals for changes in degree requirements for graduate programs and make recommendations to the Provost and President;
3. Review and recommend changes in graduate student policies on admission, transfer credit, residency requirements, and degree completion to the Provost and President;
4. Review student petitions for exception to Graduate School policies and make recommendations to the Dean of the Graduate School;
5. Review the Final Report of each Academic Program Review and other analytic data for graduate programs and make recommendations as needed to the administration.
6. Review proposals for new graduate courses, program tracks or emphases, and certificate programs and make recommendations to the Provost and President.

Administrative Officer(s)

  • Chair: Bill Carroll, Assistant Provost for Residential Graduate Programs
Department Representative Expiration*
Accounting John Neill 2024
Communication Lauren Lemley 2024
Communication Sciences & Disorders Denise Barnett 2024
Education – 5th Andrew Huddleson 2025
English Todd Womble 2024
Graduate School of Theology (non-voting) Wes Crawford 2025
Kinesiology and Nutrition Melissa Long 2024
Kinesiology and Nutrition Lucas Lancaster 2025
Liberal Arts Joe Cardot 2024
Marriage and Family Therapy Lisa Merchant 2024
Occupational Therapy Donna Walls 2024
Psychology Cherisse Flanagan 2024
Social Work Tom Winter 2025

*The term of service is three years; members may succeed themselves.

 

Ex-officio Members

  • James Wiser- Dean of the Library and Educational Technology 
  • Cliff Barbarick-Director of Faculty Development
  • Eric Gumm, Registrar
  • Greg Straughn, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Terry Baggs, Dean of the College of Education and Human Services
  • Brad Crisp, Dean of the College of Business Administration
  • Ken Cukrowski, Dean of the College of Biblical Studies
  • Marcia Straughn, Dean of the School of Nursing

Membership
The council will be comprised of the Honors College dean, the Honors College assistant dean, seven faculty members (one from the Honors College teaching staff; one each from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Biblical Studies, the College of Business Administration, the College of Education and Human Services; and two members-at-large selected by the Faculty Senate), and three honors students. Selection will be made consistent with the guidelines for appointment of committee members described at the beginning of Appendix C.

Rotation
Approximately one-third of the membership of the Honors Advisory Committee will rotate each year in order to provide continuity. Members will serve three-year terms and may be reappointed.

Function and Responsibilities
1. Advise the Honors College staff on such matters as honors requirements, program development, new course development, recruiting, assessment, relations with departments, and changes in policy, such as admission standards.
2. Consider appeals for exceptions to rules, at the request of the dean.
3. Serve as liaisons to the groups they represent, e.g., to explain and build support for Honors College activities, to gather feedback on proposals, to identify needs that the Honors College might address, and to support Honors College efforts to promote academic priorities in the campus culture.

Administrative Officer(s)

  • Chair: Trey Shirley
  • Jason Morris, Dean, Honors College
Faculty by College Expiration Replacing
Arts and Sciences
Steven Moore 2023 Mikee Delony
Biblical Studies
Brad East 2025 Houston Heflin
Business Administration
Matthew Deeg 2025 Laura Phillips
Education and Human Services
Joseph McAnulty 2025 Denise Barnett
Faculty-at-Large
Laura Baker 2025 Kyle Tippens
Kelli Gibson 2024 Lisa Powell
Honors College Selection
Leslie Reed Senter 2022 Trey Shirley
Honors Students
To Be Selected

Meetings
The committee will meet at least once each fall and spring semester. It is the responsibility of the chair or Dean of Library Services and Educational Technology to call the initial meeting of each semester.

Membership
1. The chair of the committee shall be selected from the faculty on the committee at a meeting during the spring semester before the chair will serve in that capacity.
2. The Dean of Library Services and Educational Technology and eight faculty members (two from the College of Arts and Sciences, one from the College of Biblical Studies, one from the College of Business Administration, one from the College of Education and Human Services, and three at-large) shall serve as members of the committee.

The term of service for faculty members is three years.

Criteria for Membership
Full-time member of the ACU faculty.

Rotation
Approximately one-third of the membership of the committee shall rotate each year in order to provide continuity.

Functions and Responsibilities
1. Advise the Dean of Library and Educational Technology on the library’s academic materials budget.
2. Serve as liaison for the library and the faculty, students, and administration.
3. Seek ways and means of strengthening library holdings.
4. Serve as a grant committee as funds allow.
5. Advise the Dean of Library Services and Educational Technology on any matter brought to the committee by general faculty, library faculty and staff, or any student.

Administrative Officer(s)

  • Dean of Brown Library: James Wiser
  • Chair: Kendra Jernigan
Faculty by College Expiration Replacing
Arts and Sciences
Shelly Sanders 2023 Dawne Meeks
Kendra Jernigan 2023 Tim Kennedy
Biblical Studies
Mark Hamilton 2023 Lisa Merchant
Business Administration
Arisoa Randrianasolo 2025 Brent Reeves
Education and Human Services
Kay Jang 2024 Stephanie Talley
Faculty-at-Large
Amanda Pittman 2023 Kathleen Lee
Kari Williams 2025 Fred Aquino
Donna Walls 2023 Josh Brokaw


Students 
(2)

Membership
1. The chair shall be the director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.
2. The Research Council shall consist of two Sub-Councils with the following membership:

a. Cullen Research Council The Cullen Research Council shall consist of one member from each of the five colleges (Arts and Sciences, Biblical Studies, Business Administration, Education and Human Services, and Honors) and three at-large members.

b. Math/Science Research Council The Math/Science Research Council shall consist of one faculty member from each of the Math and Science Departments: Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Engineering and Physics, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.

The term of service is normally three years, and a member is not eligible for immediate reappointment.

Criteria for Membership 
Demonstrated interest, activity, and experience in research.

Selection
1. Selection of Research Council members from the colleges shall proceed as follows: A Faculty Senate committee will solicit nominations from the deans and then recommend two persons for each position to the director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, who recommends to the Provost approval of one. The Provost shall make formal appointment.
2. Selection of the three Cullen and two Math/Science members-at-large shall proceed as follows: A Faculty Senate committee shall suggest two names for each position that meet the membership criteria. These names shall be submitted to the director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, who recommends one name for each position to the Provost for approval. The Provost shall make formal appointment.

Rotation
Every effort shall be made to adjust terms to accomplish even rotation patterns. Some terms of service shall be adjusted in order to have no more than four members beginning in one year.

Functions and Responsibilities
As a combined group the Research Council will:
1. Determine the policies governing the conduct of research at ACU.
2. Approve the guidelines for awarding grants for internal research programs.
3. Advise on any matter that may be brought to the Research Council.

As separate subgroups, the Cullen and Math/Science Research Councils will:
1. Review and evaluate research proposals submitted to each council for funding.
2. Approve allocations of research funds from university accounts.

The President shall make formal appointment

 

Administrative Officer(s)

  • Chair: Qi Hang, Director of Research and Sponsored Programs

CULLEN

Represent Member Expiration: Spring of Replacing
CBS Brad East 2024
CAS Nathan Gibbs 2024 David McAnulty
CEHS Cathy Candler 2024 Libby McCurley
COBA Trent McNamara 2025 Orneita Burton
Honors Jeremy Elliott 2023 Paul Roggendorf
Faculty-at-Large James Prather 2025 Dan Morrison
Faculty-at-Large Suzie Macaluso 2023 Kelli Gibson
Faculty-at-Large John Boyles 2023 John Casada

 

        MATH/SCIENCE

Represent Appointed Expiration: Spring of Replacing
Ag and Env. Science Jim Carpenter 2024 Ed Brokaw
Biology Jennifer Huddleston 2025 John Xu
Chem./Biochem. Brad Rix 2024 Kathleen Lee
Mathematics John Ehrke 2023 John Ehrke
Engineering and Physics Larry Isenhower 2025 Tim Kennedy

Meetings
The committee will meet as called by the chair or Vice President for Student Life.

Membership
1. The chair of the committee shall be selected from the faculty on the committee at a meeting during the spring semester before the chair will serve in that capacity.
2. The Vice President of Student Life, eight faculty members (two from the College of Arts and Sciences, one from the College of Biblical Studies, one from the College of Business Administration, one from the College of Education and Human Services, one from the Library and University Studies, and two at-large), and four students shall serve as members of the committee.

The term of service for faculty members is three years. The term of service for student members is one year.

Criteria for Membership
Full-time member of the ACU faculty for faculty positions on the committee; full-time upper class student at ACU for student positions on the committee. Selection Students shall be selected by the Student Association to serve a one-year term.

Rotation
Approximately one-third of the membership of the committee will rotate each year in order to provide continuity.

Functions and Responsibilities
1. Serve as requested as an advisory council to the Student Life division.
2. Select students for various honors and awards.

Administrative Officer(s)

  • Vice President for Student Life: Tamara Long
  • Chair: TBD (selected from the faculty on the committee)
Faculty by College Expiration Replacing
Arts and Sciences
Chris Riley 2025 Rebecca Hunter
Kelly Mann 2023 Ronnie Rama
Biblical Studies
Wes Crawford 2024 Cliff Barbarick
Business Administration
Laura Phillips 2023 David Perkins
Education and Human Services
Erica Vasquez 2025 Kim Hardin
Library/Student Success
Susannah Barrington 2025 Shan Martinez
Faculty-at-Large
Joanna Mendez-Pounds 2023 Mark Riggs
Melissa Atkinson 2025 Greg Brooks

 

Students (4)

Membership
The SAC will be composed of nine members:
• The Registrar (or designee), who will serve as a non-voting chair of the committee
• 5 faculty representatives selected by the Faculty Senate
• 1 faculty member from the Student Success program
• 1 representative from Student Life
• 1 representative from the Office of Academic Advising.

The Registrar (or designee) will chair the committee, but will not vote on individual student appeals unless there is a tie.

Purpose
The purpose of the Suspension Appeals Committee (SAC) is to provide a holistic and consistent decision process for all students who appeal academic and/or Chapel suspensions based on a set of commonly agreed upon and consistently applied criteria.

Scope
The SAC will be responsible for reviewing appeals from students who have been suspended from the University – for academic reasons, Chapel absences, or both – and for deciding on the eligibility of those students to return to ACU.

General Process
1. All suspension appeals will be submitted directly to the Registrar’s Office. The role of the Registrar’s Office is to gather information about suspension appeals and make it available to the SAC.
A. Immediately after the appeal deadline, lists of students who are appealing will be sent to all SAC members, voting and non-voting, as well as to the dean’s offices of each college and to all department/school chairs. Any of these members or groups who have specific information about a specific student is encouraged to bring that information to the committee’s attention. Information can be sent to the Registrar’s Office to be included with the appeal information.
B. The SAC chair will consider the student’s request to determine if the full SAC must consider the student’s appeal. Guidelines to determine which appeals will need to be considered by the full SAC shall be decided by the committee annually. For example, the committee may decide that students bringing up low historical GPAs but with strong term GPAs need not be reviewed by the committee and be approved for appeal.
C. The Registrar’s Office will provide the following information for all committee members:

i. Information about the student’s current (and future, if the student intends to change) program of study
ii. A copy of the student’s ACU transcript
iii. The appeal letter submitted by the student
iv. Any supporting documentation provided by the student or advocates for the student
v. Any information provided in advance about the student from the Offices of: Academic Advising, Student Financial Services, Student Success, or others as applicable.

D. Based on a student’s record, the chair may also request information from any other office on campus, such as:

i. The Office of the Director of Athletics (if the student has been or seeks to be involved in intercollegiate athletics)
ii. The University Counseling Center
iii. The University Medical Clinic
iv. Alpha Academic Services

E. All information about the applicants will be assembled and placed online in a password secured location. Committee members who will be unable to attend on a scheduled meeting date may participate in the decisions electronically, via email, conference call, or other technologies that would allow participation.

2. The SAC will convene to act on suspension appeals immediately following the appeal deadline at the end of each long semester. In addition, the committee will also convene prior to or early in each semester to consider late appeals.

3. The committee will determine a policy and process to deal with students who miss the suspension appeal deadline. The committee will review this process each academic year.

4. The SAC will make decisions based on input included in the packets. The SAC will not be required to meet face to face with the student requesting readmission. The decision of the SAC is final and may not be appealed.
A. If the request is denied, the SAC chair will notify the student within two business days of the decision, in writing via the student’s ACU email address.
B. If the request is approved, the SAC chair via the student’s ACU email address will notify the student within two business days of the decision. The department/school chair of the student’s program of study will also be notified of the decision.
C. Students who successfully appeal will be placed on academic probation and will have a probation contract with the Academic Development Center. ADC will develop this contract with input from the committee.

5. ACD’s role will be to facilitate/require student interaction with the student’s advisor as related, at least, to the selection of classes, finalize the contract through conversation with the student, and administer the contract.

Assessment
SAC effectiveness will be assessed annually, and the results will be reported to the SAC, the Faculty Senate, the University Undergraduate Academic Council, and the Provost’s Cabinet.

Administrative Officer(s)

  • Chair: Eric Gumm, Registrar
Faculty Expiration Replacing
Kenneth Pybus 2025 Terry Baggs
Curtis Clements 2024 Doug Medenhall
Melinda Isbell 2023 Curtis Clements
Priscilla Wyatt 2025 Priscilla Wyatt
Candice Ortbals-Wiser 2023 Kay Jang

Meetings
The council will meet at least once per semester.

Membership

  1. The chair of the Department of Teacher Education will serve as chair and will be a voting member.
  2. Members from the Teacher Education Department will include one representative from each of the following areas:
    • Elementary Education
    • Secondary Education
    • Special Education
  3. Each academic department with degrees that include certification will have one representative on the council.
  4. The deans and directors of the schools, colleges, and units who are ultimately responsible for faculty and curriculum are welcome to attend any meeting of the TEC.

Criteria for Membership
Full-time faculty member

Selection

The chair of the Teacher Education Council will coordinate representation on the council.
Members will be appointed by the deans with chair input and confirmed by the Provost.

Term of Membership
Terms will be three years. Members may succeed themselves.

Definitions:

The Department of Teacher Education is ultimately responsible to the State of Texas for all issues related to teacher certification. The Teacher Education Program includes all departments that offer degrees including certification, both within and outside of the Department of Teacher Education.

Functions and Responsibilities:

  1. The council serves as an advisory body to the Provost and to the President regarding all matters relating to teacher education.
  2. The council reviews and acts upon all revisions to existing programs, courses included in the programs, and proposed program additions or deletions in the Teacher Education Program as part of the university curriculum approval process.

Teacher Education Council
Chair – Dana Kennamer
DEPARTMENT
NAME OF REPRESENTATIVE
TERM EXPIRES BY SCHOOL YEAR
Teacher Education – Elementary Education Mitzi Adams 2020/2021
Chemistry and Bio Chemistry Autumn Sutherlin 2021/2022
Music Susan Teel 2020/2021
Journalism and Mass Communication Doug Mendenhall 2020/2021
Theater Dept Donna Hester 2020/2021
Teacher Education – Special Education Jenn Rogers 2020/2021
History and Global Studies Allan Yarema 2020/2021
Mathematics Traci Yandell 2020/2021
Engineering and Physics Department Larry Isenhower 2022/2023
Biology Dept Rebecca Hunter 2022/2023
Language and Literature Shelly Sanders 2022/2023
Language and Literature Cole Bennett 2022/2023
Teacher Education – Secondary Education Dana Mayhall 2019/2020
Art and Design Ryan Feerer 2021/2022
School of IT and Computing John Homer 2021/2022

Membership
The URC will be composed of eight members, consisting of:
• The Registrar (or designee), who will also serve as a non-voting chair of the committee,
• 5 faculty representatives selected by the Faculty Senate
• 1 representative from the Office of Academic Advising
• 1 representative from Student Life.

Purpose
The purpose of the Undergraduate Readmission Committee (URC) is to provide a holistic response to requests to return to ACU and to base such responses on a set of commonly agreed on and consistently applied criteria.

Scope
The URC will be responsible for processing requests from all undergraduate students who wish to return to ACU after having been away for one or more long semesters as a result of their own choice or as a result of a suspension.

General Process 

1. All requests for readmission will be submitted directly to the Registrar’s Office. The role of the Registrar’s Office is to gather information about the re-applicant and distribute information to the URC.
a. Upon receipt of a request for readmission, the Registrar’s Office will notify Student Financial Services of the student’s interest in returning. SFS will be asked to provide information about:

i. unpaid balances or other issues from the past that must be addressed before a student could be readmitted, and
ii. the student’s eligibility for financial aid should the application for readmission be approved. This information will be used solely for the purpose of communicating with the student and should not have an impact on the readmission decision for that student.

b. The URC chair will consider the student’s request to determine if the student’s appeal must be considered by the full URC. For example, a student who withdrew from school due to a medical condition may not have the same issues as a student who was suspended for poor grades. The URC will develop criteria for the chair to use in making this decision.
c. The Registrar’s Office will provide the following information to committee members:

i. Information about the student’s current (and future, if the student intends to change) program of study
ii. Copies of transcripts from all institutions the student has attended
iii. The Application for Readmission
iv. A short, written statement detailing why the student wishes to return to ACU.

d. Based on a student’s record, the Registrar’s Office may also request information from any other office on campus, such as:
i. The Office of the Director of Athletics (if the student has been or seeks to be involved in intercollegiate athletics)
ii. The Director of Judicial Affairs
iii. Student Financial Services
iv. The University Counseling Center
v. The University Medical Clinic
vi. The Center for International Education
vii. Alpha Academic Services
viii. Student Success.

e. All information about the applicants will be assembled and placed online in a password secured location. Committee members who will be unable to attend on a scheduled meeting date may participate in the decisions electronically, via email, conference call, or other technologies that would allow participation.

2. The URC will act on readmission packets completed at least one week in advance of each regularly scheduled URC meeting. Requests not submitted early enough to allow completion of the packet by the deadline will be considered at the next URC meeting. The URC will convene four times per year:
a. At least three weeks prior to the beginning of the fall term (to consider requests submitted over the summer for readmission effective with the fall term)
b. At least three weeks prior to the beginning of spring registration in the fall semester (to consider requests submitted during the fall term for readmission effective with the spring term and to allow readmitted students to register for spring classes with their registration group
c. At least three weeks prior to the beginning of the spring term (to consider requests submitted during the fall term for readmission effective with the spring term),
d. At least three weeks prior to fall registration in the spring semester (to consider requests submitted December – February for readmission effective with the fall term, and to allow readmitted students to register for fall classes with their registration group)
e. An additional meeting late in the spring semester may be required to discuss readmission candidates for the summer term.

3. The URC will make decisions based on input included in the packets. The URC will not be required to meet face to face with the student requesting readmission. The decision of the URC is final and may not be appealed.
a. If the request is denied, the student will be advised of the denial within two business days of the decision, in writing via email address provided on the appeal form. The URC chair will generate the letter.
b. If the request is approved, the URC will notify the student, the student’s advisor, and the student’s department/school chair of the approval in writing via email within two business days of the decision. The URC chair will generate the letter. The letter will also include information about the student’s campus housing status, any hold flags which the student may have, and eligibility for financial aid.

4. Academic Development Center’s role will be to facilitate/require student interaction with the student’s advisor as related, at least, to the selection of classes, finalize the contract with the input of the URC and through conversation with the student, and administer the contract.

Assessment
URC operations and effectiveness will be assessed annually, and the results will be reported to the URC, the Faculty Senate, the University Undergraduate Academic Council, and the Provost’s Cabinet.

Administrative Officer(s)

  • Chair: Eric Gumm, Registrar (non-voting)
Faculty Expiration Replacing
Sarah Easter 2023 Larry Isenhower
Rebecca Hunter 2024 Katie Wick
Chris Hollingsworth 2025 David Hendricks
Shan Martinez 2024 John Casada
Scott Marshall 2025 Deb Williams

Meetings
The council will meet at least one time each fall and spring semester.

Membership

  1. The Provost or designee shall serve as chair and may vote only in the case of a tie.
  2. Nine full-time faculty members will serve as members. Three representatives will be faculty members of the College of Arts and Sciences, one will represent the College of Biblical Studies, one will represent the College of Business Administration, one will represent the College of Education and Human Services, one will represent Brown Library, one will represent the College of Graduate and Professional Studies, and one will represent the School of Nursing. 
  3. Ex officio members will include the Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness, Registrar, Chair-elect of the Faculty Senate or his/her designee, and two students (1 junior, 1 senior appointed by the Student Government Association). The deans and directors of the schools, colleges, and units ultimately responsible for faculty and curriculum are welcome to attend any meeting of the UGEC.  

The term of service is three years, and a member is not eligible for immediate reappointment.

Criteria for Membership
Full-time faculty member. Faculty with administrative appointments beyond chair or program director are ineligible for membership. Representatives from Abilene colleges must be tenured or tenure-track.

Rotation
Approximately one-third of the membership of the University General Education Council will rotate each year in order to provide continuity. 

Functions and Responsibilities

  1.  Annually monitors the quality of the general education curriculum, including the assessment of student outcomes; 
  2. Periodically reviews and approves changes to the undergraduate student learning outcomes;
  3. Periodically reviews the general education curriculum requirements; 
  4. Reviews and approves proposed changes to the general education curriculum.

Administrative Officer(s)

  • Jessica Smith
Faculty by College Expiration Replacing
Arts and Sciences
Robert Brown 2023 Brad Rix
Shelly Sanders 2024 Robert Green
Ronnie Rama 2023 Mike Rogers
Lynette Sharp-Penya 2024 Cherisse Flanagan
Biblical Studies
Rodney Ashlock 2023 David Kneip
Business Administration
Jody Jones 2024 Katie Wick
Education and Human Services
Stephanie Talley 2023 Libby McCurley
Graduate and Professional Studies
Kathy Carroll 2025 Libby McCurley
School of Nursing
Theresa Naldoza 2025 Marcia Straughn
Library
Melissa Atkinson 2024 Mac Ice

Ex-officio Members (non-voting)

  • Suzie Macaluso – Chair Elect, Faculty Senate
  • Chris Riley, Assistant Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and SACSCOC Liaison
  • Students (2) — Appointed by the Executive Committee of the Students’ Association

The deans and directors of the schools, colleges, and units who are ultimately responsible for faculty and curriculum are welcome to attend any meeting of the UGEC.

Membership
The University Tenure and Promotion Committee is a standing committee of the faculty composed of tenured full faculty at the rank of professor recommended by the deans/directors to the Faculty Senate Committee on Committees.

Appointment
The Committee on Committees submits the names to the faculty for a vote, and the names are forwarded to the Provost for approval. Apportionment is based on full-time faculty by college.

Purpose
The role of the dean/director, University Tenure and Promotion Committee, and the Provost is:
1. to ensure that the department/school has faithfully and fairly executed the departmental/school guidelines for tenure and promotion,
2. to ensure that institutional promotion policy as detailed herein is upheld, and
3. to alert/notify the department/school of important information that might be missing from the promotion materials.

Procedures
Other procedures of the Tenure and Promotion Committee are detailed in the Tenure and Promotion Policy at Appendix E.

Administrative Officer(s)

  • Chair: Lynette Austin
Faculty by College Expiration Replacing
Arts and Sciences
Autumn Sutherlin 2025 Cynthia Powell
Josh Brokaw 2025
Rick Piersall 2023 Cindy Roper
Biblical Studies
Jeff Childers 2023 Tim Sensing
Business Administration
Paul Wertheim 2023 John Neill
Education and Human Services
Andrew Huddleston 2025 Wayne Paris
Faculty-at-Large
Deb Williams 2024 Neal Coates
Lynette Austin 2025

Meetings
The council will meet at least one time each fall and spring semester.

Membership

  1. The Provost or designee shall serve as the chair and may vote only in the case of a tie. 
  1. Nine full-time, tenured faculty members will serve as members of the council. Three representatives will be faculty members of the College of Arts and Sciences (one each from the divisions of STEM, Arts and Humanities, and Social Sciences), one will be from the College of Biblical Studies, one will be from the College of Business Administration, one will be from the College of Education and Human Services, one will be from the School of Nursing, and two will be at-large. At-large membership will be distributed among the colleges and other academic units with no two members from the same department or academic area. Department/school chairs or directors must not be a majority of the members of the council.
  1. Ex officio members will include the Dean of Library Services and Educational Technology, the Director of Instructional Design in the Adams Center, the Registrar, a representative from the Graduate Council, and the chair of the Faculty Senate or his/her designee. The deans and directors of the schools, colleges, and units who are ultimately responsible for faculty and curriculum are welcome to attend any meeting of the UUAC.

Members will serve a term of three years. A member is not eligible for immediate reappointment. 

Criteria for Membership
Full-time, tenured faculty member.

Rotation
Approximately one-third of the membership of the Abilene Undergraduate Academic Council will rotate each year in order to provide continuity.

Functions and Responsibilities

  1. Reviews proposals for addition or deletion of Abilene undergraduate educational programs and makes recommendations to the Provost, full-time faculty as defined in Chapter One of the Faculty Handbook, and President;
  1. Reviews general requirements for graduation, policies governing probation and suspension, and requirements for graduating with honors and makes recommendations to the full-time faculty as defined in Chapter One of the Faculty Handbook;
  1. Reviews proposals for new undergraduate courses and makes recommendations to the Provost and President.
  1. Reviews proposals for revision of existing courses and undergraduate educational programs.

Administrative Officer(s)

  • Chair: Jessica Smith, Associate Provost for Curriculum and Assessment
Faculty by College Expirations Replacing
Arts and Sciences
Autumn Sutherlin 2023 Michael Daugherity
Todd Womble 2025 Geoff Broderick
J.D. Wallace 2024 David McAnulty
Biblical Studies
David Kneip 2023 Rodney Ashlock
Business Administration
Ryan Jessup 2024 Brian Burton
Education and Human Services
Melissa Long 2023 Stephanie Hamm
Faculty-at-Large
Kilnam Cha 2023 Paul Roggendorff
James Drachenberg 2025 Shan Martinez
Dana Mayhall 2024 Dana Mayhall

 

Ex-officio Members (non-voting)

  • Lisa Merchant, Graduate Council
  • Eric Gumm – Registrar
  • Shelia Jones- Chair, Faculty Senate
  • Berlin Fang – Adams Center

Meetings
The council will meet at least one time each fall and spring semester.
Membership
1. The co-chairs shall be the Faculty Director of Undergraduate Research,
Creativity and Innovation and the Executive Director of Research.
2. To give a broad representation from across the university the Council shall
have three representatives each from: (1) arts and humanities, (2) social
sciences and (3) STEM disciplines.
Criteria for Membership
Membership on the council will include faculty members who have demonstrated
interest, activity, and experience working with undergraduate students in research or
creative inquiry and who are representatives of the broad disciplinary areas represented
in the university.
Selection
The Faculty Director of Undergraduate Research, Creativity and Innovation will solicit
nominations from the deans in consultation with department chairs. The Faculty Director will
submit the nominations with the recommended approval of one person for each position to the
Provost. The Provost shall make formal appointments.
Term of Membership
The term of service is three years, and a member is not eligible for immediate reappointment,
except by special exemption approved by the Provost when no replacement candidates within
the discipline are available.

Rotation
Every effort shall be made to adjust terms to accomplish even rotation patterns. Some terms of
service shall be adjusted in order to have no more than four members beginning in one year.

Functions and Responsibilities

  1. Advise the Office of Undergraduate Research, Creativity and Innovation
  2. Develop, administer, and promote programs and activities that encourage faculty and students to engage more actively in collaborative undergraduate research projects across the university, including responsibility for allocation of funds that are made available for such projects
  3. Establish and maintain appropriate policies and procedures for the conduct of undergraduate research that assure compliance with protocols of responsible scholarship, in conjunction with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
  4. Review and evaluate travel and undergraduate research grant proposals
  5. Report annually to the university, specifically the Provost’s Office, regarding the
    scope and significance of undergraduate research projects that have been
    conducted over the past twelve months

Administrative Officer(s)

  • Chair: TBD replacing Joshua Brokaw
Faculty by Discipline Expirations Replacing
Arts
Jeff Goolsby 2024 Brandon Houghtalen
Trey Shirley 2025 Kari Hatfield
Humanities
Amanda Biles 2025 Jeanine Varner
John Boyles 2025 Curt Niccum
Social Sciences
Candice Ortbals-Wiser 2024 Ryan Jessup
Dan Morrison 2024 Katie Wick
STEM
Larry Isenhower 2023
Jennifer Hennigan 2024 Rebecca Hunter
Kathleen Lee 2024
James Prather 2025

Ex-officio Members (non-voting)

  • Lisa Merchant, Graduate Council
  • Eric Gumm – Registrar
  • Shelia Jones- Chair, Faculty Senate
  • Berlin Fang – Adams Center
Name Email Dept/Dspln Discipline Joined Term Expires* Term #
Curt Niccum lcn07a@acu.edu Bible Arts & Hum. 2016 2022 2
Larry Isenhower ldi00a@acu.edu E&P STEM 2017 2023 2
Greg Brooks dgb14a@acu.edu MFT Soc. Sci. 2019 2022 1
Jeff Goolsby jhg97j@acu.edu Music Arts & Hum. 2021 2024 1
Candice Ortbals-Wiser cdo20b@acu.edu Poly Sci Soc. Sci. 2021 2024 1
Dan Morrison drm18c@acu.edu Sociology Soc. Sci. 2021 2024 1
Jennifer Hennigan jah20c@acu.edu Biology STEM 2021 2024 1
Kathleen Lee kms02b@acu.edu Chemistry STEM 2021 2024 1
vacant Arts & Hum. 0
*Some terms will need to be adjusted in order to avoid adding more than 4 new members in a single year.
Co Chairs
Megan Roth mkr15a@acu.edu ORSP STEM/Soc Sci 2015 NA NA
Joshua Brokaw jmb97t@acu.edu Biology STEM 2019 2022 1
Past Members
Rebecca Hunter rlb97a@acu.edu Biology STEM 2012 2016
Stephen Baldridge snb09a@acu.edu Social Work Soc Sci 2015 2018
Jeanine Varner jbv07a@acu.edu Language and Literature Humanities 2015 2018
Stephanie Hamm sjh05e@acu.edu Social Work Soc Sci 2017 2019
Kari Hatfield kxh08a@acu.edu Theater Arts 2015 2019
Ryan Jessup rkj95n@acu.edu Mngmt Sci Soc Sci 2012 2020 (1 year early) 3
Katie Wick kjw13b@acu.edu Mngmt Sci Soc Sci1 2018 2021 (1/2 year early) 1
Brandon Houghtalen bxh14b@acu.edu Music Arts 2015 2021 (1/2 year early) 2