Appendix A - Charter of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee

A. Purpose. The Academic and Student Affairs Committee shall provide strategic direction and oversight, make recommendations to the Board, and take action pursuant to delegated authority, on matters pertaining to the educational philosophy and objectives of the University, to admissions policy, to student affairs, to student and faculty diversity, and to the academic planning, instruction, research and public service activities of the University.

B. Membership/Terms of Service. The identity, appointment and terms of service of Committee members shall be as specified in Bylaws 24.4 through 24.6, except that the California Superintendent of Public Instruction shall be added to the Committee as a voting ex officio member.

C. Consent Responsibilities. The Committee shall be charged with recommending action on the following matters which, on approval, shall be placed on the consent agenda of the Board for approval without discussion, unless removed from the consent agenda by motion of any member for separate consideration. Unless otherwise specified, any approval authority for these matters that falls outside parameters expressly reserved to the Board or a Committee is delegated to the President.

  • Making any cardinal change to a prime contract to manage and operate a National Laboratory or other Comparable Facility.
  • Allocation of the annual fee earned by the University from an affiliated business entity formed to manage and operate any National Laboratory or Comparable Facility.

D. Other Oversight Responsibilities. In addition to the consent responsibilities assigned to the Committee described above, and to the extent not otherwise within such responsibilities, the charge of the Committee shall include reviewing and making recommendations to the Board with regard to the following matters and/or with regard to the following areas of the University’s business:

  • Enrollment and admissions
  • Access and affordability for undergraduate, graduate academic, and graduate professional students
  • Residency
  • Student life and student conduct
  • Academic personnel
  • Faculty life and faculty conduct
  • Privilege and Tenure
  • Undergraduate, graduate academic and graduate professional curricula
  • Degrees and Certificates
  • Academic Calendar
  • Establishment and disestablishment of campuses, colleges and schools
  • Research directions, funding, structures and accomplishments
  • Internal and external research collaboration
  • Intellectual property
  • Technology transfer and commercialization
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship in curricula, degrees and research
  • Public service related to academic affairs
  • Master Plan for Higher Education
  • Strategic Academic Plans
  • K-12 engagement, student preparation for college success, and school improvement
  • Diversity
  • Campus climate and inclusion
  • CSU and CCC relations
  • Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Natural Reserve System
  • Department of Energy National Laboratories
  • Appointments of Regents Professors and University Professors
  • Approval of equivalent academic ranks

The assignment of responsibility to this Standing Committee under Paragraphs C and D signifies that it is the Committee to which matters otherwise appropriate for Board consideration generally will be referred and does not create an independent obligation to present a matter to this Standing Committee or its Subcommittee, to the Board or to any other Committee.

E. National Laboratories Subcommittee. The Committee hereby establishes the National Laboratories Subcommittee to assist the Committee in discharging its governance and oversight responsibilities with regard to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and any other Comparable Facility.  A Comparable Facility shall include any National Laboratory or other Federally Funded Research and Development Center as identified by federal regulation.  The duties and responsibilities of the Subcommittee, and the plenary authority delegated to it by the Board, are set forth as follows.

  1. Purpose. In support of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee (the “related Standing Committee”), the National Laboratories Subcommittee shall consider, make recommendations, and act pursuant to delegated authority on matters pertaining to the research and other activities of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and any other National Laboratory or Comparable Facility and any affiliated business entity holding a prime contract to manage and operate a National Laboratory or Comparable Facility.
  2. Membership/Terms of Service. The identity, appointment and terms of service of Subcommittee members shall be as specified in Bylaws 25.3 through 25.5.
  3. Subcommittee Consent Responsibilities. Unless otherwise specified in this Committee Charter, the Subcommittee shall be charged with recommending action on the following matters which, on approval, shall be placed on the consent agenda of the Board, on the terms specified in Paragraph C above as though approved by the Standing Committee, unless any member of the Standing Committee requests that the matter be taken up for discussion and/or action by the Standing Committee.    Unless otherwise specified, any approval authority for these matters that falls outside parameters expressly reserved to the Board or a Committee is delegated to the President.
    • Making any cardinal change to a prime contract to manage and operate a National Laboratory or other Comparable Facility.
    • Allocation of the annual fee earned by the University from an affiliated business entity formed to manage and operate any National Laboratory or Comparable Facility.
  4. Other Oversight Responsibilities. In addition to the responsibilities assigned to the Subcommittee described above, and to the extent not otherwise within such responsibilities, the charge of the Subcommittee shall include reviewing and making recommendations to the related Standing Committee with regard to the following matters and/or with regard to the following areas of the University’s business:
    • The University’s participation in any solicitation for or contract to manage and operate a National Laboratory or Comparable Facility.
    • The University's participation in any business entity formed to manage and operate a National Laboratory or other Comparable Facility
    • Oversight of relationships between and among the University, the Department of Energy, the National Nuclear Security Administration, other pertinent state and federal authorities, and any business partners and business entities with responsibility for management and operation of a National Laboratory or Comparable Facility
  5. Reporting. In addition to the reports required under Bylaw 25.8, the Subcommittee shall report to the related Standing Committee any material developments in the operation of the National Laboratories or Comparable Facilities, including those that concern the health and safety of laboratory personnel or the surrounding communities, those that have the potential to expose the University to financial loss, those that have the potential materially to impact fees earned by the University for management and operation of a National Laboratory or Comparable Facility, and/or those that have the potential to adversely impact the University’s relationship with state or federal authorities or University business partners.

Not amended after July 20, 2016

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