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Administrative Committees

Administrative committees are those established by administrative action. In some cases, the Committee on Committees recommends membership to the President. In other cases, membership is determined by the respective aoversight bodies, based on input from the faculty committee preference survey and information from the Committee on Committees, as appropriate. See Article IV, Section 4.1 of the PSU Faculty Constitution.

Academic Advising Council
The Academic Advising Council promotes a positive and productive advising environment for advisors and students. Members will be responsible for reviewing the current status of advising and making recommendations on best practices regarding policies and processes related to academic advising campus-wide.

Academic Appeals Board
The Academic Appeals Board hears appeals from students who claim to have received prejudiced or capricious academic evaluation, and makes recommendations on cases to the Provost. Due to the nature of its work, the Board does not hold hearings without at least one of the three student members able to attend.  As such, filling student positions is essential to the Board's work.

Academic Computing and Information Technologies Advisory Council
ACITAC will provides academic input, advice, and perspectives and feedback to the Information Technology Advisory Committee (ITAC), a committee established by the President. Each year, the council will elect a chair from among its members and develop a charge each fall. The mission of the council is to promote greater academic input and feedback on information technology planning, policies and project portfolio. Appointments are made by the Provost and the Vice President for Finance & Administration to represent the breadth of the academic units and programs of the institution.

Access Committee - FADM liaison
The  Access Committee (formerly known as the President’s ADA/Physical Access Committee) addresses the broad range of issues that affect individuals with disabilities (e.g. facilities, classroom accommodation, technology, parking, and safety). This is a standing committee composed of members from offices responsible for ensuring compliance with University policies related to individuals with disabilities and representatives from groups affected by the related policies.

Campus Safety Committee - FADM liaison
The Campus Safety Committee is responsible for recommendations to management regarding the workplace safety and health of all university employees.

Chemical Hygiene/Laboratory Safety Committee - RSP liaison
The Chemical Hygiene/Laboratory Safety Committee advises on policies and procedures to ensure safey of students and employees working in campus laboratories.

Child Development and Family Services Advisory Board - HGCDC & ASPSU Children's Center oversight 
The Child Development Advisory Board advises on policy matters related to the Helen Gordon Child Development Center and the ASPSU Children's Center, such as guidelines on ethical standards for research on children, staffing, budgeting, fee schedules, etc.

Deadline Appeals Board
The Deadline Appeals Board reviews and rules on petitions by students seeking relief from published deadlines.

Diversity Action Council - GD&I liaison
The Diversity Action Council works with the Vice President for Global Diversity and Inclusion to foster equity and social justice by guiding PSU programs, policies, and decision making so that the University works in conjunction with its diverse constituencies.

Educational Activities Speakers Board - ASPSU liaison
The Educational Activies Speakers Board (colloquially known as Speakers Board) disburses Student Fee Committee funds to student programs, academic departments, and other PSU constituencies to bring to PSU speakers of educational significance to the PSU community.

Graduation Program Board
The Graduation Program Board advises the President, Provost, and Commencement coordinator on policies and planning for University graduation ceremonies.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee - RSP liaison
With RSP guidance and in accordance with the AWA Guide and USDA requirements, the IACUC reviews and approves covered animal activities and the University’s program and facilities for humane care and use of animals.

Institutional Assessment Council
The Institutional Assessment Council promotes and oversees the continued implementation of assessment across the campus, working closely with three offices: Instructional and Undergraduate Studies; Institutional Research and Planning; and the Center for Academic Innovation. It creates guidelines for assessment planning and implementation that reflect student learning at the program, department, and institutional level. It oversees the implementation of key learning goals for institutional assessment. The IAC serves as the review mechanism for assessment on campus and coordinates with the assistant and associate deans group the implementation of systemic annual reporting by schools and colleges.

Institutional Bio-Safety Committee - RSP liaison
The IBC is responsible for reviewing and approving potentially bio-hazardous material research in compliance with NIH requirements and in accordance with the CDC/NIH publication, “Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories.” The review by the committee includes an independent assessment of the project risk; determination of the appropriate containment level; and assessment of the facilities, procedures, practices, and training and expertise of personnel involved in research as required by NIH. This review is required for all research activities involving potentially bio-hazardous material at institutions that receive NIH funding. The IBC also serves as an advisory body to the Vice President of Research and Strategic Partnerships for research activities that engage potentially bio-hazardous material. Appointments are typically for three years.

Institutional Review Board - RSP liaison
The Institutional Review Board regulates PSU research activities involving human subjects and provides independent determination on the methods, risks, benefits, and rights involved in human subject research.

Internationalization Council - OIA liaison
The Internationalization Council (IC) works to improve international engagement for all of the PSU community. As a significant part of our mission, the IC provides guidance for the development of a learning environment in which students are prepared for global citizenship, whether via the curriculum, study abroad, contact with international students and faculty, or by other means.

Radiation Safety Committee - RSP liaison
The Radiation Safety Committee sets policies and procedures for the procurement, handling, and storage of radioactive materials on campus, in accordance with federal guidelines.

Smith Memorial Student Union Advisory Board - ASPSU liaison
The SMSU Advisory Board review SMSU operations and develops policies pertaining to the use of the Union by the University community.

Student Media Board
The Publications/Student Media Board establishes fiscal and editorial guidelines for all student publications, appoints all key personnel, and review their performance.

Student Conduct Committee
The Dean of Student Life Office is responsible for acting on reports of student misconduct as described in the Portland State University Student Conduct Code. If a review by the senior conduct officer confirms that a code violation has occurred, a formal charge may be issued to a student. Students who receive a formal charge may be referred to a hearing before the Student Conduct Committee.

Traffic Appeals Board
The Traffic Appeals Board is responsible for ruling on petitions for waiver or reduction of citations and fines imposed under PSU Parking and Traffic Regulations.