Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience : Office of Student Life

Committee Descriptions

 

Arts and Culture

The Arts and Culture Committee provides engaging programming to enrich the Graduate student experience at The Ohio State University. Events offer Graduate students' opportunities to exhibit their work and research, connect with experts in their field, and facilitate collaboration between departments at Ohio State. Our programs aim to celebrate the diversity of creative fields and cultural research at our University, and support a strong Art and Culture community. 

Career Development Grant

The Career Development Grant program encourages graduate students to prepare for placement into their chosen field and provides an opportunity to defray associated costs. By offering grants of up to $250 each, CGS will be providing an incentive for graduate students to invest effort in their own career development while attending The Ohio State University.

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee maintains their mission to be the publication, presentation, and maintenance of information relating to the Council of Graduate Students. In support of this mission, the goal of this Committee is to continually expand the presence and influence of the Council as well as enhance its image and credibility inside and outside of The Ohio State University.

Diversity & Inclusion

The Diversity & Inclusion Committee is committed to bringing about mutual understanding and respect among all individuals and groups at the University and to eliminating all forms of discrimination. In recognition that the development of human potential is a fundamental goal in a democratic society, this committee promotes an education system that values cultural and ethnic diversity and understanding; that provides for the preparation of students for full and meaningful participation in a changing world; and that promotes equitable and fair treatment in every aspect of campus life and employment for all persons regardless of race, color, national or regional origin, sex, age, religion, veteran status, disability, and body shape or size.

This committee is dedicated to programming centered on education, awareness, activism, and building social communities for diverse groups of graduate students.

Global Gateway Grant

The Global Gateway Grant Committee maintains its mission to be to promote the participation of all graduate students in academic study beyond the borders of the United States. The Global Gateway Grant award distinguishes itself from other awards by placing an emphasis on dissemination and practice of research in countries other than the US. The Global Gateway Grant Committee will serve as the primary authority to ensure a fair, accessible, and relevant award.

Grants Administration

The Grants Administrative Chair coordinates the judging process for the various grants funded by the Council of Graduate Students, except for the Ray Travel Grant.  These include, but are not limited to, the Career Development Grant, which funds a variety of non-research related opportunities, and the Global Gateway Grant, for research abroad.  The Chair organizes judges, distributes applications, alerts the applicants of the judges' decisions, and administers the online application.  The Chair also works with the Executive Board to continually improve the application and judging processes, as well as the amount of recipients and funding, to better support graduate life at OSU.

Hayes Graduate Research Forum Committee

The Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum is co-sponsored by the Council of Graduate Students, the Graduate School, and the Office of Research. Its purposes are to: Feature excellent research conducted by OSU graduate students; recognize outstanding graduate student scholarship within the University; encourage graduate students to share their research with the Ohio State community; and finally to facilitate exchanges between students, faculty, the administration, and the public

Health & Wellness Committee

Through a variety of partnerships and current research the Graduate Health and Wellness Committee is focused on creating and promoting an environment of health, safety and education throughout the university and outside community. 

International Student Concerns

The International Student Concerns Committee (ISCC) primarily aims to create a more inclusive, assistive & cooperative experience for all graduate students at The Ohio State University, particularly international students. By improving communication with the Office of International Affairs (OIA), international student organizations & the graduate school, the ISCC will foster an environment in which the CGS can more effectively support the challenges faced by graduate students associated with Council of Graduate Students.

Marketing and Communications Committee

The Marketing and Communications Committee is CGS's gateway to the university community at large. The committee is responsible for promoting CGS elections and involvement, spreading the word about CGS events, and maintaining a high level of interest in student government among graduate students. One of Marketing and Communications' key responsibilities is to work with other committees, helping them to promote their events and initiatives campus wide. Finally, the committee reports upon monthly CGS meetings, framing issues, events and opportunities in a digestible and condensed newsletter that delegates can share CGS with their departments.

Ray Travel Award

The aim of the Ray Travel award is to promote the participation of all graduate students in professional conferences through financial support of these activities. Awards are given to distinguished graduate students that apply for awards. The award covers expenses such as travel, accommodation, conference registration, etc. The Ray Travel award distinguishes itself from other awards by placing an emphasis on service to department, university, community, etc.

The Ray Travel award committee will serve as the primary authority to ensure a fair, accessible, and relevant award. The committee also serves as the primary body through which award policy is defined. Examples of policy may include (but are not limited to): funding amounts, number of awards, and eligibility criteria. 

Senate Advisory

The Senate at the Ohio State University has legislative authority over administrative matters concerning the University as a whole. The mission of the Senate Advisory Committee is to provide a platform to advocate for policies that work towards the welfare of the graduate students while benefiting the university. We will work towards providing a unified voice at the senate to better represent the entire graduate student body.

No individuals are assigned to this committee currently.

Sustainability and Environmental Responsibility Committee (SERC)

The mission of Sustainability and Environmental Responsibility Committee (SERC) is to foster the development of environmentally and economically responsible leadership on the Ohio State Campus through awareness and outreach, partnerships, and engagement with the larger Columbus community. As the challenges facing the 21st century have become better elucidated by science over the past several decades, we come together to work on the most urgent and necessary solutions here at the Ohio State University campus. We will encourage sustainable practices being incorporated into the ongoing academic research, educational programing, student initiatives, on-campus operations, and the built environment. 

 

 

SENATE COMMITTEES

 

 

Athletic Council

B) Duties and responsibilities.

(1) Develop, subject to the general authority of the president and the board of trustees, policies governing intercollegiate athletics, as the agent of the senate. The senate may hold these policies in review.
(a) These policies shall guide the administration of the program of intercollegiate athletics by the director of athletics, but the athletic council shall not serve in an administrative or executive capacity.
(b) It will consider and establish policy on such matters as the income and expenditures budget, the schedules for seasonal and post-seasonal play in relation to the effect upon the welfare of the athletes, grants and other financial aid to athletes, eligibility of athletes, student grievance procedures and sportsmanship policies related to athletics, awards to athletes, ticket distribution, and public and campus relations of the athletic program.
(c) Its recommendations and decisions on policy shall be made known to the senate and to the staff of the department of athletics.

(2) Participate with the president in the process of selecting a university faculty athletics representative. The faculty athletics representative shall provide advice and oversight for the intercollegiate athletics program at the Ohio state university and represent the university and its faculty to the NCAA. The faculty athletics representative also shall participate in the assurance of academic integrity of the athletics program; monitor the student-athlete experience; participate in the assurance of the institutional compliance with NCAA and conference regulations; and serve as the senior faculty advisor to the president and the director of athletics concerning the administration of the collegiate athletics program.

(a) When selecting a new faculty athletics representative, the athletic council shall prepare a list of no fewer than two regular tenured faculty members from which the president shall select a faculty athletics representative.

(b) Eighteen months prior to the end of the faculty athletics representative's final term, the chair of the athletic council shall appoint a nominating committee which shall have the responsibility to inform the university community about the position of faculty athletics representative and to invite applications and/or recommendations for nominations. Brief recommendations in writing that state the candidate's qualifications for the position may be submitted to the nominating committee by any member of the university community. Applications and nominations shall be due in accordance with a reasonable schedule established by the nominating committee.

(c) Final approval of the list of names submitted to the president shall be made by the full membership of the athletic council. The list for the faculty athletics representative position shall be presented to the president in June of the year preceding the start of the next term of office in order to allow for a smooth transition between outgoing and incoming faculty athletics representatives.

(d) The new faculty athletics representative will be appointed faculty athletics representative-elect on July 1 of the year before becoming faculty athletics representative. The faculty athletics representative-elect shall attend all meetings in which the faculty athletics representative has access to, but the faculty athletics representative-elect shall have no right to vote until the faculty athletics representative-elect becomes the faculty representative.

(e) The term of office for a faculty athletics representative is four years, beginning July 1 of the year following appointment as faculty athletics representative-elect. Reappointment for no more than two additional four-year terms is permissible. If an incumbent faculty athletics representative is eligible to and desires to serve another term, then at least nine months prior to the expiration of the current term, the athletic council shall complete a review of the incumbent's performance. If the council decides that the incumbent should serve another term and the president concurs, the faculty athletics representative's term shall be renewed. Otherwise, the athletic council shall move immediately to prepare a list to submit to the president following the procedures of paragraphs
(B)(2)(a) to (B)(2)(c) of this rule, except for the time limitations.

(f) The faculty athletics representative shall not serve simultaneously as a member of the athletic council, but shall attend meetings of the council. The chair of the athletic council, or the chair's designee from among the faculty members of the athletic council, shall serve as the interim faculty athletics representative with full voting privileges at conference meetings whenever the faculty athletics representative is unavailable.

(g) In the event that the faculty athletics representative does not complete a full term, the faculty athletics representative-elect shall complete the remainder
of the uncompleted term. The completion of a term does not constitute a four-year term for purposes of the three four-year term limitation in paragraph (B)(2)(e) of this rule. If there is no faculty athletics representative-elect at the time the faculty athletics representative vacates the position, the chair of the faculty council, or the chair's designee from among the faculty members of the athletic council, shall serve as the interim faculty athletics representative until the appointment of a new faculty athletics representative. Upon notice of a vacancy or an imminent vacancy in the faculty athletics representative position, the athletic council shall move immediately to prepare a list to submit to the president following the procedures of paragraphs (B)(2)(a) to (B)(2)(c) of this rule, except for the time limitations.

(C) Organization.
(1) Reports by the council to the president, other than those made through the senate, shall be made through the director of athletics.

(2) As a standing committee of the senate, this council is also governed by the provisions of rules 3335-5-46 and 3335-5-48 of the Administrative Code.

Committee on Academic Misconduct (COAM)

(B) Duties and responsibilities.

(1) Investigate or establish procedures for the investigation of all reported cases of student academic misconduct, with the exception of cases in a professional college having a published honor code, and decide upon suitable disciplinary action. (The term "academic misconduct" is defined in paragraph (A) of rule 3335-23-04 of the Administrative Code.) Instructors shall report all instances of alleged academic misconduct to the committee.

(2) Investigate all cases of lax or irregular methods of conducting examinations that might tend to promote academic misconduct on the part of students, with the exception of cases in a professional college having a published honor code. The committee shall report its findings in these cases to the executive vice president and provost.

(3) Serve as a consultant on questions of academic misconduct for any professional college having a published honor code. (Note: this committee shall not have jurisdiction over cases involving student academic misconduct in professional colleges having published honor codes. These colleges shall follow their own codes in investigating reported cases of academic misconduct and in determining suitable disciplinary action. When the action taken involves suspension, dismissal, or entry on the student's permanent record, a recommendation to that effect shall be made to the executive vice president and provost for review and action.)

(C) Organization.

(1) The committee on academic misconduct is authorized to:
(a) Establish panels of its members which will conduct hearings and make decisions with the same authority as the committee itself;
(b) Establish rules and procedures to conduct hearings, including the definition of a quorum.

(2) If the caseload of the committee should from time to time become such that cases cannot be set for hearing within four weeks (excluding periods of examinations or between vacations and recesses between semesters, terms, or sessions), the chair shall be empowered to ask alternate members to serve voluntarily and temporarily as members of hearing panels.

(3) As a standing committee of the senate, this committee is also governed by the provisions of rules 3335-5-46 and 3335-5-48 of the Administrative Code.

 

William Johnston.5 term ends as chair in August 2013
Kent Harrison.9, 2013-14 Committee Chair

Kathryn Corl.1, Coordinator
Elizabeth Eberlin, Office Associate

There 2 hearings per week and each meeting is 3-4hrs. As appointees, graduate students will on average attend 1-2 meetings per month.

Graduate students have 7 seats on this committee.

1 to 2 graduate students on average attend each meeting block.

orientation date: Tuesday August 20th time: 9:30am-1:00pm

Committee on Intellectual Property, Patents, & Copyrights

The main purpose this year (2013) is to revise the patents and copyrights documents. See attached document for the substance of this committee.

2013 meeting dates:

Starting Monday August 26th, the committee will meet every other Monday thru December 2nd from 4pm to 5pm in 105 Bricker Hall. The dates are August 26, September 9 and 23, October 7 and 21, November 4 and 18, and December 2.

Council on Academic Affairs (CAA)

The Council on Academic Affairs makes recommendations to the university senate concerning educational and academic policies, including the establishment, alteration and abolition of all curricula and courses offered by the university, all degrees and certificates conferred by the university, and of all colleges, departments, and schools. All proposals for the establishment, alteration or abolition of courses and curricula, of departments, schools, and divisions within a college, and of academic degrees flow through CAA. Among its other duties, CAA fosters interdisciplinary programs involving two or more academic areas and periodically reviews the academic organization of the university.

Kay N. Wolf, Chair
W. Randy Smith, Vice-Chair, Office of Academic Affairs
Melissa A. Soave, Program Manager

No individuals are assigned to this committee currently.

Council on Academic Freedom & Responsibility (CAFR)

(B) Duties and responsibilities.

(1) Study all conditions which may affect the academic freedom or responsibility of the faculty of the university, including the review of proposed changes in the "Faculty Handbook," Chapter 3335-6 of the Administrative Code (rules of the university faculty concerning faculty appointments, reappointments, promotion and tenure), and such changes in the "Operating Manual" as may impinge upon academic freedom or tenure. If the committee finds that any such proposed change adversely affects academic freedom or tenure, it shall report that finding promptly to the senate for its review.

(2) Hear and investigate complaints by individual faculty members concerning alleged infringements upon academic freedom or responsibility in the university; report findings and recommendations to the parties involved with the hope of mediating a dispute and report to the senate if further action by the senate is appropriate.

(3) Hear and investigate complaints by individual faculty members concerning alleged improper evaluation under the procedures of rule 3335-5-05 of the Administrative Code.

(C) Organization.

(1) A quorum consists of four members.

(2) As a standing committee of the senate, this committee is also governed by the provisions of rules 3335-5-46 and 3335-5-48 of the Administrative Code.

(3) Graduate Student member is recused in cases pertaining to Promotion and Tenure of faculty members. (B/T 5/1/86, B/T 2/5/88, B/T 2/4/93, B/T 11/4/94, B/T 5/3/96, B/T 7/11/97, B/T 6/4/2004, B/T 6/7/2005, B/T 6/22/2012)

Council on Distance Education, Libraries, and Information Technology

(B) Duties and responsibilities.

(1) In collaboration with the director of libraries and the chief information officer, to formulate policies governing the educational and research activities and services of libraries and information technology.

(2) Assist the director of libraries and the chief information officer in the interpretation of library and information technology services to the university community.

(3) Assist in the presentation of major library and information technology needs to the university administration.

(4) Advise the executive vice president and provost on the appointment of a director of libraries or the chief information officer.

(C) Organization.

(1) The chair shall be elected from among the voting members of the council.

(2) Reports by this council to the president, other than those made through the senate, shall be made through the executive vice resident and provost.

(3) As a standing committee of the senate, this council is also governed by the provisions of rules 3335-5-46 and 3335-5-48 of the Administrative Code. (B/T 5/1/86, B/T 2/5/88, B/T 11/2/90, B/T 2/4/93, B/T 11/4/94, B/T 5/3/96, B/T 4/4/97, B/T 12/4/98, B/T 7/12/2002, B/T 6/7/2005, 9/9/2011)

Quanetta Batts, Staff Support (University Libraries) batts.8@osu.edu

Council on Enrollment and Student Progress (CESP)

(B) Duties and responsibilities.

(1) Initiate recommendations and review proposals with regard to policies which affect the characteristics of the student body. The council shall address issues with regard to enrollment
planning for undergraduate, graduate, and professional student enrollment. In addition, the council shall address issues related to undergraduate students in regard to recruitment, competitive
admissions, intra-university transfers, financial aid, and retention, and coordinate any resulting actions with issues concerning graduate and professional students. Recommendations and advice will
be provided to appropriate administrators and offices.

(2) Initiate recommendations and review proposals with regard to policies which affect the processes by which undergraduate students enroll, register, and carry out other
administrative functions related to the completion of their coursework and/or degree requirements. Recommendations and advice shall be provided to appropriate
administrators and offices.

(3) Initiate recommendations and review proposals with regard to policies and procedures pertinent to students' passage through the institution, including, but not limited to, the
university calendar, student records, approval of transfer credit, and semester, summer term, or session-end validation procedures.

(4) Encourage the collection of data and participate in the analysis of data which will support the development of informed policies on issues within the council's domain and include a summary of
such data in the annual report to the senate.

(5) Serve as a channel of communication for the work of all other committees, permanent and ad hoc, which address issues within the domain of the council of enrollment and student progress and
establish regular mechanisms by which such committees report regularly to the council on enrollment and student progress and through it to the university senate.

(C) Organization.

(1) The chair and chair-elect shall be elected from among the voting members. The chair- elect shall serve as vice chair.

(2) Reports by this council to the president, other than those made through the senate, shall be made through the executive vice president and provost.

(3) As a standing committee of the senate, this council is also governed by the provisions of rules 3335-5-46 and 3335-5-48 of the Administrative Code.

David Stetson, 2012-2013 Chair
Elaine Pritchard, Coordinator EPritchard@esue.ohio-state.edu]

 

Council on Student Affairs (CSA)

(B) Duties and responsibilities.
(1) Initiate recommendations and review proposals with regard to policies which may affect the quality of student life.

(2) Make regulations pursuant to the rules of the university faculty, the bylaws, and the statutes, insofar as they pertain to the quality of student life.

(3) Advise the vice president for student life regarding the programs, services, and activities of the division.

(4) Establish study groups, committees, and other mechanisms as needed to explore issues affecting the quality of student life and make recommendations regarding these issues to the vice president for student life, the senate, and other appropriate groups.

(5) Advise other university departments and administrative units regarding proposed changes within those departments and units that may affect student rights and responsibilities.

(6) Approve policies that govern the registration, rights, privileges, and obligations of student organizations, including but not limited to fraternities and sororities, student publications, and student government. This responsibility may be delegated by the council to appropriate committees or administrative agencies.

(7) Serve as a channel of communication for the work of all other committees, permanent and ad hoc, that address issues within the domain of the council on student affairs and establish mechanisms by which such committees report regularly to the council on student affairs and through it to the university senate.

(8) Conduct periodic reviews of the application of the "Code of student conduct." Recommend to the senate any proposed changes to the "Code of student conduct."

(9) Serve as the sole administrative body for any student activity fees. This responsibility may be delegated by the council to appropriate committees or administrative agencies.

(C) Organization.
(1) The chair shall be elected from among the incoming and continuing student members of the committee during the last meeting of spring semester. For purposes of this election, all incoming and continuing members shall be eligible to vote; incoming and continuing members may choose alternates if necessary.

(2) The council shall establish operating procedures to conduct, in an orderly fashion, the functions of the council.

(3) As a standing committee of the senate, this council is also governed by the provisions of rules 3335-5-46 and 3335-5-48 of the Administrative Code.

 

This committee formulates policies on student affairs and student life, as well as allocates funding to student organizations at OSU. CSA also is responsible for revisions to the Student Code of Conduct.  The CGS President, Vice President, and Treasurer are members.

Council on the Physical Environment (COPE)

(B) Duties and responsibilities.
(1) Take a broad and encompassing perspective on the physical environment of the university as it affects the academic enterprise and quality of life for the university community. Propose policies, review and recommend action regarding proposed major projects, and consult with university administration about matters within its domain.
(a) Teaching and learning environment: adequate classroom and teaching laboratory space; priorities for new construction to advance the academic enterprise; and priorities for renovation of academic facilities, especially classrooms and teaching laboratories.
(b) Movement around campus: policies and projects to ease movement around campus by all relevant means, including but not limited to pedestrian, bicycle, motorized traffic, and mass transportation; policies and proposals concerning parking, public safety including institutional security, fire safety, risk reduction, and personal safety.
(c) The campus and the university district environment: activities undertaken to facilitate campus master planning and to implement the plans adopted; initiatives undertaken to advance the objectives of improving conditions in the university district, and activities of affiliated entities to promote these initiatives.

(2) Recommend items for senate action, review matters within its purview, hear periodic reports from relevant university organizations and administrative offices, and report annually to the senate.

(C) Organization.
(1) The committee shall elect a chairperson from among its voting members. A chairperson shall serve a one-year term, and no more than one additional one-year term if reelected.
(2) As a standing council of the senate, this committee is also governed by the provisions of rules 3335-5-46 and 3335-5-48 of the Administrative Code.

 

Diversity Committee

(B) Duties and responsibilities.
The committee shall study issues that relate to the implementation of the university nondiscriminatory policy. It shall recommend policies that foster an environment of civility, tolerance, and mutual respect. It shall perform the following functions with appropriate administrative support from the office of academic affairs and the office of human resources.

(1) Study and evaluate issues affecting diversity from an overall university perspective.

(2) Be informed on external requirements on the university affecting diversity.

(3) Advise the president, the executive vice president and provost, the associate vice president for human resources, and the vice president for student life about the institutional climate, policies, and priorities for ensuring justice, fairness, and equitable treatment to all members of the university.

(4) Educate and inform the university community on issues of diversity, including the letter and spirit of all Ohio and federal rules regarding members of protected classes.

(5) Oversee administration of university affirmative action grants and awards.

(6) Report annually to the university senate.

(C) Organization.
(1) The committee shall elect a chair from among its voting members.
(2) As a standing committee of the senate, this committee is also governed by the provisions of rules 3335-5-46 and 3335-5-48 of the Administrative Code.

 

 

Fiscal Committee

(B) Duties and responsibilities.
The committee shall have full access to all fiscal documentation necessary to perform the following functions:
(1) Review, on a continuing basis, the fiscal policies and resources of the university;
(2) Advise the president on the alternatives and strategies for the long-term and short-term allocation of university resources consistent with maintaining the missions of the university;
(3) Analyze resources and budgets from an overall university-wide perspective;
(4) Analyze resources and budgets in detail for centrally supported vice presidential units;
(5) Advise the president, in the event of an imminent financial crisis, whether a determination of financial exigency is warranted; and
(6) Report annually to the faculty council and the senate on the budgetary and fiscal condition of the university.

(C) Organization.
(1) The committee shall annually elect a chair from its faculty membership.
(2) As a standing committee of the senate, this committee is also governed by the provisions of rules 3335-5-46 and 3335-5-48 of the Administrative Code.

Graduate student member shall sever a two-year term.

 

Graduate Compensation and Benefits Committee

(B) Duties and responsibilities.
(1) Study the adequacy and other attributes of the university's policies and provisions including stipends, outside professional services, and supplemental compensation.

(2) Conduct research and provide advice on economic support of graduate associates, professional development, quality and design of benefit programs, and appointment terms.

(3) Make recommendations to the university senate, the graduate council, the graduate school, and the office of academic affairs as appropriate.

(C) Organization.
(1) The committee shall annually elect a chair from its regular student membership.

(2) As a standing committee of the senate, this committee is also governed by the provisions of rules 3335-5-46 and 3335-5-48 of the Administrative Code. (B/T 5/6/2005, B/T 4/6/2007, B/T 2/10/2012)

 

 

Research Committee

(B) Duties and responsibilities.
(1) Encourage and stimulate scholarly research and creative activity and foster a close relationship between education and scholarly research.

(2) Advise the senior vice president for research.

(3) Review, on a continuing basis, the policies and practices governing the conduct of research and scholarly activity.

(4) Coordinate with the governing bodies of the graduate school and with the office of undergraduate research.

(5) Make recommendations concerning the establishment, affiliation or abolition of centers or comparable organization that are primarily engaged in research.

(6) Collaborate in reviews of the budget of the office of research undertaken by the senate fiscal committee.

(C) Organization.
(1) The committee shall annually elect a chair from its regular faculty membership in the spring semester preceding the academic year of service for no more than three consecutive one-year terms.

(2) As a standing committee of the senate, this committee is also governed by the provisions of rules 3335-5-46 and 3335-5-48 of the Administrative Code. (B/T 6/7/91, B/T 11/4/94, B/T 5/3/96, B/T 5/3/2002, B/T 5/7/2004, B/T 6/7/2005, B/T 7/13/2007, B/T 5/14/2010)

Yael Vodovotz, 2012-2013 Chair
Linda Neidhardt, Coordinator, Office of Research

 

Rules Committee

(B) Duties and responsibilities.
(1) Be responsible, in cooperation with the secretary of the university senate, for the monitoring of the "Rules of the University Faculty" and of all statutes and bylaws pertaining to the senate.

(2) Ensure that all published rules and bylaws within the senate's purview are up to date, and recommend their republication at such intervals as may be desirable.

(3) Make recommendations for the revision of the procedural rules of the senate.

(4) Before senate action, the committee shall receive all proposed new rules and changes in existing rules. It shall review them and recommend such editorial or other changes it deems necessary to avoid conflict with other rules, to enhance clarity and precision, and to avoid ambiguity.

(5) Initiate rules or changes in existing rules and recommend them to the steering committee for scheduling for senate action.

(C) Organization.
As an organizing committee of the senate, this committee is also governed by the provisions of rules 3335-5-46 and 3335-5-47 of the Administrative Code. (B/T 5/1/86, B/T 7/11/86, B/T 2/5/88, B/T 2/4/93, B/T 11/4/94, B/T 5/3/96, B/T 2/2/2001, B/T 6/7/2005, 5/14/2010)

 

 

Steering Committee


3335-5-47.1 Steering committee.
(A) Membership.
The steering committee shall cons
ist of fourteen members.
(1) Six faculty.
(2) Four students.
(a) The president of the council of graduate students. The vice president of the council of graduate students
may attend steering committee meetings with full vo
ting privileges if the president cannot attend.
(b) The president of the inter-profe
ssional council. The vice president of
the inter-professional council may
attend steering committee meetings with full votin
g privileges if the president cannot attend.
(c) Two undergraduate students, one of whom is the president of the undergraduate student government.
The vice president of the undergraduate student government may attend steering committee meetings with
full voting privileges if either student cannot attend.
(3) Four administrators.
(a) The executive vice pr
esident and provost.
(b) The senior vice president for business and finance.
(c) The secretary of the univer
sity senate (non-voting).
(d) A dean.
(B) Duties and responsibilities.
(1)
Be the senate's committee on commi
ttees: the steering committee shall have the power to call, by vote of
nine of its members, a special meeting of the senate, and shall have such power and duties as the senate
may delegate to it during periods when the senate is not in session. It may create subcommittees and may
delegate to them any of its powers, functions, and duties.
(2)
Review the structure, operation,
and effectiveness of the senate a
nd its committees. It shall receive
suggestions, review proposed rule changes, and initia
te recommendations for change in the structure and
operation of the senate, including structure, duties,
and responsibilities of senate committees, without,
however, in any way restricting the senate's authority
to alter its operations by other means. The steering
committee may also review other proposed rule
changes prior to presentation to the senate.
(3)
Serve as a channel of communication between the sena
te and the president and the board of trustees.
Members shall be an advisory group available to both the president and the board of trustees for advice and
counsel on any matter relating to the operation and development of the university. After consulting with the
president, the members of the st
eering committee may request and obta
in a meeting with the board of
trustees.
(4)
Meet at least once every year with
the chair of each standing committee.

 

 

Alumni Awards for Distinguished Teaching

The AADT committee typically meets four to five times in the autumn semester beginning in late September; meetings last for one to three hours and lunch or a snack will be served, depending on what time the meeting is held.

Committee members are responsible for reading nomination materials between meetings and the time commitment required to do this reading will vary with the number of nominations received but it can be substantial. When selecting a nominee, please keep these time commitments in mind, as it is important for committee members to be thorough in their reading of the nominations, and it is highly preferred that they attend all of the scheduled meetings.

Laura Cotton is the principle contact for this committee (cotton.1072@osu.edu).

Ann Rottersman (rottersman.1@osu.edu) is the chair.

 

Arts & Sciences Dean's Student Advisory Board

"The DSAB was convened to provide the Arts and Sciences Executive Dean with input and advice regarding major issues in ASC (both undergrad and grad). .

At the last meeting, Dean Steinmetz suggested that the DSAB take on a cause. There is some funding available to work on hunger among low-income children in Columbus, and he asked the returning committee members to think about making a project out of it. There is potential for a graduate student to take a leadership role here.

This Board requires two CGS graduate student representatives. The two representatives must come from different divisions within ASC. I'm not certain how familiar you are with this structure, but there are three divisions: Arts and Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Mathematical and Physical Sciences.

 

 

Technically the Dean is the committee chair, but since we are now without a Dean, Ann Rottersman is the best person to contact about the committee."

Bicycle Advisory Committee

Improve bike safety on campus

 

Campus Art and Memorials

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Campus Partners Advisory Group

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Career Connections

Report on Buckeye Careers 
Fall Semester 2012 
December 2012 Submitted by Allison Sturm 

CHARGE: Evaluate Buckeye Careers from a graduate student perspective in terms of 
usability and content. Recommend any subsequent changes to better serve the graduate 
student body. 

RESEARCH: The Council of Graduate Students had a presentation about Buckeye 
Careers at one of their first 2012 Autumn Semester meetings by Kellie Uhrig. The 
presentation discussed the "merger" of departmental level career services, which now fall 
under the umbrella of Buckeye Careers. The future plans for Buckeye OnPACE were also 
discussed. For many of the graduate students, this was the first time many of them heard 
about Buckeye Careers more than just in passing. Some questioned whether their school 
was a part of the Buckeye Careers network. Kellie explained that there is a different 
timeline for each of the colleges to gain access to Buckeye Careers, but most already 
made the switch. 
 From here, The Council of Graduate Students' Delegate body was asked to log 
onto Buckeye Careers and play around with the interface. They were asked to report back 
any problems or suggestions for improvements to the site. Many expressed concerns 
about the feel of the site being "too undergrad" and not really conducive to graduate 
student scenarios, such as the available options for profile creation, search terms, etc. It 
was also brought to CGS' attention that Buckeye Careers was being discussed at The 
Graduate School level at a Grad Council meeting during the Fall 2012 Semester. 
 Not specifically related to Buckeye Careers, but many of Buckeye Careers' goals 
fall in line with the "needs" The Council of Graduate Students identified from their 
Delegate body. For one, graduate students want more career development and 
programming efforts. Graduate Students also want opportunities for interdisciplinary 
development. It is becoming more difficult to gain employment and therefore, more 
important to step out of comfort zones and think about innovative ways to apply a 
graduate education. Graduate Students feel unprepared when it comes to looking for 
employment opportunities outside of those suggested by an advisor or department peers. 
While Ohio Union Activities Board Grad/Prof team does offer resume writing, mock 
interview opportunities, etc., the Delegate body still voiced a need for having more career 
development type programming and opportunities. Kellie Uhrig's presentation about 
Buckeye Careers was extremely well received at the Delegate meeting suggesting 
Buckeye Careers may be a great outlet to offer some career development services through 
partnering with CGS, the Graduate School or OUAB Grad/Prof. 
Megan Miller was consulted throughout the semester to discuss the issues about 
terminology and search capabilities. She expressed that even employers have issues with 
some of the backend options they must select when posting an opening. She confirmed 
that many of these issues might be easily resolved by working with graduate students. It 
would be helpful to have graduate students comb through the system and verify that the 
terminology works for their specific field of study. Megan also mentioned that 
internships are becoming more and more popular for graduate students and this should be 
a focus moving forward and thinking about ways to change graduate students' thinking 
about opportunities, such as internships, which are traditionally thought of as more 
undergraduate experiences. 
Report on Buckeye Careers 
Fall Semester 2012 

FINDINGS: From this semester's research, there were a few issues identified that will be 
addressed during the Spring 2012 semester: 

Issue I. Partnership with The Graduate School: Currently, the Graduate School 
currently is involved with the development of Buckeye Careers. While they advertise 
Career Connection on their website under career resources, there is no mention of 
Buckeye Careers. Career Connection offers completely different services than Buckeye 
Careers and the two are not synonymous, which is a popular thought amongst graduate 
students. In order for graduate students to both find out about and buy into Buckeye 
Careers, it is extremely important for The Graduate School to endorse the system. 
Additionally, partnering with the Graduate School will help increase awareness about 
Buckeye Career services amongst graduate students. Fortunately, Dean Osmer's recent 
work on career development for graduate students suggests the Graduate School wishes 
to expand their services anyway. As part of Dean Osmer's mission, he states he will be 
referring to the national report Pathways Through Graduate School and Into Careers to 
help steer the Graduate School in providing career resources for students. He has 
identified the next steps as strengthening career services available to graduate students 
while they are at OSU and providing professional skills education and internship 
opportunities to graduate students. 

Issue II. Awareness Issues: Per usual, at a University the size of OSU, it is 
difficult to get the word out to everyone! However, specifically within the graduate 
student body, there is a huge lack of awareness about Buckeye Careers. As mentioned, 
many graduate students had not heard of the service until Kellie Uhrig presented it at one 
of the Delegate meetings. While graduate students feel there are plenty of supportive 
services, such as Versatile PhD and other programs for exploring career interests, they 
feel there is a lack (or lack of awareness) around job search services. This is certainly 
something Buckeye Careers could assist in, but it has to be marketed correctly to 
graduate students so that they see it as that type of resource. Having the Graduate School 
assist in marketing Buckeye Careers will increase credibility in the eyes of graduate 
students. Megan Miller mentioned that many graduate students wander into Career 
Connection offices and essentially they are actually looking for a resource like Buckeye 
Careers instead of the services Career Connection offers. This suggests Buckeye Careers 
needs to be marketed alongside Career Connection as a separate service for job searches 
versus supportive services. Some graduate students even expressed that they did not need 
Buckeye Careers because they have career services offered in their own departments and 
they felt Buckeye Careers was there for departments without decent career services. 
These graduate students probably did not understand Buckeye Careers as an "umbrella" 
service and judging from the amount of questions and interest that Kellie Uhrig's 
presentation to Delegates generated, a lot of graduate students would benefit from a 
similar presentation at a department level. 




Report on Buckeye Careers 
Fall Semester 2012 
Issue III. Terminology: While it may be nearly impossible to tailor each job 
posting to each subject area across the University, there are definitely some 
improvements that can be made. For example: 
• Certifications: the only options available are Civilian background check, 
counselor license, CPR, First Aid, lifeguard, ServSafe, and teaching 
license. For graduate students, it is important to be able to highlight lab 
skills, writing abilities, and field specific licensing, etc. 
• Position Type: there are no "Post Doctoral" positions listed. There is a 
"Post Graduation Training Program," however it is unclear what this 
terminology means. Post Doctoral positions are becoming more popular 
and multiple labs across campus have expressed interest in a system that 
lists these positions and also a place where they can post job opportunities 
within their own labs. 
• "Include only selected major" search option: the word major definitely 
has an undergraduate connotation. Besides that, graduate students also 
identified issues with specific search terms when looking for career 
opportunities. For example, when searching for jobs tagged to 
Anthropology as a major, 500 results populate. However, if "Include only 
selected major" is chosen, only 2 results populate. Interestingly, when 
searching for jobs tagged to a completely different field, such as Classics, 
the same 500 results from Anthropology repopulate and if "Include only 
selected major" is chosen, no results populate. This suggests that there 
may need to be some in between criteria versus the currently all-inclusive 
or extremely specific result searches. 
• College of Arts and Sciences: if this is the selected major, a graduate 
student is limiting themselves to job listings within Chemistry, Biology, 
etc. For example, someone trained in Chemistry is just as qualified to 
pursue career interests in Pharmaceutics, etc. But, these additional career 
opportunities are tagged to "College of Pharmacy." It is confusing to tag 
job postings to College rather than subject area. Graduate students often 
have tunnel vision and would not think to search postings listed under the 
major: "College of Pharmacy." 

FUTURE WORK FOR: 

Issue I: Partnering with The Graduate School: This partnership will help 
increase awareness about Buckeye Careers among the graduate student body. It will also 
help graduate students trust and buy into the service if they feel the Graduate School has 
endorsed it. With The Graduate School's recent attention to alternative career pathways, 
this may also be an excellent opportunity to work together and change the thought 
process of graduate students pursuing employment. For example, if not used correctly, 
Buckeye Careers users can easily limit themselves to only a few postings if they select 
too many "search criteria" thinking they are helping themselves find the perfect job for a 
candidate with their credentials! The Graduate School can find ways to change graduate 
students' thought process and encourage them to think interdisciplinary and how to 
market themselves to employers not within their specific field of study. For example, just 
Report on Buckeye Careers 
Fall Semester 2012 
because a graduate student's research area is cancer pathology does not mean they would 
not fit at an engineering company exploring cancer-imaging techniques. In order for 
Buckeye Careers to best serve graduate students, graduate students need to be able to 
think differently about careers and job postings. This can be done best by partnering with 
the Graduate School who through their influence within departments can reach those at 
the front line working with graduate students to help drive this point home. 

Issue II: Awareness Issues: While partnering with The Graduate School will 
help increase awareness and buy in to Buckeye Careers, there is still some work that can 
be done around marketing Buckeye Careers through unique programming. The Graduate 
School recently hosted an "Alternative Career Day" that was extremely well attended. 
Dean Osmer spoke at the last Fall 2012 Delegate meeting and many graduate students 
asked him, "What's next?" More programming centered around career development can 
mean multiple opportunities for Buckeye Careers. Additionally, other suggestions around 
future programming were about wanting to hear more "true stories" about past graduates 
who found themselves in fields they did not expect to be in. This would be a great 
opportunity to pull some alumni in unique careers and have them come speak to graduate 
students about the importance of looking outside a comfort zone and thinking how they 
can best market themselves to a wide variety of employers. This will help graduate 
students utilize Buckeye Careers more efficiently. 
There is only so much Student Life can push out about the service and the rest of 
the work needs to be done by those at the front line working with graduate students such 
as, The Council of Graduate Students and OUAB Grad/Prof. The Council of Graduate 
Students have discussed holding a "Guide Connect Series" around career services, not 
specifically going through the Buckeye Career website, but maybe invite key leaders 
from the Graduate School, Career Connection, and Buckeye Careers to discuss how all of 
these resources work together and should be used in combination. Additionally, The 
Council of Graduate Students is interested in bringing in Megan Miller to a future 
Delegate meeting to comb through the system and examine terminology such as 
certification options and wording around "internships" and "co-ops." With the Delegate 
body representing each Department across the University, this will be a diverse group of 
graduate students for this type of task. 

Issue III: Terminology: While it will also raise awareness and market Buckeye 
Careers, having Megan Miller come to a Spring 2013 Delegate Body meeting of The 
Council of Graduate Students will be an excellent forum for going through the system 
and ensuring graduate students feel comfortable with the terminology. The Delegates are 
from each department across the University so this type of group will be more than 
qualified to speak to what "internships," "co-ops," etc. mean to graduate students within 
their fields. Working with the Graduate School may also help shed light to some 
terminology fixes that can be made. It would be recommended that the Graduate School 
even encourage their faculty to go through the system and check terminology. Also, it 
would be great to have links under "resources" to more of the graduate student resources, 
such as Verstaile PhD, Interfolio, etc. The Graduate School should help recommend 
resources that graduate students currently utilize.

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Commencement Speaker Nomination Committee

This committees meets to seek out nominations for the commencement speaker.

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Graduate Associate Teaching Awards

This committee selects the 10 best TAs on campus from a field of nominees. Winners receive a $1500 award for distinguished teaching among Graduate Teaching Associates. Committee members will be asked to read applications and sit in on each applicant's c

 

OCIO Student Advisory Board

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Ohio Union Activities Board (OUAB)

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Ohio Union Council (2-year term)

The Ohio Union Council meets monthly to discuss a wide range of topics that affect the Ohio Union and the student body. The Ohio Union Activities Board (OUAB) reports to council each month and the council ensures that OUAB's programming meets the needs of not only undergraduate students but also graduate and professional students.
The Ohio Union Council is responsible for establishing general policy on matters such as financial planning, facility use, student development, and public and campus relations. These policies shall guide the administration of the program of the unions by the director of the unions, but the council shall not serve in an administrative capacity.

 

 

Outreach & Engagement Awards Committee

The selection committee for the "University Outreach and Engagement Recognition Awards" for Outstanding Student Group, Outstanding Professional Student, Outstanding Graduate Student, and Outstanding Undergraduate student. The committee is planning to meet once in mid-February to discuss expectations and directions for the review, and one more time at the very beginning of March to make selections.

Website:

http://go.osu.edu/oeawards