The Student Affairs Committee considers a wide range of issues related to students and student life on campus, both academic and non-academic. The Committee's formal membership includes all officially designated Board members, three faculty members appointed by the Committee on Faculty Procedures, and five students identified through the Appointments Committee of the Student Council. The Dean of Students serves as staff to the committee. The Dean of Admissions is invited to attend meetings of the Student Affairs Committee; several members of the Dean's Office are also invited to attend. The Committee normally meets at each Board of Managers meeting; all Board members are welcome to attend.
The Committee's chief function is to serve as a communications forum at which issues that impact on and/or are of concern to students can be aired. The faculty members on the Committee serve as a resource to the Committee and as a channel of communication to the faculty as a whole on student concerns. Many of the issues that come before the Committee have already been under study by appropriate campus committees, and are often presented for the purpose of information and discussion rather than action. While the Committee may authorize further investigation of any particular issue or make recommendations for action to the Board, most of the issues it addresses do not call for Board action and are accommodated in the interaction of Board members, students, and administrators at the Committee meetings.
Topics addressed by the Committee at recent meetings include financial aid, student health, student academic support and advising, building an inclusive community, student volunteerism and social activism, admissions and the recruitment of perspective students, the residential experience, issues of concern among women students, the impact of over-enrollment on students, ethics in students' lives, career planning and placement, physical education and athletics, multiculturalism, leave-taking at Swarthmore, and student views of the curriculum and academic life at the College.
Staff to contact for meeting agenda, questions: Garikai Campbell, Acting Dean of Students
Dulany Ogden Bennet, Chair
Janet Dickerson, Vice Chair
Neil R. Grabois
James C. Hormel
Eugene M. Lang*
Lewis H. Lazarus
Elizabeth H. Scheuer