Institutional Committees and Organizations


Board of Regents - Council on Higher Education (COHE) Committees

Continuing Education/Extension/Summer Session Committee: This Committee consists of two faculty unit members appointed by the local COHE membership and two administrative members appointed by the President. The Committee ensures that COHE, BOR, and campus policies are followed in the offering of continuing education, extension and summer school courses. (Interim Terms Section XIX, 19.7)

Institutional Agreement Management Committee: The IAMCOM consists of three administrators appointed by the President and three faculty unit members appointed by the local COHE President. Each group appoints one of their designees as co-chairperson. The IAMCOM is intended to be an informal forum for identification and discussion of problems of interpretation of Agreement language and Agreement implementation and management. (Interim Terms, Section XXII, 22.2)

Promotion and Tenure Committee: The Promotion and Tenure Committee consists of four faculty unit members and four members of the administration. Faculty unit members are elected by the faculty unit for three-year overlapping terms. Administrative members are appointed by the President. (Interim Terms, Section XIII, 13A.4)

Workload Committee: The institutional Workload Committee will be composed of three (3) members appointed by the president and three (3) members appointed by COHE. The Committee will meet if either COHE or the president identifies a need for change in the policies. Any changes agreed upon by such committee will be recommended to the president for approval. (Interim Terms, Section X, 10.3)

Advisory Councils

Three main councils are established to serve as advisory groups to the President. They include the following:

  • Academic Council: Consists of the Vice President for Academic Affairs as chair; the academic deans; Director of the Center of Excellence, Director of Library, Director of Extended Programs, Director of Computing Services, Registrar, Director of Institutional Effectiveness & Assessment, Associate VP for Enrollment Management/Marketing, International Programs Coordinator, the University Center (Sioux Falls) Academic Coordinator and the VPAA Administrative Assistant. The Council meets monthly to consider academic issues and make recommendations to the President.
    • Deans' Council - these sub-committees of the Academic Council meet on a regular basis with the VPAA to discuss items specific to the academic programs of the university or items that may not be of interest to the full Academic Council membership. The full Deans' Council includes the three college deans plus the Dean of Graduate Studies & Research and the Director of the Library/Associate Vice President for Special Projects, while the College Deans' Council includes only the three college deans.
  • Planning Council: Consists of the President, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Business and Administrative Services, Vice President & Dean for Student Affairs, Special Assistant to the President, Executive Director of the DSU Foundation, Director of Extended Programs, Associate VP for Enrollment Management/Marketing, Director of Athletics, Director of the Physical Plant, Chief Information Officer, Director of Library, Director of Institutional Effectiveness & Assessment, Director of Human Resources, the academic deans, a Student Senate representative and Administrative Assistant to the President, and meets monthly.
  • Vice Presidents' Council: Consists of the President and the vice presidents of the university and meets bi-weekly. The Administrative Assistant to the President serves as support staff.

General Faculty Committees

The duties and functions of the General Faculty are carried out primarily through a system of Faculty Standing Committees. These committees report to the General Faculty and to the President of the University. (See Appendix B, General Faculty By-Laws, Article II for more details on the General Faculty committees listed below.)

  • Academic Integrity Board: Consists of three members and two alternates. The board meets twice each semester to review cases of academic dishonesty as set out in the provisions of the DSU Academic Integrity Policy and as needed to hear student appeals (See DSU Policy #04-22-00 and DSU Policy #03-22-00.)
  • Curriculum Committee: Consists of ten members who meet to review present curricula and recommend any necessary changes to the President. The Committee is also charged with ensuring that standards of all state and national accrediting bodies are met.
  • General Activity Fund Allocations Committee: Consists of ten voting members and is responsible for the allocation of fee income to some twenty campus programs, organizations and activities. (See DSU Policy #04-36-00.)
  • Library Committee: Consists of six voting members and meets to recommend budgeting of library funds, to assist the librarian in formulating library policies and regulations and to interpret the purposes and needs of the library to the campus body. (See DSU Policy #04-50-00.)
  • Writing Intensive Course Committee: Consists of faculty representing those teaching ENGL 101 and ENGL 201, the faculty teaching the general education writing-intensive courses, and the faculty teaching major writing-intensive courses. Its purpose is to coordinate the evaluation of student writing in writing-intensive courses across the curriculum.

Governing Committees

(General Faculty, Student Senate, CSA Council) See the Internal Governance Section of this Handbook.

Institutional Committees

  • Assessment Coordinating Committee: Consists of a broad academic representation. This Committee's function is to advise the Vice President for Academic Affairs on the implementation of the Assessment Program as outlined by the Board of Regents (June 1987). Recommendations made by this Committee will be considered for action by the Academic Council and the Curriculum Committee or Graduate Council as appropriate. (See DSU Policy #04-15-00.)
  • Athletic Committee: The athletic committee is composed of the Director of Athletics, (ex officio member); three elected faculty representatives, one Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) appointed by the President, one student nominated by Student Senate, a head coach of a women's team, a head coach of a men's team, one male student-athlete and one female student-athlete selected from the Captains' Council from the teams that are not represented by the head coaches on the committee, Title IX Officer, Director of Physical Plant, Development Officer for Athletics, Vice President & Dean for Student Affairs, Vice President for Business & Administrative Services, Director of Alumni, and one male and one female student-athlete alum. The Committee's primary purpose is to advise the Dakota State University administration on all major decisions affecting the administration of the athletic department. The Athletic Committee shall recommend policy on intercollegiate athletics to the athletic director and to the President. (See DSU Policy #04-08-00.)
  • Barrier-Free Learning Committee: The Barrier-Free Learning Committee will leverage the intellectual, technological, and physical resources of campus to facilitate 1) education about the evolving responsibility of providing a barrier-free environment in which to work and learn; 2) the pursuit of opportunities to make DSU a regional and national leader in providing the best access for persons with disabilities; and 3) the pursuit of the most current information and methods with regard to streamlining pedagogical and technological methodologies, devices, delivery systems, and environments which might otherwise prove an impediment to students, faculty, and staff with disabilities.  Membership consists of two faculty from each college, and one representative from Student Affairs, Extended Programs, Instructional Technology, Sponsored Programs, and the Library, the web strategist, the ADA coordinator, and one student representative. Members shall be appointed for three-year overlapping terms. (See DSU Policy #04-02-00.)
  • Bookstore Users Committee: Consists of six voting members including two faculty, two students and two Career Service employees, and the Bookstore Manager serves as the non-voting chair. This Committee is established to advise the Bookstore Manager on the Bookstore's operating and financial goals and practices. (See DSU Policy #04-31-00.)
  • Caring Committee: Consists of a minimum of three CSA, three faculty, and three NFE employees and meets as needed to provide support to DSU families in times of special need. The committee will assist the individual or their family with support such as meals, cards, or other gestures of friendship.  (See DSU Policy #04-26-00.)
  • Computing Resources Advisory Committee: Consists of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (chair); the Vice President for Business and Administrative Services; the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Director of Computing Services; the Web Strategist, the Manager of Instructional Technology, the four academic deans; the director or a representative of Assessment, Athletics, Center of Excellence, and Extended Programs; four faculty representing the academic units and the Mundt Library; and two students. This advisory committee is established to educate, plan, communicate, coordinate, and evaluate for the effective and efficient use of computing, networking and technology resources for academic, administrative and outreach programs. And to ensure DSU computing activities are conducted in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations. (For more information, see also DSU Policy #04-55-00.)
  • Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Leadership Committee: Consists of one representative from the areas of Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, University Advancement, and Business and Administrative Services; one faculty representative from each college and the library; one student representative; the Director of Institutional Effectiveness & Assessment (Ex-officio); and the Director of CQI (chair). Responsibilities include communicating and coordinating the campus's quality improvement efforts.
  • Diversity Committee: Consists of the Diversity Coordinator (chair), the VP/Dean for Student Affairs, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, two representatives from each academic college, as well as a representative of Extended Programs, the Library, Athletics, and Enrollment Services. Other staff members of Diversity Services may serve in an ex-officio capacity. This committee serves in an advisory role to the Office of Diversity Services and assists in implementing and monitoring the University diversity plan.
  • Faculty Development Committee: Consists of a faculty representative from each college, the Library, and the Center of Excellence, as well as up to five at-large faculty members. The director of assessment, the faculty chair of the Assessment Coordinating Committee, and representatives from Computing Services and the Office of Extended Programs are also members. The General Faculty appoints members of the faculty, and the faculty development coordinator serves as chair. The Vice President for Academic Affairs is an ex-officio member.(See DSU Policy #04-07-00.)
  • Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Committee: This committee serves as the review committee of student financial aid suspension appeals. The committee consists of three voting members, including one faculty member selected by the General Faculty, one student services staff member and a Financial Aid administrator.
  • Graduate Council: Voting members consist of the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research (chair), the dean of each college, a graduate faculty representative of each college and the program coordinator from each graduate program committee. Non-voting members will include the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Registrar and the Director of the Library. Graduate faculty representatives will serve three-year terms with one faculty member beginning a new term each year. Graduate faculty representatives are elected by their respective college. This Council has the initial examination and approval of all curricular matters at the graduate level. Additionally, it monitors the quality of graduate courses and programs to ensure they meet DSU standards of excellence and comply with accrediting agency guidelines.(See DSU Policy 05-40-00.)
  • Human Subjects Committee (IRB): This committee serves as the administrative and oversight body established to protect the right of human beings in research endeavors conducted as directed by the Belmont Report and under the auspices of Dakota State University.  The IRB ensures that human subjects used in any research activity, in any capacity, are adequately protected, as is governed by federal law. It does not determine whether said research should be sought or supported by DSU. (See DSU Policy #04-03-00.)
  • Institutional Effectiveness Committee: The Institutional Effectiveness Committee fulfills an advisory, monitoring, coordinating and regulatory role at Dakota State University in planning and assessment matters and advises the President on the implementation and evaluation of the DSU Strategic Plan and all aspects of institutional assessment. The Committee's responsibilities include annual evaluation of assessment plans and annual evaluation of progress toward achievement of the institution's strategic initiatives and the institution's academic achievements. Composition includes a broad representation from across all units of the university. (See DSU #04-10-00.)
  • Parking Committee: Consists of nine voting members, including three faculty, three students, and three staff members. The Vice President for Business and Administrative Services, the Director of the Physical Plant and Physical Plant Program Assistant serve as ex-officio members. The purpose of the Committee is to recommend policy that governs parking for DSU and to hear appeals of parking violations. Five members are elected to serve as the fine sub-committee. (See also DSU Policy #04-39-00.)
  • Professional Education Council (PEC): The Professional Education Council is established as the governance structure of the Professional Education Unit at Dakota State University. Its goal is to define and govern the professional education unit, assuring that the mission and programs of the professional education unit are achieved in an organized, unified, representative, and coordinated fashion. The seventeen member Council is composed of professional education faculty from each academic program, public school representatives, and advisory members and is chaired by the Dean of the College of Education. Sub-committees of the PEC include Student Advisory, K-12/Secondary Education Coordinating, Student Assessment & Monitoring, Strategic Planning Committee, and Professional Development & Research. (See DSU Policy #04-04-00.)
  • Risk Management Committee: The Risk Management Committee develops and implements policies pertaining to risk management issues on the campus. The Committee is composed of the Vice President for Business and Administrative Services (chair), the Vice President & Dean for Student Affairs, Director of the Physical Plant, Director of Human Resources, Food Service Manager, Director of Athletics, one faculty member nominated by the General Faculty, one student nominated by the Student Senate, and one building maintenance worker or custodian. (See DSU Policy #04-40-00.)
  • Scholarship Committee: Membership includes one faculty representative from each of the academic colleges, one representative from Admission or Financial Aid, and one student services representative. The Development Officer for Scholarships / Endowments serves as chair. The committee assists in the selection of recipients of specific awards not qualifying as a DSU Champion Award and reviews DSU Champion Scholarship recipient selection (New and Transfer) and assists in matching to DSU Endowed and Annual Scholarship criteria used to fund the Champion Scholarships. (See DSU Policy #04-60-00.)
  • Student Admissions Committee: Voting members consist of one faculty representative from each college, one of whom will be selected as chair, and the Student Development Faculty Associate. Each college will also select an alternate. The Director of Student Development and the Director of Admission will serve as ex-officio members. Clerical assistance is provided by The Enrollment Services Office. The Committee meets to review files for probationary admissions and meets with students seeking readmission. (See DSU Policy #04-09-00.)
  • Student Success Committee - policy under development.
  • University Code of Conduct Board: Consists of five faculty (nominated by General Faculty) and five students (nominated by Student Senate), and a Student Services rep, who serves as advisor. Faculty serve three-year overlapping terms, and the students serve one-year terms. The Board recommends appropriate sanctions for instances in which a student is found in violation of student conduct regulations of the University. (See DSU Policy #04-35-00.)
  • University Club Funding Committee: The University Club Funding Committee consists of six students and four faculty/staff. Student members serve one-year terms and faculty/staff serve two-year alternating terms. Advisors of recognized student organizations eligible for funds may not serve. The Committee allocates funds to recognized student organizations and monitors the use of funds through review of reports submitted by club treasurers.
  • University Research Committee: The University Research Committee brings all elements of institutional and faculty research together including human subject review and animal use functions to enhance and deploy University resources in support of research and scholarship. The role of the University Research Committee is to encourage and support faculty and students in engaging in scholarly activities. Scholarly activities are defined as applying for research grants, conducting research, applying for patents and copyrights and disseminating research results through presentations in local, national, and international conferences and publishing in peer-reviewed publications. The Committee is composed of a broad representation of faculty and staff. (See DSU Policy #04-80-00.)
  • Ad Hoc Committees: Committees may be formed from time to time as needed to facilitate the smooth operation of the campus.


Dakota State University Alumni Association: The purpose of the DSU Alumni Association is to work closely with Dakota State University to establish programs that provide information, education, and opportunities for involvement. The Board of Directors of the Alumni Association meets regularly to represent the alumni body in advancing Dakota State University and creating programs that provide service to alumni.

An individual is eligible for membership in the DSU Alumni Association if they have earned a four-year degree; or have completed a pre-professional or terminal course of study; or if they have earned an equivalent of four semesters or a certificate of resident credit; or if they have completed any teacher education course of study; or if they have attended as a full-time student for one semester.

Dakota State University Trojan Athletic Club: The Trojan Athletic Club's mission is to provide private financial support for athletic scholarships at Dakota State University.  The Trojan Athletic Club, under the DSU Foundation, is the team behind our teams, providing the financial resources necessary to allow our student-athletes to excel academically and athletically.  The Trojan Athletic Club supports the student-athletes of Dakota State University with the goal of raising more than $250,000 per year for athletic scholarships for the Athletic Department.

Dakota State University Foundation: The Dakota State University Foundation is a tax-exempt, tax deductible organization that raises financial support for DSU:

  1. To provide scholarships to students at Dakota State University;
  2. To provide for other educational purposes at Dakota State University;
  3. To promote, encourage and advance the development of the academic climate at Dakota State University;
  4. To promote all activities in the best interest of Dakota State University.

Members of the Foundation Board of Trustees are committed to the development and advancement of Dakota State University. Foundation Board Membership includes alumni, faculty, staff and friends of Dakota State University.

Capital Campaign - Dakota State University, through the DSU Foundation, launched its first ever capital campaign - DSU 2.0 The Capital Campaign - in September 2008. The Campaign's goal is to raise $37 million.  The Campaign initiatives are:

  • Information Systems Classroom Building - $10 million;
  • Indoor Athletic Facility - $10 million
  • Annual Champion Scholarships - $3 million;
  • Annual Athletic Support - $2 million;
  • Annual Operations - $2 million;
  • Academic Endowment Fund - $3 million;
  • Faculty Endowment Fund - $2 million;
  • Athletic Endowment Fund - $3 million; and
  • General Endowment Fund - $2 million.

Karl E. Mundt Historical and Educational Foundation: The Foundation was formed for two reasons:

  1. To construct and operate the facilities to house the archives and memorabilia of Senator Mundt; and
  2. To serve young Americans and others by operating programs in the Midwest similar to the Freedoms Foundation Program.

The Mundt Foundation Office and Archives are located on the lower level of the Mundt Library. The Mundt Foundation area is available for use by on- and off-campus groups and can be reserved by contacting the Mundt Foundation office at 5211.

Last Updated: 8/30/12