The Commission may establish committees to help carry out its responsibilities. To preserve the concept of collective governance responsibility, committees will be used on a limited basis and will never interfere with delegation from the Commission to President. Specifically:
- Committees may not speak or act for the Commission except when formally given such authority for specific and time-limited purposes. Expectations and authority will be carefully conveyed to members in order not to conflict with authority delegated to the President.
- Committees are created to help the Commission do its job, not to help the staff do its job. Committees ordinarily will assist the Commission by preparing policy alternatives and implications for Commission deliberation. Committees shall not be created to advise staff in the performance of their regular duties.
- Committees cannot exercise authority over staff. In keeping with the Commission's broader focus, Committees will normally not have direct dealings with current staff operations.
- The following types of Committees are authorized:
- Standing Committees, including Building and Grounds, Finance and Administration, Curriculum, Audit, and others which may be created, will always be committees of the whole. The Commission will clearly define the goals of each standing committee as well as the limits of authority. The Commission Chairperson will appoint a committee chair from among the committee members.
- Ad Hoc Committees, including Nominating, By-laws, and others which may be created, will be formed for completion of a specific project or task. The Commission shall approve a statement of the committee's charge, as well as a timeline for completion of the committee's work, at the time an Ad Hoc Committee is created.