Standards and Regulations
In order to graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 32 courses (of which at least 16 must be taken while registered at Pitzer), meet the educational objectives of Pitzer College, including the completion of a major and attain at least a 2.00 “C” Grade Point Average (GPA) overall and in their field of major and minor, if applicable. Grades earned from courses accepted for transfer credit are not included in the calculation of grade point averages.
Transfer students may not count more than 16 Pitzer equivalent courses taken outside of The Claremont Colleges toward the 32 required for graduation. New Resource students may transfer up to 24 Pitzer equivalent courses toward the 32 required for graduation, however no more than 16 of those can be transferred from a 2-year college.
- The “Major/Educational Objectives” form must be on file in the Registrar’s Office by midterm of the first semester of the junior year.
- The “Application for Graduation” form must be on file in the Registrar’s Office by midterm of the first semester of the senior year.
- The “Degree Verification” form must be on file in the Registrar’s Office by midterm of the second semester of the senior year.
The College has one graduation ceremony each year, which takes place the Saturday after the end of final examinations. It is a degree-granting ceremony in which diplomas are conferred and in which only those students who have fully completed the College’s graduation requirements since the last ceremony are allowed to participate.
In order to be eligible for transfer credit, coursework must be offered by another regionally accredited college or university in the United States and a grade of “C” or better must be earned. Field groups may apply their own criteria and a faculty member in the appropriate discipline must approve each transferred course. Transfer credit approval forms are available in the Registrar’s Office.
All academic credits (semester and quarter units) transferred into Pitzer College will be translated into equivalent Pitzer course credits according to the following conversion: four semester units or six quarter units equal one Pitzer course. Please check with the Registrar’s Office to confirm transfer credit totals.
Transfer credit is not allowed for coursework taken abroad while on a leave status during the fall or spring semester, unless prior approval is obtained by the Study Abroad Office. Transfer credit for work done abroad during the summer may be granted credit when prior approval is obtained from the appropriate field group and the Registrar’s Office.
Of the 32 courses required for graduation, no more than 16 Pitzer equivalent courses will be accepted as transfer credit, except New Resource students. New Resources students may transfer up to 24 Pitzer equivalent courses, with a maximum of 16 Pitzer equivalent courses from a two-year institution. Transfer credit does not calculate into a student’s Pitzer GPA. Courses approved for transfer credit may not be used to fulfill more than half of a student’s major or minor requirements. Individual field groups may stipulate more stringent requirements for majors and minors. Petitions to deviate from field group regulations must be approved by the field group.
Advanced Placement (AP) Program Exams
Courses designed to accompany the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program demand college-level work and the Pitzer faculty may grant credit for superior performance on an AP examination. Criteria may vary by field group, but no score lower than four will be considered for credit. Credit is not granted for exams that duplicate each other, such as AP and IB English Literature.
- AP credits are applied toward the 32 course graduation requirement, but may not be used to satisfy an Educational Objective requirement.
- In general, AP credits do not apply to field of major requirements. Consultation with the appropriate adviser/field group is required for possible exceptions.
- In all cases when credit has been awarded for AP exams, that credit will be rescinded if courses are taken which duplicate or significantly overlap the AP courses.
Eight courses will be granted for a diploma. Credit for exams may be awarded only for higher-level exams (with passes for at least five) at a ratio of 4 semester units per exam. If full certification is not completed, individual courses or exams completed toward the certificate may be given credit. Credit will not be awarded for subsidiary exams. IB credits are applied toward the 32 course graduation requirement, but may not be used to satisfy the Educational Objective requirement.
Pitzer does not grant credit for the College Level Examination Program, even when students transfer from a college which gives credit for CLEP exams.
Changes in Major Requirements
Students are bound by the major requirements which are in force (as stated in the catalog) at that point when they formally declare their major. If changes are subsequently made in the major requirements, students may choose to satisfy either the old or new requirements upon consultation with their major advisers.
Preregistration and Registration
Preregistration occurs toward the end of each semester for the following semester. Students must consult their faculty advisers during preregistration and registration periods. Registration/enrollment is complete when students have obtained adviser approval, registered for classes and paid tuition and other fees. Students who do not enroll by the applicable deadline are assessed a late fee. It is presumed that students in residence who fail to preregister are not returning to the College.
Enrollment in Courses Offered by Other Claremont Colleges
Academic interchange among the undergraduate Colleges and The Claremont Graduate Institutions provides opportunities for curricular enrichment and active membership in the wider community of The Claremont Colleges. Students may register on their own campus for courses open to them in the other Claremont Colleges, subject to the following conditions:
- First-year students normally register for their entire program at their college of residence for the first semester. Exceptions may be made in fields of study not available at their own college. During the second semester, first-year students may register for one course outside their college of residence.
- Sophomores normally may register for no more than one course per semester outside the College of residence.
- Juniors or seniors normally may register for no more than one-half of their total program in any one semester outside the College of residence.
- Registration for courses in joint programs are not considered outside
- registrations. Intercollegiate courses designated by the letters “AA,” “BK,” “CH” or “G” affixed to the course number are counted as Pitzer courses.
- Exceptions to the above must be approved by the faculty adviser.
- Courses taught in the following joint programs do not count as off-campus courses even if they are taught on other campuses: American Studies; Art
- History; Asian Studies; Asian American Studies, Black Studies; Chicano
- Studies; Classics; Media Studies; Gender and Feminist Studies/Women’s
- Studies; Languages; Linguistics; Mathematics; Music; Philosophy; Religious Studies; Science; Science, Technology, and Society; and Theatre/Dance.
The equivalent of four courses each semester is the normal student load. Three to five courses is the permissible range during any given semester and ten courses during any one academic year. However, a tuition surcharge of $220 will be made for each course over five per semester. This surcharge is assessed after the final date to drop classes without a recorded grade and is nonrefundable.
To take more than five courses in one semester, students must petition the Academic Standards Committee. However, students in their sophomore, junior, or senior year who have attained a cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 3.00, have no incompletes and have the consent of their advisers may register for up to six courses in any semester without petitioning the Academic Standards Committee. Students on academic probation may only enroll for up to four courses each semester; students on academic probation wishing to enroll in more than four courses must petition the Academic Standards Committee.
To be classified full-time for any semester, a student must be enrolled in a minimum of 3.0 courses. During the summer session, full-time status may be achieved by taking a combination of Summer Session courses and Independent Study courses. Students may take a maximum of two courses per Summer Session and two summer Independent Study courses. Students are classified as part-time if registered for fewer than three courses in any one semester. The Registrar’s Office must be notified of part-time student status by the last day for entering classes. No adjustment in charges is made for students who become part-time after that time.
Adding, Dropping and Withdrawing from Courses
Students may not enroll in a full-semester course after registration is closed except by petition to the Academic Standards Committee and with consent of the instructor and adviser. Petitions for late additions of courses will incur a fee of $25 per course.
With the approval of the faculty adviser, a course may be dropped and expunged from students’ records if proper application is filed with the Registrar by the date specified in the College Calendar as the “final day to drop classes.” In the event of seriously extenuating circumstances, students may petition the Academic Standards Committee to drop a course after this date. Petitions for late drops will incur a fee of $25 per course.
Students may withdraw from a course after the deadline for dropping courses, but no later than the last day of classes, only if work in the course has been satisfactory (defined as “C” if the course is being taken “Pass/Non-Credit,” “D” or above for all other courses) and only with the signed approval of the course instructor and faculty adviser. For these approved withdraws, students’ transcripts will show “W” (Withdraw). Students may not withdraw from a course after the last day of classes. Withdraw forms must be on file in the Registrar’s Office by the last day of classes. The last day for graduating seniors to withdraw from a course in the spring semester would be one week prior to “The Last Day of Classes.” Check the Academic Calendar for the exact date. Petitions for late withdraws will be reviewed by the Academic Standards Committee. Petitions for late withdraw from courses will incur a fee of $25 per course.
There are a few courses in the catalog specifically identified as being repeatable for credit (for example Creative Writing). All other courses for which a student has received a prior passing grade are not repeatable for credit. If a student repeats a course that is not repeatable for credit, the course will appear on the student’s academic transcript, although academic credit will not be given for the course. If a student does not receive a passing grade for a course (no academic credit applied), the course may be repeated for credit. Repeating a course does not remove the original course from the transcript. Both the grade for the original course and the repeated course will be posted and will calculate into the student’s grade point average.
Alumni and students regularly enrolled at The Claremont Colleges may audit courses with the consent of the instructor. Such arrangements will not be officially recorded and the auditor will not receive credit. Persons not regularly registered at The Claremont Colleges may audit courses, provided they obtain the instructor’s permission and pay the regular auditor’s fee (see p. 342).
Independent Study and Internships
- Independent Study is a way of exploring an area in more depth between a faculty director and a student who already know one another or when the project falls in an area with which the student has had some prior familiarity.
- Low priority should be given to requests that duplicate existing courses.
- In order to receive course credit, independent studies and internships must contain an academic component. Merely completing hours at a placement or in an extracurricular activity is not sufficient to gain academic credit.
- The independent study form should clearly give a detailed description of the study, the academic work to be completed and how it will be evaluated. For example, faculty directors and students should specify reading lists (or at least the first set of assignments if the remaining readings are to be determined at a later date), the project to be completed (e.g., paper, video, artwork) and frequency of meetings with the faculty director. All Independent Studies must be approved by the Curriculum Committee.
- No more than three different independent studies should be offered by a faculty member each semester and no more than five in the summer.
- Independent study credit may be given only for work accomplished during the semester or summer the student is receiving credit.
- Students cannot take more than two course credits in independent studies in any one semester, unless approved by the faculty adviser and the Academic Standards Committee. Descriptions should show a clear separation of content when two independent studies are arranged in the same semester. An independent study normally carries one course or half-course credit. A quartercourse independent study may be approved by Curriculum Committee, but only once per student.
- A proposal for an independent study (I.S.) that involves more than one course credit in a single semester or over multiple semesters must be approved by the Curriculum Committee. The Committee’s decisions in such cases will be governed by the educational merit of the proposal and will be consistent with policies governing regular courses. For example, since most courses cannot be repeated for credit, the Committee will not approve a second semester I.S. in cases where the second semester I.S. replicates the work of the first semester. A second semester I.S. that is the part of a sequence such as CHEM 014L KS and CHEM 015L KS may be an exception to this rule. Normally, the Committee will not approve a third semester of course credit.
Field of Study:
- An independent study is given credit only in the field(s) of appointment of the faculty member offering it and should reflect the teaching or research interests of the faculty member.
- An independent study cannot be used to fulfill the Educational Objectives of the College, unless approved by the faculty adviser and the Curriculum Committee. In the case of the Natural Sciences objective, approval must also be given by a faculty member in Science.
- Independent study forms must be submitted no later than one week before the last date to add full or half courses. Summer independent studies must be submitted no later than the deadline specified in the academic calendar and grades for Summer independent study projects are due by the seventh week of the Fall semester unless an earlier date has been set by the instructor. Any independent study forms received after the last meeting of the Curriculum Committee must be approved by an associate dean or dean of faculty.
- Any independent study forms submitted late must include a completed “petition to add” form with evidence that the independent study has been in progress. Petitions for late independent study courses will incur a fee of $25 per course.
- Approval from the Curriculum Committee to add an independent study after the last date to add courses is subject to an assessment by the Committee that the goals of the study can still be achieved in the remaining part of the semester and have not been affected by the late start. Consideration of a late independent study by the Curriculum Committee should not be interpreted as a preliminary statement of approval.
- Students will be notified of the status of their independent study via their Pitzer email address.
Guidelines for Internship and Community Service Independent Study
To earn academic credit for an internship or community service placement, students must negotiate an independent study with a faculty member and that independent study must have an academic component. As with independent studies in general, the faculty member will serve as director. An independent study is most successful when the faculty member and student already know each other and when the project falls in some area with which the student and faculty director have some familiarity. As with all independent studies, academic credit is given only in the field of appointment of the faculty director, unless otherwise approved by an apposite field group.
There are several levels of learning that can take place as a result of such a placement. Students can gain a better understanding of their academic discipline, gain critical thinking skills, enhance ethical values, gain both personal and professional skills and explore possible career fields. It is the responsibility of both students and faculty directors to ensure that learning takes place in all or at least several of these areas.
It is important to design and develop such an independent study with an academic component. Merely completing hours at a placement is not sufficient to gain academic credit. The academic component normally involves the completion of a project (e.g., paper, video, artwork) that combines subject area learning with the placement experience.
To request credit for an internship or community service placement, students must submit a Directed Independent Study Form which is available from the Registrar. This form is due no later than one week prior to the last day to add classes.
The Curriculum Committee uses the following information to approve the independent study:
Detailed project description. This provides a general outline of the project including where the placement is going to take place, how long students will work at the placement and what activities they will be working on. Placements should consist of a structured environment with adequate on-site supervision that exposes students to new opportunities for learning. Positions that allow for new experiences often provide the best forum for learning. Although a position involving a small stipend might be approved, rarely would a placement that involves pay be approved. A general guideline for a time spent at the placement is 6-12 hours a week for the entire semester. Anticipated academic objectives for the placement should also be included in this section.
Activities to be completed. This encompasses the academic activities that the students will participate in during the semester. These activities are intended to ensure the accomplishment of the proposed academic objectives and could include readings, meetings with faculty, or field notes. These activities should be structured to ensure that all dimensions of learning are addressed during the placement. Means of evaluation. This refers to how the academic performance is evaluated. Normally, students submit a project (e.g., paper, video, artwork) that combines prior course work, new subject area learning and the placement experience. In addition, it is recommended that the site supervisor provide a written evaluation of the student’s performance during the placement.
Evaluation and Grading
The final grade in each course is determined by the instructor and is based on the students’ accomplishments in the course. Examinations may be given at the discretion of the instructor with or without previous announcement. It is the students’ responsibility to be present at all examinations and to submit class assignments as scheduled, unless excused by the instructor in advance. Unexcused absences from examinations are made up only with the permission of the instructor. No changes may be made in the final examination schedule except in cases of serious illness or other extenuating circumstances. A fee may be charged for any special examination.
A Student’s work is usually graded on the following grading system: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D- and F. Sometimes it is graded P (Pass) or NC (Non-Credit). A grade of “P” is given for work of “C” or better.
The P/NC option exists so that students might benefit by taking a course without the pressure of a letter grade appearing on the transcript. The P/NC option allows students to select at the outset of the semester, with the permission of the instructor, the system of evaluation under which they would prefer to take a class. In the event of seriously extenuating circumstances, students may petition the Academic Standards Committee to invoke or reverse the P/NC request after the deadline.
Students may take only one course each semester on a P/NC basis. To do so, students should obtain the instructor’s signature on a P/NC form available from the Registrar’s Office. In some majors, courses taken to fulfill the major requirements cannot be taken on a P/NC basis. Consult with your major adviser. The deadline for filing the completed form with the Registrar is the date designated in the catalog as the last day to drop classes without a recorded grade. Petitions for late Pass/Non-Credit courses will incur a fee of $25 per course.
Instructors may designate some or all of their courses as courses which are offered on a P/NC basis, but students in such courses must be given a letter grade commensurate with the quality of their work if they apply to the instructor by the last day to drop classes without a recorded grade. If students take such a course and do not request a letter grade, then that course does count as the one course which can be taken on a P/NC basis during that semester.
Students who elect the P/NC option should be advised that in some cases they may experience difficulty in transferring their academic records to other undergraduate or graduate institutions or meeting their requirements in certain majors. Students are advised to check the requirements of those specific institutions or majors before deciding on the P/NC option.
The letter “N” is not a grade but is used to signify that students are doing satisfactory work at the end of the first semester of a single course that spans two semesters; “N” indicates that students will continue a two-semester course and will receive a grade at the conclusion of the course.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
Students’ GPA is computed by adding the grade points given for each grade received (a grade of A is given 4.00 points; A-, 3.67; B+, 3.33; B, 3.00; B-, 2.67; C+, 2.33; C, 2.00; C-, 1.67; D+, 1.33; D, 1.00; D-, 0.67; F, 0.00) and dividing the result by the total number of graded courses taken. In order to graduate, a student must have at least a C average (a 2.00 GPA) based on grades received in courses taken at The Claremont Colleges and including those received in those Study Abroad programs for which grades enter the student’s GPA. In addition, a student must achieve at least a C average (a 2.00 GPA) in their field(s) of major. Grades in courses taken elsewhere are excluded from the computation of grade point averages, although the courses themselves may be accepted for transfer credit toward the work required for graduation.
Students who do not maintain a grade point average of sufficient quality to ensure eventual graduation are subject to dismissal. The Academic Standards Committee normally dismisses students whose records indicate an inability to regain within a reasonable length of time a grade point average which will qualify them for graduation. Students whose academic records are otherwise less than satisfactory may receive notification from the Academic Standards Committee on behalf of the faculty. Students whose cumulative GPA drops below 2.0 will be placed on academic probation until the cumulative GPA of 2.0 is regained. Students on academic probation may not receive any incompletes.
In accordance with Veterans’ Administration policy, students receiving veterans’ benefits who are on academic probation for two semesters will not be allowed to continue receiving these benefits. Notification of such students’ progress would be sent to the Veterans’ Administration, as well as the conditions the student must meet to be taken off academic probation.
Students are expected to attend classes regularly. Each instructor has the privilege of establishing attendance requirements.
An Incomplete grade of “I” is given ONLY when illness or other seriously extenuating circumstances beyond the student’s control prevent the full completion of required work by the date grades are due to the Registrar (as indicated on the Academic Calendar). An Incomplete should not be given when based solely on failure to complete work or as a means of improving a grade by doing additional work after the date grades are due to the Registrar. If a substantial amount of coursework has not been completed, the option of a withdraw from the course may be more appropriate.
An Incomplete may be given at the instructor’s discretion under the following circumstances:
- A majority of all course requirements to date has been completed
- The student’s work to date is passing
- Attendance has been satisfactory
- An illness or other extenuating circumstance legitimately prevents completion of required work by the due date (In cases of illness, the instructor may request verification by a medical practitioner.)
- The Incomplete is not based solely on a student’s failure to complete work or as a means of improving the grade by doing additional work after the grade report time
- The instructor completes and submits the form, Assigning an Incomplete and includes the default grade to be assigned if the work is not completed by the due date. The default grade is based on the portion of the coursework already completed, factoring in uncompleted work.
Final coursework for Incomplete grades is due to the instructor on the first day of classes of the following semester, unless an earlier completion date is set by the instructor. Instructors will be requested by the Office of the Registrar to submit a final grade for the Incomplete during the second week of classes of that following semester.
- If the coursework is not submitted by the agreed-upon date and/or no grade is submitted to the Office of the Registrar by the due date, the Office of the Registrar will automatically assign the default grade. The default grade is identified by the instructor at the time the Incomplete is requested, on the basis of the portion of the coursework already completed, factoring in uncompleted work.
- Students on Academic Probation are not permitted to take any Incompletes.
- Students who withdraw from the College, take a leave of absence, or participate in study abroad programs (other than Pitzer Study Abroad Programs) will have one semester following their departure date to submit final work for an Incomplete.
- When illness or other seriously extenuating circumstances continue to prevent the student from submitting final work by the stated due date, the instructor may request an extension of the due date. Any additional request from the instructor for an extension of the due date must be approved by the Academic Standards Committee; however, extensions may not exceed one semester from the date on which the Incomplete was originally awarded.
It is expected that the grade awarded at the end of the formal course period or of a previously approved “Incomplete” interval, will be the final grade in the course. With the approval of the Academic Standards Committee, instructors may change a grade up to one year from the date on which the grade was originally awarded. The grade may be changed only for reasons of clerical error or other seriously extenuating circumstances. The completion of additional course work beyond the normal final date for such completion falls under the rules governing “Incompletes” and is not, in itself, considered justification for a change of grade. Petitions to change a grade (other than a previously approved “Incomplete”) must be submitted to the Academic Standards Committee within the allowable one-year time period; appeal procedures are outlined in the Faculty Handbook which is available on the Pitzer Website www.pitzer.edu.
Students’ class level is determined on the following basis: students who have successfully completed eight courses are classified as a sophomore; sixteen courses, a junior; twenty-four courses, a senior.
In compliance with the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the California Public Information Act, students at Pitzer College are assigned the following rights in regard to education records maintained by the College.
- Students have the right to inspect and review education records. Education records, which are maintained by offices throughout the College, are defined as records in any format that directly identify the student and are maintained by the various offices of the College. Some records may be administered by additional privacy laws and regulations that supersede FERPA, and, therefore, may not be available under this policy. Requests for the inspection and review of education records must be submitted direct to the custodian of the record, following policy and procedure of the office in whose custody the record is maintained.
- Students have the right to seek to amend education records. Under FERPA, grades are exempt from this provision. Students with concerns about individual grades are referred to the Dean of Faculty Office.
- Students have the right to have some control over the disclosure of information from education records. Students may request that the College restrict the release of directory information by submitting a written request to the Registrar’s Office. Such restrictions remain in effect until cancelled in writing by the student.
- In compliance with FERPA, Pitzer College has designated the following items of information as directory information: name and student user name; local and permanent address; local, cell, and permanent phone number; email address; date and place of birth; major field of study; dates of attendance; enrollment status; degrees and awards received; most recent previous institution attended; photographs; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; and the height and weight of members of athletic teams. Directory information is defined as information that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released. Unless restricted by the written request of a student, the College may release directory information without the prior consent of a student. Directory information required for course or classroom participation in courses may not be withheld from faculty and students connected with the particular course. Information that is not directory information is non-directory information and, unless excepted by FERPA, requires the prior written consent of the student for release.
Further details and a full description of student records privacy is available from the Registrar’s Office and in the Office of Student Affairs.
For students to be eligible for participation in intercollegiate athletics at Pitzer College, students must be enrolled in at least three full-credit courses (12 semester units) during the semester of participation. The Academic Standards Committee, in consultation with the Registrar and the Faculty Athletic Representative, will declare ineligible for intercollegiate athletic competition any student whose academic performance the committee deems seriously deficient (below a 2.00 GPA or on academic probation). Such ineligibility shall be reviewed at the conclusion of each semester of ineligibility.
Physical Education Classes
Pitzer students may enroll in physical education classes at the other colleges. These courses will not count as credit toward graduation and are graded on a P/NC basis only, however they will appear on the transcript.
Students who have a BA will be required to be in attendance at Pitzer College for at least four semesters, to complete 16 courses at The Claremont Colleges and to complete satisfactorily all the requirements of the Educational Objectives of the College. Students with a Pitzer College BA may add an additional major by completing satisfactorily all requirements of that major.
Medical insurance is mandatory for all students. All students must have a medical insurance/emergency information sheet on file in the Office of Student Affairs. All students are required to update this form every year. If no proof of medical insurance is provided by the stated deadlines you will be automatically enrolled and billed on the Claremont College’s insurance plan.
Open enrollment for the fall semester begins July 2, 2012 through August 31, 2012. Open enrollment for the spring semester begins December 17, 2012 through January 4, 2013. Students can obtain a 100 percent refund one week before or on the first day of class. After the first day of class the medical coverage charge is nonrefundable. It is the student’s responsibility to keep the College informed of changes in medical coverage and coverage must be confirmed every year.
Leaves of Absence and College Withdraw
Students may sometimes find it desirable or necessary to interrupt their college education for a time. When a financial, medical, or other problem makes it impossible or unwise for students to continue in college, they may apply to the Registrar for a leave of absence or withdraw from the college for personal reasons. When a leave of absence is taken before the final date to drop courses (no recorded grade), any courses the student was enrolled in will be removed from the transcript. When a leave of absence is taken after the final day to drop courses, a grade of W (Withdraw) will be recorded for each registered course in that semester.
A leave of absence permits students to return to Pitzer without applying for readmission to the College. Leaves will normally be approved for no more than two semesters. If students decide not to return to the College after a leave of two semesters, they will automatically be withdrawn from the College and must reapply for admission to return thereafter. Students may request an extension of a leave for one additional semester in case of extenuating circumstances. Students will be placed on a leave of absence for failure to register for classes by the tenth day of the semester.
For information on refunds in case of leaves or withdraw, please refer to the section on “Refund Policies ”. For information regarding re-admission, please refer to the Office of Admission.
Pitzer’s governmental structure makes it virtually unique among American colleges. The College has never had the traditional student government which restricts student participation to limited areas. Instead, students are represented on all the standing committees of the College including those which deal with the most vital and sensitive issues of the College community. This system offers interested students an active educational experience, though it demands time, energy and a real commitment on the part of those who participate. Standing committees are responsible primarily for the formulation, review and implementation of policy relating to the educational program and student life.
In most instances, policy decisions of the standing committees are made in the form of recommendations to College Council, which is the primary legislative body of the school, made up of the faculty, staff representatives and 16 student representatives, eight of whom are elected by the student body and eight chosen from the student members of the standing committees.
The standing committees are, briefly, as follows (See the Faculty Handbook for further details at www.pitzer.edu/offices/dean_of_faculty/handbook):
Faculty Executive Committee: The primary executive committee of the College, responsible for faculty appointments, promotion and tenure, facilities planning and the smooth and effective functioning of College affairs.
Academic Planning Committee: Responsible primarily for the long-term planning of the educational program of the College and, as part of that task, for proposing new faculty positions and the formulation of new programs and majors.
Academic Standards Committee: Responsible for assuring that students adhere to the academic standards of the College, for considering student requests for waivers of academic requirements and for approving the completion of degree requirements.
Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Committee: Responsible for making recommendations and advise the President in matters of faculty appointment, contract renewal, promotion, tenure, dismissal, sabbatical and all other leaves.
Budgetary Implementation Committee: Responsible for constructing the annual budget of the College and recommending to College Council policy regarding enrollment, financial aid, annual increments in staff and faculty salaries, fringe benefits and expectations relating to inflation and investment income.
Campus Life Committee: This Committee is responsible for working with relevant student, faculty, alumni and trustee groups to develop and implement annually, a comprehensive plan for enhancing the intellectual, cultural, artistic and social life of the campus. In addition, it oversees programs and support structures that foster the development of a closer intellectual community on campus.
Curriculum Committee: Responsible primarily for coordinating and reviewing the annual curriculum of the College, for recommending on an annual basis the addition of courses, for approving special majors and independent studies and for approving new program and major requirements.
Diversity Committee: Responsible for assisting the College in meeting its commitment to affirmative action in student, faculty and staff recruitment and for assisting the College in creating an environment which is maximally supportive to students from underrepresented groups and which embraces and values diversity.
Judicial Committee: Responsible for interpreting and enforcing the student code of conduct.
Research and Awards: Allocation of funds for faculty and student research is handled through the Dean of Faculty’s office.
Student Appointments Committee: Responsible for selecting students to serve as the non-elected representatives on the other standing committees. Students who would like to participate in College governance are urged to apply to the Student Appointments Committee through the Dean of Students’ Office in the spring semester for appointments for the following year. In addition, vacancies on standing committees usually arise throughout the year, so students should inquire at any time if they are interested in participating. Participation in College governance is one of the most exciting educational opportunities the College offers. Through participation, students play a central role in shaping the College.
Student Senate: Responsible for discussing and making policy recommendations to College Council pertaining to student life and community issues. Members of the Student Senate are elected by the student body and serve as the student voting representatives to College Council and as the elected student representatives to the College’s Standing Committees. Students can also make direct recommendations concerning student life issues to the President by means of a proposition signed by 30 percent of the Pitzer community and then approved by both a Proposition Board and the community as a whole.
Study Abroad Committee: Responsible for formulating policy relating to the College’s Study Abroad program, for overseeing the program and for approving students for participation.