Jun 27, 2022  
2016-2017 Employee Handbook 
2016-2017 Employee Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Employee involvement in the governance of the University occurs in several ways.  The most basic way is through your departmental meetings to consider the business of that department.  Policies and/or departmental matters move from their meetings to the Operations Committee or the Academic Policies Committee (APC).  APC and Operation Committees makes recommendation to the President’s Council for approval. Approved changes are then communicated back to the departments via their VP.  Other employee involvement in governance occurs through their membership on committees.

A list of committees, their primary duty, and their reporting structure follows:

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(Committee assignments are made annually and current assignments can be found at R:\Committees\Committe List 15-16.docx).

Required attendance for all full time faculty and staff:

  1. Pulse Week Meeting
    (1st week prior to Fall Trimester)
    Required attendance: All full-time faculty and staff
  2. Pulse Check Meetings
    (2nd Monday Monthly)
    Required attendance: All full-time faculty and staff
  3. Professional Development Meetings
    (4rd Monday Monthly)
    Required attendance for full-time staff
    Required attendance for full-time faculty


Academic Policies Committee (APC) (1st & 3rd Wed.)

Reviews and recommends all academic policies and processes, including the catalog and handbooks, to the President’s Council.

Reports to: President’s Council

Academic Chairs

Reports to: President’s Council

Academic Review (Once a trimester)

Reviews academic progression for all undergraduate students who are not in a program, including those on probation and those who have not met probationary requirements.

Reports to: Academic Policies Committee

Admissions: Undergraduate General Education (Bi-Monthly)

Objectively reviews each applicant to ADU for admission to the University and determines an appropriate admission status as set by voted admission guidelines.

Reports to: Academic Policies Committee

Admissions: Graduate General Studies (As called)

Enrolls qualified graduate students who demonstrate academic and clinical expertise and possess characteristics consistent with the mission of ADU.

Reports to: Academic Policies Committee

Admissions: Program (As called)

Reports to: Department Chairs

Advising Committee (As Called)

Evaluates the policies and procedures that pertain to academic advising of all general education students and make recommendations to the Provost.

Reports to: Provost

Alumni Association (As called)

Oversees the functions of the Alumni Association, including events, services, tools, and new ways to keep alumni engaged with the University.

Reports to: President’s Council

Campus Safety & Security (As called)

Makes policy and procedural recommendations to administration relative to safety and security of the University’s population.

Reports to: President

Citizenship Committee (As called)

Upholds standards of conduct by assessing serious or repeated violations, and when necessary, assigning and recommending appropriate penalties.

Reports to: President

Convocation Committee (As called)

Planning and implementation of the annual Convocation program.

Reports to: President

Curriculum Committee (As called)

Serves in an advisory capacity for University departments and programs, assisting with course and program development, review, and evaluation by describing and recommending processes, models, and timeframes.

Reports to: Academic Policies Committee

Distributed Learning (Monthly)

Examines and acts on issues related to online learning for online and on-campus students.

Reports to: Academic Policies Committee

Documentation Retention (As called)

Manages polices regarding when, where, and how to retain official University documents.

Reports to: Academic Policies Committee

E Systems Key Users (Bi-Weekly)

Discusses issues and makes recommendations to change processes that impact the major applications used on the campus.

Reports to: CFO/Sr. VP for Operations

Editorial Committee (As needed)

Ensures that language excellence occurs in official school documents, such as the Student Handbook, the Academic Catalog, and the Student Housing Handbook.

Reports to: Vice President for Marketing

Faculty Handbook (As called)

Produces both the Full-Time and the Adjunct Faculty Handbooks, including reviewing/editing the handbooks each year to include new policies and information relevant to faculty members.

Reports to: Academic Policies Committee

Faculty Rank & Promotion (Weekly)

Recommends academic rank to the President after examining the credentials of incoming faculty and regular faculty seeking academic promotion and includes the study of policies for academic faculty sabbaticals, annual portfolios, and merit awards.

Reports to: President

Grace Fund (As called)

Oversees the Grace Fund, a fund which provides a one-time grant to students in financial need.

Reports to: President

Graduate Council (As called)

Oversees graduate education at ADU acting as an advisory body and developing institution-wide policies and procedures including, but not limited to, curriculum, faculty, scholarship, and final projects.

Reports to: President

Graduation (As called)

Works with the President in the organization and implementation of the graduation programs of ADU, including responsibilities for planning the various components of the program, staffing the event, and preparing the printed program.

Reports to: President

Grant Management (As Called)

Provides strategic direction on funding opportunities for ADU and acts as an advisory board to the Grant Management Department.

Reports to: President

Health Committee (As called)

Makes policy and procedural recommendations to administration relative to student, staff, and faculty health.

Reports to: President

Intellectual Property Committee (As called)

The Intellectual Property Committee shall have the primary responsibility for the administration of the Intellectual Property Policy. It addresses questions relating to the creation, use, ownership, and licensing of Intellectual Property in consultation with ADU legal counsel; addresses internal disputes arising under this Policy, including disputes regarding ownership or use of Intellectual Property and the distribution of licensing income for ADU Intellectual Property.

Reports to: President’s Council

Institutional Effectiveness (As called)

Oversees assessment processes on campus, reviewing and recommending instruments, summarizing and reporting the results of assessment, and suggesting policies regarding assessment practices.

Reports to: President

Institute for Healthcare as Ministry (IHAM) (Monthly)

The Institute for Healthcare as Ministry aims to assist in preparing students to meet the diverse spiritual needs within the healthcare environment.

Reports to: President

Institutional Review Board (IRB) (As called)

Ensures that research conducted under the auspices of ADU meets ethical standards for research that are congruent with the Mission of the University, the principles presented in the Belmont Report, and the federal requirements presented in 45-CFR-46 (Code of Federal Regulation, 1983).

Reports to: Institutional Effectiveness Committee

Lab Safety Committee

Oversees the development of lab policies and procedures for each department and compiles them into a centralized location. The Committee will also complete an annual review of lab policies to assure compliance with State and Federal regulations.

Reports to: Operations Committee

Library (As called)

Provides guidance and oversight by serving in an advisory capacity to the Library Director regarding library policies and planning.

Reports to: Provost

Merit Awards (As called)

Oversees the nominations for the annual merit awards and recommends the names of the current year’s awardees to the President.

Reports to: President

Online Marketing

Coordinates website and marketing activities between ADU and Online Partners.

Reports to: President

Operations Committee (Bi-monthly)

Reviews and recommends all non-academic policies and processes to the President’s Council.

Reports to: President’s Council

Policies and Procedures Committee (Monthly)

Committee description: Reviews approved policies and procedures to ensure consistency in all posting on appropriate media, i.e. employee manuals, ADU website, etc. The Committee will conduct an annual review and update of all documents containing policies and procedures to maintain accuracy.

Reports to: President

Polycom Advisory Committee

To advise and guide the Polycom education model and equipment procurement.

Reports to: Operations Committee

Professional Development (As called)

Oversees the planning and scheduling of the professional development workshops held on the University campus for both faculty and staff.

Reports to: Operation’s Committee

President’s Council (Weekly)

Functions as the ultimate decision making group deciding what policies and procedures need Board approval as well as directing and implementing daily operations of the University.

Quality Enhancement Plan (As called)

Develops and coordinates the Quality Enhancement Plan that the University has chosen, providing oversight to the faculty and staff actually employed in the day-to-day running of the plan.

Reports to: President

Registration (As needed)

Discusses the registration process, identifies problems, and requests changes or upgrades; significant changes to the registration process are first reviewed by the committee and then sent to APC for approval.

Reports to: Academic Policies Committee

Sabbatical Committee (As called)

Vets Sabbatical applications and makes recommendations to President’s Council.

Reports to: President

Scholarship (As called)

Determines who will be awarded endowed scholarships and the amount they will receive for the next school year.

Reports to: President

Scientific Review Committee

Ensures proposed studies at ADU meet acceptable standards of scientific rigor and merit prior to submission for IRB review.

Reports to: President

Service Learning (As needed)

Serves as the support, guiding, and oversight body for the Service-Learning initiative at ADU.

Reports to: Provost

Social Committee (As called)

Promotes social interaction and communication among the faculty and staff of ADU.

Reports to: President

Strategic Planning (As called)

Strategic Planning led by the President.

Student Cost of Attendance (As called)

Makes decisions concerning the cost of attendance for ADU students as it relates to Financial Aid.

Reports to: President’s Council

Student Housing Governance (As needed)

Serves as a clearing house for newly adopted housing policies, addresses behavioral housing issues that do not warrant referral to the University citizenship committee, and is responsible for the publishing of the annual Student Housing Handbook.

Reports to: President’s Council

Student Financial Appeal

The purpose of this committee is to hear appeals from students that are not satisfied with the payment arrangements from the Business Office or who are denied financial aid because they have not met the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.

Reports to: President

Student Life (Monthly)

Looks at student life from all aspects (Social, Spiritual, Academic, Student Safety, etc.), setting the course for the future relative to the offerings, processes, and programming from the Student Services team; produces the undergraduate and graduate student handbooks annually.

Reports to: President’s Council

Simulation Steering Committee (Quarterly)

Monitors the development and implementation of the simulation initiatives at ADU as well as collaboration with Florida Hospital.

Reports to: Operations Committee

Ad Hoc Committees

Mobile Technology Committee
Pulse Week Committee