Academic Policies Committee (APC)

Committee Info

Committee Chair:
Sue Escobar 

Meetings: 1st and 3rd Fridays, 
2:00 - 3:30 pm

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The Academic Policies Committee is a Standing Policy Committee of the Faculty Senate, responsible for the development of policy and oversight of academic standards at California State University, Sacramento.
(FS 11-12/101/SEL: Amends FS 09-11A/EX and AS 94-98B)
Subcommittees that report to APC


The Academic Policies Committee, a standing Policy Committee of the Faculty Senate, acts as a consultative and deliberative body of the Faculty Senate. The Committee is responsible for the development, review and revision of policies related to and affecting student progress to degree (both undergraduate and graduate) or to program completion.  Accordingly, the Committee has oversight with respect to a wide range of policies that govern the nexus between the University’s Academic Affairs and Student Affairs Divisions. The Committee’s purview includes, but is not limited to, reviewing and making recommendations on policies pertaining to: admission standards, student academic standing (i.e., definitions of good standing, probation, continued probation, disqualification, dismissal, reinstatement and readmission after dismissal); student honors and awards; satisfactory progress standards; definition of grading symbols; add, drop, and repeat policies; academic honesty, policies and procedures; academic program access for students with disabilities; student grade appeal policy and process; student grievance procedures; student rights and responsibilities; student academic advising policies; enrollment management policies (e.g., registration limitations); and academic support programs and programs/initiatives designed to improve student retention and graduation rates. The Committee shall supervise generally the work of its subcommittees and may refer, remove or receive from them matters that require reconsideration of policies pertaining to Student Affairs.


Voting members shall include: 11 faculty members appointed by the Faculty Senate to a three year term, including one faculty member from the Library or Student Services Professionals-Academically Related units, and ten College-based faculty members.  More than one member may be from a single college but no two members may be from the same department/unit.  Every effort shall be made to encourage membership from each college.

Non-voting members shall include:  One staff member appointed by the University Staff Assembly to a two year term; one undergraduate student appointed by ASI to a one year term; one graduate student appointed by ASI to a one year term; ex-officio members of the administration as determined by the Executive Committee and the President, and which shall normally include incumbents or designees of the following offices or their equivalents: Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Enrollment and Student Support; Associate Vice President, Student Retention and Academic Success;  Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies; University Registrar; Director, Academic Advising Center and Career Center; and may include others as deemed necessary to the work of the Committee; and the Faculty Senate Chair.



A) The Chair shall be elected annually by the Faculty Senate as described in the By-Laws of the Faculty Senate. The Committee Chair shall be included among the 11 voting members of the Committee.

B) The term of office of the Academic Policies Committee Chair shall be one year. The term shall begin at noon on the last day of the spring semester in which s/he is elected the Committee Chair and shall end at noon on the last day of the spring semester of the following year.

C)  A faculty member may be elected to serve up to three consecutive terms of one year each as the Chair of the Academic Policies Committee. After an interval of a year following the end of the third consecutive term, the faculty member shall become eligible again for election to the Chair of the Committee.

D) The Academic Policies Committee Chair shall also serve as an ex-officio non-voting member of the Faculty Senate, unless concurrently serving as the elected representative his or her department/unit.

E) The Academic Policies Committee Chair shall also serve as an ex-officio voting member of the Executive Committee.


At its first meeting of the academic year, the Academic Policies Committee shall elect, from among its membership, a Vice-Chair. The Vice-Chair shall serve as acting chair in the absence of the Chair.

Liaisons to Subcommittees

The Committee shall appoint one of its voting members to serve as liaison between itself and each of the committees/subcommittees identified above.

Subcommittees that report to the Academic Policies Committee


A) The Committee shall work in close coordination with other Faculty Senate Policy Committees and other Senate and University committees/subcommittees in the performance of its duties.

B) Issues considered by the Academic Policies Committee may be referred as well by the Executive Committee to any of the other committees of the Faculty Senate. The Committee may similarly refer issues to other Senate committees through the Executive Committee.

C) The Committee shall meet at least once a month at a designated time and place.

D) A quorum of the Committee shall require the presence of at least six voting members. The Committee shall not act in the absence of a quorum.

E) Committee meetings shall be open to the university community.

F) The meeting agenda and supporting documentation shall be distributed to Committee members at least 72 hours prior to the meeting.

G) Committee agendas shall normally be published and made accessible to the campus community at least 72 hours prior to the meeting. Minutes shall also be published and made accessible to the campus community in a timely manner.