Committees Reporting to the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Access for Persons with Disabilities
The Committee on Access for Persons with Disabilities is charged with making recommendations for, and providing oversight to, projects designed to improve access for persons with disabilities to University programs and facilities. It will support the interests of persons with disabilities within the University Community and work to insure the University's compliance with the American with Disabilities Act. This charge includes actions which: eliminate physical barriers to University programs; provide information and services to persons with disabilities; and improve and oversee the quality of services to persons with disabilities.
The Accident Review Committee evaluates each crash in which an agency-owned vehicle is involved. After thoroughly reviewing all of the material concerning each crash, the Review Committee determines whether the crash was Preventable, Non-Preventable, or Incident, based upon the definitions of the criteria provided by the Department of State Police. After a crash is evaluated and classified by the committee, it is forwarded to the Assistant Vice President for Compliance and ERM for review and final disposition.
Arboretum and Landscape
The Arboretum and Landscape Committee is charged by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer with exercising broad general oversight of the University's landscape planning and its general condition, including its ongoing grounds maintenance programs. The Committee shall advise the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, through the Architect for the University, concerning all matters related to landscape and site development (including changes to the Landscape Master Plan and development of site design guidelines for new facilities). The Committee will review all significant landscape designs and make recommendations for alterations to areas within the University Grounds landscape and open space areas. At the end of each academic year, the Chair will submit a summary report of the committee’s activities to the Office of the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. The Committee usually makes an annual visit to Blandy Farm to consult with its resident Director regarding matters related to the State Arboretum and to make recommendations as may be appropriate. The Committee will administer the Seward Forest Fund to decide on the judicious application of its resources and to review an annual accounting of its financial status. The committee will also forward a nomination to the Office of the President each spring for the recipient of the Founders Day tree planted annually.
The members of the Committee on Financial Aid provide the perspectives of the schools and units represented to the executive sponsor, and serve as ambassadors to key stakeholders on matters related to financial aid policy and administration, including:
- Providing guidance and feedback on policies related to financial aid.
- Providing feedback on those components of the student aid budget that are not approved by the Board of Visitors (off-Grounds room and board, books, travel, and other costs) and reviewing the components of the student aid budget approved by the Board of Visitors (tuition, fees, and on-Grounds room and board) to be charged to students to attend the various schools of the University.
- Participating, through the appointment of immediate past chair or designee, on the University’s financial aid working group in the consideration of financial aid issues.
- Periodically receiving an update and providing feedback on the packaging methodology (ratio of loan and work-study to scholarships in accordance with available funds) that will be utilized by the University.
- Informing and educating the faculties and administrations from the various schools and the student body regarding the University’s financial aid policies.
- Participating, through the appointment of at least three but not more than five (including the chair) members, in appeals from student-athletes who either have lost their grant-in-aid or who have had it reduced.
- Participating, through the appointment of at least one member, in the appeals of need-based undergraduate financial aid awards.
- Offering feedback on the deployment of any available emergency funds.
Master Planning Council
The Master Planning Council advises the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, through the Architect for the University, on mid-term and long-term physical planning for the University of Virginia. It reviews and comments on the Grounds Plan and overall land use planning as to the best utilization of the existing buildings, landscape, and infrastructure, as well as participates as general stakeholders in the development of precinct/area plans and general infrastructure plans, including those for circulation and parking.
Security and General Safety
The Security and General Safety Committee shall receive suggestions and recommendations and submit each recommendation, if approved by the committee, to the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for improvement of sub-standard safety conditions in the various facilities of the University. The committee shall also encourage through educational channels, safety procedures to be practiced in the several activities of the University's everyday routine and recommend training programs for individuals in the University community. The committee shall review all matters concerning security and safety of the University, with the exception of those matters coming specifically within the purview of the standing Committee on Radiation Safety. At the end of each academic year, the Chair will submit a summary report of the committee's activities to the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
Committee on Sustainability
The Committee on Sustainability advises the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, through the Architect for the University, on all matters related to the overall quality, diligence, and progress of the University’s commitment to sustainability in the broad sense of environmental, economic, and social impacts, and their relationship to the future of the University. In carrying out this charge, the Committee shall be engaged in the following:
- Recommend policies, procedures, and priorities that will promote the highest-standards of sustainable practice across the University including but not limited to business operations, energy production and utilization, and design and management of facilities
- Provide guidance in the development of communication plans with the goal of increasing sustainable behavior among faculty, staff, and students
- Recommend and encourage the development of new opportunities to educate the University community on sustainable thinking and practice
- Review and comment on the University’s progress toward measurable sustainability objectives
- Review and comment on the University’s responses to major national surveys and/or voluntary compliance with regard to an institutional plan toward the reduction in CO2 emissions and related environmental impacts