The Faculty Council deliberates on matters of general concern and interest to the faculty and serves as an advisory, consultative and supervisory group to faculty committees.
Occidental College has a strong tradition of faculty governance. To carry out various responsibilities, the faculty is organized into committees under the general supervision of the Faculty Council. The Faculty Council (FC), Advisory Council (AC), and the Academic Planning Committee (APC) are the key committees along with the Sub-Committee on Finance (SCOF) which is a sub-committee of FC. Members of SCOF, along with the Faculty Council President (ex-officio) serve on the Budget Advisory Committee. With the exception of the Advisory Council, the Faculty Council and the elected members of the Academic Planning Committee, faculty membership on regular faculty committees is appointed by the Faculty Council in consultation with the Dean of the College. In addition Faculty Council annually established a panel of faculty members available for assignment to Faculty Hearing Boards, Sexual Misconduct Hearing Boards, and Judicial Hearing Boards. Ad Hoc Committees may be appointed by the President or Dean of the College (after consultation with the Faculty Council) or by the Faculty Council itself.
The Faculty Council consists of five faculty members and a President, all of whom are elected directly by the faculty. At least one of the five is untenured. The Faculty Council President and the untenured members serve two year terms. The other members serve three year terms.
Minutes of Faculty Council Meetings can be found of the FC Moodle Site!