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5.1 General Curriculum Policies.

Each of the Components shall follow the curriculum policies of the Board of Regents and Education Code, Sections 61.051 and 61.052.

5.11 Approval of Requests.

Each request for new courses, degree programs or departments requires approval by the Board of Regents and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board before being included in the catalogue.

5.12 Notice of Requests.

All requests for curriculum changes must be submitted to the members of the Academic and Health Affairs Committee timely as determined by System Administration.

5.13 Nature of Requests.

The nature of each request for a curriculum change and its justification shall be set out in a brief written statement, which shows the title and number of the course, the semester credit hour value, and the department in which the course or program will be offered.

5.14 Degree Programs.

Each request for a new degree program shall include a request for the new courses which the program requires. 5.15 Graduate Programs. Each request for a graduate program shall be evaluated on the need of the program and qualifications of the faculty.

5.16 Deletions.

Any course which has not been taught at anytime for the previous three years, as designated by the Coordinating Board, shall be dropped unless authorized for continuation by the Academic and Health Affairs Committee.

5.17 Committee Considerations.

In passing upon requests for new courses, the Academic and Health Affairs Committee shall give consideration to the number of courses already available in that department and the enrollment in such courses.

5.18 Off-Campus Courses.

Off-campus courses shall be offered only in accordance with guidelines approved by the Coordinating Board.

5.19 Short Courses.

The Components shall not offer or allow a student to register for any short courses (any course taught over a period of less than three weeks) where the combined academic credit to be earned for all course work attempted would exceed an average of one semester credit hour per contact week.

5.1(10)   Before any course previously authorized by the Board of Regents and the Coordinating Board can continue to be taught, the course syllabus shall be reviewed once a year by the appropriate departmental chair or head.

5.1(11)   Out-of-Country Courses or Programs. As a condition of being permitted to take or participate in Component approved out-of country courses or programs, a student shall first execute a liability waiver and release of claims in favor of the Board of Regents, the Component, and their respective officers and employees.

5.2 Reports.

The Academic and Health Affairs Committee shall examine reports on the academic well-being of the Component Institutions on a regular basis, including, but not limited to, student enrollment, student success, and Faculty workload.

5.3 Health Specific Policies.

The Academic and Health Affairs Committee shall consider, report on, and make recommendations to the Board of Regents regarding:

5.31 Health related programs;

5.32 Sam Houston State University College of Medicine (COM):

5.321 Substantive aspects of policies and programs related to the academic and health philosophy and objectives of the COM;

5.322 Matters relating to medical education;

5.323 Proposed changes to the COM’s mission statement;

5.324 Bylaws and rules and regulations of the medical staff;

concerning mechanisms and controls for the achievement and maintenance of high standards of professional practices in and at the hospital, clinic, or patient-care facility, provided the Committee shall have first counseled with the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Health Affairs and submitted such bylaws, rules, regulations and standards for legal review prior to implementation per the System Rules and Regulations;

5.325 Matters affecting the library as well as the research, training and community service activities of the COM;

5.326 Effect of System Policies and Rules and Regulations.

In the event of conflict between COM policies or the Rules and Regulations, the latter shall govern. By way of example and not limitation, capital improvement projects, acceptance of gifts, due process and other policies impacting faculty/staff and students, policies requiring review and approval of contracts, spending authority and audit matters shall remain subject to University and System policies and Rules and Regulations.

See Chapter I, Subparagraph 6.3, for the enabling authority of the Academic and Health Affairs Committee.