This page lists committees sponsored by the division of Business & Financial Affairs. Click on a committee name for more information.
The BFA Communications Advisory Group is a sounding board to share projects and receive feedback, and a place to build skills and learn strategies. Our collaborative group meets once a month for 50 minutes and is open to anyone who is a conduit of information in their role.
The Campus Access Control Committee oversees access control guidelines, procedures, and decisions for all campus spaces. The group also advises University Police and Facilities Development & Operations on surveillance camera systems, alarms, and key issuance and control.
The Campus Public Safety Advisory Council (CPSAC) exists to assist the Chief of Police and the University Police Department in remaining responsive to the needs of the campus community and by providing input on issues surrounding public safety, crime abatement, and campus security.
This Central Health and Safety Committee reviews different aspects of health and safety at Western and makes recommendations to the Vice President of Business & Financial Affairs.
The Clery Compliance Steer Committee (CCSC) works to enhance university safety through the oversight, review, revision, and implementation of all policies and procedures relating to the Clery Act. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) is the landmark federal law, originally known as the Campus Security Act, that requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses.
The Culture of Care and Open Accountability (COCOA) Steering Committee was created to facilitate communication between the BFA Leadership Team and division staff on COCOA Program objectives and initiatives. The committee also works to break down silos and build community through planning BFA events.
The Emergency Management Committee (EMC) provides recommendations on all matters pertaining to Western’s emergency management efforts. The committee reports to the President through the Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs, but may provide recommendations or concerns directly to individuals and department through the Environmental Health and Safety office.
The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is responsible for the duties described in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules (NIH Guidelines). The Committee is responsible for reviewing recombinant DNA activities conducted at Western regulated under the NIH Guidelines, and may also review other biological safety considerations or recommendations.
The Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Framework is a set of components that provides resources, terminology, structure, and reporting for managing enterprise risks at the university. This committee will manage the university's ERM Framework and create and maintain the Institution Risk Profile.
The Laboratory and Chemical Safety Committee’s purpose is to help guide laboratory safety decisions, including instructional, research, and support functions at Western. The committee will also provide guidance on procurement and movement of hazardous chemicals for university-related business and on university property.
The Parking & Transportation Advisory Committee (PTAC) reviews parking needs, available finances, and reservations on permits to provide recommendation to the Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs on the parking requirements for faculty, staff, students, and visitors.
The purpose of this task force is to develop an implementation plan that bans smoking and vaping on Western's Bellingham Campus, with a target date of Winter Quarter 2023. A smoke-free campus supports student, staff, and faculty wellbeing and work conditions.
University Ethics and Compliance Committee
The University Ethics and Compliance Committee (UECC) facilitates the objectives of the University Compliance Program and make recommendations in response to regulatory changes and assessed risks.
The University Policy and Rules Review Group (UPRRG) provides institutional review of impact statements and final drafts of proposed, policy documents, and Western’s title in the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) and makes recommendations to the President for approval.