In accordance with the provisions of its Charter, the legal responsibility for the affairs of the College is vested in the President and Trustees. Trustees deal with basic questions of policy, planning, and financial management. The President and the faculty share immediate responsibility for College government. The faculty conducts its business in meetings of the full faculty, which the President chairs, and through its committees, most of which have both faculty and student members.
Several committees are composed of faculty only, including the Committee on Academic Standing (CAS), the Faculty Steering Committee and the Committee on Appointments and Promotions (CAP). The CAS reviews the academic records of individual students. To protect the privacy of students, membership on this committee is limited to faculty and deans. The Faculty Steering Committee discusses topics of particular interest to faculty and meets with student groups from time to time to discuss issues in common. The CAP advises the President and trustees about faculty appointments. Although students do not sit with the committee, the CAP receives student opinion about faculty from the departments. Departments gather student opinion through student advisory committees, direct interviews with students, and the Student Course Evaluation Survey. In addition, students may volunteer evaluations to department chairs or to the Dean of the Faculty directly.
Students have the major responsibility for the conduct of undergraduate affairs through the College Council and through the Neighborhood boards. The College Council supervises the election or appointment of the student members of all joint committees.