- Campus Life
University committees serve a wide variety of functions at NYU Abu Dhabi and are typically comprised of staff, faculty, and students.
The AD EHSMS Committee, a standing Committee at NYU Abu Dhabi, is the governing body for all aspects of the development and implementation of the university’s environmental health and safety management system. The committee’s scope extends to all NYUAD facilities, programs, and operations conducted on campus or under the control of the university.
The committee is responsible for the oversight of University activities and setting policy and guidance to comply with the AD EHSMS. The committee has the authority to deny, require changes, or withdraw permission for the conduct of activities within the university, to assure regulatory compliance and reasonable standards for health and safety across campus. The committee reports to the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor.
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The Academic Affairs Advisory Committee (AAAC) serves as a conduit for student and faculty input into the academic policies and procedures of NYU Abu Dhabi. The AAAC is strictly an advisory body making recommendations to the Vice Provost for Academic Administration, the Provost, and/or the faculty as may be appropriate.
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The Bookstore Committee is a standing advisory committee which liaises between NYU Abu Dhabi and Magrudy's Bookstore to emphasize the importance of creating a unique identity and welcoming environment for the Saadiyat Campus Bookstore. The purpose of the committee is to facilitate the creation of a bookstore reflecting the academic community of NYUAD inclusive of students, faculty, staff, campus community and the greater Abu Dhabi community. The committee will review matters of interior design and graphics, book ranges, and community engagement.
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The committee is in charge of monitoring, assessing, and periodically reviewing the core curriculum, its objectives and implementation, making sure that it meets NYU Abu Dhabi's educational goals, and considering improvements when necessary.
The committee consists of faculty members teaching in the four areas of the core curriculum:
- Pathways of World Literature (Pathways)
- Structures of Thought and Society (STS)
- Art, Technology and Invention (ATI)
- Ideas and Methods of Science (IMS), which includes two tracks (Experimental Discovery in the Natural World (EDNW) and Science, Society and History (SSH).
The committee also includes representatives from the Writing Program, UCC, and FCSC.
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The Global Education and Community-Based Learning Committee is an advisory committee that provides a bridge between the faculty and NYU Abu Dhabi’s programs of study away and community engagement for undergraduates.
The committee’s primary role is to consider and make recommendations to the academic leadership on issues that affect undergraduate programs of global education and community-based learning. This may include reviewing and making recommendations on such areas as:
- student applications and petitions for study away
- applications for regional course-related seminars
- NYUAD major pathways for study away in the global network
- curricular initiatives with the NYU Global Programs
- integration of visiting students from NYU New York and NYU Shanghai into NYUAD academic programs
- strategic planning for academic community engagement
- student travel policy
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The Campus Advisory Committee contributes towards helping NYU Abu Dhabi create a comfortable and inviting campus living and working environment that reflects the needs of its faculty, staff, researchers, and families. The committee will review matters referred by various constituents, surface relevant and timely issues, and make recommendations for consideration by the university.
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The Student Life/Faculty Liaison Committee is a forum for faculty and members of Campus Life to share issues, concerns, plans, and opportunities. Its primary goal is to work cooperatively to enhance the living and learning environment that defines the NYU Abu Dhabi experience. The committee endeavors to maintain open lines of communication, to propose ideas intended to resolve issues of common concern, to create avenues for the sharing of educational and professional resources, and to build a culture of collaboration centered on student success and institutional enhancement.
The UCC is the central mechanism through which NYU Abu Dhabi shall assess undergraduate curricula across the academic divisions, multi-disciplinary programs, and the core; additionally, the UCC will oversee the integration of global network courses into NYUAD programs. The UCC aims to enrich and support the development of the programs that will distinguish NYUAD as "the world’s honors college." The composition and remit of the Committee may change as the structures of governance evolve at NYUAD.
It is expected that the UCC will consult with the deans and with members of faculty as and when necessary.
The UCC is charged with reviewing proposed changes to the undergraduate curriculum, including but not limited to:
- new course submission
- graduation requirements
- changes to undergraduate curricula
- cross registration — study away, J-Term, summer school, and other
In addition to vetting the proposal of all new courses, the UCC will consider general education and graduation requirements — including, for the time being, the core program — as well as the logistics related to cross-listing courses with the global network, in order to ensure that courses conducted outside of Abu Dhabi comply with NYUAD program requirements and standards.
UCC may also forward its own proposals relating to the curriculum to FCSC and the Council.
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The Dining Task Force liaises between NYU Abu Dhabi and ADNH Compass to bridge the gap between the NYUAD community and ADNH Compass services on Saadiyat Campus. The purpose of the task force is to present suggestions, concerns, and ideas from the NYUAD community to the management of dining, events, and hospitality in the campus, to identify opportunities for growth, and participate in discussions regarding resolutions concerning:
- menu variety
- food quality
- customer services
- food safety
The task force strives to achieve excellence in service for our NYUAD campus community by developing strong partnerships with ADNH Compass. The task force will promote community involvement in the campus food system through outreach, education, and consultation.
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