The Department Student Advisory Committee consists of two undergraduate and two graduate students from within the department, who are elected yearly at the end of the Spring semester. This body then meets to elect a Committee Chair and to appoint any additional members deemed necessary.
10.2 Purpose and Scope
The primary objective of the Department SAC is to promote purposeful communication between the student body and the faculty on a professional and technical as well as a social level. The following duties are illustrative of the ways in which this can be accomplished:
- (a) It is the aim of the SAC, with the assistance of the faculty, to promote a feeling of professionalism among the students and to prepare the students for what will be expected of them in their careers. Special emphasis is placed on those intangible items that are difficult to transmit in a classroom environment (e.g., the demands of an industrial environment as opposed to an academic one: job availability and interviewing).
- (b) The SAC Committee Chair attends faculty meetings as a full voting member and provides student input for matters considered by the faculty.
- (c) As required by university policy the SAC provides recommendations on any faculty member being considered for retention, tenure or promotion.
- (d) The SAC assists in selecting the faculty member to receive the Mellow Met Award for Excellence in Teaching Metallurgical Engineering and the teaching assistant to receive the award for best teaching assistant.
- (e) In cases of disputes involving students and faculty the SAC acts as intermediary. In addition the SAC is prepared to offer information and counseling to any student involved.
- (f) The SAC submits a yearly request for funds to the Associated Students of the University of Utah (ASUU) and is responsible for expenditure of any funds appropriated by ASUU.