Program Documents

Academic Policies and Guidelines


Article 1 : Membership meetings and rules of order

Section 1

The Faculty Council of the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture shall be the Faculty of the School and shall include:

  1. The Dean of the School and persons of Faculty rank as defined in the governance Charter of The City College who teach in the School.
  2. The following without vote:

i. The President, Vice Presidents, the Registrar and the Librarian in charge of the architecture collection, ex-officio.

ii. Faculty representatives from other departments and/or schools in the college as the Faculty Council decides annually.

iii. One adjunct faculty member for every six (6) FTE rounded to the nearest integer of adjunct faculty employed at the time of election, elected annually by the adjunct faculty.

iv. 2 students elected from the Advisory committee. (see alternatives for student representation under Plan A, or Plan B)

Section 2

Meetings of the Faculty Council shall be held at least twice in each semester, upon call by the President or the Dean of the School. The President shall preside at meetings, or in the President’s absence, the Dean; or in the Dean’s absence the Dean’s designee. When the secretary is not present the presiding officer shall appoint a Secretary pro tem.

Section 3

The Secretary of the Faculty Council shall be elected for a term of three years at the last regular Faculty Council Meeting of the spring semester preceding the expiration of the term.

Section 4

Special meetings of the Faculty Council shall be held upon petition to the Dean by not less than ten percent (10%) of the voting members of the Faculty. Notice of such petitions shall be given to the secretary of the Faculty Council. The object of the special meeting shall be stated in the call, and no business except that which is so stated shall be transacted at said meeting.

Section 5

A quorum of the Faculty Council shall consist of a majority of the voting members.

Section 6

The presiding officer shall decide all questions of order in accordance with accepted parliamentary rules and usage, except where in contravention of these By-laws, subject to appeal to the Faculty Council. Such appeal shall not prevail unless sustained by a two-thirds majority of the voting members present.

Section 7

The regular order of business at meetings shall be as follows:

  1. Roll call
  2. Reading of the minutes.
  3. Communications from the Board of Trustees.
  4. Communications from the President of the College.
  5. Communications from the Dean of the School of Architecture.
  6. Elections.
  7. Reports of Committees.
  8. Unfinished business.
  9. New Business.
  10. Adjournment.

Section 8

The regular order of business may at any time be suspended by a two-thirds vote of the voting members present.

Section 9

New business introduced by a faculty member shall be referred to the appropriate committee. Action on the committee’s report shall be postponed to the next meeting at which it is presented for action.

Section 10

A copy of any resolution expressing the policy of the Faculty Council, or putting the Faculty Council on record, or designed for transmission to the Board of Trustees, or for publications, shall be sent to each member of the Faculty Council by the Secretary at least six days before the meeting at which it is presented for action.

Section 11

Proposed changes in the curriculum shall be referred to the Curriculum Committee for report. For adoption such changes shall require an affirmative vote by a majority of the voting members of the Faculty Council who are present. At least six days before the vote shall be taken, a copy in writing of proposed changes shall be sent to each member of the Faculty Council by the Secretary.

Section 12

Notice of each meeting shall include the agenda and written committee recommendations. Minutes of each meeting shall be sent to each member of the Faculty Council of the School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture.

Section 13

In any election a majority vote of the voting members present shall be required to elect.

Section 14

The Faculty Council shall conduct the educational affairs customarily cared for by a College Faculty. It shall be responsible for the formulation of policy relating to the admission and retention of students subject to guidelines of the Board of Trustees. It shall be responsible for curriculum, awarding of College credits, and granting of degrees. When a vacancy occurs in the position of Dean, the Faculty Council shall elect a committee to advise the President on filling the vacancy.

Article 2 : Organizations and standing comittee

Section 1

The Dean of the School shall be appointed by the President. The duties shall be those defined by the By-laws of the Board of Trustees and the following:

  1. Chairs the Faculty Council and P&B Committee.
  2. Serves on Curriculum and Executive Committee.
  3. Represents the School on the Review Committee and President’s Advisory Committee.
  4. Prepares and administers the budget in the consultation with the P&B Committee.
  5. Carries out responsibilities delegated by the President.
  6. Represents the School at College, University, professional, community and Alumni functions.
  7. Determines all courses to be offered and when.
  8. Participates with Chair in the annual evaluation of faculty.
  9. Evaluates administrative and support personnel annually.
  10. Handles School correspondence and records.
  11. Prepares reports of the School.
  12. Acts on students appeals other than grades.
  13. Supervises and administers the School.
  14. Fosters activities which implement the School’s mission.

Section 2

There shall be an Executive Committee consisting of a Chairman of the Department and four other members of the Department of Faculty rank. The majority of the voting members of this Committee shall be tenured members of the Department. The Chairman and the four members shall be elected, by the members of the Department who hold Faculty rank, for concurrent three year terms. Student representation will be in accordance with City College Governance (under Plan A or Plan B).

In addition to the above, the Dean of the School shall sit as member of the Executive Committee ex-officio with voice but without vote. The Executive Committee shall consider all matters related to appointment, reappointment, tenure, leaves, special salary increments, and peer evaluation, and forward all recommendations to the P&B Committee. The Executive Committee may submit budget requests to the Personnel and Budget Committee.

The responsibilities of the Chair of the Department shall include:

  1. Assignment, in consultation with the Dean, of faculty to courses and related teaching activities.
  2. Scheduling peer review of faculty.
  3. Annual evaluations of the faculty in conjunction with the Dean.
  4. Carrying out actions taken by the Executive Committee.
  5. Serving on Curriculum committee.
  6. Assisting the Dean, at the latter’s request, in other matters related to administering the School.

Section 3

There shall be a Personnel and Budget Committee for the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture consisting of the Dean, who shall serve as Chair with vote, the Department Chair, one member of Faculty rank elected from and by each of the following programs:

Masters of Architecture, Urban Design, and Landscape Architecture, and two faculty members elected at large. Faculty membership in the respective programs shall consist of those holding Faculty Rank, designated by the Dean, and such membership shall constitute eligibility for office and the electorate for each program. All elections shall be for a three (3) year term concurrent with the election of department chair and Executive Committee. Members elected to the Personnel and Budget Committee may not hold concurrent elected office on the Executive Committee.

The Personnel and Budget Committee shall receive recommendations for appointments, reappointments (with and without tenure), promotions, leaves, special salary increments and recommend action thereon to the Review Committee, through the Dean of the School. The Personnel and Budget Committee shall also consider all matters related to the School budget and make recommendations to the Dean of the School.

Section 4

There shall be a Committee on Course and Standing consisting of five faculty members from the School of Architecture and one faculty member from CLAS elected by the Faculty Council for three-year terms; the Director of Academic Advisement shall serve as Secretary, ex-officio and two students elected from the upper division students, who have been at the College at least four semesters, by the Student Advisory committee and shall serve except when matters of individual student performance are being considered. The Committee shall elect it own Chair.

The Course and Standing Committee shall consider all matters affecting a student’s standing in the School. It shall also consider all matters relating to services and policies affecting student life in the School. It will make its recommendations to the Dean.

Section 6

For the consideration of the curriculum and the revision of required and elective courses, there shall be a Curriculum Committee which shall consist of the Dean of the School, the Department Chairman, and six members of the Faculty of the School of Faculty rank, elected by the Faculty Council for term of three years, the terms to be staggered, and one member of the adjunct faculty (without vote) to be elected by the adjunct faculty. The elected faculty shall represent the following areas:

  1. History and theory.
  2. Design.
  3. Technology and structures.
  4. Landscape Architecture.
  5. Urban design.
  6. Masters of Architecture.

Student representation shall include two students elected from the upper divisions students who have been at the College ate least four semesters by the Student Advisory Committee for a term of one year.

Section 7

Other committees of the Faculty Council may be constituted by resolution of the Faculty Council or by appointment by the Dean as occasion demands.

Article 3 : Amendments to the By Laws

Section 1

Any By-law may be adopted, amended or repealed by a two-thirds vote of the voting members present, provided that the two-thirds shall be at least a majority of the voting members of the entire Faculty, after notice has been given at a preceding meeting, and provided also that, at least six days before the vote shall be taken upon any proposed amendment or change, the Secretary of the Faculty shall have sent to each member of the Faculty Council a copy of the proposed amendment or change.

Section 2

Any By-law may be suspended during any meeting for a specific purpose by a three-fourths vote of the voting member present, provided that the three-fourths shall be at least a majority of the voting members of the entire Faculty.



Students will form positive habits in school that remain with them in their professional careers. This will emerge from interaction with faculty as well as through relationships formed with the community and professionals. Students realize that their education is not limited to the classroom and approach their academic studies as professionals. Students must:

  1. maintain professional behavior and respect class time by being prompt, prepared and focused
  2. be respectful of other students – their ideas, their work, their health
  3. be respectful of school property/facilities
  4. balance personal and academic responsibilities by managing their time wisely
  5. promote, cultivate and seek interaction with other students, and with faculty/professionals by participating in extracurricular activities such as attending lectures and symposia or joining clubs and organizations

Faculty members are responsible for guiding students through inspiration, mentoring and a comprehensive education, to become mature, engaged professionals within and beyond the architectural community. Teaching by example, faculty members bring their unique experience, dedication and passion for the profession to studio and have a right to expect dedication and attention from students. Faculty members must:

  1. provide clear syllabi with explicit statement of course expectations and specific due dates based on reasonable time frames for assignments
  2. respect class time
  3. respect the responsibilities students have outside of school and facilitate a balance between academic, personal, professional and cultural interests
  4. incorporate interdisciplinary projects that bridge the gap between studio, history, theory and technical courses to not only promote comprehensiveness, but eliminate conflict and redundancy
  5. encourage students to engage the community both inside and outside of the profession
  6. provide a constructive environment, facilitating healthy debate and discussion for both desk critiques and formal reviews while recognizing the diverse values, backgrounds, and interests of students and other faculty
  7. respect the health and safety of students by promoting the use of non-toxic, environmentally friendly materials in the studio and instructing students to take appropriate precautions.

The Administration is responsible for upholding the overall vision and direction of the school and for engaging faculty and students in decisions about the future of the program. The Administration must hold faculty and students responsible for their adherence to the studio culture policy. The Administration must:

  1. communicate studio culture expectations to entering faculty and students
  2. ensure a healthy, safe and secure learning and work environment
  3. inform students and faculty of general maintenance and security procedures
  4. maintain proper condition of school facilities including the wood shop, laser cutter and CAD lab
  5. support a challenging and diverse curriculum with events such as lectures, symposia and gallery shows
  6. manage resources to provide opportunities for scholarships and study abroad
  7. disseminate information regarding such opportunities as well as internships, grants and competitions
  8. provide students with academic advisement and support