1. To acknowledge loss and
offer condolences to any member of the campus community.
2. To offer financial or material assistance to faculty.
The Benevolence Committee shall be composed of three members of the
Faculty Association selected by a vote of the Faculty Association. Members
will serve on the committee for 3-year terms. The Chair of the Benevolence
Committee will be elected by the Benevolence Committee yearly.
Benevolence Fund Recipients
1. Any person of the extended campus community is eligible to receive
flowers and/or a note of consolation at the discretion of the Benevolence
2. Faculty, as defined by the Faculty Constitution, shall
be eligible for financial assistance. Adjunct faculty who fall outside the
Faculty Constitution’s definition of faculty, shall, at the Committee's
discretion, also be eligible for assistance.
3. To be eligible for financial assistance the recipient
should be experiencing an emergency with some financial or material need.
Any faculty member may report a need to the Chair of the
Benevolence Committee. Division Chairs and the Human Resources department
are encouraged to report any emergencies and/or need to the Chair of
The Benevolence Committee Chair will send flowers and a
note when appropriate.
For financial assistance the Chair will attempt to contact
the potential financial recipient to find out the level of assistance
needed and the level of information the individual wishes shared with the
Committee and/or campus community. The Chair will gather information
regarding the nature of the emergency and the type of assistance
requested. The Chair will also ascertain that assistance would be welcome.
The Chair will then convene the Committee to rule on any action to be
At least two of the three committee members must agree on
any action taken. The Faculty Association Chair may substitute and vote in
place of a committee member if two of the three committee members are
unavailable when a request must be considered.
Direct financial assistance from the Benevolence Committee
is initially limited to a maximum of $300 per emergency. An initial limit
is set to preserve fairness to faculty and provide a mechanism to ensure
funds will exist for future emergencies. Additional financial assistance
is at the discretion of the benevolence committee. The Faculty Association
can change the initial aid amount by vote in an Association meeting. The
benevolence committee is free to facilitate non-cash aid for individuals.
In cases where financial need is greater than the
contribution made by the Benevolence Committee a direct fund raising
campaign may be undertaken by the campus community. To facilitate direct
fund raising on behalf of the recipient, an account may be set up in the
name of the person (with the financial need) at the college or at a local
bank or credit union. It may include the initial financial contribution by
the Committee and any additional funds raised or donated by the campus
Any tax liabilities resulting from donations are solely
the responsibility of the individual receiving aid.
The Benevolence Committee is responsible for fund raising.
Funding may come from a variety of sources. These sources may include, but
are not limited to, direct donations to the Benevolence Committee fund,
auctions, payroll deductions, textbook donations and other creative
methods to raise money to help those in need. The Chair of the Benevolence
Committee shall keep accurate accounts of all funds held and disbursed by
the committee and report twice yearly to the Faculty Association. The
Chair will also issue receipts to donors and recipients, when appropriate,
for donations or disbursements to or from the benevolence account.
Faculty Benevolence Fund Payroll Deduction Form