Volunteer Committees in Support of Development and External Affairs Initiatives

Policy number: 5.8

Policy section: Development and External Affairs

Revised Date: January 2, 2019


1.  Definitions

Definitions of capitalized terms are set forth in Appendix A.

2.  Policy Statement

At the direction of the Vice President for Development and External Affairs (“the Vice President”) or his/her designee, the Division of Development and External Affairs (“DEA”) shall have sole authority for establishing advisory boards and committees in support of fundraising, external relations, alumni engagement, and other areas related to DEA’s mission. Schools or Units proposing to establish new volunteer committees related to fundraising, stewardship, donor relations, public engagement, marketing, advertising, alumni relations, and other issues within the scope of external relations may do so only upon approval of the Vice President.

3.  Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to coordinate volunteer engagement and direct volunteer efforts to the highest strategic priorities of the University.

4.  Applicability

All faculty, students, staff, volunteers, and contractors are expected to comply with this policy.

5.  Questions

Questions regarding this policy are to be directed to the Office of the Vice President.

6.  Department Administrative Rules, Procedures, and Guidelines

Development and External Affairs will create and maintain guidelines and procedures related to this policy.

Appendix A: Definitions

“School” refers to SMU’s six schools and one college, and departments and programs within.

“Unit” refers to established entities other than Schools, such as the Office of the Provost, Central University Libraries, Department of Athletics, Division of Students Affairs, etc., and departments and programs within.


Revised: January 2, 2019

Adopted: January 2, 2019