Terms of Reference

Title of Committee

Ethics Policy Committee

Status of Committee

Standing Committee of the Council

Responsibilities delegated to the Committee by Council

  1. To ensure that the LSE Ethics Code, which Council and the Academic Board have adopted as the statement of the needs of the School regarding ethical conduct and performance, is communicated and embedded in the life and work of the School through the plans, policies, procedures, guidelines and other documents which govern and inform the conduct of the business of the School.
  2. To ensure that the embedding of the Code in the School is effectively and continually monitored and regularly reported to Council.
  3. To ensure that the Ethics Code is regularly reviewed and that necessary revisions to the Code are identified and recommended to Council for adoption following consultation with the Academic Board.

Authority wholly delegated to the Committee

  1. The Committee shall be empowered to determine such mechanisms as it deems appropriate to enable it to monitor and ascertain that the provisions of the LSE Ethics Code are reflected in processes of decision making, plans, policies, procedures, guidelines and other documents which govern and inform the conduct of the business of the School and the achievement of its objectives and to provide its assessment to the Academic Board and Council.
  2. The Committee shall be empowered to determine such mechanisms as it deems appropriate to enable it to monitor the implementation of policies and procedures to ensure that practices are consistent with the Ethics Code.
  3. The Committee shall be empowered to render decisions on specific cases which are referred to it by the Ethics (Grants and Donations) Panel, Council or the Ethics Manager, and to adopt such mechanisms as it deems appropriate to assure itself that decisions it has formulated have been considered by the relevant authority and implemented.

Authority delegated to the Committee to make recommendations to Council

  1. The Committee shall be empowered to make recommendations to Council; following consultation with the Academic Board as appropriate; to secure such revisions to the School’s plans, policies, procedures, guidelines and other documents which govern and inform the conduct of the business of the School and the achievement of its objectives as are required to reflect the provisions, aims and purposes of the LSE Ethics Code.
  2. The Committee shall make recommendations to Council for the co-option of such members as may be necessary to secure expertise on particular issues.

Arrangements for the Committee to report to Council on the exercise of its delegated authority

  1. The Committee shall regularly report to Council on the exercise of its delegated responsibility in the manner and in accordance with the frequency required by Council.
  2. The Committee shall submit additional reports to Council at its request as Council may reasonably require.

Arrangements for the performance of the functions, duties and responsibilities delegated

  1. The Committee shall meet as often as necessary, but at least once a term.
  2. The Committee’s quorum shall be set at 5 members (regular and co-opted) with decisions taken by at least a two-thirds majority of a quorate membership save that when only 5 members are present, a decision may be made by a 4:1 majority.
  3. The Committee shall receive termly reports and an Annual Report from the Ethics (Grants and Donations) Panel and such reports from other committees (including Research Ethics Committee and LSE-E) as it may request in the exercise of its responsibilities.
  4. The Committee shall receive reports from the Ethics (Grants and Donations) Panel on any case in which the Panel is unable to reach a unanimous decision as to whether a source of funding is acceptable or unacceptable and shall provide a decision in such cases. The Committee may in exceptional cases decide to refer a case to Council for determination.
  5. The committee shall invite non-members with relevant experience and expertise (officers, decision makers, “accountable” persons or committee representatives) to attend if it considers this necessary, in order to contribute to the committee’s knowledge.
  6. The committee shall communicate to Council in writing any concerns that are bought to the committee and the results of subsequent discussions.
  7. The School Secretary shall be the secretary of the Committee.

Membership

The current membership structure is as follows:

  • Chair: an independent governor, selected by the Nominations Committee of Court
  • Vice Chair: selected from academic EPC members
  • An independent Council member, to be approached by the Chair of Council on the advice of the Nominations Committee of Court
  • Three independent governors, nominated by the Court
  • Two academic governors, to be selected by the academic governors
  • Two other academic staff nominated by the Academic Board via the ‘blue circular’
  • The General Secretary of the Students’ Union.
  • The School Secretary will be Secretary of the EPC.

 

General terms and conditions applying to the delegation of powers

 by the Council to all committees

The committee shall comply with the terms of the delegated authority.

The Council may revoke or vary the delegation by notice.

It is the duty of each committee to keep the Council informed of its work as appropriate, or on request from the Council. Committees will be responsible for determining whether issues of significance they are progressing should be reported to Council for information/guidance.

Committees may handle expenditure decisions within existing budgets, but all proposals from committees involving additional expenditure beyond approved budgets should be referred to the Academic Planning and Resources Committee or Finance Committee, as appropriate.

Committees may not change their terms of reference without the Council’s approval.

Conditions as to quorum shall apply as decided by Council.

 



Ethics Policy Committee membership

Mrs Justice Linda Dobbs DBE

Independent Governor – Chair

1 Aug 2012 – 31 July 2015

Professor Matthew Engelke

Academic Governor and Council Member – Vice Chair

1 Aug 2012 – 31 July 2015

Ms Gauri Kasbekar-Shah

Independent Governor

1 Aug 2012 – 31 July 2015

Dr Wendi Momen MBE

Independent Governor

1 Aug 2012 – 31 July 2015

Mr Roger Mountford

Independent Governor and Council Member

1 Aug 2012 – 31 July 2015

Professor Janet Hunter

Academic Governor and Council Member

1 Aug 2012 – 31 July 2015

Dr Margot Salomon

Member of Academic Staff

1 Aug 2012 – 31 July 2015

Ms Nona Buckley-Irvine

General Secretary to the Students’ Union

Ex Officio

Dr Omar McDoom

Member of Academic Staff

1 Aug 2014– 31 July 2017

Vacant

Independent Governor



October 2014

 





 

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