Terms of Reference

  1. Title of Committee: Ethics Policy Committee.
  2. Status of Committee: Standing committee of the Council, elected from 1 August 2012 to 31 December 2013 in the first instance, with review in the Michaelmas Term 2013. 
    [NOTE: in August 2013 the Chairman's Group of Council approved an extension to the EPC and its membership until April 2014].
  3. Responsibilities delegated to the Committee by the Council:
    3.1. To review the Ethics Code regularly and to report on such reviews to the Academic Board and Council not less than annually.
    3.2. To recommend revisions to the School's Ethics Code for consideration and adoption by the LSE Council, after consultation with the Academic Board.
    3.3. To advise the Council on all ethical matters of general importance to the School, its subsidiaries, partnerships and other associated entities, and which might impact upon Council's responsibility for the educational character and mission of the School.
    3.4. To report to Council if necessary on cases referred to the Committee.
    3.5. To advise the Council on any ethical aspects of the Strategic Plan.
    3.6. To make recommendations to DMT and Council concerning the School's policies and procedures for the management of ethical risk. The Audit Committee will consider the appropriate controls for risk in this area.
    3.7. To consult the Academic Board on any matter as the Committee sees fit.
    3.8. To formulate an institutional response to national and international developments relating to ethical issues relevant to the School. To co-opt such additional members as the Committee may consider necessary.
  4. Role of the Ethics Policy Committee:
    4.1. The Committee shall meet as often as necessary and not less than twice a term.
    4.2. The Committee shall submit to Council and the Academic Board for discussion in the strategic section of the agenda, a report on the operation of and issues connected with the Ethics Code and new ethical risk issues. Such a report will be submitted as often as needed but not less than annually
    4.3. The Committee shall submit additional reports to meetings of the Council on any matters as required by the Council.
    4.4. The Committee shall receive termly reports (and an Annual Report) from the Ethics (Grants and Donations) Panel; and reports from other committees when they encounter ethical issues but this is not intended to interrupt the usual governance processes of those committees.
    4.5. The Committee shall receive a report from the Ethics (Grants and Donations) Panel on any case where the Panel cannot reach a unanimous decision and will reach a decision as to whether the source is acceptable or unacceptable, or may decide to refer the case to Council.
    4.6. The Ethics Policy Committee’s remit is not intended to replace or conflict with that of other School Committees.


The suggested membership structure is as follows:

  • Chair: an independent governor, selected by the Nominations Committee of Court: Hon Justice Linda Dobbs
  • An independent Council member, to be approached by the Chair of Council on the advice of the Nominations Committee of Court
  • Three independent governors not on Council, nominated by the Court
  • Two of the 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.

All members of the EPC will be elected in the first instance from 1 August 2012 – 31 December 2013 consistent with the need for all these arrangements to be reviewed in the Michaelmas Term 2013 after one year’s operation.

[NOTE: in August 2013 the Chairman's Group of Council approved an extension to the EPC and its membership until April 2014].

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.