NUMBER 3

MINUTES

Faculty Senate Meeting

December 13, 2001

 

1. The regular meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:15 p.m. in room 113 White Hall, Chairperson Peters presiding.

All members were present except Senators Ariew, Babson, Burbank, Felner, Frohlich, Ibrahim, Karow, Kulenovic, Martin, Mitra, Mundorf, Paton, Riebe, Wichelns, Wills and Wittwer; Vice Presidents Beagle, Dougan and Stark; Deans Farmer, Letendre, Mazze and Taggart (Dean Kim and the Dean of the Feinstein College of Continuing Education were represented by their designees); Mr. Amidon.

2. A motion was made to approve the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #2, October 25, 2001.

Chairperson Peters corrected the Minutes of Meeting #2 by removing Senator Kislalioglu's name from the list of Senators absent from the meeting. He then asked if there were any further additions or corrections to or questions about the Minutes. There were none.

The motion to approve the Minutes of Meeting #2 as corrected carried.

3. REPORTS OF OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

A. Chairperson Peters had no announcements.

B. Vice Chairperson Goldsmith said that the minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #6 through #10 appeared on pages 3-14 of the Agenda and asked if there were any questions.

Chairperson Peters, Vice Chairperson Goldsmith and Provost Swan responded to questions about the minutes.

C. Vice Chairperson moved approval of the following resolution recommended by the Executive Committee:

That the Faculty Senate endorse the Association of College and Research Libraries Statement on Intellectual Freedom Principles for Academic Libraries (See pages 15-16 of the Agenda).

The motion carried.

4. REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT

A. President Carothers announced that as indicated on the Agenda he had approved all of the legislation forwarded to him after the last Faculty Senate meeting. (#01-02--2, #01-02--3, #01-02--4 and #01-02--5 )

B. President Carothers reported on Rachel Walshe, the University's first Rhodes scholarship recipient and invited everyone to a pep rally in honor of Rachel, along with other student scholarship winners and the Honors Center faculty, at noon on Monday December 17 in the Ram's Den.

The President said that he expected the Rhode Island Economic Policy Council to report that Rhode Island ranks fiftieth in state support for research and forty-eighth in support for Higher Education in general. He commented that, unfortunately, no one at URI would be surprised at the ranking.

President Carothers announced that through the efforts of Professors Shaikh and Zawia, the University had received a $2,000,000 per year grant for three years for medical biotechnology. He also reported on related plans for construction at the northern quadrant of campus for the biological sciences and biotechnology, including a sustainable communities building and a Pharmacy and Health Services Center. He said that he hoped the biological sciences construction would be on the 2004 referendum and construction for biological sciences and health sciences would be underway during the second half of the decade.

The President asked if there were any questions. There were none.

5. REPORTS OF STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES

A. Senator Hickox presented the Four Hundredth Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee, which appeared on pages 17-22 of the Agenda. He corrected the prerequisite for ART 304 to read "Pre: 204." He said that Section I was informational and asked if there were any questions.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, Senator Arakelian moved to amend the report by removing ART 309 and referring it back to the CAC.

After discussion, the motion failed.

Following discussion, Senator Leo asked and received permission to revise editorially the description for PHY 306 by replacing the period at the end of the first sentence with a colon and changing "special" to lower case.

Senator Hickox corrected Section II by changing the prerequisite for AFS 210 to "Pre: 102 and one semester of general chemistry." He said that Section II required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval of Section II as corrected.

Discussion ensued.

After discussion, Senator Arakelian moved to amend the report by removing item A, 3 and referring it back to committee to clarify the description.

Following discussion, the motion carried.

Following discussion, Senator Arakelian moved to amend the report by removing item B, a 1) and item B, a 2) and referring them back to committee to clarify the descriptions. The motion failed for lack of a second.

After discussion, Section II was approved as corrected and amended.

Senator Hickox said that Section III was a joint report of the Curricular Affairs Committee and Graduate Council on 400-level courses. He noted that part A was informational and asked if there were any questions.

Discussion ensued.

Senator Hickox said that part B of Section III required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval.

Discussion ensued.

After discussion, the motion carried.

B. Vice Provost Trubatch presented Curricular Report No. 2001-02-3 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate, which appeared on pages 23-24 of the Agenda. She said that the entire report required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval.

The motion carried.

C. Senator Wenisch presented the Constitution, By-Laws and University Manual Report #2001-02-1: Amendments to the Constitution of the Faculty Senate, which appeared on pages 25-28 of the Agenda.

Discussion ensued.

After discussion, Senator Wenisch moved approval of the first recommendation of the CBUM Committee:

1. That the five changes considered editorial by the Committee be included in a future referendum.

The motion carried.

Senator Wenisch moved approval of the second recommendation:

2. That this referendum be postponed until the Faculty Senate has considered the matters designated above as substantive, and has made recommendations for referendums (if any) on these matters.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, the motion carried.

Senator Wenisch requested and received permission to consider the fourth recommendation before the third recommendation. He then moved approval of the following:

4. That, in carrying out these referendums, the current Acting Registrar conduct the mail ballot required by Article VII of the Senate Constitution.

The motion carried.

Senator Wenisch moved approval of the third recommendation:

3. That the Faculty Senate set aside time at this or a subsequent meeting to discuss the appropriate constitutional amendments resulting from these more substantive changes, and to authorize, if deemed appropriate, a referendum on these matters.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, Senator Feldman moved to amend the recommendation by adding "the applicable University regulations and" after "discuss" and "including changes to clarify appropriate procedures and authority" after "changes,"

Chairperson Peters said that the amendment wasn't necessary because it was consistent with the spirit and intent of the CBUM Committee.

Senator Wenisch said that because the amendment was consistent with the spirit and intent of the CBUM Committee he would accept the changes as editorial.

The third recommendation as revised editorially reads as follows:

3. That the Faculty Senate set aside time at this or a subsequent meeting to discuss the applicable University regulations and appropriate constitutional amendments resulting from these more substantive changes, including changes to clarify appropriate procedures and authority, and to authorize, if deemed appropriate, a referendum on these matters.

Following discussion, Senator Malik moved that the discussion proposed in the third recommendation be postponed until the January 24, 2002 meeting of the Faculty Senate. The motion carried.

Senator Malik requested that all senators and academic department chairpersons receive sufficient information for the January 24 discussion.

6. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Chairperson Peters announced that there was no unfinished business before the Senate at that time.

7. NEW BUSINESS

Chairperson Peters asked if there was any new business. There was none.

Chairperson Peters said that he was pleased to see that members of the Senate were reading reports and asking questions. He said that the Faculty Senate is the body that oversees curriculum and academic regulations at the University and that informed votes on these matters often require questions as to the nature and impact of various proposals.

Chairperson Peters noted that important matters would be brought to the Senate in the spring that would require thoughtful consideration. He said that, in addition to a discussion of the issues raised by the Constitution, By-Laws and University Manual Committee, the report on Athletics and Academics would be brought forward for consideration at the January 24 meeting

Chairperson Peters wished everyone a good holiday season and semester break. He then declared the meeting adjourned.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:15 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Sheila Black Grubman

for MARJORIE MCMAHON,

Secretary