NUMBER 8

Faculty Senate

MINUTES

Faculty Senate Meeting - May 9, 2002

 

1. The regular meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:08 p.m. in room 113 White Hall, Chairperson Peters presiding.

All members were present except Senators Babson, Bide, Dewhurst, Eaton, Fastovsky, Feldman, Felner, Gray, Hickox, Lehrer, Malik, Morin, Mundorf, Paton, Prouty, Singer, Sullivan and Wills; Vice Presidents Beagle, Dougan and Stark; Deans Farmer, Joseph, Letendre, Mazze, Richmond, Shukla and Taggart (Vice Provost Trubatch, Dean Seemann and the Dean of the College of Continuing Education were represented by their designees); Mr. Amidon and Mr. Murgo

2. A motion was made to approve the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #7, April 18, 2002.

Chairperson Peters asked if there were any additions or corrections to or questions about the Minutes. There were none.

The motion to approve the Minutes of Meeting #7 carried.

3. REPORTS OF OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

A. Announcements

1) Chairperson Peters welcomed the 2002-03 Faculty Senate. He announced that the following Senators were taking their seats at that meeting:

ARTS AND SCIENCES

ENGINEERING

Stan Cobb

Peter Dewhurst

Jerry Cohen

Donald Gray

Stephen Grubman-Black

James Hu

Michael Havener

Louis Kirschenbaum (re-elected)

THE ENVIRONMENT & LIFE SCIENCES

Ronald Lee, Music

David Fastovsky

John Leo (re-elected)*

Linda Hufnagel

William Rosen

Tim Tyrrell

Judy Van Wyk

HUMAN SCIENCES AND SERVICES

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Anne Prouty

Judy Beckman (re-elected)

Mark Rowinski

Ruby Dholakia

*Pending approval of amendment to 2.7 of the Faculty Senate By-Laws

2) Chairperson Peters thanked the members of the outgoing Executive Committee: Vice Chairperson Goldsmith and Senators Hickox, Hollinshead, Grilli and Mongeau for their wisdom and support during the 2001-2002 academic year. He also expressed his appreciation to Ms. Black Grubman and Ms. DeFosse for all of their efforts on behalf of the Faculty Senate.

B. Vice Chairperson Goldsmith said that the minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #22 through #25 appeared on pages 5-17 of the Agenda. She asked if there were any questions.

Chairperson Peters, Vice Chairperson Goldsmith and Senator Hollinshead responded to questions about the minutes of Executive Committee meetings.

On behalf of the Executive Committee, Vice Chairperson Goldsmith presented Chairperson Peters with a replica of the Ding-Dong School Bell and a photograph of Miss Frances from the Ding-Dong School as a remembrance of the Faculty Senate.

C. Professor Grilli presented the report of the Nominating Committee for Officers of the 2002-03 Faculty Senate which appeared on page 18 of the Agenda

He placed in nomination the name of Senator Paul Arakelian, Department of English, for Chairperson of the Faculty Senate.

He asked if there were any nominations from the floor. There were none.

Professor Grilli announced that Senator Paul Arakelian had been elected Chairperson by acclamation.

Professor Grilli placed the name of Senator Mary Hollinshead, Department of Art, in nomination for Vice Chairperson of the Faculty Senate.

He asked if there were any nominations from the floor. There were none.

Professor Grilli announced that Senator Mary Hollinshead had been elected Vice Chairperson by acclamation.

Professor Grilli placed in nomination the names of the following two Senators for the two-year term on the 2002-03 Executive Committee:

Senator Judy Beckman, College of Business Administration

Senator Candace Oviatt, Graduate School of Oceanography

He asked if there were any nominations from the floor. There were none.

Nominations were closed. The Senate proceeded to vote.

Professors Blanpied, Goldsmith and Grilli served as tellers.

During balloting, the Senate moved to the next item of business.

4. REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT

President Carothers asked the Faculty Senate to observe a moment of silence in memory of Professor Raymond Panzica from the Department of Chemistry and Professor Terry Thomason from the Labor Research Center, who had recently passed away

President Carothers thanked Chairperson Peters for his service over the past two years as Chairperson of the Faculty Senate and congratulated him for his role in Senate's adoption of a revised General Education program.

President Carothers congratulated Dr. Bette Erickson who had been honored earlier in the day by the URI Association of Professional and Academic Women as their Woman of the Year for 2002. He also reported on the dedication that morning of the Niles Farmstead Cemetery.

The President expressed concern that the state's revenue forecasts were growing grimmer each day and were likely to affect the fiscal '03 budget allocation. He said that revenues from an expected growth in fall enrollments might offset some of the projected shortfall, but noted that increased enrollments also mean that there would be a necessary increase in expenditures.

President Carothers reminded everyone that Commencement was scheduled for the weekend of May 18-19 and encouraged them to participate in the events over both days.

President Carothers then responded to questions about the fees associated with using the new Convocation Center for various department-sponsored events.

3. C. Chairperson Peters announced that Senator Judy Beckman had been elected to the two-year term on the 2002-03 Executive Committee.

Professor Grilli placed in nomination the names of the following Senators for the three one-year terms on the Executive Committee:

Ruby Dholakia, College of Business Administration

James Loy, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Robert Rodgers, Department of Biomedical Sciences

George Veyera, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Professor Grilli asked if there were any nominations from the floor. There were none.

Nominations were closed. The Senate proceeded to vote.

During balloting, the Senate moved to the next item of business.

5. REPORTS OF STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES

A. Senator Kaufman presented the Four Hundred Fifth Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee, which appeared on pages 19-21 of the Agenda. He said that Section I required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval. The motion carried.

Senator Kaufman announced that Section II 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. There were none.

Senator Kaufman said that part B of Section II required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval of part B. The motion carried.

B. In Vice Provost Trubatch's absence, Dean Kulberg presented Curricular Report No. 2001-02-8 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate, which appeared on page 22 of the Agenda. She said that the entire report required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval. The motion carried.

C. Professor Luebke presented the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee Report #2001-02-2, which appeared on pages 23-29 of the Agenda. She moved approval of the entire report.

Chairperson Peters announced that he would divide the motion and the Senate would proceed on one item at a time.

The Senate considered part A, Examinations and Grades:

Following discussion, the motion to amend 8.51.16 carried. Following is the amended 8.51.16:

8.51.16 All final examinations, with the exception of take-home examinations, shall be administered during the final examination period and in accordance with the final examination schedule prepared and distributed by the Office of Enrollment Services. A faculty member cannot change the date, time or place of a scheduled final examination without the approval of the Office of Enrollment Services. In courses where no final examination is to be administered, a faculty member cannot administer any other examination during the last five days that classes are in session; instead, he or she must administer that examination according to the final examination schedule.

After discussion the motion to amend 8.51.21carried. Following is the amended 8.51.21:

8.51.21 A minimum of 7 days shall be allowed for each final examination period. Exam periods shall be scheduled for a maximum of 3 hours. (See also 8.70.23)

The motion to delete section 8.51.24.carrried.

Following discussion, the motion to amend 8.51.25 carried. Following is the amended 8.51.25:

8.51.25 There shall be at least one weekday Reading Day between the last day of classes and the beginning of the final examination period. (See also 8.70.22).

The motion to delete section 8.51.28 carried.

The Senate then considered part B, Academic Calendar.

Following discussion the motion to delete existing section 8.70.11 and amend section 8.70.10 carried. Section 8.70.10 reads as follows:

8.70.10 Preparation A four-year calendar shall be maintained. In accordance with sections [ ], the Office of Enrollment Services each fall shall prepare a new fourth-year calendar and submit it to the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee by the end of October. The Academic Standards and Calendar Committee shall submit the calendar to the Faculty Senate by December 1.

The motion to delete section 8.70.26 and add a new section 8.70.11 carried. The new section 8.70.11 reads as follows:

8.70.11 The calendar for the Summer Session shall be developed by the Feinstein College of Continuing Education, in consultation with the Office of Enrollment Services, and submitted to the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee by March 1 of the preceding year. The Academic Standards and Calendar Committee shall submit the summer-session calendar for approval to the Faculty Senate by April 1 of the preceding year.

The motion to amend 8.70.12 carried. Following is the amended 8.70.12:

8.70.12 Adjustments to a proposed calendar may not be made on the floor of the Senate. Instead, a proposed calendar, along with instructions about possible revisions, must be referred back to the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee. The committee shall resubmit the calendar at the next Senate meeting.

Following discussion, the motion to amend 8.70.20 carried. Following is the amended 8.70.20:

8.70.20 The Academic Year A semester must be 15 instructional weeks, as defined by federal financial aid guidelines. (See also 8.31.10 for definition of academic credit). The beginning and ending dates of each semester shall be the same for all colleges and schools of the University.

The motion to delete sections 8.70.30 and 8.70.41 and amend section 8.70.21 carried. Following is the amended 8.70.21:

8.70.21 An Advising Day shall be scheduled prior to the beginning of classes each semester. The fall semester (including final examinations) must end no later than December 23. There shall be a 5-class-day mid-semester break in the spring semester.

The motion to amend 8.70.22 carried. Following is the amended 8.70.22:

8.70.22 One weekday Reading Day is required after the last day of classes; two weekday Reading Days during the examination period are preferred. (See 8.51.25)

Following discussion, the motion to amend 8.70.23 carried. The amended section 8.70.23 reads as follows:

8.70.23 A minimum of seven days shall be scheduled for final examinations. Saturdays and Sundays may be used as final examination days under extraordinary circumstances.

The motion to amend 8.70.25 carried. Following is the amended 8.70.25:

8.70.25 Classes will not be scheduled on the following days:

Labor Day

Thanksgiving Day and the day following

Christmas Day

New Year's Day

Memorial Day

Independence Day

The motion to delete section 8.70.40 carried.

[Note: when these sections are incorporated into the next edition of the University Manual some section numbers will change.]

D. Professor Luebke presented the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee Report #2001-02-3: Proposed Academic Calendar for 2005-06, which appeared on pages 30-31 of the Agenda.

Following discussion, the motion carried. The Academic Calendar for 2005-06 is attached to the Minutes of this meeting.

E. Senator Ramstad presented the annual report of the Faculty Senate's appointees to the Athletics Advisory Board and responded to questions from members of the Senate. Printed copies were distributed.

3. C. Chairperson Peters announced that Senators Loy, Rodgers and Veyera had been elected to the Executive Committee.

The members of the 2002-03 Faculty Senate Executive Committee are:

Paul Arakelian, Chairperson

Mary Hollinshead, Vice Chairperson

Judy Beckman, (first year of a 2 yr. term)

James Loy

Robert Rodgers

George Veyera

The Senate resumed its regular order of business.

6. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

A. Chairperson Peters announced that the University College and General Education Committee had completed its deliberations on the issues raised at the February 28 Faculty Senate meeting and was expected to report to the Senate at the first meeting in the fall.

B. Chairperson Peters announced that the recommendation of the Constitution, By-Laws and University Manual Committee to amend section 2.7 of the By-Laws, which had been introduced on March 28, 2002, was returned to the floor at that time.

The motion carried.

Following is the approved By-Laws section 2.7:

2.7 A senator whose three-year term expires may not be re-elected until the lapse of one year, except that a senator who has not served for two or more consecutive semesters of a three-year term on account of an officially sanctioned leave (sabbatical, medical, and the like) shall be eligible for re-election without a one-year hiatus.

C. Reports of Ad Hoc Senate Committees on Athletics and Academics:

1) Senator Ramstad presented the report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Scheduling Athletic Competitions during the Final Exam Period or Designated Reading Days, which appeared on pages 32-34 of the Agenda.

He moved approval of the following amendment to section 8.51.30 of the University Manual (additions and changes are in boldface):

8.51.30 Final Examinations and Athletic Events. Intercollegiate athletic contests at the University of Rhode Island shall not be scheduled so as to require travel or competition during either the final exam period, on designated reading days, or on Sunday of the intra-exam weekend. Games may be scheduled on Saturday of an intra-exam period weekend provided it is not a designated exam day and that all off-campus travel, if necessary, is limited to that day. Compulsory practice sessions shall not be scheduled on designated reading days, final exam days, or Sunday of the intra-exam period weekend.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, the motion carried.

Senator Ramstad then moved approval of the following amendment to section 8.51.31 (additions and changes are in boldface):

8.51.31 No waiver shall be required for participation in conference-scheduled competitions, conference championships, and NCAA championships; however, the Athletics Advisory Board must be notified in advance on a timely basis when such participation, or associated off-campus travel, is scheduled to occur during the final exam period, on designated reading days, or on Sunday of the intra-exam period weekend. Issues regarding special tournaments and other major athletic competitions not controlled through University scheduling that occur, or require associated off-campus travel, during the final exam period, on designated reading days, or on Sunday of the intra-exam period weekend shall be forwarded to the Athletics Advisory Board for their recommendation to waive the above policy and permit participation. The board's recommendation shall be forwarded to the University President for final action.

Discussion ensued.

After discussion, the motion carried.

2) Senator Nippo presented the report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Priority Registration for Athletes, which appeared on pages 35-36 of the Agenda.

Senator Nippo moved that the Faculty Senate endorse the recommendation of the ad hoc committee to oppose priority registration for athletes.

Following discussion, the motion carried.

Senator Nippo moved that the Faculty Senate direct the Executive Committee to form an ad hoc committee to look at a priority registration policy for the University and not just student athletes.

After discussion, the motion carried.

D. Chairperson Peters announced that Professor Euler was not available to present the Annual Report of the Council for Research for 2001-02, which appeared on pages 37-38 of the Agenda. He noted that the report was informational and did not require any action.

Chairperson Peters rang the Ding-Dong School Bell and declared the meeting adjourned.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Sheila Black Grubman

for MARJORIE MCMAHON,

Secretary

 


ATTACHMENT

Faculty Senate

 

Academic Standards and Calendar Committee

Report#2001-02-3: Proposed Academic Calendar for 2005-06

as approved by the Faculty Senate on May 9, 2002

April 2002

The Academic Standards and Calendar Committee recommends that the Faculty Senate approve the following calendar for 2005-06. This calendar conforms to all of the regulations proposed in Report #2002-03-2. There are an equal number of MTWRF class days each semester and the total number of weeks for each semester satisfies Federal Financial Aid guidelines.

Fall 2005

Labor Day, classes do not meet, offices are closed

M

Sep. 05

Advising Day

T

Sep. 06

Classes Begin

W

Sep. 07

Last day to "early drop"

F

Sep. 16

Last day to ADD classes and to add Pass/Fail Option

T

Sep. 20

Columbus Day, classes do not meet

M

Oct. 10

Monday classes meet

W

Oct. 12

Mid-semester

M

Oct. 24

Last day to CHANGE from Pass/Fail Option

M

Oct. 24

Midterm freshmen grades due in Enrollment Services

T

Oct. 25

Last day for to drop classes

T

Nov. 01

Veteran's Day, classes meet, offices are closed

F

Nov. 11

Thanksgiving Recess, classes do not meet

Nov. 24-27

Classes End

F

Dec. 09

Reading Days

MT

Dec. 12-13

Final Examinations

WRF

Dec. 14-16,

MTWR

19-22

Final grades due by 1:00 p.m. in Enrollment Services

T

Dec. 27

Spring 2006

Advising Day

F

Jan. 13

Martin Luther King Day, Classes do not meet

M

Jan. 16

Classes begin

T

Jan. 17

Last day to Drop "early drop" classes

R

Jan. 26

Last day to Add and to Add Pass/Fail Option

M

Jan. 30

Mid-semester

W

Mar 08

Last day to CHANGE from Pass/Fail Option

W

Mar 08

Midterm freshmen grades are due in Enrollment Services

R

Mar 09

Spring Break, classes do not meet, offices are open

Mar. 13-19

Last day for students to DROP classes

M

Mar. 20

Classes End

M

May 01

Reading Days

TW

May 02-03

Final Examinations

RF

May 04-05

M-F

08-12

Final Grades due in Enrollment Services by 1:00 p.m.

T

May 16

Commencement

U

May 21