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Faculty Senate Agenda

Number 8

Regular Meeting of the Faculty Senate on Thursday, April 21, 2005 in the Cherry Auditorium, Chester Kirk Building

1. Call to order at 3:00pm

Please note that prior to the call to order there will be a brief meeting of the General Faculty for the purpose of approving certification of candidates for graduation.

2. Disposition of Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #7, March 24, 2005 (Attached).

A. Annoucements

B. Activities of the Executive Committee (Minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #23, #24, #25, #26 and #27 attached pp. 6-26) -- Vice Chairperson Rosen.

C. Activities of the Joint Strategic Planning Committee (Minutes of February 7 and March 7, 2005 Meetings (attached pp. 27-32) -- Vice Chairperson Rosen.

Recommendations of the Executive Committee -- Vice Chairperson Rosen:.

  1. That the Faculty Senate adopt the proposed schedule of meetings for the 2005-06 academic year (attached p. 33).
  2. That the Faculty Senate approve the following nominating committee for officers of the 2005-06 Faculty Senate:
       Stephen Grubman-Black, Arts and Sciences
       Sandy Hicks, EDC, Human Science and Services
       Linda Hufnagel, College of the Environment and Life Sciences
  3. That the Faculty Senate approve the following proposed changes to the By-Laws** of the Faculty Senate which were first moved on March 24, 2005 (changes are in boldface):

5.1 Each year at its organizational meeting, the Senate shall elect for one-year terms a Chairperson, a Vice Chairperson and one member of the Executive Committee. In order to ensure continuity, the remaining three members of the Executive Committee shall be elected to serve for two years. To stagger their terms, two of the 2-year term members shall be elected on even numbered years and the other 2-year term member on odd numbered years ...

5.2 At its regular meeting in April of each year the Senate shall elect a nominating committee of three members chosen from the members whose terms expire that May. This committee shall present two nominations for each position to be filled by election at the organization meeting at the end of the academic year. In selecting its nominees, this committee shall consider the senators newly elected as well as those who have served for one or two years, shall consider continuity of membership, and shall, moreover, seek to maintain a reasonable distribution and rotation of the positions to be filled among the various colleges and schools.

5.4 The election of officers shall be in accordance with the following procedures:

For any term of office on the Executive Committee for which two candidates are being elected, a candidate shall be declared elected on the first ballot if she/he receives a majority of the votes cast. If only one candidate is elected on the first ballot, a run-off election shall be held for the other position between the two candidates who have received the highest number of first-ballot votes. If no candidate is elected on the first ballot, a run-off election shall be held among the four candidates who have received the highest number of first-ballot votes. A majority vote is required for election.

4. Report of the President - President Carothers

A. Status of Actions Forwarded to the President:
Bills:

#04-05--19 - The Four Hundred Thirtieth Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee. Approved by President Carothers on April 8, 2005.

#04-05--20 - The Four Hundred Thirty-First Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee. Approved by President Carothers on April 8, 2005.

#04-05--21 - Curricular Report No. 2004-05-6 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate. Approved by President Carothers on April 8, 2005.

#04-05--22 - Curricular Report No. 2004-05-6A from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate: Proposal for a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Fashion Merchandising. Approved by President Carothers on April 8, 2005.

#04-05--23 - University College and General Education Committee Report #2004-05-4. Approved by President Carothers on April 8, 2005.

#04-05--24 - Academic Standards and Calendar Committee Report #04-05-3: Proposed University Calendars for 2005-06 through 2010-11. Thirty-day extension of time requested by the President.

Resolution:

#04-05--3 - Resolution in Support of the B.A. in Film Media. Supporteby President Carothers on April 8, 2005.

B. Announcements

5. Reports of Standing and Special Committees

A. The Four Hundred Thirty-Second Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee (attached pp. 34-44) - Senator Luebke.

B. Curricular Report No. 2004-2005-7 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate (attached p. 45) -- Vice Provost Trubatch.

C. University College and General Education Committee Report #2004-05-5 (attached p. 46) -- Senator Jackson.

D. Academic Standards and Calendar Committee Report #04-05--4 (attached pp. 47-48) -- Professor Loy.

E. Report of the Athletics Advisory Board (http://www.uri.edu/facsen/AAB_Report_2005.pdf) -- Professor Ramstad.

6. Special Report

Report on Survey of Students on Diversity (power point presentation) - Vice President Dougan and Ms. Bettina Hoppner.

7. Unfinished Business

When the March 24 meeting of the Faculty Senate adjourned the following amendment to Senator Leo's resolution was on the floor and is now returned to the Faculty Senate for consideration (Changes are in boldface):

WHEREAS The University of Rhode Island is committed to furthering, to the fullest possible extent, the principles of full tolerance and respect for all individuals both on its own campus and In the state and nation beyond; and

Whereas
The University states, in its legally binding equal opportunity policy, that "The University of Rhode Island prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, age, color, creed, national origin, handicap, or sexual orientation, and discrimination against disabled and Vietnam Era veterans, in the recruitment, admission, or treatment of students..."; and

Whereas
There are questions and urgent concerns about our commitment to our principles when our policies are violated and not enforced with respect to sexual orientation, specifically the use of the office and services of Career Services on the URI campus by military recruiters and interviewers who must follow the so-called "Don't ask, don't tell" policy affecting gays in the military; yet

Whereas
The University is obliged to follow applicable Federal laws in this matter, putting us in conflict with our avowed principles;

Therefore
We urge vehemently that the President of the University inform the Rhode Island Congressional delegation of our opposition to the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy and to work with them and other Federal lawmakers to eliminate this policy in favor of one which does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.

The main motion (Senator Leo's Resolution) reads as follows:

Whereas
The University of Rhode Island states, in its legally binding equal opportunity policy, that "The University of Rhode Island prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, age, color, creed, national origin, handicap, or sexual orientation, and discrimination against disabled and Vietnam Era veterans, in the recruitment, admission, or treatment of students...", and

Whereas
There are questions and urgent concerns when these unambiguous and legally binding policies are violated and not enforced with respect to sexual orientation, specifically the use of the office and services of Career Services on the URI campus by military recruiters and interviewers operating under the cover of the so-called "Don't ask, don't tell" policy affecting gays in the military,

Therefore
We urge vehemently that the President of the University reaffirm its current non-discrimination policy and that he enforce its current prohibitions against discrimination to the fullest possible legal extent with respect to military recruitment on the campus.

8. New Business

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