1. The meeting was called to order at 3:05 p.m., on Wednesday, May 19, 2010, in Room 201 of the Coastal Institute Building (Kingston), Chairperson Swallow presiding. All members were present except Vice Chairperson Eaton and Senator Larsen. Ms. Grubman was unable to attend the meeting. Also present were Professor Mark Wood, chair of the Council for Research, and Professor Fritz Wenisch, chair of the Constitution, By-Laws and University Manual Committee of the Faculty Senate.
2. The sole item of business was the consideration of a potential resolution of issues relating to the distribution of revenue from intellectual property agreements managed by the URI Research Foundation.
Chairperson Swallow reported on a recent discussion which he had had with President Dooley on the matter. Chairperson Swallow also distributed copies of documents which supported his interpretation of the situation. Professor Wenisch explained how the Faculty Senate Executive Committee could act on behalf of the Faculty Senate during the summer.
After lengthy discussion the Executive Committee decided to seek an interim resolution to the matter as early in the summer as is practicable and to ask the Council for Research to propose a more comprehensive solution which might be presented to the Faculty Senate at a fall meeting. It was agreed that the Executive Committee would attempt to legislate an interim agreement, with the approval of President Dooley, on the basis of Faculty Senate By-Laws section 4.3. That section permits the Executive Committee to act on behalf of the Faculty Senate during the summer on matters requiring urgent consideration. The following procedures are to be followed, according to By-Laws section 4.3:
Before acting, the Chairperson shall invite members of the Senate to a hearing concerning the action and its urgency. The provisions for circulating the agenda and minutes for special meetings of the Senate shall apply. The action of the Executive Committee will become effective ten days following the distribution of the minutes unless a necessary Presidential approval is withheld or unless the action is challenged by a petition for delay signed by five percent of the General Faculty. In these cases, the action must await consideration by the Senate.
Chairperson Swallow agreed to draft a legislative proposal which would be acceptable to the Executive Committee and to President Dooley. Once this draft has been accepted by the Executive Committee and President Dooley, the Executive Committee will schedule a hearing, as is mandated in By-Laws section 4.3, and will distribute its proposal to all members of the Senate and to all academic departments, as is specified in By-Laws section 3.9.
23. The meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m.