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Minutes for Faculty Senate Meetings

November 19, 2009

Number 4

Immediately following a meeting of the General Faculty-Graduate Faculty the regular meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:15 p.m. in the Cherry Auditorium, Chester Kirk Building, Chairperson Swallow presiding.

All members were present except Senators Adams, Baudet, Blanthorne, Danis, Dholakia, Kaufman, Krieger, LaPlante, Lardaro, Lee, Loy, Mahler, Ohley, Watts, Wills, Wilson, and Wishner; President Dooley, Vice Presidents Alfonso and Beagle; Deans Bonn, Farmer, Higgins, Jordan and Wright. Vice Provost McCray and Mr. Bedard were represented by their designees.

Chairperson Swallow said that before the meeting began he wanted to wish everyone a good conclusion of the final exam period followed by happy holidays and a productive intersession.

2. Chairperson Swallow asked if there were any additions or corrections to or questions about the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #3, November 19, 2009. There were none.

A motion was made to approve the Minutes as distributed. The motion carried.

3. REPORTS OF OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

A. Chairperson Swallow thanked Vice President Robert Weygand for sponsoring the reception that afternoon. He encouraged everyone to come to the University Club after the Faculty Senate meeting.

B. Vice Chairperson Ordonez said that the Minutes the Minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #16 and #17 had been distributed by e-mail and noted that they were accessible on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/Commtgs_09-10.html. She asked if there were any questions. There were none.

4. REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT

A. All legislation submitted after the November Faculty Senate meeting were approved and listed on the Agenda.

B. President Dooley said that he wanted to bring the Faculty Senate up-to-date on the Budget and Planning Council that he introduced to the Faculty Senate at the October meeting. He said that he had decided that the group should be advisory to the President and noted that the JSPC would be left for further consideration.

The President said that he was in the process of determining the membership of the Council, including possible staff and student appointments. He said that he looked forward to receiving nominees from the Faculty Senate Executive Committee for the four faculty appointees to the Council.

President Dooley said that he hoped the Council would be appointed by the end of the year and would begin to meet soon thereafter.

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

C. Vice President Weygand announced that his formal "State of the Budget Address would be postponed until the spring semester when the University would be better able to report on the FY' 10 Budget once the Governor and the Legislature acted on any mid-year recision.

He reported on the University's budget as of that date and responded to questions from members of the Senate.

5. REPORTS OF STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES

A. Professor Mundorf presented the Four Hundred Seventy-Fourth Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/474_CAC.pdf. He noted that Section I was Informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none

Professor Mundorf said that he had a minor addition to Section II, item C, 1, a. The item should read:

CHANGE: Title of B.S. major and B.S. degree in "Clinical Laboratory Science" to "Medical Laboratory Science."

Professor Mundorf stated that Section II required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval as corrected. The motion carried.

Professor Mundorf announced that Section III was a joint report of the CAC and Graduate Council on 400-level courses, He said that part A was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.

Professor Mundorf moved approval of part B of Section III. The motion carried.

B. Senator Hicks presented the University College and General Education Committee Report #2009-10-4, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/UCGE_09-10-4.pdf.

Senator Hicks said that the entire report required confirmation by the Faculty Senate. She moved approval of the report. The motion carried

C. Dean Killingbeck presented the Curricular Report No. 2-2009-10 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate, which appeared on the web at. http://www.uri.edu/facsen/GC_CURRICULAR_REPORT_2-2009-10.pdf. Dean Killingbeck then asked if there were any questions. There were none.

Chairperson Swallow announced that after consultation with the Constitution, By-Laws and University Manual Committee, item 1) under Informational Matters, the elimination of the Masters in Community Planning, was being removed from the Graduate Council Report. He said that the item was not informational, despite the Department's and the Graduate Council's decision to take no action. He explained that in accordance with Section 8.87.10 of the UNIVERSITY MANUAL, the Faculty Senate must vote upon recommendations for the elimination of academic programs. Therefore, a recommendation to abolish the program would be included as an item of Unfinished Business on the Faculty Senate Agenda for January 28, 2010.

Dean Killingbeck said that the second section of the report required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval. The motion carried.

D. Senator DiCioccio presented the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee Report #09-10-1, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/AS&C_09-10-1.pdf.

She moved approval of recommendation I, to amend section 8.52.10 of the UNIVERSITY MANUAL.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, Senator Honhart moved to amend the proposal by replacing "drop date" with end of the late add period."

After discussion the amendment carried.

Senator Kirschenbaum requested and received permission to replace editorially "chair/dean" with "chair/director/dean."

Senator Martin requested and received permission to replace editorially "may only be made" with "may be made only"

Following discussion, the motion as amended carried. The approved section reads as follows (change in bold italics):

8.52.10 Instructors shall inform students in writing within one week after the beginning of the class of the criteria upon which grades will be determined including such information as the number and types of tests which will be given, the number and types of papers which will be assigned, the weight of homework assignments, etc. With appropriate written notification, these criteria can be changed by the instructor up to the end of the late add period. After that time changes may be made only with the approval of the instructor's chair/dean/director.

Senator DiCioccio moved approval of recommendation II, to amend section 8.26.13 of the UNIVERSITY MANUAL.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, the motion carried. The approved section 8.26.13 reads as follows (change is in bold italics):

8.26.13 Faculty members bear responsibility for the evaluation of students and their professional judgment in this regard is to be respected. Undergraduate and graduate students who object to a recorded grade in a course should discuss the matter initially with the instructor. If the issue remains unresolved, students should make their case in writing to the instructor's department chairperson or immediate administrative supervisor. The chair/supervisor should respond to the request, in writing, after a decision is made. If the chairperson/supervisor thinks the appeal has merit, she/he should so inform the instructor. If this still fails to produce resolution, the chairperson/supervisor should refer the matter to a departmental or college appeals committee for a recommendation. (The latter would be appropriate in colleges lacking departments or where department faculty have voted to delegate the authority to a college appeals committee. For petitions concerning grades, appeals committees at both levels shall include a faculty member from a closely allied department or discipline.) If, after investigating the appeal, the committee concludes that compelling reasons exist to modify a grade, it will give the instructor a written explanation of its decision and ask that person to make the change. If the instructor still declines, he/she must provide the committee with a written explanation of the reasons for refusing. If, after considering the instructor's explanation, the committee agrees unanimously that it would be unjust to let the original grade stand, it shall direct the chairperson/supervisor that the grade be changed over the instructor's objection. The chairperson/supervisor will then initiate the change, notifying the instructor, the student, the instructor's dean, the student's dean, and the Office of Student Affairs of this action. The only exception to these guidelines shall be in cases where the instructor can no longer be consulted (e.g., that person has died or moved to an unknown address). In these circumstances, the appropriate chairperson/supervisor shall act in the stead of the absent instructor and modify a student's grade if a departmental or college appeals committee unanimously recommends such action in writing. In general, grades under appeal should not be considered when evaluating students for continuance in an academic program or for scholarship eligibility. The filing of the appeal must occur within two semesters following the issuing of the grade. (See section 8.56.10 concerning time limits for changes to recorded grades. Regarding cases involving cheating and plagiarism, see sections 8.27.10 through 8.27.21. For cases involving harassment/discrimination, see University Manual Appendix G, Policy #85-1.)

Senator DiCioccio moved approval of recommendation III, to amend section 8.27.17 of the UNIVERSITY MANUAL.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, the motion carried. The approved section 8.27.17 reads as follows (change is in bold italics):

8.27.17 Instructors shall have the explicit duty to take action in known cases of cheating or plagiarism. The instructor shall have the right to fail a student on the assignment on which the instructor has determined that a student has cheated or plagiarized. The circumstances of this failure shall be reported to the student's academic dean, the instructor's dean, and the Office of Student Life. The student may appeal the matter to the instructor's dean, and the decision by the dean shall be expeditious and final. The Vice Provost for Urban Programs shall be considered the instructor's dean only in cases of courses offered exclusively through the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education (e.g. courses with the code BGS).

Senator DiCioccio moved approval of recommendation IV, an amended calendar for Summer 2010.

The motion carried. (Calendar for Summer 2010 is attached to the Minutes of this meeting.

6. REPORTS OF ACADEMIC PLAN TASK FORCES

Senator DiCioccio, Chairperson of the General Education Task Force, reported on the activities of the Task Force during the fall semester. She outlined the work of the Task Force during this period and explained their plans for a "Grand Challenges" general education initiative for incoming freshmen in the fall of 2010.

Senator DiCioccio then responded to questions from the floor.

7. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Chairperson Swallow asked if there was any unfinished business. There was none.

8. NEW BUSINESS

Chairperson Swallow asked if there was any new business.

Senator Nassersharif noted that with the Faculty Senate's move to electronic agenda and reports; it was time to upgrade technology.

Vice Provost Bozylinsky responded that the upgrades Senator Nassersharif proposed were underway.

A motion was made to adjourn. The motion carried.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Sheila Black Grubman

Attachment to Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #4, December 10, 2009

CALENDAR - SUMMER 2010

Session 1 - May 24 - June 25

February 26, Friday

e-Campus Registration For Courses Opens

April 20, Thursday

DEADLINE For ASFCCE Summer Scholarship Applications

May 19, Wednesday

Under-enrolled Courses Cancelled

May 24, Monday

Classes Begin

May 31, Monday

Holiday, Memorial Day Celebrated, No Classes

May 28, Friday

Last Day to ADD Courses

May 24-May 26, Monday-Wednesday

DROP with 100% adjustment of fees

May 27-May 31, Thursday- Monday

DROP period with 70% adjustment of fees

June 1- June 2, Tuesday-Wednesday

DROP period with 50% adjustment of fees

June 4, Friday

Makeup Monday Classes

June 4, Friday

Last Day to DROP Courses

June 9, Wednesday

Mid-Term

Week of June 21

Classes End and Final Exams Given

July 2, Friday

Final Grades due in e-Campus by 5:00 PM

Session 2 - June 28- July 30

February 26, Friday

e-Campus Registration For Courses Opens

June 23, Wednesday

Under-enrolled Courses Cancelled

June 28, Monday

Classes Begin

July 2, Friday

Last Day to ADD Courses

June 28-June 30, Monday-Wednesday

DROP with 100% adjustment of fees

July 1-July 5, Thursday-Monday

DROP period with 70% adjustment of fees

July 6 - July 7, Tuesday-Wednesday

DROP period with 50% adjustment of fees

July 5, Monday

Holiday, Independence Day Celebrated, No Classes

July 9, Friday

Makeup Monday Classes

July 9, Friday

Last Day to DROP Courses

July 14, Wednesday

Mid-term

Week of July 26

Classes End and Final Exams Given

Aug 6, Friday

Final Grades due in e-Campus by 5:00 PM

Session 3 - May 24- July 30

February 26, Friday

e-Campus Registration For Courses Opens

May 19, Wednesday

Under-enrolled Courses Cancelled

May 24, Monday

Classes Begin

May 28, Friday

Last Day to ADD Courses

May 24-May 30, Monday-Sunday

DROP with 100% Adjustment of Fees

May 31-June 2, Monday-Wednesday

DROP Period with 70% Adjustment of Fees

June 3-June 6, Thursday-Sunday

DROP Period with 50% Adjustment of Fees

May 31, Monday

Holiday, Memorial Day Celebrated, No Classes

June 4, Friday

Makeup Monday Classes

June 4, Friday

Last Day to DROP

June 25, Wednesday

Mid-term

July 5, Monday

Holiday, Independence Day Celebrated, No Classes

July 9, Friday

Makeup Monday Classes

Week of July 26

Classes End and Final Exams Given

August 6, Friday

Final Grades due in e-Campus by 5:00PM

Respectfully submitted,
Sheila Black Grubman

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