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Minutes for Faculty Senate Meetings

May 12, 2005

Number 9

1. The regular meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:10 p.m. in the Cherry Auditorium, Chester Kirk Building, Chairperson Boudreaux-Bartels presiding.

All members were present except Senators Beauvais, Dicioccio, Grigalunas, Hara, Kinnie, Kogut, Koske, Lehrer, Logan, Manfredi, Rossby, Shim Sun and Wang; Vice President Beagle; Vice Provost McCray; Deans Farmer, Joseph, Letendre, Mazze, McKinney, Richmond, Taggart and Wessells (Vice President Dougan, Dean Seemann and Mr. Mills were represented by their designees).

2. Chairperson Boudreaux-Bartels asked if there were any additions or corrections to or questions about the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meetings #8, April 21, 2005 and #8A, April 28, 2005. There were none.

Chairperson Boudreaux-Bartels ruled that in the absence of additions or corrections, the Minutes were approved as distributed.

3. REPORTS OF OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

A. Announcements:

  1. Chairperson Boudreaux-Bartels announced that it was the organizational meeting of the 2005-06 Faculty Senate. She introduced and welcomed the Senators who were taking their seats at this meeting and explained that not all of the new Senators had been able to attend the meeting because of commitments made prior to their election.

    ARTS AND SCIENCES
    Su Boatwright-Horowitz
    Donald Cunnigen
    Megan Echevarria
    Marc Genest
    Rosa Maria Pegueros
    Fritz Wenisch

    BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
    Laura Beauvais

    ENGINEERING
    James Miller
    David Taggart

    GRADUATE SCHOOL OF OCEANOGRAPHY
    Tetsu Hara

    HUMAN SCIENCE AND SERVICES
    Jim Agostinucci
    Minsuk Shim

    THE ENVIRONMENT AND LIFE SCIENCES
    Tom Grigalunas
    Richard Koske
    Gonquin Sun

  2. Chairperson Boudreaux-Bartels announced that there were two new ex officio members on the 2005-06 Senate: Patrick Mills, President of the Student Senate and Matt Freeman, President of the Graduate Student Association.

  3. Chairperson Boudreaux-Bartels expressed her appreciation to Dean Farmer from the Graduate School of Oceanography who was the sponsor of that afternoon's reception. She invited everyone to the University Club after the meeting.

  4. Chairperson Boudreaux-Bartels expressed her appreciation individually to each of the members of the outgoing Executive Committee. She thanked Vice Chairperson Rosen and Senators Kowalski, Martin, Ramsay and Rice for all of their contributions to the Faculty Senate and the JSPC during the 2004-05 academic year. She also thanked Ms. DeFosse, the Faculty Senate Office Secretary, and Ms. Grubman, the Faculty Senate Coordinator, for their help and support.

B. Vice Chairperson Rosen said that the minutes of Executive Committee Meeting #28 appeared on pages 3-6 of the Agenda and briefly reviewed the activities of the JSPC during the 2004-05 academic year. He asked if there were any questions. There were none.

Vice Chairperson Rosen said that minutes from the remaining Executive committee and JSPC meetings would be included in the first Agenda in the fall.

Vice Chairperson Rosen moved approval of the following resolution:

Whereas:
G. Faye Boudreaux-Bartels has provided the Faculty Senate with strong, fair and dignified leadership during the 2004-05 academic year, and

Whereas:
She has furthered the ideals of faculty governance with tact and diplomacy by:

  • *Leading the effort to develop a method for identifying the concerns of the university faculty staff and students and has advocated at every opportunity to promote solutions to these concerns;
  • *Providing a full and open forum for, and patiently and impartially moderating often long and contentious discussions, including the Providence Campus legislation, the "Don't ask-don't tell" policy of the U.S. Armed Forces, the academic program and department review processes, and the University's six-year calendar;
  • *And working tirelessly spearheading the effort to replace the Program Contribution Analysis and the cumbersome Program Quality Review process with a customized University Academic Program Assessment model by listening to and balancing the concerns of faculty and administrators. And

Whereas:
As the spokesperson for the Faculty Senate at the JSPC, she has ably articulated faculty priorities for inclusion within the University budget, raised awareness for interdisciplinary teaching, research and outreach activities, campaigned for ways to improve the university's administrative processes and was instrumental in promoting faculty presence within the Master Planning Committee and the Web Advisory Committee.

Therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED
that the Faculty Senate expresses gratitude and appreciation for a job well done and regrets but understands her decision to give up her university-wide prominence by taking a leadership role within her department and college during the 2005-06 academic year.

The resolution was approved by unanimous vote.

C. Professor Hicks, Chair of the Nominating Committee, placed the name of Senator Michael Rice in nomination for Chairperson of the Faculty Senate for the 2005-06 academic year.

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

Nominations were closed.

Professor Hicks announced that Senator Michael Rice was elected by acclamation.

Professor Hicks placed the name of Senator Celest Martin in nomination for Vice Chairperson of the Faculty Senate for the 2005-06 academic year.

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

Nominations were closed.

Professor Hicks announced that Senator Celest Martin was elected by acclamation.

Professor Hicks placed the name of Senator James Kowalski in nomination for the two-year term on the Executive Committee.

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

Nominations were closed.

Professor Hicks announced that Senator James Kowalski was elected by acclamation. Professor Hicks placed in nomination the names of the following Senators for the three one-year terms on the Executive Committee:

  • Marilyn Barbour, PHP, College Of Pharmacy
  • Barbara Luebke, JOR, College Of Arts And Sciences
  • Karen Ramsay, University Libraries

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

Nominations were closed.

Professor Hicks announced that Senators Marilyn Barbour, Barbara Luebke and Karen Ramsay were elected by acclamation.

Chairperson Boudreaux-Bartels thanked Professor Hicks and the other members of the Nominating Committee. She then congratulated the newly elected officers and members of the 2005-06 Executive Committee.

The Officers of the 2005-06 Faculty Senate are:

  • Michael Rice, FAVS, College of the Environment and Life Sciences, Chairperson
  • Celest Martin, WRT, College of Arts And Sciences, Vice Chairperson
  • Marilyn Barbour, PHP, College of Pharmacy (one-year term)
  • James Kowalski, CSC, College of Arts and Sciences (year 1 of two-year term)
  • Barbara Luebke, JOR, College of Arts and Sciences (one-year term)
  • Karen Ramsay, University Libraries (one-year term)

D. Vice Chairperson Rosen moved approval of the following recommendation of the Executive Committee:

That the Faculty Senate change the order of business and consider the item of New Business proposed by Senator Manteiga before beginning consideration of item 5, Reports of Standing and Special Committees.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, the motion carried.

E.Chairperson Boudreaux-Bartels reported on the activities of the JSPC during the 2004-05 academic year. She noted that the JSPC's efforts could be divided into three areas: 1) Budget; 2) Assessment and Planning; and 3) Procedures (administrative and other).

Budget: Budget Update, Proposal, Allocation, Appropriation; Capital Projects & Facilities; New Funding Strategies for Higher Education; Responsibility Centered Management (RCM).

Assessment and Planning: 3 year Strategic Plan; Student Learning Outcomes Assessment; Murphy Academic Program Assessment; Classroom Utilization; Mission Statement Revision.

Procedures, Administration & Other: RI Legislative Issues affecting Higher Education; Graduate Assistant Funding; Parking; "Administrative Ombud" for Division Units- Streamlining Bureaucracy; Clarifying Procedures and Signature/Approval hierarchy; President's Proposal for URI High School for Post-Adjudicated Youth; Fostering Interdisciplinary Activities at URI; Resolution to ban Military Recruiters; Faculty Senate Campus-wide Survey.

As part of her presentation, Chairperson Boudreaux-Bartels used an overhead slide that addressed all three areas and the frequency with which they were considered. See http://www.uri.edu/facsen/JSPC_Meeting_Summary_04-05.pdf

F. Chairperson Boudreaux-Bartels reported to the Faculty Senate on the University's modifications to the Murphy Program Review Model as a replacement for both the PCA and the Program Quality review process. She provided an overview of the history of the model and efforts to modify the surveys based on faculty concerns as well as administrative requirements.

Chairperson Boudreaux-Bartels announced that the second round of pilot testing was scheduled for May 2005 and that she and other members of the JSPC subcommittee that worked on the model had met with each of the departments. (For further details see http://www.uri.edu/facsen/URI_Assesssment_Model_%28Mur.htm

4. REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT

A. President Carothers announced that he had approved all of the legislation forwarded to him after the last Faculty Senate Meeting, including Faculty Senate Bill #04-05--24 "Academic Standards and Calendar Committee Report #04-05-3: Proposed University Calendars for 2005-06 through 2010-11." He noted that he had also supported the Faculty Senate's resolution in opposition to the US Armed Forces' "don't ask-don't tell" policy and would begin meeting with RI's congressional delegation. He said that he would appreciate any advice that members of the Senate could provide on strategies for moving forward.

B.President Carothers expressed his appreciation to Chairperson Boudreaux-Bartels and the members of the 2004-05 Executive Committee for their leadership, insight and patience, which contributed to a successful year for the Senate and for the Joint Strategic Planning Committee.

C. President Carothers then introduced Vice President Weygand who reported on the University's plans for residence and dining halls. He used a series of PowerPoint slides and responded to questions throughout and after his report. (The PowerPoint slides are available on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/RW_Construction_Pres.pdf)

The Senate then moved to item 7, New Business.

7. NEW BUSINESS

Senator Manteiga moved approval of the following resolution:

If it is the policy of the University of Rhode Island that students and faculty of the University are prohibited from using the athletic fields not designated for varsity use without previously securing a permit, we want that policy stated in writing, at which point we will challenge it legally.

If it is not the policy of the University to prohibit faculty and students of the University from using the athletic fields when they are not in use, we ask that grounds crew people, police, and University officials cease and desist from harassing us and infringing upon our rights as members of the URI community.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, the motion carried.

The Senate resumed its regular order of business.

5. REPORTS OF STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES

A. Senator Luebke introduced the Four Hundred Thirtieth Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee, which appeared on pages 8-18 of the Agenda and said that Section I was informational. She asked if there were any questions. There were none.

Senator Luebke said that Section II required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval. The motion carried.

Senator Luebke announced that Section III was a joint report of the Curricular Affairs Committee and Graduate Council on 400-level courses. She said that Part A was informational and asked if there were any questions.

Senator Malik requested that item A, 1, b be corrected by clarifying "306" as "PHY 306."

Senator Luebke said that part B required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval. The motion carried.

B. Vice Provost Trubatch introduced Curricular Report No. 2004-05-8 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate, which appeared on pages 19-26 of the Agenda. She said that Section I was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.

Vice Provost Trubatch said that Section II required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval. The motion carried.

C. Professor Zawia, Chair of the Council for Research, presented the Annual Report for 2004-05, which appeared on pages 27-30 of the Agenda and highlighted some of the Council's major efforts for the year.

Senator Kowalski moved to change the order of business to consider a brief item of New Business. The motion carried.

The Senate then moved to item 7, New Business.

7. Senator Kowalski moved approval of the following resolution:

BE IT RESOLVED: That the Faculty Senate wishes Vice Provost Trubatch our best and all success in her new job at Roosevelt University.

The motion carried.

The Senate resumed its regular order of business at item 5, D.

5. D. Professor Onorato presented an interim report on the activities of the Library Committee for 2004-05 and said that he would present a more formal written report in the fall.

E. Dean Cohen, Chair of the Student Rights and Responsibilities Committee (SR&R) presented the report of the committee, which appeared on pages 31-40 of the Agenda.

Dean Cohen moved approval of the following changes to the UNIVERSITY MANUAL listed under item I. (Deleted language is indicated by a strikethrough. New wording is underlined):

9.21.15 Administrative Hearings shall be conducted .... (3) if a student requests an administrative hearing; and (4) if in the judgment of the Office of Student Life, scheduling difficulties, time pressures, the seriousness of the case, and/or similar circumstances make an administrative hearing necessary and/or appropriate. it is necessary to ensure that a hearing occurs in a timely fashion, to insure the health and safety of any of the participants or to insure an unbiased hearing.

5.74.20 Hearing Panels.... Panel members shall be appointed from the Conduct Board members by the Office of Student Life. Faculty or staff who have been Conduct Board members in the past and who are conversant with the current system may be asked to serve on individual hearing panels when a sufficient number of current Board members is not available.

9.21.21 Presence of Accused, Oaths, Burden of Proof, and Standards of Evidence Proof. .... The charging official and the chair of the panel will work to eliminate prejudicial and irrelevant information. If the charged student feels that this has not been done, he/she can add a written complaint or correction to the materials that are given to the hearing panel or officer. The panel shall rule on the admissibility of evidence. Unduly repetitious or irrelevant evidence may be excluded.

9.21.27 Continuance of Disciplinary Proceedings. ....If a student completing degree requirements is accused of an offense for which suspension or dismissal are appropriate penalties, his/her diploma may be withheld pending resolution of the conduct proceedings or during a period of suspension.

9.21.31 Deferral of Proceedings. The staff of the Office of Student Life may defer conduct action at any stage of the process for a period not to exceed ninety calendar days when school is in session....

9.21.34 Conduct Records. All conduct records, such as complaint letters, correspondence, charge letters, decision letters, and hearing summaries, shall be considered confidential, and be maintained by the Office of Student Life for five six years after the date of the conduct action. Records of unresolved incidents shall be reviewed annually starting with the 5-year 6-year anniversary....

9.22.11 No Further Action. When the student is found responsible for the violation(s), and the discussion with the haring officer or the hearing before the appropriate panel has been sufficient in and of itself, further action may not be deemed necessary. However, the verdict is still noted in the student's record in the Office of Student Life. In cases where the discussion with the administrative officer or the hearing before the appropriate student conduct board has been sufficient, the student will be notified that there is no further action necessary.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, the motion carried.

Dean Cohen moved approval of the following changes to the UNIVERSITY MANUAL listed under item II. (Deleted language is indicated by a strikethrough. New wording is underlined):

(New) 8.27.20 Students accused of academic dishonesty within the drop period may be denied the opportunity to drop the course. This requires permission from the instructor's dean. If the accusation is not upheld in an appeal, the student will be given the same options available before the end of the drop period without penalty.

8.27.20 8.27.21....The Dean of Students shall notify the student's dean of subsequent infractions and may initiate conduct action against the student.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, the motion carried.

Dean Cohen moved approval of the following changes to section 9.24.10 of the UNIVERSITY MANUAL listed under item III. (Deleted language is indicated by a strikethrough. New wording is underlined):

9.24.10 Jurisdiction of the Student Discipline System over Off-Campus Conduct. Off-campus conduct shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the Student Discipline System if one of the following conditions is met: 1) an infraction of a community standard of behavior as listed in the STUDENT HANDBOOK occurs at: a) an official University event, such as a field trip; b) a University sanctioned event as defined in Section 8.51.12 of the UNIVERSITY MANUAL; or c) an event sponsored by a recognized student organization, fraternity or sorority; or 2) an off-campus action performed by a person while he or she is a student is of a nature such that it would be subject to the Student Discipline System if it had occurred on campus, and the nature and circumstances of the infraction provide reasonable grounds for believing that the alleged offender posed or poses a threat to life, health, or safety of the University community, or to University property the safety of self or others or if the alleged offender is repeatedly arrested or cited for violating local, state or federal laws. The decision to apply jurisdiction to off-campus conduct shall be made by the Dean of Students.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, Senator Rice moved to refer the remaining recommendations (Sections III and IV) of the Report of the Student Rights and Responsibilities back to committee with a request for clarification of procedures with regard to the STUDENT HANDBOOK.

Discussion ensued.

After discussion, Senator Manteiga moved to terminate debate. The motion to terminate debate carried.

The Senate voted immediately on the motion to refer to committee. The motion carried.

Chairperson Boudreaux-Bartels announced that the time for the meeting had expired.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Sheila Black Grubman