NUMBER 2

FACULTY SENATE

MEETING #2

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2000

ALL FACULTY WELCOME

PERMISSION FOR NON SENATORS TO SPEAK CAN BE REQUESTED

Regular meeting of the Faculty Senate on Thursday, October 26, 2000 in room 113 White Hall.

1. Call to order at 3:00 p.m.

2.Disposition of Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #1, September 28, 2000 (attached).

3.REPORTS OF OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

A. Announcements.

B. Activities of the Executive Committee (Minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #3, #4, #5, and #6 attached pp. 3-13 ) -- Vice Chairperson Goldsmith.

C. Recommendations of the Executive Committee -- Vice Chairperson Goldsmith:

1) That the Faculty Senate approve additional Committee Appointments for 2000-01:

2) That the Faculty Senate adopt the following resolution:

The University of Rhode Island is a secular institution established to serve the general public interest and the interests of all the people of Rhode Island.

University sponsored commencement ceremonies are intended as a public acknowledgement of the educational accomplishments of its students and as such are an extension of the University's secular character...

Therefore, be it resolved:

That the Faculty Senate of the University of Rhode Island endorses a policy that excludes prayer and other religious practices as part of the formal program of University sponsored commencement exercises.

4.REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT -- President Carothers.

A. Status of Actions Forwarded to the President:

Bill #00-01--1 Curricular Report No. 2000-2001-1 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate. Approved on October 4, 2000 pending approval by the Board of Governors.

B. Announcements.

C. State of the Budget Address (Materials to be distributed are available on the web at http://www.uri.edu/busfin/facsen01.html) -- Vice President Stark.

5. REPORTS OF STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES

A.The Three Hundred and Eighty-Eighth Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee (attached pp. 14-18) -- Senator Hickox.

B. Curricular Report No. 2000-01-2 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate (attached p. 19) -- Vice Provost Trubatch.

C. Recommendation of the University College and General Education Committee -- Professor Bide:

Add GEO 120 "Geology of US National Parks" to the Natural Sciences (N) area of the General Education Program.

6. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

7. NEW BUSINESS