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Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting

Minutes #35

April 22, 2013

1. The regular meeting was called to order at 10:03 a.m. on Monday, April 22, 2013 a.m. in the Dorothy Vocino Conference Room in the URI Library, Chairperson Larsen presiding. All members were present.

2. The Minutes of Executive Committee Meeting #32, April1, 2013 were approved as corrected. The Minutes of Meeting #34, April 15, 2013 were approved as amended pending review of relevant sections by Provost DeHayes.

3. The Executive Committee reviewed the April 18, 2013 meeting of the Faculty Senate:

a. The FSEC considered the resolution proposed by Senator Trubiano under New Business:

The Faculty Senate of the University of Rhode Island reaffirms the long-standing tradition, and policy, of having a firearms-free campus.

They agreed that it was unfortunate that the Faculty Senate lost its quorum before the motion or a substitute could be considered further and a vote taken.

The Executive Committee asked Chairperson Larsen to write to President Dooley informing him of the discussion, and asking for release of the 2008 and 2010 reports and holding a campus-wide forum on the matter of arming the campus police before pursuing it further.

b. The FSEC discussed how the Senate's consideration of an issue is affected when items are introduced as new business without any prior notice. They agreed that motions should be published in advance of the meeting in time for Senators to be informed about such matters before the discussion.

c. The Executive Committee also discussed the issue of abstentions during voting on controversial issues. Vice Chairperson Byrd noted that Sturgis' Standard Code said that abstentions are null votes that would not affect the outcome of a ballot. The only votes to be counted are either those in favor or opposed to a motion and abstentions have no effect on the results of the tally.

d. The Executive Committee speculated on the reasons that the graduate faculty status proposal from the Graduate Council had been returned a third time to committee.

It was agreed that it would have been helpful for the Senate to have a clear rationale for the reasons to change the existing sections as well as providing the text of the existing section for the purpose of comparison.

4. Announcements/Correspondence/Reports

a. Ms. Grubman reported that she had written to Professor Ordoñez asking that the Research Council provide a rationale for selecting a chair in a manner different from the majority of Senate Committees, but that she hadn’t heard anything back.

The Executive Committee agreed that it was too late to propose a By-Laws change to the 2012-13 Senate. Any change to the charge to and membership of the Council for Research would not go into effect before Fall 2014.

b. The Executive Committee discussed a concern that had been raised late in March as to whether meetings of the Curricular Affairs Committee are subject to the "open meetings" law. Reasons why the law might or might not apply were discussed. With regard to this concern, the Executive Committee reviewed a letter from the CBUM committee to the Chair of the CAC that suggested a voting procedure for the CAC until a formal determination is made.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:00 noon.

Respectfully submitted,

Sheila Black Grubman