MINUTES: Regular Meeting of the University Senate

DATE: January 20, 2017

TIME AND PLACE: 1:10 p.m., Multipurpose Room, College Avenue Student Center, New Brunswick Campus

MEMBERS PRESENT:   Alizadeh, Ardeshna, Artun, Bekdash, Bhuyan, Boikess, Borisovets, Bradshaw, Bridgeman, Burley, Carrasco, Chandler, Chang, Chayko, Collado-Garrido, Cotter, Dana, Dane, Dasari, Davis, Desai, Dettloff, Diaz, DiVito, Dixon, Dreyer, Durham, Edwards, Field, Fitzgerald-Bocarsly, Flores, Fox, Gillett, Glover, Gould, Gower, Gross, M. Gursoy, Huselid, Jackson, Jaffry, Joergensen, A. Johnson, Joo, Junboonta, Kaptan, Kalan, Kelly, Kelshikar, Kouraeva, Krapivin, Kukor, Langer, LaPointe, Lee, Levy, Linz, Lutz, Mammis, Marchetta, Marchick, Markert, McKeever, Miranti, Moran, Moseray, Mouradian, Nissen, Norville, O'Connell, Oleske, Oliver, O'Neill, Otto, Pagan, Pandey, Pappas, A. Patel, D. Patel, Pintar, Pirrello, C. Potter, Puhak, Rabinowitz, Rivera, Roth, Rothpletz-Puglia, Salazar, Saltzman, Samant, Santana, Schwartz, Scoloveno, C. Scott, K. Scott, Serrano, Settimo, Settles, Shapses, Sheehan, Speigel, Stepleton, Sulley, Szatrowski, Taillefer, Thomas, Thomson, Thompson, Thornton, Toney-Boss, Torres, Wakim, Wagner, Wang, Wasserman, Winkler, Zurlo

EXCUSED:  Barchi, Boruchoff, Brunson, Calabrese, Collins, Craig, Esposito, K. Gursoy, Hayton, Heckscher, Joseph, Kustka, Krutyansky, Jane Lewis, Lugg, Maloney, Markosian,  Okada, Romanchuk, Schneider, Sheflin, Shinn, Soto, Takacs, Van Stine

ABSENT:   Anaele, Arezzi, Balaguru, Barone, Benford, Blanchett, Bubb, Bugel, Butterfield, Cahill, Cantor, Charles, Chen, Clark, Coiro, Conway, Cooper, Covington, Delnevo, Deshpande, Drachtman, Eastman, Edward, Eisenstein, Farmbry, Farris, Feldman, Fletcher, Gabriel, Ganesh, Goh, Goodman, Goswami, Grant, Haddon, Hart, Holzemer, D. Hughes, J. Hughes, Iannini, Janniger, R. Johnson, Kuzma, Lattime, Lei, Leibman, Jan Lewis, Lindenmeyer, Mahon, March, Marcone, Martinez, Mazurek, Meck, Morrell, Nasr, Paneque, Parvathaneni, K. Patel, Ponzio, J. Potter, Robinson, Rozenberg, Schiavo, Scotto, Shapiro, Shinbrot, Singh, Stauffer, Strom, Upadhyay

ATTENDANCE SUMMARY: Faculty: Of 106 total: 67 present (63%), 14 excused (13%), 25 absent (24%); Students: Of 49 total: 27 present (55%), 6 excused (12%), 16 absent (33%); Administrators: Of 42 total: 7 present (17%), 4 excused (10%), 31 absent (74%); Staff: Of 17 total: 12 present (70.5%), 2 excused (12%), 3 absent (18%); Alumni: Of 4 total: 4 present (100%), 0 excused (0%), 0 absent (0%)
View Senate Attendance Record for this academic year

PRESIDING OFFICER: Peter Gillett, Chair


Senate Chairperson Peter Gillett called the meeting to order at 1:10 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the College Avenue Student Center, College Avenue Campus, New Brunswick. He welcomed all attendees to the first Senate meeting of 2017. Gillett's Chair's Report included comments on:
SECRETARY'S REPORT - Ken Swalagin, Executive Secretary


Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee (ASRAC) Revised Response to Charge S-1609 on Revisions to Rutgers University Academic Integrity Policy - Martha Cotter and Matthew Winkler, ASRAC Co-chairs

Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee Co-chairs Martha Cotter and Matthew Winkler  presented the ASRAC response to Charge S-1609 on Revisions to Rutgers University Academic Integrity Policy. The report and resolution were discussed. In response to motions to amend, Gillett reminded the Senate that the Senate was being asked to vote on a process by which the Academic Integrity Policy would be revised; not on the revisions themselves. The report's resolution was then adopted by the Senate.

Instruction, Curricula and Advising Committee (ICAC) Response to Charge S-1614 on Acceptable Use Policy for Information Technology Resources - Natalie Borisovets, ICAC Chair

Instruction, Curricula and Advising Committee Chair Natalie Borisovets presented the ICAC response to Charge S-1614 on Rutgers' Acceptable Use Policy for Information Technology Resources. Viktor Krapivin's motion to add a tenth element to the resolution was discussed and adopted as follows: "10. Whenever electronic records are accessed, there shall be a record of the individual accessing the record, and the time the record is accessed." Anil Ardeshna's motion to remove the word "employee" from the resolution's first element was adopted by the Senate without debate. Following some additional discussion, the Resolution was adopted by the Senate.

Executive Committee Report and Resolution on Proposal to Form School of Graduate Studies - Ann Gould, Executive Committee Member

Executive Committee Member Ann Gould summarized the Executive Committee's report and resolution on the proposal to form a School of Graduate Studies. She indicated that EC and other current discussions were based on Dean Scotto's and Dean Kukor's responses to Questions from Standing Committees. Perry Dane moved to add a third element to the resolution, as follows: "The Rutgers University Senate approves the proposed name 'School of Graduate Studies' provisionally, but calls on the existing Graduate School-New Brunswick and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences to agree on and adopt a name for the merged unit that more accurately reflects that the new school will be only one among the three graduate schools at Rutgers. The Senate also directs its Executive Committee to seek periodic reports on progress toward this end until the merger is implemented." The motion was seconded and debated, but failed. Without further debate, the resolution was adopted with few opposed.

Executive Committee Report on Senate Parliamentary Procedures - Jane Otto, Executive Committee Member

Gillett noted that, in accordance with parliamentary procedure and established Senate practice regarding proposed changes to Senate bylaws, this item was docketed for introduction and discussion today, but would be voted on at the next Senate meeting. Executive Committee Member Jane Otto presented a brief summary of the report, emphasizing that it is intended to make our procedures clearer and easier, and to codify what the Senate has already been doing in practice. The floor was opened to discussion, but there was none.

NEW BRUNSWICK  CHANCELLOR'S REPORT - Richard Edwards, New Brunswick Chancellor

New Brunswick Chancellor Richard Edwards presented a New Brunswick Chancellor's Report, noting that it had been an honor to serve as chancellor, and that he would be stepping out of that role at the end of this academic year. The presentation on his report is linked above. Edwards then responded to questions, or heard comments, on the report and related issues.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT - Barbara Lee, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Barbara Lee  presented an administrative report, commenting on topics including:
SENATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT - Senate Vice Chair Robert Puhak reported on the January 6, 2017 meeting and activities of the Senate Executive Committee. He noted that the meeting had been held in Camden.

REPORTS OF THE REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES: Senator Samuel Rabinowitz, Faculty Representative to the Board of Governors, reported that there had been no Board of Governors meeting since the previous Senate meeting. Senator Asha Samant, Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees, said that there had been no meeting of the Board of Trustees since the previous Senate meeting. 

REPORTS OF CAMPUS FACULTY AND STUDENT LIAISONS: Senator Samuel Rabinowitz, a member of the Camden Faculty Council, reported that the Camden Faculty Council had not met since the previous Senate meeting, but would next meet on January 31. Senator Sanjib Bhuyan, Vice Chair of the New Brunswick Faculty Council, reported on that group's recent activities and plans. Senator Viktor Krapivin, New Brunswick Student Member of the Senate Executive Committee, reported on New Brunswick student governing association activities.

ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 3:34 p.m.

Minutes Written and Submitted by,
Ken Swalagin
Executive Secretary of the University Senate