MINUTES: Regular Meeting of the University Senate

DATE: February 17, 2017

TIME AND PLACE: 1:10 p.m., Essex Room 231-232, Paul Robeson Campus Center, Newark Campus

MEMBERS PRESENT:   Balaguru, Barchi, Bhuyan, Boikess, Borisovets, Brunson, Bugel, Cantor, Chandler, Chayko, Collado-Garrido, Cotter, Cutler, Dana, Dane, Dasari, Davis, Desai, Dixon, Dreyer, Edward, Esposito, Field, Fitzgerald-Bocarsly, Gillett, Goh, Goswami, Gould, Heckscher, Huselid, Jackson, Joergensen, A. Johnson, D. Johnson, Joseph, Junboonta, Kalan, Kelly, Kouraeva, Krapivin, Kustka, Krutyansky, LaPointe, Lattime, Lee, Leibman, Lutz, Maloney, Mammis, Marchick, Markert, Markosian, Maranti, Moseray, Mouradian, Norville, O'Connell,  Oleske, Oliver, O'Neill, Otto, Pagan, Pandey, Pappas, D. Patel, Pirrello, Puhak, Rabinowitz, Rivera, Roth, Rothpletz-Puglia, Salazar, Saltzman, Samant, Schwartz, Scoloveno, C. Scott, Serrano, Settimo, Settles, Shapses, Sheehan, Sheflin, Shinn, Spiegel, Stepleton, Sulley, Szatrowski, Thomson, Thompson, Toney-Boss, Van Stine, Winkler, Zurlo

EXCUSED:  Alizadeh, Ardeshna, Barbarese, Bekdash, Boruchoff, Bradshaw, Bridgeman, Cahill, Carrasco, Chang, Collins, Dettloff, Diaz, DiVito, Durham, Fox, Glover, Gross, Gursoy, Jaffry, Kaptan, Kelshikar, Langer,  Jane Lewis, Linz, Lugg, Marchetta, Mazurek, McKeever, Nissen, Okada, A. Patel, Pintar, K. Scott, Soto,  Thornton, Torres, Wakim, Wagner, Wasserman

ABSENT:   Anaele, Artun, Barone, Benford, Blanchett, Bubb, Burley, Butterfield, Calabrese, Charles, Chen, Clark, Coiro, Conway, Cooper, Covington, Craig, Delnevo, Deshpande, Drachtman, Eastman, Edwards, Eisenstein, Farmbry, Farris, Feldman, Fletcher, Flores, Gabriel, Ganesh, Goodman, Gower, Grant, Haddon, Hart, Hayton, Holzemer, D. Hughes, J. Hughes, Iannini, Janniger, R. Johnson, Joo, Kukor, Kuzma, Lei, Jan Lewis, Levy, Lindemeyer, Mahon, March, Marcone, Martinez, Meck, Moran, Morrell, Nasr, Paneque, Parmar, Parvathaneni, K. Patel, Ponzio, C. Potter, J. Potter, Powell, Robinson, Romanchuk, Rozenberg, Salmond, Santana, Schiavo, Schneider, Scotto, Shapiro, Shinbrot, Singh, Stauffer, Strom, Taillefer, Thomas, Upadhyay, Van Ryzin, Wang

ATTENDANCE SUMMARY: Faculty: Of 104 total: 53 present (51%), 26 excused (25%), 25 absent (24%); Students: Of 48 total: 21 present (44%), 9 excused (19%), 18 absent (37%); Administrators: Of 42 total: 5 present (12%), 2 excused (5%), 35 absent (83%); Staff: Of 18 total: 11 present (61%), 2 excused (11%), 5 absent (28%); Alumni: Of 4 total: 3 present (75%), 1 excused (25%), 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 on Friday, February 17, 2017 at 1:10 p.m. in the Essex Room of the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Newark Campus. He welcomed all attendees to the meeting, and thanked Chancellor Cantor and her staff for lunch, and for hosting the meeting. He asked everyone to remain at the meeting after President Barchi's administrative report so that the business at the end of the meeting also receives the Senate's full attention.

SECRETARY'S REPORT - Ken Swalagin, Executive Secretary


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

Jane Otto, a member of the Senate Executive Committee, presented and summarized the Executive Committee Report on Senate Parliamentary Procedures. The content of the report, which is to be added to the Senate Handbook as an appendix, had been introduced at the previous Senate meeting, in accordance with parliamentary procedure and established Senate practice regarding proposed changes to Senate bylaws. There was no debate on the matter, which was then adopted unanimously by the Senate.


University Structure and Governance Committee (USGC) Response to Charge S-1404 on Revisions to University Policy Library - Jon Oliver and Robert Puhak, USGC Co-chairs

University Structure and Governance Committee Co-chairs Jon Oliver and Robert Puhak presented the USGC response to Charge S-1404 on Revisions to University Policy Library. The report and resolution were discussed. Martha Cotter's suggestion that "Resolution" be added before the report's recommendations was accepted by Puhak. The report's resolution was then adopted by the Senate. [Note: The above link goes to the report and resolution as adopted.]

Student Affairs Committee (SAC) Response to Charge S-1616 on Absentee Ballots in Special Student Organization Funding Referenda - Viktor Krapivin and Samuel Rabinowitz, SAC Co-chairs

Student Affairs Committee Co-chairs Viktor Krapivin and Samuel Rabinowitz presented the SAC response to Charge S-1616 on Absentee Ballots in Special Student Organization Funding Referenda. Davon Johnson moved to amend the resolution, striking the words "two weeks prior to the start of a referendum," and replacing them with "three calendar days after the start of the referendum. Eligible students who request a vote by mail ballot may still vote in person. In the case in which an eligible student has voted both in-person and via mail ballot, the vote of the mail ballot will take precedence." The motion was seconded, discussed, and adopted. The resolution, so amended, carried.

NEWARK CHANCELLOR'S REPORTNewark Chancellor Nancy Cantor

Rutgers Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor presented a chancellor's report, and responded to related questions.

- University President Robert Barchi

University President Robert Barchi presented an administrative report, commenting on topics including:
SENATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT - Senate Vice Chair Robert Puhak reported on the February 17, 2017 meeting and activities of the Senate Executive Committee. 

REPORTS OF THE REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES: Senator Samuel Rabinowitz, Faculty Representative to the Board of Governors, reported on the February 8, 2017 Board of Governors meeting, which was held in Newark. 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 Perry Dane, Camden Faculty Council Chair, reported on that group's recent activities. 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 2:56 p.m.

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