Regular Meeting of the University Senate

DATE:   March 11, 2005

TIME AND PLACE:  1:10 p.m., Multipurpose Room, Rutgers Student Center, 126 College Avenue, College Avenue Campus

MEMBERS PRESENT:  Abaskharon, Apfel, Atmeh, Banerjee, Barone, Bell, Blasi, Blimling, Bodnar, Boikess, Borisovets, Bravo, Brazier, Cannon, Cerulo, Chabal, Chen, Colaizzi, Colin, A. Cooper, K. Cooper, Cotter, Curry, Curtis, Davidson, DeLisi, E. Dennis, Deutsch, Dholandas, DiVito, Dutta, N. Ellis, Ezgilioglu, Farrell, Fishbein,  Forero, Friedrich, Furmanski, Gigliotti, Gillett, Gould, Greenhut, Guo, Hanna, Herbst, Hirsh, Hmelo-Silver, Hoekzema, Hornichter, Huang, Jessen, Kavanagh, Kirschner, , Krenos, LaSala, Lashley, Leath, Lee, Liepmann, Maher, Markowitz, McCabe, McCormick, McKay, Melwani, Messer, Miller, Norville, Obayashi, O’Connell, O’Connor, Odutola, Ogwu, Oren, Pangilinan, Phillips, Potenza, Puniello, Rabii, Samuel Rabinowitz, Sidney Rabinowitz, Raykar, Reed, Schaich, Schorr, Scott, Sherman, P. Simmons, R. Simmons, H. Smith, Spero, Tuckman, Turner, Turvey, Wang, Winterbauer, Woolley

  Axelrod, Bellany, Caprio, Cronk, Darien, Dellane, Dess, Diner, C. Ellis, Evans, Fahim, Feinberg, Gaunt, Goldin, Hall, Hallmark, Hodgson, Hughes, V. Johnson, R. Jones, Kagan, Kirby, Klein, Laguna-Diaz, Mangin, Markert, Marsh, Panayotatos, Rabiner, Rubin, Schock, Sifuentes-Jauregui, N. Smith, Szatrowski, Tittler, Turpin, Venuto, Vodak, Volk, Whang, Zaborszky

ABSENT:  Ambar, Baro, Bay, Bilodeau, Boylan, Breton, Butler, Chambers, Chernin, Chism, R. Dennis, Desposito, Diamond, Donsky, Dupersoy, Ezendokwere, Farney, Ferguson, Holmes, Hoover, Hyndman, Jackson, Jesse, , W. Johnson, J. Jones, Kauffman, Kennedy, Kokini, Kressel, Krucher, Lake, Leontiades, Leustek, Manhoff, McKeever, Merandy, More, Nerurkar, Ocone, Ogwu, Perlman, Philips, Rowan, Shahrokh, Simon, Solomon, Spellmeyer, Spierer, Stark, Stauffer, Tinglin, Tsurumi, Worrall, Zolad

ATTENDANCE  SUMMARY:  Faculty:  Of 93 total:  46 present (49%), 22 excused (24%), 25 absent (27%); Students:  Of 56 total:  28 present (50%),
9 excused (16%), 19 absent (34%); Administrators:  Of 37 total:  20 present (54%), 9 excused (19%), 8 absent (27%); Alumni:  Of 6 total:  3 present (50%),
1 excused (17%), 2 absent (33%)
View Senate attendance record for this year.



 Martha Cotter, Chairperson

Chairperson Cotter called the meeting to order at 1:27 p.m.  Her chairperson’s report included the following:
ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT:  President McCormick’s administrative report focused on the following two areas:
A question-and-answer period followed, which included questions and comments on:

•    Instruction, Curricula and Advising Committee
– Natalie Borisovets, Chair - Revised Report in Response to Charge S-0325, Possible Conflict of Interest in Assignment of Textbooks
Original Charge S-0325:  Consider the issue of assignment of textbooks in courses taught by paid authors or reviewers of those textbooks.  Make recommendations on whether policies should be established in this area, including return of royalties to textbook purchasers, price discounting, and the general appropriateness of the practice.  Consult with University Counsel regarding legal aspects of the issue.
Senator Borisovets summarized the Instruction, Curricula and Advising Committee (ICAC) revised report on Charge S-0325, on Possible Conflict of Interest in Assignment of Textbooks.  She said that an earlier version of the report had been on the Senate’s October 22, 2004 docket, at which time it was referred back to committee for revision.  She added that the ICAC is also currently working on a more general charge on textbooks.  On behalf of her committee, she made one change to the first recommendation, substituting the word “questionable” for the word “prohibited” at the end of Recommendation 1.b., so that the recommendation became:  “The acceptance of a reviewing fee that is contingent upon the adoption of any specific textbook is both ethically and legally questionable.”  She then summarized the changes from the first version of the report.

Senator Markowitz moved to separate Recommendations 1 and 2 so that they may be voted on individually.  The motion was seconded, but Senator Borisovets accepted the motion as friendly.

The question was called on Recommendation 1.  Recommendation 1 was adopted on card vote with none opposed, two abstentions, as follows:
1.    Faculty-Reviewed Textbooks
    a.    New Jersey conflict of interest statutes (NJSA 52:13D-14; NJSA 23(e)(6); NJSA 52:13D-23(3)(4)) prohibit a public employee from accepting any item of value (including monies) intended to influence that employee in the performance of their job.
    b.    The acceptance of a reviewing fee that is contingent upon the adoption of any specific textbook is both ethically and legally questionable.
On Recommendation 2, Senator Cooper moved to change, in 2.a., “such monies should be donated” to “such monies must be donated.”  The motion was seconded, and was not accepted as friendly.  Following considerable discussion, Senator Gillett called the question, and the call was seconded, and carried on card vote.  The motion to change “should” to “must” was defeated with 32 in favor, 45 opposed.  Senator Cooper then moved to refer the report back to committee for revision.  The motion was seconded.  There was a motion to vote on referring the report back to committee only after those standing to speak had been heard.  That motion was seconded, and approved.  After hearing from nine Senators, the motion to refer the report back to committee was defeated by a vote of 26 in favor, 47 opposed.  Senator Oren called the question on the main motion to adopt Recommendation 2.  The question was called with only one opposed to the call.  On card vote, Recommendation 2 was adopted with only a few opposed, as follows:
2.    Faculty-Authored Textbooks
    a.    When Rutgers University faculty receive royalties on educational materials that they require in courses that they teach as part of the university curriculum, such monies should be donated to the University or other not-for-profit institution.  For example, proceeds may be donated to the department, the library, a scholarship fund, or the University Foundation.
    b.    It is understood that the faculty member must estimate such receipts arising from sales to his/her classes due to the variety of sources from which a student may purchase texts, and that contribution of royalties does not apply to royalties generated through sales of educational materials unrelated to the course in which the author required them.
•    Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee – Michelle Brazier and Craig Oren, Co-chairs - Response to Charge S-0326, Part 1, Modification of University Calendar for Academic Year 2009-2010.
Original Charge S-0326, Part 1:  Consider and report on the default academic calendar for academic years 2005-06, 2009-10, and 2011-12, which call for August 31 start dates.  [Note:  Recommendations regarding 2005 and 2011 start dates were approved by the University Senate in March 2004
Senator Oren summarized the Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee (ASRAC) report on Charge S-0326, Part 1, on revising the academic calendar for 2009-10, which called for an August 31 start date.  The table for the recommended changes to the calendar indicated several weekdays which did not correspond with the stated dates, so the correct days of the week were substituted as needed.  The question was called on Senator Hirsh’s motion.  With few opposed, the Senate adopted the ASRAC’s recommended changes to the 2009-10 academic calendar, as follows:

Fall Semester Begins: Tuesday, September 1
Labor Day: Monday, September 7 - No Classes
Change in Designation: Monday schedule on Tuesday, September 8
Thanksgiving Recess: Wednesday, November 25 through Sunday, November 29
Regular Classes End: Friday, December 11
Reading Days: Monday, December 14 and Tuesday, December 15
Final Examinations: Wednesday, December 16 through Wednesday, December 23
Winter Recess Begins: Thursday, December 24

•    Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee – Michelle Brazier and Craig Oren, Co-chairs - Response to Charge S-0326,Part 2, Academic Calendar, Commencement Dates
Original Charge S-0326, Part 2:  Consider the administration’s request to adjust the university Academic Calendar to change commencement dates from Thursdays to Wednesdays
Senator Oren summarized the Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee (ASRAC) report on Charge S-0326, Part 2, on changing the Academic Calendar, Commencement Dates.  There was no discussion on the issue.  The following resolution was adopted by the Senate, with none opposed, one abstention:
Be It Resolved, for the reasons stated in this report, the Rutgers University Senate hereby moves all commencement ceremony dates in current academic calendars for all academic years from Thursday to the Wednesday of the same week.

•    Update on Use of Social Security Numbers as Student Identification Numbers
– Michael McKay, Vice President for Information Technology, and Brian Rose, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs

This report was requested by the Senate Executive Committee as follow-up to the Senate’s October 2000 Report and Recommendations on Use of Social Security Numbers as Student Identification Numbers. Chairperson Cotter summarized the background of the issue as it was originally presented to, and by, the Senate.  She then introduced Michael McKay, Vice President for Information Technology, and Brian Rose, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs.  Mr. McKay addressed the Senate, noting that, after the Senate’s recommendations on this issue were received, a cost/benefit analysis was conducted that estimated the cost of changing from Social Security numbers as student identification numbers would be over $1 million, which was prohibitive.  He said the university has been working on the problem since that time, and now believes it can be done much more cost-effectively.  He also said that it would be known within the next 30 days whether it would be possible to make the change to comply with a legislated deadline of January 26, 2006, and that a committee, chaired by Brian Rose, has been formed to study the issue.  Mr. Rose then took the lecturn, and commented on his committee’s activities, composition, and plans.  Noting that he has been involved in this issue from the outset in October 2000, he said that he hopes to have an interim solution if full implementation of the change from Social Security numbers cannot be implemented by January 26, 2006.

Questions and comments from the Senate included:
NEW BUSINESS:  Senator DiVito asked that all votes be counted and recorded, noting that student Senators had voted unanimously as a group twice recently, and been defeated both times.  

Senator Abaskharon asked that ASRAC consider moving Spring Break to the week leading up to Easter.  Chairperson Cotter asked him to send his request to the Executive Committee through Secretary Swalagin.

Chairperson Cotter said that she would like students and faculty to work together toward more common ground and mutual trust.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT:  Vice Chairperson Rabinowitz reported on the February 4, 2005  and February 25, 2005 Senate Executive Committee meetings.  Executive Committee minutes are available on the Senate website.

REPORT OF THE REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES:  There were no reports from board representatives.

REPORT OF CAMPUS FACULTY LIAISONS:  Senator Miller, chair of the New Brunswick Faculty Council (NBFC), reported on recent and planned activities of the NBFC.

ADJOURNMENT:  The meeting adjourned at 3:20 p.m.

Kenneth Swalagin
Executive Secretary of the University Senate