RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY
UNIVERSITY SENATE MINUTES
Regular Meeting of the University Senate
DATE: March 11, 2005
TIME AND PLACE: 1:10 p.m., Multipurpose Room, Rutgers
Center, 126 College Avenue, College Avenue Campus
MEMBERS PRESENT: Abaskharon, Apfel, Atmeh, Banerjee,
Bell, Blasi, Blimling, Bodnar, Boikess, Borisovets, Bravo, Brazier,
Cerulo, Chabal, Chen, Colaizzi, Colin, A. Cooper, K. Cooper, Cotter,
Curtis, Davidson, DeLisi, E. Dennis, Deutsch, Dholandas, DiVito, Dutta,
Ellis, Ezgilioglu, Farrell, Fishbein, Forero, Friedrich,
Gigliotti, Gillett, Gould, Greenhut, Guo, Hanna, Herbst, Hirsh,
Hoekzema, Hornichter, Huang, Jessen, Kavanagh, Kirschner, , Krenos,
Lashley, Leath, Lee, Liepmann, Maher, Markowitz, McCabe, McCormick,
Melwani, Messer, Miller, Norville, Obayashi, O’Connell, O’Connor,
Ogwu, Oren, Pangilinan, Phillips, Potenza, Puniello, Rabii, Samuel
Sidney Rabinowitz, Raykar, Reed, Schaich, Schorr, Scott, Sherman, P.
R. Simmons, H. Smith, Spero, Tuckman, Turner, Turvey, Wang,
EXCUSED: Axelrod, Bellany, Caprio, Cronk, Darien,
Dess, Diner, C. Ellis, Evans, Fahim, Feinberg, Gaunt, Goldin, Hall,
Hodgson, Hughes, V. Johnson, R. Jones, Kagan, Kirby, Klein,
Mangin, Markert, Marsh, Panayotatos, Rabiner, Rubin, Schock,
N. Smith, Szatrowski, Tittler, Turpin, Venuto, Vodak, Volk, Whang,
ABSENT: Ambar, Baro, Bay, Bilodeau, Boylan, Breton,
Chambers, Chernin, Chism, R. Dennis, Desposito, Diamond, Donsky,
Ezendokwere, Farney, Ferguson, Holmes, Hoover, Hyndman, Jackson, Jesse,
W. Johnson, J. Jones, Kauffman, Kennedy, Kokini, Kressel, Krucher,
Leontiades, Leustek, Manhoff, McKeever, Merandy, More, Nerurkar, Ocone,
Perlman, Philips, Rowan, Shahrokh, Simon, Solomon, Spellmeyer, Spierer,
Stauffer, Tinglin, Tsurumi, Worrall, Zolad
ATTENDANCE SUMMARY: Faculty: Of 93
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
20 present (54%), 9 excused (19%), 8 absent (27%); Alumni:
6 total: 3 present (50%),
1 excused (17%), 2 absent (33%)
record for this year.
NON-VOTING MEMBER PRESENT: Innerfield
NON-VOTING MEMBER EXCUSED: Seto
PRESIDING OFFICER: Martha Cotter, Chairperson
CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT: Chairperson Cotter called the meeting
order at 1:27 p.m. Her chairperson’s report included the
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY:
- Planned format for April 22, 2005 Senate meetings: Noting
the April 22, 2005 Senate agenda is expected to include many action
from standing committees, Chairperson Cotter explained the planned
for the April Senate meetings. Beginning at 10:00 or 10:30 a.m.
April 22, the 2005-2006 University Senate will convene to conduct the
of Senate leadership and board representative positions. Neither
standing committees nor Senate caucuses will meet on that day.
following the election, ballots will be collected, and the 2005-2006
will adjourn. Immediately thereafter, the 2004-2005 Senate will
for the last time, and will undertake its agenda until noon, at which
it will recess for lunch, which will be provided at the meeting site,
of President McCormick. At 1:10 p.m., the 2004-2005 Senate will
to complete the items docketed on its agenda. Chairperson Cotter
that the day’s activities will take no longer than usual for those
who attend Senate committee meetings and caucuses.
- Memorial Tribute for Professor and former Senator Richard
Chairperson Cotter announced that Professor Richard Lockwood, chair of
French Department in New Brunswick, and a former University Senator,
died. Privilege of the floor was given to Senator and Professor
Fishbein, of the American Studies Department, a close colleague of
Senator Fishbein then made a memorial statement in tribute to Professor
Senator Holly Smith noted that a memorial service will be held on
March 21, 2005 at 5:00 p.m. at Kirkpatrick Chapel. A moment of
ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT: President McCormick’s
report focused on the following two areas:
- Agenda: The agenda was approved
distributed by the Secretary.
- Minutes: On motion and duly seconded, the Minutes of the February
2005 Senate meeting were approved as distributed by the Secretary.
- Communications: Secretary Swalagin directed the
to online instructions for submitting nominations for the April 22,
election of Senate leadership and board representatives. He asked
nominations be sent to him by March 25, 2005.
A question-and-answer period followed, which included questions and
- Rutgers and the New Jersey State Budget: Governor
budget announcement included both good and bad news for Rutgers.
the budget calls for level funding for Rutgers for next year, the
program is to be less well funded than had been hoped, in that only
of salary increases will be funded by the state, leaving Rutgers
for the other three-fourths (approximately $15 million).
McCormick thanked those who rallied at the State House the previous
including Senator Brigid Farrell, who led Rutgers’ students at the
Rutgers’ efforts to secure additional state funding will continue.
- Plans for Transforming the College Avenue Campus:
a PowerPoint presentation, President McCormick summarized the early
to transform the College Avenue Campus into one without vehicular
and which will be “comparable to the most-attractive research
campuses.” He noted that the plans are in a very preliminary
but added that the project could begin within the next couple of years
consensus is reached on the vision and plans. President McCormick
also make similar presentations to New Brunswick student governing
and to the New Brunswick Faculty Council.
- the importance of placing a transportation hub near the New
- the need for priority-setting and fundraising relative to the
for the College Avenue Campus, as well as the existing needs for
maintenance of other aspects of Rutgers’ physical plant;
- a confirmed commitment to expansion of the Livingston College
Center, as well as ongoing consideration of a multi-purpose “College
adjacent to the center;
- a suggestion that Johnson & Johnson be approached for support
the College Avenue Campus transformation; and
- the feasibility of a light-rail system to connect the New
campuses, which President McCormick said he has recently discussed with
Robins of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center.
• Instruction, Curricula and Advising Committee –
Borisovets, Chair - Revised
in Response to Charge S-0325, Possible Conflict of Interest in
Original Charge S-0325: Consider the issue of
of textbooks in courses taught by paid authors or reviewers of those
Make recommendations on whether policies should be established in this
including return of royalties to textbook purchasers, price
and the general appropriateness of the practice. Consult with
Counsel regarding legal aspects of the issue.
Senator Borisovets summarized the Instruction, Curricula and Advising
(ICAC) revised report on Charge S-0325, on Possible Conflict of
in Assignment of Textbooks. She said that an earlier version of
report had been on the Senate’s October 22, 2004 docket, at which time
was referred back to committee for revision. She added that the
is also currently working on a more general charge on textbooks.
behalf of her committee, she made one change to the first
substituting the word “questionable” for the word “prohibited” at the
of Recommendation 1.b., so that the recommendation became: “The
of a reviewing fee that is contingent upon the adoption of any specific
is both ethically and legally questionable.” She then summarized
changes from the first version of the report.
Senator Markowitz moved to separate Recommendations 1 and 2 so that
may be voted on individually. The motion was seconded, but
Borisovets accepted the motion as friendly.
The question was called on Recommendation 1. Recommendation 1 was
on card vote with none opposed, two abstentions, as follows:
1. Faculty-Reviewed Textbooks
On Recommendation 2, Senator Cooper moved to change, in 2.a., “such
should be donated” to “such monies must be donated.” The motion
seconded, and was not accepted as friendly. Following
discussion, Senator Gillett called the question, and the call was
and carried on card vote. The motion to change “should” to “must”
defeated with 32 in favor, 45 opposed. Senator Cooper then moved
refer the report back to committee for revision. The motion was
There was a motion to vote on referring the report back to committee
after those standing to speak had been heard. That motion was
and approved. After hearing from nine Senators, the motion to
the report back to committee was defeated by a vote of 26 in favor, 47
Senator Oren called the question on the main motion to adopt
2. The question was called with only one opposed to the
On card vote, Recommendation 2 was adopted with only a few opposed, as
a. New Jersey conflict of
statutes (NJSA 52:13D-14; NJSA 23(e)(6); NJSA 52:13D-23(3)(4)) prohibit
public employee from accepting any item of value (including monies)
to influence that employee in the performance of their job.
b. The acceptance of a
fee that is contingent upon the adoption of any specific textbook is
ethically and legally questionable.
2. Faculty-Authored Textbooks
• Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions
– Michelle Brazier and Craig Oren, Co-chairs - Response to Charge
Part 1, Modification
of University Calendar for Academic Year 2009-2010.
a. When Rutgers University
receive royalties on educational materials that they require in courses
they teach as part of the university curriculum, such monies should be
to the University or other not-for-profit institution. For
proceeds may be donated to the department, the library, a scholarship
or the University Foundation.
b. It is understood that the
member must estimate such receipts arising from sales to his/her
due to the variety of sources from which a student may purchase texts,
that contribution of royalties does not apply to royalties generated
sales of educational materials unrelated to the course in which the
Original Charge S-0326, Part 1: Consider and
on the default academic calendar for academic years 2005-06, 2009-10,
2011-12, which call for August 31 start dates. [Note:
regarding 2005 and 2011 start dates were approved by the University
in March 2004
Senator Oren summarized the Academic Standards, Regulations and
Committee (ASRAC) report on Charge S-0326, Part 1, on revising the
calendar for 2009-10, which called for an August 31 start date.
table for the recommended changes to the calendar indicated several
which did not correspond with the stated dates, so the correct days of
week were substituted as needed. The question was called on
Hirsh’s motion. With few opposed, the Senate adopted the ASRAC’s
changes to the 2009-10 academic calendar, as follows:
|Fall Semester Begins:
|| Tuesday, September 1
|| Monday, September 7 - No Classes
|Change in Designation:
|| Monday schedule on Tuesday, September 8
|| Wednesday, November 25 through Sunday, November 29
|Regular Classes End:
|| Friday, December 11
|| Monday, December 14 and Tuesday, December 15
|| Wednesday, December 16 through Wednesday, December 23
|Winter Recess Begins:
|| Thursday, December 24
• Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions
– 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
request to adjust the university Academic Calendar to change
dates from Thursdays to Wednesdays
Senator Oren summarized the Academic Standards, Regulations and
Committee (ASRAC) report on Charge S-0326, Part 2, on changing the
Calendar, Commencement Dates. There was no discussion on the
The following resolution was adopted by the Senate, with none opposed,
Be It Resolved, for the reasons stated in this report,
Rutgers University Senate hereby moves all commencement ceremony dates
current academic calendars for all academic years from Thursday to the
of the same week.
• Update on Use of Social Security Numbers as Student
Numbers – Michael McKay, Vice President for Information Technology,
Brian Rose, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
This report was requested by the Senate Executive Committee as
to the Senate’s October
2000 Report and Recommendations on Use of Social Security Numbers as
Identification Numbers. Chairperson Cotter summarized the
of the issue as it was originally presented to, and by, the
She then introduced Michael McKay, Vice President for Information
and Brian Rose, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs. Mr.
addressed the Senate, noting that, after the Senate’s recommendations
this issue were received, a cost/benefit analysis was conducted that
the cost of changing from Social Security numbers as student
numbers would be over $1 million, which was prohibitive. He said
university has been working on the problem since that time, and now
it can be done much more cost-effectively. He also said that it
be known within the next 30 days whether it would be possible to make
change to comply with a legislated deadline of January 26, 2006, and
a committee, chaired by Brian Rose, has been formed to study the
Mr. Rose then took the lecturn, and commented on his committee’s
composition, and plans. Noting that he has been involved in this
from the outset in October 2000, he said that he hopes to have an
solution if full implementation of the change from Social Security
cannot be implemented by January 26, 2006.
Questions and comments from the Senate included:
NEW BUSINESS: Senator DiVito asked that all votes be
and recorded, noting that student Senators had voted unanimously as a
twice recently, and been defeated both times.
- How it will be possible to remove the encoded Social Security
from the back of all student identification cards by January. Mr.
said they are working on that problem.
- If the change couldn’t also be made to eliminate use of Social
numbers as identifiers for faculty and staff. Mr. McKay said
the changes for all groups would be made at the same time.
Senator Abaskharon asked that ASRAC consider moving Spring Break to the
leading up to Easter. Chairperson Cotter asked him to send his
to the Executive Committee through Secretary Swalagin.
Chairperson Cotter said that she would like students and faculty to
together toward more common ground and mutual trust.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT: Vice Chairperson Rabinowitz
on the February 4,
and February 25, 2005
Senate Executive Committee meetings. Executive Committee minutes
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
the New Brunswick Faculty Council (NBFC), reported on recent and
activities of the NBFC.
ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 3:20 p.m.
Executive Secretary of the University Senate