MINUTESRegular Meeting of the University Senate 

DATE:  April 27, 2007

TIME AND PLACE1:10 p.m., Multipurpose Room, Rutgers Student Center, 126 College Avenue, College Avenue Campus

Alger, Allen, Bhuyan, Blimling, Bodnar, Boikess, Borisovets, Bravo, Bubb, Bynes, Chiesa, Cohick, Coit, Colaizzi, Cole, Cooke, Coppolo, Cotter, Curtis, DeLisi, DeLuca, E. Dennis, Dixon-Mcinerney, Dutta, Fowler, Friedrich, Furmanski, Galili, Gillett, Gimenez, Goodman, Gould, Grant, Greenfeld, Greenhut, Guo, Hall, Hughes, Hyman, Jackson, Johnson, Kalelkar, Keating, Kokini, Laguna-Diaz, Leath, Markert, Markowitz, Mauroff, McCabe, McCormick, McKeever, Messer, Mulcahy, Mulvey, Ng, Nolfi, Norville, Obayashi, Palmon, Panayotatos, Puniello, Rabinowitz, Rankin, Reiss, Rivera, Robinson, Rockland, Schantz, Schock, Schwab, Scott, Shah, P. Simmons, R. Simmons, Sofer, Spiegel, St. John, Staples, Stein, Szatrowski, Taulane, Thompson, Tittler, Toney-Boss, Traxler, Vodak, Wagner, Wang, Wright, Wyhopen

Allender, Bay, Boylan, Carbone, Chabal, Covey, Cowen, Creese, Dienst, Diner, Finegold, Gaunt, Gonzalez-Palmer, Heckscher, Kern, Krenos, Lashley, Lewis, Livingston, Marchetta, J. Meyer, W. Meyer, Miller, Olsson, Ozbay, Pottick, Schorr, Van Til, Venzie, Williams, Winterbauer

ABSENT:  Adelman, Ally, Ambar, Amirahmadi, Apfel, Atmeh, Barbarese, Barone, Bellany, Bernstein, Bosch, Bosotov, Busia,  Caprio, Carey, Copeland, R. Dennis, Deutsch, Duncan, Edwards, Eldreth, Gunderson, Habib, Hart, Holzer, Hyndman, Jozefczyk, Kennedy, Kirschner, Klein, Koza, Larmony, Lehne, Levitsky, Lipman, Lippert, Maher, Marsh, McCoy-Carter, McKay, Nayyar, Niederman, Oppenheim, Oren, Patel, Pedersen, Quayson, Quinn, Rold, Schaich, Schein, Simon, Solomon, Soyosa, Spotacco, Stauffer, Sukhdeo, Tevis, Urbaniak, Venus, Wallace, Whitfield 

:  Of 83 total:  46 present (55%), 19 excused (23%), 18 absent (22%)
  Of 51 total: 22 present (43%), 4 excused (8%), 25 absent (49%)
  Of 35 total: 12 present (34%), 6 excused (17%), 17 absent (49%)
  Of 6 total:  3 present (60%), 2 excused (40%), 0 absent
  Of 10 total:  8 present (80%), 0 excused, 2 absent (20%)

View Senate Attendance Record for this year.
Martha Cotter, Chairperson

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT: Chairperson Cotter called the meeting to order, and commented on the following:

Vice Chairperson Sam Rabinowitz rose and thanked Martha Cotter for her dedication, hard work, and significant contributions to the Senate and its issues over the past years. Cotter received a standing ovation from the Senate.

REPORT OF THE SECRETARY:  Executive Secretary Swalagin’s report included:
ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT: President McCormick’s administrative report included comments on the following:
President McCormick then asked School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Executive Dean Robert Goodman to speak about the ongoing Middle States Accreditation. Goodman then summarized the process and current status of the accreditation, including Rutgers’ self-study report, which will be shared with the Senate early next fall, and which will be discussed with the Middle States accreditation team in October 2007. A full team of reviewers will visit Rutgers in March 2008. Goodman said the evaluation will focus on assessment of student learning outcomes, and he asked for the participation of the Rutgers community in the process.

President McCormick then responded to questions from the Senate, on topics which included:
McCormick concluded his report by thanking the Senate and extending “Congratulations on an outstanding year.”

ELECTION RESULTS ANNOUNCEMENT: Secretary Swalagin announced the results of that morning’s election of Senate officers, Executive Committee members, and board representatives.


Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee (ASRAC) - Martha Cotter and Jillian Curtis, Co-chairs

Response to Charge S-0408, Interim Report on Academic Integrity Policy Review

Original Charge: Review the current University Policy on Academic Integrity, particularly with respect to University-wide standards of academic integrity and differences in local academic cultures. Also consider levels of student education on academic integrity, vehicles for prevention of violations which may help reduce reliance on punishment, and methods of centralized reporting of all offenses to facilitate appropriate recourse in cases of multiple-offenders. [Originally issued with a report deadline of March 15, 2005. Subsequently placed on indefinite hold until the University administration's committee completes its review of the policy.]

Chairperson Cotter, who also co-chairs the ASRAC, gave the chair to Vice Chair Rabinowitz so she and ASRAC Co-chair Jillian Curtis could summarize the status of charge S-0408 on the Academic Integrity Policy review. Cotter said that there was no report or resolution ready for the Senate on this issue, but that she and Curtis felt an update would be appropriate. Curtis summarized the background of the charge. Cotter commended Phil Furmanski, Don McCabe, and the Ad Hoc Academic Integrity Committee for their work, particularly in revising the policy following the survey of faculty and students on their experiences with the policy. Cotter explained the policy generally. She said that some ASRAC members still have concerns that need to be addressed, and that there are a number of ambiguities to be clarified and resolved before ASRAC can formally recommend that the Senate approve the policy for implementation. Given the importance of this policy, and the need for its acceptance by faculty, students, and others, there needs to be wider discussion among faculty, student government, deans, directors, chairs, etc. The ASRAC feels that the policy should be presented to the whole Rutgers community, and that input therefrom be solicited before the Senate makes its final recommendations. Although the ASRAC had intended to submit to the Senate a written interim report containing several recommendations, that reporting was postponed at the suggestion of the Ad Hoc Academic Integrity Committee. Cotter said that the ASRAC hopes to have closure on this charge next academic year.

There were no questions or discussion. The report being for information rather than action, there was no vote.

Chairperson Cotter resumed the chair.

Budget and Finance Committee (BFC) - Menahem Spiegel, Chair

Response to Charge S-0414, Student Fees

Original Charge: Examine all student fees collected for university-wide purposes paid by Rutgers University undergraduates on all three campuses. Research the origins of these fees, the programs and projects that they have funded in the past and any future plans for the use of these funds. Recommend best practices for the appropriate use of this fee money in light of these findings. In addition, recommend ways in which university-wide student fee information can be made more widely available to all Rutgers University students.

Senators Menahem Spiegel and Edward Ng, BFC chair and BFC Student Fees Subcommittee chair, respectively, presented the BFC report and recommendations on Charge S-0414, Student Fees. Following discussion that included one friendly amendment, the Senate adopted the report and its recommendations.

Instruction, Curricula and Advising Committee (ICAC) - Natalie Borisovets, Chair

Response to Charge S-0602, Course-Textbook Reserve Requirement 

Original Charge: Consider the New Brunswick Faculty Council’s Report and Resolution Regarding Requiring Course Textbooks to be Placed on Reserve, and make recommendations for review and action by the University Senate on this issue.

ICAC Chair Natalie Borisovets summarized her committee’s report and recommendations on Charge S-0602, Course Textbook Reserve.

Following discussion which included suggestions for amendment of language related to use of “personal” or complimentary copies of textbooks provided to faculty by publishers, the report and its recommendations were adopted unanimously by the Senate.

University Structure and Governance Committee (USGC) - Tricia Nolfi and Jonathan Tittler, Co-chairs

Response to Charge S-0604, Shared Governance

Original Charge: In preparation for the upcoming Middle States reaccreditation process, examine the current state of shared governance at Rutgers, using the introduction of All-Funds budgeting, the ongoing restructuring of undergraduate education in New Brunswick, and the response to the large cuts in state funding as test cases. In each case, were all the appropriate stakeholders actively engaged in the process? Was appropriate input obtained from faculty, staff, administrators, students and other stakeholders before critical decisions were made? Did the various faculty and student governance organizations play effective roles? What weaknesses in shared governance were revealed in these cases? Based on this assessment, make recommendations for strengthening shared governance at Rutgers.
Senators Tricia Nolfi and Jonathan Tittler, USGC co-chairs, presented and summarized their committee’s report on Charge S-0604, Shared Governance. They accepted as friendly Senator Gayle Stein’s motion to amend to include a recommendation that “a staff body be formed and brought into operation.” The Senate then adopted unanimously the report and its recommendations.

Student Affairs Committee (SAC) - Valerie Johnson and Kimberly Mauroff, Co-chairs

and Equal Opportunity Committee (EOC) - Gus Friedrich, Chair

Response to Charge S-0702 (formerly S-0406), Tolerance and Sensitivity

Original Charge S-0702: Diversity and Tolerance: Review what relevant services are available on each campus for dealing with diversity and tolerance issues, and assess how well they are serving their intended functions within current budget limitations. This review should include an assessment of how well the University population on each campus knows about these functions generally, as well as the ease of finding this information for those who might seek help on specific issues arising in these areas. A prioritized list of future directions for reallocating, improving and/or expanding services might also be developed in this review. Provide preliminary report to Senate Executive Committee by April 2, 2007. [Note: This charge was made a joint charge (EOC and SAC) by the Senate Executive Committee on March 2, 2007. At that time, the following language, which was formerly designated as EOC charge S-0406, was added to this joint charge.] Explore and recommend other ways in which tolerance, sensitivity and open dialog may be promoted at Rutgers, particularly among students, in media content, housing, and other areas.

Senators Valerie Johnson and Kimberly Mauroff, SAC co-chairs, presented and summarized their committee’s (ultimately made a joint charge with the EOC) report and recommendations on Charge S-0702, Tolerance and Sensitivity. Senator Paul Panayotatos moved to amend the report by correcting the names of the committees, which amendment was accepted as friendly by the co-chairs. Following discussion, the Senate adopted unanimously the report and its recommendations.


There was no old business.


There was no new business.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT - Samuel Rabinowitz, Vice Chairperson


Vice Chair Samuel Rabinowitz reported on the April 6, 2007 Senate Executive Committee meeting.


Senator Paul Leath, Faculty Representative to the Board of Governors, reported on the April 13, 2007 Board of Governors meeting. Senator Mark Vodak, Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees, reported on the April 25, 2007 Board of Trustees meeting.


Senator Stan Hall reported on the plans and activities of the Newark Faculty Council.  Senator Leath reported on the plans and activities of the New Brunswick Faculty Council.


The meeting adjourned at 3:10 p.m.

Kenneth W. Swalagin
Executive Secretary of the University Senate