MINUTES: Regular Meeting of the University Senate

DATE: May 2, 2014

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

MEMBERS PRESENT: Ahmed, Alizadeh, Anderson, Angell, Aubry, Avadhani, Baffo, Balog, Barbarese, Barchi, Joseph A. Barone, Barraco, Beachem, Bell, Berman, Boikess, Bolden, Borisovets, Bridgeman, Buchholtz, Bugel, Burell, Caler, Cashin, Cimiotti, Cohen, Coleman, Covington, Creese, D'Anna, Dasari, Delnevo, DiVito, Elkabes, Fagley, Fennell, Fernandez, Fiore, Fitzgerald-Bocarsly, Gajic, Gallo, Gaunt, Geis, Gillett, Glaser, Gomes, Gould, Gower, Hackworth, Hetling, Hinch, Hudson, Jimenez, Karamichael, Kressel, Langer, Jan Lewis, Lindgren, A. Liu, Maillet, Mapes, Marchick, Markert, Markowitz, McKeever, Miller, Miranti, Moomjy, Naus, Navrot, O'Connell, Oliver, Otto, Padgett, N. Patel, S. Patel, Pintar, Pirrello, Pritchett, Puhak, Rabinowitz, Redlawsk, J. Robinson, Rodriguez, Rothpletz-Puglia, Saltzman, Samant, M. Schwartz, R. Schwartz, Shapiro, Shapley, Sheflin, Soskind, Spatocco, Spiegel, Stein, Suplee, Szatrowski, Tesoro, Thompson, Thuno, Toney-Boss, Tsakalakos, Tursi, Wagner, Wasserman, Weigert, Wise, Wurster, 

EXCUSED:  Alder, Allen, August, Cotter, DiBona, Edward, Goodman, Heider, LoMonaco, Meggali, Middleton, Niederman, O'Connor, Rhoads, Rivera-Medina, Sambol, Schantz, Simmons, Struwe, VanderHoff, Vodak, Wang, Zimmerman

ABSENT:  Abu El-Haj, Amaya-Fernandez, Ameri, Amenta, Ansari, Apuzzio, Avakame, Bagchi, Joseph G. Barone, Benjamin, Cadoff, Cantor, Clarke, Clear, Connors, Copeland, Daniels, Davidov, DeCastro, DeLisi, Devnani, Dietrich, Dominguez, Eastman, Edwards, Eldasher, Falk, Farmbry, Farmer, Farris, Fehn, Feldman, Ganesh, D. Goldstein, R. Goldstein, Grabrosky, Haibach, Harris, Heckscher, Holtzman, Holzemer, Holzer, Hughes, Hyndman, Johnson, Joshi, Katz, Kenfield, Kietrys, Kocak, Krymchanskaya, Kukor, Kumar, Laguna, Lara, Lee, Jane Lewis, Lin, Lindenmeyer, T. Liu, Lynch, Maher, Mao, Mazurek, McInerney, Messer, Midlarsky, Millonig, Mistry, Mitchell, Moore, Nagarajan, Nieman, Norville, O'Malley,  Ortiz, Ottomanelli, Pandey, Pavlovic, Postadan, Potter, Pratt, Reade, R. Robinson, Rodgers, Rogers, Sahi, Saito, Salmond, Scardino, Scherrer, Schiavo, Schurman, Scotto, Shafer, Sheth, Sirkin, Solomon, Spiegle, Staugger, Stillwagon, Strom, Taghon, Teters, Tiedeken, Triner, Uzun, Van De Walle, Winkler, Winterbauer, Yu,

ATTENDANCE SUMMARY: Faculty: Of 129 total: 68 present (53%), 15 excused (12%), 44 absent (34%); Students: Of 54 total: 22 present (41%), 3 excused (6%), 29 absent (54%);    Administrators: Of 42 total: 7 present (17%), 3 excused (7%), 32 absent (76%); Staff: Of 13 total: 7 present (54%), 2 excused (15%), 4 absent (31%); Alumni: Of 6 total: 4 present (67%), 0 excused (0%), 2 absent (33%)
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Ann Gould, Chairperson


Chairperson Gould called the last regular meeting of the 2013-14 University Senate to order at 2:19 p.m. She welcomed everyone, and thanked all Senators for their service. She thanked, in particular, the members of the Executive Committee, Ken Swalagin (Secretary of the Senate), Mary Mickelsen (Senate Administrative Assistant), Peter Gillett (Senate Parliamentarian), the student members of the Executive Committee, and the standing committee chairs.

SECRETARY'S REPORT - Ken Swalagin, Executive Secretary of the Senate

Student Affairs Committee (SAC) Response to Charge S-1210 on Early-Open Study Space - Kristine Baffo, Robert Barraco, and Samuel Rabinowitz, SAC Co-chairs

Student Affairs Committee Co-chair Robert Barraco and SAC member Joseph Cashin presented the SAC responses and recommendations on Charge S-1211, on Early-Open Study Space. Without further discussion, the Senate adopted the report and its recommendations as presented.

At this point in the meeting, a demonstration started relating to the selection of Condolleezza Rice as commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient. It paused in response to Chairperson Gould's request that they wait until a more appropriate part of the meeting to address President Barchi.

Parliamentarian and Executive Committee Member Peter Gillett assumed the chair while Gould, who also co-chairs the Faculty and Personnel Affairs Committee (FPAC), presented the following three reports.

Executive Committee (EC) Response to Proposal for Union of Nursing Programs and Personnel on the Stratford Campus of the Legacy UMDNJ School of Nursing with the Rutgers School of Nursing - Camden - Ann Gould, Senate and Executive Committee Chair

Executive Committee (EC) Chair Ann Gould presented the EC's response to the Proposal for Union of Nursing Programs and Personnel on the Stratford Campus of the Legacy UMDNJ School of Nursing with the Rutgers School of Nursing - Camden. Senator Sam Rabinowitz, who chairs the Camden Faculty Council, read his council's resolution supporting the proposed unification. He then moved to amend the last sentence of the EC report to change the position from neutral to positive by changing the sentence to: "The University Senate, at a fundamental level, supports the merger of the Nursing Programs at Rutgers University Stratford Campus with the Rutgers School of Nursing - Camden on its merits." The motion was seconded. The motion was ruled to be a substitute motion rather than a motion to amend.  A subsequent motion appealing the ruling of the chair failed. Following continued discussion, the report was adopted without amendment, with few opposed.

Faculty and Personnel Affairs Committee (FPAC) Preliminary Response to Charge S-1012A on Balance of Full-time and Part-time Faculty Teaching and Table of Fall 2012 Courses Taught in the SAS-NB  - Ann Gould and Rudy Bell, FPAC Co-chairs

Faculty and Personnel Affairs Committee (FPAC) Co-chairs Ann Gould and Rudy Bell presented the FPAC's preliminary response to Charge S-1012A on the Balance of Full-time and Part-time Faculty Teaching. It was pointed out that the report said that there are two recommendations, although there were actually three. The amendment was accepted as friendly. Following brief discussion, the report and its recommendations were adopted unanimously.

Faculty and Personnel Affairs Committee (FPAC) Response to Charge S-1212 on Definition of "Faculty" in University Policies  - Ann Gould and Rudy Bell, FPAC Co-chairs

Faculty and Personnel Affairs Committee (FPAC) Co-chairs Ann Gould and Rudy Bell presented the FPAC's response to Charge S-1212 on the Definition of "Faculty" in University Policies. Gould then said that the report was for information only, and did not require Senate action or vote.

The demonstration regarding Condoleezza Rice which began earlier, resumed. Gould, noting that the Senate would allow non-Senators to speak later, asked the protesters to please wait until the question-and-answer period following President Barchi's administrative report. They complied.

- Robert Barchi, University President

President Barchi presented a brief administrative report, commenting on topics including:
President Barchi then responded to questions, or heard comments, on the above and a variety of other subjects, including:
REPORTS OF THE REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES: Senator Samuel Rabinowitz, Faculty Representative to the Board of Governors, reported on the April Board of Governors meeting. Senator Menahem Spiegel, Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees, said that there had been no Board of Trustees meeting since the previous Senate meeting.

CAMPUS FACULTY LIAISON REPORTS: Senator Samuel Rabinowitz, Camden Faculty Council Chairperson, reported on his group's recent activities. 

CAMPUS STUDENT LIAISON REPORTS: Senator Samuel Berman, New Brunswick Student Member of the Executive Committee, reported on New Brunswick student government activities. 

Secretary Swalagin read the results of that morning's Senate election of Senate leadership, Executive Committee, and board representative positions.

CHAIR'S CLOSING COMMENTS: Chairperson Gould wished everyone good luck, particularly those who would not be returning to the Senate. 

The meeting adjourned at 4:28 p.m.

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