MINUTES: Regular Meeting of the University Senate

DATE: November 11, 2016

TIME AND PLACE: 1:10 p.m., Multipurpose Room, Camden Campus Center, Camden Campus

MEMBERS PRESENT:  Ardeshna, Arezzi, Artun, Barchi, Bhuyan, Boikess, Borisovets, Bubb, Bugel, Cahill, Cotter, Craig, Dana, Dane, Dasari, Davis, Desai, Dehspande, Diaz, DiVito, Dreyer, Durham, Esposito, Fagley, Field, Fitzgerald-Borcarsly, Gillett, Goh, Gower, Gross, K. Gursoy, Hart, Joergensen, A. Johnson, Junboonta, Kelly, Kelshikar, Kouraeva, Krapivin, Kuskta, LaPointe, Lattime, B. Lee, Levy, Linz, Maloney, Mammis, Markert, Markosian, Meck, Moran, Mouradian, Nissen, Norville, Oleske, Oliver, O'Neill, Otto, Pandey, Pappas, A. Patel, D. Patel, Pirrello, Puhak, Rabinowitz, Rothpletz-Puglia, Rozenberg, Salazar, Saltzman, Scoloveno, K. Scott, Serrano, Settimo, Settles, Shapses, Sheflin, Shinn, Soto, Spiegel, Sulley, Taillefer, Thomson, Thompson, Thronton, Torres, Van Stine, Zurlo

EXCUSED:  Alizadeh, Bekdash, Boruchoff, Bradshaw, Bridgeman, Brunson, Calabrese, Carrasco, Chandler, Chang, Chayko, Y. Chen, Collins, Edward, Edwards, Eisenstein, Fox, Goswami, Gould, M. Gursoy, Haddon, Huselid, Jackson, Jaffry, Joo, Joseph, Kaptan, Kalan, Killingsworth, Krutyansky, Langer, Jane Lewis, Lugg, Lutz, Marchetta, Mazurek, McKeever, Morrell, Moseray, Nasr, O'Connell, Okada, Pagan, Pintar, Ponzio, Roth, Samant, Santana, Schwartz, C. Scott, Shapiro, Sharp, Stepleton, Takacs, Toney-Boss, Wakim, Winkler

ABSENT:   Anaele, Balaguru, Balmer, Barbarese, Barone, Benford, Blanchett, Butterfield, Cantor, Charles, R. Chen, Coiro, Collado-Gerrido, Conway, Cooper, Covington, Cutler, Dixon, Drachtman, Eastman, Frambry, Farris, Feldman, Fletcher, Flores, Gabriel, Ganesh, Goodman, Grant, Hayton, Heckscher, Holzemer, Holzer, D. Hughes, J. Hughes, Iannini, Janniger, R. Johnson, Kukor, Kuzma, K. Lee, Lei, Leibman, Jan Lewis, Lindenmeyer, Mahon, March, Marchick, Marcone, Martinez, Miranti, Paneque, Parmar, C. Potter, J. Potter, Powell, Rivera, Robinson, Romanchuk, Salmond, Schaden, Schiavo, Schneider, Scotto, Sheehan, Shinbrot, Singh, Stauffer, Strom, Szatrowski, Thomas, Upadhyay, Wang, Wasserman

ATTENDANCE SUMMARY: Faculty: Of 107 total: 51 present (48%), 31 excused (29%), 25 absent (23%); Students: Of 49 total: 21 present (43%), 13 excused (27%), 15 absent (31%); Administrators: Of 40 total: 5 present (12.5%), 3 excused (7.5%), 32 absent (80%); Staff: Of 17 total: 8 present (47%), 7 excused (41%), 2 absent (12%); Alumni: Of 5 total: 3 present (60%), 1 excused (20%), 1 absent (20%)
View Senate Attendance Record for this academic year


Senate Chair Peter Gillett called the meeting to order at 1:10 p.m. in the Camden Campus Center Multipurpose Room, Camden Campus. He welcomed everyone to the first Senate meeting after Rutgers' 250th anniversary celebrations, at which he represented the Senate at the previous day's bell-ringing ceremony. He thanked Chancellor Phoebe Haddon for hosting and for providing lunch, and explained that the Chancellor's Report would be given on her behalf by Provost Michael Palis because Haddon was unable to attend the meeting. He also reported that the University Commencement Panel will meet on December 2, and that the deans' responses to Senate questions on the School of Graduate Studies proposal would be ready for the Senate's standing committees on December 9, with the expectation that the proposal itself will be on the Senate's January 2017 agenda.

SECRETARY'S REPORT - Ken Swalagin, Executive Secretary


Student Affairs Committee (SAC) Response to Charge S-1305-2 on Smoke-Free Rutgers - Viktor Krapivin and Samuel Rabinowitz, SAC Co-chairs

The SAC had been charged as follows: Examine the desirability, feasibility, impact and means of evolving into a smoke-free Rutgers.

Two supporting documents were linked to the SAC response:

Rutgers' Smoking Policy
Smoke-Free and Tobacco-Free U.S. and Tribal Colleges and Universities

SAC Co-chair Samuel Rabinowitz began the summary of his committee's report and recommendations on Charge S-1305-2, on Smoke-Free Rutgers. He then read the elements of the resolution. He said that RBHS Newark had decided independently that it would become tobacco-free on November 17, 2016. SAC Co-chair Viktor Krapivin arrived at the podium, and asked that the question (the elements of the resolution) be split. Gillett responded that a motion to split the question could be made once the resolution was moved. Following brief discussion, Senator Christopher Shinn moved to separate the elements of the resolution into 1 and 2, then 3 through 6. Krapivin seconded the motion, which was then adopted. The first resolution, now consisting of elements 1 and 2, was discussed. On motion and duly seconded, element 1 was amended to change "which" to "that," then becoming: "Rutgers University institute a smoke-free policy that also prohibits the use of electronic cigarettes." Senator Daniel Bubb questioned presence of a quorum. Gillett declared a quorum was present. Following additional discussion, Gillett read the first resolution, consisting of elements 1 and 2, as amended. On card vote, the resolution failed with 31 in favor, and 39 opposed.

Gillett then read the second resolution, consisting of elements originally numbered 3, 4, 5 and 6, and now numbered 1, 2, 3 and 4 in this second resolution. Following additional discussion, the following changes were made to the resolution:
Discussion of the second resolution continued until Krapivin suggested that the report and resolution be postponed indefinitely, or that a new charge be issued on the matter. On motion and duly seconded, the report and resolution were sent back to the Student Affairs Committee.

Executive Committee (EC) Resolution with Background on Three-Plus-One Programs - Peter Gillett, EC Chair, and Robert Puhak, EC Vice Chair; Natalie Borisovets and Martha Cotter, EC Members and Resolution Authors

Senators and Executive Committee Members Natalie Borisovets (Instruction, Curricula and Advising Committee Chair) and Martha Cotter (Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee Co-chair) presented the Executive Committee's Resolution with Background on Three-Plus-One Programs. Cotter explained that this issue was raised during the October 2016 Senate meeting, and that the Senate Executive Committee had discussed it at some length on October 28 in Newark, and had considered it sufficiently time-sensitive to present it to the Senate in this manner instead of first going through a standing committee. The resolution was adopted by the Senate without debate.

CAMDEN CHANCELLOR'S REPORT - Camden Provost Michael Palis

Camden Chancellor Phoebe Haddon was not present at the meeting. Camden Provost Michael Palis presented a Camden Chancellor's Report on her behalf. The presentation on that report is linked above. Palis then responded to questions, or heard comments, on the report and related issues.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT - University President Robert Barchi

University President Robert Barchi presented an Administrative Report that included comments on:
Barchi then responded to questions, or heard comments, on the above subjects, as well as concerns of minority students relative to recent national political developments.

- Senate Vice Chair Robert Puhak reported on the October 28, 2016 meeting and activities of the Senate Executive Committee.

REPORTS OF THE REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES: Senator Anish Patel, Student Representative to the Board of Governors, reported on the November 1, 2016 Board of Governors meeting. Senator Menahem Spiegel, Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees, reported that there had been no Board of Trustees meeting since the previous Senate meeting. 

CAMPUS FACULTY AND STUDENT LIAISON REPORTS: Senator Perry Dane, Camden Faculty Council Chair, reported on that group's recent plans and activities. Camden Student Senator Michael Van Stine reported on recent Camden student plans and activities. Senator Sanjib Bhuyan, New Brunswick Faculty Council Vice Chair, reported on that group's plans and recent meeting. 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 3:07 p.m.

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