MINUTES Regular Meeting of the University Senate
DATE November 19, 2004
TIME AND PLACE 1:10 p.m.
MEMBERS PRESENT: Abaskharon, Apfel, Atmeh,
EXCUSED: Ambar, Axelrod, Banerjee, Barone, Bodnar, Boylan, Caprio, Cerulo, Chabal, Chism, Colaizzi, Deutsch, Donsky, Evans, Hallmark, Hirsh, Holmes, V. Johnson, Kirby, Laguna-Diaz, Lashley, Leath, Lee, Leustek, McCabe, McKeever, Messer, More, Nichols, Obayashi, Ocone, Ogwu, Pangilinan, Potenza, Reed, Sherman, P. Simmons, Stark, Tinglin, Vodak, Zaborszky
ABSENT: Baro, Bay, Bellany, Bilodeau, Blimling, Breton, Buckley, Butler, Cannon, Chambers, Chernin, K. Cooper, Cronk, Davidson, Dellane, Desposito, Dess, Diamond, Diner, Ezendokwere, Fahim, Farney, Feinberg, Ferguson, Forero, Freeman, Guo, Hodgson, Hoover, Huang, Hughes, Hyndman, Jessen, W. Johnson, J. Jones, R. Jones, Kennedy, Kirschner, Klein, Kokini, Kressel, Lake, Leontiades, Mangin, Manhoff, McKay, Odutola, Ozbay, Rabii, Rubin, Schaich, Schock, Sifuentes-Jauregui, R. Simmons, Simon, H. Smith, Spellmeyer, Spierer, Stauffer, Tsurumi, Tuckman, Turner, Webb, Worrall, Zolad
ATTENDANCE Faculty: Of 95 total: 37 present (39%), 27 excused (28%), 31absent (33%)
SUMMARY Students: Of 55 total: 33 present (60%), 5 excused (9%), 17 absent (31%)
Administrators: Of 39 total: 15 present (38%), 8 excused (21%), 16 absent (41%)
Alumni: Of 6 total: 4
present (66%), 1 excused (17%), 1 absent (17%) View Senate
Attendance Record for this year .
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PRESIDING OFFICER Martha Cotter, Chairperson
CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT: Chairperson Cotter called the meeting to order, and presented a brief report which included thanks to Provost Dennis for the hospitality of the Camden Campus, and for the luncheon provided to the Senators. She then called the Senate’s attention to two recent communications to the Senate and/or its Executive Committee which she thought particularly important: Vice President for Student Affairs Gregory Blimling’s memorandum regarding formation of a committee to review Rutgers’ Policy on Academic Integrity, which committee includes student Senator Nicole Smith and faculty Senator Leslie Fishbein, and which is chaired by administrator Senator Donald McCabe; and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Phillip Furmanski’s memorandum requesting Senate consideration of proposed clinical and professional practice tracks for Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers Business School and School of Business-Camden, and Mason Gross School of the Arts. She noted that the clinical and professional practice tracks item has been charged to the Senate’s Faculty Affairs and Personnel Committee.
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY: Agenda: The agenda, with time limits, was approved as distributed by the Secretary.
Minutes: On motion and duly seconded, the Minutes of the October 22, 2004 Senate meeting were approved as distributed by the Secretary.
Communications: The following communications were presented by the Secretary:
ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT: President McCormick delivered the administrative report,
which included comments on:
A question-and-answer period followed, during
which Acting Provost Diner responded to questions and comments on subjects
including: parking, safety and security; needed
physical improvements to the Camden Campus; the size of the campus, and
managed growth; and efforts to bring businesses and students into
SPECIAL ELECTION FOR STUDENT MEMBER OF
SENATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: Chairperson Cotter
explained that the recent resignation of student Senator Andrew Bucko from
the Senate and its Executive Committee had created a vacancy on the Senate’s
Executive Committee. She then presented the slate
of nominees, consisting of student Senators Adam Cooper (
Faculty Affairs and Personnel Committee - Paul Leath and Ann Gould, Co-chairs - Response to Charge S-0310, E-mail Privacy
Senator Gould, co-chair of the Faculty Affairs and Personnel Committee, summarized her committee’s response to Charge S-0310, E-mail Privacy. The committee had been charged as follows: “Examine university policies and procedures with respect to the privacy of the e-mail communications and other computer files of members of the university community and make recommendations for change where appropriate. Address: What are the current university policy and practices with regard to e-mail privacy? Are current policy and practices appropriate for a university community? How was the current policy formulated and how has it been communicated and explained to members of the University community? Are there appropriate procedures in place to regulate the examination of e-mail and notify those whose e-mail has been examined?” Following discussion, the Senate approved unanimously the report as presented by Faculty Affairs and Personnel Committee.
Faculty Affairs and Personnel Committee - Paul Leath and Ann Gould, Co-chairs - Response to Charge S-0404, Faculty Departmental Voting Rights
Senator Gould, co-chair of the Faculty Affairs and Personnel
Committee, summarized her committee’s response to Charge S-0404, Faculty
Departmental Voting Rights. The committee had been
charged as follows: “Consider the
request by the incoming chair of the
Senator Gould explained that the addendum to the charge had been considered by the Faculty Affairs and Personnel Committee to be a separate issue, and would be addressed by the committee at a later date. A suggestion to delete some language in the report regarding those departmental appointments of less than 50 percent was not adopted. Following discussion, the Senate approved the report and its recommendations with none opposed, one abstention.
University Structure and Governance Committee - Joseph Blasi and Kathleen Scott, Co-chairs - Response to Charges S-0324, Senate Bylaws Review, and Charge S-0320, Election Procedures for At-Large and PTL/Annual Appointee Senators
Chairperson Cotter read aloud the following statement on this item from the day’s agenda: “The following report is presented as preliminary, and for information purposes only. Feedback will be solicited by the presenting committee, and will be considered prior to re-docketing of this item for action at the January 21, 2005 Senate meeting. It is likely that the discussion will be as Committee of the Whole; therefore, motions will not be in order. There will be no Senate action on this report at this meeting.” She added that no motions would be heard on this item at this meeting.
Senators Scott and Blasi, co-chairs of the University Structure and Governance Committee, summarized their committee’s reports, noting that only the bylaws were being addressed today, and that the Senate Handbook would be addressed later.
The committee had been charged as follows:
A discussion period followed, during which comments
were made on:
OLD BUSINESS: There was no old business.
NEW BUSINESS: There was no new business.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT: Vice Chairperson Rabinowitz reported on the October 1, 2004 and November 5, 2004 Senate Executive Committee meetings. Executive Committee minutes are available on the Senate website.
REPORT OF THE REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES: The boards had held no meetings since the last Senate meeting.
REPORT OF CAMPUS FACULTY LIAISONS: Senator Miller, chair of the New Brunswick Faculty Council (NBFC), reported on recent and planned activities of the NBFC.
SPECIAL ELECTION RESULTS: Chairperson Cotter announced that the Senate had elected Senator Timothy DiVito to the position of Student Member of the Executive Committee.
ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 3:15 p.m.
Secretary of the University Senate