RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY
MINUTES: Regular Meeting
of the University Senate
DATE: November 21,
PLACE: 1:10 p.m., Multipurpose
Room, Rutgers Student Center, 126 College Avenue, College
Avenue Campus, New Brunswick
MEMBERS PRESENT: Abercrombie,
Agarwal, Appiah-Kumi, Ashraf, Barone, Beachem, Bhuyan, Blimling,
Blumenthal, Bodnar, Boikess, Borisovets, Brown, Brush, Bubb, Bumby,
Ciklamini, Cooke, Cotter, Covey, Creese, Davidson, DeLisi, DeMoya,
Diamond, Dutta, Edwards, Fagley, Finegold, Fishbein, Furmanski, Gale,
Gao, Gaunt, Gillett, Gimenez, Gonzalez-Palmer, Roe Goodman, Gould,
Grant, Greaux, Greenberg, Greenhut, Guo, Gursoy, M. Hall, S. Hall,
Holcomb, Husein, Hyndman, Jaluria, Janes, Joel, Kalelkar, Kanj, Kaplan,
Katz, Kind, Kociol, Kowler, Koza, Leath, Lemieux, Leonard, Levine, Li,
Lintakoon, Loh, Lynch, Markert, McArdle, McCormick, Messer, J. Meyer, Minsky,
Mistry, Molloy, Muse, Nolfi, Norville, Nycz, Oliver, Panayotatos,
Papathomas, Pavlik, Perrone, Picarelli, Pignatiello, Pinchuk, Pottick,
Rabinowitz, Rankin, Rhee, Rockland, Roth, Rudrapatna, Schaffner,
Schnetzer, Schramke, Sharp, Sheflin, P. Simmons, Spiegel, J. Stein,
Stewart, Sukul, Szatrowski, K. Thompson, Tittler, Tomassone,
Toney-Boss, Traxler, Vitello, Vodak, Wagner, Walters, H. Wang, Y. Wang,
Weigand, Weinstock-Gallagher, West, Wild, Winterbauer, Wozunk, Wyhopen,
Yakal-Kremski, Yannakogeorgos, Yares
Barrett, Benovitz, Boylan, Brooks, Burrell, Caprio, Carr, Cooper,
Cowen, Ellis, Foley, Robert Goodman, Hanebrink, Heckscher, Hicks,
Kemeny, Kukor, Lomiguen, LoSasso, Ludescher, Mariscal, Markowitz,
McKeever, Miller, Prekopa, Rodgers, Rudman, Schantz, R. Simmons, G. Stein, Stone,
F. Thompson, Williams, Yeagle
ABSENT: Adam, Alger,
Anand, Buckley, Chann, Cohick, Cruzan, Deutsch, Diner, Figueira,
Glickman, Gliserman, Goldman, Gomes, Graycar, Habib, Hey, Holzer,
Hughes, Hussein, Kerkhof, Kerrigan, Lehne, Levinson, Malik, Marsh,
Matsuda, Mittra, Niederman, Palis, Pedersen, Ramasamy, Rocafort,
Schement, Schurman, Simon, Solomon, Stauffer, Stevens,
Thakuri, Tumer, White, Zullo
ATTENDANCE SUMMARY: Faculty: Of 97
total: 61 present (62%), 18 excused (19%), 18 absent (19%); Students: Of 57 total: 38 present (67%), 8 excused (14%),11 absent (19%); Administrators: Of 36 total: 17 present (47%), 6 excused (17%), 13 absent (36%); Alumni: Of 6 total: 5 present (83%), 1 excused (17%), 0 absent; Staff: Of
10 total: 7 present (70%), 2 excused (20%), 1 absent (10%)
View Senate Attendance Record for
CALL TO ORDER, DETERMINATION OF A QUORUM, AND CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
- Samuel Rabinowitz, Chairperson
Chairperson Rabinowitz called the meeting to order at 1:21 p.m.
in the Multipurpose Room of the Rutgers Campus Center, College Avenue
Campus, New Brunswick. He noted that this was the last meeting of the
fall semester, acknowledged those students who would be graduating, and
wished all students good luck on final exams.
SECRETARY'S REPORT - Kenneth Swalagin, Executive Secretary
- Agenda: The meeting's agenda, amended on Senator Yares's motion to limit each individual discussion to 30 minutes maximum, was approved.
- Minutes: The Minutes of October 24, 2008 Senate Meeting were approved as distributed by the executive
- President Richard
President McCormick presented an administrative report, which included comments on topics including:
McCormick then called upon Executive Vice President for Academic
Affairs Philip Furmanski to comment on the national economic downturn
and its effects on Rutgers' budget, which Furmanski did, projecting
that "It is going to be a painful and difficult year going forward."
There were no questions from the Senate for either President McCormick or Executive Vice President Furmanski.
Chairperson Rabinowitz stated the Senate's procedures for the committee-report items:
University Structure and Governance Committee Response to Charge S-0704, Senate Committee Structure - Tricia Nolfi and Jonathan Tittler, Co-chairs
- There would be a 30-minute time limit for discussion of each
item. Senators may propose time extensions to be voted on by the Senate.
- Individuals wishing to address the Senate should come to
microphones, and identify themselves when speaking. First privilege of
the floor would go to Senators, in accordance with parliamentary
procedure. If time remains, the floor would be opened to comments from
- All speakers were asked to limit their comments to about
one-and-a-half minutes, and to listen to the prior speakers to
determine if their point had already been expressed.
[Note: The recommendations in this report included a change to Senate
Bylaws/University Regulations. In accordance with established parliamentary
procedure, introduction of the proposed amendment to Senate Bylaws occurred at the October 2008
meeting, which constituted notice that the Senate would be asked to adopt the change at
this Senate meeting.]
University Structure and Governance Committee (USGC) Co-chairs Jonathan
Tittler and Tricia Nolfi summarized the committee report, which
included a recommendation that the Senate establish a new, Research and
Graduate and Professional Education Committee, and change the name of
the current Faculty Affairs and Personnel Committee to "Faculty and
Personnel Affairs Committee" to reflect the addition of staff issues to
that committees standing charge. The USGC had been charged in 2001 as follows:
Charge S-0704, Senate Standing Committee Structure
Review: Consider and make recommendations for modifying the
Senate's standing committee structure and/or charges. Consider the proposals
submitted by the Staff Caucus, by
Senator Gayle Stein, and by
Senator Martha Cotter when deliberating on this matter. Consider other
committee structure modifications that may be needed or proposed.
Solicit input from the Faculty Affairs and Personnel Committee, Equal
Opportunity Committee, or other committees identified in the proposals or
which may be affected by changes considered or suggested under this
charge. Respond to Senate Executive Committee by February 1, 2008.
ADDENDUM October 2007: Include in
discussions on Charge S-0407 the "Resolution
from the Graduate School-New Brunswick" regarding instituting a Senate
Committee on Graduate and Professional Education.
Without further discussion, on card vote, the Senate adopted the report and its recommendations.
University Structure and Governance Committee Report on Charge S-0107, Referendum Guidelines Review and Recommended Revised Referendum Guidelines [Links go to report and guidelines as amended and adopted by the Senate] -
Tricia Nolfi and Jonathan Tittler, Co-chairs [Follow this link to view the previously applicable Guidelines Regarding Special Student Organizations.]
University Structure and Governance Committee Co-chair Tricia Nolfi
summarized the committee report and the process through which it was
developed. She read the report, which included three recommendations.
The USGC had been charged as follows:
Charge S-0107, Referendum Guidelines Review: Review the
“University Senate Guidelines Regarding Special Student Organizations” and
recommend revisions where needed. Include recommendations for
clarifying any ambiguities, particularly as may arise when a referendum
fails on one or more campuses. Recommend revised language wherever
possible. [Partial report to Senate Executive Committee June
2003. Guidelines review deadline extended to indefinite time in
Academic Year 2003-04. Later extended to September 2008.]
Senator Leath praised the committee's work on Charge S-0107, then moved
to separate Section XV, "Collection of Fees," from the referendum
guidelines referred to in Recommendation 1 of the report. The Senate
approved that separation. Discussion then began on the report and the
attached "Procedures Regarding Special Student Organizations" (the
Senator Lea Stewart moved to amend Section X, "Determination of Turnout
Requirements," to add "as defined by the vice president of student
affairs in consultation with the office of the registrar" in the
section referring to the definition of "graduating seniors. The USGC
accepted the amendment as friendly. Stewart then moved to amend Section
XII, "Voting Procedures," subpart 1.B, "Voting," to add "and/or Net ID"
after "The student must provide his or her name and Rutgers ID number."
Nolfi said the USGC could not accept that amendment as friendly. The
amendment failed on card vote.
Stewart then moved to amend Section XII.B.3.b., deleting "by poll
location and" from the requirements for separating all completed
ballots. Nolfi said the USGC accepted the amendment as friendly.
Senator Kevin Wild moved to restore the deleted text. The motion was
seconded, and discussed. Senators and Julia Driscoll of NJPIRG
commented on the motion. Senator Yares called the question. On card
vote, the question was called. Senator Wild's motion to restore "by
poll location and" to Section XII.B.3.b. carried on card vote.
At 2:12 p.m., Chairperson Rabinowitz told the Senate that 15 of the 30
allocated minutes remained for discussion of this committee report.
Senators Wild and Benjamin West proposed a substitute first paragraph for Section XV, Collection of Fees, as follows:
If the required affirmative vote is
achieved at one or more divisions, the organization's fee shall be
listed as a line-item on the university term bill of students attending
those divisions. In addition, a hyperlink to a statement, not to exceed
one-hundred (100) words, shall be provided by the organization, and
reviewed and approved by the Office of the Vice President for Student
Affairs, discussing the organization's mission, the organization's
plans to utilize the fee, as well as a hyperlink to the organization's
website, if available. Provided a student does not indicate otherwise,
the fee shall be included with the term bill payment. The statement on
the university term bill shall read as follows: "Optional [student
organization name here] Fee. (Click here to read a statement by
[student organization name here] regarding this fee." NOTE: The second
line shall provide a link to the organization's one-hundred word
Nolfi said the USGC accepted the amendment as friendly. Responding to
Senator Panayotatos's point of order, Nolfi said that all USGC members
present accepted the amendment.
At 2:25 p.m., when discussion time on this item had expired, the Senate
approved a motion to extend discussion time to 2:40 p.m. Discussion
continued, with Senators as well as Dan Bracaglia, editor in chief of
Targum, commenting. At 2:40, Chairperson Rabinowitz went to the floor
to count votes on a motion to extend discussion time for an additional
15 minutes. The affirmative votes did not reach the required two-thirds
threshold to extend the time limit. Discussion ended.
Nolfi read the amended Section XV, on Collection of Fees. A roll-call
vote was requested and conducted on adoption of the USGC report
Recommendation 1 and attached referendum guidelines, resulting in 55 in
favor, 43 opposed, and 9 abstaining. [Follow this link to the roll-call voting results.
] Recommendation 1 and the attached,
amended referendum guidelines were adopted by the Senate.
Several non-Senator students remained at the microphones after the time
expired. Chairperson Rabinowitz eventually said that they could be
heard under "Old Business," but that the negative vote by the Senate
had ended the discussion on this agenda item.
Discussion then moved to Recommendation 2 of the report. Senator Peter
Simmons moved to delete the second sentence text "This office will be
responsible for making any future changes to the procedures" to keep
the referendum guidelines revision process in the Senate. Following
some discussion, Senator Gillett called the question on the amendment.
Senator Simmons' amendment carried.
Senator Gillett then called the question on Recommendation 2 of the
report, as amended. Recommendation 2, as amended, was adopted by the
Senate. Recommendation 3 was similarly adopted.
Faculty Affairs and Personnel Committee Response to Charge S-0710, Tuition Remission for Part-Time Lecturer Faculty and Appendix I (Table of Benefits at Other AAUs) -
Ann Gould and Paul Panayotatos, Co-chairs
Faculty Affairs and Personnel Committee (now Faculty and Personnel
Affairs Committee) Co-chairs Ann Gould and Paul Panayotatos summarized
their committee's report and recommendations on Charge S-0710, Tuition
Remission for Part-Time Lecturer Faculty. The committee had been
charged as follows:
Following brief discussion, the report and its recommendations were adopted by the Senate.
Motion to Adjourn:
At 3:30 p.m., Senator Yares moved to adjourn. The motion to adjourn failed.
Discussion of the referendum guidelines, Targum, and Senate procedures continued under Old Business.
Motions to Adjourn/Extend:
3:45 p.m., Senator Wild moved to adjourn. The motion to adjourn failed.
Senator Gillett's motion to extend the meeting time to 4:00 carried,
and the Old Business discussion noted above continued.
suggested that Targum should have special status under the referendum
guidelines. No motion was made, but the idea was discussed, and
additional Targum-related comments were voiced.
On motion, the meeting adjourned at 4:00 p.m.
Executive Secretary of the University Senate