RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY
OF NEW JERSEY
MINUTES: Regular Meeting of the University
DATE: December 5, 2014
TIME AND PLACE: 1:10 p.m., Multipurpose Room,
Rutgers Student Center, College Avenue Campus
MEMBERS PRESENT: Admani, Ahmed, Akhtar, Alder,
Alizadeh, Allen, Anaele, Angell, Aubry, Avadhani, Barchi, Barraco,
Battle, Bernstein, Bhuyan, Boikess, Bolden, Borden, Borisovets,
Bridgeman, Bugel, Cooper, Cotter, Covington, Creese, Dasari, Deans,
Delnevo, DiVito, Draves, Durham, Dy, Eisenstein, Eklabes, Fagley,
Fennell, Fernandez, Fiore, Fitzgerald-Bocarsly, Gajic, Gaunt, Gillett,
Glaser, Gomes, Gould, Gupta, Gursoy, Hackworth, Hamai, Hinch, Holtzman,
Janniger, Jimenez, Joo, Karamichael, Killingsworth, Kressel,
Krishnamurthi, Langer, Law, Lepucki, Jane Lewis, Markert, Martinez,
McGinnis, McKeever, Meggali, Miranti, Mouradian, Navrot, Norville,
O'Connell, Oleske, Oliver, Otto, Parry, V. Patel, Pintar, Puhak,
Rabinowitz, Ramsamy, Redlawsk, Raza, Schulberg, Schwartz, Scott,
Settles, Shapiro, Shapley, Shulman, Spiegel, Stein, Stillwagon, Struwe,
Suplee, Svasti, Szatrowski, Tamburello, Thomas-Hawkins, Thompson,
Tiangco, Toney-Boss, Tsakalakos, Van Stine, Velan, Wagner, Wang,
El-Haj, Alperin, Anderson, Balog, Barone, Bell, Bodrog, Buchholtz,
Charles, Donald, Drever, Geis, Goodman, Grant, Grave, Heckscher,
Hudson, Hughes, Ibrahimpatan, S. Kim, Kubik, A. Lee, K. Lee, Jan Lewis,
LoMonoco, Maillet, Messer, Miller, Mitra, Mitchell, Moran, Nissen,
O'Connor, Padgett, N. Patel, Pirrello, Powell, Rhoads, Robinson,
Saltzman, Schafer, Simmons, Szabo, Vodak, Winkler
Avakame, Blanchett, Caler, Cantor, Chen, Eastman, Edward, Edwards,
Falk, Farmbry, Farris, Fehn, Feldman, Ferraris, Ganesh, Gower, Gracias,
Haddon, Hirsch, Holzemer, Holzer, Hughes, Iwamiya, Johnson, Joshi, A.
Kim, Kocak, Kukor, Kumar, Leibman, Lindenmeyer, Lynch, Marchick,
Maruna, Mazurek, McInerney, Millonig, Moore, Munoz, Nanda, Oberdiek,
Potter, Roth, Sahi, Salmond, Sambol, Schiavo, Schurman, Scotto, Shafer,
Stauffer, Strom, Sumoked, Sun, Takacs, Triner, Tursi, Van de Walle,
Velez, Wasserman, Weigert, Wise, Yousaf
Of 106 total: 62 present (58%), 26 excused (25%), 18 absent (17%);
Students: Of 50 total: 28 present (56%), 8 excused (16%), 14 absent
Administrators: Of 42 total: 3 present (7%), 7
(17%), 32 absent (76%); Staff: Of 17 total: 11 present (65%), 1
excused (6%), 5
absent (29%); Alumni: Of 6 total: 4 present (67%), 2 excused (33%), 0
Attendance Record for this Year
CALL TO ORDER, DETERMINATION OF
CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT - Ann Gould, Chairperson
Chairperson Gould called the meeting to order at 1:21 p.m. in the
Rutgers Student Center Multipurpose Room, College Avenue Campus, New
Brunswick. She welcomed
everyone, and extended best wishes to all for the coming exam period.
- Ken Swalagin, Executive Secretary of the
- Agenda: The meeting agenda was
approved as distributed by the executive secretary.
- Minutes: The Minutes of the
November 14, 2014 Senate Meeting were approved as distributed
by the executive secretary.
- Communications: No communications
were presented by the executive secretary at this meeting:
Student Affairs Committee (SAC) Response
to Charge S-1311 on Process of Changing Rutgers Cultural and
- SAC Co-chairs Robert
Barraco, Sara Kim, and Samuel Rabinowitz
Student Affairs Committee (SAC) Co-chairs Robert Barraco and Samuel
Rabinowitz presented the SAC's Response to Charge S-1311 on the Process
of Changing Rutgers Cultural and Traditional Icons. Following
brief discussion, the report was adopted unanimously by the Senate.
Senate Executive Committee Resolution
Endorsing AAUP Centennial
- Executive Committee Vice Chair Martha Cotter
[Note: Link goes to the Resolution
as amended and adopted.].
Senate, and Senate Executive Committee Vice Chair Martha Cotter
presented the Executive Committee's Resolution Endorsing the AAUP
Centennial Declaration. Discussion followed. The first part of the
resolution, which endorses the AAUP Centennial Declaration, was adopted
with few opposed or abstaining. Cotter then read the second part of the
resolution, which endorsed the Executive Committee's added principles.
Student Senator Vetri Velan, on behalf of the Student Caucus, moved the
following additional elements:
6. Universities should promote access
to prospective students, from diverse backgrounds, to prepare them for
both enrollment and success in higher education.
7. Student shared governance is crucial to the growth and operation of
universities, because students are the largest stakeholders of a
university, both from educational and financial perspectives.
The proposed additions were seconded and discussed, and the first (#6)
was adopted. During discussion, amendments were proposed to number 7,
resulting in the following:
7. Since shared governance is crucial
to the growth and operations of a university, the active involvement of
students, staff and alumni, as well as faculty, is critical to that
This amended version was adopted with few opposed or abstaining.
Secretary Swalagin explained that he would register the Senate's
endorsement of the AAUP Declaration via an AAUP webpage dedicated to
that purpose, and that any additional elements from the Senate would be
appended in the "comments" section of the form.
Faculty Senator Ted Szatrowski moved the following amendment of clause
4. Universities should endeavor to
provide students with an introduction to a wide area of human
knowledge, and not merely a narrow, technical education.
The amendment was seconded, and adopted without further discussion.
Szatrowski then moved the following amendment of clause number 5:
5. When setting priorities, public
universities shall take into consideration the burden of the costs of
running a university that students and their families bear.
The amendment was seconded, discussed, and adopted by a narrow margin.
The second part of the resolution, as amended, was then adopted by the
Senate with few opposed or abstaining.
Proposed Resolution on Salary and Tuition
- Robert Boikess, Faculty Senator and Executive Committee Member
Faculty Senator and Executive Committee Member Robert Boikess, on
behalf of the Faculty Caucus, presented a Proposed Resolution on Salary
and Tuition, which had been adopted by the New Brunswick Faculty
Council, and docketed for Senate consideration by the Senate Executive
Committee. Following some discussion, Faculty Senator Jane Otto moved
to return the resolution to committee for additional
refinement. Cotter explained that the Executive Committee voted to
docket this item for Senate consideration, the Executive Committee was
not the origin of the resolution. Otto's motion was seconded, and
discussed, but defeated by a wide margin. There was no further
discussion on the resolution, which was then adopted by the Senate.
ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT - Robert Barchi, University President
President Barchi presented a brief administrative report, commenting on
President Barchi then responded to questions, or heard
the above and a variety of other subjects, including:
- applications and enrollment;
- reaching Rutgers' $1 billion fundraising campaign goal the
- open forums on the Physical Master Plan, which will go to the
Board of Trustees the following month, and will come to the Senate, and
subsequently to the Board of Governors before becoming public;
- administrative searches and appointments;
- Rutgers' upcoming 250th anniversary;
- an update on the Honors College; and
- student and faculty awards and honors
OF THE REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES:
There had been no Board of Governors meetings since the previous Senate
meeting. Senator Robert Schwartz, Faculty
Representative to the Board of Trustees, reported that there had been
of Trustees meeting since the previous Senate meeting.
- allocations of funds raised in the campaign;
- tuition remission for part-time faculty;
- athletics financing;
- declining number of tenured and tenure-track faculty, and
increasing numbers of non-tenure-track and part-time faculty;
- use of reserve funds; and
- the six-year plan for athletics, and participation in the Big Ten.
CAMPUS FACULTY AND STUDENT LIAISON
CHAIR'S CLOSING COMMENTS:
Chairperson Gould thanked everyone, and extended wishes for good
- Camden: Senator Nam Dy,
Student Member of the Senate Executive Committee, reported on Camden
student leadership plans and activities.
- Newark: Senator George
Meggali, Newark Student Member of the Senate Executive Committee,
reported on Newark student leadership plans and activities.
- New Brunswick: Senator
New Brunswick Faculty Council (NBFC) Chairperson, reported that the
NBFC had not met since the previous Senate meeting. Senator Vetri
Velan, New Brunswick Student
Member of the Senate Executive Committee, reported on
recent plans and activities of the Rutgers University Student Assembly
- Rutgers Biomedical and Health
Sciences: Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) Faculty
Senator Patricia Fitzgerald-Bocarsly reported briefly on the RBHS
ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned
at 3:50 p.m.
Minutes Written and Submitted by,
Executive Secretary of the University Senate