M I N U T E S
February 2, 2018
MEMBERS PRESENT: Boikess, Borisovets, Esposito, Gillett
(Chair), Gould, Kelly, Krapivin, Oliver, Parsa, Scoloveno, Settles,
Thompson, Van Stine
MEMBERS EXCUSED: Walters
ALSO ATTENDING: J. Gonzalez (Graduate Student Representative to
the Board of Trustees), B. Lee (Senior Vice President for Academic
Rabinowitz (Faculty Representative to the Board of Governors), R.
Schwartz (Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees), M.
Spiegel, (Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees), M.
(Interim Executive Secretary)
The regular meeting of the University Senate Executive Committee was
held on Friday, February 2, 2018 at 1:10 p.m. in the Berson Boardroom
at the Center for Law and Justice at Rutgers University
- Peter Gillett, Senate Chair
Senate and Executive Committee Chair Peter Gillett called the
meeting to order at 1:15 p.m. He spoke about:
2. Secretary’s Report - Mary Mickelsen,
Interim Executive Secretary of the Senate
- the status of Ken Swalagin's replacement as Executive Secretary;
- the progress of the decanal review of Dean Jan Lewis, Faculty of
Arts and Sciences, Rutgers-Newark; and
- a plea to the EC to be cognisant of the time due to
many members needing to take the bus back to New Brunswick.
3. Administrative Liaison
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Barbara Lee presented
an administrative report, which
included comments on:
Lee then responded to questions, or heard comments on the above
subjects, as well as:
- health care and path of promotion for PTL's; and
- status of Lee's committee looking into learning platforms and
when a final report is anticipated.
Affairs Committee (SAC) Response to Charge S-1713
on Procedures for Adjudicating Academic Integrity Policy Infractions
- Viktor Krapivin &
Samuel Rabinowitz, SAC Co-Chairs
The SAC has been charged as follows:
the current status of the educative and adjudication processes of the
Offices of Student Conduct regarding infractions of the University
Academic Integrity Policy. Identify areas of concern, and provide
appropriate recommendations. Provide a response which will be
forwarded to the Senate's Academic Standards, Regulations, and
Admissions Committee on this same issue (Charge S-1714).
Krapivin summarized his committee's
report on Charge S-1713, on Procedures for Adjudicating Academic
Integrity Policy Infractions, which had been requested as
input to the ASRAC's work on the same issue. The SAC response was
discussed at length. The report
was then advanced to the ASRAC in compliance with the SAC's charge.
and Personnel Affairs Committee (FPAC) Response
to Charge S-1707on
Stipend or Course Release Payment for PTL Senators - Joseph Markert
and Alexander Settles, FPAC Co-Chairs
The FPAC has been charged as follows:
the role of part-time
lecturers (PTLs) in shared governance at Rutgers, investigating
policies at other Big Ten institutions as well as the unique
circumstances at Rutgers University. Make recommendations regarding
adequate participation with appropriate incentives.
Settles summarized his committee's
report on Charge S-1707, on Stipend or Course Release Payment for PTL
report was discussed for some time and suggestions were made for
changes. The report, with suggested revisions, was then docketed
for action at the
Proposed Charge on Rutgers Identity in
Ratings Reports - Submitted
by Jon Oliver, Staff Senator
Jon Oliver had submitted the following proposed
charge and rationale on Rutgers Identity in Ratings Reports:
and make recommendations on how best to identify Rutgers in published
ratings of universities. Identify areas of concern, as well as
opportunities for improved or increased visibility and rankings.
Recommend rational processes to simplify existing complexities in
identifying various entities within Rutgers, The State University of
recently released their 2017 ratings of the 100 most innovative
universities. Rutgers was listed as number 78. Unfortunately,
Thompson-Reuters lists our institutions as "Rutgers State University."
The Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID), ResearchGate, Google
Scholar, Academia all have multiple variations on the Rutgers name.
This confusion in the institutional name negatively imipacts on
searches and the visibility of the research that our faculty do and the
societal impact that we as an AAU R-1 university has. For Rutgers to
break in to the top tier of AAU institutions we must adopt a consistent
left at 3:05pm]
After discussing the proposal and Senator Robert Boikess noting the New
Brunswick Faculty Council is researching a related charge, it was
determined the Senate will not look into the issue at this time.
Instead, Peter Gillett will communicate with Kimberly Manning, Vice
President for University Communications and Marketing, the Executive
Committee's concerns and will report back at the March meeting.
Proposed Charge on Employee Parking Costs
by Adrienne Esposito, Staff Senator
Adrienne Esposito had submitted the following proposed
charge and rationale on Employee Parking Costs:
the existing RBHS and Rutgers legacy faculty/staff parking permit
charges. Review the disparities, and, where appropriate, make
recommendations for simplifying and normalizing the charges.
Several of my RBHS
team brought to my attention that they are paying considerably more for
parking at Rutgers than their Legacy Rutgers counterparts. RUDOTS
provided the following: "Legacy RU employees pay a different rate than
UMDNJ/RBHS employees... UMDNJ/RBHS pay .005 X their salary. Legacy RU
employees have a different sliding scale based on salary. Here
is a link to that." The different policies and rates result in RBHS
employees being charged approximately 40% more for their parking than
Legacy Rutgers employees. The policy should be consistent across all
employees, since the schools have "merged" since July of 2014 (3.5
After a discussion, it was determined not to charge a committee with
this issue, but rather to invite Tony Calcado, Executive Vice President
for Strategic Planning and Operations and Chief Operating Officer, and
Jack Molenaar, Senior Director of Transportation Services to address
the Executive Committee on this topic.
Charge to University Structure and Governance Committee on Senator
Submitted by Sana Siddiqui, NJMS Student Senator
Sana Siddiqui had submitted the following proposed charge and rationale
on Senator Alternates:
the feasibility of providing options for alternate student Senators,
particularly for the New Jersey Medical School.
curriculum at New Jersey Medical School is not conducive to having
students attend meetings, due to national standardized exams being held
on Fridays as well as clerkship schedules that are not up to our
discretion. As such, it has been difficult to attend Senate meetings
and even more difficult to attend committee meetings. It has been an
issue for our representatives over a few years. This impairs the
ability of our students to be involved with Senate proceedings as well
as be able to voice their suggestions or concerns. We propose the
position of a Senator Alternate, who may attend the committee and/or
Senate meetings in case that the Senator representative cannot attend.
The representative would be of a different class year. By providing the
option for an alternate, NJMS students can be more involved with the
Senate, and Rutgers University, over time.
Senator Siddiqui was not present to defend this
charge, but the Executive Committee nevertheless discussed it
length. The consensus was that although effective
adequate representation are very important, this is not a
and only pertains to only one particular group. Therefore, this
not be charged to a committee at this time.
[Lee left at 3:26 p.m.]
University Senate Agenda
February 16, 2018
Senate Meeting agenda was discussed, and will include:
to be held in Camden.
Chancellor's Report to be given by Chancellor Phoebe Haddon.
- Faculty and
Personal Affairs Committee (FPAC) Response to Charge Charge
S-1707, on Stipend or Course Release Payment for PTL Senators
The meeting adjourned at 3.52 p.m.
Minutes written and submitted by,
Interim Executive Secretary of the University Senate