RUTGERS UNIVERSITY SENATE
M I N U T E S
February 8, 2008
Adam, Becker, Bodnar, Borisovets,
Cooke, Cotter, Greenhut, Gould, Leath (Vice Chair), McCall, Puniello, Rabinowitz
(Chair), Stein, Swalagin (Executive Secretary)
The regular meeting of the University
Senate Executive Committee was held on Friday, February 8, 2008 at 1:10 p.m. in
the Executive Board Room of Administrative Services Building-III, Cook Campus.
1. Chairperson’s Report
Senate and Executive Committee
Chairperson Samuel Rabinowitz
called the meeting to order at 1:17 p.m. He said that all members of
the Executive Committee had been invited to participate in a March 11
Middle States reaccreditation session on governance issues. Rabinowitz
will serve as host convener of the session. He also spoke briefly about
moderating the recent public forum on the stadium expansion.
2. Executive Secretary’s
meeting agenda was approved as
distributed by the executive secretary.
Minutes: The Minutes
of January 11, 2008 Senate Executive Committee meeting were approved as distributed by the executive secretary.
3. Administrative Report
- Camden Staff Senator Replacement:
Secretary Ken Swalagin said that Camden staff Senator Patrick Wallace
had resigned from the Senate, saying that he had been unable to attend
Senate meetings. Swalagin had asked Camden staff Senator Jose Robinson
for suggestions for a replacement for the remainder of Wallace's term,
which runs through June 30, 2008. Robinson had suggested Jonathan Muse,
and Muse had agreed to accept the position if the Executive Committee
agreed. All Executive Committee members present agreed to the
replacement, and Senator Muse was placed on the roster.
- Special Student Group Concept Plan: Swalagin informed the committee that a concept plan
had been submitted for review, preliminary to conducting a funding
referendum, by special student organization Collegians for a
Constructive Tomorrow. No proof of audits, which are required by the
referendum guidelines as part of the concept plan review, had been
submitted, but Swalagin said he had informed the group that they were
required. There was considerable discussion of the concept plan and the
organization, of which little was known by the committee members.
Jonathan Becker cited the absence of any action plan by the group,
which he said is a serious deficiency. The committee instructed
Swalagin to contact Vice President for Student Affairs Gregory Blimling
and ask if he can provide any information regarding the background of
the organization. Other comments included: the expectation of a local
track record for any organization wishing to conduct a referendum;
differences between audits of a national organization and its state
subunit, and a suggestion that the organization should first be created
and audited before being funded through referenda, unless the funds
were to go to the national organization; and the need to know how funds
that may have gone to this organization through other Rutgers funding
mechanisms were used, and inclusion of that information in the concept
plan. The Executive Committee adopted a motion to refer the concept
plan to the Student Affairs Committee for preliminary review (under the
existing referendum guidelines), with the understanding that the formal
review could not be completed without the requisite, complete audit
information, and to ask Vice President Blimling for any information on
the organization and its history at Rutgers or elsewhere.
Neither President McCormick nor Executive Vice President Furmanski was
able to attend the meeting. There was no administrative report.
4. Standing Committees
Student Affairs Committee Review of Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow Concept Plan:
concept plan discussed under "Secretary's Communications" above will be
referred for preliminary discussion to the Student Affairs Committee. A
formal charge may be issued when the submission of supporting
documentation (e.g., proof of audits) is received from the
Charge Deadline Extensions:
The reporting deadline for
and Finance Committee (BFC) charge S-0709, on Intercampus Shuttle
Service, was extended to April 2008, as requested by BFC Chair Menahem
Spiegel. The reporting deadline for Faculty Affairs and Personnel
Committee (FAPC) charge S-0705, on Contingent Faculty Proposal, was
extended to April 2008, as requested by FAPC Co-chair Ann Gould.
University Structure and Governance Committee (USGC) Charges Update:
Ryan Cooke, EC and USGC member, summarized the status of all charges pending in the USGC.
5. Nomination of Faculty for University Copyright Policy Advisory Committee: Linda
Schulze, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, had requested
nominations of six to ten faculty members to serve on the University
Copyright Policy Advisory Committee. The committee will "advise the
Vice President for Research, as appropriate, on interpretation and
enforcement of the [copyright] policy, amendments to this policy, the
resolution of disputes on copyright matters including ownership, and
other matters." The EC nominated faculty for membership on that
committee, and Francoise Puniello will consult her library colleagues
and forward additional names to Ken Swalagin, who will forward the full
list to Linda Schulze.
6. January 22, 2008 Senate Meeting Agenda
Items for the February
Senate meeting agenda. In addition to the regular reports, the following specific items were docketed:
7. Old Business
Martha Cotter updated the committee on the activities of the ad hoc,
joint Senate Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee
(ASRAC) and McCabe Committee on the academic integrity policy. She said
that the joint committee had met, and that EVP Furmanski had requested
ASRAC and Senate approval of an interim acdemic integrity policy by the
end of this academic year. A committee headed by Mark Schuster and Mary
Beth Daisey is currently drafting the interim policy, which will
include a portion drafted by Cotter. The draft, when completed, should
go to the ad hoc committee, then to ASRAC, then to the Senate. Cotter
said extra ASRAC meetings may be required to complete the review, and
that the ASRAC will attempt to have a report for the April 2008 Senate
meeting, which report is expected to include recommendations on how to
set up a committee to refine a permanent policy, with particular
attention paid to how to address separable and nonseparable offenses.
Jonathan Becker said that the Student Affairs Committee, the Student
Caucus, and Camden Law students have discussed the interim policy and
agree that it should expire at a stated, specific time rather than
being "indefinitely interim."
8. New Business
There was brief discussion of standards for high and highest honors.
The meeting adjourned at 2:58 p.m.
Executive Secretary of the University Senate