RUTGERS UNIVERSITY SENATE
2. Executive Secretary’s
M I N U T E S
March 7, 2008
Adam, Becker, Bodnar, Borisovets, Cooke, Cotter, Greenhut, Gould, Leath
(Vice Chair), McCall, Rabinowitz (Chair), Stein, Swalagin (Executive Secretary),
Furmanski (Administrative Liaison)
The regular meeting of the University
Senate Executive Committee was held on Friday, March 7, 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 1:21 p.m. He reminded the Executive
Committee that its meeting with the Middle States site visit team would
be the following Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. in Winants Hall. There was some
discussion of the format and expected elements of that meeting.
Agenda: Gayle Stein asked that the potential charge on blood drives be moved up on the agenda. The request was approved. The
meeting agenda was approved as revised.
Minutes: The Minutes
of February 8, 2008 Senate Executive Committee meeting were approved as distributed by the executive secretary.
3. Administrative Report
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Philip Furmanski's administrative report included comments on:
[Ryan Cooke left the meeting at 2:37 p.m.]
- student awards, fellowships and honors;
- applications and admissions;
- grants and research
- Middle States reaccreditation;
- an upcoming New Jersey State Budget Committee forum to be
held in the Rutgers
the following Wednesday morning;
- the state budget and support for Rutgers;
- proposed ethics legislation for New Jersey State
- tuition, particularly as it relates to possible budget
4. Standing Committees
Charge to Student Affairs Committee (SAC) on special student
organization "Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow" concept plan.
The Executive Committee again
discussed the concept plan and supporting documentation related to the
Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow (CAFT) request for access to the
referendum process to secure student funding for their organization via
bill. The Executive Committee reviewed what CAFT had submitted as the
evidence of annual independent audits, and, noting that the document
specifically stated that no audits were done or contracted to be done,
that CAFT was not eligible to use the referendum process at this time.
Secretary Swalagin was instructed to inform CAFT of that decision.
No charge was issued to any Senate committee on this matter.
[Aleisha McCall left the meeting at 3:00 p.m.]
Proposed Charge to Student Affairs Committee on Discriminatory Practices Related to Blood Drives:
[Karen Thompson left the meeting at 3:20 p.m.]
Jonathan Becker summarized his proposed charge on potential conflicts between Rutgers
’ nondiscrimination policies and the FDA policy of
barring blood donations from men who have sex with men. Becker’s e-mail
requesting the charge stated:
has banned on-campus blood drives because of an FDA policy that violates the
school's equal protection policy. I would like to request the Senate to
determine if the FDA's practice of barring donations by men who have sex with
men is a discriminatory practice that violates the equal protection policies of
. If the discriminatory
practice does violate, then I'd like the Senate to explore and propose options
for the Rutgers Administration, up to and including an outright ban on blood
drives. The injured parties here are men who have sex with men, who unaware of
the policy, are publicly humiliated and socially ostracized by the FDA's
Following discussion, the Executive Committee issued the
following charge to the Student Affairs Committee:
Policies on Participation in Blood Drives: Determine
if the US Food and Drug Administration's practice and policy of barring blood
donations by men who have sex with men is a discriminatory practice that
violates Rutgers' nondiscrimination policies.
If the discriminatory practice does violate, explore and propose options by
which Rutgers' administration may address the
discrimination and policy violation, up to and including an outright ban on
blood drives. Consult with Melodee Lasky, Executive Director of Rutgers-NB
Health Services, and Francesca Maresca, Senior Health Education Specialist, on
this issue. Respond to Senate Executive Committee by December 2008.
EVP Furmanski offered to send an e-mail to those involved in
planning or promoting blood drives at Rutgers
asking them to be aware and sensitive to this issue.
Proposed Charge to Budget and Finance Committee on
Emergency Communication Systems:
[Phil Furmanski left the meeting at 4:05 p.m.]
Gayle Stein summarized her requested
charge on how information on emergency situations is communicated to the Rutgers
community. The following charge was issued to the
Budget and Finance Committee:
Emergency Communication Processes: Investigate and
make recommendations on communication processes used to inform students,
faculty, and staff about what to do in various emergency situations. These
situations may include bomb threats, fires, chemical spills, and individuals
with weapons. Consult with Vice President for Student Affairs Gregory Blimling,
Executive Director for Public Safety Jay Kohl, and Senior Director of Campus
Information Services Matt Weismantel on this issue. Respond to Senate Executive
Committee by November 2008.
Proposed Charge to Faculty Affairs and Personnel
Committee on Dealing with Potential Psychological Problems in the Workplace:
Gayle Stein summarized her requested charge on communication processes used to
inform full- and part-time faculty and staff about how to deal with
psychological emergencies. Stein’s draft charge was amended slightly, and, over
Paul Leath’s objection, the following charge was issued to the Faculty Affairs
and Personnel Committee:
Dealing with Psychological Emergencies: Investigate
and make recommendations on communication processes used to inform and train
full-time and part-time faculty and staff about how to address potential
psychological problems with individuals around them. These situations may
include potential suicides and substance abuse. Respond to Senate Executive
Committee by November 2008.
Deferral of Proposed Charge:
Noting the time, Gayle Stein asked that the third of her docketed,
proposed charges, on utilization of NJEdge, be deferred until the April
Executive Committee meeting. The proposed charge was deferred.
5. Selection of Nominating Panel Members for Election of 2008-09 Senate
Officers, Executive Committee Members, and Board Representatives
The Nominating Panel charge and composition was discussed. Secretary
Swalagin will be asking the Senate to send him nominations for 2008-09
Senate officers, Executive Committee members, and board
representatives. The Executive Committee members will review their
standing committee rosters, and consider those who participate in their
caucuses, and will send Swalagin additional nominations. The EC also
suggested some Senators for membership on the Nominating Panel.
6. March 28, 2008 Senate Meeting Agenda
The following items, carried over from the canceled February 22 Senate meeting, were docketed for the March 28 Senate meeting:
7. Old Business
Policy Update: Martha Cotter reported that the Academic Standards,
Regulations and Admissions Committee had met that morning to continue working
on revising the academic integrity policy. She said that she expects to have a
proposed interim policy, as well as many suggestions for a permanent policy,
ready to for Senate consideration at the May 2008 Senate meeting.
Request for Charge Deadline Postponement: At Cotter’s
request, the deadline for Charge S-0605, on admissions and financial aid
assessment, was changed to December 2008.
8. New Business
There was no old business.
The meeting adjourned at 4:27 p.m.
Executive Secretary of the University Senate