September 7, 2012

MEMBERS PRESENT: Barraco (by phone), Berman, Boikess, Borisovets, Bubb, Dantzler, Gould,  Muse, Panayotatos (Chair),  Puhak, Swalagin (Executive Secretary), Thompson


ALSO ATTENDING: Barchi (Administrative Liaison/University President), Cashin (Student Board of Governors Representative), Cotter (Faculty Board of Trustees Representative), Edwards (Administrative Liaison/Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs), Greenhut (Senate Parliamentarian), O'Conner (New Brunswick Faculty Liaison), Rabinowitz (Faculty Board of Governors Representative), Rosario (Newark College of Arts and Sciences Student), Spiegel (Faculty Board of Trustee Representative)

The regular meeting of the University Senate Executive Committee was held on Friday, September 7, 2012 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 Paul Panayotatos called the meeting to order at 1:26 p.m. He welcomed everyone to what he said "promises to be an interesting academic year." Panayotatos then called for introductions of all present. He said that this would be his last year as Senate chair, and spoke briefly about his past years of service as chair. He said he had met with President Barchi over the summer, but that it was not in the context of the Senate chair and vice chair's official semiannual meeting, adding that he was hopeful that President Barchi would be able to attend future Executive Committee meetings.

2.    Secretary’s Report - Ken Swalagin, Executive Secretary of the Senate
3.    Administrative Liaison

President Robert L. Barchi presented an administrative report, which included comments on:
President Barchi then responded to questions, or heard comments, from those present on subjects including:
4.    September 21 Senate Meeting

The agenda and format for the September 21, 2012 Senate meeting were discussed. It was agreed that the agenda would include:
[President Barchi and Executive Vice President Edwards left the meeting at 2:54 p.m.]
5.    Standing Committees

The Executive Committee reviewed the Standing Committee Membership/Rosters, and discussed potential co-chairs for the Student Affairs Committee (the committee will select a student co-chair at their first meeting) and Research, and Graduate and Professional Education Committee (Jane Otto will replace Victor Greenhut, who resigned from the position, as co-chair of that committee). Former Vice President for Student Affairs Gregory Blimling has not yet been replaced, so Natasha Turski, an administrator Senator, will serve as administrative liaison to the Student Affairs Committee.

Issues/Proposed Charges:

Proposed Charge to Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee (ASRAC) on Changes to Academic Integrity Policy Related to University Code of Student Conduct, submitted by Martha Cotter, ASRAC Co-chair: Martha Cotter summarized her committee's proposed charge, which was discussed by the Executive Committee and issued as follows:

Recommend changes to the Rutgers Academic Integrity Policy necessitated by the about-to-be-adopted revised University Code of Student Conduct, which states that procedures for adjudicating alleged violations of academic integrity are specified in the Academic Integrity Policy. Required changes to the Academic Integrity Policy therefore consist, at a minimum, of incorporation of the procedures for resolving alleged separable violations of academic integrity in the appendices to the Policy or in a companion document. Also recommend whether some of the revised and simplified procedures for handling alleged separable conduct violations in the new Code of Student Conduct should also be adopted for resolving alleged violations of academic integrity. Respond to Senate Executive Committee by January 2013.

Request for Modification of Research, and Graduate and Professional Education Committee (RGPEC) Charge S-1108 on Research Support Infrastructure, submitted by Gayle Stein, RGPEC Co-chair: An RGPEC request to divide charge S-1108 was discussed. The charge was divided into subcharges as listed below, but RGPEC Co-chair Gayle Stein had asked  that she be allowed to consult with the RGPEC before requesting deadline, so Ken Swalagin asked that he be allowed to assign each an April 2013 deadline, then revise those deadlines when Stein responds with the RGPEC's suggestions. The Executive Committee agreed.

Charge S-1108 Research Support Infrastructure: In preparation for the Rutgers/UMD merger, investigate the status of the research support infrastructure at Rutgers, including instrumentation, equipment,maintenance contracts, site licenses, and shared data storage. Provide recommendations that have the potential to reduce associated costs and enhance opportunities for information, equipment, and instrumentation sharing. Provide recommendations about research data security and academic and non-academic support services.


S-1108-1 - Data and Information Sharing
S-1108-2 - Secure Data Storage
S-1108-3 - Data Transport
S-1108-4 - Scientific Equipment
S-1108-5 - Research Support Services
[Dan O'Connor left the meeting at 3:22 p.m.]

Targum Concept Plan Review:
In preparation for a Spring 2013 referendum, The Daily Targum had submitted a Concept Plan, audit reports for the three previous years, and a cover letter. The Senate's Student Affairs Committee was charged with reviewing the Concept Plan for educational value, and for the appropriateness of pursuing special funding.

6.    September 21, 2012 Senate Meeting:

In addition to elements discussed in number 4 above, the September 21 Senate activities/meeting will also include:
[Jonathan Muse left the meeting at 3:30 p.m.]

7.    Old Business

There was no old business.

[Martha Cotter and Curtis Danzler left the meeting at 3:46 p.m.]

8.    New Business

There was no new business.

9.    Adjournment
The meeting adjourned at 3:50 p.m.

Written and submitted by,

Ken Swalagin
Executive Secretary of the University Senate