Executive Committee

October 6, 2017 - 1:10 p.m.  (Executive Committee Meeting begins)
Meeting location: Camden Campus


9:30 a.m. – Board Academy charter bus for Camden in the ASB-III parking lot. This is our usual meeting location. [If you’re driving, please see parking and other information below.]

Approximately 10:30 a.m. – Arrive in Camden. Meet at the Nursing and Science Building (530 Federal Street).

11:00 a.m. – Welcome and continental breakfast with Chancellor Haddon on the 4th Floor of the Nursing and Science Building in Room 450/451.

11:30 a.m. - Tour of the Nursing and Science Building

12:15 p.m. – Lunch with Chancellor Haddon in Room 450/451 of the Nursing and Science Building. 

1:10 p.m. – Executive Committee meeting begins in Room 450/451 of the Nursing and Science Building.

Approximately 5:00 p.m. – Board charter bus for return trip to New Brunswick.


If you have made arrangements with Mary Mickelsen for reserved parking you may access the parking lot on Hudson Street from Federal Street. When entering the Nursing and Science Building please use the entrance at 5th and Federal Streets (the entrance near the circle). Map and GPS Address


1.    Chair’s Report  - Peter Gillett, Senate Chair

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

3.    Administrative Report - Barbara Lee, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

4.    Old Business

Preliminary Response to Charge S-1612, on Procedures for Handling Student Complaints Against Rutgers Personnel - Viktor Krapivin, Student Affairs Committee (SAC) Co-chair
In a September 24, 2017 email to Peter Gillett, Krapivin wrote:

Hello Peter,

A few Executive Committee meetings ago you asked me to go to my committee to figure out how charge S-1612 could be responded to (language regarding charge reproduced below):

Discussed charge S-1612 - Procedures for Handling Student Complaints Against Rutgers Personnel:

Investigate procedures at Rutgers for handling student complaints against University personnel, and make recommendations regarding how such procedures should be best publicized and communicated, and how the rights of all parties might be appropriately protected. Consider also how training might improve our response to such complaints. Respond to Senate Executive Committee by October 2017. [Issued September 2016.]

The committee deliberated on this issue, this past meeting. The committee does not have enough information to proceed as the grievance process is confidential. Most members do not have any experience with this issue. The committee is more than willing to provide feedback on a specific proposal. Additionally, in regards to the question on how procedures should be publicized and communicated, we can also issue a response to how things should be communicated to students.

Thank you,

Viktor Krapivin

Response to Request for Compiled List of University Policies and Statements on Academic Freedom and Free Speech - Barbara Lee, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

In a September 26, 2017 email to Ken Swalagin transmitting the above-linked document, Lee wrote:

Dear Ken,

At the last Senate Executive Committee meeting, members of the committee asked me to compile a list of University policies and statements on academic freedom and free speech. I interpreted that request very broadly to include any official statement posted on the university website. So attached is a 43-page list of those policies and statements.

Please let me know if you have questions, or if there are additional people to whom this should be sent.

Thanks, Ken.


Barbara A. Lee
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Preliminary Draft of the Middle States Decennial Reaccreditation Review Self-Study [NetID and password required.] - Mentioned at the September 8 Executive Committee meeting, and subsequently forwarded by email to the Rutgers community, and comments invited therefrom to the Middle States Steering Committee, by Barbara Lee on September 25, 2017

Follow-Up Response to Response to Charge S-1614 on Acceptable Use Policy for Information Technology Resources  - Michele Norin, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Draft Policies and Overview to be discussed:

5.    Committees/Panels

University Commencement Panel -
The University Commencement Panel, chaired by Senate Vice Chair Jon Oliver, met on Friday, September 29, and selected Senator members for each Chancellor's Commencement Committee. Oliver has informed the chancellor of those selections and appointments, as follows:

Faculty: Perry Dane, Samuel Rabinowitz, Robert Scoloveno
Students: Michael Van Stine, Christopher Shinn

Faculty: Alexander Settles, Adam Kustka, Philip Patrick
Students: There were no student volunteers from the Senate, so Senior Vice Chancellor Peter Englot will work with Newark student leaders to select from the following Newark student Senators: Kemal Abayhan, Mrittika Majumdar, Sindu Parvthaneni, Rita Nasr, Jon Gonzales [Note: Rita Nasr has since resigned from the Senate.]

New Brunswick/RBHS:
Faculty: Eleanor LaPointe, Karen Thompson, Mary Bridgeman
Students: Viktor Krapivin, Aneesh Deshpande

Issues/Proposed Charges:

Requested Review of Proposed Realignment of School of Arts and Sciences - New Brunswick Support Staff - Proposed by Joanna Kempner, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology

In an October 3, 2017 email to Peter Gillett, Kempner wrote:

I'm writing to you, in your capacity as the Chairperson of the Faculty Senate [sic], to request that the Senate investigate the NB School of Arts and Sciences' plan to "realign" the organization of departments' support staff.

The SAS faculty are so concerned about SAS's proposal and its roll-out that we, though the AAUP-AFT union, petitioned Executive Dean Peter March to hold a special meeting with faculty and staff about this plan. We have multiple concerns, including faculty governance and autonomy, as well as the increasing corporatization of the university.

I am attaching a memo that explains the reorganization in more detail. Please feel free to contact me with any additional questions.

Many thanks,


6.    University Senate Agenda

October 20, 2017 Senate Meeting:
7.    Adjournment - The meeting should adjourn by approximately 5:00 so attendees can board the bus for the return trip to New Brunswick.