UNIVERSITY SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE CHARGES
ISSUED BY THE SENATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, AND
PENDING AS OF MARCH 2017

NOTE: Unless otherwise stated, deadlines are for response to Senate Executive Committee.
Comments on these charges/issues can be sent directly to the committee chairs, or to the Senate Secretary.
Some charges have been resolved in committees, but have not yet been acted upon by the Senate.
Charges with "S" prefix originate in the Senate or its Executive Committee. Charges with "A" prefix originate in Rutgers' central administration.
Charges with "CI" prefix result from Committee Initiative.

S-1501-1
University Structure and Governance Committee
Co-Chairs:
Jon Oliver
Robert Puhak

Eligibility, Nomination, and Election of Senate Leadership and Board Representatives: Consider and make recommendations on the eligibility of candidates, and the nomination process and schedule for election of Senate officers, Executive Committee members, and board representatives. Respond to Senate Executive Committee by June 2017.  [Issued January 2015. Reissued June 2015, April 2016, March 2017]

S-1506
Academic Standards, Regulations, and Admissions Committee
Co-Chairs:
Martha Cotter
Matthew Winkler

RBHS and Other Rutgers Academic Calendars: Consider the academic calendars of the various units of RBHS and how they differ from other Rutgers academic calendars. Make proposals for reconciling the different calendars where possible, and for incorporating the RBHS calendar(s) in the official Rutgers academic calendar. Respond to Senate Executive Committee by April 2017.  [Issued September 2015. Reissued March 2017]

S-1509
Academic Standards, Regulations, and Admissions Committee
Co-Chairs:
Martha Cotter
Matthew Winkler

Default 16-Year Academic Calendar: Review the 16-year default academic calendar drafted by Mary Mickelsen. Respond to Senate Executive Committee by April 2017.  [Issued November 2015. Reissued March 2017]

S-1510
Instruction, Curricula and Advising Committee
Chair:
Natalie Borisovets

Student Teaching Evaluations, and Best Practices in Evaluation of Teaching 2015: Revisit the March 2012 Instruction, Curricula and Advising Committee report on Charge S-1104, on Online Teaching Evaluations, and Best Practices in Evaluation of Teaching. Consider questions such as: Have there been changes in the completion rates and use of the Student Instructional Rating Surveys (SIRS)? How can we make students more aware that the results of the SIRS are available to them? Are the questions on the SIRS still valid, or do they need to be modified in light of changes in educational technologies? To what extent should the SIRS results be used in the evaluation of teaching and the promotion/tenure process? Are other Big-10 schools using such surveys, and to what purpose? Solicit input on personnel ramifications from the Senate's Faculty and Personnel Affairs Committee. Respond to Senate Executive Committee by April 2017.  [Issued November 2015. Reissued March 2017]

S-1511
Faculty and Personnel Affairs Committee
Co-Chairs:
Alexander Settles
Joseph Markert

Personnel Considerations Related to Student Teaching Evaluations, and Best Practices in Evaluation of Teaching:  Provide input to the Instruction, Curricula and Advising Committee (ICAC) regarding personnel considerations and ramifications related to their deliberations on Charge S-1510 on Student Teaching Evaluations, and Best Practices in Evaluation of Teaching 2015. Noting the ICAC's reporting deadline of March 2017, coordinate directly with the ICAC chair regarding deadlines and issues. [Issued November 2015.]

S-1512
Faculty and Personnel Affairs Committee
Co-Chairs:
Alexander Settles
Joseph Markert

Staff Promotion and Salary Adjustment Policy: Examine Rutgers’ policies on salary adjustments for staff. In particular, review University Policy 60.4.10, which limits Rutgers staff employees’ salary adjustments following promotion or reclassification to levels below those that may be negotiated or offered for newly hired staff employees. Where appropriate, make recommendations for modifying the policy. Respond to Senate Executive Committee by October 2017.  [Issued November 2015. Reissued March 2017]

S-1601
Budget and Finance Committee
Chair:
Menahem Spiegel
Allocation of Faculty Lines/Positions in RCM Units: Investigate policies at Rutgers University regarding allocation of faculty lines/positions within Responsibility Center Management (RCM) units. Identify areas of concern, and make appropriate recommendations. Respond to Senate Executive Committee by September 2017.  [Issued March 2016. Reissued March 2017]
S-1602
Academic Standards, Regulations, and Admissions Committee
Co-Chairs:
Martha Cotter
Matthew Winkler

Policies on Excused Student Absences for Religious Observance: At the request of Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Barbara Lee, consider Rutgers policies on excused student absences for religious observance, and make recommendations on how best to revise those policies in light of the increasing diversity of the Rutgers student body. Respond to Senate Executive Committee by October 2017.  [Issued March 2016. Reissued March 2017]

S-1604
University Structure and Governance Committee
Co-Chairs:
Jon Oliver
Robert Puhak

Process for Unit Mergers or Other Structural Changes - Continued: Consider and recommend a procedure, timeline, template and process for merger or dissolution of, or making structural changes to, non-academic units that have a broad educational impact. Refer to the Senate report and recommendations on Charge S-1403, Process for Unit Mergers or Other Structural Changes, when considering this charge. Respond to Senate Executive Committee by December 2017. [Issued April 2016. Reissued March 2017]

S-1605
University Structure and Governance Committee
Co-Chairs:
Jon Oliver
Robert Puhak

Size and Composition of the Senate, Reviewed: As mandated in the December 2012 Senate Response to Charge S-1201, on Senate Size and Composition, reconsider the size and composition of the Senate. Respond to Senate Executive Committee by December 2017. [Issued April 2016. Reissued March 2017]

S-1606
Ad Hoc Committee on Webstreaming Senate Meetings
Chair:
Ann Gould

Videorecording and Live Webstreaming Senate Meetings: Consider the feasibility and desirability of videorecording and live webstreaming University Senate meetings, and archiving those videorecordings online for later viewing. Include in discussions aspects of the issue as transparency, technology, costs, benefits, audience, need, personal privacy of participants, etc. Present arguments both for and against the streaming and archiving. Respond to Senate Executive Committee by March 10, 2017. [Issued March 2016.]

S-1607
University Structure and Governance Committee
Co-Chairs:
Jon Oliver
Robert Puhak

Senate Committee Structure Review: Consider and make recommendations for modifying the Senate's standing committee structure and standing charges. Respond to Senate Executive Committee by December 2017. [Issued June 2016.]

S-1608
Faculty and Personnel Affairs Committee
Co-Chairs:
Alexander Settles
Joseph Markert

Employee Professional and Personal Development, Reviewed: Revisit and review the Senate's Response to Charge S-0801, Employee Professional and Personal Development. Respond to the Senate Executive Committee by October 2017. [Issued June 2016. Reissued March 2017]

A-1610
Academic Standards, Regulations, and Admissions Committee
Co-Chairs:
Martha Cotter
Matthew Winkler
Change in Graduation Date for Students Completing Degrees in Summer: At the request of Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Barbara Lee, consider a proposal to move the official graduation date from October to August for students who complete degree requirements in the summer, which ensures that official reporting of summer degrees falls within the parameters of federal reporting regulations and better reflects when students actually complete their degrees. Respond to the Senate Executive Committee by April 2017. [Issued September 2016. Reissued March 2017]
S-1611
Student Affairs Committee
Co-Chairs:
Viktor Krapivin
Samuel Rabinowitz

Examination of University Policy on Student Use of Drugs and Alcohol: Consider, evaluate, and make recommendations, if necessary, for changes to university policy on student use of drugs and alcohol. Consider the role of restorative justice in this university policy. Consider any deterrent effects of current policy to students seeking emergency medical services. Refer to the Medical Amnesty Report authored by the Rutgers University Student Assembly for additional information when considering this charge. Respond to Senate Executive Committee by April 2017. [Issued September 2016. Reissued March 2017]

S-1612
Student Affairs Committee
Co-Chairs:
Viktor Krapivin
Samuel Rabinowitz

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. Reissued March 2017]

S-1615
Faculty and Personnel Affairs Committee
Co-Chairs:
Alexander Settles
Joseph Markert

Hiring Preference for Rutgers Graduates:  Consider the feasibility of preference in hiring for graduates of Rutgers University, other considerations (including collective bargaining) being equal. Explore similar policies at peer institutions. If deemed appropriate, recommend changes in hiring policy. Respond to Senate Executive Committee by October 2017. [Issued November 2015.]

S-1701
Faculty and Personnel Affairs Committee
Co-Chairs:
Alexander Settles
Joseph Markert
Reconciling RBHS procedures for Review of Deans and Programs with Other Existing Procedures: Consider and make recommendations as to how procedures for review of deans and programs at RBHS might best be reconciled with existing procedures in other parts of Rutgers. Respond to the Senate Executive Committee by December 2017. [Issued January 2017. Reissued March 2017]
S-1702
Student Affairs Committee
Co-Chairs:
Viktor Krapivin
Samuel Rabinowitz
Increasing Student Voter Turnout in Federal, State, and Local Elections: Investigate how the number of Rutgers students who vote in federal, state, and local elections can be effectively increased. Consider what changes in policies, procedures, and practices can best encourage voting by students, including making election days holidays. Make appropriate recommendations. Respond to the Senate Executive Committee by January 2018. [Issued March 2017.]
S-1703
Research, and Graduate and Professional Education Committee
Chair:
Jane Otto
Grant Costs: Identify specific grant cost issues that negatively impact the University's mission to conduct research across disciplines, and actively engage its students in that research, including but not limited to: tuition, fringe rate, Facilities and Administrative costs ("F&A," formerly known as indirect costs), support services, and negotiated vendor contracts. Identify and engage stakeholders, and make recommendations. Respond to the Senate Executive Committee by March 2018. [Issued March 2017.]
S-1704
University Structure and Governance Committee
Co-Chairs:
Jon Oliver
Robert Puhak
How Issues are Brought to the Senate Floor: Investigate the process by which charges are issued to standing or other committees of the Senate, and the process by which items are included on the draft Agenda issued by the Executive Secretary on behalf of the Executive Committee for adoption at the beginning of Senate meetings, and consider suitable modifications to allow the Senate to retain ultimate authority over these processes while preserving the value of the function currently exercised by the Executive Committee. Make appropriate recommendations. Respond to Senate Executive Committee by March 2018. [Issued March 2017]
S-1705
Faculty and Personnel Affairs Committee
Co-Chairs:
Alexander Settles
Joseph Markert
Review of Rutgers' Policy on Workplace Violence: Consider Rutgers’ Policy on Workplace Violence, in particular its clarity and method of implementation. To what extent does it apply retroactively to faculty and how far back in time? To what extent is the policy's language precise? For example: "reasonable." To what extent can it be arbitrarily applied? To what extent does due process exist for all faculty/employees to whom the policy might apply. Consult with the administration, students, and unions, as needed. Make recommendations for changes to the policy if deemed appropriate. Respond to Senate Executive Committee by December 2017. [Issued March 2017]