RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY
MINUTES: Regular Meeting of the University Senate
DATE: December 7, 2018
TIME AND PLACE: 1:10 p.m., Multipurpose Room, College Avenue Student Center, College Avenue Campus
MEMBERS PRESENT: Acosta; Ahmed; Alizadeh; Ardeshna; Atkins; Aubert; Balaguru; Barbarese; Bhuyan; Boikess; Bora; Borisovets; Brewster-Bauzyk; Bridgeman; Bugel; Butler; Chunn; Collins; Craig; J. Cummings; M. Cummings; Dasari; DeFabiis; Denham-Barrett; DiLalo; Dowlin; Emmons; Everett; Field; Ghesani; Giraud; Gonzalez; Gould; Graber; Gursoy; Han; Hartman; Heckscher; Hunter; Hunter-Fratzola; Jarrin; Johnson; Junboonta; Kabia; Kane; Kane; Kashalikar; Kelly; Kettle; Kurtas; Kustka; LaPointe; Lee; LoGrippo; Lutz; Maglione-Rico; Mahajan-Cusack; Mammis; Markert; Marsic; Masiello; McKeever; Mena-Segovia; Menifield; Miller; Murphy; Norris; Norville; O'Connor; Oleske; O'Neill; Pappas; Parrish; Parsa; B. Patel; M. Patel; S. Patel; Perez; Peyrek; Pinto-Figueroa; Piotrowski; Powell; Puhak; Rabinowitz; Ravichandran; Rivera; Rosen; Rothpeltz-Puglia; Saltzman; Sanchez; Serrano; Sesti; Shah; Shapiro; Shapses; Silver; Strom; Szatrowski; Tharney; Thompson; Thompson; Tracey; Trees; White; Yang; Zhang; Ziessler
EXCUSED: Abbasi; Avallone; Awan; Bekdash; Cole; Dane; D'Anna; Dreyer; Esposito; Fagan; Fellenz; Goldfarb; Goodman; Gross; Guo; Honeycutt; Joergensen; Kaminskas; Langsam; Lema; Lindboe; Little; Maloney; Mancini; Matto; Nickitas; Pandey; Puar; Raza; Shinbrot; Soto; Spiegel; Steinberg; Struble; Thuravil; Van Stine; Vidal; Wilde; Williams
ABSENT:Alexander-Floyd; Alidou; Alvarez; Artun; Barchi; Barone; Brunson; Butterfield; Cahill; Cantor; Carson; Carty; Chinn; Conway; Cotter; Covington; DeFilippis; Dettloff; Eastman; Eaton; Ebert; Eisenstein; Estriplet; Farmbry; Farris; Feldman; Filippelli; Ganesh; Gillett; Gower; Greenberg; Haddon; Halkitis; Hatefi; Holzemer; Iannini; Johnson; Kukor; Langer; Lei; Lewis; Lindenmeyer; Lombardi; Lopez; Lugg; Mahon; Mansukhani; March; Marchetta; Mazurek; Molloy; Murphy; O'Brassill-Kulfan; Oliver; Pagan; Pardlo; Paskhover; Patton; Pichugin; Ponzio; Porumbescu; C. Potter; J. Potter; Pradhan; Rajan; Raval; Schiavo; Schneider; Schwartz; Sen; Shah; Sheridan; Song; Stauffer; Takhistov; Tsakalakos; Young
ATTENDANCE SUMMARY: Faculty: Of 115 total: 65 present (57%), 21 excused (18%), 29 absent (25%); Students: Of 42 total: 20 present (48%), 11 excused (26%), 11 absent (26%); Administrators: Of 40 total: 3 present (8%), 3 excused (8%), 34 absent (85%); Staff: Of 19 total: 15 present (79%), 2 excused (11%), 2 absent (11%); Alumni: Of 6 total: 3 present (50%), 2 excused (33%), 1 absent (17%)
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CALL TO ORDER, DETERMINATION OF A QUORUM, INTRODUCTION OF COMMITTEE CHAIRS AND CHARGES, AND CHAIR’S REPORT - Peter Gillett, Chair
RUTGERS BIOMEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (RBHS) CHANCELLOR'S REPORT - Brian Strom, RBHS Chancellor
RBHS Chancellor Brian Strom presented the RBHS Chancellor's Report. Strom then responded to questions, or heard comments, on the report and related issues including:
University Structure and Governance Committee (USGC) Response to Charge S-1605: Size and Composition of the Senate, Reviewed - Jon Oliver, USGC Chair
The USGC has been charged as follows: 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 the Senate Executive Committee by October 2018.
Chair Gillett noted that, in accordance with parliamentary procedure and established Senate practice regarding proposed changes to Senate bylaws, this item was docketed for introduction and discussion today, but would be voted on at the next Senate meeting. USGC Chair Jon Oliver presented and summarized the USGC's Response to Charge S-1605 on Size and Composition of the Senate, Reviewed. Oliver then read the related resolutions, then answered questions which included the following:
- the change in formula after reaching 10 senators;
- lowering the quorum requirement vs. reducing the size of the Senate;
- the logic behind returning the vote to deans;
- combining undergraduate and graduate students in the smaller schools;
- the creation of an attendance requirement;
- differences between colleges and schools;
- making a distinction between Legacy-Rutgers and RBHS Librarians;
- the cap of 20 senators and what schools that affects; and
- a request for the current distribution of senators and another with the proposed changes for the January meeting - in particular for SAS-NB.
RUTGERS IDENTITY REPORT - Kimberly Manning, Senior Vice President for University Relations
SVP Manning then presented the Rutgers Identity Report and answered questions, or heard comments, on the report and related issues including:
ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT - Barbara Lee, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
SVP Lee then presented an Administrative Report that included comments on:
Gillett summarized the format and time limits for Senior Vice President Lee's administrative report. There were no questions or comments.
OLD BUSINESS: There was no old business.
NEW BUSINESS: There was no new business.
SENATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT - Senate Vice Chair Jon Oliver reported on the November 30, 2018 Senate Executive Committee meeting.
REPORTS OF REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES: Senator Samuel Rabinowitz, Faculty Representative to the Board of Governors, reported on the November 6 Board of Governors meeting. Senator Robert Schwartz, Faculty Representative to The Board of Trustees, Mary Jo Bugel, Faculty Representative to The Board of Trustees, and Ilce Perez, Undergraduate Student to the Board of Trustees, reported on the November 6 Board of Trustees meeting.
REPORTS OF CAMPUS FACULTY AND STUDENT LIAISONS: New Brunswick Student Senator Julie Serrano reported on recent plans and activities of New Brunswick student governing associations. New Brunswick Faculty Senator Robert Boikess reported on the November 30 New Brunswick Faculty Council meeting. There were no faculty or student representatives available to report from Camden, Newark or RBHS.
ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 3:53 p.m.