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2018-2019Instruction Curricula and Advising Committee

Senator Constituency
Natalie Borisovets, ChairLibraries, Faculty
Margaret Avallone, MemberSchool of Nursing-Camden, Faculty
Rola Bekdash, MemberNewark College of Arts & Sciences, Faculty
Mary Bridgeman, MemberSchool of Pharmacy, Faculty
Daniel Bubb, MemberCamden College of Arts & Sciences, Faculty
Nancy Cantor, MemberNewark Chancellor
Clark Chinn, MemberGraduate School of Education, Dean
Christine Chunn, MemberSchool of Communication & Information, Student
Theresa Collins, MemberSchool of Arts & Sciences-NB, Faculty
Kevin Dowlin, Member
Adrienne Eaton, MemberSchool of Management & Labor Relations, Dean
William Field, MemberSchool of Arts & Sciences-NB, Faculty
Ann Gould, MemberSchool of Environmental & Biological Sciences, Faculty
Julianne Gross, MemberSchool of Arts & Sciences-NB, Faculty
Robert Johnson, MemberNew Jersey Medical School, Dean
Courtland Kurtas, MemberSchool of Nursing, Student
Theresa Lindboe, MemberSchool of Arts & Sciences-NB, Faculty
Peter March, Member
Kenneth Miller, MemberSchool of Arts & Sciences-NB, Faculty
Kristin O'Brassill-Kulfan, MemberSchool of Arts & Sciences-NB, Faculty
Charles Patton, MemberRutgers Business School:Undergraduate NB, Faculty
Alexander Pichugin, MemberSchool of Arts & Sciences-NB, Faculty
Karen Sanchez, MemberSchool of Arts & Sciences-NB, Faculty
Joseph Schiavo, Member
Michael Shapiro, Member
George Stauffer, MemberMason Gross School of the Arts, Dean
Barbara Thomson, MemberNew Brunswick Staff
Debora Tracey, MemberSchool of Nursing, Faculty
Erich Vidal, Member
James White, MemberSchool of Graduate Studies, Faculty
Senator Present Excused Absent
Borisovets, Natalie | Libraries, Faculty 0 0 9
Avallone, Margaret | School of Nursing-Camden, Faculty 0 0 8
Bekdash, Rola | Newark College of Arts & Sciences, Faculty 0 0 9
Bridgeman, Mary | School of Pharmacy, Faculty 0 0 9
Bubb, Daniel | Camden College of Arts & Sciences, Faculty 0 0 9
Cantor, Nancy | Newark Chancellor 0 0 9
Chinn, Clark | Graduate School of Education, Dean 0 0 8
Chunn, Christine | School of Communication & Information, Student 0 0 9
Collins, Theresa | School of Arts & Sciences-NB, Faculty 0 0 9
Dowlin, Kevin 0 0 9
Eaton, Adrienne | School of Management & Labor Relations, Dean 0 0 9
Field, William | School of Arts & Sciences-NB, Faculty 0 0 9
Gould, Ann | School of Environmental & Biological Sciences, Faculty 0 0 9
Gross, Julianne | School of Arts & Sciences-NB, Faculty 0 0 9
Johnson, Robert | New Jersey Medical School, Dean 0 0 9
Kurtas, Courtland | School of Nursing, Student 0 0 8
Lindboe, Theresa | School of Arts & Sciences-NB, Faculty 0 0 9
March, Peter 0 0 9
Miller, Kenneth | School of Arts & Sciences-NB, Faculty 0 0 9
O'Brassill-Kulfan, Kristin | School of Arts & Sciences-NB, Faculty 0 0 9
Patton, Charles | Rutgers Business School:Undergraduate NB, Faculty 0 0 9
Pichugin, Alexander | School of Arts & Sciences-NB, Faculty 0 0 9
Sanchez, Karen | School of Arts & Sciences-NB, Faculty 0 0 9
Schiavo, Joseph 0 0 9
Shapiro, Michael 0 0 9
Stauffer, George | Mason Gross School of the Arts, Dean 0 0 9
Thomson, Barbara | New Brunswick Staff 0 0 9
Tracey, Debora | School of Nursing, Faculty 0 0 9
Vidal, Erich 0 0 9
White, James | School of Graduate Studies, Faculty 0 0 8
Charge NumberTitleDescriptionCommittees Being ChargedCharge StatusDue Date
S-1306Dual Career Services ProgramExamine the desirability of establishing a dual career services program within Rutgers Human Resources in order to enhance the ability of Rutgers to recruit and retain faculty and staff who may need to relocate to accept a position at the institution. Research policies at peer institutions that provide the accompanying partner with the tools and services to access resources for an effective job search and make recommendations as appropriate.Faculty and Personnel Affairs CommitteeResolvedNovember 15, 2013
N/AAdditional Foundational Element on Shared Governance for Strategic FrameworkFoundational Element: Robust shared governance, academic freedom, and responsive leadership and effective communication.2018-2019 Instruction, Curricula, and Advising CommitteeResolvedOctober 18, 2013
S-1308Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) ReconsideredReconsider and make recommendations regarding the current and rapidly changing situation with Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), and Rutgers policies and procedures related to MOOCs.Instruction Curricula and Advising CommitteePendingNovember 15, 2013
S-1211Deregistration for Non-payment of Term BillsLook into the practice of removing students from the roster if they do not pay their term bills on time.Student Affairs CommitteeResolvedDecember 13, 2013
A-1303Minors on Campus Task Force ReportReview and respond to the Draft Policy on Minors on Campus written by the Minors on Campus Task Force.Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions CommitteeResolvedOctober 18, 2013
S-1304Test-Optional AdmissionsLook into whether test-optional admissions should be implemented for applicants to some or all of our undergraduate schools and colleges.Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions CommitteeResolvedJanuary 17, 2014
S-1208Required Changes to the Academic Integrity PolicyRecommend 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.Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions CommitteeResolvedMay 3, 2013
S-1206Academic Regulations, Student Achievement, and Effective Use of ResourcesExamine how well current academic regulations and procedures serve to maximize student academic achievement and result in the most effective use of our resources. In particular, look at the effect on student achievement and use of resources of regulations and procedures related to (1) students retaking courses they have failed or withdrawn from many times; (2) replacement of grades when a student retakes a course; (3) dismissal of students for poor academic performance and readmission of students who have been dismissed; and (4) deadlines for withdrawal from courses. Suggest changes in policies and procedures where needed in order more effectively to foster student success and use limited resources.Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions CommitteeResolvedJanuary 17, 2014
S-1108Research Support InfrastructureIn preparation for the Rutgers/UMDNJ 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 servicesResearch, and Graduate and Professional Education CommitteeResolvedMay 3, 2013
S-1312Responsibility Center Management ModelsEvaluate proposals for the implementation of the responsibility center management (RCM) budget model. Respond to Senate Executive Committee by March 2014Budget and Finance CommitteeResolvedMarch 21, 2014
A-1301Extension of the Fall 2013 Add/Drop PeriodRespond to Executive Vice President Edwards’ Memo of March 1, 2013, requesting that the Senate extend the Fall 2013 add/drop period because of the occurrence of the two-day Jewish Holiday of Rosh Hashanah early in the first week of the semester.Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions CommitteeResolvedMarch 22, 2013
N/AMassive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)Initially MOOC offerings concentrated on subjects such as Math, Computer Programming, and other areas that focus on developing technical and professional skills that can be assessed relatively easily online, and on general enrichment courses. As institutions have scrambled not to be left off the fast-moving MOOC bandwagon, offerings have expanded to include a wide variety of courses, often being taught by senior faculty.Instruction Curricula and Advising CommitteeResolvedFebruary 15, 2013
A-0812BEvaluation of Administrators, Part II - Evaluation of Upper AdministratorsGiven the potential joint Rutgers-UMDNJ integration and changes in administrative structure, reconsider the process recommended by the University Senate in 2012 for evaluation of upper administrators, including the University President, Chancellors, and the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. The FPAC received permission from the Senate Executive Committee to further narrow the charge, so that this Report pertains only to the University President.Faculty and Personnel Affairs CommitteeResolvedFebruary 15, 2013
n/aThe Proposed Merger of the Rutgers College of Nursing – Newark and New Brunswick and the Rutgers School of Nursing – NewarkAt its January 24, 2014 meeting, the University Senate was asked to consider, in a compressed timeframe, a proposal prepared by William L Holzemer, Dean, College of Nursing – Newark and New Brunswick and Susan Salmond, Dean, School of Nursing – Newark to merge their respective units into a single school with the proposed name of the Rutgers School of Nursing. The Executive Committee of the Senate asked each Senate committee to evaluate the proposal and to provide a report with questions and concerns. All committees agreed to the merger (or did not disagree) in principle.Executive Committee - Senate OfficersResolvedMarch 21, 2014
N/AAmendment of Standing Charge (BFC)Amendment of Standing Charge of the Budget and Finance Committee to include presentation of an annual report to the Senate on the Rutgers University Budget.Budget and Finance CommitteeResolvedDecember 14, 2012
S-1201Senate Size and CompositionConsider the effective functioning of the University Senate in light of past and possible future changes in its composition and size, together with recent patterns of active participation, and the structure of comparable bodies at other universities, and recommend changes to University Policies and the Senate Handbook, as appropriate.University Structure and Governance CommitteeResolvedDecember 7, 2012
S-1307Senate and Executive Committee EligibilityConsider and make recommendations regarding Senate eligibility and Executive Committee positions in light of the integration of UMDNJ.University Structure and Governance CommitteeResolvedMarch 21, 2014
S-1107Publication RepositoryExamine the possibility of a Rutgers-specific, centrally-driven publication repository for published papers and books. Provide data about similar services at peer and aspirant universities.Research, and Graduate and Professional Education CommitteeResolvedOctober 5, 2012
S-1212Definition of "Faculty" in University PoliciesInvestigate whether there is a need for a definition of "faculty" to be used in University Policies. If so, develop a definition of "faculty" to be incorporated into those policies.Faculty and Personnel Affairs CommitteeResolvedApril 18, 2014
S-1103Information Technology and IT Services at RutgersEvaluate aspects of information technology services at Rutgers including whether systems communicate effectively with each other, incorporate user experience levels and feedback, are user-friendly, improve data flow, and enhance coordination among information technology personnel. Explore ways that the Office of Information Technology can more efficiently provide services to users. Identify opportunities for Rutgers to centralize or take a more distributive approach to various information technology functions, and investigate the advantages and disadvantages of deploying more open software. If developments during the time of deliberations warrant it, consider the ramifications of a reunification of Robert Wood Johnson Medical with Rutgers New Brunswick on the aboveBudget and Finance CommitteeResolvedMarch 2, 2012
S-0808AImplementation of 2006 Senate Recommendations on Availability of SyllabiConsider and report on the Proposal submitted by Senator Candice Greaux, and the related resolution from the Rutgers University Student Assembly, regarding implementation of the Senate's recommendations on availability of syllabi, contained in the 2006 Instruction, Curricula and Advising Committee's Response to Charge S-0313, Availability of Syllabi during Add/Drop. Also consider how new technologies, and emphasis on learning goals and assessment objectives for courses, have changed the definition of "syllabus."Instruction Curricula and Advising CommitteeResolvedSeptember 21, 2012
S-1210Early-Open Study SpaceDetermine the interest in, and feasibility of, a study area on each campus opening early (5:00 a.m.) for commuter students.Student Affairs CommitteeResolvedApril 18, 2014
N/AProposal for Union of Nursing Programs and Personnel on the Stratford Campus of the Legacy UMDNJ School of Nursing with the Rutgers School of NursingThe legacy University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) School of Nursing currently operates two programs in Stratford, an accelerated bachelor of science in nursing program and a master of science in nursing program. Since the merger of UMDNJ with Rutgers University in July of 2013, nursing faculty and staff based in Stratford have been working with faculty and staff of the Rutgers School of Nursing – Camden to integrate their programs. This proposal formalizes our request to unify nursing programs and personnel on the Stratford campus of the legacy UMDNJ School of Nursing with the Rutgers School of Nursing – Camden, effective July 1, 2014.Executive Committee - Senate OfficersResolvedMay 2, 2014
S-1408Athletics Program DeficitsStudy the sources and the use of funds by the Athletic Department, and make recommendations concerning the use of funds from the University operating budget and student fees to support athletics expenditures. When discussing this charge, the Budget and Finance Committee may wish to ask the Student Affairs Committee for input relative to student funding of athletics. It may also want to consider the recent New Brunswick Faculty Council’s detailed report of April 2014, "Athletics Program's Revenues, Expenditures and Deficit."Budget and Finance CommitteeResolvedFebruary 20, 2015
N/ASenate Bylaws Regarding Voting Procedures for Senate Officers
  • Whereas, the University Senate has considered a proposal introduced in February 2015 to amend its bylaws to prohibit Senators from running for more than one position simultaneously in the Senate’s annual election of Senate leadership, Executive Committee members, and board representatives; and
  • Whereas, the Senate endorses this change as beneficial to the Senate’s election processes, and to the Senate generally;
  • Therefore, Be It Resolved, that the Senate approves amending its bylaws to replace current language allowing Senators to run for multiple positions in a single election with the following language: Senators may not accept nomination, nor be placed on the initial ballot, for more than one position in any single election.
Executive Committee - Senate OfficersResolvedMarch 20, 2015
N/AProposed Merger of the Rutgers University - Camden School of Law and the Rutgers University - Newark School of LawOn January 20, 2015, the University Senate was asked to consider a proposal prepared by John Oberdiek, Acting Dean, Camden School of Law, and Ron Chen, Acting Dean, Newark School of Law to integrate their respective, individually accredited units into a single school with the proposed name of the Rutgers University School of Law.Executive Committee - Senate OfficersResolvedMarch 27, 2015
S-1406Balance of Full-time and Part-time Faculty TeachingConsider the 1999 Report on the Balance of Full-time and Part-time Faculty Teaching at Rutgers University, and, with updated numbers and charts from the Office of Academic Affairs, make recommendations concerning changing trends and shifting percentages. [Notes: Data received from the administration on this issue in 2010 were updated but incomplete. The request for updated information was renewed in March 2012. A Preliminary Response on this matter was adopted by the Senate at the May 2014 meeting. This charge is a continuation of Charge S-1012.]Faculty and Personnel Affairs CommitteeResolvedMay 16, 2014
S-1402Cost of TextbooksExamine the current practices involving purchasing and cost of textbooks, and investigate possible solutions to mitigate the costs. Consider previous Senate reports and recommendations on textbooks, as well as practices at other institutions, and possible benchmarks.Student Affairs CommitteeResolvedMarch 20, 2015
S-1413 Selection Process for Software Packages or Services of Significant Instructional ImpactUsing the most recent Pearson contract as a case in point, review the process by which large contracts that have the potential to seriously affect curricular or academic areas of the University are awarded. How are final bidders selected, and by what criteria are choices made? How are specifications determined for components/needs? How do we ensure that faculty preferences and pedagogical priorities are included in the consideration of such packages?Instruction Curricula and Advising CommitteeResolvedMarch 20, 2015
S-1309Senate Election ProceduresSenate Election Procedures: Review election procedures used by the Senate, and, if appropriate, recommend improved procedures.University Structure and Governance CommitteeResolvedFebruary 20, 2015
S-1406Removing Barriers to the Education of Military VeteransExamine obstacles preventing military veterans from expeditiously completing their education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. If appropriate, recommend policy and process changes that would expedite completion of studies, and promote growth of inter campus collaboration. Refer to the Student Caucus rationale for this charge when deliberating.Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions CommitteeResolvedMay 15, 2015
S-1313Travel and Business Expense Reimbursement (TABER)Review current university policies and practices concerning reimbursement to faculty and staff for professional expenditures, including but not limited to, travel, conference attendance, and purchases; survey impacted constituencies for suggestions, and propose possible modifications or improvements to the current system.Faculty and Personnel Affairs CommitteeResolvedFebruary 6, 2015
N/AResolution in Support of Part-Time LecturersExecutive Committee - Senate OfficersResolvedNovember 6, 2015
S-1410 Honorary Degree and Commencement Speaker Selection ProcessesFormulate details of processes to be used to facilitate the proposal submitted to President Barchi on Charge S-1405 on Procedures for Selecting Commencement Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients. [See also President Barchi’s response to that proposal.]Executive Committee - Senate OfficersResolvedNovember 20, 2015
N/AAnnual Report on the Rutgers Budget, 2015Budget and Finance CommitteeResolvedDecember 11, 2015
N/AResolution on Salary and Tuition
  • Be it resolved that the Rutgers University Senate calls on the administration to enter into serious negotiations with all faculty and staff unions about economic compensation, with particular attention to redressing the salary inequities and injustices among the lower paid groups of faculty and staff and the issues of gender equity and salary compression; and
  • Be it further resolved that we most strongly urge the University not to burden students with additional increases in tuition and fees in order to meet these eminently reasonable economic needs of faculty and staff.
Executive Committee - Senate OfficersResolvedDecember 5, 2014
N/AResolution Endorsing AAUP Centennial DeclarationThe Rutgers University Senate “signed” the AAUP Centennial Declaration online as a group, thereby endorsing it.Executive Committee - Senate OfficersResolvedDecember 5, 2014
S-1311Process of Changing Rutgers' Cultural and Traditional IconsExamine the process by which changes are made to cultural and traditional icons of Rutgers University and, where necessary, define such a process which is transparent and available to key stakeholders.Student Affairs CommitteeResolvedOctober 3, 2014
S-1503Testing Facilities at RutgersExamine the state of testing facilities at Rutgers. Are there issues relating to facilities for both traditional and computer-assisted testing? Is there a need for a separate testing facility/facilities? Can existing space be better utilized? What is the availability and process for instructors in online courses to reserve physical spaces for their exams?Instruction Curricula and Advising CommitteeResolvedNovember 20, 2015
ResolutionResolution on Draft Web Accessibility Policy
  • Whereas, the Rutgers University Senate Executive Committee has discussed the Draft Web Accessibility Policy; and
  • Whereas, the Rutgers University Senate, at its meeting on November 13, 2015, conducted a committee-of-the-whole discussion on the policy; and
  • Whereas, the Senate and Executive Committee have benefited from presentations by, and responses to questions from, Gayle Stein, Associate Director for Instructional Technology, OIT-Office of Instructional and Research Technology; Christian Aziz, Manager of Information Technology; and William Welsh, Executive Director, Office of Disability Services; and
  • Whereas, the University Senate recognizes the need for the policy, and finds it appropriate and in the best interests of Rutgers University;
  • Therefore, Be It Resolved, that the Rutgers University Senate endorses the Web Accessibility Policy in principle, and recommends its implementation.
Executive Committee - Senate OfficersResolvedJanuary 22, 2016
S-1207Support for International StudentsInvestigate and make recommendations with regard to core university support for international students and postdocs, particularly in the area of visas.Research, and Graduate and Professional Education CommitteeResolvedDecember 5, 2014
S-1507Deregistration for Non-payment of Term Bills, Including for Online CoursesExamine the issue of student deregistration for non-payment of term bills, including for online courses. Refer to Senator Rudy Bell’s proposal and background when pursuing this charge. Make recommendations for preventing inappropriate deregistration.Student Affairs CommitteeResolvedJanuary 22, 2016
S-1405Procedures for Selecting Commencement Speakers and Honorary Degree RecipientsConsider, and make recommendations to ensure that, the procedure for selecting  Commencement speakers, as well as those who receive honorary degrees, seeks and provides  sufficient opportunity for input from the Rutgers community.Executive Committee - Senate OfficersResolvedJune 6, 2014
S-1505Implementing ORCID IdentifiersInvestigate and make recommendations with regard to an implementation of ORCID identifiers (i.e. issuing ORCID iDs) at Rutgers. If deemed appropriate, make specific recommendations for incremental implementation, for example, beginning with the graduate school(s). Identify benefits, processes, timeline, who would be involved, and approximate cost.Research, and Graduate and Professional Education CommitteeResolvedFebruary 19, 2016
A-1603Evaluation of Administrators, Part II: Evaluation of ChancellorsGiven the joint Rutgers-UMDNJ integration and changes in administrative structure, reconsider the process recommended by the University Senate in 2012 for evaluation of upper administrators, now with a focus on evaluating chancellors.Faculty and Personnel Affairs CommitteeResolvedApril 29, 2016
S-2006Senate AttendanceProvide recommendations as to what actions can be taken to collaborate with units in order to increase senate attendance.2018-2019 Instruction, Curricula, and Advising CommitteePendingNovember 23, 2020
S-2005Student GovernanceEvaluate the formal and informal processes for the creation of student governing associations and if appropriate, make recommendations regarding the organization and recognition of SGAs. University Structure and Governance CommitteePendingFebruary 24, 2021
S-2004Student GovernanceEvaluate the formal and informal processes for the creation of student governing associations and if appropriate, make recommendations regarding the organization and recognition of SGAs. Provide recommendations to the University Structure and Governance Committee by December 2020.Student Affairs CommitteePendingNovember 23, 2020
S-2003Rutgers-Alumni RelationsEvaluate alumni engagement and provide recommendations as to what changes could be made, if necessary, particularly while students are still enrolled, to further Rutgers-Alumni relations. Student Affairs CommitteePendingNovember 23, 2020
S-2002Challenges Related to Parking and TransportationReview the ongoing planning and financial status of parking and transportation, including its use of permits and citations as a source of revenue, and the long-term planning as it relates to transportation and parking, including plans to reduce parking on campus and how the administration plans to meet the challenges this will create. Budget and Finance CommitteePendingFebruary 24, 2021
S-2001Re-Evaluation of Student Fee ConsolidationRe-evaluate the consolidation of student fees which occurred before/around the time of TUE and done in accordance with recommendations of the University Senate and its Budget & Finance Committee and the corresponding administrative task force; provide recommendations if needed. Budget and Finance CommitteePendingNovember 23, 2020
S-1409Greater Integration of Contingent Faculty in the Rutgers CommunityGiven the ever increasing use of contingent faculty (NTT and PTL) at Rutgers and nationally, consider ways to integrate these faculty fully into the university community. Identify other institutions that have been successful in providing such rights and privileges to their contingent faculty and propose measures to emulate them. In particular, consider ways to afford contingent faculty the security necessary to be more active participants in shared governance, as well as more visible members of the community.Faculty and Personnel Affairs CommitteeResolvedApril 29, 2016
S-1504Determination of Student ParticipationDevelop guidelines that would allow units and individual instructors to comply with U. S. Department of Education requirements that Rutgers keep records for students receiving federal financial aid that substantiate student participation in the classes for which they are registered.Instruction Curricula and Advising CommitteeResolvedJanuary 29, 2016
S-1403Process for Unit MergersConsider whether the University Senate should establish a general procedure, timeline, template and process for merging, dissolution or making structural changes to any university unit. Consider how such a process could assist the university and units in working in a deliberate, consultative and rational way so that all issues, impacts, concerns and benefits can be properly considered on a timely basis. Make recommendations on time limits and process.Executive Committee - Senate OfficersResolvedApril 29, 2016
S-1401Taking Courses on Other Campuses/Intercampus EquivalencyExamine obstacles preventing students from accessing educational resources located on other Rutgers campuses. If deemed appropriate, recommend policy and process changes that would promote growth of intercampus collaboration. Refer to the Student Caucus proposal for this charge when deliberating. Identify issues to be further considered by the Instruction, Curricula and Advising Committee, if necessary.Student Affairs CommitteeResolvedOctober 21, 2016
N/AResolution with Background on Three-Plus-One ProgramsThe New Jersey College Affordability Study Commission recently submitted its final report [http://www.njasfaa.org/docs/news/CASC_FinalReport.pdf] to the Governor and the State legislature. Among its recommendations is the development and implementation of 3 plus 1 degree programs whereby a student completes an associate degree at a county college, remains at the county college for a third year, transfers to a senior institution in the fourth year, and receives his or her bachelor’s degree from that senior institution.Executive Committee - Senate OfficersResolvedNovember 18, 2016
N/AResolution on Rutgers, A Safe and Welcoming EnvironmentRecent events at university campuses across the country have raised concerns regarding a number of serious challenges for the higher education community relating to academic freedom, free speech, safety, confidentiality and privacy, and the position of undocumented students. Here at Rutgers, students have rallied in New Brunswick on November 11 and November 16; in Newark on November 12 and November 16; and in Camden on November 9, November 11, and November 16, to voice their concerns about these issues. Faculty in various units have also been taking opportunities to voice their opinions. President Barchi issued a letter “Supporting Our Students’ Respectful Free Expression and Privacy” to the university community on November 15.Executive Committee - Senate OfficersResolvedDecember 16, 2016
S-1508Responsible Conduct of ResearchInvestigate and make recommendations on establishment and implementation of a university-wide policy on training and oversight in the responsible conduct of research (RCR) at Rutgers. Where appropriate, make specific recommendations for different training tracks, e.g. NSF- and NIH- compliant programs. Identify gaps in current resources, the intended recipients of RCR training (e.g. graduate students, undergraduate researchers, postdocs, faculty, etc.), the expected costs (if known) and benefits of implementing recommendations, and the unit(s) responsible for implementing and tracking compliance. Report to Senate Executive Committee by December 2016.Research, and Graduate and Professional Education CommitteeResolvedDecember 2, 2016
N/AResolution on Faculty Engagement and Satisfaction with the Robert Wood Johnson Medical SchoolFaculty and Personnel Affairs CommitteeResolvedDecember 13, 2019
S-1913Health & Wellness Support for Rutgers University StudentsInvestigate health and wellness services available to students and the initiatives utilized to promote awareness across the University and make recommendations.Student Affairs CommitteePendingFebruary 26, 2020
ResolutionResolution on Proposal to Form School of Graduate StudiesA proposal to create a new School of Graduate Studies by merging the existing Graduate School - New Brunswick (GSNB) and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) was submitted to the University Senate by Dean's Jerome Kukor and Kathleen Scotto on September 14, 2016 [http://archive.senate.rutgers.edu/SchoolOfGraduateStudiesProposal.pdf]. The stated reason for the merger is: The integration of biomedical and health sciences units into Rutgers has provided an unprecedented opportunity to create a comprehensive infrastructure to support graduate training in the biomedical sciences, life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities. Our graduate programs aspire to excellence, but require a more unified, integrated, and robust infrastructure that will support the education and training of our future scholars, break down traditional silos, and enhance opportunities for inter-disciplinary training.Executive Committee - Senate OfficersResolvedJanuary 20, 2017
S-1609Revisions to Rutgers University Academic Integrity PolicyConsider and make recommendations on how the Rutgers University Academic Integrity Policy should be revised in light of the merger with units of the former UMDNJ. Should there be a single academic integrity policy applicable to all Rutgers schools and colleges? Should the procedures for adjudicating alleged violations of academic integrity be different for different types of schools? As part of the deliberations, consider the draft academic integrity policy tentatively endorsed by the 2013 ad hoc committee charged with reconciling the Rutgers Code of Student conduct and Academic Integrity Policy with the UMDNJ document Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Disciplinary Procedures.Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions CommitteeResolvedJanuary 20, 2017
S-1614Acceptable Use Policy for Information Technology ResourcesInstruction Curricula and Advising CommitteeResolvedDecember 28, 2016
S-1407Report on Senate Parliamentary ProcedureConsider the proposal submitted by Senator and Senate Parliamentarian Peter Gillett regarding disparities between Robert’s Rules of Order and Senate practices, and whether language should be added to the Senate Handbook to formalize exceptions in cases where Senate practice should take precedence over Robert's Rules.Executive Committee - Senate OfficersResolvedFebruary 6, 2015
S-1404Revisions to University Policy LibraryInvestigate the procedure for disseminating revisions to University Regulations in the University Policy Library, and make recommendations for improved communication within the University community. Consider to what extent the Senate, students, academic units, and other affected constituencies are informed of changes made to the University Policy Library. Respond to Senate Executive Committee by February 2017.University Structure and Governance CommitteeResolvedFebruary 17, 2017
S-1616Absentee Ballots in Special Student Organization Funding ReferendaInvestigate changing University Policy 10.3.3 on Funding for Special Student Organizations to allow for absentee ballots in referenda conducted based on that policy. Recommend revisions, as needed. Respond to Senate Executive Committee by April 3, 2017.Student Affairs CommitteeResolvedFebruary 17, 2017
S-1305Smoke Free RutgersExamine the desirability, feasibility, impact and means of evolving into a smoke-free Rutgers.Student Affairs CommitteeResolvedMarch 24, 2017
ResolutionEndorsing the March for ScienceA major event called the March for Science is going to take place on Earth Day, April 22, 2017. Scientists, academics, and concerned citizens will converge on Washington DC in support of research and evidence-based policies and for a teach-in on the National Mall.Executive Committee - Senate OfficersResolvedMarch 24, 2017
Ad Hoc Committee ChargeSenate-Meeting Web StreamingConsider the feasibility and desirability of video recording and live web streaming University Senate meetings, and archiving those video recordings online for later viewing. Include in discussions aspects of the issues of 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 February 2017.2018-2019 Instruction, Curricula, and Advising CommitteeResolvedApril 28, 2017
S-1611Examination of University Policy on Student Use of Drugs and AlcoholExamination 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.Student Affairs CommitteeResolvedApril 28, 2017
S-1812University Office of Sustainability & EngagementResearch and make recommendations regarding the creation of a university-wide Office of Sustainability and Engagement.University Structure and Governance CommitteePendingFebruary 24, 2021
S-1510Student Teaching Evaluations and Best Practices in Evaluation of TeachingRevisit 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.Instruction Curricula and Advising CommitteeResolvedApril 28, 2017
S-1512Staff Promotion and Salary Adjustment PolicyExamine 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.Faculty and Personnel Affairs CommitteeResolvedApril 28, 2017
S-1506RBHS and Other Rutgers Academic CalendarsConsider 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.Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions CommitteeResolvedApril 28, 2017
A-1610Change in Graduation Date for Students Completing Degrees in SummerAt 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.Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions CommitteeResolvedAugust 31, 2016
S-1509Default 17-Year Academic CalendarReview the 17-year default academic calendar drafted by the University Senate Office.Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions CommitteeResolvedFebruary 25, 2016
A-1711Review Rutgers' Draft Acceptable Use Policy for Information Technology ResourcesReview the draft information technology policies, and respond with comments.Instruction Curricula and Advising CommitteeResolvedOctober 24, 2017
A-1709Proposal to Improve Evaluation of Teaching at RutgersProposal to Improve Evaluation of Teaching at Rutgers: Review the Proposal on a Program to Improve How Rutgers Evaluates Teaching as well as input received from the Senate's Instruction, Curricula and Advising Committee (ICAC, Charge A-1709, response due to Executive Committee by October 24, 2017), and make appropriate recommendations.Faculty and Personnel Affairs CommitteeResolvedNovember 20, 2017
BFC Standing ChargeAnnual Report on the Rutgers Budget, 2017As per the Budget ad Finance Committee standing charge: "To present to the University Senate an annual report on the Rutgers University budget."Budget and Finance CommitteeResolvedJanuary 26, 2018
S-1702Increasing Student Voter Turnout in Federal, State, and Local ElectionsIncreasing 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.Student Affairs CommitteeResolvedDecember 26, 2017
S-1703Grant CostsIdentify 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), and negotiated  vendor contracts. Identify and engage stakeholders and make recommendations.Research, and Graduate and Professional Education Committee, Research, and Graduate and Professional Education CommitteeResolvedFebruary 28, 2018
S-1602Policies on Excused Student Absences for Religious ObservancesPolicies on Excused Student Absences for Religious Observance: 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.Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions CommitteeResolvedSeptember 27, 2017
A-1710Policy on Centers and InstitutesReview the draft revised University Policy on Centers and Institutes (University Policy 10.1.5) and the accompanying guidelines for the preparation of proposals for the creation of centers and institutes, and for periodic C&I progress reports. Make appropriate recommendations.University Structure and Governance CommitteeResolvedFebruary 20, 2018
S-1714Procedures for Adjudicating Academic Integrity PolicyReview the current status of the educative and adjudication processes and administrative organization and support of the Offices of Student Conduct regarding infractions of the University Academic Integrity Policy. Identify areas of concern, and provide appropriate recommendations. Include in deliberations input received on this issue from the Senate's Student Affairs Committee (SAC) Charge S-1713.Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions CommitteeResolvedApril 3, 2018
S-1707Stipend or Course Release Payment for PTL SenatorsStipend or Course Release Payment for PTL Senators: Consider the role of parttime lecturers (PTLs) in shared governance at Rutgers, investigating policies at other Big Ten institutions as well as the unique circumstances at Rutgers University. Make recommendations regarding adequate participation with appropriate incentives.Faculty and Personnel Affairs CommitteeResolvedFebruary 20, 2018
S-1604Process for Unit Mergers or Other Structural ChangesConsider 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, (included as Appendix 2) when considering this charge.University Structure and Governance CommitteeResolvedNovember 29, 2017
S-1706Sale of Alcohol in StadiumsConsider the rationale and RUSA resolution on the potential sale of alcohol at Rutgers stadiums. Explore the issue, and make recommendations, as appropriate.2018-2019 Instruction, Curricula, and Advising CommitteeResolvedApril 13, 2018
S-1712Procedures on Handling Student Complaints Against Rutgers PersonnelConsider and make recommendations for improving procedures for handling student complaints against Rutgers personnel, as well as how those procedures are communicated to students and personnel.Faculty and Personnel Affairs CommitteeResolvedOctober 10, 2018
A-1912University Policy Prohibiting Consensual Relationships in Academic SettingsReview the draft University Policy Prohibiting Consensual Relationships in Academic Settings and the accompanying Mitigation Plan for Consensual Relationships Template. Make any appropriate recommendations. Respond to the Senate Executive Committee by, December 2019.Faculty and Personnel Affairs CommitteePendingNovember 27, 2019
S-1501Eligibility, Nomination, and Election of Senate Leadership and Board RepresentativesConsider 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.University Structure and Governance CommitteeResolvedOctober 10, 2018
ResolutionResolution on Contract NegotiationsExecutive Committee - Senate OfficersResolvedSeptember 25, 2019
N/AReport on the Partnership Process Between RWJ Barnabas, Rutgers University, and the Rutgers University Faculty
The master affiliation agreement among Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers Health Group, Inc., and RWJ Barnabas Health (RWJBH) reflects a shared objective to create a “world-class academic health center that is nationally recognized for its education, research, clinical care, and commitment to improving access to healthcare for and reducing health care disparities among the residents of the State of New Jersey.”1 This agreement seeks to “establish structures, arrangements, and commitments that will facilitate the alignment of their respective clinical, teaching, and research missions and will provide for coordinated growth and investment in all areas.”2 This relationship will be overseen by a Joint Committee, comprised of representatives from the University (i.e., chancellor and three additional representatives) and RWJBH (RWJBH CEO and three additional representatives) and established to facilitate strategic planning and oversight of all aspects of the affiliation, including consolidation of education and research activities.3
Faculty and Personnel Affairs CommitteeResolvedOctober 24, 2018
S-1801How OIT and Other Offices Solicit and Integrate FeedbackBudget and Finance CommitteeResolvedJanuary 23, 2019
S-1802Online and Hybrid Course SupportInstruction Curricula and Advising CommitteeResolvedJanuary 23, 2019
S-1803A Policy Relating to Student Posting of Faculty-Owned DocumentsInstruction Curricula and Advising CommitteeResolvedJanuary 23, 2019
ResolutionResolution on Issues Related to the Progress of Rutgers as a Leading Research InstitutionExecutive Committee - Senate OfficersResolvedMay 3, 2019
S-1808Code of Student Conduct Policy ReviewReview the new University Policy 10.2.11 on the Code of Student Conduct, identify any concerns and, if appropriate, recommend further changes or other courses of action.Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions CommitteeResolvedNovember 28, 2018
S-1911White-LabelingConsider whether or not it would be appropriate for Rutgers to have a policy on white-labeling.Instruction Curricula and Advising CommitteeResolvedOctober 23, 2019
S-1910Grade InflationInvestigate the extent of grade inflation at Rutgers over the past 20 years. Determine what factors contributed to whatever grade inflation exists and make appropriate recommendations.Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions CommitteePendingJanuary 29, 2020
S-1909Senior Leadership StatusInvestigate the processes, including those used by the Big 10 and AAU Institutions, to identify senior leaders and recommend best practices at Rutgers.Faculty and Personnel Affairs CommitteePendingJanuary 29, 2020
S-1701Reconciling RBHS Procedures for Review of Deans and Programs with Other Existing ProceduresConsider 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.Faculty and Personnel Affairs CommitteeResolvedSeptember 26, 2018
S-1804How Student Senators are Elected
Evaluate and make recommendations on how Student Senators are elected. Consider if there should be a requirement for direct election of Senators.
Student Affairs CommitteeResolvedJanuary 2, 2019
S-1908Honorary Degree and Commencement Speaker Selection ProcessConsider possible improvements to our policy and processes for selection of recipients of Honorary Degrees and Commencement Speakers.University Structure and Governance CommitteePendingJanuary 29, 2020
S-1907Composition of the SenateConsider which of the recommendations in the USGC's response to charge S-1605 (many of which were important in practice though incidental to the original purpose of the charge) should be brought back to the Senate, and how this should best be achieved. Make any appropriate recommendations.University Structure and Governance CommitteePendingJanuary 2, 2020
S-1906Time LimitsConsider possible changes to the standard time limit for Senate meetings and make appropriate recommendations for such changes.University Structure and Governance CommitteeResolvedNovember 25, 2019
S-1905Normal Teaching LoadsConsidering Rutgers' Strategic Plan, our aspirations as a research university, and the demands of our teaching commitments, investigate norms for teaching loads at Rutgers, and make recommendations regarding how such norms are implemented and followed in practice.Faculty and Personnel Affairs CommitteePendingFebruary 24, 2021
S-1904Review of Proposed Resolution on Rutgers' Faculty Councils Inclusion in the University Policy LibraryConsider and recommend appropriate policy changes relating to the role and status of faculty councils at Rutgers.University Structure and Governance CommitteePendingFebruary 19, 2020
S-1903Review of Rutgers' Policy on Workplace ViolenceConsider what changes, if any, in Rutgers policy on workplace violence are appropriate.Faculty and Personnel Affairs CommitteePendingNovember 25, 2019
S-1902Issues Surrounding Prerequisite Course AvailabilityConsider the issues relating to availability to students of courses that must be completed in sequence. Is there a way to ensure that student who fail a prerequisite course are able to register for that course the next time that it is offered?  Instruction Curricula and Advising CommitteePendingJanuary 29, 2020
S-1901Follow up on Completed Unit Mergers or Other Structural ChangesConsider how Rutgers and the University Senate can assess the results and effectiveness of each completed process for merger, dissolution, or structural change to any university unit that has been approved by the Senate. Consider the impact of the completed changes to the unit, whether the expected results were achieved, and whether those changes benefitted the unit and university. Consider what further follow-up is necessary and codify the process. Recommend a process for deliberate, consultative reporting and feedback so that all issues, impacts, concerns, and benefits can be properly considered on a timely basis.University Structure and Governance CommitteeReissuedFebruary 26, 2020
S-1811Review of Rutgers Commitment to Renewable EnergyInvestigate whether the University should or should not commit to a renewable energy plan and provide recommendations.Budget and Finance CommitteePendingNovember 25, 2019
S-1810Facilities and InfrastructureEvaluate the relevant systems, processes, and plans for university research facilities and infrastructure and make recommendations to create a comprehensive, robust, actionable, and sustainable plan that will support infrastructure needed for world-class research at the university. [Issued November 2018. Extension March 2019]Research, and Graduate and Professional Education CommitteeResolvedSeptember 25, 2019
S-1809Student Success: Advising and Career ServicesExamine issues relating to undergraduate advising and career services across the university and make appropriate recommendations.  [Issued October 2018. Extension March 2019]Instruction Curricula and Advising CommitteeReissuedApril 3, 2019
S-1807Rutgers BootcampsInvestigate the Rutgers Bootcamps and make any necessary recommendations to clarify or modify its relationship to our other academic programs that grant degrees or certificates. Consider the process that led to the relationship between Rutgers and Trilogy Education Services, including the role of the faculty in this process. Also investigate the financial arrangements between Rutgers and Trilogy Education Services and the disposition of the funds received from the relationship. [Issued June 2018. Reissue March 2019]Instruction Curricula and Advising CommitteeResolvedJanuary 2, 2020
S-1806Review and Revisit the Senate's Response to Charge S-0705 - Contingent Faculty Proposal - Part IReview and revisit the Senate's response to Charge S-0705 - Contingent Faculty Proposal - Part I, in light of changes at Rutgers in the last decade, and, if appropriate, make further recommendations. [Issued June 2018. Reissued March 2019]Faculty and Personnel Affairs CommitteeResolvedOctober 23, 2019
S-1805Complementary Credentialing and Digital Badges for Rutgers UniversityConsider the feasibility of, and approach to, developing a complementary digital badging credentialing system at Rutgers University. Examine the complementary credentialing programs already in place at Rutgers. Make appropriate recommendations, including guidelines for departments and programs.Instruction Curricula and Advising CommitteeResolvedFebruary 26, 2020
S-1607Senate Committee Structure ReviewConsider and make recommendations for modifying the Senate's standing committee structure and standing charges.  [Issued June 2016. Reissued March 2019]University Structure and Governance CommitteeReissuedOctober 23, 2019