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Friday
May 1st
1:10 pm

Senate Meeting

WebEx

Agenda Distributed On
Monday, April 27th

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY SENATE

MEETING AGENDA

Friday, May 1, 2020, 1:10 p.m.
WebEx (meeting link below)

https://rutgers.webex.com/rutgers/j.php?MTID=md024d4df550fcd351daec4b142353e22

LAST MEETING OF THE 2019-2020 UNIVERSITY SENATE

CALL TO ORDER, DETERMINATION OF A QUORUM, AND CHAIR’S REPORT – Jon Oliver, Chair

REPORT OF THE SECRETARY – Mary Mickelsen, Senate Executive Secretary

COMMITTEE REPORTS/RESOLUTIONS:

Each report will be presented/summarized by the committee chairs/representatives, then will be discussed and acted upon by the Senate.

Instruction, Curricula, and Advising Committee Response to S-1809: Student Success/Advising and Career Services – Natalie Borisovets, ICAC Chair

The ICAC was charged as follows: Examine issues relating to undergraduate advising and career services across the university and make appropriate recommendations.

Student Affairs Committee Response to S-1913: Health and Wellness Support for Rutgers University Students – Elizabeth Matto, SAC Chair

The SAC was charged as follows: Investigate health and wellness services available to students and the initiatives utilized to promote awareness across the University and make recommendations.

Resolution on Healthcare for Part-Time Lecturers – Karen Thompson, PTL Member of the Senate Executive Committee

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT – Barbara Lee, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

NEW BUSINESS
  [Note: Article IV.A. of the Senate Bylaws states, “All new matters shall be referred to committee before coming to the Senate (unless extenuating circumstances apply, as indicated under section C.4…” Also, the Senate Executive Committee has authorized committee-of-the-whole discussions under New Business as appropriate, and time permitting.]

SENATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT – Peter Gillett, Senate Vice Chair

REPORTS OF THE REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES

REPORTS OF CAMPUS FACULTY AND STUDENT LIAISONS


ADJOURNMENT

[Note: Article IV.A. of the Senate Bylaws states, “All new matters shall be referred to committee before coming to the Senate (unless extenuating circumstances apply, as indicated under section C.4…”]

*Note:  Addition of items to the Agenda requires a two-thirds vote.  There is an overall time limit of 3 hours for Senate meetings.  Specific time limits are set for questions and debate, not for presentation of reports.  After approval, extension of time limits requires a two-thirds vote.

RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY
UNIVERSITY SENATE

MINUTES: Regular Meeting of the University Senate

DATE: May 1, 2020

TIME AND PLACE: 1:10 p.m., WebEx

MEMBERS PRESENT:  Acosta, Agboste, Albert, Alexander-Floyd, Alizadeh, Ardeshna, Aubert, Avallone, Bachmann, Barbarese, Barchi, Bekdash, Bhuyan, Boikess, Bora, Borisovets, Brewster-Bauzyk, Bridgeman, Buyske, Castaneda, Chaudhary, Chiu, Coleman, Colley, Crews, Dasari, DiLalo, Dool, Doumit, Everett, Felder, Figueira, Gillett, Giraud, Goldfarb, Goonetilleke, Gould, Gower, Gursoy, Hartman, Hsueh, Hunter, Hunter Fratzola, Jarrin, C. Kane, E. Kane, Kashalikar, Kaye, Kettle, Kosar, Kovacs, Kustka, Langer, Lee, Lutz, Maglione Rico, Mahajan-Cusack, Mansukhani, Marchetta, Markert, Markowitz, Marsic, Matto, Mayes, Mena-Segovia, Miranti, Moomjy, Norris, O’Brassill-Kulfan, Oliver, Ozel, Pandey, Pappas, Parsa, Paskhover, Patel, Perez, Pichugin, Pinto-Figueroa, Paskhover, Ponzio, Posluszny, Powell, Rabinowitz, Ravichandran, Rivera, Roth, Ryan, Saltzman, Sanchez, Schwartz, Schwartz, Sesti, Shapiro, Shinbrot, Shobut, Silver, Simonds, Sinacori, Song, Speigel, Steinberg, Struble, Sztatrowski, Takhistov, Thompson, Torres, Tracey, Trees, Tsakalakos, Vargas, Vidal, Volino, Walkup, C. Wang, X. Wang, White, Willett, Wirtenberg

EXCUSED: Maloney

ABSENT:  Adya, Akbar, Alidou, Assaf, Atkins, Barone, Bator, Beegan, Bembry, Blanchett, Britton, Bugel, Cantor, Cohen, Conway, Cotter, DeFilippis, Dowlin, Dreyer, Eaton, Ebert, Emmons, Esposito, Farris, Feldman, Fischer, Flynn, Fox, Gonzales, Goodman, Gotur, Govil, Graber, Guo, Haddon, Haley, Halkitis, Hara, Hatefi, Henderson, Huang, Joergenson, R. Johnson, S. Johnson, Joy, Kartik, Kaul, Kukor, Lamar, LaPointe, Lei, Lewis, Liu, Lopez, Maddox Douglas, Madsen, Mahon, Mammis, Mandalapu, March, Marchitello, Masiello, Mazurek, McKeever, Menifield, Mitra, Molloy, Moore, B. Murphy, K. Murphy, Mutcherson, Nath, Nickitas, O’Connor, O’Rourke, Omotoso, Oukil, Pardlo, Porumbescu, C. Potter, J. Potter, Pradhan, Prasad, Puar, Rajan, Robbins, Romanko, Schiavo, Schneider, Sen, Shankar, Shapses, Sinnott, Stephenson, Stoprya, Strom, Tan, Thakuriah, Tharney, Thuravil, Titus, Tomasko, Umarov, Van Stine, Veysey, A. Wang, Zheng

ATTENDANCE SUMMARY: Faculty: Of 114 total: 79 present (69%), 1 excused (1%), 34 absent (30%); Students: Of 51 total: 16 present (31%), 0 excused (0%), 35 absent (69%); Administrators: Of 40 total: 2 present (5%), 1 excused (3%), 37 absent (93%); Staff: Of 18 total: 14 present (78%), 0 excused (0%), 4 absent (22%); Alumni: Of 6 total: 3 present (50%), 0 excused (0%), 3 absent (50%)

CALL TO ORDER, DETERMINATION OF A QUORUM, INTRODUCTION OF COMMITTEE CHAIRS AND CHARGES, AND CHAIR’S REPORT – Jon Oliver, Chair

Senate Chair Jon Oliver called the meeting to order at 1:17 p.m. via WebEx. He welcomed all to the final meeting of the 2019-20 Senate. He thanked all Senate members for their dedication to the Senate’s mission sending a special thanks to the committee chairs, the Executive Committee, Senate Parliamentarian and Vice Chair Peter Gillett, Senate Executive Secretary Mary Mickelsen and Senate Administrative Assistant Morgan Smith. He also encouraged all members to follow the Senate on social media (Instagram and Twitter: @RutgersSenate) and were hopeful some of the student senators would join in creating some TikToks to increase the Senate’s visibility.

REPORT OF THE SECRETARY – Mary Mickelsen, Executive Secretary

  • Agenda: The meeting’s agenda including time limits, was approved by the Senate.
  • Minutes: The Minutes of the February 21, 2020 Senate meeting were approved as distributed by the Executive Secretary.
  • Communications: The following communications were presented by the Executive Secretary:

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Instruction, Curricula, and Advising Committee (ICAC) Response to Charge S-1809: Student Success/Advising and Career Services – Natalie Borisovets, ICAC Chair

The USGC was charged as follows: Examine issues relating to undergraduate advising and career services across the university and make appropriate recommendations.

Senator Borisovets summarized the background and work of the committee, then read the corresponding resolutions. There was some discussion especially surrounding the usability of Degree Navigator and the how pass/no credit option (being offered to students due to the drastic change in teaching style in the form of remote learning due to the current COVID-19 pandemic) would affect their GPA and their ability to complete their degree on time. The resolution was then voted on by the Senate and passed unanimously. 

Student Affairs Committee (SAC) Response to Charge S-1913: Health and Wellness Support for Rutgers Students – Elizabeth Matto, SAC Co-Chair

The SAC was charged as follows: Investigate health and wellness services available to students and the initiatives utilized to promote awareness across the University and make recommendations.

Senator Matto summarized the work of the committee and the SAC’s response to Charge S-1913 on Health and Wellness Support for Rutgers Students. Matto read the resolutions and answered related questions. There was some concern expressed by Senators that the report and recommendations were focused on Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick Campuses and did not touch on RBHS.  Matto explained this was not to exclude any students, it was just a matter of time and resources. Matto also accepted the suggestion that a separate charge could be assigned to the SAC in the future to focus on RBHS students. The report was then voted on and passed.

Executive Committee Resolution on PTL Healthcare – Karen Thompson, PTL Member of the Executive Committee *Resolution linked as amended on the Senate floor

Senator Thompson reported on the background and read the resolution. During the discussion, Thompson proposed an amendment that added “(also known as Part-Time Lecturers or Adjuncts)” after Part-Time Faculty in the resolution. The amendment passed with no objections.  The resolution was then voted on, as amended, and passed. 

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT – Barbara Lee, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Senior Vice President Lee provided the Administrative Report which consisted of the following topics:

  • The announcement of her stepping down from the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs position and returning to the faculty;
  • Student Awards and Accolades
  • MGSA Professor Steffani Jemison named 2020 Guggenheim Fellow
  • COVID-19 Update
    • Spring and Summer semesters have moved to a fully online platform and offer a pass/no credit option;
    • Faculty with movement toward tenure have a 1 year extension on their tenure clock. Student evaluations will be conducted, however it is up to the faculty’s discretion as to whether they are included in their promotional packet;
    • Decisions about fall instruction have not been decided yet, however preparations for a continuation of the remote instruction have been initiated;
    • 2020 Commencement Ceremonies
      • Committee has been formed to look at ways to honor graduates including virtual graduations and in-person graduations when the social distancing restrictions are lifted
      • Medical Schools and Nursing Schools have graduated some students early (all of which have completed all necessary requirements) in order to move those graduates into their respective fields and aid in the COVID-19 battle
    • President Barchi distributed an email to members of the Rutgers community outlining the financial burden Rutgers has undertaken in the last few months and ways to mitigate further damage moving forward.

Lee then answered further questions on the below topics:

  • Hiring freeze due to COVID-19, especially concerning PTLs
  • Early retirement – if interested to contact the Office of Academic Labor Relations
  • The exact amount of money that Rutgers has lost over the last several months and if the cut senior level administration is taking for the next 4 months is enough
  • A request for financial statements, especially in light of COVID-19 losses, to be sent to the Senate Budget and Finance Committee for evaluation
  • If any lobbying is being done at the state and/or federal level to aid in funding to Rutgers.

NEW BUSINESS

Resolution Celebrating Robert Barchi’s Tenure as University President

Chair Jon Oliver introduced this item under New Business and passed the floor to Senator Ann Gould who introduced the authors (Senators Borisovets, Gillett, and Gould) and read the resolution. Oliver initiated a vote by unanimous consent, however it was challenged by Senator Nikol Alexander-Floyd, who subsequently asked for a vote due to her disagreement with the Resolution.  As requested, a vote was carried out, and the resolution passed.

Resolution on RBHS Contract Negotiations

Senator Boris Pakshover requested this item be added under New Business, and with no objection, it was approved.  Paskhover described the background and read the resolution. With much discussion, mainly in support, the resolution was voted on and passed.

SENATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT – Senate Vice Chair Peter Gillett reported on the March 6, and April 17, 2020 Executive Committee meetings.

REPORTS OF REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES: Board of Governor’s Faculty Representative, Rachel Kaye reported on the April 7th meeting of the BOG. Boris Paskhover reported that the Board of Trustees had a very abbreviated remote meeting since the Senate last met.

REPORTS OF CAMPUS FACULTY AND STUDENT LIAISONS: Camden Faculty Senator Samuel Rabinowitz reported on the last Camden Faculty Council meeting. Camden New Brunswick Faculty Senator Tugrul Ozel, New Brunswick Faculty Council Chair, reported on the New Brunswick Faculty Council which met on April 24th. Newark Senator Sarah Shobut reported on the recent activities of the Newark students. Senator Carol Lutz reported on the RBHS Faculty Council’s current initiatives.

ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 4:03 p.m.

Minutes prepared by:

Mary Mickelsen, Executive Secretary of the University Senate

 

Present Senators

Jeykid Acosta Anna Agboste Ann Albert Nikol Alexander-Floyd Farid Alizadeh Anil Ardeshna Anne-Catherine Aubert Margaret Avallone Gloria Bachmann Joseph Barbarese Robert L. Barchi Rola Bekdash Sanjib Bhuyan Robert Boikess Irfan Bora Natalie Borisovets Erin Brewster-Bauzyk Mary Bridgeman Steve Buyske Ricky Castaneda Abha Chaudhary Harrison Chiu Tynisha Coleman Gabriel Colley Russell Crews Babu Dasari Gregory DiLalo Rick Dool Hala Doumit Brian Everett Frank Felder Thomas Figueira Daniel Fox Peter Gillett Ralph Giraud Sally Goldfarb Lasantha Goonetilleke Ann Gould Michael Gower Kemal Gursoy JeanMarie Hartman Wayne Hsueh Arlene Hunter Christine Hunter-Fratzola Olga Jarrín Montaner Cecelia Kane Emily Kane Abhishek Kashalikar Rachel Kaye John Kettle Luz Kosar Kathryn Kovacs Adam Kustka Jerome Langer Barbara Lee Carol Lutz Valerie Maglione Rico Lisa Mahajan-Cusack Rupal Mansukhani Josephine Marchetta Joseph Markert Norman Markowitz Ivan Marsic Elizabeth Matto Gavin Mayes Juan Mena-Segovia Mary Mickelsen Paul Miranti Thomas Moomjy Kaylah Norris Kristin O'Brassill-Kulfan Jon Oliver Tugrul Ozel Virendra Pandey Tina Pappas Houshang Parsa Boris Paskhover Suja Patel Ilce Perez Alexander Pichugin Sofia Pinto-Figueroa Nicholas Ponzio Jeremy Posluszny Kristen Powell Sam Rabinowitz Maya Ravichandran Alicia Rivera Monica Roth Sharon Ryan Cynthia Saltzman Karen Sanchez Robert Schwartz Stacy Schwartz Federico Sesti Michael Shapiro Troy Shinbrot Sarah Shobut Deborah Silver Adrienne Simonds Barbara Sinacori Morgan Smith Weijie Song Menahem Spiegel Marc Steinberg Thomas Struble Ted Szatrowski Paul Takhistov Karen Thompson Jose Torres Debora Tracey Frances Trees Thomas Tsakalakos Cecilia Vargas Erich Vidal Lucio Volino James Walkup Chen Wang Xiangyue "Max" Wang Carolyne White Laura Willett Thelma "Jeanna" Wirtenberg

Excused Senators

Krisellen Maloney

Absent Senators

Monica Adya Adnan Akbar Ousseina Alidou Rahshida Atkins Joseph Barone Christine Bator Gerald Beegan Larry Bembry Wanda Blanchett Dana Britton Mary Jo Bugel Nancy Cantor Donald Cohen Francine Conway James DeFilippis Kevin Dowlin William Dreyer Adrienne Eaton Gary Ebert Robert Emmons Adrienne Esposito Thomas Farris Cecile Feldman Vivian Fernandez Christiane Fischer Linda Flynn Iveth Gonzales Robert Goodman Krishna Gotur Aarushi Govil Judith Graber Grace Guo Phoebe Haddon Anna Haley Perry Halkitis Masanori Hara Arash Hatefi Taja-Nia Henderson Bingru Huang John Joergensen Robert Johnson Sydney Johnson Abin Joy Subhadha Kartik Eshan Kaul Jerome Kukor Eleanor LaPointe Valentine Lamar Lei Lei Brian Lewis Liping Liu David Lopez Lisa Maddox Douglas Steve Madsen Gwendolyn Mahon Antonios Mammis Varshipna Mandalapu Peter March Howard Marchitello Monica Mazurek Kenneth McKeever Charles Menifield Shuvangi Mitra Christopher Molloy David Moore Brian Murphy Kyle Murphy Kimberly Mutcherson Badri Nath Donna Nickitas James O'Connor Kevin O'Rourke Oluwatobi Omotoso Monsef Oukil Gregory Pardlo Gregory Porumbescu Cathryn Potter Jonathan Potter Archana Pradhan Nichisha Prasad Jasbir Puar Julie Rajan Andrew Robbins Michael Romanko Joseph Schiavo Noah Schneider Meheli Sen Nikita Shankar Sue Shapses Randy Sinnott Johanna Stephenson Chase Stoprya Brian Strom Zhiqiang Tan Piyushimita Thakuriah Nicholas Tharney Neeharika Thuravil Kevin Titus Emily Tomasko Amir Umarov Michael Van Stine Bonita Veysey Amy Wang Doris Zheng

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