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Friday
Dec 10th
1:00 pm

Senate Meeting

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Agenda Distributed On
Monday, December 6th 2021

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY SENATE

MEETING AGENDA

Friday, December 10, 2021 – 1:10 p.m. via Zoom

https://rutgers.zoom.us/j/96051759345?pwd=ZWNORzZlUnhSOFIzN1pSVGg1ZEhKQT09

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

SECRETARY’S REPORT – Morgan Smith, Interim Executive Secretary

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT – Jonathan Holloway, University President

COMMITTEE REPORTS/RESOLUTIONS [Please Note: Substantive amendments to any resolutions should be provided to the Senate Executive Secretary in writing prior to or at the time the amendment is moved.]

Resolution submitted by the Executive Committee: Reintroduction of the Add/Drop recommendations from S-2021 Re-Examination of the Add/Drop Period During the COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond to be re-considered.

Be it resolved by the Rutgers University Senate that 1. With effect from Spring 2022, the Add period each semester be nine calendar days, with the Drop extended to nine calendar days, making the periods coterminous. On a tenth day, which we term a “switch day,”, a student may add a course only if the same student is also dropping a course, and vice versa. Permission of the instructor or school is required in order to add a course after it has already met twice.

University Structure and Governance S-2008 How Staff Senators are Elected – Senator Peter Gillett, RBS U-NB, USGC Co-Chair (For information Purposes Only)

            The committee was charged as follows:

Investigate and report on how staff not aligned with any Chancellor are elected to the Senate and make recommendations.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT – Peter Gillett, Senate Vice Chair

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.]

REPORTS OF THE REPRESENTATIVE TO THE BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES

REPORTS OF CAMPUS FACULTY AND STUDENT LIAISONS

ADJOURNMENT

*Note: Addition of items to the Agenda requires a 2/3 vote. There is an overall time limit of 3 hours for Senate meetings. Specific time limits are set for questions and debate, not for presentations of reports. After approval, extension of time limits requires a 2/3 vote.

Remaining 2021-2022 University Senate Meetings

Spring 2022: Unless otherwise noted and if large gathering restrictions are lifted, meetings will be held in the Multipurpose Room, College Avenue Student Center, College Avenue Campus in New Brunswick.]
January 21, 2022
February 18, 2022
March 25, 2022
April 29, 2022


 (The April 29 meeting may convene at 10:30 or 11:00 a.m. This meeting is the last of this year’s Senate, but will begin with the first meeting of next year’s Senate, at which Senate officers, Executive Committee members, and board representatives will be elected. The start time will be determined by the Senate EC in April 2022.)

 

RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY
UNIVERSITY SENATE

MINUTES: Regular Meeting of the University Senate 

DATE: December 10, 2021

TIME AND PLACE: 1:10 p.m., Remote via Zoom

PRESENT: Abdel-Wahab, Abuilak, Alizadeh, Ameri, Amjad, Anderson, Andrews, Ardeshna, Askew, Azer, Bachmann, Baldi, Barbarese, Bernstein, Bhattacharya, Bhavaraju, Boikess, Boison, Boxer, Bridgeman, Brienza-Arcilla, Buyske, Castellano, Charles, Choo, Chowdhury, Clarke, Crawford, Crews, Dane, Daughety, Davidson, Dool, Drazer, Edelstein, Esposito, Everett, Ewins, Farmer, Fatahzadeh, Field, Figueira, Foster, Fougnies, Fudge, Garner, Gillett, Giraud, Gomes, Gower, Guo, Gursoy, Haley, Halprin, Hauck, Haviland, Holloway, Hu, Huang, Hunter, Hurd, Husan, Javeri, Joergensen, Kahanda, Kahng, Kelly, Kiss, Kovacs, Kozlosky, Kustka, Laraia, Lawson, Leibman, Levine, Linardopoulos, Lino-Barbosa, Lutz, Mahajan-Cusack, Manzini, Marchetta, Markert, Markowitz, Marsic, Matto, Mazurek, McKeever, Miller, Molloy, Morton, O’Connor, Oberle, Oliver, Ozel, Parsa, Patel, Pichugin, Pintar, Pinto-Figueroa, Poole, Prihoda, Rabinowitz, Zainab Rizvi, Roth, Ryan, Sagarra, Saltzman, Schroth, Schwartz, Schwartz, Scott, Shapses, Sharma, Shinbrot, Siederer, Simonds, Sinacori, Smith, Sonnenberg, Spiegel, Stroiman, Struble, Swamy, Szatrowski, Taipe, Takhistov, Tan, Tewfik, Thompson, Todorinova, Torres, Valle, Valverde, Vega, Vellangany, Virani, Volino, Wang, Warde, White, Willett, Woortman, Yamamoto

EXCUSED: Bhuyan, Goonetilleke, Kettle, Westrich, Shah

ABSENT: Adya, Allamand, Anderson Eloy, Aubry, Barlow, Barone, Beegan, Blanchett, Bogden, Bonne, Broggi, Cabrera, Campbell, Cantor, Cardoso, Carrero, Chefitz, Cole, Conway, Cooper, Davis, Den Bleyker, Eaton, Elsaid, Emedom-Nnamdi, English, Farris, Feldman, Fellenz, Fernandez, Flynn, Fox, Goonetilleke, Granadeiro, Halkitis, Hara, Hatefi, Hein, Henderson, Hsueh, Irizarry, Johnson, Kaye, Knode, Kothari, Kukor, LaMorte, Lei, Liu, Lopez, Lyles, Maddox Douglas, Mahon, Mansukhani, March, Marchitello, Marich, McCarthy, Menifield, Mignogna, Miranti, Moore, Mutcherson, Nath, Nickitas, Patel, C. Potter, J. Potter, Riedel-Prabhakar, Rivera, Robalino, Samlin, Shah, Shah, Shawl, Shih, Stephens, Strom, Sutton, Tadros, Thakuriah, Tsakalakos, Whitehead, Wirtenberg

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

Chair Oliver called the meeting to order at 1:10 p.m and welcomed everyone to the final meeting of the calendar year. He then went on to recognize that today is Human Rights Day and spoke on the importance of celebrating the end of the semester and taking time to be with the people we cherish the most. Chair Oliver also mentioned the dedication of 15 Washington Street on the Newark Campus as Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hall. He thanked the Board of Governors for their hard work in conjunction with the Senate.

SECRETARY’S REPORT – Morgan Smith, Interim Executive Secretary

  • Approval of the Agenda* (including time limits) – agenda was approved
  • Approval of the November 19, 2021 Senate Meeting Minutes – minutes were approved

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT: President Jonathan Holloway

President Holloway delivered his Administrative Report touching on the following topics:

  • Charles B. Rangel Fellowship awarded to Anna Baker, a 2019 SEBS Graduate
  • The Budget plans for 2022-2023
  • Movement towards a Smoke-Free Campus with recommendations from the Senate as considerations. The goal for Rutgers to be smoke-free as of January 2023
  • Details surrounding the continuation of relaxed telecommuting extension to June 30, 2022
  • Clarity on the number of Central Staff members
  • Support among the PTL community including the initiation of the “Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Part-Time Lecturer” that will launch in January

President Holloway then answered questions on the following topics:

  • COVID-19 concerns in the Spring semester with remote teaching
  • The Omicron Variant and mandatory booster vaccinations among students, staff and faculty
  • Central Staff members

COMMITTEE REPORT [Please Note: Substantive amendments to these reports should be given to the Senate Executive Secretary in writing prior to or at the time the amendment is moved.]

Resolution submitted by the Executive Committee: Reintroduction of the Add/Drop recommendations from S-2021 Re-Examination of the Add/Drop Period During the COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond to be re-considered.

Be it resolved by the Rutgers University Senate that 1. With effect from Spring 2022, the Add period each semester be nine calendar days, with the Drop extended to nine calendar days, making the periods coterminous. On a tenth day, which we term a “switch day,”, a student may add a course only if the same student is also dropping a course, and vice versa. Permission of the instructor or school is required in order to add a course after it has already met twice.

The report was discussed and voted on and was amended to state: “Be it resolved by the Rutgers University Senate that 1. With effect from Spring 2022, the Add period each semester be nine calendar days, with the Drop extended to nine calendar days, making the periods coterminous.”

University Structure and Governance S-2008 How Staff Senators are Elected – Senator Peter Gillett, RBS U-NB, USGC Co-Chair (For information Purposes Only)

The committee was charged as follows: Investigate and report on how staff not aligned with any Chancellor are elected to the Senate and make recommendations.

Senator Gillett reviewed the report in detail for information purposes, and there were no questions.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT – Senate Vice Chair Peter Gillett reported on the December 3th Executive Committee Meeting.

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.]

Resolution on the Rutgers Response to SARS-CoV-2 variant Omicron – Submitted by Senator Rob Scott, SAS-NB (F)

Considerations:

  • Resolution on the Rutgers Response to SARS-CoV-2 variant Omicron
  • Early scientific investigation and a growing consensus of top virologists around the globe suggests that the recently emerged SARS-CoV-2 variant Omicron will likely evade immune responses elicited by currently available vaccines and render them much less efficacious against infection;
  • The CDC has recognized that SARS-CoV-2 variant Omicron may also be more transmissible;
  • In response to both of the above, the CDC has already strengthened its recommendation on booster shots to “Everyone ages 18 and older should get a booster shot either when they are 6 months after their initial Pfizer or Moderna series or 2 months after their initial J&J vaccine.”;
  • Widespread rapid turn-around testing can reduce chains of SARS-CoV-2 transmission5 and the CDC has also emphasized the importance of testing;
  • Maintaining Rutgers as an in-person University requires reducing the spread of all variants of SARS- CoV2; and
  • A main lesson of the pandemic is that urgent, rapid, and preemptive action is critical

The Resolution was presented and summarized by Senator Rob Scott. After reviewing the resolution, there were no amendments. It was voted on and passed.

REPORTS OF THE REPRESENTATIVE TO THE BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES:  Senator Samuel Rabinowitz reported on the Board of Governors meeting that was on December 7th including comments on the pay equity process. Senator Anna Haley reported on the Board of Trustees meeting including comments on carbon neutrality efforts, and the gap between the Administration and BOT members.

REPORTS OF CAMPUS FACULTY AND STUDENT LIAISONS: Camden Faculty Liaison Samuel Rabinowitz met with Antonio Tillis for a follow-up on the administrative interaction with Camden Faculty members, Camden Student Liaison thanked Camden students for their efforts on inclusiveness across the campus, RBHS Faculty Member Laura Willett spoke on the joint chairs issue and the medical merger, RBHS Student Member made comments on town halls that have been happening.

ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 3:38 p.m.

 

Minutes prepared and written by:

Interim Executive Secretary Morgan Smith

 

Present Senators

Omer Abdel-Wahab Larry Abuilak Farid Alizadeh Mason Ameri Fauzan Amjad Katie Anderson Rochelle Andrews Anil Ardeshna Consuella Askew Amanda Azer Gloria Bachmann Andrea Baldi Joseph Barbarese Ashley Bernstein Debashi Bhattacharya Rajita Bhavaraju Robert Boikess Detlev Boison Paul Boxer Mary Bridgeman Diane Brienza-Arcilla Steve Buyske William Castellano Sabrina Charles Jessey Choo Sadman Chowdhury Alison Clarke Christopher Crawford Russell Crews Perry Dane David Daughety Tyrone Davidson Rick Dool German Drazer Michelle Edelstein Adrienne Esposito Brian Everett Josefina Ewins Antoinette Farmer Mahnaz Fatahzadeh William Field Thomas Figueira Lucille Foster Lara Fougnies Isaiah Fudge David Garner Peter Gillett Ralph Giraud Jessica Gomes Michael Gower Grace Guo Kemal Gursoy Anna Haley Franklin Halprin Emmaleigh Hauck Martha Haviland Jonathan Holloway William Hu Bingru Huang Arlene Hunter Maureen Hurd Shubon Husan Saloni Javeri John Joergensen Galathara Kahanda SungWoo Kahng Michael Kelly Geza Kiss Kathryn Kovacs Danielle Kozlosky Adam Kustka Kayla Laraia Laura Lawson Ray Leibman Jeffrey Levine Nicholas Linardopoulos Anthony Lino-Barbosa Carol Lutz Lisa Mahajan-Cusack Chiara Manzini Josephine Marchetta Joseph Markert Norman Markowitz Ivan Marsic Elizabeth Matto Monica Mazurek Kenneth McKeever Joel Miller Christopher Molloy Patricia Morton James O'Connor Jennifer Oberle Jon Oliver Tugrul Ozel Houshang Parsa Suja Patel Alexander Pichugin John Pintar Sofia Pinto-Figueroa Madai Poole Katherine Prihoda Sam Rabinowitz Zainab Rizvi Monica Roth Sharon Ryan Nuria Sagarra Cynthia Saltzman Kevin Schroth Stacy Schwartz Robert Schwartz Rob Scott Sue Shapses Ranita Sharma Troy Shinbrot Martin Siederer Adrienne Simonds Barbara Sinacori Morgan Smith Frank Sonnenberg Menahem Spiegel Amanda Stroiman Thomas Struble Siddharth Swamy Ted Szatrowski Rachel Taipe Paul Takhistov Zhiqiang Tan Ivanok Tavarez George Tewfik Karen Thompson Lily Todorinova Jose Torres Valerie Valle Sean Valverde Cassandra Vega Issac Vellangany Jay Virani Lucio Volino Xiaojue Wang Heidi Warde Carolyne White Laura Willett Melissa Woortman Laura Yamamoto

Excused Senators

Sanjib Bhuyan Lasantha Goonetilleke John Kettle Aanchel Shah Josee Westrich

Absent Senators

Monica Adya Carole Allamand Jean Anderson Eloy Marie-Pierre Aubry Shannon Barlow Joseph Barone Gerald Beegan Wanda Blanchett John Bogden Stephanie Bonne Emma Broggi Jonathan Cabrera Sara Campbell Nancy Cantor Georgia Cardoso Luis Carrero Dalya Chefitz Peter Cole Francine Conway Taryn Cooper Siatta Davis Victoria Den Bleyker Adrienne Eaton Nuralhoda Elsaid Clinton Emedom-Nnamdi Devin English Thomas Farris Cecile Feldman Chazz Fellenz Vivian Fernandez Linda Flynn Daniel Fox Andre Granadeiro Perry Halkitis Masanori Hara Arash Hatefi Taja-Nia Henderson Denise Hien Wayne Hsueh Patricia Irizarry Robert Johnson Rachel Kaye Bryan Knode Neil Kothari Jerome Kukor Gerard LaMorte Lei Lei Liping Liu David Lopez Rhonda Lyles Lisa Maddox Douglas Gwendolyn Mahon Rupal Mansukhani Peter March Howard Marchitello Bruce Marich William McCarthy Charles Menifield Stephanie Mignogna Paul Miranti David Moore Kimberly Mutcherson Badri Nath Donna Nickitas Meera Patel Cathryn Potter Jonathan Potter Rachel Riedel-Prabhakar Alicia Rivera Olivia Robalino Jason Samlin Aman Shah Bijal Shah Michael Shapiro Awad Shawl Mi Shih Thomas Stephens Brian Strom Malachi Sutton Matt (Monther) Tadros Piyushimita Thakuriah Antonio Tillis Thomas Tsakalakos Ian Whitehead Thelma "Jeanna" Wirtenberg

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