FacEx-Faculty Senate Executive Committee 03/03/15
FacEx immediately following the SenEx meeting on March 3.
Provost Conference Room
Update from University Senate President Jonathan Mayhew
Faculty Senate Executive Committee – FacEx
March 3, 2015 – 3:00 p.m. – Following SenEx
Provost’s Conference Room
MEMBERS PRESENT: Jim Carothers, Jonathan Mayhew, Tom Beisecker, Mike Williams, Katherine Clark, Lisa Friis
EXCUSED: Jeremy Martin
ALSO PRESENT: Amy Smith, Policy Office; Molly Mulloy and Kathy Reed, University Governance; Jan Sheldon, chair, FRPR Committee (Faculty Rights, Privileges, and Responsibilities).
Jim Carothers reported that he met with Rachel Rolf, General Counsel’s Office, about Article I of the Faculty Code and told her it would be reassuring to have language regarding approval by both sides. He discussed the following new text (bold font) for the final sentence of Article I: “Substantive changes to this Code will be made only after approval by the Provost’s Office and the Faculty Senate, subject to the ultimate authority of the Chancellor.” He and Jonathan Mayhew later met with the Provost, who stated that he had no problem with this addition. Carothers said this change is an extraordinary improvement, and added that the Chancellor has a vested interest in maintaining the respect of the faculty. Jonathan Mayhew/Michael Williams moved that FacEx approve this new text for Article I of the Faculty Code of Conduct. Passed without dissent.
Carothers welcomed guest Jan Sheldon, FRPR chair, noting that the rewriting of the Faculty Code of Conduct all began with a charge to the FRPR Committee three or four ago. Sheldon commented that FRPR spent its first year reviewing the faculty codes of many other universities before recommending changes to KU’s Code. In the discussion that followed, Sheldon indicated that strong rights and strong faculty governance may be attractive to future generations of KU faculty. Carothers thanked Prof. Sheldon for her leadership of the FRPR committee the last several years on the Faculty Code revisions, and Mayhew added thanks to FacEx members for their work on this massive project.
Carothers visited with the chair of the Faculty Rights Board who reported that the FRB is meeting to discuss new language for FSRR 7.3 regarding due process for faculty charged with lesser sanctions. FRB’s recommendation will be sent to FacEx shortly. Carothers pointed out that the FSRR (Faculty Senate Rules and Regulations) will need to be amended and approved by the Chancellor first before related changes are made in the Faculty Code.
No further business. The meeting adjourned at 4:20 p.m.