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February 21, 2017 - 3:00pm
33 Strong Hall
Agenda: 

Faculty Senate Executive Committee Agenda

February 21, 2017– 3:00 p.m.

Governance Conference Room, 33 Strong Hall

(This meeting may be electronically recorded.)

I.  Announcements

II.  Approval of February 7, 2017 minutes

III.  Report of Faculty Senate President Pam Keller

IV. Report of University Senate President Joe Harrington

V. FSRR 7.5 Amendment Proposed at February 9 Faculty Senate Meeting

VI.  Unionization Resolution Proposed at February 9 Faculty Senate Meeting

VII. Unfinished Business

 

Minutes: 

 

College Conference Room, 210 Strong Hall

Approved March 7, 2017

MEMBERS PRESENT: Pam Keller, Joe Harrington, Amalia Monroe-Gulick, Pam Fine, Ebenezer Obadare, Suzanne Shontz

MEMBERS ABSENT: Ruben Flores (excused early)

ALSO PRESENT: Maureen Altman, Kathy Reed, University Governance; Sara Shepherd, LJ World

Pam Keller called the meeting to order, informed FacEx that the meeting was being recorded, and asked for announcements.  She reminded FacEx that the election nomination deadline for new faculty senators is March 3; senators from Business Law and Education are still needed.  Only thirteen names have been received so far but none have confirmed they will run.  Ruben Flores announced that the Ad Hoc Diversity, Equity and Inclusion within Governance Committee plans to meeting every Thursday.  He added that the meeting last week which all members attended was intense but productive.    

MINUTES for February 7, 2017 were approved as amended.  Since Keller said that she would raise issues with COFSP (Council of Faculty Senate Presidents) not KBOR appropriate changes were made under new business.   

REPORT OF FACULTY SENATE PRESIDENT PAM KELLER

Keller updated FacEx about last week’s KBOR meeting.  She had reported to KBOR that five of the six regent institutions had passed resolutions objecting to campus carry.  David Dillon, Chair of the Chancellor Search Committee had presented the Chancellor Leadership Statement detailing desired attributes of a new chancellor; it is on the Chancellor’s website.  Keller said that she and Amalia Monroe-Gulick had met with a few senators to better understand current proposals, primarily the weapons notification resolution.  The Provost will provide cost analysis information regarding university contractors (eg. Shorelight, Huron, Everspring).  Monroe-Gulick asked if there was any word on the Campus Climate Survey; Keller will ask.  Harrington added that when he had asked former Vice Provost for Diversity and Equity Nate Thomas for information for the Ad Hoc Gender Equity Committee he was told that it wouldn’t be released to him until the steering committee reviewed it, shared it with the Chancellor and shared it at a campus town hall meeting.

REPORT OF UNIVERSITY SENATE PRESIDENT JOE HARRINGTON

Harrington said he planned to run a very efficient University Senate meeting on Thursday, adding that the most controversial items will be the weapons notification resolution and the proposal for insurance for weapons related injury and death.  Pam Fine expressed that senators need to know what’s covered by insurance before the meeting.  Keller said that she had requested information from Ola Faucher and Madi Vannaman in HR who explained that the information would take a while to put together; they had also offered to attend a senate meeting.  Keller explained that a senator would have to move to table the proposal until more information was received.  Harrington said that he would explain that when he sent out with notification comments prior to the University Senate meeting.  

ACTION: when he sends out notification comments Harrington WILL explain that if a senator desired more information before discussing the USRR X proposal the senator would have to move to table the issue.

FSRR 7.5 Amendment Proposed at February 9 Faculty Senate Meeting FOR DISCUSSION AT FACULTY SENATE MEETING

Keller said that it is confusing when an issue comes from the senate floor and is open to different interpretations.  She interpreted the proposal (FSRR 7.5) made at the February 9 Faculty Senate meeting as a heads up for consideration at the February 23 meeting whereas Harrington felt the proposal (USRR X) made at the University Senate meeting was intended to be sent as a university-wide notification.  By sending as a notification the proposed amendment could be voted on this Thursday so the university would only have one week to look at it.  She didn’t think that had been the intent, nor what senate had voted on.  Keller noted that that should be made clear in the code but hadn’t happened before so hadn’t been an issue.  She planned to explain to senators that traditionally issues, often received from senate standing committees, go to SenEx/FacEx before going to senate.

FacEx discussed FSRR 7.5

 FSRR 7.5

Because the University of Kansas has advertised, adopted and adheres to Faculty Senate Rules and Regulations FSRR 6.1.2, The University of Kansas allows all faculty members to conduct their teaching, research and service duties in a weapon-free environment as such an environment was presented to them as the terms and conditions under which they were appointed. Methods to produce this weapon-free environment may include: allowing faculty members to conduct all University-related duties remotely, allowing faculty members to perform their duties in venues which have “adequate security measures” as prescribed by KSA 75-7c et. seq. or allowing faculty members to conduct their duties in private or Federal, weapon-free, off campus facilities.

Keller explained that the proposal stemmed from the concern that when guns are on campus the university community is not safe and asked FacEx for points for discussion for Thursday’s senate meeting.  Ebenezer Obadare said that the rationale seems to suggest terms and conditions of employment can’t change but Keller pointed out that is not necessarily true legally since not all conditions are fixed.  Keller expressed that on the face of it FSRR 7.5 seemed contrary to the Faculty Code of Rights, Privileges, and Responsibilities which outlines faculty members’ class responsibilities and states that faculty needs to be aware of state laws and follow them.  She also pointed out that the Faculty Code requires respect for rights and campus carry will be one of those rights.  She noted that change in state laws implies change in conditions of employment.

Article IV, Section 1e.

Teaching responsibilities include prompt and regular presence during scheduled class hours whether in a physical classroom or online, as appropriate to the mode of course delivery… With the exception of illness or emergency, a faculty member must make satisfactory advance arrangements and obtain his/her chair’s or dean’s approval if he/she will be absent from class or unable to meet his/her online teaching responsibilities, or if he/she needs to change a class time or location. Such approval will be granted only if it is determined that these arrangements are made for sound academic reasons and do not cause undue hardship for any student and will be timely communicated to the students by the faculty member.

Article IV, Section 5a

In addition to the responsibilities listed above, faculty members shall:

  1. Be aware of federal and state law, Board of Regents, and University policies and regulations and comply with them.

Article IV, Section 5f

Respect the rights and academic freedom of students, staff, and faculty members.

Amalia Monroe-Gulick said that she had issues with the fact that the proposal only addresses faculty and not all faculty such as herself but is rather limited to teaching faculty, adding that she can’t do her job remotely.  FacEx considered what steps to take: make a resolution; have a committee look at it; vote on the issue; postpone consideration until after university lives with guns on campus. 

Motion that FacEx take a vote here that opposes passage of the proposal.  Fine/Obadare.  Passed.

Amended motion that FacEx take a vote here that opposes passage of the proposal as written.  Monroe-Glick/Fine.  Passed.

ACTION: KELLER WILL explain to senators that traditionally issues go to Senex/Facex and are often received from senate standing committees first. 

Unionization Resolution Proposed at February 9 Faculty Senate Meeting

It was observed that it appeared that the union would have only one goal and if state law exempted weapons on campus there would be no need for a union.  FacEx questioned whether Governance has the right to decide on a union.  In the interest of time FacEx also decided to ask speaker Josh Bolick to limit his presentation to five minutes at Thursday’s Faculty Senate meeting. 

ACTION.  to provide more time for discussion at Thursday’s faculty senate meeting Maureen Altman will ask Josh bBlick to limit his presentation to five minutes.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Correction to Gender Neutral Language Changes

Keller explained that the correction approved by SenEx regarding gender neutral language changes pertaining to senators in their third-year also occurred in faculty sections of the University Senate Code and asked that FacEx approve the changes.  She added that this would be a technical change.

Motion to approve gender neutral language changes pertaining to senators in their third-year which occur in faculty sections of the University Senate Code.  Monroe-Gulick/Shontz.  Passed.

Notification Resolution Proposed at February 9, University Senate Meeting

Keller asked what the university should be doing to notify people of campus carry.  Suzanne Shontz said that prospective hires should be informed.  Citing forums, emails, news stories, Keller expressed that informing the faculty is covered.  It was suggested that several links to the campus carry page be created; Monroe-Gulick pointed out that if there were more links there would be more likelihood of the information popping up on a Google search.  FacEx decided that they would wait to see what happens at University Senate on Thursday rather than taking any action.

NEW BUSINESS

Keller read Senator Meagan Patterson’s proposal to provide a brief professional biography, emphasizing each candidate’s qualifications to serve on the Faculty Senate, to the election ballot.  

Proposed change to procedure for Faculty Senate Elections

Nominees will be contacted regarding their willingness and eligibility to serve.  Nominees who report that they are willing to serve will be asked to provide a brief professional biography, emphasizing their qualifications to serve on the Faculty Senate.  A document including candidate biographies will be sent to all faculty by email along with the election ballot link. 

Monroe-Gulick observed that that would be extra work for Governance but Reed said that wasn’t the problem; Governance had been asked to add bios a few years ago but faculty said they didn’t have time to put together bios.  She added that she had already decided to put a link in the election email to the candidates' pictures and titles on the Governance website.  FacEx agreed and Keller said she would inform Patterson of the new procedure.  

Meeting adjourned at 4:23

Respectfully submitted

Maureen Altman

 

 

MEETING MATERIAL

 

Faculty Proposal to Faculty Senate

February 2017

Background justification for FSRR 7.5:

Because FSRR 6.1.2 and KBOR Policy F.8.b.1 (July 1995 KBOR Policy and Procedures Manual) declare that:

 

 “The precise terms and conditions of every appointment should be stated in writing and be in the possession of both institution and teacher before the appointment is consummated.”

And

 

There are no instances of any faculty member who has been hired prior to 2 April 2015 as having been informed that individuals with no training will be allowed to legally carry firearms in nearly every venue across campus,

 

 The Faculty Senate of The University of Kansas declares that enforcement of the weapons on campus provisions of KSA 75-7c et. seq. would constitute a substantial, adverse and unilateral change in the terms and conditions of employment with neither the consent of the faculty nor compensation for the degradation of workplace safety.

 

 Accordingly:

 

 FSRR 7.5

Because the University of Kansas has advertised, adopted and adheres to Faculty Senate Rules and Regulations FSRR 6.1.2, The University of Kansas allows all faculty members to conduct their teaching, research and service duties in a weapon-free environment as such an environment was presented to them as the terms and conditions under which they were appointed. Methods to produce this weapon-free environment may include: allowing faculty members to conduct all University-related duties remotely, allowing faculty members to perform their duties in venues which have “adequate security measures” as prescribed by KSA 75-7c et. seq. or allowing faculty members to conduct their duties in private or Federal, weapon-free, off campus facilities.

 

Unionization Resolution

Because KSA 75-7c et. seq. will place armed individuals with no training in most university facilities, counter to the original terms and conditions of employment of nearly all faculty members, with neither faculty consent nor compensation and those armed individuals induce a considerable degradation of Workplace Safety, The Faculty Senate of the University of Kansas hereby requests that the Kansas National Education Association initiate organization activities so as to form a faculty union on all campuses of The University of Kansas with the goal of reestablishing otherwise compromised workplace safety as the top condition of contract negotiations with The University of Kansas.

Corrected Gender Neutral Language Change to University Senate Code Article II

 

University Senate Code Article II, Section 2

Paragraph 4

O&A

Newly elected faculty members to the Faculty Senate shall take office on the day after the University Commencement exercises of the year of their election. Members of the Faculty Senate who have served at least two years shall be ineligible for re‑election at the end of the term but shall become eligible to serve again after two years have elapsed from the end of the last year of service.  If a third year faculty member is elected president-elect of Faculty Senate, that person shall serve as president and an ex-officio member of Faculty Senate during the following year.  that he/she serves as president.

Correction:

(c) if a third-year faculty member is elected president-elect, that person shall serve as an ex-officio non-voting member of University Senate during the year that he/she serves served as president.

 

Paragraph 2

This organizational meeting shall be limited in its agenda to the following items: (a) election of president-elect (who is also chair-elect of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee); (b) if there is no president-elect able to serve as president, a president shall also be elected; (c) if a third-year faculty member is elected president-elect, that person shall serve as president and an ex-officio, non-voting member of Faculty Senate during the following year that he/she serves as president; (d) election of six faculty to the Faculty Senate Executive Committee.

FSRR Article II, Section 4

Correction:

(c) if a third-year faculty member is elected president-elect, that person shall serve as an ex-officio non-voting member of University Senate during the year that he/she serves served as president.

    

 

 

 


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