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Faculty Senate - 03/03/16

Faculty Senate
March 3, 2016 - 3:30pm
Green Hall-Room 203
Agenda: 

 

(This meeting may be electronically recorded.)

 

  I.        Approval of minutes from February 11, 2016

 II.       Report of Faculty Senate President Tom Beisecker

III.       Discussion of Faculty Code

IV.       FSRR 7.3

 V.       Old Business

VI.       New Business

Minutes: 

MINUTES

FACULTY SENATE MEETING

March 3, 2016 – 4:00 p.m. – 203 Green Hall

 

Approved March 24, 2016

MEMBERS PRESENT: Tom Beisecker, Mary Banwart, Philip Baringer, Ron Barrett-Gonzalez, Jay Childers, Kelly Chong, Jonathan Clark, Chris Elles, Charles Epp, Pam Fine, Christopher Fischer, Lynn Hancock, Joe Harrington, Pamela Keller, Paul Laird, Jason Matejkowski, Jonathan Mayhew, Amalia Monroe-Gulick, Bozenna Pasik-Duncan, Meagan Patterson, Angela Rathmel, Roberta Freund Schwartz, Bill Staples, Barbara Timmermann,

 

ABSENT: Mike Williams (excused), Jim Carothers, Michael Davidson (excused), Lisa Friis (excused), Andrea Greenhoot (excused), Majid Hannoum (excused), Kissan Joseph (excused), Weishi Liu (excused), Mario Medina, Steve Padget,(excused), Geraldo Sousa (excused), Dean Stetler, Belinda Sturm, Susan Williams (excused), Lisa Wolf-Wendell (excused)

 

ALSO PRESENT:  Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little; Sara Rosen, Interim Provost; Mary Lee Hummert, Vice Provost for Faculty Development; Maureen Altman and Kathy Reed, University Governance; Sara Shepherd, LJ World;

 

Faculty Senate President Tom Beisecker called the meeting to order. 

 

MINUTES for February 11, 2016 were approved as amended.  It was pointed out that several instances referring to the April 16, 2015 Faculty Code were written April 16, 2016.

 

REPORT OF THE FACULTY SENATE PRESIDENT

Beisecker noted that the majority of his report had been given at the University Senate meeting where he updated senate on the last COFSP (Council of Faculty Senate Presidents) meeting: COFSP met with COGRO (the Council of Government Relations Officers) to discuss what role the faculty might have in assisting the process of representing the universities to the legislature; House Bill 25.31 could strip due process in firing junior college faculty, which concerns COFSP as being (as one COFSP member put it) a possible “tenure attack creep”; COFSP wants to develop a process to determine how to cut AP and CLEP scores.  Beisecker added that representatives of KUAAP attended the last FacEx meeting.  They reported that enrollment in the undergraduate program has increased, and that there is interest in the new professional graduate program.  The KUAAP representatives offered to attend a Faculty Senate meeting; Beisecker asked that anyone interested in KUAAP visiting Faculty Senate let him or the Governance Office know. 

Beisecker reported that the April 16, 2015 Faculty Code which Senate reaffirmed at the last meeting was sent to the Provost who returned the administrative version which had been returned to Faculty Senate in September, coming full circle.

 

DISCUSSION OF FACULTY CODE

Beisecker reminded senate that Mike Williams’ motion to circulate and discuss the Faculty Code had been passed at the last meeting.  Beisecker admitted that while the task of going through the code might look daunting, he was confident that senate could dispose of much of what it contained because there are some areas of agreement with the administration.  He explained that his goal is to identify areas of consensus and areas of debate, adding that senate would continue at future meetings to exam issues flagged for further discussion.   (The table below shows the results of the item by item discussion of the code):

 

EXAMINATION OF ADMINISTRATION CHANGES TO FACULTY CODE FOR DISCUSSION AT FUTURE MEETINGS

Item

Section

Status

1

Article I Title-University Policy

No further discussion needed

2

Article I Title-Provost’s Office and

Further discussion needed

3

Article I Title-subject to the ultimate authority of the Chancellor

Further discussion needed

4

Article III, Paragraph 1-University and

No further discussion needed

5

Article III, Section 2-consistent and unbiased impartial

Further discussion needed

6

Article III, Section 3-determination development

No further discussion needed

7

Article III Section 3-consistent with the principles of shared

Further discussion needed

8

Article III Section 3- consistent and unbiased impartial

Further discussion needed

9

Article III Section 4-provide information to assist

Further discussion needed

10

Article III Section 4-subject to University policies

Further discussion needed

11

Article III Section 4-This right recognizes

No further discussion needed

12

Article III Section 4- consistent and unbiased impartial

Further discussion needed

13

Article III Section 5-personnel files

Further discussion needed

14

Article III Section 7-appeal

No further discussion needed

15

Article III Section 7-appeal the sanction to

Further discussion needed

16

Article III Section 7-if an appeal is filed…

Further discussion needed

17

Article III Section 10-University and

No further discussion needed

18

Article III Section 11-in compliance with Univ & KBOR policies

Further discussion needed

19

Article III Section 13-and KBOR policy

Further discussion needed

20

Article III Section 14-allocation of resources

Further discussion needed

21

Article III Section 15-University and

Further discussion needed

22

Article III Section 16-burden of proof

Further discussion needed

23

Article III Section 17-reduction of compensation

No further discussion needed

24

Article III Section 18-fear of

No further discussion needed

25

Article III Section 19-punishment or reprisal

Further discussion needed

26

Article IV Paragraph 1-university and

Further discussion needed

27

Article IV Section 1c-office hours

Further discussion needed

28

Article IV Section 1e-alternative arrangements

Further discussion needed

29

Article IV Section 4-university and

Further discussion needed

30

Article IV Section 5i-gravely

No further discussion needed

31

Article V-Administrative Leave Without Pay

Further discussion needed

32

Article VI paragraph 1-sanction

Further discussion needed

33

Article VI Section 2e-staff

Further discussion needed

34

Policy Owner

Further discussion needed

 

During the process of going through the code Ron Barrett-Gonzalez expressed concern that legal advice was needed.  He offered the free services of an AAUP employment attorney who would be available for next two senate meetings.  Mary Banwart asked what that says about our faith in our faculty, and Pam Keller questioned why outside lawyers would be needed since there were already lawyers on the committee that put together the code.  Jonathan Clark expressed that it seems smart to use free legal advice.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None

 

nEW BUSINESS

None

 

No further business.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:06

Respectfully submitted,

Maureen Altman

 


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