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Faculty Senate 2/12/15

Faculty Senate
February 12, 2015 - 3:30pm
Room 203 Law School

I.          Announcements

II.        Approval of minutes from December 4, 2014

III.       Report of Faculty Senate President Jim Carothers

IV.       Old Business

V.        New Business




February 12, 2015 – 3:30 p.m.

203 Green Hall

Approved: 03/26/2015

MEMBERS PRESENT: Jonathan Mayhew, Jim Carothers, Mahasweta Banerjee, Philip Baringer,  Thomas Beisecker, Jay Childers, Katherine Clark, Antha Cotten-Spreckelmeyer, Mohamed El-Hodiri, Chuck Epp, Lisa Friis, Kim Glover,  Andrea Greenhoot, Kissan Joseph, Pam Keller, Nancy Kinnersley, Paul Laird, Jeremy Martin, Kirk McClure, Gerald Mikkelson, Steve Padget, Bozenna Pasik-Duncan, Meagan Patterson, Angela Rathmel, Marlesa Roney, Roberta Freund Schwartz, Bill Staples, Mike Williams, Lisa Wolfe-Wendel, Susan Williams. Ex-Officio non-voting – Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, Provost Jeff Vitter.

EXCUSED:  Allan Pasco, Barbara Timmerman, Elizabeth MacGonagle.

ALSO PRESENT:  Molly Mulloy and Kathy Reed, University Governance; Amy Smith, Policy Office; John Stratton, Libraries.

President Jim Carothers called the meeting to order.

MINUTES for December 4, 2014, were approved.


Jim Carothers noted that his report for the Faculty Senate was made at the University Senate meeting today.  The final changes approved by FacEx this week to the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct will be on the agenda of the March 5th Senate meeting. Members will receive a “clean” copy of the document prior to the meeting.

Carothers met with the FRPR (Faculty Rights, Privileges, and Responsibilities) Committee in October. A question had been raised at Faculty Senate and in FRPR as to what right did FacEx or the Faculty Senate have to amend or revise the original Faculty Code proposal approved by the Faculty Senate in 2012. Carothers pointed out that it is the right and responsibility of FacEx to review, discuss, or and/or modify recommendations from its standing committees before the matter is forwarded to the Faculty Senate. The Senate may further amend proposals with motions from the floor before a vote is taken.   He stated that the notion that FRPR’s original 2012 recommendation on the Faculty Code had never been changed was “simply erroneous. “

After a document approved by the Faculty Senate is sent to the Provost, it is FacEx’s further responsibility to discuss any objections or modifications proposed by the administration, to accept the changes or negotiate with the administration, and to send any substantive changes back to the Faculty Senate for approval.   Since receiving the Faculty Code back from the administration last September, FacEx has gone through it line by line to review editorial changes and other revisions proposed by the administration, as well as further recommendations from this year’s FRPR committee.  The final document as approved by FacEx this week will be discussed at the March 5th Faculty Senate.

Carothers observed that the Chancellor has ultimate authority over the Faculty Code, but under our collegial shared governance system at KU, the Faculty Senate should have the right to approve any changes to the Faculty Code. The General Counsel’s office indicated in a discussion this week that they believe there could be a time when more immediate or emergency action might be needed by the administration. Thus, they object to FacEx’s replacement of the word “consideration” with “approval” in the last sentence of Art. I of the Code.  FacEx passed a unanimous motion this week supporting Carothers’ effort to continue discussing this difference of opinion with the administration.

Carothers stated that SenEx thinks the issue of academic integrity is important for a future committee on task force to pursue.  He closed his remarks by stating his hope that the faculty will elect colleagues to University and Faculty Senate in April who speak up on issues and work to bring about positive action on behalf of the faculty and the University.


HLC (Higher Learning Commission) Re-Accreditation Visit to KU.  A member asked the administrators present to comment on the visit of the HLC team at KU last week. Chancellor Gray-Little praised the magnificent work on KU’s Self-Study Report by chair Susan Twombly, Deb Teeter, the Steering Committee, and the many faculty and staff who worked on it for over a year. She noted that the visit of 8-9 persons on the accreditation team went smoothly and they were impressed with the quality of the Self Study Report, which included KUMC but focused primarily on the Lawrence campus and the undergraduate agenda.  When the accreditation team met last week with various campus groups, several persons expressed concern about the Regents’ Social Media Policy but there were no concerns directly related to the accreditation criteria.  

Jim Carothers invited SenEx members to comment on their meeting with the accreditation team. Jonathan Mayhew reported that there was discussion about the Core Curriculum and the role of governance in the process. Carothers added that he told the team there was not too much involvement with governance, but many members of the faculty and the professional schools participated.  One faculty member stated that the Core had opened up additional possibilities for students to pursue departmental honors or to participate in Study Abroad now that the number of Core requirements is reduced.

Future KU Budget

Carothers reported on the Board of Regents’ meeting yesterday, noting that budget cuts for KU were announced of $2.7 for the Lawrence campus and $2.1 for KUMC for the remainder of FY2015.

No further business.

Respectfully submitted,

Molly Mulloy


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