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Faculty Senate - 5/7/15

Faculty Senate
May 7, 2015 - 3:30pm
Room 203 Law School


I.          Announcements

II.        Approval of minutes from April 23, 2015

III.       Report of Faculty Senate President Jim Carothers

IV.       Resolution from Student Senate Urging KU Faculty and Staff to Add Mandated Reporter and Supportive Service Information to Course Syllabi



V.        Old Business


VI.       New Business



Approved: September 10, 2015 

MEMBERS PRESENT: Jonathan Mayhew, Jim Carothers, Mahasweta Banerjee, Ron Barrett-Gonzalez, Phil Baringer, Jay Childers, Thomas Beisecker, Kelly Chong, Katherine Clark, Mohamed El-Hodiri, Lisa Friis, Andrea Greenhoot, Kissan Joseph, Pam Keller, Sandra Gray, Paul Laird, Elizabeth MacGonagle, Jeremy Martin, Mario Medina, Nancy Kinnersley, Steve Padgett, Bozenna Pasik-Duncan, Allan Pasco, Meagan Patterson, Angela Rathmel, Roberta Freund Schwartz, Bill Staples, Barbara Timmerman, Mike Williams, Susan Williams, Lisa Wolf-Wendel.  Ex-Officio non-voting–  Provost Jeff Vitter

EXCUSED:  Antha Cotten-Spreckelmeyer, Chuck Epp, Christopher Fischer, David Fowle, Stuart Macdonald, Kirk McClure, Gerald Mikkelson, Marlesa Roney, Barney Warf

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

Faculty Senate President Jim Carothers called the meeting to order.

MINUTES for 4/23/2015 were approved.


            Jim Carothers reported on issues considered by the Faculty Executive Committee or the Faculty Senate this year, including the following:

1)   The Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct was discussed at multiple meetings of FacEx and the Faculty Senate. The Senate approved it on April 14, and it was emailed to all faculty for a 21-day review period which ends on May 12. The proposal will be forwarded to the Provost for consideration in mid-May.

2)   FacEx discussed a pilot program that would allow 3rd party access to Blackboard course sites.The program was later suspended by Senior Vice Provost Sara Rosen. Carothers noted that the pilot program is not needed because students can choose to allow people to see their grades.

3)   FacEx discussed faculty dismissal procedures with Steve Maynard-Moody, chair of the Faculty Rights Board.

4)   FacEx discussed the impact on faculty of the Shared Service Centers

5)   FacEx and the Faculty Senate heard a presentation from Andrew Torrance, chair of the “Bi-Campus Committee on Patent Ownership and Faculty Consultation.” The Faculty Senate endorsed the committee’s recommendation, and it is being considered by the Provost now.

6)   FacEx discussed the recommendation from the FRPR committee (Faculty Rights, Privileges, and Responsibilities) regarding the issue of  “excused absences for University activities,” such as debate or athletics.  FacEx agreed with FRPR that the decision should remain with individual faculty.

7)   FacEx discussed and approved recommendations from Larry Hoyle, chair of the Faculty Senate Research Committee, to change the guidelines used for the committee’s 3-year review of GRF fund. The report was forwarded to the Vice Provost for Research.

8)   FacEx heard a presentation from Student Senate leaders Zach George and Miranda Wagner regarding a Student Senate proposal regarding optional online professor evaluations. FacEx recommended that the students visit further with Andrea Greenhoot at the Center for Teaching Excellence about questions for their survey. Carothers expects that this proposal will be brought back to FacEx next year.

9)   FacEx heard a presentation from Student Body President Morgan Said regarding a Student Senate Resolution urging faculty to add information about “mandated reporter status” on course syllabi.  FacEx forwarded this resolution to Faculty Senate for discussion at today’s meeting.

10) Carothers noted that there was discussion at the Faculty Senate meeting on 12/4/2014 regarding the university-wide problem of student academic misconduct and its effect on institutional integrity. 



                  Carothers welcomed FY-15 Student Body President Morgan Said to the meeting.

Referring to the handout distributed with the agenda, Said reported that the Student Senate’s Resolution on mandated reporter status, with its list of campus supportive service offices, is identical to the recommendation sent to the Chancellor by the Sexual Assault Task Force.  She said faculty need to know what it means to be a mandated reporter, and students need to know that it is a two-tiered process: 1) students need to be informed by faculty that if you talk to me, I have to report it, and 2) students need to be told that if you don’t wish to confide in me, here is a list of persons and offices on campus with whom you could talk.  

Morgan pointed out that mandated reporter status information doesn’t necessarily need to be in the syllabus; it could be on a separate handout distributed with the syllabus or on Blackboard’s course page. She emphasized that Student Senate will continue the conversation about this issue in the coming year and plans to contact the deans to see if they will forward the proposal to faculty in their units. Morgan answered several questions from senators and was thanked by Carothers for her presentation today.


No further business.

Respectfully submitted,

Molly Mulloy


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