SenEx-University Senate Executive Committee 3/3/15
II. Approval of minutes from December 2, 2014
III. Standing Reports
A. University Senate President Jonathan Mayhew
B. Faculty Senate President Jim Carothers
C. Student Senate President Miranda Wagner
D. Unclassified Senate President Amanda Ostreko
E. University Support Staff President Chris Wallace
IV. Reaccreditation Committee Chair Susan Twombly re Accreditation Team
Visit to KU on February 9-10
V. University Senate Code Amendments re One Staff Senate
V. Old Business
VI. New Business
UNIVERSITY SENATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
March 3, 2015 – Provost’s Conference Room - 3:00 p.m.
PRESENT: Jonathan Mayhew, Michael Williams, Jim Carothers, Katherine Clark, Lisa Friis, Charlotte Goodman, Chris Wallace, Mike Krings, Amada Ostreko, Alex Montgomery, Emma Haling, Michael Walker
EXCUSED: Miranda Wagner, Jeremy Martin
ALSO PRESENT: Molly Mulloy and Kathy Reed, Governance; Amy Smith, Policy Office; Tom Beisecker, Faculty Senate President-Elect; Jan Sheldon, chair, FRPR Committee; Sara Shepherd, Lawrence Journal World.
SenEx chair Jonathan Mayhew called the meeting to order.
MINUTES for 2/3/2015 were approved.
REPORT OF THE UNIVERSITY SENATE PRESIDENT/SENEX CHAIR
None at this time.
REPORT OF THE FACULTY SENATE PRESIDENT
Jim Carothers reported that FacEx will meet today following SenEx.
REPORT OF THE STUDENT SENATE PRESIDENT
Reporting for Miranda Wagner, Alex Montgomery said Miranda was in Washington today with the Student Senate government relations director. The Senate passed a resolution endorsing the Regents’ transfer policy requiring that non-academic misconduct be included on student transcripts, as well as a resolution condemning the Governor’s action concerning LGBT employees. They allocated $6,000 to student groups for April events and are putting together a line item budget bill for FY2016.
REPORT OF THE UNCLASSIFIED SENATE PRESIDENT
Amanda Ostreko and Chris Wallace were pleased to report that the revisions to the University Senate Code regarding the new Staff Senate will be forwarded to the Provost tomorrow, along with the new University Staff Senate Code. The revisions were approved by University Senate on February 12th and then sent out for the required 21-day review period.
REPORT OF THE UNIVERSITY SUPPORT STAFF SENATE
See Unclassified Senate report above.
KU PROCEDURES IMPLEMENTING THE REGENTS’ SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY Jonathan Mayhew noted that he and Jim Carothers met with the Provost and discussed the concern raised at University Senate about the Provost’s approval of panel members on the Initial Review Panel (IRP) and the Substantive Review Board (SRB). The Provost agreed to the following major change to the IRP and the SRB which gives the University Senate President equal power to approve committee members: “All nominations to the IRP [or SRB] must be approved jointly by the Provost and the President of the University Senate.” Mike Krings asked how a difference of opinion between the Provost and the Senate president would be resolved. Mayhew responded that the two parties would have to sit down and resolve it between themselves.
Mayhew reported that Senate member Jerry Mikkelson will be presenting his alternate version of the Social Media policy, which has the approval of both the FRPR committee and the KU Chapter of AAUP, at the University Senate meeting on Thursday. Katherine Clark said the change announced today regarding joint approval is an improvement, but she still prefers the Mikkelson version. Guest Jan Sheldon noted that FRPR had wanted to ensure that persons have a fair and impartial panel, and that one of the parties bringing action didn’t also control appointments to the panel. Mayhew indicated that this concern is addressed by the change giving equal power to the Provost and Senate President.
Following discussion, Clark/Carothers moved to forward the new text discussed by SenEx today [“All nominations to the IRP [or SRB] must be approved jointly by the Provost and the President of the University Senate”] to the University Senate for consideration. Passed. Mayhew said he will clarify at Senate that SenEx did not vote on these charges but is forwarding them to the Senate for consideration.
The meeting adjourned at 3:25 p.m.