SenEx-University Senate Executive Committee 2/3/15
University Senate Executive Committee – SenEx
February 3, 2015 – 3:00 p.m.
Board of Regents Room (inside Chancellor’s Complex, Strong Hall)
(This meeting may be electronically recorded.)
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
Feb. 3, 2015 – Regents Room, Chancellor’s Office -3:00 p.m.
PRESENT: Jonathan Mayhew, Michael Williams, Jim Carothers, Jeremy Martin, Charlotte Goodman, Chris Wallace, Mike Krings, Amada Ostreko, Alex Montgomery, Emma Haling, Michael Walker, Miranda Wagner
EXCUSED: Katherine Clark, Lisa Friis
ALSO PRESENT: Molly Mulloy and Kathy Reed, Governance; Amy Smith, Policy Office; Tom Beisecker, Faculty Senate President-Elect; Mohamed El-Hodiri, AAUP; Sara Shepherd, Lawrence Journal World.
SenEx chair Jonathan Mayhew called the meeting to order. He introduced Molly Mulloy, former University Governance Office Administrator, who will fill the position temporarily while a search is underway to replace Kathleeen Levy, who has retired.
REPORT OF THE UNIVERSITY SENATE PRESIDENT/SENEX CHAIR
Jonathan Mayhew reported that he has received 21 comments regarding the Social Media Policy to be discussed at the University Senate meeting next week. He met with HR Director Ola Faucher regarding the proposed tobacco-free campus policy; she will report on it to the University Senate later this semester. Mayhew reminded members that SenEx will meet with the accreditation committee next Tuesday at 2:10 p.m. in the Malott Room of the Kansas Union.
REPORT OF THE FACULTY SENATE PRESIDENT
Reporting for Jim Carothers, incoming FacEx chair Tom Beisecker noted that Carothers was attending a required meeting of the UCPT committee (University Committee on Promotion and Tenure) which was expected to take all day. At its meeting next week, FacEx will consider the final issues related to the Faculty Code of Conduct, which will be voted on this spring by the Faculty Senate.
REPORT OF THE STUDENT SENATE PRESIDENT
Miranda Wagner reported that a bill regarding election reform is being considered by the Student Senate. The KU and student government leaders from all of the Regents schools are considering legislation that would ask the Board of Regents for a policy requiring that suspensions or expulsions for non-academic misconduct be noted on student transcripts. Amendments to the Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities regarding charges of sexual assault and harassment are being considered. Student Senate has started a new scholarship fund for first generation college students who are interested in careers in public service; the deadline for applications is February 27, 2015.
REPORT OF THE UNCLASSIFIED SENATE PRESIDENT
Amanda Ostreko noted that the Unclassified Staff Council for the Board of Regents discussed the tobacco-free campus policy, tuition assistance options, and the market classification study. The deadline for applications for Professional Development Fund grants is next Friday. The Unclassified Senate is providing feedback to KU’s Human Resources Department regarding an updated policy on disciplinary actions for unclassified staff.
REPORT OF THE UNIVERSITY SUPPORT STAFF SENATE
President Chris Wallace announced that the vote to merge the Unclassified Staff Senate and the University Support Staf (USS) Senate was approved by the USS Senate.
REACCREDITATION TEAM VISIT TO KU ON FEBRUARY 9-10, 2015
Mayhew reminded members that SenEx will meet with the reaccreditation committee next Tuesday at 2:10 p.m. in the Malott Room of the Kansas Union. He welcomed Prof. Susan Twombly, chair of KU’s steering committee for the 2015 Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Self Study.
Prof. Twombly said SenEx’s meeting with several of the accreditation reviewers is an important opportunity for Governance input. She pointed out that several sections of the report are most relevant to governance, such as 2a, 2b, d, 3 (social media), and 5b (governance structure).
She urged members to remind their colleagues to come to the open meetings for faculty and staff at 8:30-9:25 on Tuesday; student leaders will meet separately with the team. She advised that it is most useful if persons look at the self-study report before the meeting and for criticism is both honest and balanced. Twombly commented that the accreditation team may ask questions about such things as transparency and inclusiveness in governance, our strategic plans, and sexual assault on campus.
UNIVERSITY SENATE CODE AMENDMENTS RELATED TO THE MERGER OF THE TWO STAFF SENATES
Jonathan Mayhew noted that the merger of the Unclassified Professional Staff Senate (UPS) and University Support Staff Senate (USS) into a single One Staff Senate requires updates to the University Senate Code, though the changes are not controversial. Chris Wallace commented that the changes are mostly “housekeeping,” and that SenEx and the University Senate will be considering only the text highlighted in yellow. The text highlighted in green need to be approved by the respective UPS and USS senates. Following brief discussion, Michael Williams/Chris Walker moved to approve the changes shown in yellow highlighting. Passed without dissent.
Miranda Wagner pointed out that there is a front page article in the University Daily Kansan about the Shorelight initiative. Brief discussion ensued.
No further business.
The meeting adjourned at 3:25 p.m.