SenEx-University Senate Executive Meeting 4/7/15
II. Approval of minutes from March 24, 2015
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. Resolution regarding Domestic Partner Benefit
V. Old Business
VI. New Business
PRESENT: Jonathan Mayhew, Michael Williams, Jim Carothers, Jeremy Martin, Lisa Friis, Chris Wallace, Mike Krings, Miranda Wagner, New member Garrett Fugatte (replacing Michael Walker)
EXCUSED: Katherine Clark, Charlotte Goodman, Amanda Ostreko, Alex Montgomery, Emma Haling,
ALSO PRESENT: Molly Mulloy and Kathy Reed, Governance; Amy Smith, Policy Office; Sara Shepherd, Lawrence Journal World.
SenEx chair Jonathan Mayhew called the meeting to order.
MINUTES for 3/24/2015 were corrected and approved.
REPORT OF THE UNIVERSITY SENATE PRESIDENT/SENEX CHAIR
Jonathan Mayhew reminded members that University Senate meets this week.
REPORT OF THE FACULTY SENATE PRESIDENT
Jim Carothers reported that a draft resolution to be sent to the Chancellor will be considered by SenEx today.
REPORTOF THE STUDENT SENATE PRESIDENT
Miranda Wagner said the senate held its last regular meeting last week. They passed a student fee bill of $455/semester for FY16. Student Senate elections will take place next week, with the turnover meeting in two weeks. She introduced Garrett Wolf, who replacing Michael Walker as the graduate student representative on SenEx.
REPORT OF THE UNCLASSIFIED SENATE
Reporting for Amanda Ostreko, Mike Krings said the organizational meeting of the new Staff Senate is on April 15, the first executive meeting is May 6, and the first full meeting of the new Staff Senate is May 13. The mini Wheat State Tour is scheduled for May 8.
RESOLUTION REGARDING DOMESTIC PARTNER BENEFITS
Members edited a draft written by Jonathan Mayhew and Jim Carothers and approved the following document to be sent to University Senate for approval:
Resolution on Domestic Partner Benefits
In light of KU’s policies on non-discrimination and the report of the Task Force on Domestic Partner Benefits, prepared by Professor Margaret Severson, the University Senate urges you to support wholeheartedly the granting of benefits to the domestic partners of all eligible University employees. The Senate believes that the addition of these benefits would not only be a fitting public recognition and appreciation of domestic partners, but would also be a welcome addition to the package of benefits we now offer prospective employees. The University Senate stands ready to assist you in this worthwhile endeavor.
Mayhew said the University Senate will vote on the Social Media Policy procedures on Thursday. If the Mikkelson version is approved, SenEx will need to negotiate the changes with the Provost. He is not sure whether the policy will be approved this year or not.
Members discussed the remaining question as to whether graduate students, GTAs, GRAs and/or lecturers are covered by the KU procedures since they are not covered in the Regents’ policy. The Provost’s Office indicated that the policy would apply to 6-year Ph.D. students who are lecturers, but they would fall under the BOR policy as faculty, not students. Williams said that GTAs and GRAs receive funding as students; Mayhew will have a definitive decision about this from the General Counsel before Thursday’s meeting.
No further business.
The meeting adjourned at 3:25 p.m.