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University Senate-12/3/15

University Senate
December 3, 2015 - 3:30pm
Green Hall-Room 203

Room 203 Green Hall (Law School)

(This meeting may be electronically recorded.)

  I.        Announcements

 II.       Approval of minutes from November 5, 2015

III.       Standing Reports

            A.  University Senate President Mike Williams

            B.  Faculty Senate President Tom Beisecker

            B.  Student Senate President Zach George

            C.  Staff Senate President Chris Wallace

 IV.      Ola Faucher

  V.      Approval of Changes to Athletic Committee Charges - 

 VI.      Old Business

VIII.    New Business




December 3, 2015 – 3:30 p.m. – 203 Green Hall

Approved February 11, 2016

MEMBERS PRESENT:  Faculty Mike Williams, Tom Beisecker, Mary Banwart, Philip Baringer, Ron Barrett-Gonzalez, Jim Carothers, Jay Childers, Kelly Chong, Jonathan Clark, Michael Davidson, Chris Elles, Charles Epp, Pam Fine, Christopher Fischer, Andrea Greenhoot, Lynn Hancock, Majid Hannoum, Joe Harrington, Pamela Keller, Paul Laird, Weishi Liu, Jason Matejkowski, Jonathan Mayhew, Amalia Monroe-Gulick, Steve Padget, Bozenna Pasik-Duncan, Meagan Patterson, Angela Rathmel, Roberta Freund Schwartz, Geraldo Sousa, Bill Staples, Dean Stetler, Belinda Sturm, Barbara Timmermann, Students Zach George, Harrison Baker, Shegufta Huma, Elizabeth Johnson, Brent Lee, Chance Maginness, Logan Sutton, Mady Womack, Taylor Zabel, Staff Chris Wallace, Terri Chambers, Keah Cunningham, Charlotte Goodman, Kristine Latta, Emily Lee, Anna Paradis, Liz Phillips, Susan Shaw, Tanya Spacek

ABSENTFaculty Lisa Friis (excused), Kissan Joseph (excused), Mario Medina, Susan Williams (excused), Lisa Wolf-Wendell (excused) Students Keonya Jackson, Brittany Oleniacz (excused), Sophia Templin (excused), Howard Trey Wolf (excused); Staff Michelle Ginavan-Hayes (excused), Margaret Mahoney (excused), Peggy Robinson (excused)

ALSO PRESENT: Maureen Altman and Kathy Reed, University Governance; Amy Smith, Policy Office; Ola Faucher, Director of Human Resources; Provost Vitter; Mary Lee Hummert; Vice Provost for Faculty Development; Kirk McClure, Chair of FRPR (Faculty Rights, Privileges and Responsibilities Committee); David Smith, Chair of Sociology; Miranda Kolenda, Education Program Coordinator, Ambler Student recreation Fitness Center.

President Mike Williams called the meeting to order, announced that the meeting is recorded, and asked for announcements.  Jonathan Clark said he will propose later in the meeting that the University Senate portion of the meeting adjourn at halfway through the time allotted.  He expressed two possible solutions to covering more items: University Senate could meet earlier (3:00); University Senate and Faculty Senate could alternate weekly meetings.

MINUTES for November 5, 2015 were approved.  




University Senate President

Mike Williams noted that Senate members should have received an email invitation to the Weapons on Campus Information Session to be held December 8 from 2:30 to 4:30 in Budig Hall.  He gave the live stream URL http://bit.ly/kugunsinfo and said that there will be a link to ask questions.  The link will only be available for members of the KU community and Maureen will ask the questions sent to the site.  Williams said that faculty and staff should also have received an email from Gary Brinkers, containing the Weapons Survey which will be available until December 31, 2015.  Mayhew asked if the questions about storage implied that the person answering were pro-guns.  Williams explained that COFSP (Council of Faculty Senate Presidents) tried to make the survey as clear as possible but it was not perfect.  They were also attempting to be close to the student survey for comparison purposes.  Williams reported that KBOR discussed the draft of the Weapons Policy but no action was taken since discussion of the policy will move to the entire board in December, with full consideration in January. 

Williams informed the Senate that he has been chosen to be a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Group.

Faculty Senate President

Tom Beisecker reported that the December COFSP meeting will be a breakfast with the Regents.  He said that Faculty Senate will work on the code.  FacEx is looking at the KU drone policy regarding University control and FAA compliance.  FacEx heard a presentation by members of the Student Senate on online course evaluations.  Beisecker informed the Senate that he has been chosen to be a member of the Provost Search Committee which will give Governance a voice.

Student Senate President

Zach George reported that the Student Survey closed on November 30.  The results will available to the University in two weeks and will be presented at the KBOR December meeting.  The Student Senate will hold a forum on the Tobacco Free KU Initiative on January 27 from 5:30-6:30.  On Tuesday the City of Lawrence passed an initiative to create a liaison position coordinating between them, KU and Haskell.  The Senate continues to work on issues concerning the November 11 Town Hall meeting on Race, Respect and Responsibility.

Staff Senate President

Chris Wallace reminded senate that the deadline for staff to apply for professional development funds is tomorrow.  He explained that Staff Senate met to create a resolution concerning the issues raised at the November 11 Town Hall meeting on Race, Respect and Responsibility but determined that diversity training would be more appropriate.  The training will take place on Stop Day December 11.


Tobacco Free KU initiative

Referring to her PowerPoint presentation, Ola Faucher, Director of Human Resources updated the senate on HR’s activities and programs regarding the initiative.  HR has been working to form a partnership with Student Senate to forward and support the project.  To communicate with the University, HR has engaged with the UDK and had a table activity for the Great American Smoke-Out and at Hawkfest.  Cessation services have been made available to faculty and staff at a reduced cost. She cited other encouraging programs and practices beyond KU.  Lawrence Parks and Recreation has become tobacco free and Kansas City has raised the cigarette purchase age to 21.  HR has been working with the Lawrence/Douglas County Health Department sponsoring Kansas Department of Health and  Environment’s Tobacco Control Spokespeople Training and continues to work on the county tobacco control plan with the Live Well Tobacco Free Coalition.  Responding to the fact that most people start smoking between the ages of 18 to 24, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s tobacco control plan encourages campuses to become tobacco free.  The plan to become tobacco free was presented at a workshop attended by all KBOR schools.  KState, Wichita, and Emporia are working on becoming tobacco free; tobacco free campuses are KUMC, Pittsburg and Fort Hayes.  Nationally, baseball parks in Boston and San Francisco have inaugurated “Knock Tobacco Out of the Park, and there are around 1130 tobacco free universities.  July 2017 is the targeted date for the tobacco free policy to go into effect at KU.  Williams asked for a volunteer to work with Faucher on a resolution to present to SenEx.  Carothers offered to “carry” a document from HR to SenEx.  The Provost added that the KU Cancer Center is applying for a comprehensive NCI designation in September and having a tobacco free campus would help them.


Approval of changes to athletic committee charges

Williams explained that the Athletic Committee under Chair Max Utsler rewrote their charges to be more concise, and asked for a motion to accept the revised charges. 

Motion to accept the Athletic Committee’s revised charges.  Lee/Johnson.  Passed with one abstention.

Old Business


New Business



No further business. 

The meeting adjourned at 3:57

Respectfully submitted,

Maureen Altman

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