Academic Computing and Electronic Communications FY2014

Academic Computing and Electronic Communications FY2014


Academic Computing and Electronic Communications


Standing Committees of the University Senate


Academic Computing and Electronic Communications (ACEC): This committee works with administrative personnel and other governance bodies to support and improve the academic computing and telecommunications environment at KU and to develop policy concerning information security, intellectual property rights, and other matters relating to information technology.



Chair: Sara Morris, Libraries (2014)
Faculty Senate Rep: Jeremy Martin, Mathematics (2014)
Perry Alexander, EECS (2015)
Allison Reeve, Wheat Law Library, (2015)
Eric Deeds, Bioinformatics (2016)
Sam Lamb, Student, Vice Chair
TBD, Graduate Student,
Paul Espinosa, IT, Unclassified Staff (2015)
Laura Green, Provost Office, Unclassified Staff (2014)
Brent Schultz, Applied Behavioral Science, University Support Staff (2014)
Ex-officio: Paul Farran, IT Services
                Jane Rosenthal, Director, Privacy Office


Approved by SenEx: September 3, 2013
Approved by University Senate: September 12, 2013

  • For further information or to schedule a meeting with SenEx to discuss charges or the committee’s work, contact SenEx chair Nancy Kinnersley at
  • Minutes of each meeting should be e-mailed to the Governance Office ( as they are approved.  The minutes will be posted to the Governance web site.
  • If the committee is recommending a change to university policy or rules, SenEx must officially receive that recommendation by 4/01/14 in order to meet timeline requirements for full review by Governance.
  • Please send a report of the committee’s actions on each of the charges, as well as any recommendations the committee wishes to make concerning charges or membership for the following academic year, to University Governance, at Please include the names of committee members and submit the report by April 1, 2014. If the committee still expects to conduct business after April 1, please submit a report by April 1 and later submit any addenda that may be appropriate.


Standing charges:

  1. Monitor current and proposed policy concerning security of information, intellectual property rights and responsibilities, and other matters relating to information technology. Identify issues for which policy should be developed or revised. Report issues and any recommendations for action to SenEx. (ongoing)

Specific charges:

  1. Report to SenEx on issues in the of ACEC purview with respect to Changing for Excellence and Bold Aspirations.   Reports should be sent by December 2, 2013 and April 1, 2014.
  2. Working together with RGS, create a recommendation on how Information Technology could better accommodate research.   The following should be among the issues addressed     
    1. Support
    2. Archival file storage
    3. Grant accommodation and development
  3. Monitor the continued progress in installation of the ubiquitous wireless initiative.
  4. Further study the issue of granting elevated rights to users if such rights are required by their positions.  Working with Information Technology, develop a quantitative study including the extent of the problem, technical issues, documentation and recommended solutions for official adoption.
  5. Continue monitoring the progress of the “one campus” initiatives for IT such as “One Network” and “Single Identity”.