SenEx Meeting Minutes
- Angela Davis
- Ani Kokobobo
- Chris Wallace
- Corey Maley
- DaNae Estabine
- Hollie Hall
- Jessica Chilcoat
- Kristin Villa
- Nate Brunsell
- Samuel Brody
- Teri Chambers
- Victor Gonzalez
- Caty Movich
- Suzanne Scales
- Jeff Chasen
Approval of Previous Minutes —
Meeting minutes from January 31, 2023. Motion to approve by Chris Wallace. Seconded by Teri Chambers. Motion passed unanimously.
Student Senate Report
- The fee review process was completed last week.
- There will be a 2.9% increase.
- The finance council will hear the proposal from the committee and can approve it via a 2/3 majority. It would then go to the full assembly, which can approve it via a 2/3 majority. It would then go to the Vice Provost for Student Affairs, then to the Chancellor, and then to KBOR. If it doesn’t pass, it will go back to the fee review committee.
- The full Student Assembly was last Wednesday.
- Passed funding bills for student organizations
- There was a resolution to condemn StuEx for planning to go to Washington DC to lobby with the Big 12 schools (Big12 on the Hill). The resolution failed.
- The Chief of Staff resigned.
- StuEx will be going to State Higher Ed Day in Topeka.
Staff Senate Report
- Staff Senate elections will be held the week after spring break. We are working on getting communications together, including on the website and in KU Today.
- The professional development funds have certain limitations on what is eligible. We are investigating where those limitations came from, i.e., whether they are internal or external.
- Staff Senate Executive Committee is meeting with the Provost and the Chancellor next week.
Faculty Senate Report
- The COACHE public forum is on Friday and the public engagement sessions begin next week.
- RPK open feedback is still open until Friday.
- SenEx met with the Chancellor yesterday and discussed the interim policy proposal.
- SenEx met with the first candidate for the Dean of Libraries and will be meeting with the other three candidates over the next two weeks.
University Senate Report
- Ani and Nate will present the COACHE data in SenEx after the public forum, highlighting matters that are relevant to not only faculty, but also staff.
- The Shared Governance visioning event went well. There was moderate attendance, including some students, and the conversation was productive. The team will draft a vision statement and present it to campus for further feedback, which provides a remote opportunity to contribute.
- Some of the language of the interim policy proposal has been edited in response to feedback from FacEx, specifically regarding time limits and extensions.
- The excused absences policy was forwarded to the Provost and the Chancellor today.
- A General Education package has come from KBOR. Ani and Nate plan to present some options for the UCCC Chair to talk with a broader audience.
- The Provost was receptive to discussing the Governance budget, including compensation of Governance officers.
Unfinished Business —
Academic Calendar Approval for Revisions
The Calendar Committee has voted to approve the revised academic calendar. SenEx unanimously agreed to move the revised calendar forward to University Senate for a final vote.
- The AP&P Committee has revisited the academic forgiveness policy, with the goal of making it easier for students to return to KU. They have reduced some of the requirements, such as time away from the university and the age requirement.
- Is there an appeal process if the Dean does not support? Probably not, as a student either meets the requirements or not. The Dean ultimately has control.
- Motion by Chris Wallace to move this policy amendment to University Senate to be voted on at the Feb. 23 meeting. Seconded by Kristin Villa. Motion passed unanimously.
New Business —
Ad Hoc Committee on the Reorganization of the University Senate
We will use the internal Governance meeting on Thursday to begin putting together this committee.
Motion by Teri Chambers to move into closed session for personnel matters. Seconded by Hollie Hall. Motion passed unanimously.