University Senate Minutes December 2, 2021


University Senate – December 2, 2021

Approved: February 3, 2022

 

Present: Rafael Acosta, Mizuki Azuma, Mahasweta Banerjee, John Bricklemyer, Nate Brunsell, Ben Chappell, Chris Crandall, Dan Dixon, Randall Fuller, Patricia Gaston, Jeffrey Hall, Andrea Herstowski, Tim Hossler, Allard Jongman, Barbara Kerr, Ani Kokobobo, Rémy Lequesne, Corey Maley, Bozenna Pasik-Duncan, John Poggio, Hossein Saiedian, Jeremy Shellhorn, Geraldo Sousa, Antha Spreckelmeyer, Maya Stiller, Charlotte Tritch, Kyle Velte, Kristin Villa, Jessica Chilcoat, Teri Chambers, Robert Waller, Ethan Roark, Hollie Hall, Camden Baxter,

Also present: Kathy Reed, Tessa Maclean, Karen Moeller, Sarah Willson Merriman, Chris Brown

Discussion and vote on AP&P Program Discontinuance Recommendations

 

Hossein briefly went over the Senate Meeting Protocols (see below).

Motion to approve AP&P's recommendation to discontinue the following IN-ACTIVE programs made by Lequesne, seconded by Kokobobo.
 

Elder Law Certificate Program, School of Law
BA and MFA in Design, School of Architecture and Design
BSE in Sport Science, School of Education and Human Sciences
Graduate Certificate in Sports Management and Media, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Undergraduate Certificate in World Literature, Humanities Department
Dual-title Ph.D. in Gerontology and Communication Studies

 

Question of clarification:

What happens after we vote?

Reply:

It goes to the Provost who makes a recommendation to the Chancellor.

Lequesne:

We have asked that if the Provost goes against our recommendation, they will meet with us to discuss before they make their final decision.

Approved unanimously.  

Motion to approve AP&P's recommendation to discontinue the following certificates made by Brickemyer, seconded by Sousa.
 

Research Experience Program: Undergraduate Certificate
Science management Graduate Certificate (Edwards Campus)
Foundations for Graduate Study in US Institutions Graduate Certificate
Graduate Certificate in Pillars of Business
Graduate Certificate in Marketing
Graduate Certificate in Finance
Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management
Graduate Certificate in Management and Leadership
Graduate Certificate in Foundations of Business
 

A question was asked about what had already been discussed.  Saiedian updated the person. 

No further discussion. 

Approved unanimously. 

Motion to approve AP&P's recommendation to discontinue the following degree, made by Kokobobo, seconded by Sousa.

 BS in Biology

Objection by Acosta:

I don’t agree with what the administration has been doing, recommending all these programs to be closed.

An online poll was issued. 

The motion to approve AP&P's recommendation to discontinue the BS in Biology, passed by a (33) thirty-three to (2) two vote. 

 

Motion to approve AP&P’s recommendation to discontinue the following degrees made by Kokobobo, seconded by Chambers.
 

BA/BGS in Classical Antiquity
BA/BGS in Classical Languages
Minor in Classics

 

No discussion.

An online poll was issued. 

The motion to approve AP&P's recommendation to discontinue the BA/BGS in Classical Antiquity, BA/BGS in Classical Languages, & Minor in Classics, passed by a (34) thirty-four to (2) two vote. 

 

Objection Acosta: noting he doesn’t have faith in how the administration has handled the program discontinuance process and the rationale they have determined (often discontinuing doesn’t save money).

Motion approve AP&P’s recommendation to discontinue the following degrees: Chambers, seconded by Kokobobo.
 

Co-Major in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies
MA in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies 
BA in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies
Graduate Certificate in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies
 

Hossein: point of order, we are going to be limiting our discussion time according to our rules.

Objection Acosta: It’s not fair to assume that everyone had the time to attend all of the meetings and read all the documents, we should be given a brief statement summarizing why these programs are being put up for discontinuance and why the appropriate recommendations were made.

Question of clarification:

Are we voting on whether to keep the centers at KU?

Reply Kokobobo:

We are voting on keeping the degrees within the centers. The degrees would be moving to the academic departments. But the centers themselves, that is a different conversation.

Comment Acosta:

It’s not an entirely unrelated matter, moving the programs out of the centers may have negatively impacted the center’s chances to secure funding later on.

Point of order by Hall:

We are only allowed to speak twice [on each motion] and no more so that no one dominates the conversation.

After much discussion, it was reiterated that the AP&P hearings were public and all of the documentation from the administration, AP&P, and the community had been made public and readily available for review.

An online poll was issued. 

The motion to approve AP&P's recommendation to discontinue the Co-Major in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, MA in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, BA in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, & Graduate Certificate in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, passed by a (34) thirty-four to (3) three vote. 

 

Motion to approve AP&P’s recommendation to discontinue the following degree Roark, seconded by Sousa.
 

Co-Major in European Studies
 

Objection by Acosta.
 

After discussion, an online poll was issued. 

The motion to approve AP&P's recommendation to discontinue the Co-Major in European Studies, passed by a (35) thirty-five to (1) one vote. 

 

Motion to approve AP&P’s recommendation to discontinue the following degrees made by Lequesne, seconded by Chambers.
 

BA in German Studies
MA in German Studies - inactive
PhD in German Languages and Literatures - inactive
World Business Culture UG Certificate
 

Objection made by Acosta: I would like more discussion about why we are discontinuing these programs.

 

After much discussion, an online poll was issued.

 

The motion to approve AP&P's recommendation to discontinue the BA in German Studies, MA in German Studies – inactive, PhD in German Languages and Literatures – inactive, & World Business Culture UG Certificate, passed by a (30) thirty to (1) one vote.

 

Motion to approve AP&P’s recommendation to CONTINUE the following degrees made by Poggio, seconded by Crandall.
 

Ph.D. in Gerontology
Dual-title Ph.D. in Gerontology and Sociology
Dual-title Ph.D. in Gerontology and Psychology
 

Acosta:

One is in-active, and others are we motioning for all of them together?

Lequesne:

We have already voted to discontinue the in-active programs, the three that remain are for the active programs.

An online poll was issued.

The motion to approve AP&P's recommendation to continue the Ph.D. in Gerontology, Dual-title Ph.D. in Gerontology and Sociology, & Dual-title Ph.D. in Gerontology and Psychology, passed by a (34) thirty-four to (1) one vote.

 

Motion to approve AP&P’s recommendation to CONTINUE the following degree, made by Brickemyer, seconded by Kokobobo.
 

MA in East Asian Studies
 

Objection Acosta:

I will continue to ask for discussion for every single item. I have not been convinced by this argument. You can run over my objection, but I will continue to make them in every single point.

After a brief summary of the AP&P recommendations, an online poll was issued.

Process clarification question:

If someone doesn’t vote on the poll, is that recorded in the minutes as an abstention?

Reply:

No, in accordance with our rules, we do not record abstention votes, only those who voted to approve or deny. Those votes are then reverified after the meeting when we download the poll data to make sure only voting members voted.

The motion to approve AP&P's recommendation to continue the MA in East Asian Studies, passed by a (34) thirty-four to (0) none vote.

 

Motion to approve AP&P’s recommendation to CONTINUE the following degrees made by Chappell, seconded by Pasik-Duncan.
 

BA in Humanities
Minor in Humanities
Minor in Peace and Conflict Studies
Graduate Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies
 

The body discussed, and a motion was made to call the question. 
 

The motion was withdrawn, to re-open discussions.

Comment:

Why was this decision made?

 

After a brief summary of AP&P’s recommendation and some discussion, an online poll was issued.

The motion to approve AP&P's recommendation to continue the MA in East Asian Studies, passed by a (32) thirty-two to (1) one vote.

 

Motion to approve AP&P’s recommendation to CONTINUE the following degrees made by Roark, seconded by Hall.
 

BA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies
BSG in Latin American and Caribbean Studies
MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Graduate Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies
 

After some brief discussion, an online poll was issued.

 

The motion to approve AP&P's recommendation to continue the BA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, BSG in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, & Graduate Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, passed by a (34) thirty-four to (0) none vote.

 

 

Motion to approve AP&P’s recommendation to CONTINUE the following degrees made by Sousa, seconded by Poggio.
 

Bachelor of Art Education in Visual Art Education
Master of Arts in Visual Art Education
 

After a brief summary of AP&P’s recommendation and some discussion, an online poll was issued.

The motion to approve AP&P's recommendation to continue the Bachelor of Art Education in Visual Art Education &
Master of Arts in Visual Art Education, passed by a (34) thirty-four to (0) none vote.

 

Hossein thanked the AP&P and Ad-Hoc committees and the senators for their time and effort throughout this process.

Meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

Meeting Protocols University Senate

Quorum:

University Senate: 33
Article I. Section 7. The majority of those elected to Senate shall constitute a quorum to do business.
39 Faculty, 13 Students, 12 Staff, =64 /2+1=33

SenEx: 6 voting members
Article VI. Section 3.  …six voting members constituting a quorum for the transaction of business.

The vice president of the University Senate shall serve as parliamentarian of all meetings of the University Senate.

 

To ensure that all voices have an opportunity to be heard, senators will be asked to limit their comments to, 2 minutes, no senator may speak a second time to the discussion, until all senators wishing to contribute have been heard.   Senators should not speak more than twice to any discussion, and all comments should be directed to the chair, not individuals.   Discussions are limited to the issue. 

 

Motion from the floor:

A motion from the floor, must be made by a current member and must be in writing.  A majority vote of the senate members present, and voting shall be necessary for the motion to be considered as a main motion for discussion at the next scheduled meeting. 

 

 Voting.
Adoption of a Motion or Action by Unanimous Consent – by Unanimous Consent
Unanimous consent:  Unanimous consent is the voting method of choice when there seems to be no opposition, for example minutes.  The process involves simply asking the members if there’s any objection to adopting the action. If no one objects, then the action is adopted.

By Poll:
When required, zoom Polls will be established to take votes. 

 

 

Making a motion, to make a motion a member must be recognized by the chair,  stating I move that…they shall have prepared a  motion, in writing to share with the presiding officer    

§4. The Handling of a motion 

This prevents members from making motions at the spur of the moment.  

Members must wait to be recognized and must speak through the chair. 

§3 
Obtaining and Assigning the Floor  pg. 29 

This rule allows the assembly to hear only one person at a time. 

Members must speak to the point. 

§4  

Debate On The Question 
pg. 43 

This rule keeps the focus on the issue at hand, and helps avoid wasting time. 

· Members must refrain from personal innuendo or attacks. 

 

§4 

Debate On The Question 
pg. 43 

This rule prevents escalation of tensions and keeps the focus on the issues, not the personalities. 

 

The maker has the right to speak first on the motionand if she does nothas the right to preference at a later time. 

§4 

Consideration of Main Motion: Basic Steps pg. 42 

The maker may have information the 

assembly needs to hear before making a decision. 

The chair should alternate "proand "conin assigning the floor for debate. 

 

This rule keeps the discussion balanced and encourages a thorough look at all aspects of the proposed action.   

A person may not speak a second time to the same motion if anyone who has not yet spoken wishes to speak 

§ 42 
Rules Governing the Floor 
pg. 379 

This rule prevents people with strong personalities from taking over the debate and protects everyone’s right to speak.  

After a person has spoken a second time to a motionthey may not speak again to that motion on that day, unless the rule is suspended by a 2/3 vote. 

§43 
Rules Governing Debate 
pg. 385 

This rule forces people to think before they speak and use the time wisely. If a person cannot make his point in two attempts, perhaps the point can't be made. 

Debate is not closed until there is no one wishing to speak,  you cannot interrupt a speaker and “call the questions.”  One person may not demand that debate be stopped, it must be seconded and passed by a two-thirds vote.  

§16 
Further Rules and Explanation Pg 202 

A minority, especially one of greater than one third, has the right to attempt to persuade others to their point of view. 

Rights to debate are not transferable 

§43  
Rules Governing Debate 
pg. 388 

This rule prevents faction control of the debate process and keeps recognition as the duty of an impartial chair.