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Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes – Executive Summary

Room 136 DeBartolo

November 6, 2018

  • Chair, Ben Heller (BH) called the meeting to order at 6:05pm

  1. Opening prayer

  2. Approval of Minutes of the October 2, 2018 meeting

    1. Erin Hoffman-Harding, VP of Student affairs provided updates on (a) undergrad residential life, (b) graduate  student housing and support, (c) campus climate survey, (d) student counseling / psychiatric needs
  3. Committee reports

    1. New student reps were introduced

    2. Exec committee (Ben Heller) discussed report to board of trustees and Eric Sims’ joining the university committee on licensing

      1. Executive Committee and Ad hoc Committee on Dean Search Transparency (Annie Coleman) presented a resolution which seeks (1) Information about the candidate pool characteristics shared with the faculty, (2) Open presentations by final candidates to the faculty of the college.  (3) The opportunity for college faculty to provide feedback about the candidate to the search committee.
        1. After debate, the resolution passed

    3. Academic Affairs: update (Matthew Capdevielle)

      1. Proposed a verbal resolution to change the academic code to include internship-related excused absences.
        1. After debate, the resolution passed

    4. Administrative Affairs: update (Dan Johnson).  Issues included: (a) plans for bringing in someone to discuss the cost of university venues; (b) granting / rescinding honorary degrees

    5. Benefits: update (Nasir Ghiaseddin). (a) Parking concerns, particularly during athletic events, (c) Availability of university exercise facilities.

    6. Student Affairs: update (Ben Heller, Richard Pierce in absentia).   Consideration of proposal to restructure First Year Studies.

  4. In New Business, concern was raised about an ongoing critique of the university by an author regarding a decision about accommodation for a student with a healthcare condition.  

  5. Meeting adjourned at 7:55