Discussion Topics

The Senate is currently discussing the topics below:



-Provost Tom Burish addressed the Faculty Senate, answering a number of questions that had been submitted in advance.
-The Provost’s address was followed by brief committee reports as follows:

Academic Affairs: Discussion continued about the acceptance of classified research contracts. It appears likely that the President will approve the proposal to accept classified research contracts on a limited basis. If this is the case, the committee would like regular updates from the Office of Research about the number and type of classified research contracts that are reviewed and accepted. The committee will submit a resolution to this end for approval by the whole Senate at the March meeting.


Administrative Affairs: Discussion continued about preparations for a roundtable discussion on the subject of academic freedom and freedom of speech. The planning of the event will continue, but the committee plans to push back the hosting of the event until next semester. The committee also advanced a motion to extended standing annual invitations to the President, the Provost, and the Executive Vice President to visit the Senate and to invite the President to deliver his annual Address to Faculty in the Senate as he did this academic year. The motion passed.


Benefits: The committee will meet with representatives from Meritain to discuss the process for approval of medical procedures in hopes to streamline that process.

Student Affairs: The committee reported on the favorable changes to the plan for graduate student family housing. Discussion also continues about a resolution addressing the need to improve students’ awareness of mental health resources. The resolution will be presented at the March meeting. 

New business: An effort is under way to develop an association of emeriti faculty.