Minutes of the University Senate Meeting
December 7, 2000
The December meeting of the University Senate was held at 4:05 p.m. on Thursday, December 7, 2000, in room 7, Gamble Hall. Randy Lee presided.
The following members of the Senate were present:
Davis, W. Jeremy
Lowe, D. Scott
The following members of the Senate were absent:
Wilson, H. David
The following announcements were made:
B. Mr. Lee announced that both the UND Student Senate and the North Dakota Student Association had sent a resolution to the State Board of Higher Education asking for inclusion of a statement of commitment to the preservation, protection, and promotion of the Liberal Arts in the current Roundtable report. Copies of the resolutions were distributed at the meeting.
C. Mr. Lee distributed copies of the AAC/CCF Appeals and Grievance Task Force meeting minutes from December 1, 2000 and copies of the final draft of the Mediation Policy produced by this Task Force for submission to the Board. He announced that he would refer the draft to the Standing Committee on Faculty Rights for any recommendation it might wish to bring to the Senate regarding the draft.
D. Mr. Lee announced that legislation to implement the Roundtable Task Force Report has been pre-filed for the upcoming session of the North Dakota Legislative Assembly, and that copies of the Legislation had been obtained and preliminarily reviewed by the Senate's Legislative Affairs Committee chaired by Senator Robert Kweit. According to Mr. Kweit, the Legislative Affairs Committee will continue to review the legislation, and bring to the Senate for action any resolutions regarding a formal position it believes appropriate.
E. Mr. Lee announced that the
January Senate meeting will be held on January 11, 2001.
The Chairman asked if there were any additions or corrections to the minutes of the November 2, 2000 meeting. There being none, the minutes were approved as distributed.
The Chairman introduced the Question Period at 4:16 p.m. Mr. Petros asked Mr. Ettling about the Strategic Planning process and its accommodation to the Roundtable initiatives and their implementation, especially in the event that some of the initiatives might be planned to be accomplished through reallocation of funds. Mr. Ettling responded that it was too early in the process to address this, but that he would remind the President of the role of the Senate Restructuring and Reallocation Committee and its relationship to any Strategic Plan proposals to be pursued through reallocations.
Mr. Lee asked Mr. Ettling about the wording in subsection 3.D. in the draft mediation policy presented during the announcements. The item states "...the mediator shall notify the individual designated in subsections 3.A. of this section...", but subsection 3.A. does not identify any individual. Mr. Ettling stated he will ask for clarification of this wording.
Ms. Gabrynowicz asked Mr. Ettling about the implications of the draft of the mediation policy. Mr. Ettling responded that the process, assisted by consultations with Professor James Antes of the Psychology Department, has revealed how many different philosophies of mediation exist, and this proposed policy reflects a particular view of mediation.
Ms. Elsinga moved to receive and file the annual reports from the Senate Continuing Education, Distance Education and Outreach Committee; the Senate Legislative Affairs Committee; the Senate Library Committee; and the Student Policy Committee. Mr. Robertson seconded the motion, and it was voted upon, and carried unanimously.
Ms. Krogh moved to accept the tentative December 2000 list of Candidates for Graduation for recommendation to the State Board of Higher Education for the awarding of degrees indicated, upon successful completion of requirements. Mr. Bass seconded the motion, which was voted upon and carried unanimously.
Mr. Lee called the Senate’s attention to agenda item #9, the recommendation from the Senate Executive Committee to add language to the Senate Bylaws. The proposed language, to be added to the end of the present bylaw on Officers, states:
10.Mr. Erickson presented recommendations on behalf of the Curriculum Committee for curriculum changes. Mr. Munski moved to approve the list attached to the agenda (attachment # 7). Mr. Stevens seconded the motion, which was voted upon and approved unanimously.
The meeting adjourned at 4:45
Nancy Krogh, Secretary