The May meeting of the University Senate was held at 4:05 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, 2004 in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Walter Tschacher presided.
The following members of the Senate were present:
The following members of the Senate were absent:
Wilson, H. David
The Chair called for announcements.
A. Mr. Ettling recognized Mr. Tschacher for his extraordinary service as chair of the 2003-04 University Senate.
The Chair asked for corrections or additions to the April 1, 2004 minutes. The minutes were approved as distributed.
The Chair opened the question period at 4:10 p.m.
Mr. Diez asked how other departments handled absences by students for department field trips and how other faculty made arrangements for these things. Mr. Williams responded that in his department it depended on the student. Mr. Murphy stated that his department made allowances as possible. Mr. Hoffmann stated that they made arrangements for students to take exams early if it is a University sponsored event. Mr. Mochoruk stated that one of the problems students may encounter is that there is not necessarily department policy or University policy, but, rather, handled by individual faculty. Ms. Goodwin stated that they try to accommodate, but the number of requests has increased and it can be difficult for faculty to deal with absences. Mr. Kupchella asked if it wouldn't be possible to have a reasonable accommodation within reasonable standards. Mr. Diez stated that he hoped there would be some method to deal with this so students would not be penalized. Mr. Williams added that there can be so many variables involved that it comes down to the instructor. Mr. Dearden stated that most departments have a procedure on resolving problems such as this.
The question period closed at 4:20 p.m.
Mr. Lee moved to receive and file the annual report of the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee. Ms. DeMers pointed out that the committee membership dates were wrong. The report was approved as corrected.
Mr. Tschacher announced that there were two requests to add agenda items to the business calendar. The first was a report from Mr. Jensen on behalf of the Faculty Seed Money Committee and the second was a resolution from Mr. Stofferahn on behalf of the Council of College Faculties to be sent to the State Board of Higher Education. There was no objection.
Mr. Jensen presented the report of the Faculty Seed Money Committee. The Senate discussed the report. The report was received and filed as presented.
Ms. Krogh moved to accept the list of candidates for degrees for Spring, 2004. The list was approved unanimously.
Mr. Murphy moved to approve the report from the Curriculum Committee with the correction of NURS 567 changed from 3 credits to 2 credits. The report was approved unanimously.
Mr. Lieberman presented a resolution and moved to accept the resolution regarding the pay roll lag and to forward it to the State Board of Higher Education and others. The Senate discussed. Mr. Murphy offered a friendly amendment in item 7 to correct that it is to be paid back over 12 months. Mr. Lieberman accepted the friendly amendment. The Senate continued discussion. Ms. Sukalski called the question. The motion was approved on a vote of 40 to 9 with 14 abstentions.
Mr. Stofferahn presented a resolution to be sent to the State Board of Higher Education regarding the Council of College Faculties Compensation Report. Mr. Robertson moved to accept the resolution. The resolution was approved with a vote of 52 for, 1 against, and 1 abstention.
Ms. DeMers and Mr. Benoit presented a proposal to amend the policy regarding faculty who enroll in UND course work in pursuit of a UND graduate degree. Ms. DeMers moved to approve. The Senate discussed. The motion carried with a vote of 59 for and 2 against.
Ms. Goodwin presented the expanded course description pilot project and summary of the results of survey about the pilot project. Mr. Schuetzle thanked Ms. Goodwin and Ms. Smart for doing this pilot test as it is something the students want.
Mr. Myrick moved to extend the meeting time until 5:45 p.m. The motion passed.
Mr. Ettling discussed the Attorney General's ruling that course book orders prepared by Barnes and Noble are proprietary. Ms. Goodwin announced that the Senate Executive Committee formed an ad hoc committee to study ways to provide course book titles. This committee will be composed of, at a minimum, a student representative, two faculty members, the Provost, and a member of the Senate Executive Committee. This committee should report to the Senate no later than the November, 2004 meeting.
Ms. Hume presented the report of the ad hoc Harassment Policy and Procedure Revision Committee. She stated that their charge was to review the policies, but in doing that, they came across other issues that may need attention and included them in the report.
Mr. Lieberman requested that the pay lag resolution be sent to a wider audience than the State Board of Higher Education. The Senate discussed.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:45 p.m.
Secretary to the Senate