Minutes of the University Senate Meeting
December 6, 2007
The December meeting of the University Senate was held at 4:05 p.m. on Thursday, December 6, 2007 in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Tom Petros presided.
The following members of the Senate were present:
The following members of the Senate were absent:
Wilson, H. David
The following announcements were made:
The chair asked for corrections or additions to the November 1, 2007 minutes. Hearing none, the minutes were approved as distributed.
The question period was opened at 4:25 p.m.
Mr. Murphy raised a question regarding sportsmanship and how fan behavior can be controlled during university-sanctioned games at the Ralph Engelstad Arena. He cited an example of unsportsmanlike behavior conducted by the Arena that occurred at the Colorado College hockey game this season. It was suggested that he write a letter to the management of the Arena and President Kupchella.
The question period closed at 4:30 p.m.
A motion was made by Mr. Marshall, and seconded by Mr. Poochigian, to accept the Senate Standing Committee on Faculty Rights annual report. The motion was approved.
Mr. Perkins presented the following resolution regarding athletic and academic funding in relation to the Division I athletic move:
Whereas, education is the number one mission of the University of North Dakota;
Whereas, many academic programs at UND are presently underfunded or working with minimal budgets;
Whereas, changing University of North Dakota athletic programs to Division I will significantly increase the cost of UND athletic programs;
Now, therefore, it is hereby resolved as follows:
Resolved, that the amount of institutional support dollars dedicated to supporting UND athletic programs should not be increased above the level of the 2007 budget unless funding for academic programs increases by an equivalent or greater percent.
Discussion ensued. Mr. Rice moved, and Ms. DeMers seconded, to amend the resolution by replacing the last statement starting with “Resolved” to read: “The cost of the move to Division I athletics should not come at the expense of the academic budget of the University.”
Mr. Perkins accepted the amendment and the motion passed unanimously.
A motion was made to pass the amended Division I athletic and academic funding resolution. The motion passed with a vote of 56 for, 1 against, and 2 abstentions.
A motion was made by Mr. Perkins, and seconded by Ms. DeMers, to suspend the Senate rules to allow a non-senator to speak. The motion passed with a vote of 40 in favor and 1 abstention.
Mr. Fisher and Rachel Peterson presented a Student Senate resolution regarding the institution of a fall break at UND. They explained the concept and Mr. Fisher stated that over half of UND’s peer institutions currently have a fall break. He also stated that it would have to be a statewide policy, with the decision being made at the system level. The students expressed a desire for input from the University senators and support for the idea. Discussion ensued. A motion was made by Mr. Buhr, and seconded by Mr. Grandstrand, to approve the resolution. The motion passed with a vote of 39 in favor, 15 against, and 1 abstention.
Mr. Haskins made a motion to approve the candidates for degrees and certificates for December 14, 2007. The motion was seconded and passed with a vote of 47 for and 2 abstentions.
A motion was made by Mr. Haskins, and seconded by Mr. Myrick, to accept the Curriculum Committee report. The motion passed unanimously.
Ms. Potvin explained a request from the Council of the College of Arts and Sciences for the Senate to “explore the development of a mechanism by the University that would annually provide a report of the distribution of indirect cost funds among administrative units and what these funds have been spent on.” Discussion ensued. Mr. Jackson moved to support the request and the motion passed unanimously.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:23 p.m.
Lori Hofland, for Suzanne Anderson
Secretary to the Senate