Minutes of the University Senate Meeting
February 7, 2008
The February meeting of the University Senate was held at 4:05 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, 2008 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 January 10, 2008 minutes. Hearing none, the minutes were approved as distributed.
Due to lengthy discussion during the announcements, the question period was omitted.
A motion was made by Mr. Haskins, and seconded by Mr. Murphy, to accept and file the Senate Summer Sessions Committee annual report. The motion was approved.
Gary Towne, on behalf of the Senate Honorary Degrees Committee, reported on the work of the Committee. The Committee met and reviewed three files for honorary degrees. Mr. Towne presented the three nominees requested approval by the Senate. Mr. Haskins moved that the three candidates be recommended for honorary degrees. There was a second by Mr. Buhr. The motion passed with a vote of 48 for and 2 abstentions.
Chandice Covington reported on the work of the Maternity Benefit Task Force. The focus of the Task Force was maternity leave for faculty. Ms. Covington recommended the following motion for maternity leave: “A female faculty member who bears a child during the academic year is entitled to six weeks of paid maternity leave to commence immediately following the birth of her child.” Mr. Jackson moved and Mr. Perkins seconded acceptance of the motion. There was discussion of births that occur when faculty are off contract and the need to clarify the policy. Due to loss of quorum, further discussion and action on the motion was postponed until the March meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:25 p.m.
Secretary to the Senate