Minutes of the University Senate Meeting
November 1, 2007
The November meeting of the University Senate was held at 4:05 p.m. on Thursday, November 1, 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 question period was opened at 4:25 p.m.
Mr. Murphy raised a question regarding the Senate Scholarly Activity Committee and what the funds can be used for and what are allowable costs. Because there was no one available to answer the question, Mr. Petros asked Mr. Murphy to email the question and he will obtain an answer.
Mr. Buhr shared that Student Senate passed a resolution asking faculty to submit book orders early to support students’ ability to sell back used books. He asked how to encourage faculty to do so. Mr. Petros suggested frequent emails. Mr. Benoit suggested sending emails originating through the deans. Mr. Grandstrand asked senators to encourage their colleagues to submit their book orders early. Discussion occurred.
Mr. Murphy asked about parking. There was no one available to answer parking questions regarding relocating spaces in one lot to free up spaces in another. Mr. Petros asked Mr. Murphy to email the question and offered to forward it to the appropriate person for an answer.
The question period closed at 4:35 p.m.
The chair asked for corrections or additions to the October 4, 2007 minutes. Hearing none, the minutes were approved as distributed.
A motion was made by Mr. Marshall and seconded by Mr. Poochigian to accept the Senate Student Policy Committee and Senate Honorary Degrees Committee annual reports. The motion was approved.
A motion was made by Mr. Little and seconded by Mr. Jackson to support the Staff Senate initiative for the Northwood School’s music department. The motion was approved unanimously.
A motion was made by Mr. Marshall and seconded by Mr. Little to accept the Curriculum report. The motion was approved with a vote of 48 for and 1 abstention.
Mr. Jackson presented a revised committee description for the Senate Conflict of Interest/Scientific Misconduct Committee. The Committee currently has six faculty members and the Committee proposes it change that to ten faculty that represent all the colleges. In addition, they propose adding the UND General Counsel. There was discussion regarding the committee title and other matters. Mr. Benoit stated that if students are under the rules of this committee, there should be a student on the committee, preferably a graduate student. Mr. Jackson agreed to have the Committee look into the matter and bring a response back to Senate. There was a motion by Mr. Perkins and a second by Mr. Myrick to approve increasing the Committee membership to ten and adding the General Counsel. The motion was approved unanimously.
A resolution was distributed electronically before the meeting by Mr. Perkins regarding athletic funding and academic funding. Mr. Perkins explained his resolution. There was a motion by Mr. Perkins and a second by Mr. Marshall to approve the resolution. Discussion occurred regarding the proposal and the decision to move to Division I. There was a friendly amendment proposed by Mr. Axtman to strike the therefore clause and replace it with:
“Therefore be it resolved that UND athletics always be recognized as co-curricular to academics, and
Be it further resolved that UND continually focuses on strengthening academic programs, especially during the transition to Division I”.
Mr. Perkins did not accept the amendment. It was moved by Mr. Axtman and seconded by Mr. Little to amend the resolution. Discussion of the amendment occurred. There was a friendly second amendment by Mr. Anderson to strike out the last paragraph of the amendment and replace it with: “be it further resolved that UND increases funding for academics and athletics proportionately after an initial period of spending increases for the D-I transition period of time.”
The friendly second amendment was not accepted. Mr. Anderson made a motion and Mr. Grandstrand seconded to approve the second amendment. There was discussion of the second amendment. The vote on the second amendment occurred and the second amendment failed with a vote of 2 in favor, 39 against and 2 abstentions.
There was a vote on the first amendment, and the first amendment failed with a vote of 12 in favor, 28 against and 1 abstention. There was further discussion on the resolution. It was moved by Mr. Grandstrand and seconded by Mr. Myrick to postpone the vote on the resolution until the next Senate meeting. The purpose of the postponement is to gather additional information for the Senators regarding the resolution. The motion to postpone to next month was approved with a vote of 39 for, 2 against and 1 abstention.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:23 p.m.
Secretary to the Senate