Minutes of the University Senate Meeting
March 5, 2009
The March meeting of the University Senate was held at 4:05 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, 2009 in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Jon Jackson presided.
The following members of the Senate were present:
Sens, Mary Ann
The following members of the Senate were absent:
Wilson, H. David
The following announcements were made:
a. Alice Brekke reported on the legislative process. She indicated that there was testimony earlier this week to Senate appropriations regarding the 1997 flood deficiency appropriation. The hope is to close out the issue this session. Ms. Brekke indicated that the House Appropriation Committee is in support of the University and Medical school appropriation. Overall, the tone was very positive with good questions. One of the biggest questions was the status of federal stimulus money, the impact for the state and, ultimately, the institutions. The education money will mostly be K-12 funding with a small percentage for the Governor’s discretion. There will be significant money for competitive application.
The chair asked for corrections or additions to the February 5, 2009 minutes. Hearing none, the minutes were approved as distributed.
The question period was opened at 4:20 p.m.
Mr. Poochigan asked about the status of the concealed weapon proposal. Mr. Jackson indicated that it passed the House and is now in Senate. Mr. Jackson suggested contacting legislators regarding the bill. It was further reported that the Attorney General has indicated that Universities can enforce their own policies. Senators were reminded of the Legislative Forum on March 14th at 9:30 in downtown Grand Forks.
Mr. Haskins asked about the Grand Forks Herald article about ITSS moving downtown and the downtown presence. Ms. Brekke spoke regarding the IT aspect. She said that it was originally proposed to have ITSS and NDUS IT staff together, but on the Bronson property. They are also looking at west campus and downtown locations. No decision has been made on the location. As for the downtown presence of UND and the programs to be included, she has no specific information and was only aware of general discussion. Mr. LeBel confirmed that there has been no specific decision on locations or programs.
The question period closed at 4:25 p.m.
The annual report of the Senate Library Committee was presented. Mr. Haskins moved approval, Mr. Perkins seconded, and the report was approved.
The annual reports of the Student Academic Standards Committee and the Administrative Procedures committee were presented. There were no questions. Ms. DeMers moved approval, Ms. Kenville seconded and the reports were approved.
The Curriculum Committee report was presented. Mr. Poochigian moved approval of the corrected Curriculum report, Mr. Dewar seconded and the motion was approved unanimously.
Ms. Goodwin presented the nominations for Senate committees. She asked for any further nominations from the floor. Hearing none, Ms. Goodwin requested that the Senators vote, following the instructions for each committee.
The proposed change to the Honors Committee was presented. The Committee is requesting an increase in the number of members from eight to nine. Ms. DeMers moved to approve the request, Mr. Crenshaw seconded and the motion was approved unanimously.
There was a request to add a proposal from the Academic Policies Committee to the business agenda. Mr. Munski moved to add the Academic Policies item to the agenda. Mr. Bridewell seconded, and the motion was approved unanimously.
The Academic Policies Committee proposed an addition to the grade change section of the catalog. There is no current deadline for grade changes. The Committee’s recommendation is to add a deadline to the grade changes submission of one year from the end of the course. Ms. Kenville moved to approve the request and Mr. Fershee seconded. Mr. Bridewell indicated that the goal was to make this policy similar to the incomplete deadline. After discussion, the Senate voted and the motion was approved with a vote of 47 for and 3 against.
There was a request to answer questions regarding the academic calendar for 2009-2010 and the midterm grade submission process. The questions were addressed.
The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.
Secretary to the Senate