Minutes of the University Senate Meeting
April 7, 2011
The April meeting of the University Senate was held at 4:05 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, 2011 in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Kathy Smart presided.
The following members of the Senate were present:
The following members of the Senate were absent:
The following announcements were made:
The question period was opened at 4:25 p.m.
The question period closed at 4:30 p.m.
Ms. Smart asked for corrections or additions to the minutes of the March 3, 2011 meeting; hearing none, the minutes were approved as distributed.
The Annual report of the Senate Conflict of Interest/Scientific Misconduct Committee was presented. Mr. Munski moved to accept the report. Mr. Stofferahn seconded the motion and it was approved unanimously.
Mr. Stofferahn made a motion to add the proposal from the Academic Policies and Admissions Committee to the agenda. Mr. Munski seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously and the proposal was added to the agenda.
The Curriculum Committee report was presented. Mr. Stofferahn moved to approve the report. Mr. Jackson seconded the motion and the report was approved unanimously.
Ms. Flower presented the election results for Senate committees for 2011-2012. She indicated that there is one correction, to drop one engineering faculty from the Curriculum Committee. Marcellin Zahui was elected to the Committee. Ms. Flower moved approval of the ballot. Mr. Gerber seconded the motion. The election results were approved with a unanimous vote.
Mr. Stofferahn presented a proposed change to the Senate Bylaws for a second reading. He called attention to the additional language to address the concern presented at the previous meeting. Mr. Murphy moved approval. Ms. Rakow seconded the motion. The Bylaw change was approved with a vote of 43 for and 2 abstentions.
Mr. Munski requested that Mr. Zahui, chair of the Academic Policies and Admissions Committee, be recognized to speak. Mr. Stofferahn seconded the request. The vote was taken and Mr. Zahui was recognized.
Mr. Zahui first explained the change requested regarding the Student Load policy and asked for questions. After discussion, he explained the revision to the Grade Change policy. There was discussion on the Grade Change policy and Ms. Flower suggested clarifying wording by adding “for that degree.” The two policy recommendations were split and Mr. Munski moved approval of the Student Load policy change. There was a second from Ms. Rakow. The Student Load policy was approved unanimously. The Senate then moved to the Grade Change policy.
Mr. Murphy indicated that quorum was lost.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m.
Suzanne Anderson, Secretary to the Senate