September 15, 2015

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Approved 10-13-15

2015-16:1

 

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

INTERNATIONAL CENTER, ROOM 115

SEPTEMBER 15, 2015 - 3:15-5:00 P.M.

 Present: Provost Youatt,R. Abramovitch, W. Anderson, K. Bartig, J. Bell, Y. Bolumole, G. Burns, N. Bunge, B. Chakrani, S. Choi, M. Dease, K. Elliot, R. Fernandez, R. Fisher, J. Fitzimmons, M. Floer, J. Francese, J. Goddeeris, G. Harrell, L. Harris, H. Hong, G. Howe, R. Hula, E. Hunter, A. Kepsel, D. Kramer, X. Liu, R. Maleczka, R. Manderfield, J. Maurer, B. Mavis, E. McCallum, E. Moore, D. Nails, M. Noel, S. Pager, S. Printy, M. Raven, D. Rivera, L. Robinson, J. Rosa, F. Salem, J. Sherry, C. Smith, L. Sochay, R. Spiro, B. Sternquist, M. Sticklen, J. Torrez, G. Urquhart, C. Vermeesch, B. Zanstra

Absent: President Simon, G. Chao, M. Chavez, M. Crimp, J. Dulebohn, R. Edozie, M. Ferkany, G. Fink, L. Goldstein, D. Grooms, J. Hauptman, G. Hoppenstand, D. Liu, M. Nair, J. Palac, J. Schwartz, W. Speilman, J. Turner, K. Vaninsky, J. Walton, M. Worden

  1. CALL TO ORDER at 3:15 PM
  2. Approval of Agenda for September 15, 2015 – Approved as amended.
  3. Public Comments – None
  4. Approval of Draft Minutes for April 21, 2015 – Approved as distributed.
  5. President’s Remarks – Lou Anna K. Simon – out of town
  6. Provost’s Remarks – June Youatt

The President is in Los Angles doing some development programs for the Broad Art Museum.

The school year is off to a good start.  We welcome 7900 first year, over 1600 transfer and over 1300 new graduate students.  The final number will be available in a couple of weeks and will be presented at a later meeting.  The check-in weekend went very well with an overall safer weekend than in some of the past years.

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) report is now completed.  The three original complaints that were filed in the initial documents have been addressed.  The OCR findings they asked us to do to become a safer campus we have done.  We have created Office of Institutional Equity, increased the number of investigators, the number of people handling disciplinary procedures, revised our policies and developed on-line training.  One of the things that must be enacted is that every student every year will have to complete a brief training around Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct.  Many thanks go out all that participated in this important program.

   7.  The Steering Committee Chairperson’s Remarks – Professor Mary Noel

Professor Noel provided and orientation to Bylaws of Academic Governance regarding the roles and responsibilities of the Faculty Senate (Bylaws of Academic Governance Section 3.3)

   8. OLD BUSINESS

Professor Noel reminded members to review the highlights from the 2014-15 Faculty Senate Survey regarding items under consideration for the Faculty Senate.

   9. NEW BUSINESS

Professor Crimp is out of town and Professor Powell informed the members that the annual CIC Academic Governance Conference will be hosted by MSU on September 28-30, 2016.  As the plans for the conference, we will be keeping you informed and possibly ask for your assistance for some of the program areas.  

Standing Committee Chairpersons to Report on Standing Committee Agenda Items for 2015-2016

UCAG – main work focus is on clarifications of procedure related to the Bylaws of Academic Governance

UCUE - continuing review of undergraduate programs and a discussion of honor codes for students

UCC – continuing the conversions of minors, conversation regarding the definitions of terms in the academic catalog and considering a discussion on the grading scale

UCFA – discussion of discipline and dismissal policies, modification to the FGO policy, adding mediation procedures to the FGO policy and considering a policy for student on faculty assault

UCFT – individual personnel actions and requests, RPT issues, e.g., interruptions of the tenure clock and the terminology of tenure processes

UCGS – No report

UCSA –First meeting on Friday that will establish the fall agenda

  10. Comments from the Floor

  11. ADJOURNMENT – 3:45

 

Committee Meeting Date: 
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 3:15pm
Committee Type: 
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