November 14, 2013

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Approved 1-16-14



MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY                       




Thursday, November 14, 2013

3:15-5:00 PM

W1 Conference Room, Owen Graduate Hall

Present:   M. Chavez, C. Corley, E. Cushman, J. Gaboury, W. Kopachik, A. Loch, R. Ofoli, J. Slade, J. Wright

Absent:   K. Kovac, L. Perry, M. Reckase, Bri Sellers

The meeting was called to order at 3:37 p.m. by Chairperson Manuel Chavez

1. Agenda for November 14, 2013 Meeting was approved.

2. Draft Minutes for October 10, 2013 were approved as written.

3. Discussion of Proposed Amendment to the Academic Freedom Policy:
The Committee discussed the request by Professor Debra Nails, Department of Philosophy, for inclusion of the following language in the Academic Freedom policy in section III of the Faculty Handbook:  “Teachers are entitled to freedom to address any matter of institutional policy or action when acting as a member of the faculty whether or not as a member of an agency of institutional governance.”   Given the questions UCAG had regarding the logic of this statement, UCAG will follow up with Professor Debra Nails regarding this specific language.

Professor Chavez updated the committee regarding the discussion of this in this Social Media, Pedagogy, and Academic Freedom Ad Hoc Committee, which is researching how other universities craft policies related to students’ social media use and academic freedom. This committee plans to submit language for policy change to this section of the bylaws as well.

4.  College of Agriculture & Natural Resources Bylaws were reviewed.

5.  Other Business:
Creation of a Standing Faculty Health Care Council:
Jacqueline Wright updated the committee on the Faculty Senate’s vote to approve of the Faculty Health Care Council.


The meeting was adjourned at 4:59.


Respectfully submitted,

Ellen Cushman

Standing Committee Date: 
Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 3:30pm
Minutes Status: