October 10, 2013

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Approved 11-14-13



MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY                        





Thursday, October 10, 2013

3:15-5:00 PM

W1 Conference Room, Owen Graduate Hall

Present:  C. Corley, E. Cushman, W. Kopachik, A. Loch, R. Ofoli, B. Sellers, J. Slade, J. Wright
Absent:  M. Chavez, J. Gaboury, K. Kovac, L. Perry, M. Reckase

The Meeting was called to order at 3:29 p.m. by Chairperson J. Slade.

Approval of Agenda for October 10, 2013 Meeting: 

The Agenda was approved.

Approval of Draft Minutes for September 19, 2013: 

E. Cushman offered a friendly amendment.  The minutes were then approved with the friendly amendment.

Proposed Amendment to the Academic Freedom Policy: 

The Committee briefly 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.”  The Committee briefly discussed this item, but decided to postpone it until the November meeting, so it can be given more attention.

Faculty Health Care Council: 

The committee discussed the make-up of the committee (5.3.3 in the proposed motion), including how the five current core group members should be included in the selection process. UCAG is proposing that the Council consist of nine faculty members, instead of the seven currently proposed under  UCAG is requesting clarifications on the categories and representations under, and on the criteria to be used in the selection/ appointment of Council members. UCAG revised the language of the terms of appointment to make them more transparent, and revised the language in sections,, and to try to clarify those sections.

College Bylaw Review for Agriculture & Natural Resources:

This item was postponed to the next committee meeting.

Other Business:

No other business was discussed.


The meeting was adjourned at 4:40.

Respectfully submitted,

Robert Ofoli

Standing Committee Date: 
Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 3:30pm
Minutes Status: