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Academic Governance Items for 2017-2018   Date Introduced to The Steering Committee Current Standing End Result
Academic Governance Minutes     Discussed in all meetings.  Minutes for FS and UC will be outlined in short version and the unedidted transcript will be posted with the minutes.   
Academic Governance Overview     Dr. Gary Hoppenstand, Secretary for Academic Governance, presented an Overview of Academic Governance to UC on 10-17-17. Faculty Input link (click on link) updated to include Student Input. Academic Governance Website (click on link)
Academic Specialists   October 4, 2016 TSC Referred to UCAG and at the UCAG 10-13-16 meeting it was referred to UCFA to define which Academic Specialist should have a role in AG.  Referred back to UCAG, and Nicolas Gisholt (AS Representative) provided a presentation at UCAG 1-18-18.  At TSC on 2-20-18 Chairperson Gayle Lourens reported that UCAG would revisit the language of the Bylaws amendment and return them at a later time for approval. At TSC on 4-3-18, TSC approved UCAG's recommendation for Academic Specialists to have  voting rights.  UC on 4-24-18 approved the Bylaw recommendation to recognize Academic Speicalists as faculty in the University Bylaws with voting privileges giving them opportunity to serve on Univesity committees.  The BOT approved this at their 6-22-18 BOT meeting. The election process was introduced to UC on 9/18/18 and UC approved to have FRIB and Academic Specialists to develop their own bylaws language for elections. On 9-4-18 Dr Hoppenstand reported that there is a problem re specific language on how AS are going to be elected.  Such language was not vetted, or approved.  Specific language for AS elections need to be developed. This was referred to UCAG for review and discussion. At UCAG on 9-13-18 a motion was approved to request that FRIB and Academic Specialists submit a proposal to develop or amend their Bylaws to include specifications for electing their own representation on AG bodies.  This will now go to TSC and then to FS for vote.  Dr. Gary Hoppenstand will contact Academic Specialists Advisory Committee and contact Thomas Glasmacher for proposal to send to TSC. Slated for January 2018 TSC meeting if proposal is received. This was also briefly discussed at UC on September 18, 2018 by Tyler Silvestri, Vice Chair of UCAG stating that no where in the Univerity Bylaws does it state there is a specified way for these individuals to be selected. This went back to TSC on October 4, 2018 and a moiton was made to send this to the Academic Specialists Advisory Committee.  This needs to go back to UCAG to determine language to send to FRIB and ASAC, slated for February 12 UCAG meeting. Bylaw Recommendations (click on link).  Bylaw Recommendations approved by BOT.  The Bylaws are updated and can be viewed on the AG websitge. 
Academic Year Calendar   November 6, 2018 Professor Deborah Moriarty, TSC Vice Chairperson, presented.  Referred to UCFA, UCSA, UCUE, UCGS and COGS.  Professor Moriarty sent materials in a zip file and AG sent materials from Deborah to referred committees on 11-7-18. On 3-12-19 TSC discussed further and committees gave reports.  Provost Youatt will put something together and bring back to TSC. More details after TSC March 12 minutes are available.  
Ad Hoc Committee to Review Bylaws for AG and Recommendations to BOT Bylaws   April  3, 2018

On March 20, 2018 FS approved the formation of an Ad Hoc Committee that has the flexibility to address both the University and the BOT Bylaws. Gayle Lourens, UCAG Chairperson, presented a potential committee member list at TSC on April 4, 2018 and a brief vetting process has been conducted as to who could serve.  The Ad Hoc Committee met through the summer of 2018 and the outcome of those meetings and documents are currently being discussed in UCAG, TSC and FS meetings 2018-2019.  TSC approved sending all documents to UCFA, UCFT, UCGS and UCUE to examine the proposed bylaws changes and recommend additions, deletions, and other edits by the end of of Jan 2019.  Committees then should formally ratify the recommended changes at their regularly scheduled Feb 2019 mtgs.  The edited recommendations will then be passed to UCAG.  Then the full UC will discuss and vote on the full and complete package of bylaws prior to being sent to the BOT for approval in March 2019.  Documents sent:
Appendix 1- Bylaws for Acdemic Governance (Markup)

Appendix II - Bylaws of the Board of Trustees (Markup)

Appendix III - Executive Summary

Appendix IV - Further Issues

Recommendations of the Ad Hoc Committee on Bylaws Reform


(click on links to view)

on 11-7-18 TSC moved to discuss at FS.  At the FS meeting on 11-13-18, Amanda Tickner, UCAG Chairperson and Tyler Silvestri, UCAG Vice Chairperson, discussed these documents with members as information only. 

 
Adverse Impact of Some
Faculty’s Implementation of University-Approved Missed Class Policy
  September 3, 2019 Presented by Professor Michael Kaplowitz, Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR).  TSC moved this to UCUE and UCFA with UCUE being the lead Committee, and to report back to TSC.  SAG sent out a reminder to UCUE Chairperson, Andrew Corner, and cc'd UCFA Chairperson, Richard Fulton, on September 4, 2019. Missed-Class Policy (click on link)  
African American and African Studies - Proposal - Request for New Academic Unit   November 6, 2018 TSC referred this to UCGS, UCUE and UCFA.  AG sent information out to referred committees on 11-8-18. African American and African Studies Proposal (click on link).  Referrring committees will give report at the 2-12-19 TSC meeting to go to 2-19-19 FS meeting for approval. Due to Black History Month and the BOT meeting on 02-15-19, The At-Large approved an email ballot to go out to TSC to approve and then an email ballot to FS to approve.  The Proposal was approved by FS via email vote and an email announcement of the voting results went out to FS on 02-11-19.  
Behavioral Threat Assessment Team Report   November 7, 2016 Amy Ray, Detective, Investigative Division, MSU Police Dept. presented the Behavioral Threat Assessment Team (BTAT) Report to UC on 11-28-17.  The BTAT exists to mitigate the risk of threat or violence, and to provide a safe and productive learning and working environment at MSU. See UC 11-28-17 Minutes (click on link)
Best Practice Document     This came up in coments from the floor at the FS 11-13-18 meeting. The Best Practice document will be sent to FS when AG receives.  Needs to be provided or written.  Chairperson Deborah Moriarty will discuss with the At-Large if to move forward.  Also see Discussion on David Ware below. This is tabled for now as of 2-7-19.  
Big Ten Alliance Academic Governance Meeting Report   November 7, 2017 Dr. Laura McCabe, TSC and FS Chairperson, presented the BTAA report to FS on 11-14-17. See FS 11-14-17 Minutes (click on link)
Big Ten Voting Challenges     Lorenzo Santavicca, ASMSU President and UCSA Chairperson presented Big Ten Voting Challenges to FS on 10-17-17. https://youtu.be/Yq65RClWt2Q 
(click on link for video)
Efforts are underway to create a MSU specific video that would encourage students to vote.
Block Tuition   October 2, 2018 ASMSU raised concerns about the implementation of Block Tuition at MSU.  This is not slated to be referred.  
BOT Vote of No Confidence and Next Steps     At the Emergency meeting of FS on 2-13-18, FS voted a No Confidence Vote. The vote was 94% "yes" (61) votes for  no confidence in the MSU BOT, and 4% "no" (4 votes) against the vote of no confidence.  At the FS meeting on 2-20-18 three votes were taken: #1 Vote to have a vote for BOT resignation - 85% in attendance voted Yes; Vote #2 Vote to ask BOT to resign - 83% in attendance voted Yes; Vote #3 Vote on if there is only one specific reason for the BOT resignation - 77% in attendance voted No.   An email to Faculty Senate from the At-Large members was sent on 2-27-18 (click on link to view). An email to the BOT from the At-Large Steering Committee members was sent on 2-27-18 (Click on link to view).  An open letter to the MSU Faculty from Lisa Lapidus, a member of the FS and College of Nat Sci was sent on 2-14-18 (click on link to view). An email from the At-Large members with the Faculty Senate minutes of 2-13-18 (click on link to view) was sent to the BOT on 3-23-18.  
BOT and the Michigan Constitution   September 4, 2018 Presented to TSC on 9-4-18 and FS on 9-11-18, by Dr. Rob LaDuca, TSC Chairperson.  See TSC and FS minutes links to the right. Discussion can be viewed in TSC 9-4-18 approved minutes (click on link) and FS 9-11-18 (click on link)
BOT Member Attendence at FS   September 4, 2018 Trustee Foster and others will attend FS on 9-11-18 to address transparency concerns regarding the Presidential Search process. Mary Finn, Director, Criminal Justice, Trustee Dianne Byrum and Trustee Melanie Foster presided at FS on 9-11-18 and UC on 9-18-18 to answer questions.  See minutes link to the right for details of this discussion. FS 9-11-18 approved minutes (click on link)
UC 9-18-18 (click on link) will be linked when minutes are approved
Bullying and Workplace Harrassment   January 8, 2019 This brought up the MSU Climate Survey going out Spring Semester.  See Section on Climate Survey.  
Bylaw Amendments Formation   March 13, 2018 UCAG Chairperson Gayle Lourens reported UCAG has approved an ad hoc committee to work in the summer on recommending BOT Bylaw changes and work on Academic Governance Bylaws review amendments. A motion was made and carried to support an ad hoc committee. Proposed Bylaw Amendments were presented to UC on April 24, 2017 and approved to go to BOT in June for approval.  Amendments were sent to the Provost's office on 5-22-18 for the BOT in June.  Proposed Bylaw Amendments (click on link) Proposed Bylaw Amendments Final Copy (click on link) approved at UC on 4-24-18 for BOT to approved in June, 2018.
Bylaw 4.4.1., to Make Honors Colege Voice and Vote Representation Possible   November 6, 2018 Professor Richard Bellon, UCUE Chairperson, presented.  Slated to go to UCAG in November, 2018, then November UC, 2018.  Professor Bellon sent the language in email and is filed under projects.  UCAG revised wording and approved this to go back to TSC to approve to go to UC  for approval.  UC approved on 11-20-18.  Bylaw 4.4.1. Amendment
Bylaw Revisions Status   March 12, 2019 Amanda Tickner, Chairperson, University Committee on Academic Governance (UCAG) presented a document of the Bylaws Revisions Status.  This will be presented to UCAG on March 14 and will come back to TSC in April, 2019.  Amendments were brought to TSC on 4-2-19 and 3.3.3 amendment was approved to go to UC in April as an action item. The others were sent to General Council for review and then will be discussed at TSC next year.  Bylaw 3.3.3. was presented to UC on April 23, 2019 and UC tabled it until next year.  
Budget Update   February 12, 2019 Dave Byelich, Vice President for Planning and Budgets, presented a Budget Update Report to TSC on 02-19-19. A motion was made and approved for Dave Byelich to present his report to FS on 02-19-19.  Dave Byelich presented the Budget Report to FS on 02-19-19.  Presentation to be linked soon.
Campus Safety   APril 2, 2019 Valerie O'Brien, Assistant Chief of Police, DPPS presented at TSC on 4-2-10 and a motion was made and carried to place on the UC agenda for April 2019, as an information item.  Kelly Roudebush, Police Chief and Director, DPPS, presented Campus Saftety to UC on April 23, 2019. Campus Safety (click on link) and can be viewed on the AG website.
Classroom Safety   April 3, 2018 Classroom safety was discussed at TSC on 4-3-18.You can contact Kelly Roudebush, Deputy Chief, Field Services Bureau, for any questions, concerns or ideas:  517-432-3888, 1120 Red Cedar Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824, and/or you can connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @msupolice.  
Climate Survey   January 8, 2019 TSC approved contacting Rebecca Campbell, Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct (RVSM) Expert, Advisory Workgroup Chairperson, to present at FS on 1-15-19, on the All-University Climate Survey.  Rebecca Campbell presented at FS on 1-15-19 and reported that the All-University Climate Survey will be launched this semester, after Spring Break.  
Consensual and Amorous Relationships Policy   March 12, 2019 TSC approved this to be presented to UC March 26, 2019 as an informaton item.  Mark Waddell, UCFA Chairperson presented the Revised Consensual Relationship Policy to UC on 3-26-19, as an information item and for discussion.  It was discussed at UC on 3-26. This was brought back to TSC on April 2, 2019.  A moiton was made to place this on the UC agenda for April 23, 2019 as an action item.  This was presented to UC on April 23, 2019 and was approved with one abstention, with a friendly amendment.  More details after the UC Minutes for April 23 are available. Consensual and Amorous Relationships Policy Revised - will post after minutes of 4-23-19 are available
Course Scheduling, Future Plans   October 3, 2017 R. Sekhar Chivukula, Dean of Undergraduate Education, presented the Course Scheduling, Future Plans to UC on 11-28-17. Course Scheduling, Future Plans (click on links)
David Ware Suggestions from BOT meeting   November 6 This will be revisited at TSC, after new Board members are in session. Chairperson Moriarty will discuss with the At-Large Members to see if this is to move forward. Also see Best Practice above. This is tabled for now as of 2-7-19.  
Email Voting on Agenda Items   March 12, 2019 Chairperson Moriarty discussed developing a policy by email or not.  A motion was made for a policy to be developed and therefore needs to go to UCAG.  The motion was approved.  UCAG Chairperson, Amanda Tickner, stated this would not be done this year, as UCAG's plate was overloaded.  
Emeritus Policy Changes   February 12, 2019 This was presented to TSC on 02-12-19 and approved to go to UC for approval on 02-26-19, as it is a Bylaw change.  Emeritus Policy Change Cover Memo and Faculty Handbook Revisions 2019 (click on links).  At UC on 02-26-19 a motion was made to table the revised Policy until further UCFA Committee review and the motion carried.  More details after UC minutes are available. At TSC on 3-12-19 it was mentioned that the UCFA approved the Policy and a motion to approve this to go to UC in March, as an action item, was approved. Mark Waddell, UCFA Chairperson, presented this to UC on 3-16-19 and UC approved the revised Emeritus Policy.  Revised Emeritus Policy
Faculty and Student Representatives on BOT Subcommittees   October 2, 2018 Dr. Jennifer Johnson, At-Large member, raised the issue as to whether the MSU FS and/or UC should make a request of the Board of Trustees (BOT) for faculty and student representation on sub-committees, that would report to the BOT and would not violate the State of MI Constitution. A motion was made to bring this request to the BOT and the motion carried.  
Faculty Diversity   January 9. 2018 Dr. Terry Curry, Associate Provost & Associate VP for Academic Human Resources, presented this to FS on 1-16-18. 2018 Faculty Trends Update
Historical Summary
(click on links)
Faculty Grievance Office (FGO) Name Change   January 9, 2018 FS approved the FGO Name Change on 1-16-18. The Faculty Grivance Office is now the Faculty Grievance and Dispute Resolution Office (Name Change Memo) (click on link)
Faculty Senate Input Results   October 3, 2017 Presented to FS on 10-10-17 by Dr. Laura McCabe, TSC Chairperson. Faculty Senate Input Results (click on link)
         
Student Success Initiatives   April 2, 2019 Provost Youatt discussed at TSC on 4-2-19 and a motion was made and carried to place on the UC agenda for April 2019. Original title was Faculty Student Success Initiatives but changed to Student Sucess Initiatives as of 4-17-19. This was scheduled to be presented to UC on April 23, 2019 but due to lack of time, this is tabled until next academic year.  
FAR Report   March 12, 2019 Michael Kaplowitz, At-Large member and Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) reported he will put together a power point presentation for UC to review (Athletic Council Report).  A motion to put this on the March, 2019 agenda was made and approved. Professor Kaplowitz presented the FAR Report/Presentation to UC on 3-26-19 and was approved by UC. FAR Presentation Report (This presentation can aslo be viewed on the AG website.)

RPT-Grade Report

Review and Report on Inst Standards 2017-18 Final

17-18 MSU Standards
(Click on links above)
Faculty Senate List Serve   March 12, 2019 At TSC March 12, 2019 meeting, a motion was made that UCAG develop an email communication and voting guidelines for possible adoption as Bylaws and the motion was approved. More details after TSC March 12 minutes are available.  UCAG may not be able to get to this until next year, as their plate is full.  
Faculty Senate Ad-Hoc Sub-Committee Report   September 3, 2019 Dr. Filomena Nunes, Managing Director for FRIB and FS Ad-Hoc Sub-Committee member presented reports formulated through the summer from the FS Ad-Hoc Sub-Committee. Click on links A, B & C below. Dr. Nunes spoke on the "Report on Improving the Effectiveness of MSU Faculty Senate" (click on link A, below) at the FS meeting on 09-10-19.  Motions were made and withdrawn.  The Senate approved this discussion of the Ad-Hoc Report to be placed on the next FS meeting (October).
Reports presented (click on links):
A. Report on Improving the Effectiveness of MSU Faculty Senate
B. Faculty Senate Orientation
C. A Quick Guide to Academic Governance
 
Faculty Senate Orientation   September 3, 2019 Professor Moriarty discussed passed out documents and TSC moved to place this on the FS September 10 agenda.  Documents presented were updated and presented at the FS meeting on 09-10-19 (click on links below).
A. Academic Governance Committee Structure
B. Robert's Rules of Order
C. Clarification of Rules for Faculty Senate Meetings
D. Quick Guide to Academic Governance
E. Acronyms
 
Future Agenda Items for Faculty Senate   September 10, 2019 During the FS meeting on 09-10-19 Dr. Jennifer Johnson, VC of TSC, discussed agenda items to be discussed in the future.  Budget was one of them.  More details after FS minutes are available/approved.  
FLG to BOT Compostion   September 3, 2019 Professor Moriarty will be in touch with Sherry Lott in AG office indicating assignments for the two additional representatives for the FLG to BOT and BOT events for 2019-2020. This was done on 09-04-19 and SAG sent an email out to all involved indicating who was assigned to each event.  
FTE Information/History   April 2, 2019 Acting President Udpa presented the FTE Information/History to TSC on 4-2-19 and a motion was made and carried to place on the UC April 2019 agenda, as an information item. FTE Slide (WB edits) and FTE Slide.  This was predsented to UC on April 23, 2019 by Jake Lathrop, Consultant to the Executive Vice President for Administration. FTE Information/History Presentation (click on link) and can be viewed on the AG website.
Freedom of Speech   January 9, 2018 Presented to TSC on 1-9-18 by Michael Lawrence, Professor of Law, Foster Swift Professor of Constitutional Law, MSU.  TSC approved this to be presented to UC on 1-23-18.  See UC 1-23018 Minutes (click on link)
         
Healing Fund   January 8, 2019 Greg Swan presented a letter from TSC to Inerim President Engler and BOT regarding the decision to close the Healing Assistance Fund, for reconsideration.  TSC approved this to go to FS.  This was discussed at FS on 01-15-19 and it was reported that the BOT unanimously voted to reinstate the Healing Fund.  At the 1-15-19 FS meeting, it was reported that the BOT unanimously voted to reinstate the Healing Fund.

Health Care Plan Design

  September 5, 2017 Presented to FS on 9-12-17 by Renee Rivard, Director of Human Resources and Joe Galardi, Assistant Direcor of Human Resources. Health Care Plan Design (click on link)

Health Care Benefits

  April 3, 2018 Vice Chairperson Deborah Moriarty spoke in Renee Rivard's absence re updated benefits at TSC on 4-3-18.  Renee Rivard, Director, HR, presented the updated benefits to FS on 4-17-18.  These benefits included specialty medications, a Reduced Copay Program, a Diabetes Management Pprogram and Telemedicine, which involves medical advice via telephone with a Board-Certifice physician, all voluntary.  

High Risk Travel Process

  November 6, 2018 Presented to TSC on 11-6-18 and approved to go to FS January, 2019.  Due to time restraints at FS on 01-15-19, this presentation was presented to FS on 02-19-19. Faculty & Staff Acknowledgment of Risk Form

MSU Designated Countries of Extreme & High Risk

Flow Chart
(click on links) and can be viewed on the AG website.

 

       

Invite Chairs of BOT Subcommittees to University Council or Faculty Senate Annually for Discussion and Input

  October 2, 2018 A motion was made at TSC 10-2-18 that TSC regularly invite the Board of Trustees' Committee Chairs to report to the UC once a semester. This motion carried.  This initiative will begin in Spring Semester of 2019.

IT Centralization

  September 4, 2018 IT Centralization was introduced to TSC on 9-4-18 by Dr. Rob LaDuca, TSC Chairperson.  It was presented to FS on 9-11-18 and UC on 9/18/18 by Rob McCurdy, Assoc VP, Technology Services and Chief Information Officer. An IT update from Rob McCurdy was presented to TSC on 02-12-19 and approved to go to UC on 02-26-19 as an information item.  Rob McCurdy presented the IT Update to UC on 02-26-19.  The IT Centralization presentation can be viewed on the Academic Governnace website, or by clicking on the link.

The IT Update presentation to UC on 02-26-19 can be viewed on the Academic Governance website, or by clicking on the link.

 

       

Mandatory Health Care for Students Policy

  October 2, 2018 ASMSU raised concerns re the Mandatory Healthcare Policy for Students at MSU.  This was not referred, only discussed.  

Mayor Mark Meadows - New City of EL Income Tax and Impact on MSU

  October 2, 2018 At the TSC on 10-2-18, a motion was made and carried to invite Mark Meadows to the UC October 16, 2018 meeting.  At the 10-16-18 UC meeting, Mayor Mark Meadows discussed the new City of East Lansing Income Tax and its impact of MSU faculty, staff, advisors, and students, which will go in to effect January 1, 2019. The new City of EL Income Tac goes into effect January 1, 2019.

Mathematics Reform

  April 3, 2018 The Mathematics Reform was presented to TSC on 4-3-18 by Mark Largent, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies & Director of Learning Analytics, and Interim Dean, Lyman Briggs College.  Mark Largent presented this to UC on 4-24-18.  MSU Gateway Math Reform (click on link)

Mary Finn, Official Faculty Senate Representative on the Presidential Search Committee

  November 6, 2018 TSC reported that Mary Finn is slated for November, 2018 FS to give a status update on the Presidential Search. Mary spoke at the FS 11-13-18 meeting.   
Mental Health and Support at MSU   November 7, 2017 A Panel discussion including Barbara L. Roberts, MSc OT, PhD, Executive Director, Worklife Office, Jon Novello, LMSW, ACSW, Counselor, Employee Assistance Program, and Leigh White, MD, Director of Psychiatric Services, Counseling & Psychiatric Services, was conducted at the FS on November 14, 2017.  See FS 11-14-17 Minutes (click on link)
Mental Health Update   January 8, 2019 Dr. Tenile Gains, Interim Associate Director of Counseling Services gave an update to TSC on 1-8-19 and TSC approved for an update to be presented to FS on 1-15-19 as an information item.  Dr. Mark Patishnock, Director and Licensed Psychologist presented the update to FS on 1-15-19. Mental Health Update from Counseling & Psychiatric Services (CAPS) can be viewed on the AG Website or by clicking on the link.
Mid-Semester Feedback   September 5, 2017 FS approved the Mid-Semester Feeback on 1-16-18. Mid-Semester Feedback and Key Points
UCUE, UCGS and UCFA Reports (click on links)
Mobility Project    

Dr. Wolfgang Bauer, University Distinguished Professor and Senior Consultant, Office of the Executive Vice President for Administrative Services, presented on Energy/Mobility to UC on 10-17-17.

Mobility Project Presentation (click on link)

MSU Candidacy for the MSU Boad of Trustees   October 2, 2018

TSC reported that the candidates Brianna Scott (D), Kelly Tebay (D) and Mike Miller (R) have accepted to join in on UC for 10-16-18. A presentation was made by each of the above four MSU Board of Trustees candidates regarding their postions for the two BOT positions.

 
MSU Website   February 12, 2019

Heather Swain, VP for Communications and Brand Strategy came to TSC on 02-12-19 to discuss issues TSC brought forward regarding the MSU website concerns.  She asked TSC to send any concerns/issues directly to her at swain@cabs.msu.edu.

 
MSU Marketing and Use of MSU Ideas Portal   April 2, 2019

Christine Carter, Chief of Staff, Office of the Executive VIce President for Administration presented the Ideas Portal to TSC on 4-2-19.  A motion was made and carried to place this on the FS April 2019 agenda, as an information item.  Christine Carter presented this to FS on 4-16-19.

Marketing and Use of MSU Ideas Portal can be viewed on the Academic Governance website or by clicking on the link.
New Department Proposal - Department of Orthopedics - joint between Huan Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine   October 2, 2018

Provost Youatt presented the Proposal to TSC on 10-2-18.  TSC referred this to UCFA, UCSA and UCGS.  AG sent Memo from Provost Youatt to referrred Committees on 10-3-18.  Provost Youatt presented the Proposal to FS on 11-13-18 and it was approved.

 FS approved on 11-13-18.
Office of Institutional Equality (OIE)   January 8, 2019

TSC approved Terry Curry, Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Human Resources, to present at FS on 01-15-10.  Terry Curry presented how the Office of Institutional Equality (OIE) Operates to FS on 01-15-19.

How the Office of Institutional Equality Operates presentation can be viewed on the AG website or by clicking on the link. 
Ombudsperson Search   October 3, 2017 TSC adopted and accepted the Search Procedure document presented by Dr. Terry Curry, Associate Provost and Associate VP for Academic Human Resources. The Ombudsperson Search will proceed. Announcement on June 7, 2018 from Media Communications:
Shannon Lynn Burton appointed new MSU Ombudsperson (click on link)

President and Provost Membership on FS   October 2, 2018 Dr. Jennifer Johnson noted the importance to be more civil with each other, especially during difficulty discussions.  Faculty should build bridges instead of fracturing relationships.  A motion was made to table the request to exclude the President and Provost from Faculty Senate meetings. The motion carried. This issue will not be brought up again unless a member requests it.
Presidential Search     At the UC meeting on 2-27-18, group sessions were formed for members to write down characteristics they want in the next MSU President and how to input and implement them in the Presidental Search.  This information will be given to the BOT. The minutes for the UC meeting on 2-27-18 are not approved to date, more details may be forthcoming.  TSC Chairperson Laura McCabe gave a report on this at TSC meeting on 3-13-19.  Ewurama Appiagyei-Dankah reported there was confirmation from BOT that they wanted student groups to help provide input on what a search committee should looke like. At TSC on 3-13-18 TSC approved it would be paramount that MSU students have an important rold in the Presidential search. Laura presented the Input Report and questions to think about at UC on 3-27-18 and groups were formed to write up questions and a motion was made and carried to collate the results and bring to the April SC meeting for determinations to be made then.  The list, Criteria for President document, was presented to TSC on 4-3-18 by Chairperson Laura McCabe.  TSC approved the Criteria for President to go to the Academic Congress. Ag conducted the election and Academic Congress voted.  Dr. Laura McCabe, TSC Chairperson sent Trustee Breslin the election results (click on link).  Criteria for Presidential Search (click on link)
Presidential Search Update and BOT Issue re Michigan Constitution   September 4, 2018 See TSC Minutes from September 4, 2018, Item 9.4. For the discussion (click on link).
TSC reported that Trustee Foster will address FS on 9-11-18 to answeer questions from the faculty and address transparency concerns.  See FS Minutes from September 11, 2018 for discussion with Trustee Foster and the Michigan Constituion Issue, Items 8.3 and 8.4.
 
Presidential Search Committee Listening Session Meeting Notes, Request to make them widely available ASAP   October 2, 2018 Dr. Jennifer Johnson, At-Large member dicsussed the Proposal at TSC 10-2-18 meeting. A motion was made to bring this before FS and carried.  At FS on 10-9-18 Dr. LaDuca, TSC Chair, reported the BOT will be compiling the notes from the input session, and placing them on the Presidential Search website (click on link). Mary Finn, Director, Criminal Justice, and Trustees Dianne Byrum and Melanie Foster came to the September 18, 2018 meeting to address UC members.  See UC 9-18-18 minutes for discussion (click on link).  
UC Presidential Search Committee Proposal, Accepted MSU Practice   October 2, 2018 Dr. Jennifer Johnson, At-Large member presented.  A motion was made and carried to put this on the October 2018 FS agenda for faculty voice and then move to the UC October 2018 agenda. At the FS 10-9-18 meeting, this was discussed in length. Discussion can be viewed from the FS minutes of 10-9-18 (click on link). A motion was made to approve the Proposal and carried.  This will move forward to UC for vote. At the UC 10-16-18 meeting, Professor Deborah Moriarty, TSC Acting Chairperson, presented the motion. A motion was made to approve the Proposal and seconded. Voting was conducted.  Discussion ensued.  The voting results were: 94 votes approved, and 0 votes disapproved.  The motion carried. You can view the discussion from the UC minutes 10-16-18 by clicking on the link.  
Presidential Search Process - Formal Request for Transparency from the BOT in regards to the Presidential Search Process   November 6, 2018 At the TSC 11-6-18 meeting this was discussed under Discusion items.  More information and clarification when the minutes are available.  At the UC 11-20-18 meeting a motion was carried to send to the Presidential Search Committee.  Discusson ensued on wording.  Vote took place and 69 were in favor, 6 voted no and 4 abstained.  More clarification forthcoming when the approved minutes from the UC November 20, 2018 are available. Memorandums sent to BOT: Policy Proposal approved by University Council; Response from BOT  
         
Presidential Search - Questions from Faculty Senate   March 12, 2019

Chairperson Moriarty reported that a list of questions from FS was sent to the Presidential Search Committee.  Discussion ensued re theme questions vs other questions.  A motion was made that the At-Large members revise the questions and circulate so that the newly revised questions go back to TSC and the motion carried.  More detials after TSC March minutes are available.

Following TSC March 12 meeting, the At-Large members revised the "themed" questions based on the input given from TSC and a revised list was sent out to TSC faculty for vote.  A quorum vote of approval was made.  Deborah Moriarty presented these to FS during her remarks to FS on March 19, 2019.  Click on links for documents: (more details after minutes are available)

Questions for PSC

Questions (final) for Presidential Candidates

 
Proposed East Lansing Income Tax and How Faculty can Respond   September 5, 2017 Presented to University Council on 9-19-17, by Mark Burnham, Vice President of Governmental Affairs and Janet Lillie, Assistant VP of Governmental Affairs. Proposed East Lansing Income Tax and how Faculty can Respond 
(click on link)
Purdue Letter of Support   January 9, 2018 On 1-16-18 FS approved the Purdue Letter of Support.   Purdue Letter of Support (click on link)
MSU Online Stragety   February 12, 2019 Provost Youatt and Dr. Laura Torterelli, Elementary Literacy and Department of Teacher Education presented this to TSC on 02-12-19.  A motion was made and approved to send this to the University Committee on Faculty Affairs (UCFA) and The University Committee on Graduate Studies (UCGS) when it is time.  MSU Online Strategy Response  Steering Committee Letter and MSU Online Strategy Provost Version (click on links)  
Reclaim MSU   March 20, 2018 Presented to FS on 3-20-18.  Motion carried to take to TSC to refer to FS in April for vote.  On April 17, 2018, the Reclaim MSU Proposal was presented to FS for approval.  A vote was taken and it was approved.  Please click on this link Reclaim MSU Proposal to view the approved Proposal.  The presentation can be viewed on the Academic Governance website under Current Topics and also you can click here:  Reclaim MSU Proposal Presentation by Anna Pegler-Gordon and Andaluna Borcilla, James Madison College and FS members.  
Reclaim MSU Update   November 6, 2018

This was discussed at TSC 11-6-18 meeting on how to move forward.  At-Large comprised a Memo to the BOT and then Chair Breslin responded.  Response from then Chair Breslin (clcik on link).  At TSC meeting on 1-8-19, more was mention re the Issacs Proposal from Wayne State (click on link) and the Reclaim MSU Proposal and then Chair Breslin's response.  These Proposals and the response from Breslin were referred to UCSA and UCFA for their recommendations, and the Committees are to report recommendations back to TSC table in March, 2019.  A reminder was sent to UCFA and UCSA Chairpersons on 1-10-19.  On 1-8-19 TSC also approved this to go to FS in January for discussion.  Dr. Michael Kaplowitz, At-Large member, presented in Dr. Jennifer Johnson's, At-Large member, absence re the response from then Chair Breslin.  FS approved inviting the new BOT to come to UC on 1-22-19.  Chairperson Deborah Moriarty sent the invite on 01-15-19. They are unable to attend UC on 1-22-19.  Another invite wsa sent to attend FS in February.

Trustee Byrum joined FS on February 19, 2019 and she confirmed that FS can submit three questions for the Board to consider re the President MSU position.  The email request was sent on 2-20-19 requesting each FS member to submit 1 question for TSC to vet.

At the FS meeting on 02-19-19 from Comments from the Floor, Professor Andaluna Borcilla passed out documents: Reclaim email to BOT, Scholarly Support for an Open Presidential Search (click on links)

 
Reporting Procedures for Standing Committee Reports   September 4, 2018 Dr. Hoppenstand requested Standing Committee Chiars to provide a brief report of thier work to his office, to be included in TSC minutes. Standing Committee Chairs to provide a written report to the AG office for each SC meeting.
Resolution by FS to call the Academic Congress in Session to Discuss the Presidential Search Process and Criteria Needed in the MSU President   April 24, 2018 A FS Emergency meeting was called for April 24, 2018 regarding a resolution by FS to call the Academic Congress into session to discuss the Presidential Search process and the criteria needed in the MSU President.  The details of the meeting and the votes can be viewed in the April 24, 2018 FS Minutes (click on link)
Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Requirement   October 3, 2017 Referred to UCGS.  
Relationship, Violence and Sexual Misconduct Policy (RVSM) Revisions and Annual Report   October 3, 2017 Jessica Norris, Title IX and ADA Compliance Director, presented a full presentation to FS on 10-10-17.  The RVSM Expert Advisory Work Group Discussion was discussed at TSC on 4-3-18 by Dr. Carrie Moylan, MSU School of Social Work.  This was presented to FS on 4-17-18 as an information item.  The details of the meeting and the discussion can be viewed in the April 17, 2018 minutes (click on link).  Annual Report (click on link)
Scholarly Publishing and Communications   March 12, 2019 Joseph Salem, University Librarian, presented at TSC on 03-12-19.  A motion was made and approved for this to go to FS on 03-19-19.  Joseph Salem presented this at FS on 03-19-19. Scholarly Publishing and Communications (click on link) and can be viewed on the AG website.
Scooter Update   September 3, 2019 TSC moved to place this on the UC 09-17-19 agenda.  SAG will contact Wolfgang Bauer to confirm.  
Secretary for Academic GOvernance Position Restructuring   September 3, 2019 Professor Moriarty discussed.  TSC moved to UCAG for the September agenda.   
Sexual Assault Reporting System   March 13, 2018 Sara Bijani, Graduate Employees Union President presented at TSC on 3-13-18 and was scheduled to present the presentation at UC on 3-27-18 but that did not take place.   
Standing Committee Semester Reports   October 4, 2018 Reports are verbally given at each Steering Committee meeting.  They can be viewed each month in TSC minutes.  A request for revised reporting procedures for Standing Committee Reports was presented to TSC on 9-4-18 by Gary Hoppenstand, Secretary for Academic Governance.  Annual Reports for 2017-2018 are available to view on the AG websie (click on link)
Dr. Hoppenstand requested Standing Committee Chairs to provide a brief report of their work to his office, to be included in TSC minutes each month. 
Student Information System (SIS)   April 2, 2019 Tom Cooper, IT Services Research, Project Director, presented at TSC on 4-2-19 and a motion was made and carried to place on the UC agenda for April 2019, as an information item. This was presented to UC on April 23, 2019. Student Information System (SIS) (click on link) and can be viewed on the AG website.
Student Instructional Rating System (SIRS)   September 5, 2017 On 10-3-17 TSC approved an Ad Hoc Committee and recommends inclusion of other key stakeholders such as representation from ASMSU, COGS, UCSA, and resource representatives from MSU IT Services and Academic Advancement Network. Two representatives from UCFA, UCUE, UCGS, ASMSU and COGS were selected.  This Ad Hoc Committee will look at assuring appropriate use of survey data and determinations of faculty performances, merit raises retention, promotion and tenure, and other personnel actions, as well as recommending alternative methods for evaluation of teaching quality as warranted. UCUE Chairperson Richard Miksicek presented a summary report at TSC on 3/13/18 as an information item (click on links in the end result tab to the right to view). UCUE Set Survey Results

Survey Report - Student Evaluation of Teaching Platforms
Student Rights and Responsibilities Document, Proposed Changes   January 9, 2018 on 1-9-18 TSC approved this to be presented to UC on 1-23-18 for approval. On 1-23-18 at UC the Student Rights and Responsibilities Document, Proposed Changes was approved and noted that the language about the students will be reviewed and then returned to UC for approval. See UC 1-23-18 minutes (click on link).  Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy Revised
Student Rights and Responsibilities Proposed Changes Update   April 2, 2019 This was discussed at TSC on 4-2-19.  A motion was made and carried to place on the UC agenda as an action item, for UC April 2019, pending ASMSU and COGS approval. This was presented to UC on 4-23-10 and was approved, in phase number one changing the title, wherever it says "Vice President for Student Affairs", or "Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education", that has been changed to "Dean of Students".  Student Rights and Responsibilities Document, Proposed changes, Markup  
General Student Regulation   November 7, 2017 Lorenzo Santavicca, ASMSU President, presented the Revised General Student Regulation to UC on 11-28-17.  The Revised General Student Regulation (click on link) was approved by UC on 11-28-17, by a majority vote, and will now move to President Simon for implementation
Teladoc Utilization   February 12, 2019 This was presented to TSC on 02-12-19 by Renee Rivard, Executive Management Director and Director for HR Benefits.  A motion was made and approved to put on FS as an information item for 02-19-19. This was predsented at FS on 2-19-19. Teladoc Utilization (click on link)
and can be viewed on AG website

Travel System (New)

  September 3, 2019 Lee Hunter, Accounting Manager and Debbie Gulliver, Travel Manager, described the new Travel System on specific talking points related to how the system was developed.  Time ran short and they wereunable to present their power point presentation.  The presentation will be posted here and on the AG website soon.  

UCC Letter Regarding Difficult Topics

 

  March 13, 2018 The letter was presented to TSC on 3-13-18 and amended changes were made.  UCC Chairperson Marci Mechtel wil send the amended letter to Dr. Gary Hoppenstand and  Dr. Hoppenstand and Interim President Engler will work on sending it out to the faculty. The letter was presented to FS on 3-20-18 and FS approved it to go out to all faculty.   UCC Letter Regarding Difficult Topics
UCFA Salary Recommendations   April 3, 2018

Tom Tomlinson presented the Recommendation for 2018-19 Faculty Merit and Market Pool Increase Memorandum at TSC on 4-3-18 and presented to FS on 4-1-18 and was approved. 

2018-19 Merit and Market Pool Increase Memoradum (click on link)
UCFA Faculty Merit and Market Pool Increase   April 2, 2019

Dr. Mark Waddell, UCFA Chairperson, presented at TSC on 4-2-19.  A motion was made and carried to place on the FS agenda for April.  This was presented to FS on April 16, 2019 by Dr. Laura McCabe, TSC Vice Chairperson, in Dr. Waddell's absence.  A motion was made to approve the UCFA Recommendation for Faculty and Merit and Market Pool Increase.  The motion carried.

 
University Committee on the Library Bylaw Change   February 12, 2019

This was presented to TSC on 02-12-19 and was motioned and approved to go to the Univesity Committee on Academic Governance (UCAG) and then for UCAG to bring back to TSC.  No date was set.  This will be slated for the UCAG March meeting. Then it will return to TSC for processing its approval.

 
University Council on Faculty Affairs (UCFA), Discipline and Dismissal of Tenure Faculty Policy   Octber 9, 2018

TSC approved this to go on the 10-9-18 FS agenda via an email quorum vote.  It was presented to FS on 10-9-18 by Professor Len Fleck, UCFA Chairperson and was discussed in length.  A motion was made to move to accecpt and endorse the report from UCFT and UCFA and refer it to TSC for action.  The motion carried. The discussion at FS can be viewed in the FS Minutes from 10-9-18 (click on link). At the 10-16-18 UC meeting a motion was made by Dr. Fleck requesting from UC to support the presentation of a letter from the UCFA to the BOT that states that MSU faculty are unwilling to approve these changes, as they have been currently presented, regarding the current Discipline and Dismissal of Tenured Faculty Policy.  A friendly amendment was added requesting the BOT revert to the previous Policy of Spring Semester, 2018. The motion carried. 

 
University Policies on Awards and Honors   September 3, 2019

Dr. Anna Pegler-Gordon, At-Large member discussed this topic to TSC regarding conflict of interests and gifts and forming a special ad hoc special committee.  TSC moved to place this item on the UC agenda for 09-17-19.

 
UCFT Discipline and Dismissal of Tenured Faculty for Cause Policy   April 2, 2019

Dr. Len Fleck, UCFT Chairperson presented this to TSC on 4-2-19.  A motion was made and approved to place this on the FS April 2019 agenda, as an action item. The Policy was presented to FS on 4-16-19, by Dr. Len Fleck.  A motion to approved an amendment, the removal of the statement of dismissal without benefits, to the revised Policy was made and seconded.  The motion carried.  A motion was then made and seconded to approve the revised Policy and the motion carried.  Present Policy, New Policy, BOT Revisions, and BOT Memo of Approval and approved document (click on links). 

Discipline and Dismissal of Tenured Faculty for Cause Policy
BOT Memo of Approval and approved document
Undergraduate Enrollment Management   September 3, 2019

TSC moved that Provost Youatt would speak on this for the FS October 8, 2019 meeting. SAG sent out a reminder on 09-04 and this item is confirmed for FS on OCt 8, 2019

 
Work Session with John Beck   October 2, 2018

TSC reported John Beck will do a Faculty Work Sessioin at the FS November 2018 meeting.  Scheduling conflicts arose and he was to present at UC on November 20, 2018, but due to time restraints on other issses, he conducted the sesson to UC on 01-22-19.  The list of "Asks/Actions" formulated at the UC 01-22-19 meeting were presented to TSC on 2-12-19 and were sent to the BOT.  The lists were presented to UC on 02-26-19 under Chairperson's Remarks.  More details after minutes are available. List of Asks 

Lists of Asks
List of Actions
Info sent to BOT
University Committee on Curriculum Reports    

September 2017, Report presented and approved at FS on 9-12-17 and presented to UC as an info item on 9-12-17.

October 2017, Report presented and approved at FS on 10-10-17 and presented to UC as an info item on 10-17-17.

November 2017, Report presented and approved at FS on 11-14-17 and presented to UC as an info item on 11-28-17.

January 2018, Report presented and approved at FS on 1-16-18 and presented to UC as an info item on 1-23-18.

February 2018, Report presented and approved at FS on 2-20-18 and presented to UC as an info item on 2-27-18.

March 2018, Report presented and approved at FS on 3-20-18 and presented to UC as an info item on 3-27-18.

April 2018, Report presented and approved at FS on 4-17-18 and presented to UC as an info item on 4-24-18

September 12, 2017 (click on links)
Long Report
 
Short Report

October 10, 2017 (click on links)
Long Report
  Short Report

November 14, 2017 (click on links)
Long Report  Short Report        


January 16, 2018 (click on links)
Long Report  Short Report  

February 20, 2018 (click on links)
Long Report  Short Report

March 20, 2018 (click on links)
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April 17, 2018 (click on links)
Long Report   Short Report

      September 2018, Report presented and approved at FS on 9-11-18 and to UC on 9-18-18 as an information item. September 11, 2018 (click on links)
Long Report   Short Report
     

October 2018, Report presented and approved at FS on on 10-9-18 and presented to UC as an info item on 10-16-18.

 

November 2018, Report presented and approved at FS on 11-13-18 and to UC as an information item on 11-20-18.

October 9, 2018 (click on links)
Long Report   Short Report

 

November 13, 2018 (click on links)
Long Report    Short Report

      January 2019, Report presented and approved at FS on 1-15-19 and was presented to UC as an information item on 1-22-19. January 15, 2018 (click on links)
Long Report    Short Report
     

February 2019, Report presented and approved at FS on 2-19-19 and was presented to UC as an information item on 2-26-19.

February 19, 2019 (click on links)
Long Report    Short Report
     

March 2019, Report presented and approved at FS on 3-19-19 and was presented to UC as an information item on 3-26-19.

March 19, 2019 (click on links)
Long Report     Short Report

 

     

April 2019, Report presented and approved to FS on 4-16-19 and was presented to UC as an information item on 4-23-19.

April 16, 2019 (click on links)
Long Report    Short Report

     

September 2019, Report presented as an information item to FS on 09-10-19 and will be presented to UC as an information item on 09-17-19.

September 10, 2019 (Click on links)
Long Report     Short Report

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