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Wednesday, October 18, 1995
1. Academic Planning and Budget Committee and Capital Council. Past Chair David Hildebrand reported that the committee has been considering a draft of a proposed stra-tegic plan. He urged SEC members to communicate any ideas they had on Penn's future either through him or the provost.
Capital Council approved a plan for substantial renovation of the Annenberg School for Communication.
2. Senate Nominating Committee. SEC voted for eight members from a slate of nominees. One SEC member will be elected to the committee at the next meeting.
3. Proposed Revised Judicial Charter. Extended discussion centered around whether lawyers should be involved in the process or internal advisors only and whether the student should be permitted to have an adviser and one who could speak for the student. Among other points raised were whether: the disciplinary hearing officer should be appointed by the Faculty Senate; hearing panels should be selected randomly; panel decisions that find a student not responsible for a violation should be final; limitations should be placed on the provost's ability to suspend, modify, or supersede the Charter; and whether the Charter should be separated from the Code of Academic Integrity.
SEC agreed that a subcommittee of SEC would propose revisions at the November SEC meeting. It was moved and adopted that "The Senate Executive Committee requests that the provost postpone a decision on the proposed revised Student Disciplinary System and Proposed Code of Academic Integrity pending receipt of Senate Executive Committee proposals that will be made following its November 8, 1995 meeting."
4. Informal Discussion with the Provost. Provost Chodorow stated that he would await the Senate Executive Committee's proposals on the Charter. He reported on progress of the 21st Century Project committees and charges and on plans for the Perelman Quadrangle.