COUNCIL 1996-97 Year End Reports
With the publication of these committee reports (pages 5 through 8), the University Council has completed the publication of the Year-End Reports for 1996. Three of those below are scheduled for discussion at the December 3 meeting: Recreation & Intercollegiate Athletics, Safety & Security, and Student Affairs.
The December meeting features Dr. Stanley Chodorow's State of the University Report and an Update by Executive Vice President John Fry. The meeting is held from 4 to 6 p.m. in McClelland Hall, the Quad, and is open to observers, who are to call the Office of the Secretary, 898-7005, to register their interest in attending.
1. The Disability Board met once as a Committee
on 8/8/96 to review the purpose of the Committee. The broad charge to the
committee as printed in the University Council Bylaws reads:
2. Here are some statistics (available from differing time periods):
--Janet A. Deatrick, Chair
Disability Board, 1996-97
The committee held four meetings during the 1996-97 academic year. The only complaint before the committee was that of Mr. Paul Lukasiak regarding the A-3 Assembly election process in the Fall of 1996. The committee considered Mr. Lukasiak's complaint and both met with him and called as a witness Ms. Karen Wheeler, the Chair of the A-3 Assembly. After thorough consideration the committee concluded:
During July, 1997 Mr. Lukasiak contacted Dr. Steiner via email concerning another alleged infringement of his freedom of expression. At that time Dr. Steiner had completed his term as Chair and directed Mr. Lukasiak to refer his complaint to the new Committee.
--Peter Steiner, Chair
Open Expression Committee, 1996-97
The Personnel Benefits Committee had an unusual year. Since the Benefits Redesign Process pre-empted the usual activities of the PBC for most of the year, the only actions of the PBC during the year were our review of the Benefits Redesign proposals issued in February, and our evaluation of the proposals and the process. Below, we present our analysis of the proposals produced by the Benefits Redesign process. We include suggestions for further changes in the benefits offered at the University, as well as suggestions for improvements in the redesign process. The substance of the report was published in Almanac, Volume 43 Number 25, March 11, 1997.
The PBC prepared a set of propositions covering the possible responses to the propositions and, after as extensive discussion as time permitted, we voted on each proposition. We were unable to arrive at unanimous opinions on any issue. Therefore, we report below the votes on each proposition.
|% Yes||% No||Abst||% Yes||% No||Abst|
--David B. Hackney, Chair
Personnel Benefits Committee 1996-97
Chair: David Hackney (radiology) Faculty: Patrician Danzon (health care system) Charles E. Dwyer (GSE) Carl Polsky (accounting) Gerald Porter (mathematics) Curtis Reitz (law) Jerry Rosenbloom (insurance) Sheldon Rovin (dental) Administration: Rachel Cogan (Wharton) Lois McNamara (GSE) Rosemary Byrd Meecham (law) A-3: Sarah McLaurin (Ofc of the Secretary) Patricia Noel-Reid (microbio) Students: Sherri Lauver Ex officio: Alfred Beers (comptroller) Clint Davidson (v pres human resources) John J. Heuer (dir human resources) Al Johnson (asst mgr, benefits counseling) Barbara Lowery (assoc provost) Fina Maniaci (asst mgr benefits acctg)
The University Council Committee on Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics (CRIA) held six meetings during the year. Major topics discussed were:
(1) The Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletic's (DRIA) new Mission Statement and Strategic Plan as presented by Athletic Director Steve Bilsky.
(2) The beginning of the reorganization of the DRIA Recreation Division program as presented by the newly appointed Director of Recreation, Mike Diorka.
(3) The NCAA re-certification of Penn's Intercollegiate Athletic Program as presented by Senior Associate Athletic Director, Carolyn Schlie-Femovich.
DRIA Strategic Plan
Mr. Bilsky indicated the importance to Penn of improving existing recreational and intercollegiate athletic facilities and of constructing new facilities such as a multi-purpose fieldhouse, all of which will require significant fund raising efforts.
Reorganization of the DRIA Recreation Program
An outside consulting firm, with extensive input from focus groups representing appropriate and important campus constituencies, was in the process of surveying the present recreational program and will soon make recommendations for its improvement. Mr. Diorka noted that input from students and Wharton cohort groups had been particularly helpful in the survey process. The completed survey and the recreation division's proposed reorganization plans will be discussed by CRIA during the coming academic year.
During discussions of the recreational program, Mr. Diorka made the following key points:
CRIA also had a preliminary discussion related to the question of what is the basic recreation program that should be prepaid and opened to the University community at large. The concept of selling passbooks and/or instituting a declining balance system for recreational facility usage was mentioned. These discussions will continue during the '97-'98 academic year.
NCAA Re-Certification of Penn's Intercollegiate
CRIA was kept apprised of the progress of the NCAA re-certification process, which began in February, 1996, sought widespread input from various Penn constituencies, produced Self-Study draft and final reports, and culminated with a four day (April 1-4, 1997) site visit of Penn by an NCAA Peer-Review Team.
The final draft of the Self-Study report was read and discussed by CRIA. The final Self-Study report was approved by CRIA. Both the NCAA site-visit team and CRIA found Penn's Intercollegiate Athletic Program well-integrated into the academic programs of the campus. The complete NCAA Peer-Review Team's report and the final NCAA Re-Certification report, when made available to CRIA, will be discussed during the coming academic year. Particular attention will be directed by CRIA towards DRIA intercollegiate athletic program issues, which the Self- Study and the final NCAA Re-Certification reports identify as in need of improvement and their resolution within the stated time-tables.
--Peter Hand, Chair
1996-97 Committee on Recreation and Intercollegiate
Chair: Peter Hand (animal biology/vet) Faculty: Steven Galetta (neurol/med), Stephen Gluckman (infectious diseases), Alan Heston (Economics), Stephen Hoch (marketing), Donald Morgan (otorhino), Cynthia Scalzi (nursing),Perry Stafford (ped/med); Administration: Erika Gross (risk mgmt), Jennifer Wollman (alumni relations); A-3: Walter Benjamin (admissions) Shelton Mercer (telecomm) Alumni: Gay Lacy, Hunter Lott (asst dev ofcr, athletics); Students: Larry Kamin (C '98), Mark Lubow (C'98), Lawrence Pace (W '98), Gloria Suen (WhG); Ex officio: Steve Bilsky (dir div rec & intercoll athletics), Larry Moneta (associate VPUL),Willis Stetson (dean of admissions)
The Safety & Security Committee met eight times during the 1996-97 year. This included a joint meeting with the Community Relations Committee convened January 28. Topics addressed during the year included the following:
1. Semiautomatic pistols for University Police: the major debate on this issue occurred during the 1995-96 meetings. The final report was approved by the Committee at the October, 1996 meeting and then presented to Council by Dr. Kennedy.
2. Committee members Maureen Rush and Scott Reikofski arranged presentation of the Bittenbinder crime prevention program and subsequent distribution of the videotape.
3. The committee initiated the joint meeting with Community Relations to gauge community members' feelings on violence and the University's role in preventing/ responding to it.
4. The committee received information that international students are involved in many of the automobile/pedestrian accidents on campus, apparently due to traffic patterns differing from their home countries. In response to these concerns, the Office of International Programs was contacted to provide representation on the committee.
5. Partly in response to The Philadelphia Inquirer's articles on college crime statistics, the committee looked into how Penn does in fact report those statistics. The committee concluded that the current reports are comprehensive and available.
6. Committee members Barbara Cassel and Courtney Fine surveyed via e-mail 2000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to learn their perceptions of crime at Penn. The goals were to inform the committee of students' awareness of available resources and to contribute to short term and long-term security measures.
7. The Committee debated and supported the president and UPPD's initiatives in response to the series of crimes in the fall, specifically: strategic University security initiatives, e.g. the 40th Street Project; tactical initiatives e.g. video cameras, cellular emergency phones, hiring of new police officers and Spectaguard officers, public safety expo; regulations for after-hours parking in University lots.
8. The bicycle safety subcommittee was reimplemented. Due to a perceived need for expertise of this type, Professor Ponzy Lu, an avid cyclist, was invited to become a member of the committee and lead this subcommittee.
9. Michele Goldfarb, student dispute resolution center, was asked to become a member of the committee.
--Sean Kennedy, Chair
Committee on Safety and Security, 1996-97
Chair: Sean Kennedy (anesthesia/med) Faculty: Alan Heston (econ), John Lepore (civil systems), Noam Lior (mech engr), Jerry Prince (romance lang), Alvin Rubinstein (pol sci), Karen Winey (materials science), Gail Yarnell (restorative dentistry) Administration: John DeLong (student finan svcs), Donna Di Scullo (nursing) A-3: Betty Thomas (SFS) Students: Jonathan Brightbill (Wh '97), Courtney Fine (Col '99), Dore Preston (GSAS), John William (med) Ex officio: Jeanne Arnold (dir African Am Res Ctr), Barbara Cassel (Aooist VPUL), Christopher Dennis (dir housing & res life), Elena Di Lapi (dir Penn Women's Ctr), Robert Furniss (dir Trans & Parking), James Miller (dir Fire & Occup Safety), Scott Reikofski (acting dir Frat/Soror Affairs), Maureen Rush (dir police operations), Thomas Seamon (mg dir public safety).
The Student Affairs Committee (SAC) met 8 times during the academic year. The first two meetings were primarily informational in nature, including a review of agenda items from past years, and a discussion of the findings from the survey of incoming freshman at Penn.
It was decided that the SAC would focus on 3 topics pertaining to the quality of student life at Penn:
(1) monitoring the developing plans for residences, dining halls and recreation,
(2) considering the request of the United Minority Council for a seat on the University Council,
(3) gathering information about alcohol and substance abuse on campus.
During the fall semester, reports were presented on general plans to restructure living, dining and recreational facilities at Penn. The SAC generally concurred with the vision and direction of these reforms, particularly with plans for upgrading the physical plant, and for offering students more choices for dining and recreation. The SAC also offered to serve as a forum for discussing specific details of the plans when they became available.
A joint meeting was held with the Pluralism Committee on December 17,1996. At that time, a resolution was considered and passed recommending that the University Council offer the United Minority Council a permanent seat on the Council.
The spring semester was devoted entirely to discussions about alcohol and substance abuse at Penn. Examining surveys of student alcohol and substance use, it is clear that Penn has a higher rate of binge drinking compared to other private colleges. Moreover, roughly 50% of students at Penn report having been adversely affected by students engaging binge drinking. The SAC heard from representatives of the Health Education Center about their efforts to reduce alcohol and substance abuse on campus, primarily through peer educators. It also heard testimony from resident advisers, faculty and students regarding the patterns of student alcohol and drug use. A number of themes emerged from these presentations, including:
Despite these alarming indicators, there is also evidence that efforts to reduce underage drinking on campus have been somewhat successful, as evidenced by:
A wide spectrum of opinion was expressed regarding the role that the University should play with respect to student behaviors surrounding alcohol and drug use. Some on the committee favored a minimalist approach while others argued for a more vigorous enforcement of existing policies regarding drinking and drug use. Despite these differences, the SAC was able to conclude its deliberations with the following recommendations to the Council and to the entire Penn community:
1. The problems of underage drinking and excessive (binge) drinking at Penn are real and need to be openly recognized and addressed. Data from a variety of sources (e.g. student surveys, ER records, police records, RA incident reports) should be collected regularly to quantify the nature and extent of these problems. Efforts to gather such information should be fiscally supported and centralized within one organization on campus, such as the Health Education Center.
2. Student culture at Penn promotes widespread alcohol consumption, and there is a permissive attitude on the part of administration and faculty regarding this culture. Greater efforts need to be directed at changing the prevailing pro-alcohol culture among students by promoting non-alcohol recreational activities, and by creating more opportunities for students to meet and socialize on campus in alcohol-free settings. Greater resources need to be allocated to build attractive gathering places for students, and to support student events and organizations which offer alternatives to alcohol consumption.
3. The admissions process, including tours of prospective students to the campus, should be reviewed to insure that the image of Penn as the "party Ivy" college is no longer promoted, and to select students who are more likely to abstain from drinking.
4. Freshman orientation should include a greater emphasis on drug and alcohol abuse prevention. Books (e.g. Drinking - A Love Story; by Caroline Knapp), movies, TV shows and other educational materials should be formally introduced during orientation. Peer education sessions should be provided throughout the freshman year to reinforce these messages. Furthermore, sustained efforts should be made to monitor drinking among freshmen, and to intervene consistently and directly when such behavior is identified.
5. The relative lack of enforcement of University policies on drinking and drug use is a serious concern which the Council needs to address. Mechanisms for improving the enforcement of these policies should be identified and implemented. Measures for responding to students whose drinking behavior is harmful to themselves or is disruptive (or harmful) to others need to be fairly and consistently applied.
6. It is time to bring all members of the Penn community together to take a close and serious look at this very difficult and sticky problem which is hurting many students and which is detracting from the quality of life at our institution. There must be a renewed commitment among all the constituencies at Penn to reduce the incidence of student underage and binge drinking as well as drug use. To this end, the work of the Drug and Alcohol Task Force should be disseminated and discussed throughout the entire University community.
In the coming academic year, the Student Affairs Committee intends to continue in its mission to monitor the quality of student life at Penn. Priority areas include ongoing monitoring of the plans for housing, dining and recreation, and discussing ways to implement the recommendations regarding alcohol and drug use on campus.
--Anthony Rostain, Chair
Student Affairs Committee 1996-97
Chair: Anthony Rostain (psychiatry) Faculty: William Ball (psychiatry) William Graham (materials science) Alan Charles Kors (history) Maureen Marcenko (social work) Jeremy McInerney (classical studies); Administration: Carla Armbrister (residential living) Julie Cohen (CPPS) Students: Joe Becker (GSAS) Jonathan Brightbill (Wh '97) Ron Jenkins (Wh/C '98) Susie Lee (CAS '97) David Scott (Wh '98) Ex officio: William Gipson (University Chaplain) Tal Golomb (chair, UA) Larry Moneta (associate VPUL) Alex Welte (chair, GAPSA)