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Taken by the
Senate Executive Committee
May 1, 2002
on the University's Emergency Energy Program for this summer.
There may be a need to limit air-conditioning during the hotest
days, as was the case last summer. Electric bills for 12 months
are based on the Univerity's consumption during peak periods.
Limiting air-conditioning and turning off air handlers for periods
of 30 minutes can save the University millions of dollars. He
urged faculty to contact their dean in advance if problems are
anticipated. He noted that it is hoped that the Report on Teaching
Evaluations will be available in the fall. The Minority Equity
Committee has received data and will finalize their plans in the
fall. Graduate student unionization is still under discussion
and at this point no vote has been taken. The Committee on the
Faculty's recommendations on the Gender Equity Report were enthusiastically
received by the administration.
Hackney extended thanks to Carolyn Burdon, executive assistant
to the Faculty Senate Chair, chairs of Senate committees, Sarah
Kagan, Past Secretary of the Faculty Senate, Edward Rubin, Secretary
of the Faculty Senate, Gerald Porter, Past Chair of the Faculty
Senate and Mitchell Marcus, Chair-elect of the Faculty Senate.
Past Chair's Report on Academic Planning and Budget Committee
and Capital Council.
Professor Gerald Porter stated that there was one meeting of the
Academic Planning and Budget Committee since the last SEC meeting.
At that meeting, held on April 23, Omar Blaik, Vice President
for Facilities and Real Estate Services, reviewed the FY03 Capital
Plan. The final meeting of the committee for this academic year
is scheduled for May 7. There is a meeting of Capital Council
scheduled for May 31.
Faculty Liaisons to Trustee Committees.
Professor Porter, faculty liaison to the Trustee Committee on
Budget and Finance, described changes that will be made beginning
this month to improve communications between faculty and trustees.
Task Force on Retirement.
Provost Barbara Lowery announced that this was a preliminary report.
Professor Jerry Rosenbloom outlined the proposed recommendations
growing out of the year-long work of the task force.
Proposed Revised Procedures Regarding Misconduct in Research.
Professor Vincent Price presented the report of the Senate Committee
on the Faculty (see report
and procedures in this issue). He reminded SEC that several
revisions were reviewed by the Faculty Senate, dating back to
1997. The Committee on the Faculty believes the latest revision
is a fair and sensible approach within the Federal guidelines
that retains the rights of the respondent, the University and
confidentiality. Several SEC members expressed concern that there
had been no review of the proposed revised procedures by the Senate
Committee on Academic Freedom and Responsibility.
was moved and seconded that the Senate Executive Committee endorse
the Proposed Revised Procedures Regarding Misconduct in Research
[dated April 15, 2002], pending review by the Senate Committee
on Academic Freedom and Responsibility. The motion was adopted
by an overwhelming majority. Faculty Senate Chair-elect Marcus
said he will ask SCAFR to expedite their review.
Proposed Revised Policy for Postdoctoral Fellows.
Committee on Administration Chair Dennis Yao noted that SEC had
referred the policy back to committee to consider whether the
expanded policy applied to postdoctoral fellows in the humanities.
The Provost's Council on Research recommended and the Senate Committee
on Administration concurred that the proposal be cut back to the
original scope, that is, for the physical, biological, health
sciences and engineering. Concern about the requirement that all
research materials must remain at the University in the event
a postdoctoral fellow leaves has been revised so that this is
negotiated on an individual basis. The revision also broadens
Yao moved adoption of the proposal [dated April 24, 2002] (in
this issue). The motion was seconded and adopted unanimously.
Report of the Senate Committee on Administration.
Yao drew attention to the annual report (in
this issue), emphasizing the section on the Cost of Research.
The Provost's ongoing study of the matter presents an opportunity
for the faculty to institutionalize a review of the issue, to
form a partnership with the Provost, to provide input, and report
to the faculty.
David Hackney turned the chair over to Professor Marcus.
Mitchell Marcus took office as Chair of the Faculty Senate. He
thanked Carolyn Burdon for her 30 years of service, noting that
she is the heart and soul of the Faculty Senate.
Election of Four SEC Members to the Council Steering Committee.
were made and ballots were circulated.
Chair of the Senate Committee on the Economic Status of the Faculty.
Professor Eric Bradlow was reappointed chair of the committee.
Optional June 5, 2002 meeting.
It was agreed to cancel the June meeting.