Report of the Steering Committee for
Due to the tragic events that occurred on September 11th, the
University canceled the scheduled University Council meeting. All
Penn community members were invited to attend a formal University
In accordance with the bylaws, Council selected and ranked focus
issues for the 2001-2002 academic year.
Council held a discussion on campus safety and security with
Vice President for Public Safety Maureen Rush.
Committees on Admissions and Financial Aid, and Recreation and Intercollegiate
Athletics presented 2000-2001 committee reports.
Provost for University Life Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum presented
a report to the President and Provost concerning services to students
In accordance with the bylaws, the president, the provost and
other administrators presented extended reports covering the state
of the University.
President Judith Rodin's annual State of the University
report focused on the restructuring of the Health System into Penn
Robert Barchi's annual State of the University report focused
on an update of the University's Strategic Plan.
Investment Officer Landis Zimmerman also gave an overview of the
state of the University's endowment.
Council held its annual open forum with speakers and discussion
on the University's financial commitment to resource centers
within the context of the Strategic Plan; a proposed policy for
A-3 employees to attend Council and Council committee meetings;
the inclusion of transgender people in the University non-discrimination
policies; the unavailability of Student Activities Council funds
for groups of a religious nature; and ensuring the needs of Penn
Dining employees in the language of the new dining contract. Speakers
were either directed to appropriate resources immediately, or assured
their issues would be taken up in Steering and/or appropriate Council
committees in the near future.
Council heard reports on the Faculty Gender Equity Study, a
review of the Policy on Privacy in the Electronic Environment by
the Committee on Communications, and follow-up on the Task Force
on Privacy of Personal Information.
Council heard an update on Greeks in the 21st Century by the
three major Greek organizations--Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic
Council, and Bi-cultural Intergreek Council--and procedures
for submitting complaints on police conduct.
In accordance with the bylaws, President Rodin and Provost Barchi
presented extended reports on budgets and plans for the next academic
heard a presentation on recent campus developments in the context
of the Campus Development Plan and a report on the interaction between
diverse groups on campus.
The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly presented its
Committees on Bookstores, Communications, Community Relations, International
Programs, Personnel Benefits, Quality of Student Life, Recreation
and Intercollegiate Athletics, and Safety and Security presented
2001-2002 committee reports.
accordance with the bylaws, Council held a preliminary discussion
of focus issues to be discussed in the 2002-2003 academic year.
Laird Kruhly, Secretary to the Steering Committee
Council Resolutions and Recommendations and Administrative
Actions Taken on Them
that at the first fall meeting of the Council, the Secretary
shall distribute to the Council the actions of Council
passed during the previous academic year, including
a list of all recommendations and resolutions, the implementation
of which would require administrative action. The president
or the provost shall indicate what action they have
taken or plan to take with respect to each recommendation
(University Council: May 8, 1974)
from the 2001-2002 Academic Year
resolutions were proposed for Academic Year 2001-2002.
Laird Kruhly, Secretary to University Council
Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 6, October 1, 2002