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SENATE From the Senate Office

The following statement is published in accordance with the Senate Rules. Among other purposes, the publication of SEC actions is intended to stimulate discussion among the constituencies and their representatives. Please communicate your comments to Executive Assistant Kristine Kelly, Box 12, College Hall/6303, (215) 898-6943 or

Actions Taken by the Senate Executive Committee

Wednesday, September 18, 2002

1. Chair's Report. Professor Mitchell Marcus reported that new officers were published in Almanac on September 3, 2002. The Chair then discussed agenda items for the coming year, summarizing his Welcome message in Almanac, also on September 3, 2002. Professor Marcus informed the Committee that both the President and Provost are scheduled to attend SEC meetings throughout the year. It was suggested that Committee members forward possible topics for discussion with the President and Provost to Kristine Kelly at

2. Past Chair's Report on Academic Planning and Budget Committee and Capital Council. Professor David Hackney reported that there has been one meeting of the Academic Planning and Budget Committee this semester. For Capital Council, Professor Hackney provided background information on the Council, and informed the Committee that three meetings have already been held. He emphasized that the deliberations of both groups are largely confidential, and that therefore his reports would be limited.

3. Social Science Institutional Review Board. Professor Larry Gross, Co-chair of the Working Group on Human Subjects Research in the Sociobehavioral Sciences, presented the working group's report. Professor Marcus inquired about next steps. Professor Gross explained that the report was published For Comment in Almanac on September 3, 2002, and requested that any comments and/or suggestions be forwarded to Vice Provost for Research Neal Nathanson. After the For Comment period ends, Professor Gross is hopeful that the administration will move to implement the group's proposals. Professor Marcus also suggested that Professor Gross be copied on comments forwarded to the Vice Provost for Research.

4. Retirement Task Force. Professor Jerry Rosenbloom, Co-Chair of the Retirement Task Force, presented the Task Force's final proposal. Professor Rosenbloom provided background on the committee's origins and discussed the committee's recommendations, which are outlined in its report, published in Almanac on September 10, 2002. Professor Marcus explained that the Retirement Task Force Report will now be sent to the Senate Committee on Administration for its review, and then forwarded to the Senate Executive Committee for approval.

5. Privacy. Lauren Steinfeld, Chief Privacy Officer, and Rick Whitfield, Vice President for Audit and Compliance, presented the University's current initiatives on privacy and future planned efforts.

6. New Business. There was no new business at this time.

  Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 6, October 1, 2002