of 2002-2003 University Council Resolutions and
and Administrative Actions
Taken on Them
"RESOLVED, 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 and resolution."
(University Council: May 8, 1974)
the 2002-2003 Academic Year
Council voted on proposed revisions to the University Council bylaws.
Council affirmatively voted to change all reference to the A-3
Assembly to the Weekly-Paid Professional Staff Assembly to reflect
the organization's new name. It also voted to change all
reference to A-1 staff members to representatives of the Penn Professional
Staff Assembly for consistency.
agreed to eliminate the following ex officio positions on the
following standing committees:
the director of the Penn Plan from Admissions and Financial Aid;
the directors of recreation, the Annenberg Center, Community Housing,
and the manager of WXPN-FM from Community Relations; the comptroller
from Personnel Benefits; the directors of Academic Support Programs
and the Office of International Programs from Pluralism; and the
dean of admissions from Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics.
agreed to add the following ex officio positions on the following
the director of Institutional Research and Analysis to Admissions
and Financial Aid; the vice president for Information Systems and
Computing to Communications; the associate provost to Personnel
Benefits; the chaplain and directors of the Office of Affirmative
Action and the Greenfield Intercultural Center to Pluralism; and
the director of Counseling and Psychological Services to Quality
of Student Life.
also agreed to eliminate graduate/professional student representation
and to restrict
undergraduate representation to seniors on Admissions and Financial
Aid; and reduce the number of graduate/professional student representation
from three to two on International Programs.
affirmatively voted to make corrections to minor changes to committee
names and mentions of committees no longer under Council's purview.
amendments were passed and officially were added to the bylaws.
Chair Diane Spatz presented a report of the Committee on Quality
of Student Life on proposed changes to the Fraternity/Sorority
Advisory Board (FSAB) Charter. The committee's recommendations
were intended to increase faculty involvement in the FSAB and to
expand the responsibilities of the FSAB to improve its effectiveness.
Council affirmatively voted to endorse the committee's recommendations.
Vice Provost for University Life Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum,
the board makes recommendations, enacted the committee's recommendations.
Chair Dennis Culhane presented the Committee on Pluralism's proposal
to adopt gender identity and gender expression in the University's
non-discrimination clause. Council affirmatively voted to endorse
the proposal and to recommend a mechanism for working out details
Gender identity was added to the University's Nondiscrimination
and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA) Chair Jeremy Korst
motioned to pass the following resolution concerning the Patriot
"University Council supports the
administration of the University
in its efforts to join the
administrations of other
colleges and universities
throughout the United States
in order to urge the executive
and legislative leaders of
the government of the United
States to work together to
monitor present and future
governmental actions in order
to ensure that freedom of speech is fully protected and
that the research and educational
missions of colleges and universities are not jeopardized. Areas
of concern include restrictions on who may do research using
certain biological materials, restrictions on the implementation
of the Freedom of Information Act with respect to academic research,
limitations on visas for foreign students and scholars, increased
monitoring of public and private communications, and the proposal
to broaden current security classifications to include areas
of sensitive information. University Council will remain
seized of this matter."
Council passed the resolution with a friendly amendment to change
the word "seized" to "involved."
Laird Kruhly, Secretary to University Council
Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 4, September 16, 2003