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Executive Committee Actions
May 5, 2004
Faculty Senate Executive Committee proposed to amend the
Rules of the Faculty Senate to establish a new Standing
Committee on Faculty Development, Diversity and Equity.
The amendment was voted on and unanimously passed.
Executive Committee Meeting
Report. Faculty Senate Chair Lance Donaldson-Evans
reviewed the accomplishments of SEC and its committees
for the past academic year. Professor Donaldson-Evans
thanked those members who were rotating off of SEC and
Senate Chairs Mitch Marcus and Chuck Mooney for their
support and counsel during his tenure as chair.
Chair's Report on Academic Planning & Budget and
Capital Council. Past Chair Mitch Marcus informed
SEC that Academic Planning and Budget discussed the Middle
States Evaluation and that it is available for viewing
on the web at www.upenn.edu/almanac/v50/n29/education.html.
Policy Committee Report. Committee Chair Professor
Andrew Binns presented the revised Patent and Tangible
Research Property Policies. SEC approved the revised
patent policy after amending the language contained in
the section pertaining to the Rules Governing the University
Research Foundation Share. The new language incorporates
the following sentence: "The Provost will release periodic
reports describing the use of these funds."
Committee on Administration Report. Committee Chair
Professor Mark Tykocinski presented the revised Policy
for Postdoctoral Fellows at the University of Pennsylvania.
The policy was approved after it was agreed to that the
term "days" as it pertains to sick leave and new child
leave would be changed to "work days."
Tykocinski also presented the revised Faculty Handbook
Language for the Policy on Extension of the Probationary
Periods that Apply to Granting of Tenure or Promotion to
Associate Professor. After a lengthy discussion about the
inclusion of the domestic partner benefits policy with
regard to adoptions, SEC agreed that the document needed
to go back to committee for further review.
Committee Report. Senate Chair Lance Donaldson-Evans
read the names on the slate of the Nominating Committee
and thanked the committee for their hard work.
Business. Faculty Senate Chair Charles Mooney discussed
his plans for the Senate Executive Committee in the coming
requested that the Senate Chairs discuss the final report
of the Rui DiSilva incident with the President and Provost.
The Committee feels that they did not get a clear explanation
of the events surrounding this particular incident.
SEC would like a Senate Committee to investigate the use
of Academic Summer Camps on campus that are created without
any faculty input.