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SENATE From the Senate Office

The following is published in accordance with the Faculty 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 Kristine Kelly, either by telephone at (215) 898-6943 or by e-mail at

Senate Executive Committee Actions
Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Approval of Minutes. SEC approved the minutes of the special meeting of the Faculty Senate and the Meeting of SEC held on May 4, 2004.

Chair's Report. Faculty Senate Chair Charles Mooney reported to the Senate Executive Committee (SEC) that the Senate Chairs attended their first University Council Steering Committee meeting with the President, Interim Provost, Student Leaders, and Staff Representatives. The Senate Chairs also met with the Council of Deans to update the Deans on the work of the Senate Executive Committee and University Council.

Past Chair's Report on Academic Planning and Budget and Capital Council. Past Chair Lance Donaldson-Evans reported that he attended the first Capital Council meeting, and also Academic Planning & Budget (AP&B). He reminded the Executive Committee that he is bound by a confidentiality agreement not to discuss the work of AP&B outside of the committee.

Patent Policy Update. Patent Policy Committee Chair Andrew Binns presented to SEC a revised version of the Patent Policy, which was approved last May. The Deans did not have the opportunity to review the policy before it was presented to SEC and, therefore, a new final version was drafted.  Professor Binns explained that the major change was in the presentation of the consulting section, and summarized the revised section. Professor Binns highlighted a major change in the section regarding waivers and explained that the request for a waiver would go directly to the relevant Dean rather than first to the director of the Center for Technology Transfer.  SEC approved the policy as revised.

Update with Peter Conn, Interim Provost. Interim Provost Peter Conn updated SEC on the administration's plans for the academic year. He then asked if there were any issues of concern that members of SEC would like to share with him. Topics discussed included the policy of paying faculty salaries through their grants, and the staffing and outreach efforts of counseling and psychological services (CAPS) for students.

Association of Emeritus Faculty. Senate Chair Charles Mooney updated SEC on the creation of the Association of Emeritus Faculty.  Walter Wales met with the Senate Chairs to discuss the creation of the Association and to inquire about the use of office space. SEC agreed that the Association could use an office of the Faculty Senate until permanent placement can be made available. 

SEC Members and Nominations for Senate Nominating Committee, Faculty Senate Committee on Committees and University Council Committee on Committees. SEC began the task of recommendations and nominations for the 2004-05 elections. Professor Mooney provided SEC with background on all the Senate and Council Committees.

2004-05 Faculty Senate Committee Charges. SEC reviewed and approved the 2004-05 Senate Committee Charges.



  Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 5, September 28, 2004


September 28, 2004
Volume 51 Number 5


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