ACADEMIC SENATE MINUTES
January 6, 2014
Call to Order
The regular meeting of the Academic Senate, held on January 6, 2014, was called to order at 3:03 p.m. by Allyson Mower, Senate President. The meeting was held in room 1750 Health Sciences Education Building.
Present: David Ailion, McKay Allred, Orly Alter, Chrisoula Andreou, A.K. Balaji, Tim Benvegnu, Lyda Bigelow, Kelly Bricker, Nilufer Cagatay, Kate Canas, Tully Cathey, Marjorie Chan, Thomas Cheatham, Marcus Chen, Mary Ann Christison, John Conboy, Robin Craig, David Dinter, Randy Dryer, Florence Fernandez, Francis Friedrich, Caren Frost, Sabine Fuhrmann, Disa Gambera, Jennifer Garvin, William Gershan, Stephen Goldsmith, Franz Goller, Joan Gregory, Gary Grikscheit, Thad Hall, Glen Hanson, Michael Harris, Mary Elizabeth Hartnett, Leanne Hawken, Tom Henderson, David Hill, Robert Hitchcock, Michelle Hofmann, Lynn Hollister, Jared Hurdman, Thunder Jalili, Anne Jamison, Peter Jensen, Xan Johnson, William Johnson, Bradley Katz, Evert Lawton, Uri Loewenstein, John Longino, Gary Lowder, William Lowrance, Ross Marabella, Erminia Martinez, Jannah Mather, Sandra McIntryre, Duncan Metcalfe, Meredith Metzger, Jill Moriearty, Alfred Mowdood, Patricia Murphy, Ingrid Nygaard, Sam Ortiz, Patrick Panos, Janiece Pompa, Christina Porucznik, M. Pollie Price, Bruce Quaglia, Mariana Ramiro, Reva Rauk, Lorie Richards, Steve Roens, Gerald Root, Jody Rosenblatt, Clough Shelton, Debra Simmons, Gregory Smoak, John Paul Soares, David Stevenson, Li Wang, Rachel Wootton, Joanne Yaffe, Jingyi Zhu
Absent: Peter Alfeld, Keith Bartholomew, Michael Blomgren, William Crowley, Sierra Debenham, Kevin DeLuca, Alison Denyer, Justin Diggle, Maria Dobozy, Megan Dolle, Xiao Fang, Ole Fischer, Michael Gardner, Luke Garrott, Jordan Gerton, Michael Hawkins, Rachel Hayes-Harb, Amy Johnas, Christian Johnson, Lori Kowaleski-Jones, Raina Mahanes, Theresa Martinez, Ashley McMullin, Heather Melton, Dragan Milicic, A. Chris Nelson, Wanda Pillow, Marlene Plumlee, Stephanie Richardson, Gary Rose, Paul Shami, Taylor Thurman
Excused: Vivian Lee
Ex-officio: Steve Alder, Carrie Byington, Robert Flores, Robert Fujinami, Harriet Hopf, Paul Mogren, Allyson Mower, David Pershing, Ruth Watkins, Amy Wildermuth
Excused with Proxy: Balamurali Ambati for Bradley Katz, Lynda Oderda for Brandon Jennings, Tom Richmond for Joel Miller, Martha Glenn for Paul Shami, Therèse de Raedt for Matthew Potolsky
Others: Maureen Condic
Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the Academic Senate meeting on December 2, 2013, received no objections.
Request for New Business
No new business
The resignations retirements, and faculty and administrator appointments dated January 6, 2014, received no objections and will be forward to the Board of Trustees.
Executive Committee Report
Steve Alder, Academic Senate President-elect, provided a summary of the Executive Committee meeting held December 16, 2013.
Report from Administration
David Pershing welcomed the Career-line Senators to the Academic Senate. The construction on the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts and Education Complex is scheduled to be completed this month. This will be the new home of the College of Education and the Tanner Dance Program. Construction continues on the S. J. Quinney College of Law building and the Oral Health Sciences Building. The Infrastructure upgrade construction continues and is currently working along 1900 east to the School of Medicine.
The Legislative session begins January 27th. The number one priority for the U this year is faculty and staff compensation. Other priorities include mission-based funding, infrastructure, Huntsman Cancer Institute Phase IV, and funding for the Crocker Science Center.
A new student financial aid campaign will begin this spring and will focus on four types of students; students that are just below the threshold to receive honor scholarships, students within 30 hours of graduation, poverty level students and transfer students. The U is continuing to look at scholarship opportunities for graduate students.
Martin Luther King Jr. celebration will take place January 16 – 23. The week events will include Sybrina Fulton (Mother of Trayvon Martin), March for Youth, Cultural Performance by Joaquin Zihuatanejo, and keynote address by Marc Lamont Hill. All events are free but tickets are required for the keynote address.
Report from ASUU
Sam Ortiz, ASUU President, gave an update to the Academic Senate. Geek week was held December 8- December 20th in conjunction with Marriott Library, Union Programming Council, Peak, USA Today, and The New York Times. It was another great event to help support our students. The first meeting of the PAC 12 Student Leaders Summit will be held at the University of Utah January 23 – 25. As the first school to hold this type of event within the Pac-12, the summit will allow students to share ideas, initiatives and challenges to improve collaboration and leadership. The Conference on Social Awareness will be held on January 25th. This year’s conference will feature keynote speaker M. Teresa Walsh.
Notice of Intent
No Items on Notice of Intent
The proposal for Revised Policy 7-013: Copyright Policy: Copying of Copyrighted Works was presented by Julio Facelli of the Library Policy Advisory Committee and Michelle Ballantyne of the General Counsel’s office. Reasons for updating this policy included: updated to reflect current practices in the digital information age, incorporate fair use and fair use documentation, broadens application to academic use and not just classroom use, requires fair use documentation, removes specific references to amount of copies, and removes references to spontaneity. Revisions to the policy have been reviewed by General Counsel, presented to Library Policy Advisory Committee, Academic Policy Advisory Committee, and the Institutional Policy Committee (IPC). All committees voted in favor of the proposed changes. IPC had recommended that the University Librarian act as Policy Owner and the President act as Policy Officer, however it was subsequently determined that the Senior Vice President will be assigned as the Policy Officer. The motion to approve and forward to the Board of Trustees was made by Joanne Yaffe and seconded by Xan Johnson. Motion passed with one abstention.
The Proposal for Certificate in Big Data will be moved to the February Academic Senate Agenda.
Senate Policy 6-002 second phase revisions were presented by Robert Fujinami and Robert Flores on behalf of the Executive Committee. These policy revisions are part of the second phase of the project, the first which was approved in Spring 2013. This second phase is primarily to integrate Career-line faculty into membership of the Senate’s standing committees and to update and clarify other parts of 6-002 regarding structure and process of the Senate. All Senate standing committees are renamed to include “Senate” within the names. One of the troubling aspects of the existing 6-002 is the massive length due to it currently housing descriptions of procedures for Academic Freedom and Faculty Rights Committee and the Consolidated Hearing Committee. The proposal includes two new Policies to house contents being moved out of 6-002, with lengthy descriptions of detailed procedures for dispute investigations and hearings, which are moved but not significantly changed (6-010 Academic Freedom and Faculty Rights, 6-011 Consolidated Hearing Committee). These changes will take effect May 2014. The motion to approve Revisions of Policies 6-002, 6-305, and new Policies 6-010, 6-011 and forward to the Board of Trustees was made by Thad Hall and seconded by Joanne Yaffe. Motion passed unanimously.
The SAFE Campaign Update will be moved to the February Academic Senate Meeting.
The following items were accepted by the Academic Senate and will be forward to the Board of Trustees:
- Graduate Council Review Department of Operations and Information Systems
- Graduate Council Review Department Finance
- Graduate Council Review Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
- John R. Park Teaching Fellowship for 2013
Meeting adjourned at 3:42 p.m. following a motion from Sam Ortiz and a second from Rachel Wootton.