CCSU Faculty Senate

Minutes—March 12, 2001

Founders Hall  3:00 PM

Members Present: Abadiano, Altieri, Austad, Baratta, Benfield, Blitz, Braverman, Carter-Lowery, Chasse, Chen, Cohen, Conway, Crundwell, Cueto, Fried, Garcia, Gendron, Hager, Halkin, Harmon, Hermes, Jackson, Jones, Larose, Leake, Lemaire, Martin, Martin-Troy, Markov, McCarthy, Merriman, Morales, Moran, Petrauch, Phillips, Rohinsky, Sarisley, Stoneback, Talit, Tenney, Thornton, Walo, Wolff.

Ex-Officio Members Present: V.P Bartelt, Deans Whitford, Higgins, Miller and Kremens, E. Demos (Ex. Asst to Pres.) P. Lemma (Grad. Studies) L. Deane (Univ. Council), Carolyn Magnon, (Employment and Labor Attny).

Guests: Paul Petterson, (Chair, Curriculum Committee), Francis Keefe (Advising center), K. Pirog, Tim Crane (Chair, Math), George Claffey (MIS), Matthew Warshauer, Norton Mezvinsky (Both History), Steven Cox (Chair Grad Studies),

Meeting was called to order by President Best at 3.10 p.m. in DiLoreto 001.

I. Approval of Minutes of 02/12/01

Secretary Benfield noted that there had been a change to the minutes as previously distributed. This change was now on the web and approval must be considered in the light of these changes (more accuracy in the BOT report as presented by V.P. Abadiano). The previous minutes read:

Sen. Abadiano indicated that this report has been accepted by the legislature and was desirous of members recognizing some significant issues in this report particularly:

    • The Association of American Colleges and Universities recognize CCSU as one of the 16 leadership institutions of greater expectations in the nation.

It will now read (Changes in Italics):

Sen. Abadiano indicated that this report has been accepted by the legislature. Period inserted.

She was also desirous of members recognizing some other significant issues in the Presidents report:

    • The Association of American Colleges and Universities recognize CCSU as one of the 16 leadership institutions of greater expectations in the nation. Etc.

Motion to approve Minutes
Martin-Troy/Carter-Lowery
Approved Unanimously

II. Announcements

    1. AAUP Report. Sen. Austad

       Indicated that table talk was to be on the e-mail that afternoon. There were two major issues that were emerging namely:

      1. The desire by the administration to eradicate the P/T cap.
      2. The issue of workload.

      …Negotiations continue

    2. Sen. Benfield indicted that a response to Senate Resolution FS-00-13-4 (Day off in Fall Semester) had been received from President Judd. It reads:

I have noted the resolution regarding the day off in the fall semester. Please be informed that both the AAUP and the management collective Bargaining Negotiations groups are aware of the concern of some of their membership regarding this issue. As it is a matter of system wide negotiation, Central Connecticut State University may not unilaterally deviate from the academic calendar

Initialed by Dr Judd 2/12/01

III. Elections

Sen. Braverman circulated a list of positions to be filled:

Go to: positions

IV. Senate Committee Reports

a. Curriculum Committee-Paul Petterson

The following report was presented:

 Go to: curriculum

  1. Old Business
    1. Ms. Kathy Pirog presented the following report that has, as its basis, the Department of Athletic Training’s accrediting authority requiring certain changes in the Athletic Training program’s admission procedures in order to keep accreditation.

Go to: Athletic Training

 Sen. Wolfe: Has this been before the Academic Standards Committee?

Sen. Benfield: Yes and it was passed unanimously.

 Motion to approve change in Admission Policies of Athletic Training Department

Fried/Wolfe

Carried Unanimously

VII. New Business

    1. Sen. Altieri presented the following report:

      The Committee on Committees recommends the acceptance of the bylaws for the Committee on Information Technology (the CIT). The CIT is currently a Faculty Senate ad hoc Committee. During the course of this semester, the members of the CIT finalized their bylaws (attached) that describe the form and function of the committee. The Committee on Committee recommends (1) that the Faculty Senate accepts the CIT bylaws and (2) that the Faculty Senate designates the CIT a Standing Committee of the Faculty

      Sen. Martin-Troy: Given the difficulty of elections in such matters would it not make more sense to have the elections by school (like academic Standards for example)?

      Sen. Altieri: Yes, this would appear to have great merit.

      Motion to approve report of Committee on Committees (See attached By-laws) with the change that schools nominate members

Lemaire/Larose
Unanimous

    b. Degrees’ confirmation: December graduation

The following Motions were introduced:

…That the faculty Senate approves the candidates from the School of Arts and Sciences in the December 2000 graduation lists for the degrees of B.A, B.S and B.F.A subject to satisfactory completion of all requirements

Dean Higgins

…That the faculty Senate approves the candidates from the School of Technology in the December 2000 graduation lists for the degrees of B.S, M.S subject to satisfactory completion of all requirements

Dean Kremens

…That the faculty Senate approves the candidates from the School of Business in the December 2000 graduation lists for the degrees of B.S subject to satisfactory completion of all requirements

Dean Millar

…That the faculty Senate approves the candidates from the School of Education in the December 2000 graduation lists for the degrees of B.S, and M.S subject to satisfactory completion of all requirements

Dean Whitford

…That the faculty Senate approves the candidates from the School of Graduate Studies in the December 2000 graduation lists for the degrees of M.A. M.Sc. and Six-Year-degree subject to satisfactory completion of all requirements

Dean Lemma

    1. Resolution from Department of History: Non-Western Courses in History. Prof. Mezvinsky.

Prof. Mezvinsky made the following remarks with a passion and eloquence hitherto before not seen in the senate:

"I wish to thank University Senate President Best and the Senate for allowing me to present a resolution to the Senate for passage. This resolution is specific, limited and narrow, but it has a clearly wider significance. It concerns two courses; it is an item for direct senate action since it involves a recent Connecticut State Department of Education decision that is not only wrong substantially but which additionally unduly infringes upon the expertise of CCSU faculty members individually and also collectively in departments. The two courses are history 472 - the modern Middle East and history 474 – the Arab-Israeli conflict, both of which until February 15, 2001, were correctly listed not only by the CCSU history department but also by the Connecticut State Department of Education as nonwestern. This listing is important since those students who are history majors and those who wish to be certified to teach history or social studies in secondary schools must take at least one nonwestern history course. I teach history 472 and history 474; most important and relevant here, however, is that these two courses are the history department’s two Middle East courses. They are also two of the courses listed as those for credit for students wishing to take international studies concentration in the Middle East. These two courses will remain important in the history department and in international studies when I am no longer at CCSU and when they will then be taught by someone else.

On February 15, 2001, the history curriculum consultant of the Connecticut State Department of Education arbitrarily deleted these two courses from the listing of nonwestern courses and thus decided officially for the state that these courses were not nonwestern but rather were western. The consultant, prior to making this decision, did not consult with or discuss his decision with me or any other member of the CCSU history department. I have taught these courses at CCSU for many years. Similar courses with almost the same titling as these courses are taught at Three Rivers Community College, Western Connecticut State University, Fairfield University, Quinnipiac University and the University of Hartford remain on the state’s list of nonwestern courses. That is why I term the decision arbitrary. It is wrong substantively regardless of the listing of nonwestern courses at other universities. One does not have to be a Middle East historian or a geographer to know that peoples and nation-states, including Israel/Palestine, in Africa and in southwest Asia. i.e. the Middle East, are not in the western world and that their cultures have historically been and still are predominantly nonwestern.

The arguments, if indeed they can be legitimately so termed, for the consultant’s decision were related briefly in an e-mail from the consultant’s aide to the chairperson of the CCSU history department. They are so absurd that I shall not take your time to discuss them fully unless you so request. Allow me instead to give here but one argument example: The aide quoted the consultant as follows: "This region (however misunderstood it may be) is certainly in the news with a lot of information from the Israeli perspective." There is not only one Israeli perspective. It is incorrect to assume that Israeli perspectives are western – as opposed to non-western – on balance. It is at least ill informed to imply that I teach these courses from any

Israeli perspective let alone one that is reflected in the media of the United States. No one who has take a class of mine, has heard me lecture and/or knows my views could reasonably so assume. I answered each of the few arguments in a fairly lengthy February 20 e-mail that I sent to the consultant with copies to some other individuals on this on this campus, including CCSU’s president and vice-president of academic affairs. If you so request, I shall be pleased to reiterate my answer. In my e-mail I also stated that I shall appeal this decision and go public, if necessary, to argue the specific case and the wider ranging principles involved. The consultant only answered my e-mail by stating that he received it. Tim Rickard attempted with my agreement to set up a meeting with this consultant and me, together with two or three other individuals. We have arranged a meeting on March 15. I invited the consultant to attend some of my classes but received no response to that invitation.

This is a time-sensitive problem. Soon, students will be registering for the fall, 2001, classes. The Modern Middle East is scheduled, as it regularly is, for the all semester. The Arab-Israeli Conflict course is scheduled, as it regularly is, for the spring, 2002, semester. I do not intend to sit back without a fight, if need be, and allow the nonwestern deletion decision to stand as students register for the next semester. The resolution that I am requesting the Senate to pass today will be helpful in my appeal, which I shall begin to make at Thursday’s meeting (March 15) with the consultant. I shall carry my appeal further, if need be, and attempt to have this decision repealed before spring registration." Prof Mezvinsky requested the following resolution:

"Be it resolved that the CCSU University Senate requests The Connecticut State Department of Education to classify the two following CCSU history courses as nonwestern:

History 472 – the modern Middle East

And

History 474 – the Arab-Israeli conflict"

With no one unmoved and the need for justice paramount, the following questions were posed:

Sen. Crundwell: Is this the same across the CCSU system?

Dr. Mezvinsky: No…only to my courses therefore it is arbitrary and unilateral

Sen. Walo: What is the process?

Sen. Wolff: As chair of the History department curriculum Committee I can indicate it goes from our Curriculum Committee to the Dept of History then to the State

Sen. Martin-Troy: Then the issue should go from our curriculum committee AND the senate

Sen. Wolff: let me clarify…I meant the History Curriculum Committee

Sen. Martin-Troy: Ok then it is appropriate to be before the senate.

Resolution: In consideration of the Department of History’s designation, be it resolved that the CCSU University Senate requests the Connecticut State Department of Education to reinstate the following two history courses as non-western:

History 472 (The Modern Middle East)

And

History 474 (The Arab-Israeli Conflict)

Moran/Wolff
Carried Unanimously

    1. Status of Ethics Comm. Report-- Prof Blitz

      In a futile attempt to follow Dr. Mezvinsky with the topic of ethics, Dr. Blitz indicated the following

      "Following the Senate meeting where the Philosophy Dept. presented its concerns re the letter from Attorney Bergeron of the State Ethics commission, an ad-hoc committee of myself, Toni Moran, Laurie Dean (University counsel), Kathy Hermes (History) and Guy Crundwell (Chemistry) met to discuss the issues. The primary discussion was about the problem of using texts authored or edited by the professor in that professor's course. A number of issues were raised relative to the recommendation by Attorney Bergeron that royalties should not be received for sales to the professor’s students: the major concern was that this seems in contradiction with the university's recommendation that faculty do research based on teaching, which implies publications that arise out of teaching and which the faculty member considers most appropriate for his/her course as a result.

      Technical problems include: (1) Some books are not yet receiving royalties, because payment for permissions for images or text have not been met; (2) co-authored and co-edited books pose problems for calculating an individual's partial royalties; (3) publishers ordinarily do not have mechanisms for not paying royalties for some books sold rather than others; (4) it is difficult to determine whether a book has been sold in the university bookstore to a student in the professor's class, or to another interested individual shopping in the bookstore; (5) copies of the book resold as used do not generate royalties.

      Two further meetings were held on the subject. The first was called by the university to discuss the issues before the second, where Attorney Bergeron was present and responded to questions. I was unable to attend the first. The second drew about 30-40 members of the university community. (1) Attorney Bergeron was open to discuss all the issues and interested to find out the perspective of faculty and administrators at CCSU; (2) many of the rules of the Ethics commission were based on and appeared to apply best to department heads and other administrators of the state, dealing with contracts involving large sums of money, rather than university professors drawing relatively small royalties; (3) An additional point was raised concerning review of manuscripts that might be used in a professor's class - publishers choose for this purpose precisely those faculty most likely to use the book as they are best qualified to evaluate it; (4) Attorney Bergeron indicated she would be willing to reply to queries for further clarifications

      The issues of faculty on full sabbatical and consulting mentioned in Attorney Bergeron's letter were not discussed.

      Questions:

      Sen. Phillips: Advocacy is needed NOT test cases

      Sen. Moran: The powers are familiar with our issues

      President Best as a record of information purposes: He has received numerous messages on this subject and clarification is urgently needed, particularly in the area of Royalties and the Review of books.

      Motion: The President to write Attorney Bergeron concerning royalties for books used in authors/editors classes and honoraria for reviewing manuscripts in the faculty member's field.

Baretta/Moran
Carried Unanimously

    1. Senate sub-committee on Academic Honesty. Sen. Moran (Policy suggested previously circulated)

Sen. Moran addressed the senate (with even less luck than Dr. Blitz in out-doing Dr. Mezvinsky):

"The proposed revision to the Policy on Academic Honesty (now to be called the Policy on Academic Misconduct) incorporates several concerns: 1) a perception that student misconduct is widespread; 2) an awareness that there is no way to identify repeat offenders and 3) the need to provide education about improper use of Internet resources.

The revision maintains existing academic and administrative penalties, allowing only faculty to determine grades, and only Student Affairs to impose probation, suspension or expulsion, and then under CSU Due Process policies. The new policy creates a reporting and education system for violations of the Misconduct Policy. In addition, the revision reorganizes the list of improper practices, and updates some of the examples.

At the request of the Graduate Studies Committee, the proposal was amended to so that the penalty section will apply only to undergraduates until the Committee determines what the appropriate procedure will be for graduate students.

On behalf of the Ad Hoc Committee, I'd like to thank Matt Warshauer for his work above and beyond the call in researching, drafting and communicating this proposal. Emily Chasse has also provided extremely important support in creating a section in the library reserve room dedicated to books and materials on academic integrity. Ginny Jones, Jim Conway and Jane Fried have been faithful and helpful committee members, and although he has come to the group late, John Harmon's contributions have been not insubstantial. Tom Burkholdt's help in creating a web discussion group have also helped us share this proposal as it developed over the past year.

The Ad Hoc Committee does not consider that its work has been completed. The next stage of this project involves creating a broader campus discussion of Academic Integrity and implementation of the new policy."

Dr Warshauer then spoke:

Dr. Warshauer indicated he had investigated numerous university honesty and misconduct policies to determine what would be best for CCSU. After doing so he was confident that the committee had created a policy that nicely balances leniency and punitive actions. The policy is innovative in that there is an educational component, something that no other university provides.

Questions: Sen. Lemaire indicated two serious issues he had with the policy:

1. Files were being kept on students that may be open to review and abuse

2. What are the safeguards for faculty abuse of this policy?

Sen. Moran: The files will not go off campus and there is an automatic destruction mechanism after seven years.

Sen. Harmon: Chairs, Deans and V.P ‘s office should monitor such abuses and there is language in the AAUP contract to stop such abuses

Sen. Lemaire: There is still no faculty deterrent nor sanctity of files

M. Warshauer: Files MUST be kept to track consistent abuses

Sen. Crundwell" Cannot one have a remedial workshop at every violation?

Sen. Leake: No thanks…learning center does not wish to have an advanced cheaters class

Sen. Moran: This makes no sense with the mixing of responsibility indeed it is inappropriate

Sen. Braverman: What is the process?

Sen. Moran outlined the process: Student in-confront "paper off web?"- Explain-incident report-take the course.

Motion
To accept the report:
Wolff/Cueto

Friendly Amendment # 1 - Lemma: To change from page 3 onwards that the policy only applies to undergrads given different wording in graduate catalogue and this needs to be made in conformance

Agreed

Friendly Amendment # 2 –Crundwell Add "tables, data and figures" as potential sources of unattributed material to reflect scientific convention

Agreed
President Called the question
Carried
One abstention (Sen. Lemaire)

Policy that was adopted

 

VIII: Other Business

President Best noted there will be only three more gripping meetings this year (April 2,16 and May 7…as the scheduled May 21 meeting will be after classes have finished) so get any items to the Senate in time to meet this schedule

IX: Adjournment

Motion to adjourn
Wolff/Altieri
(Surprisingly) Carried

Next Meeting on April 2 in Founders Hall @ 3.00 p.m.