CCSU Faculty Senate

Minutes—April 15, 2002

VAC 105  3:00 PM

Members Present: Abadiano, Altieri, Austad, Baratta, Bartelt, Benfield, Best, Brann, Braverman, Calvert, Capitao, Carter-Lowry, Cassella, Cohen, Conway, Crundwell, Cueto, Garcia, Halkin, Halloran, Hedlund, Jones, Larkin, Larose, Leake, Lefebvre, Lemaire, Martin, Martin-Troy, Mezvinsky, Odesina, O’Connell, Osterrich, Phillips, Prescott, Ribchinsky, Ritzenhoff, Sarisley, Stoneback, Terezakis, Thornton, Wolffe, Ulrich, Williams.

 

Ex-Officio Members Present: Senior V.P Demos, Deans Higgins and Kremens,

 

Guests: Paul Petterson Chair Curriculum Committee, Richard Roth Asst. Dean. School A & S.

 

Meeting was called to order by President Best at 3.10 p.m. in Vance 105.

 

I.                    Approval of Minutes of 03/18/02

 

Motion to accept.

Martin-Troy/Wolff

Carried Unanimously

 

II.                 Announcements

 

a.       AAUP Report. Sen. Austad

 

The Board of Trustees have approved the contract and on April 4 it will be delivered to the state, and on April 17, at 10.30 a.m. in room 2 © of the legislative office there will be a discussion on the contract proposals.

Much more importance the last social will be held on May 8 at 4.00 p.m.

 

 

b.       Hartford/ Springfield Economic Partnership Jerold Duquette. Pol.Sci.

 

Dr Duquette gave a summary of the Hartford-Springfield Economic Partnership which is a consortium of interests to promote the economic development of the Hartford-Springfield corridor with, of interest to CCSU, a focus on the link between learning (much like the Trinity College Learning Corridor) and economic development. A summary of the nature, objectives and goals of the partnership are attached to the end of the minutes. Dr Duquette encourages all faculty who are interested in this valuable outreach activity to contact him.

 

III.               Elections

Sen. Braverman provided ballots with nominations and vacancies on the following committees. The first five committees (below) sought additional nominations from the floor prior to circulation to all faculty.

 

Advisory Committee on CCSU Professorship

Motion to close nominations and circulate to all faculty (Martin-Troy/Fried)

Carried Unanimously

Sabbatical leave Committee

Motion to close nominations and circulate to all faculty (Martin-Troy/Fried)

Carried Unanimously

Mediation Committee

Motion to close nominations and circulate to all faculty (Martin-Troy/Fried)

Carried Unanimously

Termination Hearing committee

Motion to close nominations and circulate to all faculty (Martin-Troy/Fried)

Carried Unanimously

Promotion and Tenure Committee

Motion to close nominations and circulate to all faculty (Martin-Troy/Fried)

Carried Unanimously

 

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For the following committees, nominations were sought from the floor and the results tallied. Results to be circulated with these minutes.

CCSU Foundation Grant Advisory Committee

Motion to close nominations (Martin-Troy/Fried)

Carried Unanimously

Distinguished Service Award Committee

Motion to close nominations (Martin-Troy/Fried)

Carried Unanimously

Excellence in Teaching Committee

Motion to close nominations (Martin-Troy/Fried)

Carried Unanimously

Grade Appeals Committee

Motion to close nominations (Martin-Troy/Fried)

Carried Unanimously

Library Committee

Motion to close nominations (Martin-Troy/Fried)

Carried Unanimously

Planning and Budget Committee

Motion to close nominations (Crundwell*/Fried)

Carried Unanimously

Safety and Environmental health Committee

Motion to close nominations (Martin-Troy/Fried)

Carried Unanimously

Student Affairs Committee

Motion to close nominations (Martin-Troy/Wolff*)

Carried Unanimously

University Athletics Board

Motion to close nominations (Martin-Troy/Fried)

Carried Unanimously

* Sen.’s M/T and Fried wanted to nominate themselves but we would not let them…this was not Chicago politics for heavens sake!

IV.              Senate Committee Reports

 

a. Curriculum Committee Report. Paul Petterson.

The report had been attached and was straightforward. Paul noted editorial changes (which are noted on the Curriculum Committee web site prior to the report details)

Sen. Crundwell: Are the provisions for a 5-year statute of limitations on some courses (particularly accounting) addressed?

Paul Petterson: Yes and this should be reflected in the motion

 

Motion to Accept the April 2002 Curriculum Report with the proviso that “all references to a 5 year limitation on prerequisites, in Items I. f., i.-n., and r., be removed". (Crundwell/Terezakis)

Carried Unanimously

 

NOTE: In these minutes and subsequent minutes, the approved curriculum Committee report may be found on the Curriculum Committee web site, and this site will constitute the official record.

 

b. Academic Standards. Cheryl Watson Chair.

 

Addressed the problem of current drop/withdrawal policy in particular the lack of equity

(i)      With an 18-20 course load the ability to drop after 8 weeks and

(ii)    Those with 12-14 credits cannot drop their full-time status

 

The proposed change was to:

(1)    Permit drop up to 3 weeks. Nothing shows on their transcript (down from 8 weeks)

(2)    Withdrawal up to 8 weeks it will reflect a withdrawal on the transcript and

(3)    After 8 weeks withdrawal only under extenuating circumstances and with permission of the Dean

Sen. Blatz: Mid terms are usually given at the 8 week mark and so progress only known at this time.

C. Watson: Can use earlier assessments

Sen. Jones really we are talking about two disparate groups.

C Watson: We are trying to address two groups:

(i)                  Try to prevent persons staying in a course while “shopping” and

(ii)                Get those who intend to with draw out of the classroom sooner

Sen. Cohen: Is 17 just not too large?

Asst Dean Roth: It is 18.

Dean Higgins: We desire student responsibility and 8 weeks is just too lax.

Sen. Blatz: His concern is specifically night classes that may only have 5-6 real meetings before this policy comes into effect.

Motion: To accept to following changes to Drop/withdrawal policy (Crundwell/Wolff)

 

Drop and Withdrawal Policy Wording for Catalog

 

Dropping a Course

 

Students are allowed to drop courses up to the last day of the third week of classes during a regular semester. Courses dropped by the deadline do not appear on the student’s transcript. Forms are available in the Registrar’s Office, Davidson Hall, or the Enrollment Center/Office of Continuing Education, Willard Hall.

 

WARNING: Failure to carry a minimum of 12 credits may affect Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and receipt of certain federal, state and other benefits, including but not limited to various financial aid programs, Veterans benefits and Social Security benefits. Students dropping below 12 credits are ineligible for participation in intercollegiate athletics.

 

Withdrawal from Courses

 

Approved Wording:

 

From the beginning of the fourth week of classes until the end of the eighth week of classes (mid term) in a regular semester, a student may withdraw from a course by completing a withdrawal form available at the Registrar’s Office, Davidson Hall or the Enrollment Center/Office of Continuing Education, Willard Hall. A “W” will be entered for the course on the student’s transcript. During this period, approvals for withdrawal are not required; however, it is strongly recommended that students consult with their academic advisor prior to deciding to withdraw from a course. In addition, students should be aware of the possible consequences of reducing their course load to less than 12 credits, as indicated in the warning above.

 

After the end of the eighth week of classes, a student may apply for withdrawal from a course. The dean of the school offering the course may approve such withdrawal if documented extenuating circumstances, which justify withdrawal, are found to exist. Poor academic performance is not considered an extenuating circumstance. Students may apply for withdrawal using forms available from the Registrar’s Office. Signatures indicating the recommendations of the instructor and chair of the department offering the course, as well as the approval of the dean of the school offering the course, will be required. If withdrawal is approved, a “W” will be recorded on the student’s transcript. If a student stops attending and fails to withdraw officially from a course, a grade of “F” will be recorded on the student’s transcript. In all cases of withdrawal, a “W” does not affect the student’s grade-point average.

 

CARRIED

17 For

11 against

2 Abstentions

 

V.                 Old Business

 

There was no old business

 

VI.              New Business

 

Connecticut State University System Foundation: Elections:

While this item was on the proposed agenda, the idiot secretary forgot the paper and so senators graciously agreed to bring it back for the next meeting. Thus there was no new business

 

VII.            Adjournment

Motion to adjourn

Crundwell/Martin-Troy

Carried Unanimously

The meeting adjourned at 4.25. p.m.

The next meeting of the Faculty Senate will be May 6 at 3.00 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted

Richard W. Benfield

Faculty Senate Secretary