CCSU Faculty Senate

Minutes—March 10, 2014

VAC 105   3:05 PM

Present: Anderson, C.; Antonucci, C.; Arena, J.; Barr, B.; Bernstein, S.; Bilisoly, R.; Bishop, R.; Blake, E.; Blitz, D.; Boscarino, N.; Braverman, S.; Christensen, S.; Cox, S.; D'Addio, D.; D'Amato, K.; Delventhal, T.; Dharavath, N.; Fallon, M.; Fothergill, W.; Garcia-Bowen, M.; Hermes, K.; Johnson, D.; Karpuk, P.; Kean, K.; Kovel, J.; Larsen, K.; Latour, F.; Liard-Muriente, C.; Mamed, O.; Marquette, C.; Martin-Troy, K.; Martin, M.; Oyanadel, D.; Pancsofar, E.; Paolino, J.; Pearson, F.; Pozorski, A.; Ragusett, J.; Reasco, A.; Santoro, K.; Sarisley, E.; Schlickmann, P.; Shen, X.; Snyder, J.; Solomon, P.; Spector, D.; Stookey, S.; Tellier, A.; Tomoda, S.; Tully, J.; White, C.; Williams, C. 

Ex-Officio: Lovitt, C.; Miller, J.; Shojai, S.

Parliamentarian: Dimmick, C.

President of the Senate: Cohen, S.

Guests: Stephen Adair (FAC to the BOR); Mary Ann Mahony (CCSU-AAUP President); Rachel Schwell (Mathematical Sciences; Chair, Academic Standards Committee)

1. Approval of Minutes, February 24, 2014

Approved Unanimously

2. Announcements

a.  AAUP President (M. A. Mahony)

Due to Spring Break, the CSU-AAUP Council will meet on Thursday, March 13, at 7pm.

There will be a Chapter Meeting on March 26, in the Marcus White Living Room, at 3pm.

The Part-Time Advisory Committee will meet at noon, on April 1.

Nominations are now open for Council representative; CCSU-AAUP needs 4 representatives. Nominations will close at 3pm on April 14. Contact Ellen Benson if you are interested in running.

b.  SUOAF-AFSCME President (O. Mamed for E. Hicks)

No report.

c.  SGA (Alex Lee for B. Choplick)

Encourage your students to vote in the SGA elections in April.

The SGA reports that resident students tend to supports efforts to make our campus smoke-free, but commuter students tend not to.

d.  FAC to the BOR (S. Adair)

The BOR meets on Thursday, March 13. They are likely to approve 2% tuition increase, a new student handbook, and a sexual assault policy.

We are again trying to add a second faculty representative to the Board of Regents (see Senate Bill 402).

e.  President of the Faculty Senate (S. Cohen)

There will be two Information Technology fora (March 11, March 27) to discuss the new requirement for PINs on mobile devices.

The Curriculum Committee will not be reporting today, due to lack of quorum at their meeting. Remind your representatives to attend all meetings. Try to replace your representatives if they are unable to attend.

3. Committee Reports

a.  Ad Hoc Committee on Campus Safety (D. Blitz)

The Ad Hoc Committee on Campus Safety met in February. They produced a report, which was presented by Senator Blitz.

The proposed policy to require PINs on mobile devices is problematic, since it will make it more difficult to contact faculty in case of an emergency.

Senator Reasco pointed out that cell phones often have zero bars in some buildings (such as Copernicus).

Professor Schwell said that some doors don't lock (for example, in Maria Sanford).

b.  Constitution and By-Laws Committee

i.  Senate Bylaws (proposed changes in red)

Motion (Martin-Troy/Reasco): To approve the amendment to the by-laws of the Faculty Senate

Approved Unanimously

ii.  Senate Constitution (proposed changes in red)

Motion: To send back the proposed amendment to the Constitution and By-Laws Committee, to improve the language for the case where the newly added members are already members of the Senate

Approved Unanimously

4. New Business

a.  Elections Committee (S. Bernstein)

i.  Committee on Academic Freedom (one vacancy)

Senator Burlin Barr elected unanimously

ii.  Call for nominations - Senate President, Vice President, Secretary (election to be held April 14)

b.   Academic Standards Committee - President's List (R. Schwell)

Professor Schwell presented the proposal.

Senator Blitz expressed concern that some students might drop one course in which they might get an A- so as to keep a prefect GPA.

Senator Liard-Muriente said that, by making public the list of students on the President's List, we would be making public their GPA. Provost Lovitt agreed, and said that in order to put a student's name on a public list of President's List recipients, we would have to get the student's consent. However, there are not many such students.

President's List proposal approved unanimously

c.   Resolution on part-time faculty representation at Department Meetings (K. Kean, D. Johnson)

Senator Cox agrees with the resolution, but feels that there is a disconnect; the resolution does not atriculate clearly how voting rights follow from need for communication.

Senator Hermes said that her department (History) has had at least one part-time voting representative since 2001, with no restrictions on what issues they can vote on. She feels that the results have been positive and supports the resolution. The most challenging part is to find part-timers whose schedules can accomodate department meetings.

Senators Anderson and Blitz expressed concerns about the resolution, saying that the conclusion does not follow from the whereases. Granting part-time faculty voting rights might be problematic because there is a major difference between the responsibilites of full-time and part-time faculty. In addition, the chair has a lot of influence on part-time faculty. Part-time faculty should, however, be invited to meeting.

Motion (Blitz/Kovel): To amend the resolution by changing "voting" to "voting or non-voting".

Amendment defeated 24-17.

Motion (Stookey): To remand the resolution to Senators Kean and Johnson, to improve it in order to give it a better chance to be approved.

Motion to remand approved 29-14.

d.   Smoke-free campus resolution

Resolution approved, with 2 senators opposed

5. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 4:34pm.