Minutes - April 24, 2017 - 3:05pm

CCSU FACULTY SENATE EMERGENCY MEETING

Present: Adair, S.; Andreoletti, C.; Anton, M.; Antonucci, C.; Baratta, C.; Bello, Z.; Benoit, D.; Best, F.; Bigelow, L.; Bishop, J.; Bishop, R.; Boncoddo, R.; Boscarino, N.; Button, C.; Chakraborty, S.; Clapp, S.; Collins, M.; Criscola, J.; Dhar, P.; Doolittle, W.; Duquette, J.; Durant, M.; Emiliani, B.; Gamache, J.; Garcia-Bowen, M.; Garcia, V.; Ghodsi, R.; Givens, E.; Grasso, L.; Harris, D.; Jackson, M.; Jarmoszko, T.; Jarvis, K.; Kapper, M.; Karpuk, P.; Kelly, D.; Kim, Y.; Kullgren, A.; Latour, F.; Leonidas, E.; LoGiudice, S.; Mahony, M. A.; Martin-Troy, K.; McGuire, M.; Mejia, G.; Mendez-Mendez, S.; Menoche, C.; Mongillo, M.; Nelson, W.; Ngazimbi, E.; Orange, M.; Paolino, J.; Puleo, T.; Rudzinski, H.; Sadanand, N.; Small, I.; Sohn, Y.; Strickland, A.; Tellier, A.; Thornton, E.; Waterman, R.; White, C.; Williams, C.; Wizevich, M.; Zering, J.

Ex-Officio: None.

Parliamentarian: Dimmick, C.

President of the Senate: Cohen, S.

Guests: Brian Becker (Student); Wyatt Bosworth (Student); Matt Dwyer (WTIC-AM 1080); Sue Holt (Psychological Science); Michelle Malinowski (AAUP Staff); John O'Connor (Sociology); Warren Perry (Anthropology); Jared Ragussett (Economics); Rachel Siporin (Art); Yvonne Kirby (OIRA)

1. Minutes

Minutes of April 17, 2017

    • Approved unanimously

2. Announcements:

a. AAUP President (M. A. Mahony)

    • Tomorrow, at 1pm, BOR President Mark Ojakian will be at CCSU. There will be a rally at 12:30pm.

b. SUOAF-AFSCME President (L. Bigelow)

    • President Ojakian will meet with administrative faculty at 3pm in the Connecticut Room.

c. SGA (J. Effend)

    • No report.

d. FAC to the Board of Regents (S. Adair)

    • The FAC met on Friday and is putting together a document to respond to "Students First". It will be presented at the BOR meeting on May 11.
    • President Ojakian said that there would be faculty on the "Students First" steering committee, but he would select the faculty members.

e. President of the Senate (S. Cohen)

    • No announcements.

3. Unfinished Business

    a. Resolution from Department of Philosophy

    • Motion (Best/Williams) to have the Faculty Senate vote by secret ballot on this resolution (or parts thereof, if the Senate so chooses).
      • Approved (1 senator opposed)
    • Motion (Blitz/Jackson) to divide the question, so as to vote on the two resolutions separately.
      • Approved (1 senator opposed)
    • Motion (Blitz/Meija) to suspend the rules to allow for consideration of the second resolution before the first. (Requires a two-thirds vote.)
      • Failed (38 senators in favor, 24 opposed)
    • Discussion of first resolution
      • Motion (Blitz/Best) to amend the resolution by substituting the following: "CCSU will participate in the implementation of the “Students First” plan in order to assert our rights as faculty (AAUP and SUOAF-AFSCME), the rights of students, and the institutional identity, are respected."
        • Approved (1 senator opposed)
      • Motion (White/Cohen) to amend the resolution by changing the final period to a comma, and adding, after that comma, "even though we oppose the proposed plan as unfounded, nontransparent and undemocratic, and consider the plan an assault on the integrity and autonomy of the institutions of higher education forced to be a part of CSCU."
        • Approved
      • Motion (Tellier) to amend the resolution by adding "and to offer the needed expertise of faculty on the CCSU campus," after the word "respected".
        • Approved
      • Motion (Clapp/Best) to amend the resolution by changing "are respected" to "and advocate that they be respected".
        • Approved
      • After all amendments, the resolution read:
        • "CCSU will participate in the implementation of the “Students First” plan in order to assert our rights as faculty (AAUP and SUOAF-AFSCME), the rights of students, and the institutional identity and advocate that they be respected, and to offer the needed expertise of faculty on the CCSU campus, even though we oppose the proposed plan as unfounded, nontransparent and undemocratic, and consider the plan an assault on the integrity and autonomy of the institutions of higher education forced to be a part of CSCU."
      • The vote on the amended resolution was conducted by secret ballot. Sixty-five senators voted in favor of the resolution, while two voted in opposition to the resolution.
        • First resolution approved, as amended
    • Discussion of second resolution
      • There was considerable discussion of this resolution, with many senators and guests expressing their opinion. In the end, the vote on the resolution was conducted by secret ballot. Thirty-nine senators voted in favor of the resolution, while ten voted in opposition to the resolution.
        • Second resolution approved

4. Adjournment

    • The meeting adjourned at 5:00pm.