Minutes - January 30, 2017 - 3:05pm


Present: Adair, S.; Andreoletti, C.; Antonucci, C.; Arena, J.; Baratta, C.; Bigelow, L.; Bishop, J.; Bishop, R.; Boscarino, N.; Callery, T.; Criscola, J.; Dhar, P.; Dharavath, N.; Durant, M.; Emeagwali, G.; Emiliani, B.; Fothergill, W.; French, J.; Gamache, J.; Garcia-Bowen, M.; Garcia, V.; Ghodsi, R.; Givens, E.; Grasso, L.; Gross, S.; Harris, D.; Horton, M.; Jackson, M.; Kapper, M.; Karpuk, P.; Kelly, D.; Kim, Y.; King, A.; Koulidobrova, H.; Kullgren, A.; Latour, F.; Leonidas, E.; Lewis, J.; LoGiudice, S.; Mahony, M. A.; Martin-Troy, K.; Mejia, G.; Menoche, C.; Mongillo, M.; Nelson, W.; Ngazimbi, E.; Oliva, K.; Orange, M.; Paolino, J.; Phillips, E.; Sadanand, N.; Sohn, Y.; Spear, E.; Sweeney, D.; Tellier, A.; Thornton, E.; Vickrey, R.; White, C.; Williams, C.; Wizevich, M.

Ex-Officio: Lovitt, C.; Malhas, F.; Pease, S.; Toro, Z.

Parliamentarian: Dimmick, C.

President of the Senate: Cohen, S.

Guests: Effend, J. (SGA); Halloran, P. (Mathematical Sciences),; Small, I. (Anthropology); Wolff, R. (UPBC)

1. Minutes

Minutes of December 5, 2016

    • Approved unanimously

2. Announcements:

a. AAUP President (M. A. Mahony)

    • Thursday's event at the legislature was a success, and a similar event is planned for March.
    • Governor Malloy will submit his budget on Wednesday, February 8; public hearings will be from February 14 through February 24. The Higher Education public hearing will be on Wednesday, Feburary 15, at 7:30pm. Members of the CCSU community are encouraged to be present, and testify is possible.
    • The national AAUP has issued a statement on President Trump's executive order (Travel Ban). Statements from CSCU and CCSU-AAUP are being prepared.

b. SUOAF-AFSCME President (L. Bigelow)

    • The next Chapter meeting is at noon tomorrow; details on the location and agenda have been emailed to the membership.
    • SUOAF has filed a prohibited practice charge with the Department of Labor concerning the System Office’s contract with Ellucian.
    • SUOAF is also filing a Demand to Negotiate regarding the Code of Conduct that has been circulated for comment.
    • The SUOAF presidents have been called to a meeting with President Ojakian to discuss the Governor’s Budget, which we understand includes a savings line item of $700M tied to State employee givebacks.
    • As you know, the State Senate is tied at 17-17 and there are two special elections being held on February 28. Our PAC is preparing a mailing to the members who live in the 2nd District which identifies the candidate most likely to share our views on the matter of Public employee pay, pension and healthcare.
    • We just concluded a membership card signature drive; 99% of SUOAF members are card-carrying Union members. This is the highest percentage we have ever had.

c. SGA (J. Effend)

    • SGA would like to make sure that Academic Maps are updated.
    • SGA is looking for ways to make textbooks more affordable for students.
    • Some students are unhappy about paying laboratory fees even when they are not taking laboratory courses.

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

    • President Ojakian will report to the board on the work of the six work groups that were set up last year. The Human Resources work group met only once, with no faculty members present.

e. CSCU Recruitment and Retention Task Force (M. Garcia-Bowen)

    • Senator Garcia-Bowen is a member of the Retention and Recruitment work group, and encourages faculty who have last minute comments to submit them.

f. President of the Senate (S. Cohen)

    • Senate President Cohen introduced the 13th President of CCSU, Zulma Toro.

g. President of the University (Z. Toro)

    • President Toro enjoys being a member of the CCSU family. She is learning as much as possible about CCSU before making important decisions, but she is not shying away from them.
    • Her top priority is increasing enrollment, with a goal of increasing enrollement enough to being able to use last year's budget.

3. Committee Elections

a. Elections Committee (one seat)

    • Senator Ghodsi elected to the committee

b. Committee on Academic Freedom (one seat)

    • Senator King elected to the committee

4. Committee Reports

a. University Planning and Budget Committee (R. Wolff)

5. New Business

    a. DEC Exception

    • Approved unanimously

    b. Board of Regents Code of Conduct

    • The BOR claims that this proposed code of conduct does not create new rights or duties, but rather is a compilation of existing rules; also, that the proposal does not contradict the Collective Bargaining Agreements, which would prevail if a contradiction did exist. However, the proposal does seem to contradict the CBAs in a number of places. It is very vague, asks faculty to anonymously denounce each other in case of violations, regulates off duty behavior, puts restrictions on academic freedom in the classroom, contains no due process provisions, and lacks a discipline mechanism. Comments should be sent to AAUP and the FAC.

6. Adjournment

    • The meeting adjourned at 4:32pm.