John Purdy, 2002-2003 Senate President, called the
Senate meeting to order at 4:05 pm. Senators
approved the minutes of October 28, 2002 along with Standing Committee minutes.
President Morse reported she is currently in the process of reviewing all
testimony on college restructuring.
Morse expressed optimism that the legislative
capital budget proposal will continue to support Western.
Provost Bodman reported the Governors’ budget would be released
Purdy reported progress on constituent concerns,
and reported that he is about to fill the last position on the Ad Hoc committee
to review the “ombudsman” position at other universities.
Senators reported that the number of students
asking to take exams in the testing center is expanding at an accelerating rate.
Members requested information on faculty legal rights once they have
signed a paper permitting such testing.
Senators discussed websites that enable
“quilting,” or patching together words from online sources for course
papers, and recommended that the Academic Technology Committee consider the
issues of plagiarism involved.
The Faculty Senate passed
a motion to reject the current proposal on restructuring of the College
of Arts and Sciences, with the understanding that this is not a rejection of
change, nor of the concept of
restructuring. Senators conducted a
vote by secret ballot with 11 in favor, 9 opposed, and 2 abstentions.
The meeting adjourned at 5: 44 pm.
AND ELECTIONS, Kevin Leonard, Officer
The following vacancies exist on Senate Standing committees:
on Grievance and Sanctions
– one 3-yr term candidate from Fairhaven or Huxley.