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ABSTRACT of Faculty Senate Meeting February 10, 2003

§         John Purdy, 2002-2003 Senate President, called the Senate meeting to order at 4:05 pm.  Senators approved the minutes of January 27, 2003 and Standing Committee minutes.  University President Karen Morse announced that at the February 7th Board of Trustees meeting Allan Gallay (History), James Vyvyan (Chemistry) and the Theatre Arts Department (represented by Mark Kuntz, Chair) were recognized by the Board for their recent achievements.

§         President Morse noted that she will be in Olympia this week for a Council of Presidents meeting and meetings with legislative leaders on budget issues.

§         The President also announced that a bill has been introduced in the Washington State Senate that would provide tuition waivers for the children of tenured faculty, for classes on a space-available basis.

§         Senators heard a presentation by Wendy Bohlke, Senior Counsel, and Kim Herrenkohl, Internal Auditor, on the “Ethics in Public Service Act,” and its implications for faculty. Discussion ensued on the “Interim Policy for Using University Resources,” the copyrighting of faculty publications, and the State Ethics Board. (The relevant documents can be accessed on the Senate Web Page.)

§         Elections Officer, Kevin Leonard, announced that there are replacement appointments necessary—for the Executive Council (one quarter to replace James Loucky) and two-quarter openings on the Academic Coordinating Council and the Senate Legislative Committee (to replace James Hearne)—for which the Senate is seeking nominations. A nomination from the floor of the Senate resulted in the election of Michael Meehan to the Executive Council for Winter Quarter. Nominations for the ACC and SLC are still required.

§         Senators undertook a lengthy discussion about shared governance at Western and deferred action on motions for revision of the Handbook language on first-year review of new faculty until the Senate’s next meeting.

§         The meeting adjourned at 5:55 pm.