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ABSTRACT of Faculty Senate Meeting February 24, 2003

§         John Purdy, 2002-2003 Senate President, called the Senate meeting to order at 4:04 pm.  Senators approved the minutes of February 10, 2003 and Standing Committee minutes.  University President Karen Morse announced that the supplemental budget recently released exempts higher education from cuts in hiring.  Morse then renewed her commitment to working with faculty on issues of shared governance.  

§         President Purdy announced that the Associated Students is creating a task force to establish online evaluations of faculty.

§         The Senate passed a motion to revise the Faculty Handbook, page 8, section V.B.1  on the “Evaluation of Faculty.” (See new language below.)

§         The Senate passed a motion to appoint an ad hoc committee to identify the sections of the Faculty Handbook relevant to the “Ethics in State Service” laws, and make recommendations to the Senate on how to clarify faculty roles and rights in relationship to the law.

§         Senators considered a constituent concern to move Fall registration to Spring Quarter. 

§         Purdy reported on the open request to discuss shared governance issues on campus, which resulted in returns from 8 academic programs and over fifty faculty.  Purdy noted that relevant concerns included tenure and promotion procedures, grievance procedures, spousal accommodations, college reorganization, and appointments of chairs.  A referendum request was also considered.  The Senate moved to Executive Session at 4:55, with participation limited to voting members of the Senate.  Senators returned to open session at 6:10 following a motion to postpone action on the referendum request until a more detailed report on the responses to the Executive Council’s call for input on shared governance is made available to Senators.

§         The meeting adjourned at 6:11 pm.


Appointed to the Academic Technology Committee:  Lesley Sommer, Music

 Revision of Faculty Handbook

The Senate voted to revise the Faculty Handbook, page 8, section V.B.1, “Evaluation of Faculty”, as follows (new material underlined):

“All probationary faculty shall be evaluated by the tenured faculty of their unit, the department chair, and the appropriate dean (according to unit evaluation plans) until the University President grants tenure or does not reappoint. In the case of first year appointments only, a department or college may adopt a procedure that does not require the participation of all tenured faculty. Alternative procedures for first year faculty must be approved by the appropriate dean, must be the same for all first year faculty in the unit, and must involve the creation of a written report on the faculty member's performance. The written report of this procedure will constitute the annual letter.”