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ABSTRACT of Faculty Senate Meeting April 7, 2003

§         John Purdy, 2002-2003 President, called the Senate meeting to order at 4:04 pm.  Senators approved the minutes of February 24, 2003, and an amended page to the minutes of February 10, 2003, and Standing Committee minutes.  A letter detailing university policies on areas affected by the Patriot Act was distributed on behalf of University President Karen Morse who was away at a meeting.

§         Bob Edie reported to Senators on State budget drafts which currently propose no significant cutbacks to programs, and completion of most new building projects.

§         Provost Bodman reported that several Deans’ searches are nearing completion, and the final report from the General Education Task force would be released to the campus this week.   

§         John Purdy reported the Executive Council received excellent recommendations from the Ad Hoc Committee on Ombuds.

§         As a result of constituents’ concerns, Senators agreed to draft a letter requesting that faculty members be notified whenever a student grade is changed for withdrawal or other administrative purposes, and requested that the administration look into timely granting of visas for international faculty.

§         Senators discussed tenure and promotion issues and heard Provost Bodman present various ideas to strengthen the quality of documentation, including a request for a well-defined appeal process.  Senators asked the Executive Council to draft Handbook revisions and bring them to the Senate at the earliest possible opportunity.

§         Senators chose to forego moving to Executive Session and adjourned at 5:58 pm.

 

APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS, KEVIN LEONARD, Elections Officer

Leonard called for nominees for the Legislative Liaison representing the Faculty in Olympia.  Jeff Newcomer will complete his term of service this spring. 

SENATE ELECTIONS:  Ballots are due back Friday April 11th, with candidates required for Areas B, D, E and F.