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