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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.



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.