Index of Topics –  April 23, 2007

                   EXHIBIT A: For Approval 5/7/07

Safety at Western – Ted Pratt, Dean of Students, Guest

 

Alert System and Password Aging  - John Lawson, VProvost for Info Tech

 

Academic Dishonesty Policy – forwarded from ACC

 

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

Regular Meeting – April 23, 2007

 

Call to Order

Ira Hyman, 2006-2007 Faculty Senate President, called the Senate meeting to order at 4:04 p.m. Hyman welcomed twenty-three (23) Senators, two (2) ex officio members, the Past President (1), one (1) guest, and the recorder for a total of twenty-seven (27).  (See attached roster).

 

Approval of Minutes

§    Senators accepted the minutes of the April 9, with a change to a sentence about library funding, namely that the ratio would not be adjusted unless there is an increase.  However, any increase merely keeps up with inflation.

 

Items from the Chair

§      Hyman announced that a shorter Timetable will be printed for faculty next year that would not duplicate information that is already listed in the Bulletin. 

 

Safety at Western – Senators Welcome Ted Pratt, Dean of Students

§         Senators welcomed Ted Pratt, Dean of Students, who discussed Western’s proactive safety measures in the event of an emergency.  When there is concern about “odd” student behavior, Pratt encourages faculty to call his office at x3450.  In the case of imminent danger, please call the Bellingham police.

Other relevant information:

§    Pratt realizes that balancing student privacy issues with concerns about student safety, and involving university or other police is a sensitive affair, difficult to wrestle with, and there will always be someone who will say “you could have done that better.” 

§    Western is somewhat different in that here, we can and do contact a student to ask about their safety and general well-being. 

§    According to rights and responsibilities code, disruptive behavior can be presented to Judicial Affairs.  If actions are disruptive to others, we can respond to those immediately from a judicial standpoint.

§    Anyone at anytime can call Ted Pratt.  If it is odd behavior, call his office and he can work with the student.

§    Very important that these calls are made, since you might not be the only faculty member with a complaint, or maybe someone else has mentioned this.  If it is the residence hall, we can contact the mentor, and we can use that information to get the student to some services, counseling, health services, etc.

§    There is no such thing as a “foolish question” in these areas.

§    In terms of confidentiality, we don’t have to tell them where the information came from, and so you can be kept out of the loop. However, disruptive behavior may require something in writing.

§    Pratt emphasized how important it is that you feel safe in the classroom.  Sometimes you are quiet about an odd behavior that you didn’t call about, but then something bigger happens, and then it gets out of control, and you start to feel guilty.  There is no need to carry that around.

§    One Senator asked if it is okay to share something told in confidence.

§    Pratt responded that if you were told something that could be life threatening, or jeopardizing self or others, or the threat of property, you can share that information.  We are seen as a whole body – sharing that information for the safety of the body on the basis of “need to know”.  Any immediate threats should go to university police.

 

Items from the Administration

Emergency Response

§         President Morse confirmed that Western’s campus police along with the Bellingham police, sheriff’s office, and Skagit and Whatcom County agencies had carried out training in January for an “active shooter” emergency response. 

Budget Update is good

§         President Morse thanked Sherry Burkey, External Affairs, Paula Rustan, Executive Director, University Planning & Budget, as well as some deans and faculty, for their work on the budget. In addition to state funding of the 1.6% salary carry forward, 3.2% and 2.0% salary increases for Faculty and Exempt Staff were funded (a mandated $639,000 of tuition revenue will also be used to meet the salary amounts).

§         Morse added that decision packages were funded, and a General Contractors’ Construction Management bill was passed that will allow future buildings to be built in a more efficient manner.

Campus-wide Alert System

§         Senators heard John Lawson, Vice Provost for Information Technology, describe the Public Information Emergency Response system (PIER) as part of his inventory of notification systems that could be implemented in an emergency.  There may be other emergencies such as earthquake or fire, and you need to know how to handle that classroom situation, when to stay in the building, and when to leave.

§         Lawson confirmed that a small committee is being put together to establish an efficient campus wide system of communication as quickly as possible.

§         Lawson explained “password aging” as a security feature in which passwords must be changed every four months, and the purpose is to help “protect the information we hold as a community” including student grades, access to the mainframe and Banner.  This is first step in process of trying to implement one ID and one password across the campus.

§         This is NOT the W number and the pin.  Instead, this is a Universal Login.  You will be prevented from using the same password over and over – for at least three passwords.

§         Jeff newcomer suggested that the real problem is that Banner is the least secure system requiring a completely separate password.  Yet it remains vulnerable as we keep hardening the Novell system.  However, Lawson is referring to Web4U which is the way most people access grades, etc., and is sometimes referred to as the banner system, but is really something different.

 

Items from the Faculty Union (UFWW)

§    UFWW President Bill Lyne noted the good news associated with the budget, and informed the Senate the bargaining would commence on Tuesday.

 

AGENDA - ACTION ITEMS

o        Academic Coordinating Commission

4/3/07

Physics 103 changed to 104; Policy regarding Online Approvals; Policy re Academic Honesty.

o        University Planning Council

3/7/07

Bellingham Waterfront Development Plans – Bob Frazier report

 

Commentary on Minutes

University Planning Council

President Morse commented that Jim Darling and the consultants met with the Geology Department, and this is an ongoing process -- to determine the stability of the Georgia pacific site.  Morse asked that if there is newer information, please forward it to her so that she can follow-up with Darling.  He is committed to an ongoing discussion and the use of the Geology Department expertise.

 


 

APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS – Matthew Liao-Troth, Officer

To the Faculty Senate:  Chuck Lambert, Woodring,  for Ray Wolpow through 2008

To the Academic Coordination Commission:  Louis Barrett, Physics/Astronomy, replacing Jim Stewart through Spring Quarter

Vacancies:  Several vacancies from specific areas to ACC

A member of ACC to serve as the rep to UPC

2 more faculty for the Grievance Committee

1 faculty alternate Legislative Liaison

 

DISCUSSION

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY POLICY

Appendix D of the Bulletin – Part Three

Senators reviewed edits to the Policy on Academic Dishonesty which were forwarded from the Academic Coordinating Commission, and learned that the changes propose to address a process which currently seems to turn a student academic dishonesty charge on its head and somehow put the faculty member on trial.  One of the changes to the policy would create an Academic Honesty Board composed of students and faculty who would ultimately decide in the case of an appeal, only two results:  whether academic dishonesty occurred, and whether the sanction imposed was appropriate.

Senators asked a number of questions and made proposals requiring additional changes, including:

§    What is the option if the finding is there was no infraction and the sanction was inappropriate?

§    What is faculty recourse if the faculty member thinks that the panel got it wrong?  Research and citations can be complicated issues.  Is there a way for the faculty to appeal the panel decision?  To whom does the faculty member appeal?

§    Can it be made clearer whether options apply to a major or a minor defense?

§    Senators noted the importance of the document to the university and the need to improve it.

The Executive Council will rework the document, and include the Senate’s suggestions, including any that Senators wish to forward by email.

 

Constituent Concerns

Noise and other Pollution

David Fewings expressed concern that when there are over 1000 students in and around Haskell Plaza, that the grounds people are running very loud leaf blowers and sand blowers, so that professors and student presenters cannot be heard.  Fewings noted that these handheld machines create air and noise pollution, and infringe on our teaching mission as laid out in the strategic plan.  Hyman responded that he will contact Tim Wynn.

 

ADJOURNMENT

Senators adjourned at 5:55 p.m.

Written by Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder,4/23/2007

                                                                       

                                                                                                            _______________________

                                                                                                            Lorraine Kasprisin, Secretary


 

 

Roster of the 2006-2007 Faculty Senate

Term

 

Senators

Area

Roll

 

Senate President

Ira Hyman

 

08

1

Anderson, Roger

  A

P

 

Vice President and Parliamentarian

 

08

2

Armstrong, Jeanne

G

P

 

Jeff Newcomer

 

07

3

Brown, Rich, Theater (for Deb Currier)

D

P
 

 

 

08

4

  Crowder, Kyle, Library Senator

  B

P
 

Ex Officio

 

07

5

  Daley, Chris

A

--

1

Karen Morse, University President

    P

08

6

  Emory, Steven

A

    P

2

John Lawson, VP Information Technology, for Provost Bodman

   P

07

7

  Fewings, David, UPC Senator

E

    P

3

Roger Gilman, Rep., Provost’s Council

   --

08

8

  Henson, Steve

E

P

 

 

 

08

9

  Hoffman, Joan

C

    P

4

Legislative Liaison: Sara Singleton

--

08

10

  Hyman, Ira, Senate President (EC)

C

P

5

   Past President:  William Lyne (Exec), UFWW           

P

07

11

  Kasprisin, Lorraine, Secretary (EC)

H

P

6

Recorder:  Rose Marie Norton-Nader

P

07

12

 Laffrado, Laura, At Large(EC)

C

P

 

 

 

07

13

 Larner, Daniel

F

    --

 

 

 

07

14

 Liao-Troth, Matthew, Appts & Elects (EC)

E

P

 

Guests:

 

07

15

 Meehan, Michael, ACC, ATC Senator

A

P

1

Ted Pratt, Dean of Students

P

08

16

 Meyer, David

D

   P

2

 

 

07

17

 Miller, Brenda (1-yr term for W. Lyne)

C

   P

3

 

 

08

18

 Newcomer, Jeff Vpres & Parliamt. (EC)

A

P

 

 

 

08

19

 Ohana, Chris, UPC

H

   P

 

 

 

07

20

 Parris, Kristen

B

--

 

 

 

07

21

 Partsch, Cornelius (1-yr for E.Ousselin)

H

--

 

 

 

08

22

 Reynolds, MaryAnn

E

--

 

 

 

08

23

 Simone, Genet

H

P

 

Senators Present

22

07

24

 Stevenson, Joan

C

P

 

Absent or Excused

9

07

25

 Stewart, James, ACC

A

 --

 

Ex Officio

2

07

26

 Symons, Lawrence

B

--

 

Legislative Liaison, UFWW &Past President

1

08

27

 Thompson, Roger, ACC

C

P

 

Recorder

1

07

28

 Van Boer, Bertil, UPC

D

Exc

 

Guests

1

08

29

 Wang, Grace

G

P

 

   TOTAL PRESENT:

27

08

30

 Wolpow, Ray

H

--

 

 

 

08

31

 Yusa, Michiko

C

P

 

              DATE:  April 23,  2007

 

Article III.  Faculty Senate:  The Faculty Senate is empowered to speak and act for the Faculty in University affairs with particular responsibility in the areas of curriculum, academic programs, Faculty salary, Faculty status, scholarly activities, and all matters relating to the welfare of Faculty, the education of students, and the academic mission of the University. The Faculty Senate is limited to 30 voting members elected by the Faculty, and the President of the University, the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs of the University, and a college dean appointed by the Provost serving as Provost's Council representative as ex officio non-voting members.    (Faculty Handbook, page 55)