Index – January 23, 2012

Code of Faculty Ethics - Motion

 Committtee on Section 6 - Motion

Election Calendar – Motion

   Exhibit A: Approved 2/6/2012

 

                                                                               FACULTY SENATE

                                                                              Minutes of January 23, 2012

 

 

Call to Order

Karen Stout, Faculty Senate President, called the 2011-2012 Senate to order at 4:01 pm.  Stout welcomed twenty-three (23) Senators along with eight (8) others for a total of thirty-one (31).  (See Roster).

 

Items from the Faculty Senate President:

Approval of Senate Minutes: Senators accepted the Senate minutes of January 9, 2012 with a minor edit.

Announcements and Updates:   

§  President Stout offered an update on the student on-campus game, “Humans vs. Zombies”; Stephanie Treneer and Jim Graham reported on their meeting with student activities representatives.  Recommendations included finding more ways to inform faculty that a game is about to happen, and capping the number of players to preserve the 10 to 1 ratio of players to moderators.  Senators suggest that no play of any kind take place inside academic buildings.

§  Stout asked Senators to remind constituents that now is the time to nominate faculty for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and leadership awards.  Process information can be found at http://www.wwu.edu/provost/faculty/awards.shtml

 

Reports

§  President Shepard reported that parents and graduates have high praise for Western as a premier institution, and that continuing efforts are beginning to pay off as legislators come to see faculty as credible trustworthy sources of information. 

§  Shepard reported on letters he wrote in support of:  1) A proposal to convert three Engineering Technology programs to accredited Engineering programs, requiring no internal funding; and 2) legislation regarding marriage equality that increases our ability as a talent-based enterprise to recruit the most talented faculty and staff.

§  Shepard discussed campus opening on snow days and heard faculty suggest finding ways in which they can bring their children to campus when K-12 schools are closed.

§  Provost Riordan thanked the 95% of the faculty who contributed to tenure and promotion of colleagues in a positive way, and reported on rebasing efforts that concentrated on access to quality last year and will focus on programmatic initiatives this year in light of the 6-year plan.

§  Dan Boxberger, FLR, sent a report from Olympia on a broad drive to open access to syllabi and teaching materials through an open courseware legislative initiative.  Boxberger encourages faculty to review open courseware in their individual disciplines at http://www.WAOL.org and let him know what you think.

 

CODE OF FACULTY ETHICS, Appendix 5 Sue Guenter-Schlesinger, Barbara Mathers-Schmidt

Senators reviewed Appendix 5 to the Handbook regarding consensual personal relationships, in particular the following:

“Section 7: Conflict of Interest - Family and/or Intimate Personal Relationships in Employment Situations (POL U5410.01) “

“Section 8: Consensual Intimate Personal Relationships Between Faculty and Students (POL 1600.xxxx) “

 

MOTIONS:  Senators reviewed revisions to Appendix 5 to the Faculty Handbook regarding consensual personal relationships and passed a Motion to accept revised Sections 7 and 8 of the Code of Faculty Ethics with the caveat that minor edits could still be made.  (text follows)

 

 

 

 

 

“CODE OF FACULTY ETHICS:  Faculty Handbook:  Appendix 5

 

Section 7: Conflict of Interest Resulting from Family and/or Intimate Personal Relationships in Employment Situations (See POL U5410.01)

Definitions:

 

 “Family Members” shall mean members of the same immediate or extended family, such as   spouse, sibling, parent, legal guardian, child. 

 

“Intimate Personal Relationship” shall mean emotional or physical relationship that has sexual or romantic overtones. This definition also includes persons in a co-habitation relationship and any persons engaged in a romantic or sexual relationship.

 

The university employs and retains the best qualified individuals as members of the faculty, administration, and staff. The protection of the individual as well as of the university, however, requires certain safeguards from potential conflicts of interest.

 

No faculty member, department chair, academic dean, or other academic administrative officer of Western Washington University, including the President and Provost, shall participate in any decision that directly affects the condition of employment with the university for family members or partners in an intimate personal relationship. These decisions include appointment, evaluation, promotion, retention, discipline, or dismissal.

 

Whenever a department chairperson, academic dean, or other administrative officer would in the normal course of business participate in a decision prohibited under this section, the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs shall delegate the responsibility for such a decision to an appropriate person.

 

No employee shall review, audit, or administer public funds under the control of another family member or partner in an intimate personal relationship.

 

When employees discover that their duties will lead to making decisions that directly affect the condition of employment at the university for family members or partners in an intimate personal relationship, they will promptly inform their immediate supervisors (i.e., chair, director, dean, etc.) and request that those duties be assigned to different employees.

 

Section 8:  Consensual Intimate Personal Relationships Between Faculty and Students (See POL 1600.xxxx)

Definitions:

 “Intimate personal relationship” shall mean emotional or physical relationship that has sexual or romantic overtones.

 

“Faculty” shall mean all those who hold tenure-track, tenured, and non-tenure track faculty appointments.

 

“Students” shall mean students in a faculty member’s class, a student employee under a faculty’s supervision such as graduate teaching or research assistant or a student who was or may be mentored, advised or evaluated in any way by a faculty member.

Intimate personal relationships between faculty members and students currently in the faculty member’s class or under that individual’s supervision are prohibited and considered a violation of the Code of Ethics, since the faculty member has professional responsibility for the student. (See Section 7 of this Code regarding “Conflict of Interest Resulting from Family Relationships.)  Intimate personal relationships between faculty members and students occurring outside the instructional and supervisory context may also lead to difficulties, particularly when the faculty member and student are in the same academic unit or in units that are academically allied.  In such situations, the faculty member may face serious conflicts of interest and should be careful to maintain distance from any decisions that may reward or penalize the student involved.  A faculty member who fails to withdraw from participation in activities or decisions that may reward or penalize a student with whom the faculty member has or had an intimate personal relationship is considered to be in violation of the Code of Ethics.

The university’s educational mission is promoted by professionalism in faculty-student and supervisor-subordinate (e.g., faculty and teaching or graduate assistant; advisor and student) relationships which are maintained by an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect.  Actions that negatively impact this atmosphere undermine professionalism and the fulfillment of the university’s educational mission. Intimate personal relationships between faculty members and currently enrolled students are unwise because of the trust accorded to the faculty by their students.  Faculty and supervisors have power over students through grading, evaluating creative and scholarly endeavors, making recommendations for further studies or future employment, or conferring any other benefits.  Intimate personal relationships between faculty and students or supervisors and students create the risk of real or perceived favoritism toward the student in the personal relationship and potential harm to this and other students. When a power disparity exists in the academic or employment association of the individuals in the intimate personal relationship, the academic or employment interests of the student must be protected.

Trust and respect are diminished when those in positions of authority abuse or appear to abuse their power. Those who abuse or appear to abuse their power violate their duty to the university community. Such situations greatly increase the chances that faculty may abuse their power and emotionally or sexually exploit the student.  Voluntary consent by the student in such relationship is legally questionable, given the fundamentally asymmetric nature of the relationship.  Moreover, other students and faculty may be affected by such unprofessional behavior because it places the faculty member in a position to favor or advance one student’s interest at the expense of others and implicitly makes obtaining benefits contingent on continuing the intimate personal relationship.

 

Individuals should be aware that consensual personal relationships that are intimate (emotionally or physically) or romantic or sexual in nature, may result in claims of sexual harassment (See POL-U1600.04) because the voluntariness of the consent is legally questionable due to the power differential that exists between faculty and students and supervisors and students. This differential makes such relationships vulnerable to exploitation and to claims of exploitation. If a sexual harassment claim subsequently is filed by a student in an intimate personal relationship with his/her faculty member or supervisor, this matter will be subjected to investigation regardless of whether it could be at any point characterized as a consensual relationship.”

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§  Senators passed a Motion to create a committee to review Section 6 of the Code of Faculty Ethics to ensure proper inclusion of text related to Academic Freedom.

 

MINUTES FROM SENATE STANDING COMMITTEES (Exhibit B)

Committee

Date

          Topic

University Planning & Resources Council

11/30/11

ACCEPTED.  New programs: 1) Engineering; 2) ScienceEd Middle-School; 3) Nursing; 4) Audiology Doctorate

Academic Technology Committee

11/30/11

ACCEPTED.  ATC Bb site available; DC++ information sought; issues for improving ATC effectiveness; meeting schedule; 6-year plan; Sarah Campbell on Help Desk search committee

 

Appointments and Elections:   Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, 2011-12 Officer

Appointed To the Faculty Senate:  Milica Jelaca Jovanovic, Music, replacing Cynthia Camlin thru Spring 2012.

Nominated to Service & Activities Fee committee:  David Fewings, Finance & Marketing, thru 2014 (President Shepard appoints).  

To Student Publications Council:  Cher Carnell, Theater and Dance,                                     

 VACANCIES:  1 Senator for each:  Academic Technology Committee and Senate Library Committee                         

                               Student Publications Council:  1 faculty thru Spring 2013

                               Campus Dining Committee:  1 faculty 2012 thru 2014

 

ELECTION CALENDAR:

Senators passed a Motion to approve the 2012 Senate Election calendar.

 

 

ADJOURNMENT

Senators moved to adjourn at 5:40 pm without caucus.

January 23, 2012 – Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder

 

 

                                                                                                __________________________________

Kathleen Saunders, Secretary, 2011-2012

 

FACULTY SENATE – ROSTER 2011-2012

 

Senators whose terms end in 2012

 

 

 

Senate President 2011-2012

1

Craig Moyer

Biology

P

A

 

Karen Stout, President

2

Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, Appts&Elects

Geology

P

A

 

Spencer Anthonry-Cahill, VP& Parliamentarian (Interim)

3

Kathleen Saunders,  Secty

Anthro

P

B

 

  

4

Paul Chen

Comm

P

B

 

Ex Officio

 

5

Sheila Webb

Journalism

P

C

1

Bruce Shepard, University President

P

6

Sandra Alfers

M&CL

P

C

2

Catherin Riordan, Provost & VP Academic Affairs

P

7

(Milaca Jelaca Jovanovich elected today)

Music

--

D

 

Dean

 

8

Penny Hutchinson

Dance

--

D

 

                                

 

9

Steve Henson

Economics

--

E

 

Past Pres, Legislative Liaison,  UFWW, ASVP

 

10

Mark Springer**

DecisionSci

P

E

1

Scott Pearce, PastPres, Exec NV

P

11

David O Wallin

Huxley

P

G

2

Daniel Boxberger, FacLegRep  2011-12. Exec

--

12

Donald Larsen

Woodring

--

H

3

SteveGarfinkle, President, UFWW

P

13

Don Burgess (for Chuck Lambert)

SMATE

P

H

4

Fabiola Arvizu, ASVP-Academics

--

14

Paul Piper

Libraries

--

I

 

Recorder

 

15

Karen Stout, Senate President

At-Large

P

Al

5

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Senate office

P

 

Senators whose terms end in 2013

 

Guests

16

Spencer Anthony-Cahill, VP (Interim)

Chem

P

A

1

Roger Anderson, Chair, ACC (Exec)

P

17

David Hirsch

Geology

P

A

2

Barbara Mathers-Schmidt, CommSci&D

P

18

Andreas Riemann

Physics/Astron

P

A

3

Sue Guenter-Schlesinger, VProv, EEO

P

19

Stephanie Treneer

Math

P

A

4

Anneliese Remy, WF

P

20

Jim Graham

Psychology

P

B

 

 

 

21

Vicki Hsueh, Exec At Lg (Interim)

Poli Science

P

B

 

 

 

22

Charles Sylvester

PEHR

P

C

 

 

 

23

Cecile Hanania

M&CL

P

C

 

 

 

24

Hud Hudson

Philosophy

--

C

 

 

 

25

Sean Murphy

Liberal Studies

P

C

 

Senators Present

23

26

Anne Lobeck (for Johann Neem)

Eng

P

C

 

Absent or Excused

(7)

27

Deb Currier

Theater Dance

P

D

 

Ex Officio

2

28

David Gilbertson

Accounting

--

E

 

PastPres, LegLiaison, UFWW, ASVP , Recorder

2

29

Babafemi Akinrinade

Fairhaven

P

F

 

Guests

4

30

Kate Wayne

Elem Ed

P

H

 

TOTALS:  January 23, 2012 

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