(from the minutes) passed by the Faculty Senate 2001-2002
Kathleen Kennedy, President
|Revised Faculty Grievance Procedure|| Kennedy
brought a motion, seconded by Tom Read, to adopt an addition to
Bylaw 7.7. entitled “The Ombudsman” which will eliminate the
need for paragraph 3b of the new grievance procedure, which passed
|Revised Faculty Grievance Procedure||Kenndy brought a motion, seconded by Purdy to adopt changes to Section IV.C. of the draft, essentially regarding timeline procedure, which passed.||5/20/02|
|Outstanding Service Resolution||
Senate President John Purdy expressed
appreciation to Kathleen Kennedy, and then to Chris Suczek and Vicki
Hamblin who have completed their term on the Executive Council.
Purdy made a motion, seconded by Tom Read, to adopt the
following resolution of the Senate which passed unanimously.
“A Resolution of the Faculty Senate of Western Washington University for
the Outstanding Service
“WHEREAS, Kathleen Kennedy has served as Western Washington University’s Faculty
Senate President during the 2001-2002 academic year; and,
“WHEREAS, Kathleen Kennedy has proven to be a highly committed leader who has
served the faculty dutifully, with humor and dedication, directing the
Senate’s deliberations on crucial and difficult issues throughout the
2001-2002 academic year; and
“WHEREAS, the members of the Faculty Senate of Western Washington University are
grateful for her dedication to seeking the greatest possible input from
the faculty, and for making the Faculty Senate of Western Washington
University such a force for effective faculty governance,
“BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, by the Faculty Senate of Western Washington University at its regular
meeting of May 20, 2002, that Kathleen Kennedy be and hereby is honored
for his outstanding service as Faculty Senate President from June 24, 2001
to June 25, 2002.”
|Second Vote on FAST Items||
Senate conducted a second vote on the following items previously voted on
and published in FAST:
A motion to
revise the charge of the Senate Legislative Committee, which passed.
to revise Bylaws 7.1.3, 7.1.4, and 12.3, which passed.
A motion to approve the
“Policy and Procedural Guidelines
for Misconduct in Research and Scholarship” (Appendix G of the
Faculty Handbook)” which passed
unanimously, and included a
preamble that the changes have been made to comply with Federal
|Faculty Affairs Requests Faculty Vote on the Provost’s Plan||
The Faculty Affairs Council (the policy-making committee of the College of Arts & Sciences) forwarded a request to the Senate via Tom Read. A motion supporting the request was made by Tom Read and seconded by Bill Lyne. The motion asked the Senate to conduct an immediate vote of the Faculty which is to read as follows:
Do you support the Provost’s Plan for restructuring the
Plan proposes 1) the creation of a College of Arts, Social Sciences and
Humanities and the elimination of the College of Fine and Performing Arts;
and 2) the creation of a College of Science and Technology.
The proposal can be viewed at: http://www.acadweb.wwu.edu/senate/ABProposal040902.htm
motion passed unanimously (2
abstentions). Ballot results
will be made available to the University Planning Council and the Academic
Coordinating commission before these committees make final recommendations
to the Provost.
James Loucky made a motion,
seconded by Bill Lyne, to support a resolution on academic freedom, the
text of which follows:
times of national crisis may lead governments to institute measures of
security that include denial of exercise of voice, movement, and assembly;
universities have a set of responsibilities for which intellectual freedom
is the significant defining feature; and
the transformative knowledge that we encourage is grounded in critical
inquiry, including questioning and criticism of leaders, laws and policy;
the Faculty Senate of Western Washington University reaffirms our
unequivocal commitment to, and active support of, the free expression of
opinion and critique in classroom discussions, curricular decisions, and
other teaching and scholarly pursuits.
The Faculty Senate unanimously passed the motion. Provost Bodman expressed a shared commitment of the administration to the ideas expressed in the Senate resolution supporting academic freedom.
seconded by Brad Johnson, moved
that recommendations be delayed until the faculty has been satisfied that
their voice has been heard. Thorndike,
seconded by James Loucky, made a motion
to table discussion on the delay until University President Karen
Morse and Provost Bodman can negotiate with the Board of Trustees and
bring the results of the discussion to the next Senate meeting, which passed.
motion was made by Bill Lyne,
seconded by James Loucky to accept the document from the College of Fine
and Performing Arts, and further, that consideration of restructuring be
extended to end of fall quarter 2002.
Members proposed to separate the question, and the motion
was restated by Sara Weir as follows:
“to support the petition
we have received and to support the College of Fine and Performing Arts
and to further support of the concerns they have expressed“ which passed. Chris
Suczek proposed discussing the CFPA proposal separately from the split-up
|Policy and Procedural Guidelines for Misconduct in Research and Scholarship||
(Revisions to Appendix G of the Faculty Handbook).
Members reviewed the document and the changes proposed by Dean
Ghali and brought forward from the Executive Council at a previous
meeting. A motion
by Robert Thorndike, seconded by Steve Ross, passed
to amend the policy so that the last bulleted item on page 1 is moved to a
new item 4 in part A and modified to read as follows:
“4. Research misconduct does not include honest errors, honest differences of opinion, or differences in interpretation or judgments of data.”
motion to approve the Policy
and Procedural Guidelines for Misconduct in Research and Scholarship
as revised passed
unanimously, to be printed with a preamble that the changes have been
made to comply with federal guidelines. The document will go to FAST for
publication to all faculty.
|Changes to Bylaw 7.1 and 12.3||
then moved to approve changes
to Bylaw 7.1 and 12.3 of the
Handbook, which passed.
The text follows (deletions struck through, new material underlined):
Appointments and Elections
The President pro tem … Secretary,
The Appointments and Elections
… by the Elections and Appointments
|Revisions to Bylaws 12.5.4, 12.1, and 12.4.4||Hamblin
conducted a second vote on
revisions (published in FAST 4/25/02) to Bylaws
12.5.4, 12.1, and 12.4.4 which passed.
|Charge to Senate Legislative Committee – Executive Council Motion||
Newcomer presented a motion forwarded and seconded from the Senate Executive Council to
revise the charge of the Senate Legislative Committee as follows:
The Senate Legislative Committee shall consist of seven (7) faculty
members. Three shall be
elected by the Faculty Senate from persons nominated by the Executive
Council of the Faculty Senate and by members of the Faculty Senate, one
member of the Academic Coordinating Commission, one member of the Salary
and Welfare Committee, one member of the University Planning Council, each
appointed by their respective committees for a one year term, and the
President-elect of the Faculty Senate, who shall serve as a member of the
Senate Legislative Committee, ex officio.
The term of office of the elected members shall be three years with
one member to be elected in the Spring Quarter of each year.
Members shall be eligible for reelection.
The Committee shall meet at least once per quarter while the Legislature
is not in session, and at least once per month while the Legislature is in
session. Copies of the
minutes of all meetings shall be forwarded to the Senate for review within
one month of the meeting.”
presented the rationale for the changes, which have been reviewed by the
chairs of Senate standing committees. The purpose of the change (BL7.2.1)
is to improve the flow of information to and from the Faculty Legislative
Representative and the rest of the faculty governance structure by
creating formal links between the committees.
The purpose of the addition (BL7.2.6) is to formalize expectations
for meetings of the committee.
The motion to change the charge passed unanimously. The material will now be published in FAST.
|Revision to Motion #3 from the February 25, 2002 Document||
|Revised Faculty Grievance Procedure||
After a friendly amendment by John Purdy to capitalize “standing committee” throughout, the motion passed.
|Revised Faculty Grievance Procedure||The motion passed.||4/8/02|
|Revised Faculty Grievance Procedure||4/8/02|
|Revised Faculty Grievance Procedure||
continued to discuss other items in the first motion, which are numbered
1, 3 and 4, including the role of the ombudsman, and use of the word
“evidentiary”, suggesting that confusion exists with the formality of
the process and the possibility of escalation of the process through
filing a written complaint. A
motion by Steve Ross, seconded
by John Purdy, to table discussion
on the entire first motion passed
|Proposed Revisions to Appendix G of the Faculty Handbook||(Policy
and Procedural Guidelines for Misconduct in Research and Scholarship)
After reviewing language changes to Appendix G, Senators suggested inviting Dean Ghali to the Senate to help clarify the policy. Members suggested adding a preamble to explain that the changes make the policy compliant with federal standards when the document is published in FAST. A motion was made by Steve Ross, seconded by Sara Weir, to table discussion until the next Senate meeting, which passed.
|Handbook Changes to Streamline Elections||
Hamblin presented a draft of handbook changes to streamline the election
process and to replace the Appointment and Elections Committee with an
Appointments and Elections Officer. After
reviewing the draft a motion
was made (in two parts) by Chris Suczek, seconded by Tom Read to divide
the question (into Articles and Bylaws), which passed.
As a second part of the same motion Senators then voted to send the separated Articles to
the faculty for a vote. A motion
was made by Robert Thorndike, seconded by James Loucky to postpone the
remaining sections of the bylaws in the first motion until the Articles
could be voted on, which passed.
Members suggested that the Academic Coordinating Commission
consider appointing an elections officer to track its standing committees.
Members considered additional bylaws.
the following changes (deletions struck-through, additions underlined)
which will go to FAST for publication before returning to the Senate for a
12.5.4: Seats on the
Faculty Senate … Such appointments will be in effect for
The time, place, and manner … nominations for Faculty Senate
positions shall be at such a time that a list of nominees for Faculty Senate
positions is published at least
Area elections are at the same time and in the same manner as
Senators also passed a motion that until the revised BL 12.5.4 can be fully implemented, the Appointments and Elections Committee [Appointments and Elections Officer] be allowed to include a limited number of one-year Area representation positions in order to readjust the number of Senate members being elected annually.
|Meeting Calender for Academic Year 2002-2003||A motion was made by Kevin Leonard, seconded by Chris Suczek to approve the Senate meeting calendar for 2002-2003 which passed.||4/8/02|
|Faculty Grievance Procedure||
Senators reviewed a motion, (Motion #4) brought from the Executive Council, and seconded by Jeff Newcomer, to accept the following changes to the language of the Faculty Grievance Procedure 1/16/2001 draft which read as follows:
the Faculty Senate strike section 6.b. from the document. Members
agreed to obtain further information before acting on this motion.
Kennedy will find out from the University of Washington if the
policy described in the language has ever been exercised.
reviewed a second draft of additional changes in a motion brought
by the Executive Council, seconded by Sara Weir, which referred to Section
IV of the same draft. Kennedy reported that Bob Thorndike and Wendy Bolke had
reviewed the edits. Phil
Montague made a motion to postpone the discussion, seconded by
Chris Suczek, which was withdrawn.
Provost Bodman questioned the phrasing of clauses, which excused
committee members without cause. A
motion was made by Tom Read, seconded by Jeff Newcomer to first
separate the questions and to vote only on items 4 and 5, which was passed. A motion was made by Tom Read, seconded by John
Purdy, which passed, to approve the changes it items 4 and 5
That the number D.5. “The Hearing Panel’s Power to Compel
Evidence” be changed to number D.6; number D.6, the “Grievance
Decision” be changed to number D.7.
That the language in B.3.a. be changed to: “If at the end of the
15-day period the dispute has not been resolved informally. ..”
A motion brought by John Purdy, seconded by Chris Suczek, to accept five other revisions in the draft failed, and Kennedy agreed to rewrite the changes and bring them forward again.
|Extension of Deadline for Senate Nominations||Vicki
Hamblin reported that numerous nominees are needed to fill almost every
area vacancy on the Senate, and encouraged Senators to sign up for a
second term. Chris Suczek
made a motion, seconded by TJ Olney to extend the deadline for
submitting nominations to Friday March 15th, which passed
unanimously. Ballots will be
mailed in the 1st week of Spring Quarter.
|ACC Minutes 2/5/02||
Kathleen Kennedy and Steve Ross edited a language change in the resolution for the GUR Transfer Among Baccalaureate Institutions. Kennedy made a motion, seconded by Chris Suczek, which was then passed that the Faculty Senate accepts the following change (bolded) to the language in the original motion recorded in the ACC minutes of 2/5/02:
a Washington public baccalaureate institution certifies that a student has
met those general education requirements that are covered by the direct
transfer agreement with (Washington) community colleges at the sending
institution, the receiving Washington public baccalaureate institution
will accept that the transfer student has met all of the receiving
institution’s lower division general education requirements.”
|Faculty Grievance Procedure||
Kennedy then presented Senators with language (bolded) on a second motion brought from the Executive Council and seconded by Tom Read (Vicki Hamblin added the word “Panel’s” in both sentences as a friendly amendment):
Faculty Senate accept the following changes to the language of the Faculty
Grievance Procedure 1/16.2001 Draft:
That the language in section D.6.d. i. be changed to, “Any order of a
Hearing Panel, other than cases in which the President is a party in the
case, shall become the final decision of the University unless either
party files an appeal to the President within 15 working days of
receiving the Panel’s decision or unless the President elects
to review the decision by giving written notice of intent to review to the
parties within 15 working days of the decision to the President.
That the language in section D.6.e.i be changed to, “Any order of a
Hearing Panel with respect to a case in which the President is a part
shall become a final decision of the University unless either party files
an appeal to the Board of Trustees (“Board”) within 15 working days of
receiving the Panel’s decision to the parties, or unless
the Board elects to review the decision by giving written notice of intent
to review to the parties within 15 working days of the date of delivery of
the decision to the Secretary of the Board. “
|Faculty Grievance Procedure||
presented Senators with language changes (bolded) to the Faculty
Grievance procedure 1/16/01 draft. The following motion was
brought to the Senate from the Executive Council and seconded by Chris
the Faculty Senate accept the following changes to the language of the
Faculty Grievance Procedure 1/16/2001 Draft
That the language in section B.1.C. be changed to “If the
complaint is not resolved with the help of the ombudsman or
That the language in section B.2 be changed to “Within five
working days of filing a written complaint, the complainant shall
meet with the Facutly Senate President to discuss the complaint resolution
That the heading in section B.3. be changed to “Assistance of Ombudsman
in Resolution of the
passed the motion after adding the word “working” in the
|UPC - Report on Survey||Phil
Montague made a motion,
seconded by Joan Stevenson, to endorse recommendations from the University
Planning Council (after a friendly amendment from Steve Ross to change
“report” to “recommendations”) which passed
with one abstention.
|Appointments and Elections Committee Elections||Senators
approved the apportionment schedule for Faculty Senate elections after passing
a motion that requested the
Appointments and Elections committee work to ensure that exactly 15
faculty are elected each year.
|Bill Enabling Legislation for Collective Bargaining||Senators agreed that they could neither
support nor oppose HB2403/SB6440 (enabling legislation for collective
bargaining) in its present form. The
Senate passed a motion made by
Chris Suczek and seconded by Steve Ross not to take an additional stand on
the bill. The Senate
also passed a motion made by Chris Suczek and seconded by Bob Thorndike to
support a second bill that removes a cap on state retirement contributions
and also removes a guaranteed floor on retirement benefits for faculty
hired after July 1, 2002.
|Filling GER Committee Vacancies||
A motion by Phil Montague,
seconded by Tom Read was passed “that
the Academic Coordinating Commission (ACC) be instructed to take whatever
steps are necessary to fill the vacancies on the General Education
Requirements (GER) committee so that the committee will become active and
that this will be done with all deliberate speed.”
The motion passed by hand count vote with 12 in favor, and 11 opposed.
Discussion included mention that the ACC had postponed
filling the roster of the GER committee, a committee that has official
university standing. The ACC
is undergoing a general review of its committees and their structure and
purpose at this time. Ross
reported that the consensus of ACC was that the process of review by the
GER committee was not expeditious, and the ACC was able to complete part 2
of the GER charge, regarding course review (for example only one GUR
course was proposed this year) and felt capable of accomplishing GER
agendas on its own. Senators
mentioned additional items such as Summer Study abroad programs which will
be proposed for GUR credit of varying length and content, and which will
add considerably to ACC’s agenda topics.
A motion brought from the
Executive Council to replace language in BL7.6 of the Faculty Handbook (p.
68) was discussed by Senators.
Kennedy reported that the Council suggested the
Grievance committee ought to be expanded -- reasoning that a committee of
only seven would be overburdened if there were more than one grievance per
Ř The EOC office also requests the service of one committee member per year in an investigative capacity. Provost Bodman explained that the EOC consults with a single faculty member when a complaint is lodged by a student against a faculty member or by a faculty member against another faculty member. Either faculty member is eligible to ask for assistance, and a member of the grievance committee is best qualified to assist. This assignment had previously been approved by the Faculty Senate.
The motion from
the Executive Council was passed unanimously to replace language in BL7.6
of the Faculty Handbook (p. 68) with the following text. (An amendment by
Chris Suczek seconded by Tom Read passed to add the highlighted sentence.)
Standing Committee on Grievance and Sanctions
|Survey with Clauses from Bills on Enabling Legislation||
Senators passed a motion
made by Jeff Newcomer, seconded by Steve Ross, to prepare a survey
which asks faculty to review specific clauses they might or might not want
included in a potential bill on enabling legislation.
|Charge to the University Planning Council||
Senators charged the University Planning Council with
a review of the status of limited-term and part-time faculty in a motion
from the Executive Council which passed unanimously. In answer to a question, Kennedy stated that the UPC report
should be received by the end of Winter Quarter. Text follows:
faculty senate directs the University Planning Council to investigate the
status of and offer clarification of handbook language regarding limited
term and part-time faculty. In
particular, the Faculty Senate asks the University Planning Council to
consider the following issues:
1. How should the University evaluate limited-term faculty for
merit raises? Current
Handbook language suggests that limited-term faculty should be evaluated
for merit raises based on teaching, scholarship and service but limited
term faculty are often hired for specific duties such as teaching.
2. What type of faculty development should departments offer to
limited term faculty?
3. What type of contracts should limited term faculty receive?
How can we improve job security for semi-permanent faculty?
What other issues do limited term faculty want us to address?
1. How do we evaluate part-time tenure track faculty?
What standards of publication and service do we require?
2. How do we define part-time status?
3. Should we count time for service differently for tenure track part time faculty? For example, if we used the methods stipulated on page 10 of the faculty handbook, a tenure track part time employee (.5) would not be eligible for a sabbatical for twelve years or required to be tenured for twelve years. Should we reconsider that policy given the number of fractional appointments we now have? “ -End text of motion-
discussed the handbook language on partner accommodation, in particular a
motion from the Executive Council which follows:
“Motion from the Executive Council:
The faculty senate authorizes
the Provost to extend for one year the President's Council's
recommendation that the language in Section 3 of Appendix K of the faculty
handbook incorporate the phrase "and the retention of existing
faculty" in its policy on spousal accommodations.
[with addition bracketed and italicized]:
successful recruitment [and
retention of existing faculty] and administrative candidates in
position searches may be significantly affected by the need to consider
academic appointments for a candidate's partner.
In such cases, the need to achieve strategically important goals of
the regular search may be sufficiently significant that the partner should
be considered as an opportunity appointment.
The Senate passed
a motion by Chris Suczek to substitute the following for the Executive
The Faculty Senate authorizes the Provost to extend for one year the President’s Council’s recommendation about spousal hires for continuing faculty, with the expectation that Faculty Handbook language would be changed at the end of that time if the policy is to be continued.
|Revision to Article X.B. of the Faculty Handbook||
Paul Storer presented language
suggested by the Salary and Welfare committee to update Article X.B of the
Faculty Handbook. Following a
motion by Robert Thorndike,
seconded by Chris Suczek, members voted unanimously to substitute this
language, given below, for a different draft that had been distributed
with materials for the meeting. A motion
by Thorndike, seconded by Suczek, to accept the new language was also
unanimously approved. (New
language is in italics and is underlined):
X.B. Salary Calendar
The contract period for the academic
year begins September 16 and ends June 15.
Workshop and Continuing Education classes, externally
funded research projects, and the Summer Session, which are
not funded from State appropriations, are not considered part of the
faculty member's regular assignment.
A faculty member may earn additional compensation for these
the case of externally funded research projects, the additional
compensation shall not exceed the amount specifically approved by the
sponsor, and shall be subject to all other limitations imposed by the
compensation during the academic year that is paid from Federal funds is
subject to the limitations of the Office of Management and Budget