AGENDA FOR THE FACULTY SENATE MEETING
NOVEMBER 10, 2010
Robinson Hall B113, 3:00 - 4:15 p.m.
I. Call to Order
II. Approval of the Minutes of October 6, 2010
Director Jim Olds, Krasnow Institute
IV. New Business - Committee Reports
A. Senate Standing Committees
Motion: Addition to Catalog Copy – Final Exams Attachment A
Budget & Resources
Nominations Attachment B
Organization & Operations
Resolution to Amend the Charge of the Minority and Diversity Issues Committee
Recommendations on the Proposed Code of Ethics Attachment D
B. Other Committees
V. Other New Business
A. Enrollment Services – Linda Schwartzstein, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Vice President for Enrollment Services
VI. Remarks for the Good of the General Faculty
Motion from the Academic Policies Committee:
Under Catalog copy about Final Exams
Proposed addition (add after section on absences, pg. 36)
Add: Students who have more than one examination scheduled at the
same time or more than two examinations scheduled on the same day should
consult their instructors to request rescheduling.
Election of Faculty Representatives:
Provost's Regulatory Committee
Faculty Representatives: Peter Pober (CHSS), Bob Smith (CHSS), Susan Trencher (CHSS) Provost appointees: Deborah Boehm-Davis (Chair/Professor, Psychology,CHSS), Martin Ford (Sr. Associate Dean, CEHD), Mike Lasofski (Director, Office of Sponsored Programs), Claudia Rector (Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs), Walt Sevon (Executive Director, Technology Systems Division), Brian Walther, (Senior Associate University Counsel), Ying Zhou (Director, Institutional Assessment), Julie Zobel (Executive Director, Environmental Health and Safety).
Nigel Waters is nominated to serve as Faculty Senate Representative to the TIAA/CREF Scholarship Committee.
John H. Crockett is nominated to serve as Faculty Representative to the BOV's new Other Business Opportunities Committee.
Resolution to Amend the Charge of the Minority and Diversity Issues Committee:
Whereas, there is no substantial rationale to exclude term faculty from service on the Minority and Diversity Issues Committee; and
Whereas, the Committee addresses issues that impact all faculty, not just tenured and tenure-track faculty; and
Whereas, composition of the Committee is determined by a vote of duly elected members of the Faculty Senate;
Be it resolved:
That the Minority and Diversity Issues Committee charge be revised to insert “Term” at the beginning of the second sentence under Composition as follows:
Term, tenured and tenure-track faculty are eligible to serve on this Committee.
[Minority and Diversity Issues Committee Charge:
The Minority and Diversity Issues Committee (approved by the Faculty Senate on March 18, 1998) incorporated and revised duties previously addressed by the ad hoc Minority Affairs Committee and the ad hoc Diversity Issues Committee. effective September 1998.
Composition: Five members. Tenured and tenure-track faculty are eligible to serve on this Committee. Members serve staggered two-year terms.
Charge: To work in concert with the Equity Office, Minority Students Services Office, other pertinent administrators, and campus organizations in developing and implementing means to ensure nondiscrimination, tolerance, and protection of the rights of all persons affiliated with the University; and to facilitate dialogue among those connected with the University and those in the broader community on matters concerning minority populations and diversity issues.]
O&O Action on Code of Ethics
After reviewing the feedback from Faculty Senate members on the Code of Ethics, and closely reading the Code to identify the areas of primary faculty concern, the O&O Committee offers this feedback to Tom Hennessey regarding bringing the Code for a formal vote of approval by the Faculty Senate:
*there is some vagueness in terminology which left faculty members uneasy about what was covered and disallowed. Included among these phrases were “free of personal conflicts” and “appearance of impropriety” (1); “anything of value in consideration of performing our public duties” (2); and “mindful of the public cost” (7).
*we looked closely at the rigidity of the requirements, and felt that the verbs “encourage” and “expected” were sufficient to convey the normative statement set by the code (e.g., for reporting in 6 and 8).
We offer the following possibility for moving forward with the Code in the face of faculty concerns (see Code of Ethics below for mark up):
*Strike the last two sentences of clause 1 (appearance of impropriety is vague, as is conflicting interests);
*Strike the first sentence of clause 2 (too broad, could include free texts as part of making on informed decision about course materials, or a bottle of wine by a grateful graduate student);
*Strike the last part of clause 7 after University (public cost seems misplaced in this clause about improving performance, which is arguably covered in clause 1).
While there are no guarantees about actions taken by the Faculty Senate, it seems to us that these clauses are among the vaguest and most objectionably interpretable, and that there is a much higher chance of Faculty Senate endorsement without these sentences.
Code of Virginia §2.2-3100, et seq. - Conflict of Interest Act.
University Policy Number 407 – Misconduct in Research and Scholarship.
University Policy Number 410 – Financial Conflicts of Interest in Federally-Funded Research.
University Administrative Policies – Series 2100 – Financial.
University Policy Number 4001 – Financial Conflicts of Interest in University Contracts with Businesses.
University Policy Number 4005 – Cost Transfer Policy.
Faculty Handbook – 2.10 Faculty Duties and Responsibilities.
American Association of University Professors – Statement on Professional Ethics.