George Mason University
Approved Minutes of the Executive Committee Meeting
March 31, 2004

Present: J. Bennett, P. Buchanan, M. De Nys, E. Elstun, P. Stearns

Chair Jim Bennett opened the meeting at 9:00 am.

I. Approval of Minutes
The Minutes of the March 17, 2004 Executive Committee meeting were approved as distributed.

II. Announcements
There were no announcements.

III. Old Business
There was no old business.

IV. Reports from Senate Standing Committee Chairs
A. Academic Policy

The Committee has two remaining items that will be discussed at today’s meeting—drop period extension and inter-unit majors—but neither will be ready to present at next week’s meeting. Only one faculty response supports extending the drop period; the rest have been against it. A compromise between the faculty and student positions may be possible. The Provost suggested that the Committee meet with the Student Senate leadership on this issue as a courtesy, especially if the Committee decides to recommend against an extension.

B. Budget & Resources
No report.

C. Faculty Matters
Jim Sanford will present a report at next week’s meeting on policies dealing with scientific misconduct. There are three ambiguous and conflicting policies that cover this subject, and the Committee would like the Senate’s guidance in clarifying them.

The Committee has been asked to look into the designation “Administrative Faculty,” since it appears to have very broad usage covering everyone from the university president to librarians to coaches. Some of the positions under this category do not appear to be “true” faculty, and the Committee would like to review the label with the Provost and Associate Provost Rossell.

The Faculty Evaluation of Administrators survey has been distributed, and faculty members have again expressed concern about confidentiality and demographic information. The Office of Institutional Assessment retained two demographic
questions concerning sex and rank which seem to generate the most anxiety, but the Committee is willing to remove them next year. The Executive Committee is distressed at the high level of suspicion and fear that surfaces when these surveys are distributed.

D. Nominations
Lorraine Brown will be nominated as the faculty representative to the Committee on Staff Compensation.

E. Organization & Operations
No report.

V. New Business
There was no new business.

VI. Adjournment
The meeting adjourned at 9:30 am.

Respectfully submitted,
Debi Siler
Clerk, Faculty Senate

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