MINUTES OF THE
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE FACULTY SENATE
MASON HALL, room
D5; 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Buchanan, Rick Coffinberger, Jim Sanford, Suzanne Slayden, Peter Stearns, Cliff
Bennett, Susan Trencher.
The draft minutes of our meeting October 2, 2006 will be
redistributed with corrections suggested.
Policy on Scholarship and Research Misconduct
very noisy at recent deans and directors meeting; legalese off-putting.
cc of letter from SPP Faculty to the Provost noting grave concerns; did
not define specific objections.
of policy: must conform to federal
regulations for research funding.
Three” areas: fabrication,
falsification, and plagiarism.
- Do not
want to have a two-tier system of federal and non-federal guidelines.
may be reluctant to handle cases with prominent faculty.
Handbook contains appendix from AAUP addressing plagiarism.
example of historian Ward Churchill whose scholarship on 9/11 contained
examples of plagiarism, fabrication, and falsified data.
a University Standing Committee on Ethics be established? To join with Research Committee? The Provost would appoint some
deans/directors to committee. To
have a faculty ethics committee as a venue? Not to incorporate into grievance committee. Proposed committee must have some
members in the hard sciences.
Policy differs from Faculty Handbook, which differs from
from Deans/Directors at meeting included:
of involvement of Vice President for Research in process; not enough
stages in inquiry.
provisions argue for culpable responsibility of faculty to report
misdeeds by others, described as “McCarthyism,” etc.
fudging between scientific/scholarly misconduct vs. other research
regulations such as abuse of animals; different levels of magnitude.
Process: Provost Stearns: We have established a mechanism to
deal with research misconduct but not yet in compliance with all federal
regulations. Complaint (?) first
to relevant dean; if charges found valid, then referred to Provost who
establishes a committee to hear it; then Provost makes a decision. In some cases decisions have been made
and carried out; in no cases has federal funding been involved. In cases thus far, has worked pretty
well re punishment and protection of individual rights.
Policy on Use of Public Space
expressed about abridgement of ability to demonstrate; anti-free speech.
of policy last year during Johnson Center incident.
whether policy will be sent to BOV.
Draft Motion of Ad Hoc Task Force on Salary Issues distributed for inclusion in the agenda; several changes and
suggestions made. Some segments to be
included in the preamble; others to be presented at a later Faculty Senate
meeting. Also noted that SCHEV peers
have not changed in twenty years; do not reflect university where it is today
as comprehensive public urban/suburban campus.
Clerk, Faculty Senate