MASON HALL, room D5; 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.


Present:  Jim Bennett, Phil Buchanan, Dave Kuebrich, Jim Sanford, Suzanne Slayden, Cliff Sutton.

Absent:  Susan Trencher.


The minutes of our meetings August 25, 2006 and August 28, 2006 stand approved with one spelling correction made.  For next year, we will avoid scheduling any meetings on Yom Kippur, which is today.  Due to a change in the Provost’s schedule, our next meeting, originally scheduled for Thursday, October 5th from noon – 1:00 p.m. has been rescheduled to Tuesday, October 10th at 4:30 p.m. in Mason Hall, room D5.


All executive committee meetings are open to all who wish to come.  We will institute as regular practice posting the schedule on the website.  Schedules of Faculty Senate Standing Committees will also be posted on the website as they become known.




Academic Policies – Cliff Sutton

Summer school scheduling issue emerged this summer – to develop long term guidelines.

Academic Suspensions:  Registrar to examine results of simpler policy now in operation for a while.


Budget and Resources – Phil Buchanan

The committee will meet every month before the Faculty Senate meeting; looking for issues.  General discussion about huge variations in resources among academic departments. The committee just received the budget today from Donna Kidd.


Faculty Matters – Jim Sanford

Parking:  the committee met with Josh Cantor, and will meet again. To request a faculty representative to the Parking Services Advisory Committee (which has 12-15 members; including designated representatives from the Staff Senate and Student Senate).


Proposal to stop Tenure Clock for faculty with new babies (birth or adopted) referred to the Faculty Handbook Committee, which is examining these issues.


Organization and Operations – Suzanne Slayden

Susan Trencher resigned from the O&O committee, of which she was recently elected chair.  There is still work to be done; it should not be disbanded yet.  June Tangney to replace Susan Trencher. 


Resolution Creating a Senate Standing Committee on the Board of Visitors:  Discussion included this be made contingent upon the next BOV faculty representative election; we need to have input from this group.  Example of Copyright Policy almost finished – Faculty Rep to BOV Committee where it will be discussed should attend Faculty Senate meeting at which it will be discussed first.  Not all Faculty Reps are Senators.


Rejuvenation of Facilities Support Committee discussed, environmental and faculty-oriented concerns in new construction, rep to Faculty/Staff Housing Workgroup.  


EXTERNAL ACADEMIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE:  Dave Kuebrich to report on recent meeting of Faculty Senate of Virginia. 


EULOGIES:  After some discussion, it was agreed that eulogies should be permitted if requested from people who volunteer to do so.


NEW SENATORS:  Ilya Somin (SOL); Jane Flinn and Bob Nadeau nominated to fill one-year terms in LAHS. 


SALARY TASK FORCE:  How to best solicit faculty opinion on the recommendations of the Salary Task Force was discussed. 


POLICY ON RESEARCH MISCONDUCT:  Matt Kluger will speak in favor of a motion to endorse the new policy; which will also be included in the revised Faculty Handbook.


COPYRIGHT POLICY:  Not ready to present yet; contains controversial sections about “Significant Use”. Again, very important that BOV rep attends this meeting. 


USE OF PUBLIC SPACE POLICY:  Freedom of speech and freedom of inquiry are central to the mission of the university; only exceptions so as not to disrupt instruction/research.  May need to be rewritten, some feel any document which impacts free speech must be approved by the Faculty Senate; which send a message to the BOV that it we would not endorse it (in its present form). 


RECENT MEMORANDUM FROM JOY HUGHES REGARDING SENSITIVE INFORMATION:  reminder that student examination records contain social security numbers. 


RESOLUTION ON SATELLITE CAMPUSES – Suggested substitute “distributed” for “satellite.”  Academic Policies Committee does not look routinely at curriculum, not role of the Faculty Senate.


Next meeting:  Tuesday, October 10th at 4:30 p.m. in Mason Hall, room D-5.


Respectfully submitted,

Meg Caniano

Clerk, Faculty Senate