Academic Staff Assembly Minutes 09-14-20
ACADEMIC STAFF ASSEMBLY MEETING MINUTES
(ASA Business Portion)
Monday, September 14, 2020
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Rebecca Blank called the meeting to order at 3:33 p.m.
Blank acknowledged that the semester is not off to the start that anyone
wanted. The number of positive tests and the rate of increase in positive tests
has been faster than anticipated and faster than our peers. People are upset
and worried about the trend. They have taken the following actions: quarantine
multiple fraternity and sorority houses, asked undergraduate students to limit
in person interactions, two-week shift to virtual learning, imposed
restrictions on Sellery and Witte Halls for two weeks
and have worked to quickly test specific populations that are at a significant
risk of being infected. This testing is likely to continue to increase the
number of positive tests.
Chancellor reiterated that she believes opening campus this fall was the right
decision. In person instruction is a better way for most students to learn.
Many students had plans to be in Madison regardless of the mode of instruction.
An open campus gives students structure, ability to access some services in
person, and access to COVID testing. The hybrid model of instruction UW-Madison
is following is the same as virtually all our peers. On campus safety protocols
seem to be working as evidenced by no workplace or classroom transmission that
university has administered 30,000 COVID tests so far and has provided the
results of those tests plus off campus testing via a public dashboard that is
affairs staff and UWPD have been walking through the Langdon neighborhood at
night reminding students of the health protocols of social distancing and mask
wearing. There have been and will continue to be consequences for students who
do not follow UW-Madison rules.
are currently over 380 students being investigated for not following rules and
UW-Madison is reviewing 12 students for emergency suspension.
Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory will begin analyzing tests this
coming week. There is also a new rapid test system that will begin in
partnership as a research project with UW-Madison faculty. Additional contract
tracers will be hired.
next two weeks will be critical to see if numbers of positive cases come down.
UW-Madison administration will continue to monitor the data, meet with local officials and consult with UW System and the Board of
Blank and other campus leadership addressed questions about Smart Restart and
the campus response to COVID-19.
joint meeting recessed at 4:31 p.m.
Academic Staff Assembly reconvened at 4:34 p.m., with Vice Chancellor for
Finance and Administration Laurent Heller presiding.
Academic Staff Assembly minutes of Monday, May 11, 2020, were approved.
Dahlberg, ASEC chair, encouraged attendees to send any questions or concerns
left over from the joint meeting to her or the Secretary’s office. Jenny
thanked the representatives and alternates for attending the meeting and
participating in governance during this difficult time. She asked reps and alts
to review the activities listed in the report. Chancellor Blank will also be
presenting to the Assembly at the October 12 meeting. Jenny recommended
attendees look at the resources for both employees and supervisors on the Smart
Restart website located at https://smartrestart.wisc.edu. ASEC is also
looking at other issues, including improving campus climate and addressing
racial and social injustice in the community. ASEC welcomes input from academic
staff as ASEC looks to engage these issues in the coming year.
Dahlberg delivered the ASPRO report. ASPRO is an organization that supports
academic staff across UW System. ASPRO recognizes that it may be a hard time to
put funds forward toward membership, and ASPRO is currently looking at ways to
help and enhance membership at a reduced cost. UW System will be facing
challenging budget issues over the next several months, and ASPRO wants to
protect academic staff across UW System and advocate for academic staff with
the state legislature.
Nominating Committee Member
Academic Staff Assembly voted by unanimous consent to elect Darren Martin to
the Academic Staff Nominating Committee.
Support Fair Trade Certification Efforts for UW-Madison (ASA #739)
Dalby moved that the Academic Staff Assembly approve the resolution. Seconded. Motion
approved by unanimous consent.
at 4:51 pm.
by Jake Smith, Secretary of the Academic Staff (minutes for joint session
submitted in conjunction with Heather Daniels, Secretary of the Faculty)