University Committee Meeting Minutes 2019-02-18
University Committee Meeting MinutesMinutes approved February 18th 2019
Approved Minutes for February 18, 2019 Approved February 25, 2019
UC members present: Amasino
(chair), Campagnola, Bowers, Ventura, Warfield, Wolf
Others present (in
addition to below): S. Smith, J. Richard, J. Smith, H. Daniels, C. Springer, M.
Chair Rick Amasino
called the meeting to order at 1:15 p.m. The University Committee discussed
adding a deadline to FPP for submission of discipline appeals (agreement that
this can go to the Senate for a vote), as well as the rest of the Senate agenda.
The minutes of the meeting of February 11, 2019, were approved.
The UC and Vice
Provost for Faculty and Staff Michael Bernard-Donals discussed best practices
as regards joint appointments. Bernard-Donals agrees with the Secretary of the
Faculty that FPP does not allow for split tenure homes. However, they do still
occur on campus and the UC will consider modifying FPP to make this more
explicit. The role of the appointment letter is critical in defining lead unit,
review and mentor committee compositions, annual review responsibilities,
sequencing and weight of votes, and so on. Perhaps even more than FPP changes,
guidance on appointment letters to deans would be helpful. Collecting all
appointment letters seems untenable, so guidance and templates is definitely
the best approach. Similarly, more detailed information on best practices and
templates for tenure guidelines and the like should be pursued. All agree that
whatever is put in place, especially in terms of FPP changes, must not dampen
collaboration across and between departments. All present also indicated
support for a group to look into adding guidance on promotion to full into FPP.
Vice Chancellor for
Finance and Administration Laurent Heller commended the student art in the
room. The bulk of Heller’s time was spent on the graduate student segregated
fees matter, although at the end Heller also reported on the recent BoR meeting
(good conversations about deferred maintenance and operations funding and
support for the project to replace financial and HR systems) and recent
weather-related events (campus closed and 30 buildings were affected by
flooding). Discussion on the seg fee issue was extensive, summarizing the
recent discussion on the same topic with the Budget Committee, looking at
financial and policy implications of different ways of covering these fees, and
exploration of alternatives such as coverage through aid/scholarship.
Vice Chancellor for
Student Affairs Lori Reesor updated the UC on efforts around mental health,
including communications with student leadership and the creation of a mental
health task force. Thie group will include faculty and students and will
present priorities to the chancellor for immediate strategies as well as
longer-term approaches. Discussion was extensive. Reesor also reported that an
external review is being conducted of fraternity/sorority life.