University Committee Meeting Minutes 2021-03-22
University Committee Meeting MinutesMinutes approved 03/29/2021
Minutes March 22, 2021
members present: Halverson, Masters, Papp, Sandgren, Tracy, Wolf (chair)
Michaela Aust, Greg Bump, Erik Dent, Maureen Durkin, Gideon Elliott, Lesley Fisher, Patricia Kiley, Paul Lambert, Michael Newton, Yvonne Kim, Kelly Meyerhofer, Jane Richard, Jake Smith, Bill Tishler, Deneen Wellik, John Zumbrunnen
Wolf called the meeting to order at 1:30.
Jacobson, ASM Shared Governance Campaign Director, and Ellen Santos, ASM Vote
Coordinator, presented a proposal to give students working as election
officials be given special consideration, much like religious observances, to
be excused from class. The UC expressed their support and the first reading
will go before the April Senate, with a vote in May.
minutes for the meeting of March 15, 2021 were approved by consent.
to Eric Sandgren for being elected chair for next year, beginning June 1, 2021.
This motion was set forth by Wolf and seconded by Halverson; all in favor.
Scholz, Provost, expressed his reservations about the proposed policy to allow
students to be excused from class for election days. He believes it might cause
too much disruption to spring classes because there are two election days every
spring semester. In-person instruction is planned for fall. Everyone is being
asked to document what lessons were learned during the pandemic (e.g. what
virtual learning might continue, how space can best be used). A remote work
policy is being crafted, likely to include decentralized decision making.
Adrian Treves, Chair, Committee on Disability Access and Inclusion; Ruben Mota, ADA Coordinator; and Mari Magler, Director, McBurney Disability Resource Center, presented the CDAI annual report, a resolution, a revised Faculty Document 1071 and a policy proposal on funding accommodations. Faculty document 1071 contains much needed updates, including a new title: Access for Students with Disabilities. This student-centered policy now covers non-credit activities, and clarifies that the role of faculty is not to decide on, but to implement accommodations that are recommended by the McBurney Center. Appeals are moved to the Office of Compliance and the ADA coordinator. In regards to the proposal, currently some accommodations are paid through campus, but media captioning (chiefly sign language interpreting, media captioning and real-time captioning) is billed back to schools and colleges. The proposal would be to pay for those services through a central funding mechanism.
Pelegri, chair, Department of Genetics, and other basic science chairs from
School of Medicine and Public Health, presented their concerns about the
proposed Faculty Policies and Procedures
section on promotion of associate professors to full. They would like to see
the process tied to post-tenure review, while keeping the option open for the
associate professor to request consideration at any time.
moved to go into closed session. Seconded and approved at 3:22.
moved to go into open session. Seconded and approved at 3:41.
Wolf adjourned the meeting at 3:58.