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Faculty Senate Minutes 2019-12-02
Chancellor Rebecca Blank called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m. with 151 voting members present (111 needed for quorum). Memorial resolutions were offered for Professor Emeritus Tom Carpenter () and Professor Emeritus Robert D. Lorenz ( )
Chancellor Blank ceded the chair to Provost Karl Scholz for the balance of the meeting. He noted that the campus mourns the sudden death , Professor of English. Scholz commented on UW-Madison’s proposal to adapt the Board of Regents policy for non-resident enrollment to include transfer, off-cycle, and Minnesota compact students (who pay in state tuition); he extended congratulations to the three . He also reinforced the university’s commitment to the hostile and intimidating behavior (HIB) policy, and cited some tools the campus community can use to address problems, such as training, reporting, and exploring best practices (e.g. the College of Engineering efforts). University Committee chair Terry Warfield asked everyone to take a moment to reflect on one sentence of the at each senate meeting. He also commented on the UC’s involvement in implementing the HIB policy, and reminded faculty to be involved in department discussions to roll out the Title and Total Compensation (TTC) project.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Lori Reesor, gave an update on activities in her , such as monthly meetings on diversity by student leaders; the very successful voter registration drive; a field trip to the Smithsonian Museums in Washington D.C.; awards of a student leadership certificate; and events around Human Rights Week at the Wisconsin Union. Challenges for campus include addressing mental health needs; diversity, equity, and inclusion to increase cultural competency; the American Association of Universities (AAU) sexual assault survey reporting that 1 in 4 undergraduate women experience sexual violence—there is still much there to improve.
Susan Fuszard, from the (EAO) highlighted trends in who uses their services and how the EAO can help with work and home life challenges. A new service, , provides 24/7 advice and information on a variety of topics: legal consultation (e.g., setting up power of attorney or dealing with identity theft), convenience services (finding the perfect exercise class or childcare or house; a list of gluten-free restaurants for a cross-country road trip).
The minutes of the meeting of November 4, 2019, were approved.
Dean Bill Karpus presented the annual reports of the Graduate Faculty Executive Committee (GFEC) () and Graduate School ( ); Professor David Noyce presented information about the Discontinuation of the Department of Engineering Professional Development ( ) and Professor Nasia Safdar presented the Campus Diversity & Climate Committee (CDCC) annual report ( ). Safdar moved to add a postdoctoral scholar to the CDCC membership. The motion was seconded and passed by voice vote without dissent ( ).
Professor Warfield presented a Resolution in Objecting to the Composition of the University of Wisconsin System President Search and Screen Committee (. Professor Warfield also presented , a Resolution Endorsing the Wiscard Emergency Contact Resolution Passed by the Associated Students of Madison
Professor Warfield moved to convene in closed session pursuant to Wis. Stats. 19.85(1)(c) and (f) to consider the recommendation of the Committee on Honorary Degrees. The motion was seconded and passed at 4:39 p.m. Professor Dietram Scheufele (Department of Life Sciences & Communication and chair, Committee on Honorary Degrees) presented background information on the honorary degree nominees. Senators voted by paper and electronic ballot whether to award the degrees. Both candidates were approved with 130 votes cast. Professor Steve Ventura (University Committee, District 120) moved to reconvene in open session. The motion was seconded and passed at 4:46 p.m., at which point Provost Scholz adjourned the meeting.
Jane M. Richard
Interim Secretary of the Faculty