University Committee Meeting Minutes
Minutes approved 10/26/2020
Minutes for October 19, 2020
Approved October 26, 2020
UC members present: Halverson, Masters, Papp, Sandgren, Tracy, Wolf (chair)
Also present, besides those mentioned below: Tim Dalby, Michelle Felber, Lesley Fisher, Kevin Jacobson, Noel Radomski, Jake Smith
Chair Wolf called the meeting to order at 1:50 pm.
Tracy moved to convene in closed session pursuant to Wis. Stats. 19.85(1)(c)(e) and (f) to discuss issues with competitive implications, waiver and committee appointments. Seconded. Passed at 1:51 pm.
Tracy moved to convene in open session which was seconded and passed at 2:15 pm.
Lori Reesor, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, reported that over 200 faculty and staff phoned more than 2300 students during the spike in COVID-19 cases. They will take this concept and apply it more broadly with campus partners this spring.
Mental health appointments have remained stable at UW-Madison, though declining at many peer institutions. Students seeking mental health assistance surveyed this year report that the top four reasons remain consistent: anxiety, stress, depression and relationships. New this year were weak attention and concentration. Students are finding it difficult to establish a rhythm and pattern.
The new gym, the Nicholas Recreation Center (“the Nick”), has opened at 25% capacity, serving about 2700 people per day. There was a meeting of the Protest Administrative Review Team (PART). Students feel intimidated by the outreach from administration when a protest is planned; this is not the intent, and PART is evaluating.
Tracy moved to convene in closed session pursuant to Wis. Stats. 19.85(1)(e) to discuss issues with competitive implications. Seconded. Passed at 2:30 pm.
Tracy moved to convene in open session and adjourn, which was seconded and passed at 3:18 pm.
Submitted by Heather Daniels, Secretary of the Faculty