Faculty Senate Minutes
The next meeting of the Faculty Senate is on Monday 4/25/10 in Vance 105 at 3:05.
Note: Senate Constitution, Bylaws, Meeting Dates, Agenda and Minutes are posted on the CCSU Pipeline under Faculty Resources/Faculty Senate, or at http://web.ccsu.edu/facsenate.
Present: Alewitz. M., Alicandro, J., Anderson, C., Barr, B., Barrington, C., Bernstein, S., Bigley, M.P., Cappella, D., Christensen, S., Crespi, C., Czyrnik, K., Diamond, C. , Dukes, C. , Farhat, J., Foster, P., Garcia-Bowen, M., Greenfield, B. , Halkin, S., Hensley, P., Hicks, L. , Horan, M., Iglesias, E., Jarmoszko, A., Jones, C., Kapper, M., Karpuk, P., Kean, K., Kershner, B., Latour, F. , Lisi, P., Mahony, M., Mamed, O., Menoche, C., Mulcahy, C., Mulrooney, J., O'Connor, J., Odesina, O., Osoba, B., Pancsofar, E., Percy, V., Pirog, K., Poppe, K., Ratansi, S., Reagan, T., Sadanand, N., Sikorski, J., Strickland, A., Vogeler, R., Wang, W., White, C., Wood, R.
Ex-Officio: Kremens, Z., Lemma, P., Lovitt, C., Miller, J., Sakofs, M.
Parliamentarian: Dimmick, C.
Guests: Bachoo, R., Jones, J., Olusegun, S., Powell, J., Spector, D., Tordenti, L.
1. Approval of Minutes,
March 14, 2011
Passed with 1 abstention.
a. AAUP President (J. Jones)
1. Jones expressed concern over Connecticut HB 6388. Language
would have the effect of removing exemptions that allow higher education unions
to exist. Faculty would be re-classified as managerial. Call or write your
2. Chapter meeting on Thurs 3-4:30 in Vance 105. At the meeting,
members will look at results of the recent survey on contract negotiations.
b. SUOAF-AFSCME President (F. Bonvicini) L. Hicks reporting
Dan Livingstone will be on campus this Friday April 15 from
2-5 in Vance 105 to discuss the ARP.
We are also concerned about HB6388. There is a toll free number
that will assist you to contact your leglislators. Call 888-231-5571; when
prompted enter your zip code, and you will then be connected with your
There will be a sabbatical leave workshop on the April 21st.
Those eligible and interested in applying for sabbatical are encouraged to
c. President of the Senate (C. Barrington)
1. The Senate
will host a forum with President Miller next Monday, 18 April, 10:50-12:05, in
the Connecticut Dining Room.
2. In response to
the Sabbatical Leave Committee’s request, the steering committee has asked four
faculty members representing each of the four schools to serve on an ad hoc
committee charged with developing a
set of guidelines and/or a rubric for assessing and ranking proposals submitted
to the committee. The committee of four will be asked to submit the
proposed guidelines/rubric in enough time for next year’s committee to use,
most likely at the first Senate meeting next fall, 12 September. The following individuals have agreed to serve on the committee:
- Phil Halloran from the School of Arts &
- Tony Rigazio-Digilio from the School of Educ and Prof Studies
- Cheryl Watson from the School of Engineering and Technology
Simms from the School of Business
3. At our last meeting, the Senate
passed a Resolution on Internships and Independent Studies. The resolution was signed and returned by
President Miller with a cover letter stating that he has “some substantive
reservations about the implications of this resolution.” While he does not
“necessarily disagree with any of the statements in it,” he is “concerned with
some of the conclusions that might be implicit.” He goes on to say that he “would not want to
set up false expectations by failing to note [his] concern.”
4. As one of the many faculty
representatives on the University Master Planning Committee, I urge you to
complete the questionnaire that will be circulating before the end of the
term. There is also an email address— UMPC@mail.ccsu.edu
—which reaches all 20 members of the
committee; you can use this method to submit ideas and concerns.
3. Committee Reports
a. Academic Standards
Grade appeals policy and form (F. Latour) FS 10.11.019B
Senator Latour went over a variety of changes (see summary of
changes) proposed for the Grade Appeals Policy. Questions were asked about item
5c in the policy, concerning how the student will be informed of the final
decision of an appeal. The policy was further amended with the following
language to be added to the end of 5c: “The dean shall inform the student of
the final decision.”
This change was passed
Questions were also raised about the fact that the Grade Appeals
Committee is also referred to as the Grade Appeals Review Board. The
parliamentarian suggested that we clarify these terms in the bylaws (see below,
It was asked if a grade could be changed without the consent of
the professor. Latour stated that according to this policy, if the Grade
Appeals Committee makes a recommendation to change a grade and if that grade
change is approved by the provost, then the grade will be changed.
The changes to the policy
and the form passed unanimously.
b. Committee on Committees (F. Latour)
University Athletics Board bylaws FS 10.11.020B
Senator Bernstein said that the section of the bylaws describing
membership caused some confusion with the elections committee because they had some
interpreting the meaning of the phrase “faculty and staff.” President
Barrington proposed that the phrase be changed to “AAUP or SUOAF- AFSCME faculty
Senator Latour also suggested that with the increased membership
on the UAB, item II should be amended to state that of the seven elected AAUP
and SUOAF-AFSCME faculty members, “at least 4 must be instructional faculty.”
These two changes were approved unanimously.
The revised bylaws passed unanimously
N.B. The attached file includes all changes. RED indicates
revisions suggested by the Committee on Committees, and BLUE indicates
revisions from the Faculty Senate.
Grade Appeals Committee bylaws FS 10.11.021B
As indicated above, senators sought clarification on the two
terms, “Grade Appeals Committee” and “Grade Appeals Review Board.” The following change to the first sentence of the bylaws was moved: "The Grade Appeals Committee, which functions as the Grade Appeals Review Board,".
The Change passed unanimously
Sabbatical Leave Committee bylaws FS 10.11.022B
Senator Reagan asked if it is wise to have less than a majority
of A & S faculty on the committee when in fact the A & S faculty do
constitute a majority of the university’s faculty.
It was also suggested that the A & S faculty have staggered
There was a motion made to change A & S composition so that it
is staggered. This year we will elect all 4: two for one year and two for two
years. The other schools would also be staggered 3 and 2. Although because of
the status of the currently elected members, some action will have to be taken
next year to align those terms.
A vote on these changes passed with 28 in favor and 13 against.
A motion to move item 4—Unfinished Business— to the next
spot on the agenda passed with 12 votes for, 8 against, and 13 abstentions.
4. Unfinished Business
Resolutions (B. Greenfield)
Class Action to Save Higher Education FS.10.11.003R
The resolution passed with 18 votes in favor, 3 opposed, and 14
Anti-war Resolution FS 10.11.004R
The resolution passed with 14 in favor, 1 opposed, and 21
A motion to move item 3f—to the next spot on the agenda
3f. Academic Standards
Residency Proposal (J. Mulrooney) FS 10.11.024B
This proposal may affect as many as 152 students, and there are
8 who could graduate this May if this residency policy passes. The policy
applies the 30 credit residency effective immediately (retroactively) for all
students enrolled at CCSU.
One senator stated that with the new residency policy, if
students do most of their credits elsewhere and then transfer to CCSU, then we
still get “credit” (often negative credit) for the Praxis 2 score. This
statement applied to the residency policy in general and not to the retroactive
application of the policy.
President Miller had reservations about students having the
options to pick requirements from different catalogues.
The proposal passed with 31 votes in favor, 1 opposed, and 3
3c. Curriculum Committee FS 10.11.023 (D. Adams)
The catalogue deadline has passed. But Don Adams will try to
include any changes that are sent to him.
P. Lemma indicated that Items #12 and 13 mention a “Strand.” In
both cases the word “Strand” needs to be changed to “Specialization.”
Please look at the bylaw revisions at the bottom of the report.
#20 will be postponed to a later meeting.
e. Elections Committee (S. Bernstein)
Call for nominations will go out tomorrow morning. You will be
able to see who has been nominated in live time. Please encourage your
colleagues to run, and self-nominate.
g. WAC (R. Wood)
See attached report.
Grant writing is important here because the objectives outlined
in the report require resources and remaining resource neutral may require some
difficult choices. Hiring a director of WAC for example may require a
redistribution of funds or new funds. Smaller class sizes will be required for
more intensive writing courses.
5. New Business
Resolution (M. Alewitz) FS 10.11.005R
End Harassment of Community Artists
resolution is made in response to an event (the mural slam) from Fall 2010, in
which a participant was questioned by Hartford police. CCSU is on the cutting
edge on the issue of street art. It’s a great form of community engagement. We
want to create a safe atmosphere. Want to make a statement to artists that they
are welcome to come to CCSU.
Miller indicated that no one had spoken to him about this issue. He stated that
had he known about this incident sooner, there may have been an administrative
Alewitz apologized if there was any problem with communication, and recognized
that there is nothing to suggest that the administration supports these police
Basu stated that the Hartford PD did not had no knowledge of this incident.
asked if students should be given some kind of immunity to police investigation
on campus, Senator Alewitz replied that this resolution was in no way speaking
against law enforcement activities or creating a harbor. It is to create a safe
atmosphere for our community engagement projects.
Cappella moved to drop the first and second parts of the resolution. Further,
there was a suggestion to replace the word “demand” with “ask.” The motion was
accepted as a friendly amendment.
resolution passed with 2 abstentions.