Senators Stone, Bond, Feakes, Hazlewood, Hindson, McGee, McKinney, Meek, Melzer, Ogletree, Wiley, Wilson, Winek
Guests: Dir of HR, John McBride; Asst Dir of HR, Floyd Quinn; Dr. Alberto Giordano, Geography; Scott Thomas, University Star
Meeting called to order at 4:00.
Info Items: Chair Stone announced several informational items:
Senate/Liaison Meeting Agenda: The Senate considered agenda items for the joint meeting of the Senate and the Senate Liaisons for October 3rd in the Reed Parr Room. Agenda items are:
· Chair Evaluations: PPS 1.10 requires that the dean distribute the chair’s evaluation results to the faculty (see attached section of PPS 1.10). The Senate is trying to determine how reliably this is being done. Please be prepared to report if you have or not have received the required report.
· Start-Up Clause: The senate is concerned about the start-up clause that is being included in new faculty contracts if they receive start-up funds (see attached document). Currently, four colleges are affected by the start-up clause and it is anticipated that additional colleges will be affected in the future. The senate would like input from the liaisons regarding the issue and would also like to request assistance from the liaisons in gathering data (faculty that obtained start-up funds, who has the contractual clause, if the clause is hindering faculty recruitment and hiring, most common grant sources and the indirect cost rates, and the like).
Drug & Alcohol UPPS Draft 04.04.xx: There are still serious concerns with regard to the current revision of the draft UPPS 04.04.xx, but the discussion turned to the consideration of whether there should be a single policy statement for all University employees or separate documents for different groups such as faculty and staff. A motion was made to have the Drug & Alcohol UPPS be applicable to all employees of the University and that the policy should be acceptable to both faculty and staff at the institution. Discussion indicated that a very generic policy statement that meets the rule of law with added provisions for groups that require more specific treatment would satisfy most Senators. The motion was passed by a vote of 6 to 5.
John McBride, Directory of HR, and Floyd Quinn, Asst. Director of HR, again came to the Senate to discuss the UPPS draft. Senator Stone indicated that the Senate would only support a policy statement that meets the University’s needs and was also a policy that the faculty could endorse. In the discussion, Dir McBride indicated that the only portions of the draft that contained policy that was different from already existing University policy was in Sections 2.05, 2.06, 3.03, and 4.01 through 4.07. These sections also seemed to be exactly the sections the Senate found to contain policy that the Senate found objectionable.
The discussion will continue with the Senate Liaisons at the next meeting.
Minutes: Minutes for 09/19/07 were approved as amended.