Meeting Minutes: November 8, 2001

Attendance

Present: Jeff Anglen, Gordon Christensen, Bruce Cutter, Michael Devaney, Sara Gable, Judith Goodman, Daniel Hooley, Tom Hurley, Bill Lamberson, Norman Land, Sudarshan Loyalka, Michael McKean, Loren Nikolai, Peggy Placier, Eileen Porter, Paul Sharp, Don Sievert, Lloyd Barrow (for MaryEllen Sievert), William Wiebold, Russ Zguta, Mark Prelas (AAUP), Charles Cramer (Retirees), and Pat Timberlake (Librarians). Absent: Tobias Baskin, Nelson Cowan, Robert Jerry, Philip Johnson, Daniel Longo, Anne McKendry, Catherine Parke, and Jenice Prather-Kinsey (Black Faculty and Staff).

Approval of Minutes

The meeting was called to order by Chair Russ Zguta at 3:30 p.m. in room S203 of the Memorial Union. The Council minutes of October 11, 2001 were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

Zguta informed Council of the contents of a letter from Board of Curators Vice President, John Mathes, thanking Council for its concern regarding the selection of a new system president. He noted that a forum on intellectual property rights will be held November 26 at 4:00 p.m. in room 6 of the Law School. He said that Council's resolution concerning the administration's failures in following procedures will be discussed when the executive committee meets with the Chancellor on November 14. The CBHE general education ballot is due by November 14 with counting to begin November 15 and results available after the Thanksgiving break.

Peggy Placier said that a reminder to vote would be sent to all faculty and thanked Dan Hooley for his contributions to the web site.

Discussion Items

Guest: Art Hinshaw, Coordinator Program Project Support, Law School on the campus mediation program.

Hinshaw discussed the origin and development of the service as an opportunity to talk and to listen in private and in confidence regarding matters in dispute. He outlined the kinds of disputes that have been mediated. The typical mediation begins with a phone call, a discussion of options including how to raise the issues with the other party. Then, if both parties agree to mediation, two mediators are selected from the trained panel available and a meeting is scheduled. Reporting is limited to the number of mediations and whether or not a resolution was achieved and further that mediation does not alter the timetable of grievance procedures.

2003-2004 Academic Calendar. McKean reported that the academic calendar for 2003-2004 has the same format as our 2002-2003 calendar. Mark Bresnahan, Missouri Student Association President, said that most students don't like the calendar's long break after the holidays and would rather the summer break begin earlier. A discussion of the reasons for a longer break yielded a consensus that MSA should provide more specific information and students should be made more aware of the reasons why a longer break is needed. The calendar will be an action item at the next Council meeting on December 6.

Standing Committee Reports

Student Affairs: Michael Devaney, Chair, reported that Student Affairs is to meet with Vice Provost Markie regarding disruptive classroom behavior.

Any Other Business

Judith Goodman reported that the flexible spending account program's deadline is November 21 and this early date has caused problems for some. Goodman reported that Mike Paden said this is a one-year situation and that the deadline in the future will be December 31. Loren Nikolai questioned whether it really is a one-year policy and Lloyd Barrow suggested that we send a letter to Paden requesting assurance that future deadlines will actually be December 31.

Adjournment

There being no other business, Council was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Tom Hurley,, Recorder