Meeting Minutes: June 9, 2005


Present: Adelstein, Campbell, Christensen, Fry, Holland, Kramer, Lamberson, Prelas (for Loyalka), MacLeod, Marrero, Phillips, Schenker, Schmidt, Townsend, Watt, Muchow (Librarians) and Yarwood (Retirees). Absent: Baker, Bullock, Cohn, Cutter, Hessler, Johnson, Landes, Loyalka, Neal, Porter, Prather-Kinsey, Sampson, Schopp, Sterling, Zephir, Weems (Black Faculty and Staff), and Simpson (AAUP).

Approval of Minutes

The meeting was called to order by Chair Christensen at 3:30 p.m., in room S203 Memorial Union.

Report of Officers

Christensen announced that in the interest of time that he would not give an officer's report. He asked the other officers present if they wished to report and Adelstein, Board of Curators Observer, made a very short report concerning the May 25 & 26 meeting in Columbia. In brief, he said on May 25 there was an orientation for new Board members and on May 26 the MU Faculty Council hosted a breakfast event that was highly regarded by the Board. He was relaying their compliments to the Council for all their hard work involving this event.

Action Items

Academic Freedom AAUP Statement - Schenker. This statement, after editing on advice of Council at the May 19, 2005 meeting, was put to a vote after very little discussion. Council voted unanimous approval and this statement appears below.
AAUP Statement on Political Intrusions into the Academy

"In an effort to emphasize that academic freedom can be maintained only so long as faculty remain intellectually independent and self-governing, the MU Faculty Council on University Policy affirms the AAUP's 'Statement on Political Intrusions into the Academy.'

'In many countries, governments have a larger role in their university affairs than is true of government in the United States. In at least a few other places, the ruling political party controls universities directly, determining the faculty to be hired and promoted, the students to be admitted, the subject matter to be taught, the research to be pursued, and the speakers to be welcomed.

In the United States, universities and colleges form an independent sector, accountable to the academic disciplines represented in the institutions, and to the judgments of their peer institutions through the accreditation system. By tradition and by purpose, the academy in the U.S. is not accountable in its teaching and research to the political arm of either the state or the federal government.

The freedom to teach and learn and the freedom to discover and convey knowledge are fundamental to the common good of this society and, indeed, of any free society. These freedoms, which together describe aspects of academic freedom, are treasured attributes of higher education in the U.S. Their protection requires that colleges and universities be free of political interference in carrying out their educational responsibilities.

The AAUP--and faculty bodies on campuses all over the country--resist political intrusions in the academic work of faculty and students. Whether the issue is the choice of assigned texts, the structure of a curriculum, scholarly review of a colleague's work, or invitations to guest scholars or speakers, keeping political controls out of the classroom is key to the protection of academic freedom.'"

American Association of University Professors
"Political Intrusions into the Academy"

Diversity Enhancement Standing Committee - Lamberson. Lamberson called for Council's comprehensive examination of this item and then for Council's vote. There was no additional discussion. A vote was taken and it passed unanimously; it appears below as passed.

"MU Faculty Council Standing Committee on Diversity

At the May 19, 2005 Faculty Council meeting, Lamberson, made a proposal that the current Special Projects committee will be abolished beginning with the next academic year and the tasks of that committee and the Diversity Committee be distributed as follows. Diversity Committee focus: disabilities issues and international initiatives, plus two campus standing committees (Minority Affairs and Status of Women). The Faculty Affairs committee will take on administrator evaluation and Faculty Council membership -- two traditional items from Special Projects; and, Fiscal Affairs committee will take two campus standing committees (Environmental Affairs and Hearnes Center) plus any other issues that would have typically be given to Special Projects."

Discussion Items

Guests: Kim Dude, Director Wellness Resource Center & Donnell Young, Coordinator-Office of Judicial Services, Department of Student Life on student alcohol use. Both Dude and Young utilized PowerPoint as part of their program. Dude began with a comprehensive explanation of her office's functions. Referring to her slides she described to Council the problem of student drinking on this campus as well as comparing it to other campuses nationally. Dude described to Council how to spot a student who has an alcohol abuse problem. These are the students that typically miss classes and get low grades. Most Missouri students drink more than the typical U.S. Student. Dude estimated that MU students would compare to other Big 12 students. Other characteristics include tendencies to problematic behaviors and breaking the law.

Her office provides education to the campus in how to help students with alcohol abuse problems. Dude expressed strong sentiments to Council that the faculty provide the first line of contact to both identify such students and provide a determent to student drinking by giving exams and research assignments that keep students studying at night instead of other nonproductive and dysfunctional activities. She emphasized that faculty should not drink with students. Her program has won national acclaim, and much of her funding is from grants. Her office also acts as a referral agency when problems could be better addressed by the medical community or other student related campus enterprises.

Young spoke on his work with the more problematic cases of student alcohol abuse and maintenance of the university's code of conduct. Young outlined the formal procedures involved with student infringements. Young gave examples of his role in dealing directly with student offenders and the various sanctions per severity of incident that are his. In working with students, he said he is upfront with the facts but was empathic and willing to work through problems of the students.

A question and answer period followed the two presentations. Among the concerns addressed: (1) there was a question on which student groups on campus pose the highest risk of alcohol abuse and the answer (Dude) Greek men; (2) the problem drinker would be referred to a counseling center or private psychologist; and, (3) the observation that if professors would give exams every Friday, making students study on Thursday evenings instead of drinking the professor's student evaluation scores by students would probably drop.

Guests: Marty Eimers, Director, and Ann Patton, Programmer Analysis Expert, Office of Institutional Research on faculty numbers. Eimers utilized PowerPoint as part of his presentation. Eimers, in response to a request from Faculty Council, researched the past ten years of both the regular ranked (tenured or tenure-track) faculty and the non-regular ranked and non-ranked (or professional track) faculty numbers. This research produced the following conclusion; the regular faculty numbers overall have been declining whereas the non-regular faculty have increased. On the regular faculty numbers it was observed that a few colleges/schools on campus have experienced a modest increase (especially Arts and Sciences) yet the overall campus population has gone from 1,222 in 1995 to 1,150 in 2004. The numbers of both the ranked and unranked non-regular faculty have steadily grown with the largest increase showing in the clinical and research faculty (non-regular) titles.

Research Leave - Phillips. Phillips presented six different proposals one for remaining the same, and five for changing the rules that apply to faculty putting in for research leave funds. There was a very short discourse on this item. Lamberson stated that he was in favor of the second proposal which resembles the current policies yet it substitutes the ranking processes with "scholarly merit" and "rationale for leave". There were a few suggested changes in the narrative. The issue will return at the next Council meeting for action.

Comment on the Proposed Changes in the "Deemed Export Related Regulatory Requirements" - Christensen. Schmidt Chair - Motion to suspend the "Rules of Order" to approve - Christensen. Because there was a June 28th deadline for Council to respond, Christensen asked for a suspension of the rules in order for Council to vote on having our current chair respond to them with a letter prior to their deadline. The rules were suspended and Council voted, all in favor with one abstention, for Christensen to author and send a letter including the Council's strong objections to the proposed policies for working with foreign nationals.

Appoint a task force on Privacy - Christensen. Christensen announced to Council of the intent to establish an ad hoc group to look into the privacy issue that has been raised by UMKC faculty; he has already asked Fry to chair.

Changes to the "Rules of Order" (provisional agenda item) - Christensen. Schmidt Chair. Christensen has authored a revision to Council's Rules of Order. This item will return to Council at a future meeting.


Following a brief closed session, the meeting adjourned at 5:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Campbell, Recorder