Meeting Minutes: October 21, 2004

Minutes of the October 21, 2004 Faculty Council Meeting


Present: Edward Adelstein, Gordon Christensen, Bruce Cutter, Pat Fry, Catherine Holland, Michael Kramer, Glenn Leshner, Sudarshan Loyalka, Kenneth MacLeod, Tom Marrero, Steven Neal, Tom Phillips, Eileen Porter, Jenice Prather-Kinsey, David Schenker, Frank Schmidt, Laura Schopp, Barbara Townsend, Wilson Watt, Flore Zephir, Robert Weems (Black Faculty & Staff), Dean Yarwood (Retirees), and Michael Muchow (Librarians). Absent: Elizabeth Baker, Bruce Bullock, Rex Campbell, Richard Hessler, Philip Johnson, Bill Lamberson, Eric Landes, Charles Sampson, and Andrew Simpson (AAUP).

Approval of Minutes

The meeting was called to order by Chair, Gordon Christensen at 3:30 p.m. in room S203 Memorial Union. Christensen opened the meeting by reading a passage on "Responsibility" from the University of Missouri-Columbia, "A Statement of Values" authored by Dr. Mel George. The 7-29-04 and 8-26-04 minutes were approved as distributed. There were a couple brief announcements: there will be no guests at this meeting; and, Council Secretary, Rebekah Flanders, who is sorely missed, will we hope, be at the next meeting. The absence of cookies and treats causing a collective weight loss of the entire group of approximately 3.5 pounds which would add approximately 35 minutes to our collective life span.

Discussion Items

Proposal to Convene an ad hoc Committee to Promote Diversity at the University of Missouri - Frank Schmidt. There was a great deal of discussion regarding language and intent of this proposal. Some members felt that the issue of diversity could be carried out by existing committees. Others felt strongly that this proposal should be sent to the executive committee for review and rethinking. Schmidt agreed with the discussion consensus and this proposal will be re worked and brought back to the Council.

Revision of the University Policy Regarding Incomplete Grades - Lamberson. Barbara Townsend presented the improved draft for Bill Lamberson in his absence. The proposed and amended draft that was passed appears below.

"Incomplete Grades

An undergraduate student who receives an "I" grade must complete the course requirements either (1) within one year from the date it was recorded, or (2) before the date of graduation (whichever comes first). When an incomplete is satisfactorily resolved, the faculty member responsible for the grade change will notify the Registrar of the revised grade. Otherwise,, the Registrar will remove the "I" and record a grade of "F" in classes graded A-F for a grade of "U" in classes graded S/U. Any student planning to graduate with an unresolved "I" grade should be aware that translation to an "F" could drop the GPA below the requirements for graduation. As with any academic deficiency, the low GPA would delay the student's graduation until all requirements for graduation are met."

This resolution passed by unanimous voice vote.

Standing Committee Reports

Special Projects: Bruce Cutter, Chair, brought up the issue of the provost's review to the committee. Since Brady Deaton is no longer the provost, it was felt that this review would no longer be necessary. There was unanimous agreement on this decision.

Fiscal Affairs Committee: Sampson, Chair, reported to Council that Fiscal Affairs decided that the office of the chair of Faculty Council was not large enough for a university audit, but an internal book keeping review should be adequate.


The meeting adjourned at 6:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Edward Adelstein, Acting Recorder