Meeting Minutes: April 23, 2009

Attendance

Present: Edward Adelstein, Lloyd Barrow, Clyde Bentley, Leah Cohn, Victoria Johnson, Edward Hunvald (for John Lande), Alan Luger, Tom Marrero, Steve Neal, Xiaoguang Ni, Tom Phillips, Leona Rubin, Stephen Sayers, Frank Schmidt, Michael Taksar, David Trinklein, J. Wilson Watt, William Wiebold, Shelley Worden (Librarians), Edward Hunvald (Retirees), and Rebekah K. Hart (sec.). Absent: Michael Diamond, Jay Dow, Arthur Jago, Norman Land, April Langley, Alan Luger, Kenneth MacLeod, Rebecca McCathren, James McGlew, Xiaoguang Ni, Joe Parcell, Eileen Porter, Adam Whaley-Connell, Ian Worthington, Charles Nilon (Black Faculty & Staff), Rainer Glaser (AAUP), Lori McKinley, and Fred Williams (NTT).

Approval of Minutes

Chair Tom Phillips called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m., in room S203 Memorial Union. The agenda order was suspended in order to take our guest first.

Report of Officers

Chair Phillips opened the meeting with a reminder of the Spring Semester General Faculty meeting April 30, 2009, 3:30 p.m. Room 22 Tate Hall and the addition of an additional Faculty Council meeting on Thursday, May 7. His report continued with the following points: (1) the $1.5 million budgeted to the Athletic Department will be phased out over three years; (2) there is a new agreement with athletics licencing fees where 50 percent of the first $400,000 will go to academics and they give $80,000 to support the band for a total of $280,000; (3) the task force to study IRB will be chaired by Lori Franz; and, (4) a committee to review course evaluation forms is being developed.

J. Wilson Watt, IFC (Intercampus Faculty Council) representative gave a report from the April meeting. IFC passed a resolution to support President Forsee's statement on "conceal and carry". The Board of Curators will hold a summer meeting which will be informational only focusing on benefits and fiscall issues. The IFC has formed a four campus committee to look at intellectual property with an emphasis on on-line education.

Action Items

Syllabus statement - Schmidt. A vote was taken to approve the syllabus statement on equity and it passed unanimously. Faculty Council next year will look at the issue of whether or not the system for reporting harassment, equity, and other issues are user-friendly for students.

"A motion regarding access to services related to diversity:

1. That the suggested statement on intellectual diversity on the Provost's website be amended to read as follows:

The University community welcomes intellectual diversity and respects student rights. Students who have questions or concerns regarding the quality of instruction or atmosphere in this class may contact the Departmental Chair or Divisional Director; the Director of the Office of Students Rights and Responsibilities (http://osrr.missouri.edu/) or the MU Equity Office (equity@missouri.edu; http://equity.missouri.edu). All students will have the oppoortunity to submit an anonymous evaluation of the instructor(s) at the end of the course.

2. That, since the University maintains a variety of services for addressing bias and resolving conflicts relating to diversity, Faculty Council study these services to determine whether (1) individuals have ready information and access to these services through the MU website or other means, and (2) whether these services could be made more efficient through a common portal or reorganization."

Discussion Items

Guest: Steve Mack, Director, Procurement-UM, on e-Procurement. Mr. Mack spoke to changes in procurement procedures. He presented information regarding the implementation of the "Show-me Shop" a new computer system that they hope will eventually replace the "P" card. He described the following features of the system: (1) they project a savings per order of $10 per transaction as compared to $20 per order using the "P" card; (2) this system has been implemented for one year and is being used on three percent of the transactions; (3) the vendors in "Show-me Shop" are giving rebates back to the administration. Members of the Council expressed concern about this new system and raised the following issues: (1) the concept of a "kick-back" payment was uncomfortable; (2) it is hard to access the new system; (3) many felt that there could be some delay in weekend ordering; and, (4) the program was slow to upload.

Conceal and Carry. After a brief discussion Council voted to suspend the rules in order to amend and pass a statement of support for President Gary Forsee.

"A motion regarding HB668 concerning firearms on campus:

TO: President Gary Forsee

Dear President Forsee:

MU Faculty Council at its meeting on April 23, 2009, voted the following statement regarding the provision in HB 668 as passed by the House of Representatives of the Missouri General Assembly.

Be it resolved that MU Faculty Council supports the statements of President Forsee and other University officers in opposition to the provisions of Missouri HB668 that remove higher education institutions from the list of entities that can prohibit the possession of concealed firearms by private citizens on their property."

Reduced Course Load - Trinklein. [Recorder's Note: This item was added to the agenda at this meeting.] Trinklein introduced a draft policy regarding reduced course load, and full-time student status as a reasonable accomodation for students with documented disabilities. After many querries from Council members it was suggested that a representative from Disability Services attend the next Faculty Council meeting in order to address this issue. This will be an action item at the next meeting.

Standing Committee Reports

Academic Affairs: Trinklein, chair, reported they are reviewing student complaints that ten minutes between classes does not allow enough time for campus travel.

Any Other Business

Schmidt reminded Council that he needed candidates to run for Council executive committee offices.  Those interested should get in touch with him.

Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Edward Adelstein, Recorder