Meeting Minutes: December 4, 2008

Attendance

Present: Edward Adelstein, Clyde Bentley, Leah Cohn, Michael Diamond, Jay Dow, Norman Land, John Lande, Alan Luger, Tom Marrero, Kenneth MacLeod, Jim McGlew, Steven Neal, Tom Phillips, Eileen Porter, Leona Rubin, Stephen Sayers, Frank Schmidt, James Tarr, David Trinklein, Adam Whaley-Connell, William Wiebold, Shelley Worden (Librarians), Edward Hunvald (Retirees), Rainer Glaser (AAUP), and Rebekah K. Hart (sec.). Absent: Arthur Jago, Victoria Johnson, April Langley, Rebecca McCathren, Xiaoguang Ni, Joe Parcell, Michael Taksar, J. Wilson Watt,, Ian Worthington, Charles Nilon (Black Faculty & Staff), Lori McKinley (NTT), 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 11-13-08 minutes were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

The revised Faculty Grievance procedure has been forwarded from the Chancellor to the Board of Curators. The Board will be meeting next week and the revised grievance policy is expected to be on their agenda. If the Board approves the revised policy it could take effect January 2009. Faculty Council will need to staff both the grievance panel and oversight committee. The executive committee of Council recommends placing Faculty Council members on these two committees initially. It is expected that there will be some release time for this committee service.

There will be no Holiday party this year however everyone is invited to the Cherry Street Wine Cellar following this meeting to informally meet for happy hour. It was announced that Faculty Council will be hosting the January 7, 2009 American Red Cross Blood Drive. The specifics of this drive will be detailed on MU Info.

There was an extensive discussion regarding the current hiring freeze and the role of the Faculty Council in providing input into these critical decisions. Phillips had previously met and discussed with the Chancellor the role of the faculty during this time. Council strongly conveyed the need for continued input from faculty members in this process.

Action Items

Resolution on Inclement Weather - Schmidt. This resolution asks the university administration to look at its policy on inclement weather. In the event that classes are canceled, it asks that staff not be penalized by having to use personal leave should they not be able to travel for concerns of personal safety. A motion was made to accept this resolution, and seconded. Council then voted to accept this resolution.

"Resolution: Inclement Weather

Whereas, University of Missouri policy allows the Chancellor to cancel classes when inclement weather makes it unsafe to hold regularly scheduled class meetings, and

Whereas, faculty who do not have essential duties at the University on such a day are encouraged to not come to work for safety reasons and are not financially penalized for doing so, and

Whereas, nonessential staff who wish to remain at home on such days are allowed to do so only at the cost of a day of personal leave, and

Whereas, such a policy can lead to staff making unsafe travels to work, and

Whereas, the cost of this policy falls most heavily on lower-paid University employees, and those with family obligations,

Now therefore, be it resolved that

Faculty Council urges the University administration to alter this policy so that University staff are not penalized for attending to personal safety and family obligations in this regard, and

Faculty Council supports Staff Advisory Council in its efforts to alter this policy."

Discussion Items

Guest: Jason Calhoun, Chairman, University of Missouri Orthopedics Group. Dr. Calhoun presented a cogent review of the events that have led to the awarding of the athletic sports contract to the local private practice, Columbia Orthopedic Group (COG), and the impact this has had on the university medical center. He made the following points.

  1. Sports medicine is an important specialty in current orthopedic medicine.
  2. It will be difficult to recruit both chairpersons and residents without this program and for this program to be viable, it needs to provide care to the University of Missouri athletes.
  3. Dr. Floyd has instituted a progressive program to eventually turn over this university athletic care program to the University Orthopedic program. The University surgeon who was taking over the basketball program was treated badly by the athletic department and was made to feel unwelcome.
  4. The recent contract turning over all the athletic care to the COG was a surprise and nullified the previous commitments. Although Dr. Calhoun vigorously protested, he felt his only recourse was to seek another position where the orthopedic department had a viable sports medicine program.
  5. Dr. Adelstein pointed out that the current signed agreement had been instituted by Mr. Walsworth, president of the Board of Curators. It appeared to Dr. Adelstein that according to the by-laws of the Board of Curators his actions were inappropriate.
  6. Dr. Calhoun felt that taking care of the university athletes was so important to his program that physicians within his department offered out of their own salaries over $600,000. This was based on the fact that prospective clients felt that if the University physicians did not care for its own athletics, then perhaps it was not a competent service.
  7. Dr. Calhoun attempted to meet with Coach Pinkel and was not successful. Further, he explored opportunities for both groups to work together and there was limited cooperation from the COG group.

It will be open for discussion as to what actions the Faculty Council wishes to take to address this issue. At the present time, a resolution has been drafted and was put on hold until certain information could be verified.

Hiring Freeze - Phillips. The chair reported that there was no new information concerning the system hiring freeze. There was discussion as to what steps Faculty Council should take in making Council's concerns known to both the system administration and Columbia campus administration.

Faculty Handbook changes relative to registration - Trinklein. A resolution was brought before Council for changes to the Faculty Handbook regarding changes to registration issues. This resolution will be an action item at the next Council meeting.

Standing Committee Reports

There were no committee reports.

Adjournment

Council went into closed session to approve committee nominations. The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Edward Adelstein, Recorder