Meeting Minutes: February 18, 2010

Attendance

Members Present: Leah Cohn, John Dwyer, Art Jago, Kattesh Katti, Jonathan Krieckhaus, Edward Hunvald for John Lande, Kenneth MacLeod, Thomas Marrero, Xiaoguang Ni, Joseph Parcell, Leona Rubin, Stephen Sayers, James Tarr, Douglas Wakefield, Wilson Watt, Adam Whaley-Connell, Bill Wiebold, Shelley Worden (Librarians), Edward Hunvald (MURA), Sam White (NTT), Rebekah K. Hart (sec.). Members Absent: Clyde Bentley, Michael Diamond, Ann Harrell, Rebecca Johnson, Victoria Johnson, Norman Land, April Langley, Rebecca McCathren, Johannes Schul, Michael Taksar, Harry Tyrer, Ronald Wheeland, Fred Williams (NTT), Charles Nilon (Black Faculty & Staff), Stephen Montgomery-Smith (AAUP).

Approval of Minutes

Chair Leona Rubin called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m., in S203 Memorial Union. The 2-4-10 Faculty Council minutes were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

Chair Rubin announced that she received the report from the IRB Task Force.  This report will be reviewed by the Executive Committee.  Professor Lori Franz has been reappointed to a five year appointment as Faculty Athletic Representative; and, both she and Michael Alden, Athletic Director, will be guests at the March 4, 2010 Faculty Council Meeting.

Action Items

Military Credit - Parcell.  After a discussion concerning the meaning of "honorable service" plus some additional discussion concerning number of transferrable credit hours, Faculty Council unanimously passed the following statement on military credit.

"Military Transfer Credits

Military veterans, with at least two years of honorable service, are allowed to transfer military course credit.  The transcript coursework must have been accredited by the American Council of Education (ACE).  Veterans are advised to contact University Admissions regarding specific transfer credit policies.  An exception to current transfer credit policies is that military veterans be allowed a maximum of 9 hours credit as general electives.  This policy will begin with military veterans enrolled for the Fall 2010 semester."

Discussion Items

Domestic Partner Benefits - Cohn.  Cohn presented to Council the resolution from both Diversity Enhancement and Faculty Affairs for domestic partner benefits.  The discussion for the proposal focused on: (1) many Big 12 all Big 10 and 51 of 60 AAU universities offer domestic partner benefits with few exceptions that presently include Missouri, (2) basic human fairness, (3) UMSL has passed a similar resolution, and (4) the cost estimate is approximately 2.2 million dollars compared to $150 million currently.  There was additional discussion on whether or not this should cover both same sex partners as well as opposite sex partners.  The committees are also looking into "employee + 1" type plans.  This will return to the next Council meeting as an action item.

Sexual Harassment - Cohn.  Cohn reported that the Diversity Enhancement committee was approached by Noel English, Director, MU Equity Office that MU lacks a central administrative location for the coordination of harassment issues.  She would like her office to handle that function and she cited the following needs: (1) central clearinghouse for reporting, (2) facilitate a better flow of information, and (3) the need to integrate the system of reporting.  Following discussion Council requested English to attend an executive committee meeting to follow-up on this discussion.

Family Friendly Task Force - Cohn.   This item was introduced and discussed.  It will return as an action item.

Standing Committee Reports

Academic Affairs: Parcell, chair, reported he attended a meeting concerning the general education program.

Faculty Affairs: Tarr, chair, they continue to work on domestic partner benefits and they are also looking at titles in Extension.

Student Affairs: Sayers, chair, they are looking at revising the policy on student absences during the first two weeks of the semester.  They are also looking at the inclusion of student home address information in the Student Outlook Properties, which could be a safety issue.

Any Other Business

Council was reminded about the first election in April and the need for nominees for the offices of Chair, Vice Chair, and IFC.

Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Shelley Worden,  Recorder