Meeting Minutes: April 21, 2011

Attendance

Members Present: Steve Ball, Gordon Christensen, Leah Cohn, Candace Galen, Ann Harrell, Art Jago, Rebecca Johnson, Jonathan Krieckhaus, April Langley, Sudarshan Loyalka, Tom Marrero, Rebecca McCathren, Leona Rubin, Stephen Sayers, Johannes Schul, James Tarr, Harry Tyrer, Douglas Wakefield, Dana Weston, Bill Wiebold, Shelley Worden (Librarians), Edward Hunvald (MURA), Stephen Montgomery-Smith (AAUP), Richard Guyette (NTT), Nicole Monnier (NTT) Katherine Reed, and Rebekah Hart (sec.). Members Absent: Edward Adelstein, Clyde Bentley, John Dwyer, Victoria Johnson, Kattesh Katti, Norman Land, John Lande, Xiaoguang Ni, Joe Parcell, and Charles Nilon (Black Faculty and Staff).

Report of Officers

Chair Leona Rubin called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m., in S203 Memorial Union.  Rubin announced to Council that she recently met with Provost Foster in order to discuss creating a task force to evaluate distance and elearning.

Wiebold reported on the April meeting of the Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC).  IFC continues to discuss faculty civility.  Central to this issue is the question, do faculty have any responsibility to control the way their colleagues act, or is this only a Dean’s or Chair’s responsibility.  Benefits for domestic partners continues to be discussed as well.

Bentley reported that an electronic survey to evaluate the Chancellor will go out this week.

Action Items

Ballot Approval. There are three paper ballots for a faculty campus-wide vote this spring semester.  There will be a ballot to change the language that appears for the faculty committee on tenure representation from the Collected Rules and Regulations; a ballot to approve the pilot faculty grievance procedure; and, a ballot to approve modifications to the general education program.  A motion was made to accept these ballots and seconded.  Council then voted unanimously to approve the ballots for mailing.

Discussion Items

Guests:  Betsy Rodriguez, Vice President Human Resources and Kelley Stuck, Associate Vice President for Total Compensation to give a presentation on the university’s retirement plan.

Rodriguez reported on the current status of the system retirement advisory committee and their recommendations for the university’s retirement plan.  The committee’s current recommendations are: to protect the current plan for all employees that are in it; keep the 2009 contribution level the same; develop and support employee communications to further their understanding of this benefit; and,  reduce risk to employees.  This report in its entirety appears on the faculty and staff benefits web site.  Rodriguez also reviewed some of the committee’s criteria in developing this report: sixty percent of the UM employees do not vest; seventeen percent of UM employees retire with more than twenty years; the tenure and tenure track faculty have the longest service; the average age of the university employees is forty six; the retirement plan is not a determining factor for employees choose to stay; the retirement plan assets are 2.6 billion dollars and now equals the budget of UM; 434 pensions began in 2010; and, there are a total of seven thousand retirees.  [Recorder’s Note: a fire alarm drill caused the end of this presentation.]

Academic Calendar Changes - Johnson.  The Missouri Students’ Association (MSA) passed a resolution to change Reading Day back to Friday.  The resolution cited difficulty for Tuesday/Thursday classes to meet required classroom hours.  The registrar’s office approves of this change.  After a short discussion, a motion was made to suspend the rules to allow Council to vote.  The motion passed.  Council then voted unanimously to change Reading Day to Friday for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 academic years.  These two amended calendars follow in their entirety. 

A third amended calendar for 2010-2011 also appears.  This calendar was amended in a special electronic council action on February 10, 2011 for snow closure of the university.  This calendar appears in its entirety and follows the prior two.

University of Missouri-Columbia

PROPOSED AMENDED ACADEMIC CALENDAR

READING DAY ADJUSTMENT

2011-2012

FALL SEMESTER

2011

Classwork begins 8:00 a.m.

Monday

August 22

Labor Day Holiday (no classes)  

Monday

September 05

Thanksgiving recess begins at close of day*

Saturday

November 19

Classwork resumes 8:00 a.m.

Monday

November 28

Classwork ends at close of day*

Thursday

December 08                  

Reading Day

Friday

December 09                  

Final examinations begin

Monday

December 12

Fall semester closes at 5:30 p.m.

Friday

December 16    

Commencements

Fri/Sat

December 16 & 17                      

SPRING SEMESTER

2012

Martin Luther King Holiday (no classes)

Monday

January 16

Classwork begins at 8:00 a.m.

Tuesday

January 17

Spring recess begins at close of day*

Saturday

March 24

Classwork resumes at 8:00 a.m.

Monday

April 2

Classwork ends at close of day*

Thursday

May 03

Reading Day

Friday

May 04

Final examinations begin

Monday

May 07

Spring semester closes at 5:30 p.m.

Friday

May 11

Commencement

Fri/Sat/Sunday

May 11 12 13

SUMMER SESSION

2012

8-WEEK SESSION

Classwork begins at 7:30 a.m.

Monday

June 04

Independence Day recess (no classes)

Wednesday

July  04

8-week session closes at 5:30 p.m.

Friday

July 27

FIRST 4-WEEK SESSION

2012

Classwork begins at 7:30 a.m.

Monday

June 04

First 4-week session closes at 5:30 p.m.

Friday

June 29

SECOND 4-WEEK SESSION

2012

Classwork begins at 7:30 a.m.

Monday

July 02

Independence Day recess (no classes)

Wednesday

July 04

Second 4-week session closes at 5:30 p.m.

Friday

July 27

*Close of day is defined as including late afternoon and evening classes.

It is the policy of the University of Missouri-Columbia to respect the diversity of our students. ­The faculty is reminded that students might want to observe religious holidays and days of special commemoration and is encouraged to accommodate students who have a conflict with a class period, test or activity because of these obligations. Approved by the MU Faculty Council on November 5, 2009.  Amended by the MU Faculty Council on April 21, 2011.

University of Missouri-Columbia

 PROPOSED AMENDED ACADEMIC CALENDAR

READING DAY ADJUSTMENT

2012-2013

FALL SEMESTER

2012           

Classwork begins at 8:00 a.m.

Monday

August 20

Labor Day Holiday (no classes)

Monday

September 03

Thanksgiving recess begins at close of day*

Saturday

November 17                 

Classwork resumes at 8:00 a.m.

Monday

November 26

Classwork ends at close of day*

Thursday

December 06                  

Reading Day

Friday

December 07                  

Final examinations begin

Monday

December 10

Fall semester closes at 5:30 p.m.

Friday

December 14    

Commencements

Friday/Saturday

December 14,15                          

SPRING SEMESTER

2013

Martin Luther King Holiday (no classes)

Monday

January 21

Classwork begins at 8:00 a.m.

Tuesday

January 22

Spring recess begins at close of day*

Saturday

March 23

Classwork resumes at 8:00 a.m.

Monday

April 01

Classwork ends at close of day*

Thursday

May 02

Reading Day

Friday

May 03

Final examinations begin

Monday

May 06

Spring semester closes at 5:30 p.m.

Friday

May 10

Commencements

Fri/Sat/Sunday

May 10,11,12

SUMMER SESSION

2013

8-WEEK SESSION

Classwork begins at 7:30 a.m.

Monday

June 03

Independence Day recess (no classes)

Thursday

July  04

8-week session closes at 5:30 p.m.

Friday

July 26

FIRST 4-WEEK SESSION

2013

Classwork begins at 7:30 a.m.

Monday

June 03

First 4-week session closes at 5:30 p.m.

Friday

June 28

SECOND 4-WEEK SESSION

2013

Classwork begins at 7:30 a.m.

Monday

July 01

Independence Day recess (no classes)

Thursday

July 04

Second 4-week session closes at 5:30 p.m.

Friday

July 26

*Close of day is defined as including late afternoon and evening classes.

It is the policy of the University of Missouri-Columbia to respect the diversity of our students. ­The faculty is reminded that students might want to observe religious holidays and days of special commemoration and is encouraged to accommodate students who have a conflict with a class period, test or activity because of these obligations. Approved by the MU Faculty Council on October 21, 2010.  Amended by the MU Faculty Council on April 21, 2011.

University of Missouri-Columbia

 PROPOSED AMENDED ACADEMIC CALENDAR

SNOW CLOSURE

2010-2011

FALL SEMESTER

2010

Classwork begins 8:00 a.m.

Monday

August 23

Labor Day Holiday (no classes)  

Monday

September 06

Thanksgiving recess begins at close of day*

Saturday

November 20

Classwork resumes 8:00 a.m.

Monday

November 29

Classwork ends at close of day*

Wednesday

December 08                  

Reading Day

Thursday

December 09                  

Final examinations begin

Friday

December 10

Fall semester closes at 5:30 p.m.

Friday

December 17    

Commencement

Fri/Sat

December 17 & 18                      

SPRING SEMESTER

2011

Martin Luther King Holiday (no classes)

Monday

January 17

Classwork begins at 8:00 a.m.

Tuesday

January 18

Spring recess begins at close of day*

Saturday

March 26

Classwork resumes at 8:00 a.m.

Monday

April 4

Classwork ends at close of day*

Friday

May 06

Reading Day

Saturday

May 07

Final examinations begin

Monday

May 09

Spring semester closes at 5:30 p.m.

Friday

May 13

Commencement

Fri/Sat/Sunday

May 13 14 15

SUMMER SESSION

2011

8-WEEK SESSION

Classwork begins at 7:30 a.m.

Monday

June 06

Independence Day recess (no classes)

Monday

July  04

8-week session closes at 5:30 p.m.

Friday

July 29

FIRST 4-WEEK SESSION

2011

Classwork begins at 7:30 a.m.

Monday

June 06

First 4-week session closes at 5:30 p.m.

Friday

July 01

SECOND 4-WEEK SESSION

2011

Classwork begins at 7:30 a.m.

Tuesday

July 05

Second 4-week session closes at 5:30 p.m.

Friday

July 29

*Close of day is defined as including late afternoon and evening classes.

It is the policy of the University of Missouri-Columbia to respect the diversity of our students. ­The faculty is reminded that students might want to observe religious holidays and days of special commemoration and is encouraged to accommodate students who have a conflict with a class period, test or activity because of these obligations. Approved by the MU Faculty Council on November 13, 2008.  Amended by the MU Faculty Council on October 15, 2009.  Amended by the MU Faculty Council on February 10, 2011.

Dual Resolutions - Wiebold.  Wiebold presented his resolutions; the resolutions are not associated with a Council standing committee.  The resolutions are: proposed memorial for students killed in wars; and, proposed closure of the campus portion of Hitt Street.  Discussion on the street closure requested that he work with campus parking committee and student affairs committee members; and the discussion on war memorial is that he work with the Veteran’s committee.

Technology Related Committee - Tyrer. This item was distributed and will be an action item at the next meeting.

Standing Committee Reports

Diversity Enhancement Committee - chair, Cohn, a letter drafted by this committee to Interim President Owens asking for domestic partner benefits was signed by Council members and will be mailed to the President.

Adjournment

There was a closed session for a report from the Honorary Degrees Committee and Council elections.  Three offices for the 2011-2012 Council were elected: Harry Tyrer, Chair; Joe Parcell, Vice Chair; and Leona Rubin, IFC Representative.  The meeting adjourned at 5:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Shelley Worden, Recorder