Meeting Minutes: June 14, 2012
Members Present: Steve Bell, Clyde Bentley, John Dwyer, Cheryl Heesch, Rebecca Johnson, Kattesh Katti, Sudarshan Loyalka, Tom Marrero, Dennis Miller, Leona Rubin, James Tarr, Harry Tyrer, Douglas Wakefield, Shelley Worden (Librarians), Don Sievert (MURA), Stephen Montgomery-Smith (AAUP), Richard Guyette (NTT), Nicole Monnier (NTT), and Rebekah Hart (sec.). Members Absent: Edward Adelstein, Andre Ariew, Gordon Christensen, Lisa Flores, Candace Galen, Francisco Gomez, Ann Harrell, Arthur Jago, Jonathan Krieckhaus, Norman Land, Ilhyung Lee, Joe Parcell, Craig Roberts, Stephen Sayers, Johannes Schul, Vitor Trindade, Charles Nilon (Black Faculty and Staff), Katherine Reed (NTT), and Sam White (NTT). Members New ’12-‘13: Raja Gopaldas (Medicine), and Tim Evans (Veterinary Medicine).
Approval of Minutes
Chair Harry Tyrer called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m. in N206 Memorial Union. The minutes of April 18, 2012gfm & April 19, 2012 were approved as submitted.
Report of Officers
Tyrer reported on his recent trip to Baton Rouge, Louisiana and the meeting of the SEC schools faculty governance body chairs group. The problems experienced by one institution seem to be shared among all.
Rubin reported on the most recent Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) meeting. There are revisions to the Student Conduct Rules and there is a new vendor for the long-term care insurance.
Guests: Robert Churchill, Dean, School of Medicine & Beth Chancellor, Associate CIO, IT-Telecomm Security. Churchill spoke on the need for a diverse faculty and student body to help educate us about the different points of view. The Medical School has a Diversity Dean, two diversity recruiters, and their faculties attend an “inclusion clinic” in St. Louis. In other comments he said we need to avoid our doctors being made up of rich kids, so we need to be proactive in the untapped potential of students being missed by focusing on test scores. Among the Council comments/questions following the presentation: (1) the Nursing School has seen a lot of minorities leave because of the bad environment – things are getting better however MU is still behind other schools; and, (2) will we create new specialties in diversity – that would be anti-diversity and it would be hard to get funding or accreditation.
Chancellor spoke on proposed changes to the new IT security policy. These changes are: (1) limits rights of IT personnel to access faculty accounts; (2) requires units to use university required services (university provided email system); (3) exceptions must be approved by the CIO of the applicable business unit. Among the questions following her presentation: (1) what about Linux – the policy is about services provided not operating systems; and, (2) what about FERPA – we spend too much time and resources on this and it is too hard to be totally compliant.
Committee on Committee Report ’11-’12. The report reviewed the following committees: Campus Planning Committee, Hearnes Center Committee, Honorary Degrees Committee, Minority Affairs Committee, Missouri Unions Committee, Parking and Transportation Committee, and Persons with Disabilities Committee. They forwarded their one recommendation for discontinuance of the Hearnes Center Committee. There was a motion made to accept the report and recommendation. Council voted to suspend the rules. Council then voted to approve the report and discontinue the Hearnes Committee.
Missouri Press. The closure of the Press was covered by the local media and since then Faculty Council chair Tyrer has received many emails opposing this action. The Council Executive Committee expressed their concern that this needs to be dealt with on a shared governance basis and this message has gone forward to President Wolfe and Vice President Graham. Provost Foster is hosting a meeting (6-15-12) on this topic that includes the Council Executive committee, Chancellor Deaton, Tim Rooney and a possible representative from the President’s Office. Council’s comments were predominately that faculty have shared advisory authority and in this decision making process faculty were not consulted. This violates university policy and regulations. Among other comments: Missouri Press is apart of the Research I designation; what was the risk to the administration in having the faculty involved in this decision; and, this is bad for our reputation.
Council met in executive session in order to approve the 2012-2015 Campus & Faculty Standing Committee nominations; approve the report from the Honorary Degrees Committee; and, conduct Council elections. The meeting adjourned at 5:30 p.m.
Shelley Worden, Recorder