Meeting Minutes: August 27, 2015


Members present: Andre Ariew, Sheila Baker, Anna Ball, David Bergin, Tina Bloom, A. Cooper Drury, Tim Evans, John Gahl, Richard Guyette, Newton DeSouza (for Jung Ha-Brookshire), Berkley Hudson, Art Jago, Naresh Khatri, Teng Lim, Tony Lupo, Camila Manrique, Nicole Monnier, Peter Nabelek, Angela Speck, Anne Stanton, Marty Steffens, Mary Stegmaier, Ben Trachtenberg, William Wiebold, Robert Winholtz, Flore Zephir, Rebecca Graves (Librarians), Don Sievert (MURA), Galen Suppes (AAUP), and Rebekah Hart (Council Secretary). Members absent: Trent Guess, Dennis Miller, Mahesh Thakkar, and Vitor Trindade.

Approval of Minutes

Monnier read the chair’s report in his absence. Highlights and action items from the report are as follows.

Report of Officers

Monnier read the chair’s report in his absence.  Highlights and action items from the report are as follows.

Open records requests – MU has received open requests pertaining to the email messages and communications of Josh Hawley, a faculty member of the School of Law.  This is concerning due to the information contained within regarding students and clients, as well as its potential impact on communications.  Trachtenberg has been in contact with Jesse Hall and with the office of the University’s General Counsel to discuss how the University can comply with the law while upholding the principles of free inquiry and academic freedom.

Rules of Order and Related – Council has voted to amend our Rules so the NTT members have full voting rights.  Council parliamentarian, Tim Evans, and Tony Lupo, have been asked to update the Rules of Order. Nicole Monnier has agreed to review Council’s procedures to ensure that the things we vote to do actually happen.  Monnier will report to Council on this at a future meeting.

IFC Report – There will be a retreat in September.  Two present issues are the standing review issue and workload.  Cooper Drury will not be able to attend the retreat; however, the Council chair & vice chair will attend.

Discussion Items

Graduate Education at MU.  Guests:  R. Bowen Loftin, Chancellor; Garnett Stokes, Provost; and Leona Rubin, Associate Vice Chancellor for Graduate Studies.  Loftin, Stokes and Rubin each addressed the Council about their actions on graduate student health insurance.  The Council vice chair opened the floor for questions.  Additional issues raised were:  the process by which the General Counsel reports to administration, MUSOP, the task force on graduate education, use of graduate survey data, elimination of .25 FTE waiver and accounting of money, how to support the graduate students.  Chancellor Loftin requested faculty input on 2017 budget.

Standing Committee Assignments.  Everyone has received their committee assignments; most everyone received their first choice committee selection.

New ad hoc faculty committee on Title IX.  At the August meeting of the Executive Committee, the following resolution was passed:  “The Executive Committee hereby requests that the Faculty Council chair appoint an Ad Hoc Faculty Committee on Title IX.”  Drury will serve as chair.  The committee’s membership and formal charge will be announced at a future Council meeting.  Its responsibilities will include:  Review existing “Collected Rules and Regulations”, review possible exemptions from the existing ‘mandatory reporter’ rule, and work with campus committees to assist with prevention efforts, suggest how best to work with counterparts on other campuses on these issues.  The faculty will be asked to suggest potential members to Trachtenberg and Drury.

Open records request concerning faculty member. Trachtenberg will be following up on this and reporting to Council.

Standing Committee Reports

Fiscal Affairs (John Gahl) – Vice Chancellor for Finance & Chief Financial Officer, Rhonda Gibler will be meeting with the committee. 


Council went into closed session at 4:55 p.m. The meeting was adjourned at 5:12 p.m. 

Respectfully submitted,

Rebecca Graves, Recorder