Meeting Minutes: November 5, 2015


Members present: Andre Ariew, Anna Ball, David Bergin, Tina Bloom, A. Cooper Drury, Tim Evans, John Gahl, Trent Guess, Richard Guyette, Newton DeSouza (for Jung Ha-Brookshire), Berkley Hudson, Art Jago, 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: Sheila Baker, Naresh Khatri, Dennis Miller, Mahesh Thakkar, and Vitor Trindade.

Approval of Minutes

Chair Trachtenberg brought the meeting to order at 3:31 p.m. The minutes of the 10-14-15 General Faculty meeting and the 10-22-2015 Faculty Council meeting were approved as presented.

Report of Officers

Trachtenberg stated that he would need to leave the meeting early.   Vice Chair Monnier would take over the meeting at the point.   There will be an open forum Thursday, Nov. 12 on the faculty salary equity study.  The author of the study, Dr. Robert K. Toutkoushian, will be there via webinar.   FC Chair reached out to President Wolfe.  President Wolfe does not have any information to report but will report when he does.   The English Department took a vote of no confidence of Chancellor Loftin.   The Kinder Institute is now going to be placed in Jesse Hall instead of in Ellis Library.  Thanks to Gary Ward (and his people), Ann Riley, Rabia Gregory, Michael Goldschmidt, Justin Dyer, Provost Stokes, and all who spoke up.  This is an example of all working together for good result.   More good news, the tuition waiver of 0.25 FTE graduate assistants will not be eliminated for the coming academic year (i.e., students arriving in Fall 2016).   This should allow departments to recruit for the next year and allows time for discussion and planning on this issue.  Further details will be forthcoming from Leona Rubin.  

Action Items

Proposed Revision to Final Exam Policy – Monnier.  Motion introduced at the October 22 meeting to revise the final exam policy to allow students to petition faculty should they have more than two finals in a 24-hour period.  Current wording states within a calendar day.   Moved for discussion.  There being no discussion, the vote was called.  The revision was approved.

Discussion Items

Guest: Ann Riley, Interim Director, MU Libraries on Student Library Fee.  Delighted that Kinder Institute will be housed in Jesse Hall and thanked Gary Ward.  Spoke on the library student fee and the need for it.  Presented materials used in the promotion of the fee.  If the vote fails, the library will need faculty help more than ever.  

Guests: Beth Chancellor, Chief Information Security Officer, and Gary Allen, Vice President Information Systems on MU IT Transition.  Presented handout on goals & principles.  Work on this started in January.  Have incorporated 75 distributed IT staff into one organization to increase effectiveness and efficiency.   Discussion ensued.   There will be little impact on faculty as current IT staff will remain where they are, though back up coverage will be more available.  Regarding participation from faculty, it is adequate, would like additional faculty for some committees.  Open forum on Monday 11/9 at 1 p.m. at Stotler Lounge.  

Rules of Order proposed changes – Evans & Lupo.  Proposed amendment to MU Faculty Council Rules of order to bring Council rules into compliance with UM Collected Rules and Regulations as amended in 2013 to allow non-tenure track faculty representatives to vote.  Lupo read proposed changes.  Moved for discussion.   Motion made for amendments to the proposal: add “professional practice” in section E.3 and “track” in section E.4.   Moved to accept.  Passed.  Motion to suspend rules so as to vote today on the proposal.  Approved.  Rules of Order amendments passed as modified.

Standing Committee Reports

Diversity Enhancement  (Speck).  Hunger strike by student Jonathan Butler concerning unaddressed racism on campus.  Students are camping out on Carnahan Quad in support.  Administration has spoken with the students.  Question as to whether there is security.  Yes, there are patrols coming by.

Faculty Affairs (Tony Lupo).  Revising post tenure review.  Looking at faculty governance issues.  Expect a report on post tenure review at next meeting.

Fiscal Affairs (John Gahl).  Met again with Vice Chancellor Gibler.  Gibler met with department fiscal officers and instructed them to meet with faculty and deans. 


Student Affairs  (Evans).    Discussing charges for the year.  In conversation with Tracy Kitchel, Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, regarding the Graduate Student Experience Task Force.  Jim Scott, Director of the International Center, raised the issue that students cannot go on MU-led trips to countries if any region of said country has a no-travel warning.  Scott wishes to change the policy to allow MU-led study abroad travel to countries where only certain regions of the countries have no-travel restrictions.   

The Faculty Council Student Affairs Committee moves that the MU Faculty Council on University Policy endorse changes in current MU student travel policies, proposed by the Director of the MU International Center, which will accomplish the following:

  1. Allow acceptance and curricular review of proposals for MU faculty-led (MU-sponsored) study abroad programs in countries where the U.S. State Department has issued travel warnings for specific regions
  1. Require additional review of such proposals, in order to assure the health and safety of participants, as well as emergency preparedness and crisis management capabilities, by a committee comprised of the Director of the MU International Center (Chair) and representatives of MU Faculty, MU Finance, UM General Counsel, and UM Office of Risk Management.

Discussion ensued.  A request was made for information on the composition of the committee.

Any Other Business

Bill Wiebold requested a Letter of Appreciation on Kinder Institute being moved to Jesse Hall.   Chair agreed to write letter to people involved and will copy FC. 


Council went into closed session at 4:12 p.m.

While in closed session, Council approved the following statement for release to the public:

“The University of Missouri Faculty Council on University Policy expresses deep concern with regard to the lack of communication and the growing uncertainty about the leadership of the University of Missouri system and MU campus. This unresolved situation erodes our ability to perform faculty duties of teaching, research and outreach.”

The meeting was adjourned at 5:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Rebecca Graves, Recorder