Meeting Minutes: April 21, 2016

Attendance

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

Approval of Minutes

Chair Trachtenberg called the meeting to order at 3:31 p.m. The minutes of the 3-24-2016 Faculty Council meeting and the minutes of the 3-23-2016 General Faculty meeting were approved as presented.

Report of Officers

Chair Trachtenberg noted that the July 28th meeting has been moved to August 4th.   This will be the meeting of both ’15-’16 and ’16-’17 Councils.

Curators voted to approve changes to health insurance for retirees.  Curators approved plan for improved engagement with students and faculty.  IFC had initially suggested more meetings, but the Curators are shorthanded.  During closed session today, Council will vote for IFC representative and standing committee chairs.  Congratulations to newly elected Mayor Treece.  He may receive an invitation to be Council’s guest next year.  Graduate students voted resoundingly to unionize; however, the University of Missouri System does not see it as binding.  This may be up to the courts to decide.  

Bills relating to firearms allowing concealed carry, wherever open carry is allowed, are moving forward in the legislature.    

Action Items

Rules of Order proposed changes – Monnier, Lupo, Wiebold.  Changes approved.   Phase two proposals to clean up the Rules and Regulations will be presented at the June Council meeting.

Academic Calendar for AY2018-2019 – Jago.  After a brief discussion, Council approved the calendar.

"Commitment to Free Expression" with guest Robert Jerry, Professor of Law.  Jerry presented the "Commitment to Free Expression" statement which was submitted by the Ad Hoc Joint Committee on Protests, Public Spaces, Free Speech, and the Press.  The statement was adapted from other universities.  Discussion ensued.  The statement was approved.   

Discussion Items

Guest: Hank Foley, Interim Chancellor.  Foley reported that they have turned around some of the pathological negativity in Jefferson City.  Looking at a solid 4% funding increase for MU.  Traded in a tuition increase of 0.07%.  Net is about $5M.  The legislation allowing concealed carry of guns on campuses look as though it might not go through. Advancement (fundraising) looks to have turned a dip into a good year.   Applications are still down.  Retention may take a hit as well.  Foley repeated highlights from his presentation at the General Faculty meeting.  He stated that they are looking for a new recruitment program to increase minority faculty. Looking into a cross between a post doc and new faculty position for two years.  Goal of 5-10 percent minority faculty is realistic, just not the timeline for 2017.  Foley stated that he would be asking FC Chair to get an ad hoc committee together.  Retired CAFNR professor Rex Campbell and his wife left their estate to MU.

Questions focused on recent events with graduate students and their vote to unionize as well as protests and commitment to free expression.  Foley noted he was in the wrong to call the students "kids."  Stated that a graduate student union is bad for the university and that improvements in pay and housing are coming.  Students are students first not workers.  He replied that he did not know the faculty's position and questioned if our Council was representative of the faculty.  Regarding protests and the functioning of the university, Foley said it would be the decision of the people who are there and that they are figuring it out.

Title IX Rules – Drury.  Need more time and hope to present proposed changes at June 9th FC meeting.  During previous year, Title IX rules were added in haste to the CRRs.  Curators granted authority to the President to make changes to the CRRs.  We want to take the opportunity to improve these rules while we can.

Missouri Association of Faculty Senates (MAFS) resolution concerning weapons on campus – Monnier.  MAFS represents 13 state four-year colleges and universities.  Current president of MAFS has been working hard to make this a strong organization.  Resolution articulating opposition to concealed carry on campuses was presented.  Moved and approved to suspend rules in order to vote today.  Discussion ensued.  Resolution accepted.

Standing Committee Reports

Faculty Affairs (Lupo).  Met yesterday and have end of year report ready.

Fiscal Affairs (Gahl).  Good news out of Jefferson City on funding.  Fall enrollment still looking bad.

Any Other Business

AAUP update – Monnier .  AAUP report on the firing of Dr. Click expected out mid-May. Highly likely that censure of university is on the table.  If MU is censured, we’ll be first on this list (for most times censured).  Montana has been investigated more times, but we’ve been censured two times prior.  MU has been investigated five times.   It is embarrassing to be on the list. 

It was recommend that we have a faculty committee on the Click affair and look at what worked (and what did not).  Chair of Council does have authority to make ad hoc committees and is open to this.

Adjournment

Faculty Council went into closed session at 4:46 p.m. for Faculty Council elections and Campus & Faculty Standing Committee appointments. 

Council adjourned at 5:09 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Rebecca Graves, Recorder