Meeting Minutes: October 22, 1998


Present: Everett Adam, Lloyd Barrow, Dennis Wright (for Bruce Biddle), Melvin Blase, Michael Devaney, Dan Edidin, Elizabeth Geden, Judith Goodman, Allen Hahn, Robert Hall, Edward Hunvald, Thomas Hurley, Nancy Knipping, William Kurtz, Henry Liu, Michael McKean, Mark Milanick, Don Miles, Norman Land (for Glenn Pierce), David Rayl, Robert Weagley, Paul Weirich, Robert Almony (Librarians), and John Bauman (for Wayne Decker) Retirees. Absent: Edward Adelstein, Gordon Christensen, Robin Remington, William Wiebold, James Curtis (for Russ Zguta), and Mable Grimes (Black Faculty&Staff).

Approval of Minutes

The meeting was called to order at 3:40 p.m. by Chair Robert Weagley in room S203 of the Memorial Union. The minutes of September 17, 1998 and October 1, 1998 were approved.

Report of Officers

Weagley wrote a letter about Faculty Council and its agenda for the coming year to be published in the Mizzou Weekly.

Weagley reported that the 2000-2001 academic calendar would be discussed with the other campuses at the Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) meeting next week. He said that consensus exists on the MU campus that an extra week of break is necessary between semesters, but not on whether Thanksgiving break should be one week. Some faculty suggested that two days be used for a fall break in October and two or three days for Thanksgiving break. The four campuses are attempting to create a uniform calendar. The need to match our calendar with other campuses for distance learning courses was raised. Weagley responded that another possibility is to adopt the calendar of the campus from which a distance-learning course originates for that class.

Robert Hall, Vice Chair of Faculty Council, will chair the Campus Standing Committee on Administrator Review (CSCAR). Past chairs of Faculty Council and a representative from the Provost's office will be asked to serve on the committee to review the current rules.

Beth Geden of the School of Nursing voiced concerns over the Report of the Advisory Committee on Organization of the University of Missouri Health Sciences Center. One proposed model would have the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Health Related Professions, and the hospital report to a Vice Chancellor of Medicine. The other model would have the School of Medicine and the School of Health Related Professions report to a Vice Chancellor/Vice Provost while the School of Nursing would report to the Provost. Geden said that changing the structure will affect more than the named schools. Rather, such a large entity would affect the rest of the university community as well, and they need to be more aware the proposals. A search for a Vice Chancellor has been initiated although no final decision has been made concerning structure of the health sciences.

Weagley reported that Ed Mahon, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Computing Information&Access Technology, will work with the Computer Policy Committee. The committee will design a revised plan for computing on this campus. They suggest that future computer changes be driven by academic needs. Students majoring in Computer Science have protested that Showme is not meeting their needs, and the Chancellor has provided funds to improve the situation.

Weagley reported that the Resource Advisory Council (RAC) is working on ways to cut $2.7 million from next year's budget. One model calls for all departments to take an across-the-board cut. A second model allows departments to keep some of the money they generate from student credit hours and/or majors. In addition, a budgeting model is under development for allocating money in the future. The library, instructional materials and classroom renovation, and information access and technology services might be kept separate, with funds drawn from student fees. Some faculty were concerned that the use of credit hours in allocating funds would penalize small departments. Others responded that departments that serve more students should be allocated more funding to prevent students from being closed out of courses.

Allen Hahn reported on the fall meeting of the Missouri Association of Faculty Senates. Institutions were told that mission enhancement funds should be used for highly visible, coherent programs. Transfer credit policy from community colleges to the university was discussed. They would like faculty to drive this effort. Faculty should report their views to the Provost who can take concerns to a task force that is covering this issue. Gil Porter is our representative to the Coordinating Board for Higher Education which will discuss the transfer credit policy. The meeting also raised the issue of dual credit for courses taken in high school. Hahn reported that some participants had argued that credit should be offered for courses taken at the freshman and sophomore high school levels. Faculty are requested to report their views to the Provost.

Action Items

There were no action items.

Discussion Items

Grievance Procedure Faculty Review. Edward Hunvald is collecting faculty comments on the proposed revisions. The major complaint concerns the time in which grievances are handled. One proposed change is to increase the time period allowed for mediation.

Sexual Orientation. The Vice President of the Missouri Students Association (MSA) asked if Faculty Council would work with the MSA to add the phrase "sexual orientation" to MU's nondiscrimination clause. The Board of Curators will convene open hearings on this matter. Faculty Council passed a resolution in April, 1997, asking the Board to add "sexual orientation" to the nondiscrimination policy. Weagley suggested to the MSA that they pass a resolution similar to Council's. Todd Kennedy of the MSA said that a joint resolution would be ideal. Staff Council Chair, Paul Morris, said that they will take up a resolution after Faculty Council passes one. Faculty Council passed an amendment to the 1997 sexual orientation resolution to include the system rather than only the MU campus. The revised resolution is appended to the end of these minutes.

Tenure Task Force Recommendations. The Faculty Affairs standing committee has considered the recommendations of the 1995-96 Provost's Promotion and Tenure Review Committee and suggested that some of the recommendations could go directly to the Provost's office for implementation. Weagley announced that we would discuss the set of recommendations one item at a time beginning with the November 5, 1998, Faculty Council meeting.

Board of Curators Report

Ed Hunvald reported on the October, 1998 Board of Curators meeting in Columbia. The BOC Resource and Planning Committee is developing a system-level strategic plan. The Board also asked whether Executive Order #3 adequately addresses nondiscrimination regardless of sexual orientation. Executive Order #3 commits the university to a positive work and learning environment where all individuals are treated fairly and with respect.

Standing Committee Reports

Fiscal Affairs: Chair Bob Almony asked members of Faculty Council to discuss Responsibility Centered Management (RCM) with their colleagues around the country to ascertain how well it is working on other campuses.

Special Projects: Chair Paul Weirich has drafted proposals to publish the Faculty Forum newsletter electronically and to revise the Rules of Order.

Student Affairs: The Student Affairs members are meeting with committees that deal with students. Further, they discussed the impact of using a 4.0 rather than a 4.3 for an A+ on Latin Honors. The issue has not been resolved.

Any Other Business

An open forum to discuss the proposed revisions to the grievance procedures will be held on Monday, October 26, 1998 at 4:00 p.m. in S206 of the Memorial Union.

The Fall Semester General Faculty Meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 1998 at 3:30 in Columns C, D, and E of Reynolds Alumni Center.

Adjournment&Closed Session

The meeting was moved to closed session at 5:21 p.m. to make committee nominations and appointments. The meeting was adjourned at 5:27 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Judith Goodman, Recorder


1. WHEREAS the University of Missouri mission holds that "the University is committed to the principles of academic freedom, equal opportunity, and diversity";

2. WHEREAS MU is committed to creating a diverse educational environment accessible to all based on personal achievement and ability;

3. WHEREAS, denial of access to University of Missouri resources to any group including gay, lesbian and bisexual students, faculty and staff, violates the University's covenant of access to education and employment without restriction;

4. WHEREAS the municipalities of Columbia, St. Louis, and Kansas City have all passed local legislation extending legal protection from discrimination to lesbian, gay and bisexual citizens;

5. WHEREAS 25 of the 27 public Research I/AAU universities include sexual orientation in their nondiscrimination statements;

6. BE IT RESOLVED THAT the UM system create an environment of sensitivity and awareness for the concerns of gay, lesbian, and bisexual students, faculty and staff and strive to eliminate all forms of intimidation, harassment or discrimination in its various guises;

7. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Faculty Council on University Policy request that sexual orientation be included in MU's policies on nondiscrimination;

8. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Faculty Council on University Policy urge the Board of Curators to add sexual orientation to the non-discrimination policy as it appears in the Collected Rules and Regulations of the University of Missouri.

Passed at the 10-22-98 meeting of the MU Faculty Council. Based on the resolution passed by the MU Faculty Council on 4-24-97.