Meeting Minutes: March 18, 2010


Members Present: Clyde Bentley, John Dwyer, Art Jago, Rebecca Johnson, Jonathan Krieckhaus, Edward Hunvald for John Lande, Kenneth MacLeod, Thomas Marrero, Rebecca McCathren, Joseph Parcell, Leona Rubin, Stephen Sayers, Johannes Schul, James Tarr, Harry Tyrer, Douglas Wakefield, Wilson Watt, Adam Whaley-Connell, Bill Wiebold, Shelley Worden (Librarians), Edward Hunvald (MURA), Von Pittman for Sam White (NTT), Stephen Montgomery-Smith (AAUP), Rebekah K. Hart (sec.). Members Absent: Leah Cohn, Michael Diamond, Ann Harrell, Victoria Johnson, Kattesh Katti, Norman Land, John Lande, April Langley, Xiaoguang Ni, Michael Taksar, Ronald Wheeland, Fred Williams (NTT), Charles Nilon (Black Faculty & Staff).

Report of Officers

Chair Leona Rubin called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m., in S203 Memorial Union.  Rubin announced the Spring Semester General Faculty meeting will be Thursday, April 29, 2010, 3:30 p.m., Jesse Wrench Auditorium.  Our presentation today by Nikki Krawitz, Vice President for Finance and Administration will reschedule for an early Fall 2010 Faculty Council meeting.

Council now has faculty listservs for both the tenure and non tenure track faculty.  Very few faculty have asked to unsubscribe however there were replies from faculty that Council hasn't been communicating well until now.  Council has been asked to address the issue of whether it should be possible to revoke a degree from MU.  Currently there is no mechanism for this nor has there been any previous need.  The topic of Student Intellectual Property continues to be discussed.  Mike Nichols has agreed with the results of the "intellectual property for students" survey, given out a few months ago, that IP in all the cited situations should belong to students.  They are now working on defining "scope of employment".  Human Resources is assisting council with development of an online diversity training module for faculty and staff.  The format may be similar to the sexual harassment training we received in the past.

At the March 16, 2010 Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) meeting the benefits survey was discussed and the survey data may be available at the Board of Curators meeting in April. There were approximately 8,000 (40%) employees on all four campuses who completed the survey.  There was another 1,000 who logged in, however, they did not finish it.  Human Resources feels this is a good return.

Discussion Items

Academic Integrity - Watt (for discussion only).    The University Legal Counsel's office is currently revising academic integrity policies.  This follows court decisions requiring uniformity from all faculty on these issues.  A goal is that punitive punishment for violations should be decided by the administration and not faculty.  There was much discussion and criticism of the draft policy, mainly because many thought that the draft did not seem to meet the stated goals.  This item will return to IFC.

Standing Committee Reports

Student Affairs:  Sayers, chair, the policy on student absences is currently on hold.  This is due to the concerns of the Registrar's Office.  Tim Rooney is looking into raising out-of-state tuition.  This will bring MU into line with other institutions.

Any Other Business

Council was reminded about the first election in April and the need for nominees for the offices of Chair, Vice Chair, and IFC.  They currently have one nominee each for Chair, Vice Chair and IFC Representative.  There will be a second election in May for the remaining offices.


The meeting adjourned at 4:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Shelley Worden,  Recorder