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  • Faculty Council Minutes - 2005-03-29 | Faculty Senate
    semester Professor Altmaier said provisions were in place for these types of degree programs Professor McGuire asked for clarification of the four year graduation rule Professor Altmaier stated this was a rolling four year data collection Professor Altmaier also stated in response to another question from Professor McGuire that coaches want the focus on athletes who have an impact on the program but they must remember the academic mission of the program She directed Council members to the NCAA website www ncaa org for individuals wishing to obtain additional information about academic reforms in the NCAA and the APR rankings by institution Several Council members mentioned that they were not able to access information on APR rankings at the NCAA website Staff member Julie Thatcher will verify the correct web address and distribute that information to all Senate and Council members Professor Aikin expressed concern that some schools may offer watered down degrees as a means of bypassing the academic reforms and wanted to know how the NCAA would monitor for the potential of this happening Professor Altmaier said there were no plans for the NCAA to do such surveillance work It is the responsibility of the faculty on each campus to ensure the academic integrity of their offerings Professor LeBlond questioned whether conferences who perform poorly in the APR contemporaneous penalty phase might opt out of the NCAA and form a new organization Professor Altmaier thought this would be an unlikely event IV Old Business A Anti Harassment Policy Revision Mark Schantz Mark Schantz University Counsel stated the Office of the University Counsel had reviewed the anti harassment policy because of First Amendment concerns The policy was reviewed by a committee created by University Counsel and a committee from the University of Iowa College of Law The areas of particular concern were items 2B and 2C 2 After review by the College of Law committee the counsel felt the revised policy was satisfactory However Mr Schantz stated that free speech does not apply if it imposes a clear and present danger He also stated that much of what would be considered hate speech would not be covered by the policy Professor Raymond asked if the anti harassment policy revisions were consistent with the policies on sexual harassment Charlotte Westerhaus Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity said that with the revisions the two policies are parallel Professor Cohen moved second by Professor Lutgendorf to approve the anti harassment policy revision Motion was passed by voice vote unanimously V New Business A Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics Discussion ensued on the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics COIA Proposal on Academic Integrity in Intercollegiate Athletics Principles Rules and Best Practices Professor Tachau informed the Council that approval in principle does not imply approval in total She stated that Senate officers had received nine e mails six in support of the COIA statement and three opposed One of those opposing felt that the matter should be referred to the President s Committee

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  • Faculty Senate Minutes - 2005-04-26 | Faculty Senate
    caused people to lose employment and seriously impaired the ability of some units to function optimally The 20 million Regents institution reallocation will be challenging but President Skorton felt it can be done depending on the legislative response to the transformation plan President Skorton expressed particular concern about units who do not have access to outside funds be they federal dollars or alumni support These units are particularly impacted by these reductions and need to be protected President Skorton was questioned about plans for tuition remission to facilitate the Graduate College units efforts be more competitive with peer institutions in competing for incoming graduate students President Skorton said there were no current plans to implement tuition remission on this campus In response to a second question concerning decoupling tuition among Regents institutions President Skorton indicated that there has been a discussion about this issue among the Regents however this issue has not been tested Senate President Tachau thanked President Skorton for his candid comments B 2005 2006 Committee Nominations Richard LeBlond Faculty Senate Vice President LeBond recommended approval of the committee nominations listed in attachment 2 He called attention to the fact of two vacancies one on the student publications committee and another one year position on the Presidential Committee on Athletics which should be filled by a faculty member whose primary responsibility is teaching undergraduate students Professor Glass asked Vice President LeBlond how committees were assigned Vice President LeBlond responded that the nomination process has several stages During solicitation names are brought forward to the Committee on Committees which looks for a balance in the selection process In some cases there are specific requirements on the number of appointments from various units on campus Professor Glass stated her concern that the present list of appointments contained very few women and stressed the importance of having gender balance on all Senate appointed committees Professor Ringen underscored the importance of gender equity and Professor Dungy indicated the same concerns hold for underrepresented minority faculty and faculty of color Professor LeBlond responded that these are issues that the Committee on Committees and Faculty Senate Officers take seriously when soliciting nominations in the selection process Professor Cohen moved second by Professor Lowe to approve committee nominations Approved by voice vote C Faculty Senate Election Results Katherine Tachau Senate President Tachau referred members to attachment 3 which lists the election results Professor Kurtz moved second by Professor Dove to approve the election results Motion approved by voice vote D 2003 2004 Motion Summary Richard LeBlond Senate Vice President LeBlond referred the Senate to attachment 4 which contained the listing of motions approved by the 2003 2004 Faculty Senate Professor Collins questioned the status of the March 25 2004 motion to revise the policy concerning review of Deans Senate President Tachau informed Professor Collins that this was among the priorities of the new Provost President Tachau indicated that the internal auditors had recommended some changes and that these were among things under consideration Associate Provost

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  • Faculty Council Minutes - 2005-04-12 | Faculty Senate
    that Professor Clark chair of the Committee on Faculty Policy and Compensation was not be able to attend today s meeting and that Professor Dove would represent the committee Vice President Buckley indicated that concerns about the current emeritus policy were raised by the Retirees Association Several retired research engineers and scientists were concerned about problems accessing their databases Since research engineers and scientists are not listed in the University directory they do not have access to University databases by current policy Currently approximately 200 individuals fall into the category of retired research engineers and scientists Since 1999 approximately 2 per year would have qualified for the benefit had it been available There are also approximately 90 individuals in the library category who would also be available for the emeritus title Staff Council President Reardon noted that many of the research engineers and research scientists would qualify as faculty on research tracks at other institutions yet at the University of Iowa they are not capable of continuing their research careers into retirement because of the restriction at accessing databases Professor Dove representing the Committee on Faculty Policy and Compensation stated that the committee was sympathetic to the concerns of research scientists and engineers The committee felt the university should find a mechanism for providing parking access to libraries and databases for retired research scientists engineers and librarians However the committee felt that the emeritus policy was not the proper mechanism for this arrangement The committee was also concerned that Section d4 should be changed and did not agree with the current wording that the Vice President for Finance and Operations may grant emeritus staff status The committee felt that the granting of emeritus status should be the province of the Provost The committee was also concerned there was not a mechanism for grievance and also had concerns of why someone who retired or terminated under other than honorable circumstances would be eligible for emeritus status Professor Ringen commented that the emeritus policy came up at Research Council The Research Council felt that the emeritus policy was not the appropriate vehicle for addressing concerns of retired research engineers and scientists Vice President Buckley indicated that currently librarians are included in the emeritus policy and the wording of the proposed policy would give equal footing to research scientists and engineers Professor Dove moved second by Professor Sentzler to strike the phrase other than honorable wherever it appears in the document Motion passed unanimously by hand vote Professor Dove speaking for the committee requested the Council to assist the committee in its deliberations to revise the document for resubmission for Senate consideration Vice President LeBlond was concerned that three issues needed to be addressed 1 the definition of emeritus 2 verification on automatic inclusion for emeritus status for research engineers and research scientists and librarians and 3 what central administrator grants emeritus status to those in administrative ranks Professor Aikin thought that rather than inclusion in the emeritus ranks research engineers and scientists

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  • Faculty Council Minutes - 2003-09-09 | Faculty Senate
    for the CLAS resolution was to conserve money whereas the rationale for the COIA framework was to enhance educational opportunities of athletes Prof Squire noted that the money conserved by the CLAS resolution would actually be used to further the educational opportunities of athletes participating in non revenue sports Prof Tachau stated that her view is that the CLAS resolution and COIA framework documents represented two approaches that are complementary and overlapping The CLAS resolution represents a voice added to the national discussion Professor Aikin agreed with Prof Tachau and further stated that the CLAS resolution falls under the Other cost reduction possibilities section Section IV 3 b of the COIA framework document Prof Herman voiced his concern that a reduction in the number of scholarships could actually reduce the educational opportunities offered to athletes in that a reduction in the number of football scholarships could decrease the level of play thereby reducing the amount of money earned by the football program This could in turn reduce the number of students interested in attending The University of Iowa Prof Tachau responded that the best athletes are still likely to attend the University under scholarship Her concern generated from conversations with an ex athlete was rather that the student athletes had little time for academic studies Prof Tachau distributed a document attached detailing the Preliminary FY 2004 Operating Budgets of Athletics at the Regent institutions as of June 2003 which she had excerpted from the June docket of the Board of Regents published on their web site She pointed out that the Executive Summary states that i ntercollegiate athletics at the Regent universities are not self supporting activities contrary to some previous statements made to the Faculty Senate She showed the Council figures on page 17 of the document that indicated to her that the football program actually lost money during the last academic year This interpretation was questioned by Prof Herman Prof Tachau stated that if the reduction in the number of football scholarships is not done unilaterally then the resolution once adopted should help improve the caliber of student athletes Executive Associate Dean for CLAS Raúl Curto noted that a reduction in the number of scholarships may actually improve the candidate pool in that those not going to schools with stronger programs e g Michigan may come to Iowa Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education Lopes noted that in fact there is history in support of this view it has been shown that when the NCAA reduced the number of scholarships from 100 to the present number and the quality of football teams improved Prof Stromquist argued that the comprehensive nature of the COIA framework seemed to argue for not endorsing the highly focused CLAS resolution to endorse the CLAS resolution may obscure the more comprehensive COIA framework Prof Kurtz asked whether the Council had endorsed the COIA framework in the previous academic year Prof Raymond responded that her recollection is that the Council had discussed a preliminary version of

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  • Faculty Senate Minutes - 2003-09-23 | Faculty Senate
    accepted by Prof Kurtz The amended motion was approved by voice vote IV New Business A Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics COIA MOTION Prof Kurtz moved second by Prof Tachau That the faculty endorses the COIA Framework and encourages the University President to accept the Framework as a guideline for improving college athletics and to direct our NCAA Faculty Representative to pursue these matters with the NCAA Prof Tachau stated that the COIA Framework attached represents the work of an alliance of disparate groups that may be able to solve identified problems with college athletics in a non piecemeal way The role of the faculty at the various universities is to speak to academic values of the institutions The COIA Framework does this Prof Maktabi stated that the graduation rate of student athletes at The University of Iowa is one of the highest in the nation and wondered why the university faculty is being asked to endorse the COIA Framework Prof Segura noted that the COIA Framework does not speak to graduation specifically but rather the COIA Framework will help Iowa keep its good record by speaking to the larger issues of college athletics Prof Nepola stated that he strongly supports the concept of amateur athletes being amateur but he asserted that adopting the COIA Framework may be used in deleterious ways when recruiting Prof Nepola also stated that passing the motion may be interpreted by the coaching staff as a lack of support from the university faculty Prof Aikin stated that the COIA Framework does not change what The University of Iowa does but rather offers the University an opportunity to participate in a national reform movement to get all universities behind the points in the Framework Prof MacFarlane stated that it is not clear to him what effect the Framework will have on the actions of the University He stated that he believes that success in athletics yields educational rewards such as leadership teamwork and time management Prof Tachau responded that the faculty s role is to stress academics She stated that most sports instill wonderful values but the profit from college sports programs is for the institutions and also for TV gambling etc To support her views she cited published statements from university presidents specifically Bowen and Duderstadt the Knight Commission Report of 2001 and a past NBC president among others who have made the point that college athletics specifically college football and men s basketball is a for profit endeavor Prof Segura stated that student athletes should be given a chance to graduate Furthermore as a member of BICOA Prof Segura stated that participation in athletics provides a learning experience for the student athletes However only approximately 640 out of 30 000 students participate in organized sports at Iowa Therefore if the University supports an athletic program for the learning experience it provides then the University should offer this experience to more students Prof Maktabi offered a friendly amendment to reword the motion to stress the success

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  • Faculty Council Minutes - 2003-10-14 | Faculty Senate
    Report Prof Baldus responded that the Committee needs to consider an appropriate time frame Prof Raymond suggested that the Committee consider adding a specified time frame for the required report to the college faculty Prof Baldus responded that the Committee needs to consider an appropriate time frame Prof Weller asked how one determines if the initiator s decision is at odds with the faculty views Prof Baldus responded that the Committee needs to consider this matter Prof Marra asked about the expected response rates to the review surveys Prof Baldus responded that the Committee did not have these data Prof LeBlond asked if the decanal review policy applies to assistant and associate deans Prof Baldus replied that it does not and this will be made clear in the next draft of the report Prof Tachau suggested that the word shall on page 1 Chapter 1 should be replaced with will Prof Baldus will make the suggested change Prof Cox suggested that the DEO review should be left out of this document given that the roles of DEOs vary from department to department and from college to college Furthermore Prof Cox stated that need for the report came from concerns about problems with dean reviews but much less so with any problems with DEO reviews Profs Westefeld Tachau LeBlond and Mangum concurred with Prof Cox s suggestion Prof Baldus responded that the Committee will return with an altered policy statement about dean reviews and will consider eliminating the language concerning reviews of DEOs Prof Stromquist stated that the spirit of what the faculty has been asked for is perhaps not captured in a quantitative scale as suggested by the Committee Prof Baldus responded that the Committee always felt that the quantitative scores represented a minimum set of data that would be presented to the faculty but it was always expected that the provost would offer additional information Prof Tachau stated that the proposed policy represents a substantial improvement over the present policy and she further stated that she has confidence in the Committee s ability to return to the Faculty Council with another version that addresses the issues raised Prof Baldus stated that the Committee can quickly decide if it can quickly address the issues identified by the Council members Prof Raymond requested that the Committee revise the report and include issues raised in today s Council discussion Prof Baldus stated that the Committee would do as requested B Anti Harassment Policy Charlotte Westerhaus Assistant to the President and the Director of Affirmative Action Westerhaus presented a brief overview of the latest draft of the Anti Harassment Policy The stated rationale for proposing this policy is to prevent harassment The University of Iowa has a violence and sexual harassment policy but no general anti harassment policy The proposed anti harassment policy closely follows the existing sexual harassment policy The draft of the policy presented to the Council included the amendments offered by Prof Cox attached on free speech and academic freedom

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  • Faculty Senate Minutes - 2003-10-21 | Faculty Senate
    at 3 38 PM II Address by President Skorton Pres Skorton reviewed the budgetary situation of the University Pres Skorton reported that the University general education fund for this year is approximately 465M This money derives primarily from state appropriations approximately 225M tuition could be as much as 200M and Facilities Administrative approximately 42M The University must revert 2 5 of appropriated funds due to unexpected state budget deficits 5 6M of this reversion will come from the general education fund and 1 3M will come as reductions in line item appropriations Pres Skorton shared his principles of budget cuts Pres Skorton stated that these cuts in funding will be accomplished in a manner that is consistent with the strategic plan of the University Furthermore the cuts will be accomplished in a manner that will protect University library acquisitions and protect student aid Finally the cuts will be made while protecting programs that facilitate and enable growth in external funding Pres Skorton opened the session for questions In answering the questions Pres Skorton stated that compensation for the reduction in state support could possibly come from a combination of a reduction in employment base preferably from attrition an increase in tuition temporary furloughs not replacing faculty and or staff a reduction in the general expense fund a reduction in miscellaneous costs such as travel a reduction in allocations to central administration offices or by merging departments Prof Raymond thanked Pres Skorton for his address III Approval Faculty Senate Minutes September 23 2003 Prof Maktabi moved second by Prof Herman to approve the minutes of the September 23 2003 Faculty Senate meeting The motion passed by voice vote IV Report Ms Kerry Fear described the Spirit Dance Program V New Business Anti Harassment Policy Charlotte Westerhaus Assistant to the President and

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  • Faculty Council Minutes - 2003-11-04 | Faculty Senate
    office It is important for instance to track changes in the composition of the President s cabinet which usually reflects the administrative priorities of individual presidents Professor Tachau asked whether a summary of internal budgetary allocations might provide a guide to the size of the President s office Professor Folsom responded that it is hard to tell Professor Marra asked if recent budget cuts affect any of the committee s conclusions Professor Folsom responded that he didn t know MOTION Professor Kurtz moved seconded by Professor Dungy that the Council accept the report with thanks to the committee Approved unanimously IV New Business NCAA and BICOA Presentation Betsy Altmaier Ana Diaz Arnold and Dan Anderson Professor Altmaier the Faculty Representative to the Big 10 and NCAA responded to a request from the Senate to report on various faculty reforms being proposed in regard to athletics She explained the structure of the Big 10 and NCAA and summarized some of the reform initiatives under consideration by the NCAA with special reference to incentives and disincentives for student academic performance limitations on the time scholarship athletes devote to athletics and gambling Professor Aikin asked about the status of conferences in proposing changes to the NCAA and Professor Kurtz asked about the status of proposals from the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics COIA Professor Altmaier responded that she did indeed bring forward from the COIA framework for discussion at the BIG 10 two issues the twenty hour rules and the relationship of the Big 10 to NCAA regulations She asked for guidance in shaping precise legislative initiatives Professor Cox noted the very large amount of work involved in being Faculty Athletic Representative and raised the issue of fixed terms rather than service at the pleasure of the President of the University He also asked about the mechanisms for consultation of faculty on the President s choice of the chair of BICOA and the Faculty Athletic Representative pointing out that there is now no administrative requirement for any consultation Professor Altmaier responded that some kind of consultation with faculty about the faculty representatives would be a good thing Professor Tachau suggested that such consultation be required Professor Diaz Arnold the new chair of BICOA reported that a new sub committee on the welfare of student athletes had been created in response to the recent Raymond Report The Athletic Department now reports directly to the President The biggest issue for BICOA was the monitoring of the academic progress of student athletes and explained the difficulties in gathering certain kinds of statistics including reliable information on graduation rates Dan Hunter chair of BICOA s Equity Committee and Staff Committee explained the workings of those bodies Professor Tachau suggested that members of BICOA communicate with her in her role as chair of an ad hoc committee on faculty senate committees V Approvals b A Faculty Council Minutes October 14 2003 Motion to approve M S A B Senate Agenda November 18 2003 Motion to postpone until end of

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