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  • Faculty Council Minutes - 2003-01-28 | Faculty Senate
    Pres Cox agreed with this concern noting that increasing health care costs created a significant morale problem for lower paid faculty and that pay levels of faculty members tended to reflect their area of expertise and their seniority rather than their importance That faculty members are lower paid doesn t mean they aren t talented or being recruited by other institutions Prof Kurtz ended by making clear that this a national problem and one that will continue and by urging the Council to continue to consider this issue B Elections Committee Julie Thatcher Pres Cox announced that a search has been conducted for a permanent administrative assistant for the Senate and that Julie Thatcher has been hired to fill the permanent position He invited her to address the Council about new election procedures Julie Thatcher described the new voting system which has been developed through her work along with Connie Berman chair of the Elections Committee and with the help of ITS Under the new three stage system lists of faculty eligible for election to the Senate are posted on line and the faculty is invited to review and correct the lists for their colleges Once the Senate approves the up to date list an on line nominations process will begin Faculty will be able to log on using their HawkID and nominate faculty for the Senate The nominations process is tentatively scheduled for February 14 21 There will then be a similar process for voting for Senate This process will mirror that currently being used in the College of Liberal Arts to elect members of the Faculty Assembly It is hoped that this process will increase participation in the election process currently at about 20 and will significantly decrease wasted paper Ms Thatcher urged Councilors to encourage their colleagues to participate in the nomination and election processes Pres Cox thanked Ms Thatcher for her extensive work on this project and noted his expectation that in the future the process of committee volunteering will also move on line C Budget Committee Paul Muhly Pres Cox invited Prof Paul Muhly chair of the Faculty Senate Budget Planning Committee to update the Council on the current budget situation Prof Muhly informed the Council that the good news is that unless the situation changes there is unlikely to be a midyear reversion this fiscal year For the next fiscal year however the state is facing a 450 million problem that is the difference between what the state needs to spend and what it anticipates will come in Last year 250 million of that amount was paid in non recurring funds and there is no place else to get that money in 2004 Prof Muhly explained the several components that make up the university s general fund The state contributes approximately 52 of that fund and makes additional contributions to capital expenditures which come from other funds rather than tax revenue Tuition makes up 38 39 of the general education fund and indirect costs

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  • Faculty Senate Minutes - 2003-03-04 | Faculty Senate
    national leadership role that the University of Iowa plays in gender equity issues in athletics He also indicated his enthusiasm and intent to review the whole central administrative structure Another senator asked the president about the parallels between our current political situation and that of 30 years ago At that time there were mass arrests on campus widespread campus protests and the use of tear gas to control crowds Our current political circumstance makes it seem possible that these events could recur Therefore the question was asked of Pres Skorton about how he might deal with protests and activism and campus unrest Pres Skorton responded that 30 years ago he was an antiwar activist himself Having come from this past he was looking forward to doing his part in helping to mould the mood of the University and in working to achieve an atmosphere that will encourage serious interchange on difficult political questions Ultimately he would look forward to our campus becoming a market place of ideas however potentially divisive Prof Lynch next questioned Pres Skorton about differences in the current legislative relationships with the University compared to last year Pres Skorton responded that he has made his own observation that the mood at the Statehouse is more congenial and conciliatory toward the University than in years past This is evidenced by more collaborative discussions and efforts He opined that some of the changes are secondary to the redistricting efforts of the last years He expressed gratitude for the new mood in the Statehouse but cautioned that the same economic challenges of the last several years persist Thus the budget will be austere but the mood is positive However as we are a major recipient of state funds we need to expect major changes Prof Dungy asked the President to give his views on cultural diversity observing that in years past there was impressive representation of minorities and women in the University administration At present there are fewer minorities than 15 years ago The President identified a need to work harder for inclusiveness and to increase diversity in high leadership roles He has already asked Charlotte Westerhaus to review how we are currently doing In part this request was motivated by the challenge to the quota system at the University of Michigan but was mostly motivated by the reasons cited by Prof Dungy He intends to maintain forward motion on the topic of inclusivity on campus B Governmental Relations Committee Downing Thomas Prof Thomas corrected the misperception that the first ever public legislative delegation meeting co sponsored by the University of Iowa Faculty Senate Governmental Relations Committee occurred on Saturday February 22 2003 Rather this was the second such event the first having occurred last year The difference between those sessions however was the amount of time that was spent during this year s meeting discussing public education It is one of Prof Downing s goals to increase faculty and staff participation in community outreach in order to continue this discussion At this point Prof Downing showed the senators a media clip from the public forum During this clip Mary Mander and Bob Dvorsky addressed educational concerns These comments were summarized in the minutes of the University of Iowa Faculty Council meeting of February 28 2003 Part of the university delegation s response included the iteration of the idea that economic development and tech transfer are outgrowths of the core university missions of research education and service He closed by identifying a legislative delegation lunch that will occur with the Faculty Senate Officers at Senator Bolkcom s request and his hope that he would be able to work with Mark Braun to develop faculty outreach activities in Des Moines Prof Tachau expressed surprise at the punitive tone of the clip and displeasure with the University of Iowa being blamed for low economic growth and being chastised for recalcitrance in promoting the same She opined that what we really need is a degree of mutual respect for each other s roles and responsibilities Prof Mangum asked why only 30 of Iowans are educated past high school She recognized that we can t necessarily create jobs but we certainly are in a position to educate more students She finished with a question of how can we publicize our own success in education Assoc Provost Lopes commented that Iowa has one of the highest rates of high school graduation in the country It is a lack of aspiration that keeps the rates of additional education low She advised that we do have a role to play in promoting higher education C Faculty Senate President Jeff Cox Pres Cox reiterated the request of Senator Bolkcom for a meeting of the Faculty Senate Officers Pres Cox has arranged a meeting for the Faculty Senate Officers with the editorial board of the Iowa City Press Citizen He suggested that we need to work through the issues behind the explosion of economic development issues with our local legislative delegation V New Business A Thanksgiving Recess Lola Lopes Last fall a proposal came forth from the president of the UISG regarding the addition of a Monday and Tuesday recess during the week of Thanksgiving In response to this proposal and after additional discussion Provost Whitmore appointed Assoc Provost for Undergraduate Education Lola Lopes to head a committee to investigate the correctness of the rationale faculty and staff sentiment on the subject and potential impediments to institution of the proposal The committee found that the Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week are indeed odd days on the calendar Their oddity derives from different faculty practices in the use of these days to administer tests so as to force student attendance to hold classes with a light workload or to cancel classes Student sentiment about the use of these holidays has been made clear by the way in which they are voting with their feet many students and particularly those from out of state leave the campus for a full

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  • Faculty Council Minutes - 2003-02-25 | Faculty Senate
    be a logical outgrowth of the University s attempts to regain its funding cutbacks Prof Bhattacharjee suggested that the primary issue at hand was that the University was allowing others to define us He suggested that it is difficult to sell the so called bread and butter activities of the University As a consequence he felt it important for members of the University community to make our case over and over again It was his contention that over time the public debate has shifted away from discussion of the importance of learning for example language skills to one of what it is that the College of Medicine for example is doing for the State It was his belief that the way to respond to this legislative discussion is not to play into the hands of the legislators Echoing the previously expressed sentiments of Pres Cox Prof Bhattacharjee concluded by suggesting that if we repeat to our legislators enough times what our primary mission is they will inevitably repeat it back to us Some discussion then occurred as to whether or not a faculty task force should be appointed to explore these issues No conclusion was reached Prof Lloyd finished the discussion by commenting that the legislative forum was a worthwhile session with occasional high points V New Business A Thanksgiving Recess Lola Lopes Assoc Provost Lopes presented a proposal currently under study to make the Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week a university recess This proposal had its genesis in the Student Body and is a proposal supported by the University of Iowa Student Government Following preliminary discussions with the University of Iowa Provost University of Iowa Student Government President Nick Herbold wrote to Provost Whitmore requesting that consideration be given to this recess In his letter Pres Herbold illustrated the concept that the University of Iowa faculty treat these days differently at present Following the receipt of this request an ad hoc committee was appointed to study the proposal Members of the Committee included the Registrar Lawrence Lockwood University of Iowa Faculty Senate President Jeff Cox Associate Provost for Health Affairs Kitty Buckwalter Associate Provost for Academic Programs and Dean of International Programs Steve Hoch Director of Resident Services Maggie Van Oel University of Iowa Student Government President Nick Herbold and Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education Lola Lopes This ad hoc group affirmed the student s assertion that the University of Iowa faculty treat these two days differently than the rest of the calendar year Furthermore the UI calendar currently has 76 class days in the fall term and 74 class days in the spring Making the Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week a university recess would leave 74 days in each term Our sister regent institution Iowa State University has had a weeklong Thanksgiving recess for a number of years This illustrates the fact that the a d hoc Committee also discovered that there is no State code regulation concerning class days for the Regent s institutions This proposal subsequently was put forward to the collegiate deans There was unanimous agreement among the undergraduate college deans with strong faculty support reported by a substantial margin in favor of the proposal Clinical and curricular obligations however were cited as the reasons that each of the health professional school deans wished to maintain the current calendar Assoc Provost Lopes then offered that the undergraduate programs could be given these two days as a recess and that the professional colleges could in fact maintain these two days as part of their required curriculum In the event that the Council and Senate recommended approval a decision would need to be made quickly as to the implementation timetable Assoc Provost Lopes indicated her intent again with appropriate approval to move forward rapidly in order to attempt implementation in the next academic year The question subsequently was brought to the Faculty Council for consideration for recommendation of this proposal to the Faculty Senate for approval Prof Tachau so moved and Prof Westefeld seconded the recommendation Prof Lynch then asked whether there would be any fiscal implication in making such a change Assoc Provost Lopes replied that the Task Force had studied this question and that it was their interpretation that there would be neither negative nor positive fiscal implications Prof Westefeld amplified that there would be no recess for staff during this time In thinking about the practicalities of implementation Assoc Provost Lopes indicated that the University calendars could be printed one way with footnotes and another without so that the two possible outcomes of this discussion would be anticipated One item that would need to be worked through carefully is the fact that implementation will affect the early registration dates for the spring term Prof Bhattacharjee questioned the impact a decision to move forward with the proposal would have on faculty who teach both undergraduate and graduate courses Assoc Provost Lopes responded that the Graduate College would make a decision about their response to the proposal She anticipated that they would likely adopt the same proposal as the undergraduate colleges None the less the proposal could be worded to exclude the Graduate College Prof Bhattacharjee asked if there was opposition at the Graduate College level Prof Westefeld indicated that he had heard none He also echoed the sentiment that there would need to be specific language in the proposal e g the days under discussion would no longer be class days except for programs in colleges who expressed the need to continue the current vacation and recess policy Prof Tachau asked that Prof Westefeld s comment be encompassed in the spirit of her so move It was then offered that the COGS issues and TA obligation are in place as well Prof Tachau continued that she thought it was a sensible proposal Prof Lynch asked for consideration of the political implications of decreasing class days at a time when the University as a community is lobbying for increased state support for teaching efforts

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  • Faculty Senate Minutes - 2003-04-29 | Faculty Senate
    as a living evolving organism During his period of leadership he has been in contact with other Big Ten equivalents of BICOA He believes that our Board is strong by comparison Nonetheless BICOA is not in control of athletics as an authoritative body Rather it serves its role as an important advisory body to the athletics program Before responding to questions Prof Colangelo asked for ongoing and significant input from the Senate as the university and BICOA work through the difficult issues that face university athletics and athletes A question was asked about the impact a decrease in state funding to athletics might have on the university s control of the programs It was Prof Colangelo s opinion that changes in state funding have no effect on control because the programs are offered by the University of Iowa for participation by University of Iowa students Pres Cox thanked Prof Colangelo and also thanked Prof Lynch for their efforts as strong members of BICOA B Task Force on Undergraduate Arrest Rate Judy Polumbaum Prof Cox provided a review of the background that led to the creation of this committee It began with an article in the Cedar Rapids Gazette a year earlier in which it was reported that 10 of males graduate from the University of Iowa with an arrest record It was further reported in The Chronicle of Higher Education that the University of Iowa led the nation in on campus drug arrests for 2001 Preliminary evaluation of these data raised the question of whence they derive from matters of policy or from student behavior that is somehow worse at the University of Iowa than elsewhere The Task Force consisted of Profs Judy Polumbaum Warren Piette and John Whiston and students Matt Blizek Gillian Rosenberg and Raychel Kolen Prof Whiston provided the actual report to the Senate He began by identifying the charge to the committee an examination of the statistics surrounding these arrest rates as an absolute nightmare As one illustration during the period in which their committee was actively gathering data the Press Citizen reported that the Iowa City Police Department had revised arrest statistics from one day to the next During the period of 1993 1996 the Johnson County arrest count never exceeded 6 000 Subsequent years saw a sharp increase to around 9 000 Latest arrest rates were four times those in Story County where Iowa State is located Two thousand arrests were for public intoxication 50 more than those in Story County and the arrest rate for drug law violation was 2 5 times the rate in Story County In parallel the University of Iowa Department of Public Safety has had an increase in arrests and charges although they have not been escalating as rapidly as those of the Iowa City Police Department When the university Department of Public Safety finds a violation its officers have the option of either charging or disciplining the offender Of liquor violations occurring during this past year the Department of Public Safety made 227 arrests and referred 473 individuals for disciplinary action During the same time there were 182 arrests related to drug violations and only 13 referrals Prof Whiston then reviewed the typical charges that students receive for various violations Public intoxication is a simple misdemeanor which can generate a 50 200 fine and is an expungable event Possession under the legal age PAULA carries a 100 fine plus surcharge for a first violation Second violations typically include a 200 fine plus surcharge and the loss of the offender s driver license Operating while intoxicated is a serious misdemeanor with a mandatory 14 days in jail a mandatory 1400 fine educational remediation and loss of a driver license for six months The University of Iowa Department of Public Safety can and does arrest large numbers of non students Finding and studying safety issues at the University of Iowa has been facilitated by a federal law requiring public disclosure Thus crime statistics are available for all universities It appears that the University of Iowa arrest rates for liquor law violations are greater than other Regents institutions and comparable to other Big Ten schools However in at least one recent year the University of Iowa led the Big Ten in drug arrests The committee used this information to come to the conclusion that in our community there is a relatively large amount of illegal behavior occurring in a small geographic area Nonetheless it does not appear that drug and alcohol use or abuse is out of line with that occurring at other similar institutions What does appear to be somewhat out of line is the arrest rate To explore why this might be so the Committee interviewed people in departments and offices concerned with relevant policy and its implementation They concluded there is wide latitude for discretionary judgment involving student behavior For example in the residence halls if an RA investigates a complaint about a loud party in a residence hall and sees a small amount of alcohol he she can use his her judgment about whether simple admonishment to get rid of the alcohol is appropriate or if additional authoritative action needs to be taken On the other hand the official policy in the residence halls regarding incidents involving regulated substances is zero tolerance for suspicion of drug use for instance RAs are instructed to call hall coordinators who are to call police and drug charges result in expulsion from the dorms It appears that campus and city police have similar abilities to use discretionary judgment and that when it comes to an investigation that identifies illicit drug use in particular the Department of Public Safety the Iowa City Police Department and the County District Attorney have adopted a zero tolerance zero discretion policy with apparently some exceptions for individuals willing to inform on others The relationship between the Iowa City Police Department and the University of Iowa students is also a contributing factor to the issue under investigation

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  • Faculty Council Minutes - 2003-04-15 | Faculty Senate
    document rather it is intended to be a document that addresses products created at the University of Iowa It does not alter prior policy regarding the ownership of patents or copyrights The differences between current and new policy are highlighted in the cover letter Significant differences include the creation of a new Intellectual Property Advisory Committee an alteration in the formula by which earnings from intellectual property are distributed and the addition of examples to illustrate potential applications of the policies The intent of the placeholder comment regarding the alteration of the earnings distribution formula identifies an intent to increase the share to inventors and authors but to maintain the current policy by which 25 of proceeds are used by the Office of the Vice President for Research as a research enrichment fund An additional significant difference was noted in the cover letter the policy articulates the view that the University will not waive ownership of patent rights allocated to it under law Dr Wheaton expressed his interest in consulting with faculty over the newly revised policy He intends to make a presentation similar to this at the Research Council in May and intends to schedule additional meetings with the Faculty Senate and the University Student Government Pres Cox then commented that the Faculty Senate Officers had seen this policy in an earlier iteration The Senate Officers offered no opinion about the change in earnings distribution percentages other than to support the concept of stabilization of the percentage utilizable by the Office of the Vice President for Research They did express concern however that faculty affected by the policy need to have the right to use standard university faculty grievance procedures for disputes arising from its application something that was not included in the earlier version they reviewed Partly in response to this latter comment language was introduced to specify when grievances could go to the President and when they would go through normal faculty grievance channels This language can be seen at the top of page seven The Vice President shall appoint an Intellectual Property Committee under the terms of the policy It is this committee that will help to resolve disputes arising from the application of the policy Although committee membership will be at the request of the Vice President for Research appointments will be subject to consultation with the Senate and the University Student Government Prof Tachau who was a member of the committee drafting this proposed policy advised that the Intellectual Property Committee has a necessary requirement for membership with particular expertise in these complex matters She continued that in spite of this appropriate membership need the committee is not intended to supplant standard University faculty grievance processes when they are deemed appropriate In response Prof Raymond indicated that the attempt to remedy the Faculty Senate Officers concerns regarding faculty grievance processes was laudable However the language used in the final sentence of the opening paragraph on page seven was much too broad to effectively accomplish

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  • Faculty Council Minutes - 2001-09-11 | Faculty Senate
    information after its deployment as a record of its use something that cannot be done with a nightstick Prof Marra inquired whether since they have the same training ICPD and DPS have different philosophies with regard to law enforcement vs security Green answered no and added that at present DPS is doing both but really needs to clarify and choose one or the other He no longer feels he can expect officers to risk themselves without being armed they are at too much of a disadvantage without proper equipment One can t expect a person to obey just because they see the uniform although so far that has been the case here He is concerned about changes in atmosphere He pointed out that DPS officers have been carrying nightsticks for years and that the lack of arms is unique to Iowa Up until the 1960 s campus police here had been armed but that changed as a result of a philosophical decision not the response to some specific incident He continued that he fervently hoped that there would never be an incident on this campus that would prove the need for lethal weapons Nevertheless his officers need to have something especially in cases of attempted suicides He views TASERS as less dangerous than a nightstick President Bhattacharjee reminded the Council as a point of information that that two years ago the Faculty Senate unanimously endorsed the decision not to arm the DPS Green asked what the basis of that decision was Prof Colvin replied that it was based on the lack of evidence that a change was necessary Furthermore the decision against arming the DPS was made by President Coleman and the Senate merely affirmed President Coleman s decision President Bhattacharjee reported that the executive committee of UISG was very concerned about the present proposals and will cast votes on September 18 Prof Lynch asked what DPS officers will do if TASERS are not effective against guns Green replied that as is done now the ICPD would be called Prof Lynch followed up by asking whether if armed with TASERs DPS officers would be more likely to be sent in against guns Green answered that no ICPD would still be called in He pointed out that most of the time they don t know ahead of time whether or not a weapon is there before they show up and engage Prof Lynch continued his questioning asking if someone is attempting suicide how much time does DPS have to respond Green answered that it varies sometimes you can respond in time sometimes you can t Prof Lynch then asked what happens if someone is shot in the face especially in the eye with a TASER Would he be blinded Green answered that he didn t know but reiterated that it would be used only in lethal force situations It is not useful for crowd control President Bhattacharjee then introduced the table compiled by Prof Irish and asked her to explain it Prof Porter stated that he thought the correct designation for the TASER was less lethal not less than lethal and added that he thought the DPS was doing a terrific job without TASERs Green challenged him by asking why municipal forces are armed and Prof Porter responded by asking why we have been so successful without them Green replied that we are successful but we still need them He suggested we think of them as we do home insurance Most of the time we don t use it but are very happy to have paid for it in that one time that we need it Prof Porter continued his questioning by asking how TASERs are used on other campuses Green reminded him that on all other except ISU and U Del campuses campus police officers are armed Prof Porter asked about the frequency of review boards on other campuses finding appropriate vs inappropriate uses of TASERs Green replied that he didn t know Prof Grassian inquired whether the two proposals were in order and dependent Green answered that they were Prof Grassian then asked how often you might need such a device Green replied that it is variable and often incidents come in waves Prof Grassian suggested 0 5 times per year which Green confirmed Prof Grassian continued that it is important to be able to identify police officers Green agreed stating that he doesn t like the term security as it means something different from what his officers are doing He continued that he is especially concerned about his young officers that it is an officer safety issue Community policing is a relationship His officers have an emotional bond with this campus If they are not safe Green cannot get what he wants from them Ms Tipsword spoke on behalf of the Safety and Security Committee She said that her committee has had these kinds of discussions every meeting for the past two years The vote in June was unanimous save one She pointed out that it is we and the students who the officers are trying to protect She brought up the fact that once ICPD has been called in DPS loses control of the situation and any university philosophy is out the window Also ICPD response time can be long as they don t know the campus as well and do have other responsibilities She cited a serious example in which ICPD was called in but never came ending that there have been no problems so far because we have been really really lucky Green added that incidents can be so unpredictable and that they are called on to act in potentially deadly situations Prof Jew inquired about who has jurisdiction on campus DPS or ICPD if they both have the same training Green replied that once ICPD has been invited on campus his office can t tell them what to do ICPD becomes responsible for dealing with an incident Prof Jew followed up by asking about

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  • Faculty Council Minutes - 2001-10-09 | Faculty Senate
    was approved by the Senate last April Prof Colvin explained that after the Senate approved the policy Associate Provost Clark and Prof S Kurtz went over it with a fine toothed comb and found an item that needed to be brought back to the Senate Prof Cox added that this deals with small departments with small DCG s The change amounts to an expansion of language to make it conform to the policy for promotion and tenure Prof Westefeld moved and Prof Moyer seconded the following Motion To accept the suggested modification The motion carried B Discussion of modification to Clinical Track policy President Bhattacharjee explained that the modification makes specific how the percentages should be computed Associate Provost Clark had suggested computing it in terms of FTE s Prof Lynch clarified that this does not mean counting faculty but counting FTE s Prof Lynch moved and Prof Raymond seconded the following Motion To accept the suggested modification The motion carried IV New Business A Policies on Sexual Harassment and Consensual Relations Lee Anna Clark President Bhattacharjee introduced this topic by explaining that in the past both sexual harassment and consensual relations had been handled in one section of the Operations Manual The changes have been made to reflect the fact that these two are distinct and should be handled in distinct manners The new policies were crafted by a substantial committee which included several lawyers as well as faculty and staff members He explained that we do not have to vote on these new policies today Prof LeBlond questioned an aspect of informal complaints that specified that the respondent is not to be notified p 3 section 3e Policy on Sexual Harassment pointing out that that would prevent intervention Associate Provost Clark explained that they tried to strike a delicate balance between protecting the rights of the complainant and the respondent As written the new policy should give the complainant a sense of security such that if s he wants the matter to remain confidential action could still be taken Prof LeBlond countered that you don t have to violate the confidence of the complainant when alerting the respondent that there are concerns Associate Provost Clark asserted that there is sufficient flexibility in the new policy General Counsel Schantz added that this policy is moving in the direction Prof LeBlond wants The old policy was entirely complainant driven With the new policy the University takes action independent of further involvement by the complainant Prof LeBlond expressed concern about whether one might be liable having heard an informal complaint if one didn t go talk to the respondent immediately upon hearing the complaint Associate Provost Clark pointed out that the Office of Affirmative Action would have new powers to serve as a central repository of information including the names of the respondents which is a change This gives them more to go on President Bhattacharjee followed up on this question clarifying that a supervisor who hears an informal complaint can speak to the respondent informally Prof LeBlond reiterated his concerns wanting clarity about liability of a supervisor either for giving a name or for not doing so Prof Marra expressed her concern about third party complaints asking what the argument was for taking them now General Counsel Schantz responded by clarifying the meaning of confidential you may tell your supervisors but not the outside world Other members of your unit may be notified on a need to know basis He reminded us that the courts are now holding us responsible if we have knowledge If a complainant goes to the university ombudsperson the university has no knowledge but if a complainant goes to his her supervisor then legally the university has knowledge He admitted that anonymity itself is not perfect protection as a respondent can often deduce who made the complaint He added that at least in the past ten or even 20 years people can be effectively protected from retaliation Prof Raymond made a couple of interrelated points She expressed her appreciation that the two issues had been separated into two distinct policies She was concerned about students coming to figures who play multiple roles such as counseling and administrative How will a student know that depending on who s he goes to a report may have to be filed She also noted that the policy specifies that any officer of the university who learns of such behavior must make a report Her concern was that if any of the faculty hear a complaint or a rumor but make the judgment not to report it that faculty member could be at risk of penalty from the university The difficulty is in evaluating allegations A second point regarding confidentiality as written a complainant is held to a different standard of confidentiality than are officers of the university General Counsel Schantz replied to the first point interpreting officer of the university as someone in an administrative position such as a dean or DEO Prof Manderscheid asked about cases when a person serves as both an administrator and a faculty member General Counsel Schantz replied that one solution would be to ask the student what capacity s he comes to you as having He emphasized that the university has a responsibility to report Prof Raymond continued that she was still concerned about cases in which the university is sued and it learns that you had information that you had not divulged emphasizing the need for a standard for a reportable allegation Prof Colvin inquired about informal complaints asking whether the response need be written or oral Waterhouse replied that in most cases the response is oral most people prefer to come in tell their side of the story but written responses are acceptable as well In formal complaints the chain of events is different Prof Colvin followed up by raising the question of how an informal complaint becomes a formal complaint Prof Westefeld asked Associate Provost Clark where this policy is with

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  • Faculty Council Minutes - 2001-11-13 | Faculty Senate
    needed Prof Geist suggested a change in appendix A III that I and IV be commingled and III cover only nonclinical nontenure track This would gives more stability and breaks out the oddball things into a separate category Prof Geist moved and Prof Colvin seconded the following Motion Amend Appendix A III to add the term nonclinical so that it would read may make renewable budgeted nonclinical nontenure track faculty appointments The motion carried President Bhattacharjee suggested that the Provost be asked to post the Forkenbrock report on the web and that it be added to the final version of this report as a hotlink Referring to Appendix B Prof Colvin asked whether adoption of this proposal would change how faculty are reviewed What if there is a positive vote in one college and a negative vote in another Associate Provost Clark answered that the Provost decides President Bhattacharjee had a few questions for Associate Provost Clark With regard to matters of budget he had a letter from February 2001 mentioning 500 000 Associate Provost Clark affirmed that the same amount had been mentioned on page 8 of this report President Bhattacharjee continued on that topic asking what is likely to happen given the current budgetary climate Associate Provost Clark reminded him that the report is a recommendation to the Provost Prof Porter moved and Prof Geist seconded the following Motion That the report be forwarded to the Faculty Senate for their consideration The motion carried Prof LeBlond suggested that one way to foster interdisciplinarity is to pair senior faculty with emeritus faculty from other departments or even colleges Prof Porter added that about five years ago a task force in the College of Medicine made a similar proposal Emeritus Faculty Council representative Bob Engel having noted what was suggested volunteered to contact appropriate emeritus faculty B Report of the Faculty Senate President Amitava Bhattacharjee President Bhattacharjee announced that a detailed narrative has been distributed that summarizes how the governor s cuts have been distributed within the university The cut of 4 3 to the 2002 budget amounts to 13 5 million dollars Despite the depth of the cut at the college level the cuts ranged from as little as 1 07 to 2 96 He viewed this as surprisingly good news for the colleges Turning to the most recent meeting of the Regents held at ISU President Bhattacharjee reported that President Coleman had yielded five minutes of her allotted time to him to speak on behalf of Faculty Senate This opportunity allowed him to convey not only to the Regents but to the general public the sentiments expressed at the special meeting of the Senate He had spoken of the old fashioned value of public higher education of the resolution proposed at the special meeting and how the resolution passed unanimously He reported that so far the feedback has been positive The third topic President Bhattacharjee touched on was a recent CIC resolution on intercollegiate athletics which was passed

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