RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY
UNIVERSITY SENATE MINUTES  

Regular Meeting of the University Senate

DATE: January 26, 2001

TIME AND PLACE: 1:10 p.m., Multipurpose Room, Rutgers Student Center, 126 College Avenue, College Avenue Campus

MEMBERS PRESENT: Bay, Bell, Bhoj, Bittner, Blasi, Borisovets, Burns, Busia, Carlton, Colaizzi, Connell, Cooper, Cowley, Cragin, DeCarlo, E. Dennis, E. Diamond, Dress, Eramian, Esser, Falk, Fechter, Finne, Forman, Friedrich, Gary, Gaunt, Goldmark, Gross, Hall, Harris, Hartman, Hillman, Hitchner, Hyndman, M. Jackson, Kalafat, Keating, Kelly, Kennedy, Killingsworth, Kim, Kirschner, Kleinman, Knee, Kuenyehia, Lattimer, Leath, Lee, Li, Manganaro, Manhoff, Markowitz, Marsh, Marszalowicz, McCloughan, McKay, McNeal, James Miller, Jason Miller, Monfils, Moore, Naus, O’Connor, Panayotatos, Parikh, Perlman, Puniello, Rabinowitz, Redd, Robertson, Rohr, Roth, Saniefard, Scott, Seneca, Silver, Singer, Singh, Slawsky, P. Snyder, Sparano, Spencer, Stahley, St. John, Stein, Stevens, Strom, Sullivan, Swenson, Szatrowski, Tallau, Vodak, Wadia, Walker-Andrews, Wilkinson, Winterbauer, Wolk, Wozniak, Zaborszky, Zucker

EXCUSED: Adamcik, Axelrod, Barone, Boylan, Cizewski, Cotter, Darkenwald, Deutsch, Feder, Goodman, Hamm, Haugerud, J, Jackson, Janes, Jesse, Kenfield, Kenney, Koehler, Krueckeberg, Lawrence, Martinez-Fernandez. McKeever, Moran, Nordstrom, Oren, Penfield, Regulska, Saidel, Samuels, Seplaki, Shailor, Simmons, Stauffer, Sumner, Tello, Tripolitis, Wasserman, Webb, Znayenko

ABSENT: Adelson, Andalia, Boucher, Breton, Burdea, Bushnell, Caprio, Davidson, DeGloma, R. Dennis, M. Diamond, Diner, Felson, Goldman, Griffith, Hirsh, Hughes, Kamienski, Klein, Laguna-Diaz, Lang, Lehman, Leontiades, Maradonna, Marcone, Massachaele, Matsuda, Padgett, Pina, Rijhsinghani, Scheinbeim, Schlegel, Sheikh, R. Snyder, Tuckman, Vershon

ATTENDANCE SUMMARY: Faculty: Of 85 total: 39 present (46%), 26 excused (30%), 20 absent (24%); Students: Of 47 total: 39 present (83%), 3 excused (67%), 5 absent (11%); Administrators: Of 39 total: 19 present (49%), 8 excused (20%), 12 absent (31%); Alumni: Of 6 total: 4 present (67%), 2 excused (33%), 0 absent

NON-VOTING MEMBERS PRESENT: Ishayik, Wright

PRESIDING OFFICER: Kathleen Scott, Chairperson

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT: Chairperson Scott called the meeting to order at 1:25 p.m. She announced that the Senate’s webpage is now linked to the Rutgers homepage, and can be reached by clicking on "Services for Faculty and Staff" and "Advisory Bodies." She said that meetings have taken place on the issue of use of Social Security numbers as student identification numbers. Regarding the "TA Report," she said that, although the report would not be discussed at the current meeting, the report is posted on the Senate website for review and comment, and that the report will be on the Senate’s agenda for the February meeting.

SECRETARY’S REPORT: Agenda: The agenda was approved as distributed. Minutes: The Minutes of December 1, 2000 were approved as distributed by the Secretary. Communications: The following communications were presented:

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT: President Lawrence was attending AAU and ACE meetings in Washington, DC. University Vice President Seneca delivered the administrative report, which included comments on: Governor Whitman’s budget message, including continued funding for OSRP and increased funding for TAG; Governor Whitman’s January 3, 2001 visit to Rutgers, during which she affirmed the importance of high-technology and higher education; funding support for federal grant matching and other programs, building projects, teacher education, equipment leasing, and outreach; and Douglass Dean Barbara Shailor’s acceptance of a position at Yale, Cook Dean Carlton’s retirement, and Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology Dean Sandra Harris’s return to the faculty.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT – New Brunswick Campus Report, University Vice President for Academic Affairs Joseph Seneca: University Vice President for Academic Affairs Joseph Seneca presented a synopsis of the New Brunswick State of the Campus Report, noting that it is a summary of accomplishments, and expressing appreciation especially to faculty, deans and directors on the New Brunswick Campus for their efforts in the successes of the past year. (The report had been made available to the Senate in advance, is attached to the master copy of these minutes as Attachment A, and is available online at http://senate.rutgers.edu/nbcampus.html.)

A question-and-answer period followed, during which Vice President Seneca and others responded to questions and comments on: changes to the Honors Program; effects of construction for RUNet2000 on Cook Campus; enrollment and budgeting for new faculty lines; a master plan for the New Brunswick Campus; and online registration and course information.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Equal Opportunity Committee, Resolution in Support of Full Health Benefits for Same-Sex Partners of Rutgers Employees and Retirees: Equal Opportunity Committee Chairperson Pheroze Wadia summarized the background of the issue which was the subject of the his committee’s report and resolution. Senator Keating asked if the resolution could include heterosexual domestic partners. Senator Wadia did not accept the change, but he and Chairperson Scott suggested the issue would be considered by the Executive Committee. Senator Wadia read the Resolution, which was discussed. Senator Wadia accepted Senator Panayatatos’s friendly amendment to change, in the fifth "Whereas," "continued denial of health benefits" to "continued denial of full health benefits. Senator Keating moved to amend by changing "same-sex partner" to "domestic partner" throughout. The motion was seconded and discussed. Senator Fechter called the question; on vote, the question was called, and the motion to amend was voted upon and defeated. Senator Kelly moved to change, in the seventh "Whereas," "denial of health benefits…has resulted in unnecessary suffering and premature death" to "denial of health benefits…has resulted in unnecessary suffering and may have contributed to premature death." Senator Wadia accepted the change as a friendly amendment, and said he would add two paragraphs to the report which clarify the committee’s intent. Senator Fechter called the question. The call was seconded, and defeated on vote. Senator Saniefard moved the amendment to "may have contributed. Her motion was seconded, and carried on vote. Senator Markowitz called the question on the main motion. The call was seconded, and carried on vote. On vote, the resolution carried, as amended, as follows:

Whereas, Rutgers University pledges in its Non-Discrimination Policy to provide equal employment opportunities and benefits to all its employees, regardless of sexual orientation and marital status; and

Whereas, it has been more than two years since the Board of Governors endorsed the concept of health coverage to same-sex partners of Rutgers’ employees; and

Whereas, 69 percent of the AAU member institutions and 74 percent of the top 50 institutions ranked by the US News and World Report College Rankings grant health benefits to same-sex partners of their employees; and

Whereas, there is reason to believe that Rutgers is placed at a distinct competitive disadvantage in recruiting top faculty by denying health benefits to same-sex partners of its employees; and

Whereas, the continued denial of full health benefits to domestic partners of employees has encouraged some of the University’s most promising and productive young faculty to leave and accept employment where they are treated equally with all other employees; and

Whereas, strong and effective administrators have resigned their administrative posts and research faculty have returned research grants in protest of the continued discrimination by Rutgers; and

Whereas, continued discrimination by Rutgers and public disavowal of its own Non-Discrimination Policy portrays the University to the state and nation as uncaring with respect to Rutgers’ proclaimed commitment to equality and diversity; and

Whereas, denial of health benefits to same-sex partners of Rutgers employees has resulted in unnecessary suffering and may have contributed to premature death;

Therefore, Be It Resolved that President Lawrence institute a plan without further delay to provide to same-sex domestic partners of Rutgers’ employees a program of health, prescription, dental, and vision insurance that is equivalent in coverage to that provided to spouses of married faculty; and

Be It Further Resolved that the Board of Governors should reaffirm the primacy of the University’s Non-Discrimination Policy in all of its activities, and that President Lawrence publicly commit himself to its full implementation.

Student Affairs Committee, Response to Charge S-0003, to "Review and comment on the Draft University Policy on Parental Notification": Student Affairs Committee Co-Chairs Kim Wozniak and David Singer presented their committee’s Report and Resolution on the Draft University Policy on Parental Notification. There was no discussion. On vote, the Resolution carried unanimously, as follows:

Budget and Finance Committee, Proposal and Resolution on Fee Structure for Full-Time University College Students: Budget and Finance Committee Co-Chair Joseph Naus presented his committee’s Report and Resolution on a revised fee structure for full-time University College Students, which proposed that full-time University College students pay the same student fees as other full-time Rutgers students. Senator Marszalowicz moved to change the Resolution’s "Therefore" clause from "recommends that full-time University College students pay the same student fees" to "recommends that full-time University College students who are taking 15 or more credits, or who reside in University housing pay the same student fees." The amendment was seconded and discussed. Senator Naus said that the Budget and Finance Committee would consider separately the definition of "full-time student." Senator Parikh called the question on the amendment. On vote, the question was called. On vote, the amendment was defeated. Following further discussion, Senator Panayotatos proposed a friendly amendment changing "same fees" to "similar fees" throughout. The amendment was not accepted. Discussion completed, the Resolution was voted upon, and carried, as follows:

Whereas, the University Senate Budget Committee has considered the issue of full-time University College Students’ payment of student fees which are less than those paid by other full-time Rutgers students, and,

Whereas, the Budget Committee agreed that, in the interest of fairness and equity, all full-time students should pay the same student fees; and,

Whereas, the Budget Committee has clearly outlined its rationale and conclusions in its report to the University Senate, including recommendations, and that the report and its recommendations have been duly considered by the Senate;

Therefore, Be It Resolved, that the University Senate hereby approves the Budget Committee’s report on this issue, and recommends that full-time University College students pay the same student fees as other full-time Rutgers students; and,

Be It Further Resolved, that the University should strive to meet the needs of accessibility of services for full-time University College students.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT: Vice Chair Rabinowitz reported on the January 12, 2001 Executive Committee meeting. [The minutes of that meeting will be distributed with the February 2001 Senate meeting packet, and are posted online at http://senate.rutgers.edu/ec011201.html.]

REPORTS OF THE REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES, AND OF CAMPUS FACULTY LIAISONS: Senator Parikh reported on the December 8, 2000 Board of Governors meeting. Senator Naus reported on the December 14, 2000 Board of Trustees meeting. Senator Panayotatos reported on plans and recent activities of the New Brunswick Faculty Council.

ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business before the University Senate, Chairperson Scott declared the meeting adjourned at 3:30 p.m. 

Kenneth Swalagin
Secretary of the University Senate