RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY
UNIVERSITY SENATE MINUTES

Regular Meeting of the University Senate

DATE: December 1, 2000

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

MEMBERS PRESENT: Adamcik, Axelrod, Barone, Bell, Bhoj, Bittner, Blasi, Borisovets, Boylan, Burdea, Bushnell, Busia, Caprio, Carlton, Connell, Cotter, Cowley, Cragin, Darkenwald, DeCarlo, DeGloma, E. Dennis, R. Dennis, Deutsch, Diner, Dress, Eramian, Esser, Falk, Forman, Friedrich, Gaunt, Goldmark, Gross, Hamm, Harris, Haugerud, Hillman, Hirsh, Hitchner, J. Jackson, Janes, Jesse, Kalafat, Kamienski, Kelly, Kennedy, Kenney, Kim, Kleinman, Koehler, Kuenyehia, Laguna-Diaz, Lawrence, Leath, Lee, Li, Manganaro, Manhoff, Maradonna, Marsh, Marszalowicz, Martinez-Fernandez, McCloughan, McKay, McNeal, James Miller, Jason Miller, Monfils, Moran, Naus, Nordstrom, O’Connor, Oren, Panayotatos, Parikh, Parker, Penfield, Perlman, Rabinowitz, Redd, Rijhsinghani, Robertson, Rohr, Roth, Saidel, Samuels, Saniefard, Scott, Seneca, Silver, Simmons, Singer, Singh, Slawsky, Solomon, Spencer, St. John, Stauffer, Stein, Strom, Sullivan, Swenson, Tello, Tripolitis, Vershon, Vodak, Walker-Andrews, Webb, Winterbauer, Wozniak, Zaborszky, Znayenko, Zucker

EXCUSED: Boucher, Colaizzi, Feder, Gary, Griffith, Haska, Hyndman, Kenfield, Kirschner, Krueckeberg, Lattimer, McKeever, Puniello, Regulska, Shailor, Sparano, Stahley, Szatrowski, Tallau, Wadia, Wilkinson

ABSENT: Adelson, Andalia, Bay, Breton, Cizewski, Cooper, Davidson, E. Diamond, M. Diamond, Fechter, Felson, Finne, Gehrmann, Goodman, Hall, Hartman, Hughes, M. Jackson, Keating, Killingsworth, Klein, Lang, Lehman, Leontiades, Marcone, Markowitz, Massachaele, Matsuda, Moore, Padgett, Pina, Scheinbeim, Schlegel, Seplaki, Sheikh, Snyder, Sumner, Tuckman, Wasserman

ATTENDANCE SUMMARY: Faculty: Of 84 total: 50 present (59%), 10 excused (12%), 24 absent (29%);
Students: Of 45 total: 34 present (76%), 2 excused (4%), 9 absent (20%); Administrators: Of 39 total: 25 present (64%),
8 excused (21%), 6 absent (15%); Alumni: Of 6 total: 5 present (83%), 0 excused, 1 absent (17%)

NON-VOTING MEMBERS PRESENT: Ishayik, Wright

NON-VOTING MEMBER ABSENT: Hamilton

PRESIDING OFFICER: Kathleen Scott, Chairperson

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT: Chairperson Scott called the meeting to order at 1:25 p.m. She encouraged all Senators, as well as the entire Rutgers community, to bring issues to the Senate for positive change. The Senate then observed a moment of silence in memory of faculty members and former Senators, the late Irene Alm and Susana Rotker-Martinez.

SECRETARY’S REPORT: Agenda: The agenda was approved as distributed. Minutes: the Minutes of October 27, 2000 were approved as distributed by the Secretary.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT: President Lawrence expressed condolences to the families of Professors Alm and Rotker-Martinez. His Administrative reports included comments on: the status of federal funding, citing increases in funding to Rutgers from the National Institutes of Health, and Departments of Defense, Energy, and Education; recent grants; and Rutgers’ long and distinguished record of diversity and commitment to providing a comfortable educational environment for all.

Copyright Presentation: University Librarian Marianne Gaunt presented a summary of issues associated with copyright, including: changes and opportunities, new legislation and liabilities, context for the Rutgers copyright policy, intellectual property created at Rutgers, fair use, and others. She said she hopes to be able to bring a draft copyright policy to the Senate in the spring. Additional information on copyright is available on the Libraries’ website [http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/rul/rr_gateway/research_guides/copyright/copyright.shtml].

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Executive Committee: Senate Vice Chairperson Samuel Rabinowitz summarized the background of, and read and moved a "Resolution to Change the Spring 2001 Registration Period on a Trial Basis." Senator Parikh moved to amend by adding a clause providing, "If the initial meeting of a class does not occur until after the end of the drop period, the ‘W’ shall be waived provided that the student drops with the permission of the dean within one business day after the first meeting of the course." The motion to amend was seconded, discussed, and carried unanimously. Senator Singer moved to amend by changing the add period to nine days from the originally proposed eight days. The motion was seconded. Following discussion of the amendment, Senator Roth called the question. The motion to amend carried by a vote of 62 in favor, 37 opposed. Following continued discussion, the Resolution, as amended, was approved as follows:

Be it resolved that the University Senate recommends that the "add/drop" period for Spring Semester 2001 be changed so that students may add courses during the first nine class days of the semester, and may drop courses without a "W" during the first seven class days of the semester. If the initial meeting of a class does not occur until after the end of the drop period, the "W" shall be waived provided that the student drops with the permission of the dean within one business day after the first meeting of the course. Following this trial period, the Senate Executive Committee shall charge the appropriate committees (Committee on Academic Standards, Regulations, and Admissions and Student Affairs Committee) to review the trial period and other matters related to registration.

CAMPUS REPORTS

Newark Provost Norman Samuels presented a synopsis of the Newark Campus Report. (The report had been distributed to the Senate in advance, and is attached to the master copy of these minutes as Attachment B.)

Camden provost Roger Dennis presented a synopsis and update of the Camden Campus Report. (The report had been distributed to the Senate in advance, and is attached to the master copy of these minutes as Attachment A.)

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT: Vice Chair Rabinowitz reported on the November 17, 2000 Executive Committee meeting. [The minutes of that meeting will be distributed with the January 26, 2001 Senate meeting packet.]

REPORTS OF THE REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES, AND OF CAMPUS FACULTY LIAISONS: Senator Janes reported on the November 10, 2000 Board of Governors meeting in Camden. 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 3:00 p.m.

Kenneth Swalagin
Secretary of the University Senate