RUTGERS UNIVERSITY SENATE
SENATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MINUTES

June 6, 1997

MEMBERS PRESENT:  Borisovets (Immediate Past Chairperson), Crew, deBoer, Evans, Scott, Szatrowski (Vice Chairperson), Tripolitis (Chairperson); Swalagin (Executive Secretary)

MEMBERS-ELECT PRESENT:  Shapiro, Sigel

EXCUSED:  Boikess

ABSENT:  Schmitt

ALSO ATTENDING:  Janes (Faculty Representative-Elect to the Board of Governors), Mayer (Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees), McLoof (Undergraduate Representative to the Board of Trustees), Pifer (Chair of the Equal Opportunity Committee), Ruvolo (Undergraduate Student Representative-Elect to the Board of Trustees), Sanchez (Student Representative to the Board of Governors, Seneca (Administrative Liaison)

The regular meeting of the University Senate Executive Committee was held on Friday, June 6, 1997, at 1:10 p.m. in Room 413 of the Rutgers Student Center, the Chair and Secretary being present.

Chairperson’s Report:  Chairperson Tripolitis reported that she had received a letter from Rutgers University Administrative Assembly President Patricia Grove requesting “that a representative from the Administrative Assembly be seated with voting privileges on the University Senate.” A motion to charge the Committee on University Governance and Role, Composition and Function of the Senate to consider the request and report back to the Executive Committee by its October 31, 1997 meeting was seconded and approved. Secretary Swalagin will docket the charge as S-9705 and transmit it to the 1997-98 Committee on University Governance and Role, Composition and Function of the Senate.

Secretary's Report:  Minutes of the April 4, 1997 Executive Committee meeting were approved. Minutes of the May 2, 1997 Senate meeting were approved. Secretary Swalagin presented the following communications: Proposed Schedule of 1997-98 Senate and Executive Committee Meetings; April 29, 1997 letter to Chairperson Tripolitis from Administrative Assembly President Patricia Grove requesting an Administrative Assembly representative be seated on the Senate; and various correspondence related to Vice Chair Szatrowski’s challenge of Chair-Elect Crew’s senatorial eligibility.

Vice Chair Szatrowski made a motion that the administration be asked to provide a determination regarding Chair-Elect Crew’s senatorial eligibility. There was no second. A motion by Chairperson Tripolitis was seconded and approved, charging the Committee on University Governance and Role, Composition and Function of the Senate as follows: Examine and report on University Regulations which define who is eligible for election to the Senate, and make recommendations to reduce ambiguity, vagueness, or exclusionary provisions, with particular focus on ways in which to promote Senate involvement among faculty. Secretary Swalagin will docket the charge as S-9706 and transmit it to the 1997-98 Committee on University Governance and Role, Composition and Function of the Senate.

Administrative Liaison:  University Vice President for Academic Affairs Joseph Seneca conveyed President Lawrence’s regrets at being unavailable for the meeting. Vice President Seneca asked if the Campus Reports could be moved from the proposed November 21, 1997 Senate to the February 6, 1998 Senate meeting. The Executive Committee approved the request, and changed the 1997-98 meeting schedule accordingly.

Vice President Seneca reported on: Pension Bond Fund approval by the State Senate, and subsequent State Assembly ratification and signing by Governor Whitman; 1997 commencement activities; and activities of the Capacity Task Force, whose charge involves examination of the entire state higher education system in terms of redundancy, mission, need for new programs, and budgeting.

In response to Equal Opportunity Committee Chair Pifer’s April 4, 1997 Executive Committee meeting request for an update on the status of provision of benefits to same-sex domestic partners, Vice President Seneca distributed to those present, and summarized his June 6, 1997 memorandum to the Executive Committee on the issue, and solicited questions and commentary. In response to Senator Scott’s suggestion, Vice President Seneca will look into the current situation regarding provision of health benefits to domestic partners of post-docs at Rutgers, and, in response to Senator Pifer’s suggestion, will investigate other potential inequities in the provision of benefits to Rutgers employees.

Campus Faculty Liaisons:  Senator Sigel reported that the ballot for election of next year’s New Brunswick Faculty Council has been distributed and is expected to be returned by June 13, 1997.

Annual Reports Received and Status of Charges:  It was noted that annual reports had been submitted by the following:

It was determined that the following, existing charges to committees are still pending and shall continue during the 1997-98 Senate year:

Committee on Committees’ Report, and Appointment of Members and Chairs of Standing Committees:  The Executive Committee reviewed the recommendations of the Committee on Committees, and made committee assignments and committee chairperson appointments.

Adjournment:  There was no old business and no new business. There being no further business before the Executive Committee, the meeting was adjourned at 3:00 p.m. by Chairperson Tripolitis.

Kenneth Swalagin
Executive Secretary of the University Senate

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