January 12, 2001 - 1:10 p.m.
1. Chairperson’s Report
2. Secretary’s Report
3. Administrative Liaison
4. Standing Committee and Administrative Reports
Letter of December 12, 2000 from President Lawrence acknowledging receipt
of, and thanking the Senate for, its resolution to change the Spring 2001
registration period on a trial basis, and stating that the change will
be implemented on a pilot basis in the Spring 2001 semester.
Letter of December 13, 2000 from President Lawrence acknowledging receipt
of the Senate’s resolution on Winter Session, and stating that he has asked
Vice President Caprio to proceed to implement it within the parameters
of the pilot program.
E-mail of January 3, 2001 from Mildred Schildkamp, Secretary of the University,
confirming that Paul Snyder will replace Christine Haska as Presidential
E-mail sent to all New Brunswick students from Ken Iuso, University Registrar,
announcing Senate-approved changes in drop/add period.
E-mail of December 6, 2000 from Monica Devanas, Teaching Excellence Center,
to Kathleen Scott regarding posting of Student Instructional Rating data
on the web [docketed below].
NJPIRG Student Chapters Concept Plan [docketed below]
and fee background/justication.
E-mail of December 14, 2000 from Senator Rudy Bell to Kathleen Scott regarding
library rankings [docketed below].
Memorandum of November 12, 2000 (forwarded to Senate office by e-mail on
November 17, 2000) from Senator Craig Oren, Chair of the Committee on Scholastic
Standing of the School of Law-Camden, requesting University Senate approval
of a proposed grading-system change, per University
Regulation 2.4.2.B [docketed below].
Equal Opportunity Committee - Pheroze Wadia, Chair
Resolution in Support of Full Health Benefits for Same-Sex Partners of
Rutgers Employees and Retirees
Resolution in response to Charge S-0005 (issued jointly to EOC and ICA),
"Review and comment on the May 2000 Report of the Committee to Advance
Our Common Purposes Curriculum Task Force."
Student Affairs Committee - David Singer and Kim Wozniak, Co-chairs
Response to Charge S-0003, to "Review and comment on the Draft University
Policy on Parental Notification received from Vice President for Student
Affairs Emmet Dennis"
Submissions for the Student Charter Trustee 2001 Vacancy: The Student Affairs
Committee forwards to the Executive Committee the names of those candidates
for Student Charter Trustee (received via the Senate office from student
governing associations) which they find to be eligible and to have demonstrated
public service to Rutgers and the community. The Executive Committee then
reviews and transmits the list to the Board of Trustees.
Budget and Finance Committee, Proposal and Resolution on Fee-Structure
for Full-time University College Students - Michael Hamm and Joseph Naus,
5. Standing Committee Charges
Instruction, Curricula and Advising Subcommittee, Response to Charge
S-9913, to "Review the (‘TA Report’) training of graduate students by departments
for teaching undergraduate-level courses at Rutgers" - Kathy Scott, Subcommittee
6. NJPIRG Student Chapters Concept Plan and
Consideration of committee charge (anticipated) regarding
posting of Student Instructional Rating data on the web, based on e-correspondence
from Monica Devanas, Carl Kirschner, and others (see "Communications,"
Consideration of committee charge (anticipated) regarding
library rankings, based on e-correspondence from Senator Rudy Bell (see
Consideration of charge to Academic Standards, Regulations, and Admissions
Committee and Student Affairs Committee to review the revised drop/add
trial period and other matters related to registration (as stipulated in
the December 1, 2000 Senate resolution on this subject).
Guidelines Regarding Special Student Organizations require that:
Whereas, in seeking authorization to conduct fall 2001 student
referenda on the New Brunswick campus to qualify for funding, New Jersey
PIRG Student Chapters submitted its Concept Plan to the Senate Executive
Committee, as required by the University Senate Guidelines Regarding Special
Student Organizations; and,
All petitioning student organizations which seek authorization to conduct
a student body referendum under either of the alternative procedures described
in the Board funding policy must first submit a "Concept Plan" for review
by the University Senate and approval by the University President.
The Concept Plan must be submitted to the Executive Committee of the University
Senate by the first week of the semester prior to referenda.
The Concept Plan should describe the structure, aims, general policies,
and intended programs of the petitioning student organization, along with
an explanation of the educational value of its activity. The University
Senate or the Senate Executive Committee shall review each Concept Plan
with the sole criterion of determining the educational value of the organization
or program. The University Senate or the Senate Executive Committee
shall make a recommendation to the University President within six weeks
of receiving the petitioning student organization’s Concept Plan.
All student programs and organizations which are authorized to receive
funding under Alternative Procedures I and II shall conduct an independent
annual audit. Evidence of annual independent audits shall be submitted
to the University Senate as part of its Concept Plan review.
Whereas, the Executive Committee, acting on behalf of the University
Senate, which is composed of faculty, student, alumni, and administrator
members from the Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick campuses, has reviewed
New Jersey PIRG Student Chapters' Concept Plan with the sole criterion
of determining the educational value of the program;
Be It Resolved that the Executive Committee of the Rutgers University
Senate, on behalf of the Rutgers University Senate, recommends New Jersey
PIRG Student Chapters' Concept Plan to President Lawrence for administrative
review and approval.
7. Proposal to Change the Grading System at
the School of Law-Camden
Regulation 2.4.2.B states (boldface emphasis added):
B. Any degree-granting division of the
University proposing a grading system which differs from the basic system
has the responsibility to:
(1) Provide a verbal definition of the grade
(2) Provide the specific reciprocal relationship
between its proposed grades and the basic
(3) Provide justification for differences
from the basic system.
The proposing division will submit for approval
by the Board of Governors, upon recommendation of the University Senate,
the proposed grading system, the specific reciprocal relationship and the
justification called for in items (1), (2), and (3) above. Revised grading
systems will be implemented only when the University Registrar can assure
coordinated programming procedures for all registration involved.
Subject to the approval by the Board of Governors,
upon recommendation of the University Senate, each division must interpret
in advance for its students the grading system of any other division whose
grades differ from its own provided the interpretation applies to all courses
within that differing system.
The School of Law-Camden requests University Senate approval (and subsequent
recommendation to the Board of Governors) of its plan to add plus and minus
grades to its grading system. The complete proposal is outlined in a November
12, 2000 memorandum to School of Law-Camden faculty from Craig Oren, Chair
of the Committee on Scholastic Standing.
8. January 26, 2001 Senate Meeting Agenda
9. Old Business
New Brunswick Campus Report
10. New Business