RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY
UNIVERSITY SENATE MINUTES

Regular Meeting of the University Senate

DATE : February 6, 1998

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

MEMBERS PRESENT: Abrams, Adamcik, Aisenbrey, Appleton, Bailey, Barber, Barone, Bathory, Bell, Berman, Bhoj, Boikess, Borisovets, Bottega, Boylan, Bruner, Burton, Calabrese, Carlson, Carlton, Clarke, Colaizzi, Cooney, Crew, Crozier, Crupi, Davenport, Davidson, Decker, E. Dennis, R. Dennis, Dickson, DiTomaso, D’Jamoos, Douriet, Drewes, Elias, Emanetoglu, Fischetti, Foley, Forman, Gang, Gary, George, Gilchrist, Griffith, Haidet, Hall, Haska, Hosford, Hughes, Idler, Italiano, Janes, Kaplan, Kaplowitz, Kirschner, Koehler, Krantz, Kubey, Lang, Lattimer, Lawrence, Lees, Leontiades, Levinson, Li, Lucas, Manhoff, Mayer, McCabe, McCloughan, McLoof, McManus, Medeiros, Miller, Molnar, Narvaez, Nash, Naus, O’Donnell, Orenstein, Panayotatos, Parikh, Perney, Pifer, Pomper, Puniello, Rabinowitz, Reed, Roth, Rotker, Ruvolo, Samuels, Sass, Scott, Seneca, Shailor, Shapiro, Shappell, Sigel, Simmons, Solimine, Somville, Sugarman, Szatrowski, Tangri, Tao, Tomie, Toth, Tripolitis, Van Til, Vasconcelos, Wadia, A. Watts, Whipple, Wilkinson, M. Wilson, R. Wilson, Winterbauer, Znayenko

EXCUSED: Bagnell, Bartkowski, Belton, Benson, Evans, Feighn, Finstein, Flanagan, Frenkel, Gaunt, Goodman, Harris, Jacobs, Marlys, Pedersen, Rabin, Shafer, Tortajada, T. Watts

ABSENT: Anderson, Bartov, Beatty, Blair, Blumenschine, Burger, Caprio, Crystal, Dill, Doshna, Feinman, Fitzgerald, Greven, Hunt, Hyndman, Jarvis, Jones, Jussim, Kenfield, Krueckeberg, Laskaris, LeBaron, Lehman, Lesser, Liivak, Logie, McAfee, Mccloskey, McCoy, Monaco, Pelaez, Poole, Rainey, Rockland, Rodriguez, Rosen, Rothberg, Scheinbeim, Snyder, Srinidhi, Staton, Stojsin, Taghon, Webb, Williams, Young

NON-VOTING MEMBERS ABSENT:  Benevento, Cortese

NON-VOTING MEMBER PRESENT:  Salpas

PRESIDING OFFICER:  Louie Crew, Chairperson
Chairperson Crew called the meeting to order and declared that there was a quorum.

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT:  Chairperson Crew called upon all Senators to join him in a concerted effort to revitalize the Senate.

REPORT OF THE SECRETARY:  Agenda: The agenda was approved as distributed.  Minutes: The Minutes of November 21, 1997 were approved as distributed by the Secretary.

Communications: A January 6, 1998 memorandum from University Vice President for Academic Affairs Joseph J. Seneca to the University Senate Executive Committee regarding the University’s Non- Discrimination Policy was distributed with the meeting packet.  The memorandum stated, in part, that “...the University non-discrimination policy will be administratively interpreted from this time forward to include transsexuals within the prohibition against discrimination on the basis of ‘sex.’”

Senator Simmons asked how the policy interpretation would be memorialized, and suggested an explanatory footnote be added to the policy.  Vice President Seneca agreed to consider adding such a footnote.

Senator Pifer expressed appreciation for the responsive step, but added that its focus on persons who have changed sex or who are in the process of changing sex limits its scope to a small portion of the total gender-expression issue. Senator Pifer requested privilege of the floor for Ben Singer, a non-senator member of the Rutgers community, to speak to the issue. Hearing no objection, Chairperson Crew granted privilege of the floor to Mr. Singer, who: commented on the lack of a legal definition of “sex,” and its wide variety of cultural definitions, which limit the effectiveness of the policy in practice; asked that the University act consistently with the Multicultural Blueprint; and expressed disappointment that he was not consulted on this issue as a transgendered member of the Rutgers community.

Vice President Seneca responded that this is a complex issue, that the University administration always strives to be responsive to the Senate, that there was considerable consultation with the Rutgers community through the Senate and administration, and that he will instruct that this policy interpretation should be a very broad one.

REPORT OF THE REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES:  Senator McLoof reported on the December 12, 1997 Board of Governors meeting, which included: approval of a certain academic promotion with tenure; authorization of construction contract award for the Newark Center for Law and Justice to the lowest bidder; approval of recommendations for 1998 Honorary Degree recipients; discussion of activities of the Blue-Ribbon Task Force, AAUP contract settlement and negotiations correspondence; and announcement of the retirement of Don Edwards, Vice President for Government Relations. 

Senator Puniello reported on the December 18, 1997 Board of Trustees meeting, which included: NCAS trustee election; a report from Senior Vice President and Treasurer Joseph Whiteside; and discussions of bargaining issues, Blue-Ribbon Task Force activities, and the upcoming capital campaign.

CAMPUS FACULTY LIAISON:  Vice Chair Scott reported on the January 30, 1998 New Brunswick Faculty Council meeting, which included: a Budget and Planning Committee charge to examine the issue of off-campus teaching and returns from such courses; a presentation by Vice President Seneca on a number of items including the Reinvest in Rutgers program; a Graduate and Educational Policy Committee report on exploration of the need for a separate graduate faculty; a report from the Teaching Subcommittee on charges and survey to evaluate teaching effectiveness; a report from the Admissions Recruitment and Retention Committee on demographics of the most recent entering class; and a discussion of issues for the President’s Advisory Council.  

Senator Znayenko reported on the December 15, 1997 Newark Faculty Council meeting, which included: a report from Provost Samuels on a variety of campus and University issues; a report by Faculty Council Chair Laguna-Diaz on the recent meeting of the President’s Advisory Council, the continuing FASN dean’s search, Dana Library acquisitions, proposals for the Newark Honors College, and proposals for Newark Faculty Council consideration next semester; and a a presentation on University Heights Science Park.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT:  Vice Chair Scott made a correction to her November 21 report on the October 31, 1997 the Executive Committee meeting, clarifying that the first item of Senator Simmons’ correspondence on Senate Practices and Procedures had been charged to the Committee on University Governance and Role, Composition and Function of the Senate, and was currently pending, and that the second and third items had been acted upon as described in the December 3, 1997 Executive Committee minutes.  Vice Chair Scott summarized the December 3, 1997 Executive Committee meeting, the minutes of which had been distributed to the Senate, and the January 23, 1998 Executive committee meeting, the minutes of which are attached to these minutes.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT - Campus Reports

Camden Provost Roger Dennis presented a synopsis 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.)

University Vice President for Academic Affairs Joseph Seneca presented a synopsis of the New Brunswick 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.)

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 C.)

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Executive Committee: Vice Chair Scott presented for the Executive Committee a proposed resolution recommending the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group Student Chapters’ 1998 Concept Plan to President Lawrence for approval on the basis of its educational value.  After discussion, the question was called, and the resolution was approved by the Senate as follows:

Committee on University Governance and Role, Composition and Function of the Senate: Chairperson Tripolitis presented her committee’s report and resolution on charge S-9712, “Consider Modifying the Senate Electoral Procedures to Institute a Form of Preference Voting for Chair and Vice Chair.”  After discussion, Senator Szatrowski moved a substitute motion.  Senator Levinson called for a quorum count.  It was determined that a quorum was present.  Senator Sugarman’s motion to table the main motion was passed.

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business before the University Senate, on motion and duly seconded, the meeting was adjourned at 3:20 p.m. by Chairperson Crew.

Kenneth W. Swalagin
Secretary of the University Senate

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