RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY
UNIVERSITY SENATE MINUTES

Regular Meeting of the University Senate

DATE:  October 30, 1998

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

MEMBERS PRESENT:  Adamcik, Aisenbrey, Aprea, Barone, Bell, Berman, Bhandari, Bhoj, Blair, Blasi, Borisovets, Bronzan, Bushnell, Carey, Carlson, J. Cohen, Cornier, Crew, Crozier, Crupi, Curcio, Davis, E. Dennis, R. Dennis, Diner, DiTomaso, Doshna, Drewes, Dukes, Elias, Foley, Friedrich, Gaunt, Griffith, Haidet, Hall, Harris, Hinch, Hogan, Hughes, Hyndman, Janes, Kaplowitz, Kennedy, Kho, Kimbrell, Koehler, Krantz, Kubey, Lang, Lattimer, Lawrence, Lehman, Leontiades, Levin, Levinson, Lucas, Maher, Manhoff, Mayer, McCabe, McCloughan, Miller, Naus, Neisser, Oosting, Parikh, Pedersen, Pifer, Pina, Pomper, Puniello, Rabinowitz, Reed, Reisman, Rentezelas, Rosen, Roth, Samuels, Savalia, Scheinbeim, Scheuermann, Scott, Seneca, Shailor, Sigel, Simmons, Singer, Sondahl, Soyinka, Stevens, Sugarman, Szatrowski, Tomie, Toth, Tripolitis, Vodak, A. Watts, Wilkinson, R. Wilson, Znayenko

EXCUSED:  Alm, Bagnell, Boylan, Davidson, DeSimone, Evans, Feighn, Flanagan, Forman, Gary, Gilchrist, Gross, Haska, Jacobs, Jones, Jussim, Kirschner, Laskaris, Li, Manganaro, Perney, Smouse, Solomon, Whipple, Winterbauer

ABSENT:  Advis, Bartkowski, Belton, Blumenschine, Bottega, Bruner, Burton, Caprio, Carlton, T. Cohen, Colaizzi, Dickson, Emanetoglu, Finstein, Gang, Gardner, Goodman, Hannum, Hartman, Hess, Kenfield, Klein, Lesser, Liivak, Mack, Marlys, Marsh, McCoy, Molnar, Narvaez, O’Donnell, Oppenheim, Padgett, Proctor, Rabin, Ruvolo, Sifuentes-Jauregui, Snyder, Spencer, Srinidhi, Stojsin, Vasconcelos, Wadia, Walker, T. Watts, Webb, Williams, M. Wilson, Yates, Young

NON-VOTING MEMBERS PRESENT:  D’Jamoos, Salpas

NON-VOTING MEMBER ABSENT:  Locicero

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

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT: Chairperson Crew introduced and welcomed Senator Steven Diner, the new Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences-Newark.

SECRETARY’S REPORT: Agenda: The agenda was approved as distributed. Minutes: the Minutes of September 25, 1998 were approved as distributed by the Secretary.

REPORT OF THE REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES: Senator Janes reported on the October 9, 1998 Board of Governors meeting, which included: a State of the University presentation by President Lawrence; introduction and presentations of new deans Steven Diner of Newark, Gustav Friedrich of SCILS, Michael Klein of Engineering, and Margaret Marsh of Camden; President Lawrence’s comments about future challenges facing Rutgers as a community of scholars; comments by Board Chair Richard Levao, which included comments on plans to increase involvement of the university community in board activities and a scheduled open forum of the board’s Educational Planning and Policy Committee; naming of Dr. Rona Goffen as BOG Professor of Art History, and of Dr. Ellis Dill as University Professor; naming of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy; several actions on new buildings; and approval of the university working budget for next year.

Senator Hogan asked where the BOG open forum would be held. Senator Janes responded that he was not sure of the location. Secretary Swalagin will research the matter and inform the Senate by e-mail.

Senator Naus reported on the October 22, 1998 meeting of the Board of Trustees, which included: BOG Chair Levao’s comments on relations and duties of the Boards of Governors and Trustees; President Lawrence’s report on progress in several areas, including funding of RUNet 2000; passage of a resolution consenting to the issuance of up to $50 million in general obligation university bonds as part of the funding for RUNet 2000; introduction of new deans Diner, Friedrich, Kennedy, Klein and Marsh, and comments from each; announcement of an open-forum meeting of the boards’ Educational Planning and Policy Committee; and discussion and review of state support to Rutgers.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT - 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 A.)

Senator Znayenko asked about the status of the parking situation in Newark. Provost Samuels responded that parking would continue to be a problem as more people drive to the Newark campus.

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 B.)

Senator Rentezelas commented that fields now used for parking are scheduled to become athletic fields, and asked about the Camden parking situation in respect to increased attendance on the campus. Provost Dennis added that, while the bridge is being painted, parking beneath it will also be prohibited, but that space along the riverfront is being rented for parking and that shuttle buses will be operating from that parking area to the campus, and that discussions were underway regarding development of a parking deck in the Nipper Building.

COMMITTEE REPORTS: Chairperson Crew asked the Senate to listen to the reports of the standing committees actively and with a view towards how Senators can bring their concerns, or those of their constituents, to the standing committees.

Athletic Policy Committee: Senator Shailor, chair of the Athletic Policy Committee, reported that her committee has met once this year, and that it plans to address, among others, the following issues: increasing student, faculty and staff support of athletics and attendance at athletic events, and how to build community through sports; academic accessibility and the potential development of majors, on which it intends to meet jointly with the Educational Policy Committee; athletic facilities in New Brunswick; and developing a policy and process for altering the number of sports. She asked for comments by e-mail.

Academic Calendar and Commencement Committee: Senator Roth, co-chair of the Academic Calendar and Commencement Committee, indicated that his committee continues efforts to formulate the academic calendar, and hopes to present it for the Senate’s consideration at the March 1999 Senate meeting.

Committee on Academic Freedom and Responsibility: Senator Carlson, chair of the Committee on Academic Freedom and Responsibility, said his committee plans to look into: a new bias code recently passed by one of the colleges, and how it relates to the First Amendment; and the past two years of the new harassment policy.

Academic Personnel Committee: Senator Barone, chair of the Academic Personnel Committee, said his committee has been exchanging e-mail and faxes and is beginning discussions on which issues to examine this year.

Appeals Committee: Senator Levinson, chair of the Appeals Committee, said that his committee has no appeals pending, and noted that the committee does not and cannot initiate appeals.

Budget Committee: Senator Naus, chair of the Budget Committee, said his committee continues to deal with financial, budgetary aspects of ensuring that Rutgers education is accessible, affordable, and of outstanding quality, and that it is focusing on the importance of developing a message to communicate to the public that a college education can be an achievable goal for every academically qualified student.

President Lawrence commented on the American Council on Education’s “College is Possible” report, and urged the Senate to read it. Secretary Swalagin will e-mail the Senate the address of the report’s website, and will create a link to the report from the Senate’s homepage.

Educational Policy Committee: Senator Borisovets, chair of the Educational Policy Committee, said her committee has several pending charges and is expecting others, that it continues to review the Libraries Long-Range Plan and welcomes comments from the Senate on that plan, will review the process of publishing university catalogs, and will examine use of the TZ grade. She said the committee is looking forward to a very active year.

Equal Opportunity Committee: Senator Pifer, chair of the Equal Opportunity Committee, said his committee will be looking for administrative action on previous committee resolutions passed by the Senate, including provision of benefits for same-sex domestic partners, and concerning discrimination against gays and lesbians by ROTC. Although the committee currently has no pending charges, it may review the desirability of an Asian cultural center on the New Brunswick campus. He appealed to the Senate to inform his committee of any minority issues which would be appropriate for his committee to address.

Investments Advisory Committee: Senator Aisenbrey, chair of the Investments Advisory Committee, reported that her committee had met once for orientation of new members, and will be meeting again in December. Citing no specific pending charges, she solicited from the Senate issues for her committee to explore.

Planning Committee: Senator Hyndman, chair of the Planning Committee, said his committee has no specific pending charges, has been engaged in electronic discussion, and seems to agree that its activities should be merged with those of the Educational Policy Committee. He encouraged the Senate to e-mail him with their thoughts on the proposed merger of the two committees.

Committee on Research and Research Administration: Senator Griffith, chair of the Committee on Research and Research Administration, reviewed her committee’s standing charge, has no specific pending charges, has established a listserv to facilitate communication, and has considered two issues: copyright policy, including intellectual property and fair use, and on which it will collaborate with another committee; grant-sponsored compensation for students. She solicited from the Senate other items for committee consideration.

Committee on Rutgers University and the Public: Senator Kubey, chair of the Committee on Rutgers University and the Public, noted that his committee had met earlier that day, and would meet again on December 4, when William Walker, Executive Director of University Communication, would speak about the University’s marketing plan and research on Rutgers’ public image. He said he anticipates presenting a resolution supporting increased advertising of Rutgers’ graduate and undergraduate programs. He invited the Budget Committee to work with his committee to find ways to effectively communicate the educational bargain Rutgers represents.

Student Affairs Committee: Senator Parikh, co-chair of the Student Affairs Committee, said his committee had met the previous evening at the Student Senate Caucus and had discussed its pending charges and plans for the year. Senator Krantz, co-chair of the Student Affairs Committee, said her committee was currently working on several issues, including voluntary publication of student directory information online, and use of Social Security numbers as student identification numbers.

Committee on University Governance and Role, Composition and Function of the Senate: Chairperson Crew, co-chair of the Committee on University Governance and Role, Composition and Function of the Senate, said his committee had met that morning and had looked at several issues, including: representation on the Senate, particularly for part-time faculty; overall provisions of the Senate Handbook, which had been divided by section among the committee members for closer review; the size of the Senate; and how it could best work with the Senate Revitalization Committee. He indicated that the committee would next meet on December 4, and welcomed suggestions for discussion items from the Senate.

OLD BUSINESS

Senator Pomper expressed concern with the number of committee reports indicating that agendas were being developed, and his perception of slow activity in the committees. Chairperson Crew said this was not old business.

Senator Manhoff asked if any action had been taken on the request for an alumni seat on the Senate Executive Committee, which had been referred to the Committee on University Governance and Role, Composition and Function of the Senate, and to the Senate Revitalization Committee. Chairperson Crew indicated that no action had yet been taken, but that it would be forthcoming, also noting that the Revitalization Committee had not yet met.

ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business before the University Senate, on motion and duly seconded, the meeting was adjourned at 2:40 p.m.

Kenneth Swalagin
Executive Secretary of the Senate