RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY
UNIVERSITY SENATE MINUTES
Regular Meeting of the University Senate
DATE: December 4, 1998
TIME AND PLACE: 1:10 p.m., Multipurpose Room, Rutgers Student Center, 126 College Avenue, New Brunswick
MEMBERS PRESENT: Adamcik, Barone, Bell, Bhandari, Bhoj, Blair, Blasi, Borisovets, Bronzan, Bruner, Burton, Carey, Carlson, Carlton, J. Cohen, Colaizzi, Cornier, Crozier, Curcio, E. Dennis, R. Dennis, Diner, Doshna, Dukes, Elias, Emanetoglu, Feighn, Flanagan, Foley, Forman, Gardner, Gaunt, Gross, Haidet, Harris, Hartman, Haska, Hogan, Janes, Kaplowitz, Kho, Kirschner, Klein, Koehler, Krantz, Kubey, Laskaris, Lattimer, Lawrence, Levin, Mack, Maher, Manganaro, Manhoff, Marsh, Mayer, McCabe, McCloughan, Miller, Naus, Oosting, Padgett, Parikh, Pedersen, Pifer, Pomper, Puniello, Rabinowitz, Reed, Rentezelas, Rosen, Roth, Ruvolo, Savalia, Scheinbeim, Scott, Seneca, Shailor, Sigel, Singer, Smouse, Solomon, Somville, Sondahl, Stevens, Sugarman, Szatrowski, Toth, Tripolitis, Vasconcelos, Vodak, Wadia, T. Watts, Winterbauer, Young
EXCUSED: Alm, Aprea, Boylan, Crew, Davis, Evans, Goodman, Griffith, Hughes, Jones, Lang, Levinson, Lucas, Marlys, Narvaez, Soyinka, Tomie, A. Watts, Whipple, Wilkinson, Znayenko
ABSENT: Advis, Aisenbrey, Bagnell, Bartkowski, Belton, Berman, Blumenschine, Bottega, Bushnell, Caprio, T. Cohen, Crupi, Davidson, DeSimone, Dickson, DiTomaso, Drewes, Finstein, Friedrich, Gang, Gary, Gilchrist, Hall, Hess, Hinch, Hyndman, Jacobs, Jussim, Kenfield, Kennedy, Kimbrell, Lehman, Leontiades, Lesser, Li, Liivak, McCoy, Molnar, Neisser, O’Donnell, Oppenheim, Perney, Pina, Proctor, Rabin, Reisman, Samuels, Scheuermann, Sifuentes-Jauregui, Simmons, Snyder, Spencer, Srinidhi, Stojsin, Walker, Webb, Williams, M. Wilson, R. Wilson, Yates
NON-VOTING MEMBER PRESENT: D’Jamoos
NON-VOTING MEMBERS ABSENT: Locicero, Salpas
PRESIDING OFFICER: Kathleen Scott, Vice Chairperson
Vice Chairperson Scott, presiding for Chairperson Crew, who was attending the World Council of Churches in Zimbabwe, called the meeting to order and declared that there was a quorum.
CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT: Vice Chairperson Scott told the Senate she was presiding in Chairperson Crew’s absence, and introduced Senator Carlson, who was substituting for Senator Levinson as parliamentarian.
SECRETARY’S REPORT: Agenda: The agenda was approved as distributed. Minutes: The Minutes of October 30, 1998 were approved as distributed by the Secretary. Communications: A November 19, 1998 memorandum from President Lawrence to George Sigel and others requesting their membership on a committee to address the University Senate’s resolution and recommendations on ROTC’s federally mandated discrimination against homosexuals, and requesting a report by May 1, 1999, was distributed and noted.
PRESENTATION ON TECHNOLOGY INITIATIVES ON CAMPUS - Professor Gary Gigliotti, Teaching Excellence Center: Privilege of the floor was granted to Prof. Gary Gigliotti, Director of the Teaching Excellence Center-NB, and chair of the Instructional Technology Faculty Support Committee, who presented a review of contemporary issues surrounding the changing face of higher education, Rutgers initiatives to deal with those changes, and the effects of electronic technology on teaching and higher education in general.
ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT: President Lawrence commented in support of Professor Gigliotti’s presentation, commending him for his work in the Teaching Excellence Center and other areas.
President Lawrence commented on: the upcoming “wall-breaking” ceremony in neuroscience centered around Dr. Wise Young’s research, which actor Christopher Reeve would attend; progress on the Strategic Plan activities, including leveraging of $12 million in SROA funds into $80 million; recent successes in fundraising; affordability of higher education; capital campaign planning; his November meetings with students on various Rutgers campuses, with the Kellogg Commission on Lifelong Learning, with various media including The New York Times and The Chronicle of Higher Education, and with other college presidents to discuss higher-education issues; meetings in Trenton to discuss capital funding and the state budget, as well as his hopes for state funding of Rutgers’ deferred maintenance needs; and the implications of the recently published AAU Graduate Report.
REPORT OF THE REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES: Senator Ruvolo reported on the November 13, 1998 Board of Governors meeting, which included: induction of Governor Frederick DeSanti, replacing Anthony Cicatiello; comments by President Lawrence on the Graduate Report; announcement of (Senator) Helen Berman’s $10 million grant; a proposal to establish the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center; discussion of President Clinton’s Information Technology Advisory Committee, and plans for President Lawrence, Vice President Flanagan and Vice President Haska to meet in Washington DC with Neil Lane, advisor on that committee; and other actions and discussions (as outlined in the Board of Governors meeting summary which was distributed with the Senate meeting packet).
Senator Sigel said that the Board of Trustees had not met since the previous Senate meeting. The next Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 17, 1998.
CAMPUS FACULTY LIAISON: Senator Manganaro reported on recent activities of the New Brunswick Faculty Council, which included: upcoming committee reports on departmental strategies for apportioning FASIP funds, blocked access or entry to undergraduate majors in New Brunswick, the current state of faculty retirement incentives, and a proposed statement of graduate student mentoring; the Second Undergraduate Teaching Conference held in October; progress of the ad hoc committee on the AAUP/University negotiating process; and a members-only NBFC meeting focusing on the state of faculty governance at Rutgers, and the resulting conclusion that faculty Senators and Faculty Council members from all three campuses should caucus regularly.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT: Vice Chair Scott reported on the November 19, 1998 Executive Committee meeting, the minutes of which are attached to these minutes.
Student Affairs Committee: Student Affairs Committee co-chair Lori Krantz presented a resolution as follows:
Resolution to Change the Parameters of Students’ Personal
through the Rutgers University Online Directory
Whereas, the Rutgers University Directory is a medium through which anyone with Internet access can view personal information about any Rutgers University student, and
Whereas, the Online Directory contains information including the student’s name, campus, PO Box, campus telephone number, the student’s “Unique ID,” Rutgers University e-mail address, home telephone number, home address, year of graduation, and academic major; and,
Whereas, the worldwide availability of this information could lead to safety concerns for students whose information has been accessed; and,
Whereas, the Whitepages Committee is reviewing and revising the current whitepages system; Therefore, Be it Resolved that the University Senate of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, advised the Whitepages Committee that the following student informational fields should be automatically displayed:
Be it Finally Resolved, that any informational fields can be hidden at student request.
Senator Pomper asked what constitutes “academic information” in the context of the resolution. Senator Krantz responded that it includes major and year of graduation. Senator Szatrowski spoke against the resolution because it also limits faculty access to student information, and because it offered no rationale, alternatives, or pros and cons. Senator Parikh responded that the resolution was intended to offer each student the personal choice of displaying or hiding their own directory information. Senator Borisovets said she thought the resolution was prudent, but that it may severely limit mail access for Newark students who do not have campus post-office addresses. Senator Sugarman spoke in support of the resolution, noting that the current mechanism for removing personal information from the directory is complicated and time-consuming, and that many students are not aware that the information is available. Senator Toth spoke in support of the resolution, and noted that Newark students living in dormitories do have campus post-office addresses. Senator D’Jamoos spoke in support of the resolution, noting the importance of protecting the personal security of all members of the Rutgers community. The question was called, and the resolution was approved by the Senate.
Educational Policy Committee: Educational Policy Committee chair Natalie Borisovets presented a lengthy resolution responding to “A Bridge to the Future: The Rutgers Digital Library Initiative,” the Libraries Five-Year Plan. She explained each of the resolution’s provisions in sequence. Senator Singer asked if student input was solicited for the resolution, if the report’s proposals would be funded by student fees, and if students would have the same access as faculty. Senator Borisovets responded that students do indeed sit on the Educational Policy Committee and provided input to the resolution, that the source of funds had not been specified, and that student access to library services and materials is, and would remain, equal to faculty access. Senator Gaunt, University Librarian, spoke at length on the provisions of the report, acknowledging the resolution’s provisions. She outlined the plans, issues, and current situation of the University libraries. Senator Emanetoglu, a member of the Educational Policy Committee, spoke in support of the resolution, adding that it does incorporate student input.
Senator Bell moved the following amendment to the resolution: “Be It Further Resolved, that the Rutgers University Senate urges the addition to the fiscal year 2000 base budget of the Rutgers University Libraries of an amount no less than the sum of temporary allocations for fiscal year 1998 and fiscal year 1999 made to the libraries, that is, approximately $1 million.” The motion to amend was seconded and carried. Acting Chairperson Scott explained the amendment in response to a point of inquiry from the floor. The question was called, and the resolution, as amended, was voted upon, and carried. [A copy of the full text of the resolution is attached to the master copy of these minutes.]
Executive Committee: Senator Mayer, for the Executive Committee, presented a resolution as follows:
Resolution of Appreciation for Board of Governors Action
Be It Resolved, that The University Senate of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, expresses its appreciation to the Rutgers University Board of Governors for considering its previous resolutions, and for its commitment to providing benefits to bona fide, same-sex domestic partners of Rutgers employees.
Senator Pifer spoke in support of the resolution, and urged the University administration to adopt a sense of urgency in providing benefits to same-sex domestic partners before the AAUP contract expires this year. Senator Pomper questioned the need for a resolution of appreciation for Board consideration of Senate resolutions, and expressing concern for the lack of inclusion of provision of benefits to bona fide heterosexual domestic partners. Senator Pomper moved an amendment to the resolution as follows: “Be It Further Resolved, that the University Senate endorses comparable benefits to bona fide heterosexual domestic partners of Rutgers employees.” The motion was seconded. Senators Krantz, Carlson, Cornier, and Borisovets spoke against the amendment. The motion to amend failed. The original resolution was voted upon, and approved.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business before the University Senate, on motion and duly seconded, the meeting was adjourned at 3:03 p.m.
Executive Secretary of the Senate