OPEN FLOOR PERIOD:  2:00 - 2:10 p.m.

The Open Floor Period provides an informal opportunity for campus community members to raise questions or make comments directed to Senate officers or to university administrators.  Please arrive promptly at 2:00 p.m.

ATTENDANCE:

 

Albiniak, Theodor

Amjadi, Taghi

Barrera, Ana Maria

Bloom, Gilda

Brown, Elizabeth

Carcieri, Martin

Cheng, Chen

Collins, Robert

Damangir, Sina

Dariotis, Wei Ming

De Barro, Jose A

Denetclaw, Wilfred

Foley, Jacqueline

Gen, Sheldon

Gerber, Nancy

Harris, Andrew

Harris-Boundy, Jason

Hines, Ellen

 

 

Johnson, Dane

Kakar, Venoo

Kuchins, Noah

Leech, Mary

Lisy-Wagner, Laura

Lopez, Janet

Mooney, Dylan

Okhremtchouk, Irina

Olsher, David

Pasion, Sally

Pido, Eric

Platas, Linda

Roehrman, Todd

Rubin, Jasper

Sanders, Alison

Scott, Michael

Shapiro, Jerry

Sinha, Dipendra

 

 

Small, Rachel

Soorapanth, Sada

Spencer, Dee

Steier, Saul

Stowers, Genie

Summit, Jennifer

Tanner, Kimberly

Teh, Kwok-Siong

Thomas, Tom

Turitz, Mitch

Van Velsor, Patricia

Walls, Andrew

Way, Lori Beth

Wilczek, Cindy

Wilhite, Lightfoot

Williams, Aimee

Wong, President

Wong, Yutian

Yee-Melichar, Darlene

 

Absences: Carcieri, Martin (abs); Castillo, Nestor (exc); Chekuri, Chris (exc); Green, Fred (exc) Miller, Cori (exc); Sev’aetasi, Loretta (exc); Wilson, Jackson (exc);   

 

Visitors: Kyra Heck, Sophie Clavier, Claude Bartholomew, Yim-Yu Wong, Kirill Chernomaz.

 

CALL TO ORDER: 2:10 p.m.

  1. Approval of the Agenda for April 3, 2018
    • Sen. Wilson moved to strike item 7, the revision to the Grade Appeals Policy. Sen. Shapiro seconded the motion, and it was approved by consent. Sen. Stowers moved to table item 11, the resolution about the Experimental College, until the next Senate meeting because CRAC is currently working on a policy about student instruction. Sen. Shapiro seconded the motion, and the motion was approved.
  2. Approval of the Minutes for March 6, 2018
    • Minutes were approved as submitted.
  3. Announcements from the Floor
    • Sen. Yee-Melichar announced the Fund the Dream rally in Sacramento on April 4 and encouraged senators to participate.
    • Sen. Foley asked for a letter of support for the AS President to speak at commencement.
  4. Reports
    1. Chair
      • Chair Gerber pointed out that we have only three plenary meetings left, and described the different process of the meeting on May 8. She encouraged senators to consider running for chair of a standing committee or for the Executive Committee. She also reminded senators that they will be limited to speaking no more than three times on an issue and talked about the process of debate.
  5. Standing Committees
    1. Student Affairs Committee
      • Sen. Williams reported that the resolution in support of SF Marin Food Bank is coming back today and the SHAC policy is coming forward for the first time.
    2. Strategic Issues Committee
      • Sen. Gen announced that they are bringing back the revisions to the Administrative Search Policy and that SIC is working on issues of recruiting and retaining quality staff.
    3. Academic Policies Committee
      • Sen. Wilson reported that APC is bringing forward two items today and that the discontinuance of Art Education has been postponed. He reported a lot of interest in this discontinuance. He discussed upcoming changes to the BRC policy, Grade Appeals, and Standard Time Blocks.
    4. Curriculum Review and Approval Committee
      • Sen. Stowers noted the items that are coming before the plenary today and that CRAC is working on a policy about undergraduate student instruction.
    5. Faculty Affairs Committee
      • Sen. Roehrman announced that FAC is bringing forward a policy on a GTA tuition remission pilot program.
  6. Report from Lori Beth Way & Jennifer Gansang– Institute for Civic and Community Engagement & risk management update
    • Chair Gerber announced that Dean Way and Jennifer Gansang could not be present today, and instructed senators to look at the Power Point presentation on the ilearn site. She noted that the procedures for Community Service Learning are changed, so that faculty should be aware of this if they participate in CSL.

OLD BUSINESS

  1. Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Proposed Student Field Trip Policy (first reading)
    • Sen. Stowers moved the item and spoke in its favor. Sen. Pasion moved the item to second reading, seconded by Sen. Foley.
    • Sen. Yee-Melichar moved to amend the policy. On line 138, she suggested that it read “with an annual report to the Provost and the Academic Senate, due in June each year”. This motion was seconded by Sen. Collins. Sen. Stowers spoke in favor of the motion to amend. The motion passed unanimously.
    • Chair Gerber called a vote, and the motion passed unanimously.
  2. Recommendation from the Strategic Issues Committee: Proposed Revision to the Policy on Search Committees for San Francisco State University Administrators (first reading)
    • Sen. Gen moved the item and spoke in its favor. He explained some of the features of the revised policy.
    • Sen. Scott asked about the position of Associate Provost and whether it should appear in the policy. Sen. Gen suggested that this come up in second reading as an amendment.
    • Sen. Barros moved the item to second reading, seconded by Sen. Shapiro.
    • Sen. Foley spoke about the difficulties recruiting students, in relation to line 172 – 173, 183 – 184, and 193 – 194, where it stipulates one graduate and one undergraduate. She moved to amend these lines to strike “one undergraduate and one graduate”. The motion was seconded by Sen. Brown.
      • Sen. Williams spoke in favor of this amendment, but suggested that the language be include as suggested rather than required.
      • Sen. Collins spoke against the motion, because of the pedagogical differences between undergraduates and graduates.
      • Sen. Gen also spoke against the motion for the same reasons.
      • Sen. Foley agreed with their comments, speaking against her motion. The motion failed to pass.
    • Sen. Williams moved to amend lines 172 – 173, 183 – 184, and 193 – 194 to read “Two SF State students (preferably one undergraduate and one graduate student), representing and designated by”, seconded by Sen. Foley. Sen. Collins spoke in favor of this motion. The motion passed unanimously.
    • Sen. Yee-Melichar spoke in favor of the item and moved an amendment to include Associate Deans in the policy, seconded by Sen. Stowers.
  • Sen. Turitz mentioned the existence of an Associate Librarian and asked why the Librarian of the University was being removed. Sen. Yee-Melichar clarified that she was not intending to remove reference to the Librarian, but instead to insert the Associate Deans after the Dean and that the section about the Librarian of the University would follow.
  • Provost Summit asked what the Dean’s role would be in choosing the Associate Dean and whether this was intended to apply to all Associate Deans, or just the Deans of the colleges.
  • Sen. Stowers spoke against this motion. She said that faculty consultation for the appointment of associate deans is important and there should be more consultation, but that she does not support constituting search committees for Associate Deans.
  • Sen. Hines spoke against this motion.
  • Sen. Harris spoke in favor of SIC consultation with the college deans if Senate intends this issue to go forward. He said that this feels like a separate issue, with a larger scope than the issues that SIC has been discussing.
  • Sen. Gen spoke against this motion.
  • Provost Summit spoke against this motion.
  • Sen. Yee-Melichar withdrew her amendment.
  • Sen. Collins moved to amend line 114 to add “Consultation shall consist of deliberation rather than advisement, to enable committee members to offer input into the process,” seconded by Sen. Stowers.
    • Sen. Turitz asked for stronger language. Sen. Collins noted that he drew from language from AAUP in creating the sentence.
    • Sen. Stowers spoke in support of this amendment.
    • The motion passed unanimously.
  • Sen. Foley spoke in favor of the policy, but asked for a clarification on section E, specifically on line 227, and suggested that we return later to the idea of a “successful” search process on line 234.
  • Sen. Gen responded that the change is practical, in response to the number of current interims. The increase in time allows us the option to spread these searches out. He also explained that the term “successful” was deliberate, so that an interim could not be made permanent as the result of a failed search.
  • Sen. Scott moved to amend line 203 to insert “Associate Provost” after “Associate Vice Presidents” and to include staff members in line 218. Chair Gerber asked Senate to consider each amendment separately. The first amendment was seconded by Sen. Collins. The motion passed unanimously.
  • Sen. Scott moved to insert at line 219 “At least one staff member, representing and designated by the unit impacted by the hire,” seconded by Sen. Williams. The motion passed unanimously.
  • Sen. Turitz noted that there is no specific language about how diversity is addressed in the makeup of the hiring committees or in the selection of the candidates. Sen. Gen responded that the policy does not cover how diversity manifests itself in the selection of candidates because that is not the scope of the policy. It also does not specify how diversity representation should be interpreted in constituting search committees, but some dimensions of demographic information are requested when an individual registers for the administrative search pool. Sen. Harris noted the language about diversity in lines 120 – 122. Sen. Thomas also directed senators to read the language on lines 56 – 57.
  • The motion passed unanimously.
  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee: Resolution in Support of the Application of Social Justice Principles in University-owned Rental Units (first reading)
    • Sen. Wilson moved the item and spoke in its favor. The full language of the resolution is included in the record.
    • Sen. Kakar ceded her time to Prof. Chernomas, who spoke in favor of the resolution. He described to Senate a meeting between administration and tenants’ representatives, where administration was not receptive to changing the rent increase or the eviction of retired faculty and graduating students. He also quoted from a SF Chronicle article about the rent increases and housing policies.
    • Provost Summit assured the Senate and visitors that there are many ways to bring issues to the attention of the administration. She spoke in favor of the importance of housing for faculty and students. She spoke in favor of line 52, that the Housing Advisory Committee needs to articulate a vision and mission that includes its use as a mechanism for recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and students. She also spoke against the call for the extension of leases to university affiliates when the affiliation with the university ends. She argued for this position on the basis of extremely limited stock of housing near campus.
    • Sen. de Barros pointed out the language in line 68 and asked whether the Senate could actually ask for the administration to reverse the rent increase. Chair Gerber recommended that he consider possible amendments.
    • Sen. Gen spoke in favor of the resolution and said that we have heard evidence from each side and the perspective from each side does not agree. He said that we are treating University Housing like an independent enterprise rather than an extension of services from the university to help meet a serious need experienced by faculty, staff, and students.
    • Sen. Foley expressed appreciation for including students in the advocacy on this issue and discussed the importance for faculty, staff, and students to stand together. She suggested an amendment, and Chair Gerber recommended that she bring it up in second reading.
    • Vice-Chair Albiniak spoke in strong support of this resolution for reasons of social justice.
    • Sen. Turitz noted that the buildings under discussion are under rent control and increases have never been 5%. He also expressed a belief that the university has purchased buildings in Parkmerced in order to make money. He discussed the definitions of rent control and argued that these buildings are still subject to rent control. He recommended that this issue be pursued in other arenas.
    • Sen. Shapiro called for collaborative discourse on the issue and asked how much of the decision making for this originates here on campus and how much from the Chancellor’s Office.
    • Sen. Stowers spoke in support of this resolution. She noted that the actions taken by University Housing are not the actions of a university that is committed to social justice.
    • Sen. Gen moved the item to second reading, seconded by Sen. Shapiro.
    • Sen. Turitz moved to close debate, seconded by Vice-Chair Albiniak. Debate was closed.
    • Chair Gerber called the vote. The motion passed, with three members opposed and one abstention.
  • Recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee: Resolution in Support of the Role of the SF-Marin Food Bank in Addressing Food Insecurity at SF State (first reading)
    • Sen. Williams moved the item.
    • Sen. Collins moved the item to second reading, seconded by Sen. Johnson.
    • Sen. Williams moved to amend line 2 to read “Considering that 41.6% (low and very low food security) to 64% (marginal, low, and very low food security) of CSU students” and a correlated adjustment in the citation for the information, seconded by Sen. Collins. The amendment passed unanimously.
    • Chair Gerber called the vote, and it passed unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS

  1. Recommendation from the Executive Committee: Resolution in Support of a Campus Academic Master Planning Process (first reading)
    • Vice-Chair Albiniak moved the item and spoke in its favor.
    • Provost Summit spoke in favor of the resolution and described the goals and process of the Academic Master Planning Process. She noted the importance of the questions: Whom do we teach? What do we teach? How do we want to teach it?
    • Sen. Yee-Melichar spoke in favor of the resolution. She suggested that we add on line 32 “including faculty, staff, students, and alumni, where possible”.
    • Sen. Wilson spoke in favor of the resolution.
    • Chair Gerber encouraged senators to take a close look at it, share it with their colleagues, and sent it back to the Executive Committee.
  2. Recommendation from the Executive Committee: Resolution in Support of the Black Unity (first reading)
    • Vice-Chair Albiniak moved the item and spoke in its favor. He described a presentation that representatives of the Center made to ExComm and its transformative role for students and the SF State community as a whole.
    • Sen. Kuchins spoke in strong support of this resolution and of the Center for Black Unity.
    • Sen. Collins spoke in strong support of this resolution, the Center for Black Unity, and for the College of Ethnic Studies. He talked about the consonance between the Center, this resolution, and the ideals of SF State.
    • Sen. Bloom spoke in support of this resolution and expressed a desire for the Center to reach out to impacted schools in Hunter’s Point.
    • Chair Gerber encouraged senators to continue to look over the resolution and sent it back to the Executive Committee.
  3. Recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee: Proposed Policy on Graduate Teaching Associate Tuition Waivers (first reading)
    • Sen. Roehrman moved the item and spoke in its favor. He also pointed out an error in the timeline outlined in the policy.
    • Sen. Wilson spoke in support of the spirit of the policy. He suggested more direction in lines 37 – 44 about where the limited funds are going to go, and on lines 51 – 52 about reviewing the pilot.
    • Sen. Hines spoke in favor of the policy. She noted that absent from the document was having Grad Council oversee the review and take proposals for participation. She said that Interim Dean Kim has expressed support for these ideas. She also noted that participants should be full-time grad students.
    • Sen. Tanner spoke in favor of the policy and noted that there is a lack of detail in this draft, calling for a proposal system. She talked about the difficulties with assessing the pilot program in a timely fashion and taking into account the different goals of different departments. 
    • Sen. Yee-Melichar spoke in favor of tuition remission as a recruitment and retention tool. She noted that on line 11 – 13, the policy mentions results from other CSU’s and recommended a link to that information. She also asked whether on line 35 there might be a word missing. Possibly it should read “graduate [education]”.
    • Sen. Stowers spoke in favor of the policy.
    • Vice-Chair Albiniak spoke in favor of the policy.
    • Sen. Scott spoke in favor of the policy. He pointed out that SJSU offers this to all of their graduate students, and we offer it to none. He also discussed that this is not intended to take work out of other bargaining units.
    • Provost Summit spoke in favor of the policy and recognized the hard work of Interim Dean Kim and Grad Council. She also expressed appreciation of the support of President Wong and the hard work of Sens. Roehrman and Tanner.
    • Chair Gerber encouraged senators to continue to look over the policy and sent it back to APC.
  4. Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee: Proposed Revision of the Policy on Change of Undergraduate Major (first reading)
    • Sen. Wilson moved the item and spoke in its favor.
    • Sen. Kuchins asked for clarification on lines 56 - 60 and compared the revision with practice at other CSU campuses. Chair Gerber noted that the reason for the change was to eliminate that requirement.
    • Chair Gerber encouraged senators to continue to look over the policy and sent it back to APC.
  5. Recommendation from the Educational Policies Council: Proposed Discontinuance of the MBA, Concentration in Sustainable Business (first reading)
    • Sen. Wilson moved the item and spoke in its favor. He noted that it is a response to EO 1071 and that the same material will be covered in a certificate program.
    • Chair Gerber encouraged senators to continue to look over the item and sent it back to EPC.
  6. Recommendation from the Educational Policies Council: Proposed Temporary Suspension of the Master of Arts in Education, Concentration in Language and Literacy Education (first reading)
    • Sen. Wilson moved the item and spoke in its favor. He noted that it is a response to decreased enrollment.
    • Chair Gerber encouraged senators to continue to look over the item and sent it back to APC.
  7. Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Proposed Minor in Art History (first reading)
    • Sen. Stowers moved the item and spoke in its favor. She described what the new minor would look like.
    • Sen. Collins spoke in favor of this new minor.
    • Sen. Sinha spoke in favor of this new minor.
    • Chair Gerber encouraged senators to continue to look over the item and sent it back to CRAC.
  8. Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Proposed new concentration: BS in Nutrition and Dietetics, Concentration in Dietetics and Nutrition Science (first reading)
    • Sen. Stowers moved the item and spoke in its favor. She described what the new concentration would look like.
    • Chair Gerber encouraged senators to continue to look over the item and sent it back to CRAC.
  9. Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Proposed new concentration: BS in Nutrition and Dietetics, Concentration in Foods and Community Nutrition (first reading)
    • Sen. Stowers moved the item and spoke in its favor. She described what the new concentration would look like.
    • Sen. Collins spoke in favor of this concentration.
    • Chair Gerber encouraged senators to continue to look over the item and sent it back to CRAC.
  10. Recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee: Proposed Creation of a Student Health Advisory Committee (first reading)
    • Sen. Williams moved the item and spoke in its favor. She explained the rationale and process of generating this draft policy.
    • Sen. Shapiro ceded his time to AVP Chelberg. He spoke in support of the policy and explained more of the context for the formation of SHAC.
    • Chair Gerber encouraged senators to continue to look over the item and sent it back to SAC.
  11. Adjournment
    • Meeting was adjourned at 4:22 PM.