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.
CALL TO ORDER: 2:10 p.m.
With a quorum being present, the meeting was called to order.
Barrera, Ana Maria
Dariotis, Wei Ming
De Barro, Jose A
Van Velsor, Patricia
Way, Lori Beth
Absences: Denetclaw, Wilfred (exc); (exc); Kakar, Venoo (exc); Harris-Boundy, Jason (exc); Hines, Ellen (exc); Leech, Mary (exc); Pido, Eric (exc); Roehrman, Todd (exc); Rubin, Jasper (abs); Scott, Michael (abs); Sev’aetasi, Loretta (exc); Steier, Saul (abs); Teh, Kwok-Siong (abs); Thomas, Tom (exc); Steier, Saul (exc);
Visitors: Chris Bettinger, Nina Roberts, Claude Bartholomew, Connie Jlasewicz, Denmark Diaz.
1. Approval of the Agenda for March 6, 2018
The Agenda was Approved.
2. Approval of the Minutes for February 20, 2018
The Minutes were Approved.
3. Announcements from the Floor
Senator Williams reported that pet therapy is available this week to the campus community and generic and over the counter medicines can be found at lower cost in the Student Health Center. She introduced Denmark Diaz, Men’s Health Educator for Health Promotion & Wellness, who spoke on his efforts working with educators to foster culture change and prevent sexual violence. Key events include the following: Sexual Assault Awareness Month, working with ASI on Consent Week 4/2/2018 -4/6/2018. A Community Dialogue event will also be hosted Health Promotion and Wellness, on Monday 4/2/2018, from 5:00p.m. -7:00p.m. in Library 121, to discuss research related to sexual violence and issues of privilege. A conversation on how to create culture of violence prevention will occur on 4/3/2018 from 11:00a.m. – 2:00p.m. This event is open to faculty, staff and students. Faculty are encouraged to offer extra credit to their students. For more information, please email Mr. Diaz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chair Gerber gave a report to the academic senate. Central in this report was a discussion of the recent school shooting in Florida, the upcoming faculty, student, and staff walk out, and engagement of senates in a discussion of what they have done to promote equity, inclusion, and social justice. The following was reported out on the latter exercise:
a. Vice Chair Albiniak reported on the Bay Area Urban Debate Team. These students compete with College Preparatory School (CPS) and other highly funded teams to showcase that debate student from underfunded schools have equally powerful voices.
b. Senator Dariotus reported that her colleague, Senator Miller, hosted a salary negotiation workshop for women. Senator Dariotus aided in the Asian and Pacific Island Faculty and Staff Association.
Chair Gerber also encouraged senators to actively report back to the college councils. Senator Pasion’s (COSE) strategy of offering a college centered reported was offered as an example of how to focus on what to pay attention to for faculty colleagues. Lastly, Chair Gerber encouraged encourages senators to consider nominations for senate next year, spread the word, and run. We want to empower all in our campus community to see to make the changes that the university needs.
4.2. Standing Committees
4.2.1. Faculty Affairs Committee (FAC)
FAC Chair Roehrman reported that the committee focused on the graduate tuition waiver policy and how to align policy with the tuition waiver pilot for fall 2018. FAC will also meet with Interim provost summit and plans to bring a tuition wavier policy for first reading during the senate plenary after break.
4.2.2. Student Affairs Committee (SAC)
SAC Chair Williams reported that the committee will meet with visitors from Information Technologies (IT), the Holloway Project, and examine issues surrounding barriers to students involvement.
4.2.3. Strategic Issues Committee (SIC)
SIC Chair Gen reported on the revisions the committee made to the administrative search policy and plans to examine issues related to the recruit and retain of staff on campus.
4.2.4. Academic Policies Committee (APC)
APC Chair Wilson reported that the modified grade appeals policy would come forward in First Reading. He also reported that the committee would be examining the change of undergraduate major policy and policy changes on single large courses.
4.2.5. Curriculum Review and Approval Committee (CRAC)
CRAC Chair Stowers reported on four items. Two related to curriculum would be coming forward in Second Reading, a Resolution on the Experimental College and the Student Field Trip Policy would be coming forward in First Reading. Lastly, CRAC Chair Stower reported that additional curriculum proposals were forthcoming.
5. Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Proposed B.S. in Apparel Design and Merchandising: Concentration in Design (second reading)
CRAC Chair Stowers moved the Item. The Item was discussed. The vote was called. The motion carried.
6. Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Proposed B.S. in Apparel Design and Merchandising: Concentration in Merchandising (second reading)
Senator Pasion moved the Item. The Item was discussed. The vote was called. The motion carried.
7. Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Proposed Student Field Trip Policy (first reading)
CRAC Chair Stowers moved the Item. The Item was discussed. The following concerns, questions, and suggested revisions were raised:
a. What level of discretion would be used by Risk Management: criteria, oversight, related questions, etc.?
b. Nothing in the policy says that Academic Affairs can say no to a field trip. Students submit liability and emergency contact forms and go with the faculty member on the field trip.
c. On line 146, a suggested revision is that the annual report to the provost also includes a report to the academic senate, since the policy has to be reviewed by the academic senate every three years.
d. On line 82, short term educational experiences, such as field research, should be considered. Clarification of definition was requested.
e. Line 32-45 offers definitions.
8. Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee: Proposed Revision to the Grade Appeals Policy (first reading)
Senator Wilson moved the Item. The Item was discussed. The following concerns, questions, and suggested revisions were raised:
a. It is important to have appropriate student engagement.
b. It is important to consider that the chair not supersede faculty decision.
c. It is important to clarify the student’s role on the committee.
d. It is important to consider a two-pronged vote process to ensure consistency with campus best practices: one vote that involves students on whether the process was without error and the second on the faculty decision regarding the grade.
9. Recommendation from the Strategic Issues Committee: Proposed Revision to the Administrative Search Policy (first reading)
SIC Senator Gen moved the Item and offered a history of the policy and process. The Item was discussed. The following concerns, questions, and suggested revisions were raised:
a. In sections B1 and Line 73, there seems to be concern that if we want to have the most diverse pool of faculty, then it is important to not have an opt-in but an opt-out. It is important to pay attention to marginalized faculty so that they feel included.
b. It is important to have more gators in the swap, rather than drain it.
c. On page 2, lines 94-99, Guidelines for Consultation, it is important to include a sentence that during the first meeting the university council go over all university search policies and procedures with the committee.
10. Recommendation from the Executive Committee: Resolution in Support of the Application of Social Justice Principles in University-owned Rental Units (first reading)
a. It is important to pay attention to potential inaccuracies in the analysis (i.e., comparisons between current housing with campus and new move-ins.).
b. It is important to pay attention to how we are beginning to be a community together. It is important to dialogue on how we can move forward and market principles should not determine this discussion.
11. 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)
Senator Williams moved the Item. The Item was discussed and will return at a future plenary.
12. Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Resolution in Support of Experimental College (first reading)
Senator Stowers moved the Item. The Item was discussed. The following concerns, questions, and suggested revisions were raised:
a. It is important to pay attention to the Risk-Management issues. What do they look like?
b. Is it possible to consider the addition of more history?
c. On line 14, is it possible offer greater clarification of why this was discontinued. Are their CFA concerns here, as the courses come from the general fund and will not be taught by faculty.
d. There seems to be little to no evidence on the discontinuance of the program. When they were not embedded in campus structure they seem to disappear. The proposal has been shared with the CFA and consultation will continue as the proposal takes shape.
e. It is important to pay attention to the Risk-Management issues related to student teaching.
13. Adjournment – no later than 5:00 p.m.
The Academic Senate Adjourned at 3:50p.m.