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The Academic Senate extends our condolences to the friends and families of the eight people murdered in Georgia and share in heartbreak and outrage at the expressions of violence on March 16, 2021.  We stand with our colleagues, families, students, friends and communities in condemning this latest example of Anti-Asian violence and the increase in intensity of hate since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and the

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Just a reminder, #F95-195, the Academic Policy regarding incomplete grades is no longer suspended. The 2019-20 Senate passed an emergency measure (S20-289) during the emergence of the COVID-19 to temporarily suspend this policy through the Spring and Summer semesters. Based on Chancellor's Office guidance, we were required to revert to the original policy in Fall 2020 and future semesters. 

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S82-94: Student Teaching Credit for the Master's Degree has been removed from the Senate Policy Archive.  This was brough to our attention by Senator Bloom. APC discussed this issue, APC Chair Stowers consulted with Dean Clavier and the committee agreed it should be removed. It was their belief that policy was never approved by the President at the time so it was not a policy and should not be in the policy archive. As part of our process for preparing for WASC, APC is reviewing old policies and considering contemporary relevance.

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It may feel challenging – in fact downright exhausting to believe that we are at the final plenary of 2020 and back in stay-at/home orders from Governor Newsom. While the so called winter surge was expected, the number of cases and the consequences are overwhelming to process and indeed have touched each of us in unique ways. While the order prioritizes public health and safety, I know that it will be especially challenging to be absent from whatever special traditions might normally characterize this time for you and your loved ones. It weighs heavy on my heart.

 

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There are very few deans and associate deans of color. I hope that going forward a proactive effort is made to fill vacant positions with people of color.

There should also be an effort to groom POC for administrative positions.

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Nominations for Assigned Time for Exceptional Levels of Service to Students awards are now open. Faculty members may nominate themselves or other eligible members in a letter no longer than two pages long. If nominating someone, please include a statement to the effect that the faculty member is not already receiving assigned time for the same general category of supported activity during AY 2020-21. Senate policy S18-271 includes details on eligibility, supported activities, review criteria and process.

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The smooth running of our University relies upon the efforts of faculty, staff and students through their involvement in shared governance. If you've ever thought "why do we do things that way?" or "why don't we do things differently?", I invite you to look for opportunities to serve on campus committees and task forces to see how decisions are made and to make sure your voice, and that of your colleagues, is heard. 

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Due to the campus closure, the applications for Exceptional Assigned Time Awards has been moved to 9 a.m. Friday, November 30, 2018. Please contact senate@sfsu.edu with any questions.