February 18, 2020



Tuesday, February 18, 2020



2:00 – 5:00 p.m.


Albiniak, Teddy (LCA)

Holschuh, Carrie (HSS)

Pido, Eric (CoES)

Ara, Mitra (LCA)

Hulick, Mari (LCA)

Ramirez-Soto, Elizabeth (LCA)

Barrera, Ana Maria (HSS)

Kotecha, Preyansh (ASI)

Ramirez, Gilberto (STF)

Bermudez, Chantel (student)

Kulik, Carole (HSS)

Rubin, Jasper (HSS)

Bloom, Gilda (GCOE)

Lee, Yeon-Shim (HSS)

Schwartz, Kim (LCA)

Borjian, Ali (GCOE)

Leopardo, Nicole (ETHS)

Scott, Michael (PRES)

Branstiter, Callie (LIB)

Luengo, Ana (LCA)

Sinha, Dipendra (COSE) (ASCSU)

Bui, Yvonne (GCOE)

Kuchins, Noah (SA)

Small, Rachel (COSE)

Collins, Robert Keith (COES)(ASCSU)

Miller, Cori (SA)

Stec, Loretta (LCA)

Damangir, Sina (CoB)

Millet, Kitty (LCA)

Stowers, Genie (HSS)

Drennan, Marie (LCA)

Mooney, Dylan (STF)

Summit, Jennifer (Provost)

Fisher, Matt (CoB)

Okhrentchuk, Irina (GCOE)

Thomas, Tom (COB)

Gerber, Nancy (CoSE)

Olsher, David (LCA)

Ward, Samantha (STF)

Goldman, Michael (COSE)

Pasion, Sally (CoSE)

Way, Lori Beth (PRES)

Grutzik, Cynthia (PRES)

Piryatinska, Alexandra (COSE)

Wilczak, Cindy (LCA)

Harvey, Richard (HSS)

Reist, Sami (LCA)

Wong, Yutian (LCA)



Xu, Huizhong (COSE)


Banks, Dwayne (PRES)

Hines, Ellen (COSE)

Platas, Linda (HSS)

Chen, Cheng (COSE)

Holmes, Whitney (ASI)

Shapiro, Jerry (HSS)

Chen, Susan (SA)

Howell, Ryan (CoSE)

Spencer, Dee (LCA)

Dollinger, Mark (LCA)

Mahoney Lynn (President)

Van Cleave, Kendra (LIB)

Hao, Jiang (COSE)

Mar, Eric (COES)

Yee-Melichar, Darlene (CSU) (ASCSU)

Harris-Boundy, Jason (CoB)

Ochoa, Joshua (ASI)

Zhou, Yi (COB)


Claude Bartholomew (AP)

Karen Peña (CWL)

Christina Sabee (EPC/SAEM)

Sophie Clavier (GradDiv)

Alex Hwu (CEL)

Frederick Smith (SAEM)

Jane Dewitt (AP)

Ying Lin (Nursing)

Ingrid Williams (HR)

Jeff Wilson (A&F)

Jason Porth (UCorp)

Dardan Wu (Nursing)

Carleen Mandolfo (FA)

Nina Roberts (ICCE)



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.

  1. Approval of the Agenda for February 18, 2020
  • Accepted as submitted
  1. Approval of the Minutes for February 4, 2020
  • Accepted as submitted
  1. Announcements from the Floor
  • Sen. Scott – Provost’s Arts and Lecture Series, tomorrow February 19th 12-2pm, lunch provided in Seven Hills
  • Sen. Weinberger – interdisciplinary minor in video game studies – invitation to develop PLOs and SLOs with the existing consortium
  • Sen. Miller - CSLD Women in Leadership Series, next week, 4-5:30, Rosa Parks A-C, three interactive workshops. More information on the website and on Handshake.
  • Provost Summit – register for the City’s University conversation, held on March 6th in the Annex
  1. Reports

    1. Senate Chair
  • Reminder to everyone to make sure that information shared at senate gets back to your units.
  • By-Laws – many changes are being considered. Please pay close attention to upcoming emails about these changes.

    • Each standing committee has been asked to consider changes to their charges and committee names
    • Clarify election procedures
  • Qualtrics form to identify possible senators and prepare for our next election.
  1. Standing Committees

    1. Curriculum Review and Approval Committee
  • Sen. Pasion – three items on the plenary agenda
  • Also discussing a new acronym/committee name and their charge
  1. Faculty Affairs Committee
  • Sen. Rubin – one item on the agenda today
  1. Student Affairs Committee
  • Sen. Olsher – one item on the agenda today
  • Also discussing a resolution to supports CAPS, academic advising policy
  1. Strategic Issues Committee
  • Sen. Mooney – one item on the agenda today
  • Continuing work on charge all university committee on international programs and committee’s role in the campus budget process
  1. Academic Policies Committee
  • Sen. Stowers – one item on the agenda today
  • Working on restructuring policy the withdrawal policy
  1. Provost
  • Academic Affairs Council is actively looking at the policies and procedures to simplify if possible
  • AVP Banks is undergoing a space utilization survey as a follow-up to the standard time block policy
  • We are in the middle of the RTP process and the Provost wanted to recognize the incredible faculty we have on campus, what they are achieving professionally, in service, and in teaching.
  • Repeat of the invitation to the Provost’s Lecture Series
  • Sen. Hulik –Will there be a mechanism to officially list open lab times?

    • Provost Summit - We will consider that and discuss it will be discussed with AVP Banks

Old Business

  1. Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee: Revision to #F98-204, Policy and Guidelines for Offering Existing SFSU Degrees via College of Extended Learning, second reading.
  • Sen. Stowers moved the item to the floor and spoke to the item
  • Discussion

    • Sen. Yee-Melichar – Thank you to the committee for their work on these long overdue changes.
    • Point of information – Sen. Stowers: Policy requires a review every 3 years.
  • Vote

    • Passes unanimously @ 2:32pm
  1. Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee- Proposed Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business – second reading
  • Sen. Pasion moved the item to the floor and spoke to the item
  • Discussion

    • Sen. Thomas – speaking in favor – this has previously been an emphasis, a concentration, and has been successful in the past.
    • Point of Information - Sen. Way – the senate must approve both state-wide and CEL certificates.
  • Vote

    • Passes unanimously @ 2:35pm

New Business

  1. Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Proposed Certificate in Pre-Master of Business Administration (MBA) Foundations – first reading
  • Sen. Pasion moved the item to the floor and spoke to the item
  • Discussion

    • Sen. Sinha – are there any anticipated visa issues?

      • Sen. Way ceded time to Dean Clavier – international students must be enrolled in a particular official certificate or degree program. Additionally, it offers a bit of a fast-track into a graduate degree.
    • Sen. Albiniak ceded time to Dean Hwu – the language of “selected partners” is very important in this certificate.
    • Sen. Wilczak – there is a clear identified need. However, from where are the enrollment estimates coming?

      • International recruitment information from surveys about interest.
    • Sen. Way – the President of the University must sign all international agreements.
    • Sen. Stowers – would a local student from the US apply?

      • Sen. Pasion – the way it is set up it would only allow students from partner campuses
      • Sen. Stowers – in that case, a name change is suggested in order to make that clear.
    • Sen. Collins – wondering about ways in which the cohort-structure would or would not serve the students in terms of equity and how that factors into their curriculum.
  • Item returned to committee at 2:46pm
  1. Recommendation from the Strategic Issues Committee: Proposed Resolution on the Implementation of the City of San Francisco Parking Tax – first reading
  • Sen. Mooney moved the item to the floor and spoke to the item
  • Discussion

    • Seeking feedback on lines 30 – 31 regarding the timeline. There may be a labor relations, CBA issue with these lines.
    • ASI has passed a resolution opposing the parking tax. Perhaps something should be added to recognize that
    • Sen. Yee-Melichar – suggested changes: line 6 – change fighting to “oppose,” lines 22-23 add “stood firm,” second to last resolved clause – that should have a timeline on it.
    • Sen. Wilczak – need some clarification on who is paying tax and how much. (line 12)

      • Line 12 specifically states that the driver pays the tax
    • Provost Summit – ceded time to Interim ACP Wilson – we believe a phase-in for students will be possible, still talking to the city about excepting students, CBA governs the parking fee, increasing fees for MPP3 and MPP4 are already in process.
    • Sen. Bermudez – could the last resolve include a statement that expands the responsibility
    • Sen. Collins – perhaps add CFA and scaffolding based on pay rate.
    • Sen. Scott – there are a wide range of MPP pay scales
    • Sen. Bloom – we are the only campus considering paying a tax,
    • Sen. Albiniak ceded time to VP Porth – share some of the advocacy efforts that are underway, especially the ASI (student) work. Encourage everyone to look at the ASI website which includes testimonials, many people on campus are gathering data and other information for the City of SF to prove that the negative impact on students would be uneven. Please make sure that the efforts are considered in any language in the resolution.
    • Sen. Stowers – we could also make an argument that if the city can foot the bill for free city college tuition for city residents, then perhaps they can foot this bill to support our students, as well.
  • Item was returned to committee @ 3:02pm
  1. Recommendation from Faculty Affairs Committee: Proposed Resolution Calling for a Task Force on Faculty Workload Equity - first reading
  • Sen. Rubin moved the item to the floor and spoke to the item
  • Discussion

    • Sen. Yee-Melichar – thank you to the Faculty Affairs committee for crafting an important resolution. Suggestions: line 17- whereas, line 29 – regarding membership, perhaps an odd number should be considered, line 36- include language that all ranks are represented, line 45-“variations…” student faculty ratio seems to be what is discussed and perhaps there should be some clarification there.
    • Point of information – will this task force address lecturer workload

      • Not specifically, but the task force can decide to address that once they are established.
  • Item was returned to committee @ 3:09pm
  1. Recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee: Proposed Resolution Opposing Proposed Regulatory Changes to Title IX – first reading
  • Sen. Olsher moved the item to the floor and spoke to the item
  • Sen. Bermudez spoke further on the item
  • Discussion:

    • Sen. Wilczak – is there any coordination between CSU campuses in terms of resolutions going forward?

      • Sen. Bermudez – the information and resolution has been communicated, but a specific answer to that question is not known.
    • Sen. Yee-Melichar – thank you to SAC and Sen. Bermudez. After CSU Chancellor, please include the ASCSU so that the statewide senators can share widely.
    • Sen. Collins – thank you for this important resolution. Also consider adding CFA to the distribution list
    • Chair Gerber reminded everyone to think very carefully about how resolutions should be distributed
    • Sen. Stowers – it is very important to support these types of push back against the current national climate that seems to ignore the rule of law and remove rights from victims of sexual harassment and violence.
  • Returned to committee @ 3:17pm
  1. Recommendation from the Executive Committee: Proposed Changes to the By-laws of the Academic Senate of SF State – first reading
  • Vice Chair Albiniak moved the item to the floor and spoke to the item.
  • Discussion

    • Sen. Way – The by-laws do not current state who may serve as senate chair. Information about CRAC does seem out of date.

      • Chair Gerber – technically administrators with retreat rights are included in the faculty. Perhaps we should delineate between MPPs with retreat right and those without.
    • Sen. Way – is there a change in the presidential appointees?

      • Chair Gerber – that’s in the constitution not the by-laws
    • Sen. Harvey – line 230 where it talked about executive session/open session. How is “personnel” defined and how is it determined that a closed session is beginning. Also there are a number of places that open/executive is mentioned, perhaps there needs to be clarity on when and how that occurs.
    • Sen. Wilczak – regarding open/executive sessions, how are others notified of an upcoming executive session.

      • Chair Gerber – We likely need a list to help define what topics require executive session
  • Returned to committee @ 3:31pm

Consent agenda

  1. Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Revision to the Minor in Sociology – consent item
  • Sen. Pasion moved the item to the floor and spoke to the item
  • No discussion
  • Adopted by general consent @ 3:32pm
  1. Recommendation from the Executive Committee: Resolution Changing the name of the Lam Family College of Business in Senate policies and procedures – consent item
  • Vice Chair Albiniak moved the item to the floor and spoke to the item
  • Sen. Mooney – point of information – Chris Larsen is spelled two different ways in the document
  • Sen. Bloom – was there a discussion that there was a time limit to the name change.

    • Sen. Thomas – verified that the name is in perpetuity
  • Adopted by general consent @ 3:35pm

Presentations/Information Items

  1. Campus Climate Survey Updates - Fredrick Smith, Associate Vice President for Equity and Community Inclusion
  • AVP Smith gave a presentation about the unit that he leads, where to find him and his colleagues and what they do.
  • AVP Smith gave a brief over view of the campus climate survey results, but mostly addressed the ways in which his office is addressing concerns that were identified in the survey results.
  • Sen. Sinha – suggest that the Indian community should also be considered in any outreach efforts
  • Sen. Stowers – there has been a dearth of info about the results, and the lack of dissemination of the results has been an obstacle in improving the campus climate.

    • AVP Smith – we are committed to improving the public outreach and we are looking closely at the data in the report and the qualitative information provided and actively attempting to address issues.
  • Sen. Bui – the equity and inclusion discussion for the search committees has been very productive
  • Sen. Yee-Melichar – thank you for your update. Going forward, will you be able to share any results by determinants such as age?
  • Sen. Bloom – regarding the Resource Centers, is there a way that there is something more inclusive of all ethnic minorities and that has a social purpose that creates community.

    • AVP Smith – in partnership with the Dean of Students we are working on messaging about all of the opportunities that students have to get involved.
  • Provost Summit – Equity and Inclusion workshops are, in fact, mandatory for all search committees. Thank you to Dr. Smith
  • Sen. Goldman – There was a very low response rate from the campus climate survey. Also many of the questions in the survey seemed to be leading questions.

    • AVP Smith – the committee has discussed the low response rates and how data-informed decisions are made around such unclear data. How do we move forward with what we’ve received so far and make the most of the information that we have currently?
  • Sen. Sinha – perhaps we should consider some sort of marque on 19th Ave?
  1. Adjourned @ 4:01pm

Agenda Item 5

The Academic Policies Committee brings to the Senate a proposal to revise the policy on College of Extended Learning offerings of academic instructional programs, not including Continuing Education Units. The policy refers extensively to CSU Executive Order 1099 and Title 5 requirements and seeks to clarify in one document the processes and policies governing CEL offerings.

Agenda Item 6

The Curriculum Review and Approval Committee brings to the Senate a proposal to create a new Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business. The Certificate consists of three courses that are already being offered on a regular basis in the Lam Family College of Business, and that focus on sustainable business practices.

Agenda Item 7

The Curriculum Review and Approval Committee brings to the Senate a proposal to create a new Certificate in Pre-Master of Business Administration (MBA) Foundations. This 24-unit certificate is offered through CEL, in self-support. The certificate is designed to prepare students for entry into an MBA program, and consists of a range of business disciplines. The courses exist now and are taught by faculty funded by CEL.

Agenda Item 8

The Strategic Issues Committee brings to the Senate a proposed resolution on the implementation of a parking tax by the City of San Francisco. This tax will have to be passed on to the students at SF State as the parking rates for faculty and staff are set in their Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA). The resolution calls for a gradual increase in parking costs and that the cost of parking for MPPs also be increased to match that of the fees being paid by students.

Agenda Item 9

The Faculty Affairs Committee brings to the Senate a proposed resolution calling for the creation of a task force on faculty workload equity, analogous to the one charged by the Senate in 2002. The resolution notes that the 2004 document produced by the task force is no longer valid, at least in part due to updates in the CBA over the intervening years. FAC carried out research on the issues that might exist with regards to workload equity and believe that due to the complexity of the issues and the degree to which they impact faculty, a task force should be charged.

Agenda Item 10

The Student Affairs Committee brings to the floor a proposed resolution opposing proposed regulatory changes to Title IX, the federal law that governs gender and sex discrimination in educational contexts. These changes would likely deter students from coming forward or conceal the existence of serious complaints.

Agenda Item 11

The Executive Committee brings to the Senate proposed changes to the by-laws of the Academic Senate. These changes clarify a quorum for voting on constitutional changes, adjust the membership of CRAC and APC, adds a responsibility for the Vice-Chair of the Academic Senate, eliminates the Committee on Committees, allows for the reconstitution of the membership of a committee not able to carry out its work and clarifies that all meetings of the Academic Senate and its committees are open unless in executive session.

Agenda Item 12

The Curriculum Review and Approval Committee brings to the Senate a proposal to revise the Minor in Sociology. The proposed changes removes SOC 300GW from the minor as the department is not able to offer enough seats to accommodate non-majors and changes the focus to one of studying issues around social inequality, which the department has determined is a motivating force in student choice of the minor.

Agenda Item 13

The Executive Committee brings to the Senate a resolution calling for all Senate policies and procedures be changed to reflect the name change from College of Business to the Lam Family College of Business.

Agenda Item 14

Dr. Frederick Smith, AVP for Equity & Community Inclusion provides information about the division as well as an update of the Campus Climate Survey, which was undertaken by the campus in 2018/2019, and campus climate activities.



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