September 5, 2017



Tuesday, September 5, 2017



2:00 – 5:00 p.m.



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.



Albiniak, Theodor

Amjadi, Taghi

Bloom, Gilda

Brown, Elizabeth

Carcieri, Martin

Castillo, Nestor

Chekuri, Chris

Collins, Robert

De Barro, Jose A

Gen, Sheldon

Gerber, Nancy

Harris, Andrew

Hines, Ellen

Howard, Pamela



Kuchins, Noah

Lisy-Wagner, Laura

Lopez, Janet

Miller, Cori

Mooney, Dylan

Pasion, Sally

Pido, Eric

Reyes, Belinda

Roehrman, Todd

Sanders, Alison

Scott, Michael

Shapiro, Jerry

Sinha, Dipendra

Small, Rachel



Soorapanth, Sada

Spencer, Dee

Summit, Jennifer

Tanner, Kimberly

Teh, Kwok-Siong

Thomas, Tom

Van Velsor, Patricia

Wall, Andrew

Way, Lori Beth

Wilson, Jackon

Wong, President

Wong, Yutian

Yee-Melichar, Darlene

Yu, Betty


Absences: Carillo, Sandra (exc); Campbell, Chloe (exc); Drennan, Marie (exc); Foley, Jacqueline (exc); Kakar, Venoo (exc); Steier, Saul (exc); Williams, Aimee (exc);


Visitors: Nancy Ganner, Sandee Noda, Claude Bartholomew, Mi-Sook Kim



·         Chair Gerber discussed the process of Senate plenary meetings and solicited announcements.

·         Sen. Yee-Melichar announced a conference sponsored by Sacramento State University on October 5 called “Crossroads: Homelessness in California”

·         Pres. Wong read a note that will go out to all employees and students about his response to the federal government’s discontinuation of DACA. In addition to reading the note, he noted that faculty are not required to answer questions by immigration agents who come onto campus. He also read the statement distributed by Chancellor White on the same issue and asked for the support of the senate and campus community to make sure that students hear about and meet important deadlines. As of Fall 2017, we have at SF State 731 total AB 540 dreamers: 699 undergraduates, 184 first-years, 117 sophomore, 220 juniors, 178 seniors, 5 seeking second BA, 27 graduate students.

o   Sen. Sinha asked whether it was realistic to say that we will protect them – can we do that?

o   Pres. Wong answered that we are not saying that they are safe, but that we will do what we can and will not cooperate with ICE.

o   Sen. Reyes asked whether ICE was allowed to come to campus?

o   Pres. Wong answered that students are supposed to call Campus Police immediately. Faculty are not compelled to give any information, but to refer them to the Chief of Police.

o   Sen. Harris asked whether there were staff who might participate in this program.

o   Pres. Wong answered that currently no staff participates in DACA.

o   Sen. Stowers asked who the students were supposed to register with and what is the purpose?

o   Pres. Wong answered that students who register qualify for a two-year window for staying, and agreed that this could be problematic because they have to give a lot of information. He advises that the students may be in worse shape if they do not register.

o   Sen. Castillo warned faculty against giving legal counsel to students and asked whether there was an MOU with campus police over whether they will or will not cooperate with ICE.

o   Pres. Wong answered that there is a memorandum from the Chancellor’s Office, saying that all 23 campuses will not cooperate with ICE and gave directions for how to find that memorandum on-line.

o   Sen. Yee-Melichar asked whether students will be able to qualify for non-residential tuition fees and whether they will qualify for financial aid?

o   Pres. Wong answered both questions in the affirmative.

o   Sen. Bloom updated the Senate about upcoming dates and deadlines for the DACA program.


AGENDA ITEM #1—Approval of the Minutes for May 9, 2017

·         Approved as submitted.


AGENDA ITEM #2—Approval of the Agenda for September 6, 2017

·         Approved with the following amendments: move item #7 to item #4. Seconded by Sen. Collins.


AGENDA ITEM #3—Chair’s Report

·         Icebreaker exercise, led by Vice-Chair Albiniak.

·         There are still a number of committee openings, and Chair Gerber encouraged people to submit nominations.


AGENDA ITEM #4 —Update on CSUEU Contract Negotiations – Sandee Noda, President, SF State Chapter, CSUEU & Russell Kilday-Hicks, Organizing Chair, SF State Chapter, CSUEU

·         Sandee Noda updated the senate about the distance between CSUEU and management and the possibility of a strike action. Further updates about the bargaining process can be found at their website: She also expressed concerns about why staff were not invited to the opening faculty meeting at the beginning of the semester.


AGENDA ITEM #5—Overview of Senate Processes - Teddy Albiniak, Vice Chair of the Senate

·         Vice-Chair Albiniak discussed details of process from Roberts’ Rules of Order and in cultural practice of the Academic Senate.

·         Chair Gerber reminded senators that they can also go on-line to to read more about the bylaws and processes of meeting.


AGENDA ITEM #6—2017-2018 Executive Committee Appointments

·         Chair Gerber announced that ExComm met to discuss committee appointments:

o   EATC: Mira Foster

o   PDC: Janey Wang

o   SFSD: Ned Fielden, Yvonne Bui

o   URC and USusC had many nominees, so there will be future voting and we will report on this at a future plenary


AGENDA ITEM #7—Academic Senate Plenary Committee Appointments

·         The Senate confirmed the appointment of the following committee members:

o   BRC (Baccalaureate Requirements Committee): Erik Rosegard (HSS)

o   BoAR (Board of Appeals and Review): No nominations

o   CEETL (Center of Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning Board): Aiko Yoshino (HSS)

o   EMC (Enrollment Management Committee): Belinda Reyes (ETHS) for faculty 3-year term, no nominations for a department chair 1-year term

o   Graduate Council: Senate voted twice for this nomination and the vote was tied twice. Sen. Wilson moved that the senate appoint Jennifer Shea as the plenary appointment and Ellen Hines as the EPC appointment. Sen. Shapiro seconded the motion. The motion passed.

o   UBC (University Budget Committee): Andrew Ichimura (COSE), Darlene Yee-Melichar (HSS), Genie Stowers (GCOE), Jerry Shapiro (HSS)


AGENDA ITEM #8 —Standing Committee Reports

            Academic Policies Committee

o   APC set goals for the year. First, they will be meeting as EPC to look at discontinuance for the certificate in Public Accountancy. They will be also looking at the calendar policy, EO 1110, academic master plan, standard time blocks, syllabus policy, assignment deadlines policy, hybrid course space policy, culminating experience, and grade appeals policy.

            Curriculum Review and Approval Committee

o   CRAC will also be meeting as EPC at the start of the semester. They will also be looking at the proposed MS in Business Analytics, the minor in Comic Studies, MFA in BECA, and the BA in Race and Resistance Studies. They will also be looking at the Field Trip Policy, past curriculum policies, and hope that they will see more program revisions from departments who went through the Teagle program.

            Faculty Affairs Committee

o   FAC identified 6 potential agenda items for the year – leave-with-pay policy, GTA tuition waivers, UTPC representation, service in RTP policy, evidence of teaching effectiveness in RTP policy, connections with CEETL.

            Student Affairs Committee

o   No report was given.

            Strategic Issues Committee

o   SIC also set goals for the year. They will work toward implementing the budget transparency report from last year and begin investigation into establishing points of access for campus stakeholders into budget process. They have also identified campus safety as an important issue to focus on, as well as the challenges for recruiting and retaining faculty, admin, and staff members.



AGENDA ITEM #9— Adjournment—no later than 5:00pm

·         Meeting was adjourned at 3:30. 

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