Senate Soundbites

begin quoteEmbodying our core of shared governance, transparency, communication and collaboration, the University Senate had a very productive fall 2019 session!

Embodying our core of shared governance, transparency, communication and collaboration, the University Senate had a very productive fall 2019 session. We passed three policies and one Senate resolution. We received two Senate committee reports and we hosted various members of the administration to engage in a dialogue about various university matters.

Please see our November/December Senate Monthly Updates for additional announcements, presentation summaries, and specific items addressed by the Senate.

Summary for fall 2019:

Passed Policies: Pass/Fail Courses in a Minor, Academic Integrity, Faculty Salary

Committee Reports: Academic Program Review, Gender Equity Working Group

Resolutions: Hate Crime Resolution

Presentations: President Harris (annual visit), Karen Briggs (HR), Chell Roberts (Professional Continuing Education), Janet Courtney-Smith (Tuition Rates),  Andrew Allen (Stride to 2024), Elazar Harel (ITS), Bill McGillis (Athletics).  

New committees formed: Transfer Credit, Engaged Scholarship (joint with Office of the Provost), Campus Climate (joint with Associated Students Government).

Board of Trustees: Annual Board of Trustees - University Senate reception, December Board Meetings

As shared with the campus community, in November 2019, the University Senate unanimously approved a resolution on hate crimes. To continue to facilitate an inclusive campus, to live our mission and values, and in line with our Envisioning 2024 pathway of Access & Inclusion, the University Senate and Associated Student Government jointly formed a new task force to confront hatred, acts of intolerance, bullying, and harassment. The goal is to ensure our campus remains a safe and welcoming environment for all individuals--particularly those who belong to traditionally marginalized groups. This is a collaborative task force whose membership includes faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and representatives from Student Affairs, The Commons, Residential Life, Mission & Ministry, Public Safety, and the Center for Restorative Justice. The group will be co-chaired by ASG President Marion Chavarria Rivera and University Senate Chair Aarti Ivanic. Please contact Marion or Aarti if you have questions or would like to particiapte.

Our tentative upcoming spring 2020 agenda items include Gender Equity Recommendations, Academic Program Review policy, Transfer of Credit policy, Open Access policy, and Enrollment planning.

We welcome ideas from faculty regarding how the university might improve. If you have thoughts or concerns, you would like the University Senate to explore, please contact the senate chair (Dr. Aarti Ivanic:, members of the Executive Committee or your senate representative. Additional information can be found on our website.





Aarti Ivanic