April 1, 2009
I. Call to order
The meeting was called to order at 3:30 by the Chair, Luti Salisbury.
II. Approval of Agenda
The agenda was approved.
III. Minutes of the fall 2008 meeting.
The minutes were approved.
IV. Roll Call
Officers: Salisbury, Powell, Jones, Brady
Voting Members - Ex-officio: Freund, Powell, Bixby, Hand
Administrative Representatives: Geren
Faculty Senators: Brady, Gay, Jensen, Hardgrave, Parry, Kral, Martin, Salisbury, Miller, Deaton, Riggs, Rhoads
Staff Senators: Parker, Payne, Mounce, Rowe, Reynolds, Gilbride
Student Senators: Sharp, Muzaffar, Lawrence
Non-Voting Members, Ex-officio: McMath
Voting Members - Ex-officio: Fort, Ford
Administrative Representatives: Verma, Shannon, Schwab, Worrell, Beene Ballard, Greenwood, Saxena, Nance, McCray, Henderson Allen, Pugh
Faculty Senators: Wall, Killenbeck, Goodstein, Rosenkrans
Staff Senators: Vaught, Lane, Blagg, Bahn, Underwood, Golden, Scott, Turner, Spiegel
Student Senators: Woodruff, Ford, McClellan, Cross, Lowery, Carpenter, Carlson, Romero, Bruning, Kleine, Redd, Sherman, Zhang
Non-Voting Members, Ex-officio: Gearhart, Pederson, Brazzell, Choate, Hudson
V. Reports of Activity
a. Report of the Faculty Senate, Neil Allison
- There are several active Dean searches now taking place throughout the University.
- The Code of Student Life has been under review in the Faculty Senate.
- Honorary Degrees under discussion this spring.
- Discussions underway to resolve issues with monitoring exams; working with Campus Access.
- Ice storm aftermath discussed in Faculty Senate.
- Veteran's Task force underway; determining how best to accommodate learning within armed-forces.
- Razorback Readership Program highly successful.
- Continue to hear requests for fall break.
- Teaching evaluation proposal approved.
b. Report of the Staff Senate
c. Report of the ASG/Student Senate, Jonathan Powell
- Tobacco policy enforcement - no way to enforce it.
- Safe-ride - applied for Women's Giving Circle Grant - $20,000.
- Athletic Student Sections - New policy - 4,000 upper deck now sold to general public if students don't validate their voucher during the M-W prior to the game.
- Graduate students have retained seats with Student Senate
- ASG elections underway
- Two referendum items up for vote - Safer resolution - marijuana is safer than alcohol; vacancy election reform - move up election by two weeks
VI. Old Business
VII. New Business
a. Inclement Weather Policy Resolution - Bob McMath, Interim Provost
The Provost has looked at the weather policy to see how it has been implemented.
1) Primary way of alerting all of the status of classes and so forth is RazAlert. KUAF is also helpful. Commercial TV is NOT a good means for getting the word out.
2) Announcement to close the university the thursday and friday of the ice storm was delayed so as to not see hundreds of students leave town at night; preferred to make announcement so that they could leave during the day
3) FAQ section now a part of the inclement weather policy.
Three things need more work within this policy:
1) What penalties exist for those who cannot make it in; this varies from department to department.
2) Question of hourly employees is not in the policy; hourly were compensated during the recent ice storm.
3) Whether classes are to be held or cancelled when the university delays its opening.
b. 724.0 tabled.
Arkansas Law - No smoking on any campus that receives state funds.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:30.