UNH Faculty Senate

Summary Minutes from 21 February 2000


          
        			UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
               			       FACULTY SENATE
          
          FEBRUARY 21, 2000                        		 MINUTES SUMMARY
                                           
          I.  Roll - The following Faculty Senate members were absent: de la Torre,
          Hiller, Macieski, and VonDamm.  Absent as work to rule were Barretto,
          Carr, Christie, Echt, Garland, Givan, Kaye, Planalp, Reardon, Roh, Stine
          and Williams.  Excused were de Alba, Draper, Finn, Hopkins, and Malarte-
          Feldman.
                             
          II.  Communications with the President - The president said that hazing by
          sports teams has been a problem at other universities and that she is
          reviewing the situation here as well.  She suggested that the senate's
          Student Affairs Committee look at how the patterns of alcohol use differ in
          the various UNH colleges and also freshmen versus upper-class students. 
          The president said that the UNH dance company recently gave an excellent
          performance entitled Murder on Smuttynose and Duke Ellington meets
          Sherlock Holmes.  A professor asked if regular updates could be given
          about the current informal contract negotiation discussions, and the
          president replied that she will inquire about that.  Discussion ensued about
          whether another fact finder report, which may be the next formal step in the
          negotiations, would be useful.
          
          III.  Communications from the Vice Chair - The senate vice chair said that
          a motion for a constitutional amendment on the election of senate officers
          has been sent to the senators on email.  In addition, the Agenda Committee
          has prepared an alternate amendment and distributed copies at today's
          meeting.  Three options on the election of senate officers will be discussed
          at the next senate meeting:  the current wording of the senate constitution,
          the first amendment, and the alternate amendment.
          
          IV.  Minutes - The minutes of the last Faculty Senate meeting were
          approved unanimously.
          
          V.  Transportation Policy - The chair of the senate's Campus Planning
          Committee said that the committee recommends, in a motion attached to
          today's agenda, that no significant transportation changes shall be made
          until after an origin and destination study.  Estimates for such a study run
          from $20,000 to $50,000 or more.  Today a professor said that she had just
          been notified by an administrator that a study was done in 1992.  However,
          this study had not been given to the committee by the administrators with
          whom this issue was discussed in recent weeks.  The professor said that she
          is not convinced that an origin and destination study would be cost effective
          or give faculty the information needed, and she asked that the motion be
          tabled.  Another faculty member said that the 1992 report may not have
          adequate information and would not be current.  He added that having to
          park in outlying lots would cost each of us 45 to 60 minutes or more a day,
          which mounts up to a very large loss.  Asking for more data may not be the
          appropriate next step, and this motion would not help us to participate
          effectively in the process of deciding about transportation policy at UNH. 
          The 9/15/99 Sustainable Transportation Trip Report and Recommendations
          call for transportation demand management, but what that might be is not
          at all clear.  Many faculty fear that changes might be made which would
          cost them many hours per week in additional commuting time, and faculty
          feel that the transportation changes should not be made unless people's
          needs can be met.
          
          A motion was made by Deb Winslow and seconded by Ken Appel to
          table the motion.  The motion to table passed with 20 ayes, no nays, and
          6 abstentions; and the transportation motion will be brought to the senate
          on March 6.  The 1992 report would not reflect the large amount of
          construction that has been done on campus since then.  The Campus
          Planning Committee should find out what the study is and whether or not
          it would meet our needs.  A student member of the university's
          Transportation Policy Committee asked that a member of the Faculty Senate
          be appointed to sit on that committee.  A certain number of parking spaces
          per lot are supposed to be reallocated for handicapped parking, in spite of
          the fact that the current handicapped parking spaces are under utilized. 
          Since 200 to 300 faculty/staff parking spaces would be lost, this should be
          considered very carefully.
          
          VI.  University Curriculum and Academic Policies Committee - The slate
          for this committee will be presented at the next Faculty Senate meeting. 
          The senate chair is asking faculty members whether they would be willing
          to serve, and the provost will work to help faculty be able to do so.  Those
          faculty who set up the plan for this important committee knew that service
          on it may be time consuming, and they asked that some course release be
          provided.  The provost and the president responded that they needed
          flexibility and would negotiate with faculty individually regarding how to
          compensate them for service on this committee.  Senators should tell their
          constituents that such negotiation is expected and that the committee may
          be labor intensive.  Other faculty said that leaving compensation to be
          individually negotiated is unfair, but the faculty who planned the UCAPC
          had tried hard to set up a formula for course release and were unable to get
          agreement from the administrators.  A department chair said that, when the
          department has fewer faculty than are needed to teach the necessary
          courses, the department would not be able to provide course release with its
          own funds.
          
          The Agenda Committee had told the provost that, in the assessment of
          faculty performance, there should be a more comprehensive policy
          regarding service; and the provost agreed.  Following up on that was one of
          the charges of the senate's Academic Affairs Committee this year; but since
          so many of the committee members have invoked work to rule and refused
          to serve, the committee chair said that the Academic Affairs Committee will
          not be able to work on this issue.  The committee chair noted that the
          committee has a very full agenda and is represented on six other committees
          and that several of the departments who told their members not to serve
          have brought forward proposals to the various committees on which the
          Academic Affairs Committee is represented.  A faculty member noted that,
          although the union contract specifies what faculty pay raises will be,
          department chairs might sometimes be able to modify teaching loads and
          promotion and tenure to recognize meritorious service but that changing
          teaching loads would be difficult in the departments which are short
          handed.  Perhaps faculty who serve on the UCAPC could be relieved of
          other departmental service requirements.  Concern was expressed that
          individual negotiation might lead to the administration arranging to seat
          faculty members favorable to its agenda.
                                       
          VII. University System - A professor said that we should not recognize the
          purview of the university system to review decisions made at UNH. 
          Another faculty member said that the provost has recently arranged that the
          system will not review new programs proposed by UNH.
          
          VIII.  Report on Distance Education, Intellectual Property and the
          Academic Computing Advisory Committee - The trustees set aside $1.2
          million for technology needs at UNH, and the Academic Computing
          Advisory Committee is distributing its recommendations and requesting
          input at this time.  Faculty are asked to review the information on the
          committee's web site (http://www.unh.edu/acac), for the details of the
          technology plan and the minutes of the committee's meetings.  The charge
          of this committee, which is chaired by Professor Kent Chamberlin, is to
          advise the president and others regarding technology.  The committee has
          set up five subcommittees on distance education, a technology report card,
          student interests, intellectual property rights, and technology access.  If any
          faculty member is interested in becoming a member of one of the
          subcommittees, please contact the subcommittee chair who is listed on the
          web site.
          
          The University Policy Manual says that all electronic data, information and
          email communications stored on any computer by university students,
          faculty and staff will be governed by the same privacy policies pertaining
          to telephone conversations and to sealed postal mail.  If there is a non-legal,
          institutional need to retrieve any form of electronic information, the UNH
          President will review the justification of need and will make the final
          decision on campus access to private electronic information.  Today faculty
          expressed concern about what the definition of institutional need is and who
          defines it.  Faculty also asked whether the statement on privacy applies to
          voice mail messages as well, and the Academic Computing Advisory
          Committee chair said that he would check on those issues and also on what
          would happen if there were a violation of the policy.
              
          The CIS Director of Academic Services said that the academic technology
          plan is expected to include enhanced student access, workload changes to
          help faculty integrate technology into their classes, better technology in
          classrooms, replacement of faculty office computers every four years,
          distance-learning projects, and academic technology liaison staff within the
          units.  Since the legislature rejected the university's request for two percent
          of the overall budget to go to technology needs, a $100 student technology
          fee may be instituted for both undergraduate and graduate students; and
          perhaps technology-based course fees will be waived.  Some faculty asked
          that more licenses to distribute software be included in the technology plan. 
          A faculty member asked what safeguards there are for intellectual property
          rights in the black-board project.  He said that some companies pay students
          to take notes, and then faculty lose control of both the quality and the ideas. 
          A seminar is being planned on intellectual property rights.  When course
          information programs are interactive, the professor can set up a program to
          collect data on how the students have accessed the program.
          
          IX.  Adjournment - The meeting was adjourned.
          
          

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