UNH Faculty Senate

Summary Minutes from 6 March 2000


          
        			  UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
               				FACULTY SENATE
          
          
          MARCH 6, 2000                               		     MINUTES SUMMARY
                                           
          I.  Roll - The following Faculty Senate members were absent:  de la Torre,
          Draper, Garey, Macieski, McCann, McConnell and VonDamm.  Absent as
          work to rule were Barretto, Carr, Christie, Echt, Garland, Planalp, Reardon,
          Roh, Stine and Williams.  Excused were Beller-McKenna, Carroll,
          Mulligan, and Nordgren.
                             
          II.  Communications with the President - The president said that the
          University Curriculum and Academic Policies Committee will now be
          responsible for decisions on the UNH curriculum which were formerly
          made at the system level.  The UCAPC will monitor the total picture of
          academic offerings at the university.  The process of adding academic
          positions will be moved from the system to the university campus as well. 
          Term positions which are not permanent will be approved at the unit level,
          and permanent positions will need the provost's approval.
          
          The administration has testified regarding a New Hampshire legislature bill
          on student scholarships.  The university does not intend to have a student
          lottery for dormitory space next year.  Instead, the university will reduce the
          rent for space shared by more people than usual in the Gables and
          Woodside apartments.  UNH is trying to get approval to build another
          dormitory and dining facility.  That will add to the students' board and
          room rates by 1.5 percent more than the inflation rate for three years.
          
          Local residents will vote soon on a school bond issue, and sixty percent of
          the votes will be required for passage of the motion.  However, if the issue
          is not decided at that vote and a special election is called, the bond issue
          will then need a majority of the registered voters to pass.  Since many
          university students became registered voters in Durham during the primary
          race, this addition of large numbers of students to the list of registered
          voters will make passage of the bond issue at a special election more
          difficult; and townspeople are concerned that students could thus be the
          deciding factor on this local issue even if the students do not vote in that
          election.  Therefore the president would like to encourage good voter
          turnout by townspeople for the initial election, which is based on the
          number of actual voters rather than the number of registered voters.  The
          president is not taking a position on passage or defeat of the bond issue but
          hopes to avoid a perceived problem of university student interference in
          local affairs, which might occur if the issue goes to a special election.
          
          A professor noted that responsibility-center management will begin at a
          time when most deans will be newly arrived on campus.  The president
          replied that many of the new deans will have experience with similar
          budgetary systems.  The Chancellor Search Committee is now interviewing
          eight of the semi-finalists and will pick three or four candidates for
          interviews with others in the near future.
          
          Another faculty member said that a recently-distributed policy on email
          privacy 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 sealed postal mail but that, 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 make the final decision on campus access to
          private electronic information.  The professor asked under what
          circumstances the president would decide to tap phones or open mail.  The
          president responded that the need would have to rise to a very high level
          and that she only knows of one case, which was in Nebraska when a staff
          member committed a felony.  The president confirmed that she would not
          approve an interference of privacy unless there were a crime at the level of
          a felony and one which might involve university liability.  A professor
          suggested that there was a case last year when a faculty member's email
          was accessed; and the president said that she would look into that, because
          she was not aware of any such case.  She added that, although reports in the
          press may have indicated that email regarding a possible faculty strike was
          accessed by someone other than the recipients, this was not true and the
          documents in question had been distributed in printed form by people who
          had received them legitimately.  A professor asked what would happen,
          under university policy, in the following hypothetical example:  if a faculty
          member were sending to faculty and students email advocating the
          abolishment of Christianity.  The president replied that there is no
          institutional need for interfering with that kind of exchange.
                                       
          III.  Communications from the Chair - The senate chair said that he has
          approved the academic calendars for the next three years, because they
          follow the guidelines previously approved by the senate, except that one
          reading day will occur on a weekend, in order that a day for a fall break can
          be added around Columbus Day.  The academic calendars for the
          subsequent years will be more difficult, because Labor Day falls earlier in
          those years.  Some potential members of the University Curriculum and
          Academic Policies Committee have not yet decided if they are willing to
          serve; and so the UCAPC slate is not yet ready for presentation to the
          senate.
          
          IV.  Motion on Constitutional Amendment - Jim Farrell moved and Guy
          Petty seconded a motion to amend article 4, "Officers of the Faculty
          Senate", in order to strike out "A slate of candidates will be presented by
          the out-going Agenda Committee two weeks before the election. 
          Additional candidates may be nominated from the floor" and to insert the
          following:
          
              Faculty Senate officers and at-large members of the Agenda
              Committee must be nominated in a regular open meeting of the
              senate at least two weeks prior to the election of new officers.  Any
              continuing or incoming faculty senator is eligible to hold any
              Faculty Senate office.  Nominations may be made by any senator,
              whether continuing or not.  Election of officers shall be by
              members of the incoming senate only.
          
          A two-thirds vote is required to change the senate constitution.  The
          alternate motion will not come to a vote unless, after the vote on the first
          motion, a senator moves to put the alternate motion on the table.  Under the
          current  wording of the constitution, any senator can make nominations at
          will; and the vice chair does not necessarily become chair the next year.  
          After much discussion on the value of balance, democracy and
          apprenticeship and the suggestion of many alternatives, the vote on the
          main motion failed, with eight ayes, fourteen nays and two abstentions. 
          This is a quorum since the chair does not vote.
          
          Funso Afolayan moved and Guy Petty seconded the alternate motion which
          was distributed by the senate chair on February 21.  The senators voted to
          table that motion, by a voice vote.
          
          V.  Transportation Policy - The chair of the senate's Campus Planning
          Committee said that the committee has reviewed a previous transportation
          report and found it not relevant to our current needs.  The Campus Planning
          Committee has modified some of the wording of its motion to read as
          follows:
          
              No significant changes in the current parking and
              transportation policies, procedures, and infrastructure should
              be implemented until after an origin and destination study
              (which was also called for by the sustainable transportation trip
              report and recommendations) encompassing the transportation
              behaviors of faculty, staff, and students is compiled and
              analyzed by the University of New Hampshire and the town of
              Durham.
          
              Furthermore, the true cost of the current situation and any
              proposed plan and its impact should be analyzed and compared
              to the current situation.  The true cost should include, but not
              be limited to, pollution, time on campus, commuting patterns,
              subsidies for parking and public transportation, handicapped
              accessibility, campus visitors, safety and security, capital cost
              of any new systems, and cost to commuters.  The University
              Master Planning Committee should use the results, along with
              the recommendations of the Transportation Policy Committee,
              in developing the university's master plan.
          
          A friendly amendment was made and accepted to change "compiled"
          in the first sentence to "completed".  The amended motion passed, with
          twenty-three ayes and one abstention.
          
          VI.  Minutes - The minutes of the last Faculty Senate meeting were
          approved unanimously.
                                        
          VII.  Adjournment - The meeting was adjourned.
          
          

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