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President’s Response: Revisions to Penn State Policy SY 45, Use of Unmanned Aircraft (“UA”)

DATE: July 10, 2018

FROM: Eric J. Barron

TO: Michael Bérubé

I have reviewed the Advisory and Consultative report, Revisions to Penn State Policy SY 45, Use of Unmanned Aircraft (“UA”), which was passed by the University Faculty Senate on January 23, 2018. I concur with the following report. By copy of this memo, I am asking that Neil Sharkey, Vice President for Research, implement the recommendation.

Thank you for the opportunity to review this item.

cc: Kathleen J. Bieschke
Dawn Blasko
Nicholas P. Jones
Neil Sharkey

President’s Response: Late Fees Assessed to Undergraduate Students

DATE: July 16, 2018

FROM: Eric J. Barron

TO: Michael Bérubé

I have reviewed the Advisory and Consultative report, Late Fees Assessed to Undergraduate Students, which was passed by the University Faculty Senate on April 24, 2018. I concur with the following report, which includes the following recommendations beginning this coming fall semester:

(1) postponing the first bill date for a semester until after the regular drop/add period of that term, and;

(2) implementing an optional four-installment payment plan to distribute the bill payment across the first four months of the fall and spring terms.

Owing to the shorter length of the summer session, the payment plan for that term will remain at the current three installment schedule. Any action on the final recommendation to place a cap on the maximum late fee that can be incurred by any student will be deferred until the impact of the above changes in payment can be evaluated.

By copy of this memo, I am asking that Robert Pangborn, Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education, implement the recommendations.

Thank you for the opportunity to review this item.

cc: Kathleen J. Bieschke
Dawn Blasko
Nicholas P. Jones
Robert N. Pangborn

President’s Response: Endorsement of Deferred Rush for Fraternities and Sororities

DATE:    November 17, 2017

FROM:    Eric J. Barron

TO:          Matthew Woessner

I have reviewed the Advisory and Consultative report, Endorsement of Deferred Rush for Fraternities and Sororities, which was passed by the University Faculty Senate on October 17, 2017 and concur with the recommendation. I am forwarding this endorsement to Damon Sims, Vice President for Student Affairs for his records.

Thank you for the opportunity to review this item.

cc:        Kathy Bieschke
Dawn Blasko
Nicholas P. Jones
Damon Sims (w/enclosure)

President’s Response: The Pennsylvania State University Smoke Free/Tobacco Free Task Force Report and Implementation Plan

DATE:    November 17, 2017

FROM:    Eric J. Barron

TO:          Matthew Woessner

I have reviewed the Advisory and Consultative report, The Pennsylvania State University Smoke Free/Tobacco Free Task Force Report and Implementation Plan, which was passed by the University Faculty Senate on October 17, 2017 and concur with the recommendation. I am forwarding this endorsement to Tom Poole, Vice President for Administration for his records.

Thank you for the opportunity to review this item.

cc:        Kathy Bieschke
            Dawn Blasko
            Nicholas P. Jones
            Tom Poole (w/enclosure)

President’s Response: Moving Forward Embedding Diversity Policy

DATE:        May 23, 2016
FROM:       Eric J. Barron
TO:             James A. Strauss

Thank you for the opportunity to review the Advisory and Consultative reports (Diversity Best Practices and Moving Forward Embedding Diversity Policy), which were prepared by the Joint Diversity Awareness Task Force (JDATF) and passed by the University Faculty Senate on April 19, 2016.

I appreciate the Task Force’s hard work and effort that was dedicated to the preparation of each report.  I would like to retain both reports as informative references as we look to implement the University’s Strategic Plan and more specifically our section on Fostering and Embarking a Diversity World.

Again, thank you for the opportunity to review these items.

Cc: Blannie E. Bowen
Daniel R. Hagen
Nicholas P. Jones
Marcus A. Whitehurst