September 6, 2016 Agenda

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 – 1:30 p.m.
112 Kern Graduate Building


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A. MINUTES OF THE PRECEDING MEETING

B. COMMUNICATIONS TO THE SENATE

  • Senate Curriculum Report of August 23, 2016 – Appendix A
  • Seating Chart for 2016-2017 –  Appendix B

C. REPORT OF SENATE COUNCIL

D. ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE CHAIR (Student group presentation)

E. COMMENTS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY

F. COMMENTS BY THE EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND PROVOST OF THE UNIVERSITY

G. FORENSIC BUSINESS

  • Educational Equity and Campus Environment – Student Diversity Panel – Appendix C
    [25 minutes allocated for presentation and discussion]
  • Faculty Benefits and Student Life – Changes to the Smoking Policy: A Tobacco-Free University? – Appendix D
    [15 minutes allocated for presentation and discussion]
  • Undergraduate Education – Starfish Demonstration – Appendix E
    [10 minutes allocated for presentation and discussion]
  • Proposed changes to HR 80 (submitted by Senator Larry Backer) – Appendix F
    [15 minutes allocated for presentation and discussion]

H. UNFINISHED LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

I. LEGISLATIVE REPORTS

Admissions, Records, Scheduling and Student Aid

  • Revisions to Senate Policy 54-10 and 54-20: Good Standing and Academic Warning – Appendix G

J. ADVISORY/CONSULTATIVE REPORTS

K. INFORMATIONAL REPORTS

Senate Council

  • Report on Spring 2016 College Visits- Appendix H
    [5 minutes allocated for presentation and discussion]

University Planning

  • Faculty Senate Construction Report – Appendix I
    [10 minutes allocated for presentation and discussion]

L. NEW LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

M. COMMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE GOOD OF THE UNIVERSITY

The next meeting of the University Faculty Senate will be held on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 1:30 p.m., Room 112 Kern Graduate Building.

Senate Committees meeting times and locations
Commonwealth Caucus Agenda (Meeting cancelled due to the Labor Day Holiday)

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