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December 4, 2018

The University Faculty Senate will meet on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. in 112 Kern Graduate Building. The items below will be considered at the meeting.

Comments will be provided by President Eric Barron. Nicholas Jones, Executive Vice President and Provost will present a special informational report on the 2018-2019 Approved University Operating Budget.

An unfinished Business item, a Legislative Report introduced by Committees and Rules at the October 23rd meeting, will be discussed and called to vote. Revisions to Bylaws; Article VII – Delegation of Authority, Section 1.

The Senate will consider two Legislative Reports: Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid’s Changes to Senate Policy 42-98: Educational Experiences in the Armed Services; and Committees and Rules’ Revision to Standing Rules; Article II – Senate Committee Structure, Section 6(n) Committee on Undergraduate Education.

Three Informational Reports to be presented at the meeting include: Senate Special Centennial Committee ‘s Centennial Committee Progress Report; Faculty Benefits and Joint Committee on Insurance and Benefits’ 2017-2018 Annual Report on the Status of Benefit Changes; and Libraries, Information Systems, and Technology’s Reimagining Information Technology.

An Informational Report from Undergraduate Education, Summary of Petitions by College, Campus, and Unit 2017-2018, is available online, but will not be presented at the meeting.

Faculty Senate meetings are aired live via Mediasite. View instructions for the use of Mediasite.

Members of the University community are welcome to attend this meeting. Any member of the University community not a member of the Senate may request the privilege of the floor on any item of business already before the Senate. Such a request must be made to the Chair, through the Executive Director, at least five calendar days before the meeting at which the individual wishes to speak.

The Senate Agenda will be posted on the Senate website one week prior to each meeting and the Senate Record (minutes) will be posted approximately three weeks following each meeting.

For information on submitting major, minor, option, or course proposals, view the Guide to Curricular Procedures. View the Senate Curriculum Reports.

The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Paula Brown (814-863-1204) in advance of your participation or visit.

Michael Bérubé
Chair, University Faculty Senate
mfb12@psu.edu


October 23, 2018

The University Faculty Senate will meet on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. in 112 Kern Graduate Building.  The items below will be considered at the meeting.

Nicholas Jones, Executive Vice President and Provost, will present an informational report on the Strategic Planning Implementation Update.

The Senate will consider four Legislative Reports:  Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid’s Updating Language on Conditionally Enrolled Students – Changes to Senate Policies 02-50 Degree Seeking Provisional Student; 05-82 Minimum Entrance Requirements for Admission to Associate Degree Programs; 67-10 Division I – Athletic Competition (University Park); and 67-30 Division III and PSUAC – Athletic Competition (non-University Park) and Committees and Rules’ Revisions to Standing Rules; Article IV – Amendments; Revisions to Standing Rules: Article III – Other Functions of the Senate; Revisions to Standing Rules Article II – Senate Committee Structure, Section 6(h) Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics

One additional report from Committees and Rules’ Revisions to Bylaws: Article VII – Delegation of Authority, Section 1 will be discussed but voting on this report will be conducted at the December 4, 2018 Senate meeting.

The Senate will vote on two Advisory/Consultative Reports:  Proposed Revisions to Penn State Policy HR68, Postdoctoral Appointments; and Revision of RA03 “Eligibility to Serve as Principal Investigator (PI)” from Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity.

Informational Reports to be presented at the meeting include: External Matters Subcommittee of Senate Council’s Examples of Permissible and Prohibited Political Campaign Activity; Faculty Rights and Responsibilities’ Annual Report for 2017-2018; and Libraries, Information Systems, and Technology’s Pattee Library Renovations and Courtyard Infill Project.

Faculty Senate meetings are aired live via Mediasite.  Instructions for the use of Mediasite are available at http://senate.psu.edu/senators/mediasite-instructions.

Members of the University community are welcome to attend this meeting.  Any member of the University community not a member of the Senate may request the privilege of the floor on any item of business already before the Senate.  Such a request must be made to the Chair, through the Executive Director, at least five calendar days before the meeting at which the individual wishes to speak.

The Senate Agenda will be posted on the Senate website one week prior to each meeting and the Senate Record (minutes) will be posted approximately three weeks following each meeting.

For information on submitting major, minor, option, or course proposals, view the Guide to Curricular Procedures. View The Senate Curriculum Report.

The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Paula Brown (814-863-1204) in advance of your participation or visit.

Michael Bérubé
Chair, University Faculty Senate
mfb12@psu.edu


September 18, 2018

The University Faculty Senate will meet on Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. in 112 Kern Graduate Building.

I will open the proceedings with brief remarks about recent Senate efforts to revise two critical University policies, AC80 (“Private Consulting Practice”) and AD92 (“Political Campaign Activities”). The full text of my remarks will be available on the Senate website.

Comments will then be provided by President Eric Barron, Nicholas Jones, Executive Vice President and Provost, and David Han, Academic Trustee.

Three Unfinished Business items, Legislative Reports introduced by Committees and Rules at the April 24th meeting, will be discussed and called to vote.  Revisions to Constitution; Article II – Membership, Section 1; Revisions to Bylaws; Article II – Senate Council, Section 3; and Revisions to Bylaws; Article X – Amendments.

The Senate will consider one Legislative Report:  Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid and Undergraduate Education’s Aligning Requirements: Changes to Senate Policy 82-20 General Requirements.

One Advisory/Consultative Report will be considered, Proposed Changes to the Senate Website from Libraries, Information Systems, and Technology.

Informational Reports to be presented at the meeting include: Libraries, Information Systems, and Technology’s Analytics and Business Intelligence Strategy at Penn State; Student Life’s Student Time Management Resources; and University Planning’s 2017-2018 Campus Planning and Capital Construction.

Faculty Senate meetings are aired live via Mediasite.  Instructions for the use of Mediasite are available at http://senate.psu.edu/senators/mediasite-instructions.

Members of the University community are welcome to attend this meeting.  Any member of the University community not a member of the Senate may request the privilege of the floor on any item of business already before the Senate.  Such a request must be made to the Chair, through the Executive Director, at least five calendar days before the meeting at which the individual wishes to speak.

The Senate Agenda will be posted on the Senate website one week prior to each meeting and the Senate Record (minutes) will be posted approximately three weeks following each meeting.

For information on submitting major, minor, option, or course proposals, view the Guide to Curricular Procedures. View The Senate Curriculum Report.

The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Paula Brown (814-863-1204) in advance of your participation or visit.

Michael Bérubé
Chair, University Faculty Senate
mfb12@psu.edu


April 24, 2018

The University Faculty Senate will meet on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. in 112 Kern Graduate Building.  The items below will be considered at the meeting.

Comments will be provided by Mark Dambly, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Nicholas Jones, Executive Vice President and Provost.

Two Unfinished Business items, Revisions to Bylaws; Article I – Officers, Section 1 and Revisions to Constitution; Article II – Membership, Section 5(c), Legislative Reports introduced by Committees and Rules at the March 13 meeting, will be discussed and called to vote.

The Senate will consider six Legislative Reports:  Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid’s Aligning Policies to Promote Student Academic Recovery and Success: Changes to Policies 47-80 Repeating Courses; 51-50 Cumulative Grade Point Average; 54-00 Academic Progress; 54-20 Academic Warning; 54-40 Academic Suspension; 54-50 Academic Dismissal; 54-90 Academic Renewal; 58-20 Persons to Whom Policy is Applicable; 58-50 Conditions for Re-enrollment as a Degree Candidate; New Policies: 51-70 Recovery Points; 58-80 Re-enrollment From Warning, Suspension, and Dismissal; Committees and Rules’ Revisions to Standing Rules; Article I, Section 12 & Article II, Sections 1 and 6; and Revision to Standing Rules; Article II – Curricular Affairs, Section 6-c.

Three additional reports from Committees and Rules’ Revisions to Constitution; Article II – Membership, Section 1, Revisions to Bylaws; Article II – Senate Council, Section 3, Revisions to Bylaws; Article X – Amendments will be discussed but voting on this report will be conducted at the September 18, 2018 Senate meeting.

The Senate will vote on five Advisory/Consultative Reports, Late Fees Assessed to Undergraduate Students from Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid and Educational Equity and Campus Environment; Recommendation for Standardized Support for Senate Officers from Committees and Rules; Revision of AC-80 “Private Consulting Practice” from Faculty Affairs; Retiring AC-24 “Professional Dual Titles for Research Rank Faculty” and Revision to AC-21 “Definition of Academic Ranks” from Faculty Affairs and Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity.

Informational Reports to be presented at the meeting include: Educational Equity and Campus Environment’s The Red Folder Initiative; Outreach’s Penn State World Campus; and Senate Council’s Annual Report from the Dean of the Graduate School.

Informational Reports that are available online, but will not be presented at the meeting include:  Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid’s Annual Report on the High School Students Enrolled Nondegree in Credit Courses; Educational Equity and Campus Environment’s Inclusion of the All-In Video & World-In-Conversation in Classroom Settings; Faculty Benefits’ International Emergency Medical Insurance and 2018 Report on Faculty Salaries in 2016-2017; Global Programs’ Supporting International Students and Scholars at Penn State University;  Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity’s Course Buyout Policies; and Report of Senate Elections.

Faculty Senate meetings are aired live via Mediasite.  Instructions for the use of Mediasite are available at http://senate.psu.edu/senators/mediasite-instructions.

Members of the University community are welcome to attend this meeting.  Any member of the University community not a member of the Senate may request the privilege of the floor on any item of business already before the Senate.  Such a request must be made to the Chair, through the Executive Director, at least five calendar days before the meeting at which the individual wishes to speak.

The Senate Agenda will be posted on the Senate website one week prior to each meeting and the Senate Record (minutes) will be posted approximately three weeks following each meeting.

For information on submitting major, minor, option, or course proposals, view the Guide to Curricular Procedures. View The Senate Curriculum Report.

The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Paula Brown (814-863-1204) in advance of your participation or visit.

Matthew Woessner
Chair, University Faculty Senate
mcw10@psu.edu


March 13, 2018

The University Faculty Senate will meet on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. in 112 Kern Graduate Building.  The items below will be considered at the meeting.

Nicholas Jones, Executive Vice President and Provost, will present an informational report on the 2017-2018 Operating Budget

An Unfinished Business item, Revisions to Bylaws; Article IV – Committees, Section 6, a Legislative Report introduced by Committees and Rules at the January 23 meeting, will be discussed and called to vote.

The Senate will consider two Legislative Reports:  Committees and Rules’ Revisions to Bylaws; Article I – Officers, Section 1 and Revisions to Constitution; Article II – Membership, Section 5(c) will be discussed but voting on this report will be conducted at the April 24, 2018 Senate meeting.

The Senate will vote on four Advisory/Consultative Reports that include:  Faculty Benefits’ Recreational Facilities Memberships for Faculty at University Park; Global Programs’ Global Citizenship and Global Competency; Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity’s Proposed Revisions to Penn State Policy RP06, Disclosure and Management of Significant Financial Interests (formerly RA 20); and University Planning’s Dissolution of the Facilities Planning Advisory Board.

Informational Reports to be presented at the meeting include: Committees and Rules’ Nominating Report for 2018-2019; Senate Council’s Nominating Committee Report 2018-2019; Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid’s Faculty Senate Scholarships Awarded to Undergraduates; Faculty Affairs and Intra-University Relations’ Promotion to the Rank of Professor; Faculty Benefits’ WorkLion Update 2018; and Intra-University Relations’ Interim report on implementation of AC21.

Informational Reports that are available online, but will not be presented at the meeting include:  Elections Commission’s Roster of Senators by Voting Units for 2018-2019; Faculty Benefits’ Childcare at The Pennsylvania State University; and Libraries, Information Systems, and Technology’s Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Reality Technologies at Penn State: Current Projects, Partnerships with Penn State IT, and Additional Opportunities.

The revised 2018-2019 Senate Calendar is provided as a communication to the Senate.

Faculty Senate meetings are aired live via Mediasite.  Instructions for the use of Mediasite are available at http://senate.psu.edu/senators/mediasite-instructions.

Members of the University community are welcome to attend this meeting.  Any member of the University community not a member of the Senate may request the privilege of the floor on any item of business already before the Senate.  Such a request must be made to the Chair, through the Executive Director, at least five calendar days before the meeting at which the individual wishes to speak.

The Senate Agenda will be posted on the Senate website one week prior to each meeting and the Senate Record (minutes) will be posted approximately three weeks following each meeting.

For information on submitting major, minor, option, or course proposals, view the Guide to Curricular Procedures. View The Senate Curriculum Report.

The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Paula Brown (814-863-1204) in advance of your participation or visit.

Matthew Woessner
Chair, University Faculty Senate
mcw10@psu.edu


January 23, 2018

The University Faculty Senate will meet on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. in 112 Kern Graduate Building.  The items below will be considered at the meeting.

Comments will be provided by President Eric Barron, and Nicholas Jones, Executive Vice President and Provost.

Two Unfinished Business items, Revisions to Bylaws; Article II – Membership, Section 5(c) and Revisions to Constitution; Article I – Functions, Section 1, Legislative Reports introduced by Committees and Rules at the December 5 meeting, will be discussed and called to vote.

The Senate will consider two Legislative Reports:  Committees and Rules’ Revisions to Bylaws; Article IV – Committees, Section 6 will be discussed but voting on this report will be conducted at the March 13, 2018 Senate meeting; and Curricular Affairs’ Guidelines for Academic Program Information Appearing in the University Bulletin.

The Senate will vote on one Advisory/Consultative Reports from Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity entitled Proposed Changes to Penn State Policy SY 45, Use of Unmanned Aircraft (“UA”).

Informational Reports to be presented at the meeting include: Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid’s Update on LionPATH Implementation; and Libraries, Information Systems, and Technology’s PSU Libraries Collection Budget Report, 2017.

Informational Reports that are available online, but will not be presented at the meeting include:  Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid’s Annual Report on the Reserved Spaces Program;  Elections Commission’s University Faculty Census Report 2018-2019; and Undergraduate Education’s  Summary of Petitions by College, Campus, and Unit 2016-2017.

Faculty Senate meetings are aired live via Mediasite.  Instructions for the use of Mediasite are available at http://senate.psu.edu/senators/mediasite-instructions.

Members of the University community are welcome to attend this meeting.  Any member of the University community not a member of the Senate may request the privilege of the floor on any item of business already before the Senate.  Such a request must be made to the Chair, through the Executive Director, at least five calendar days before the meeting at which the individual wishes to speak.

The Senate Agenda will be posted on the Senate website one week prior to each meeting and the Senate Record (minutes) will be posted approximately three weeks following each meeting.

For information on submitting major, minor, option, or course proposals, view the Guide to Curricular Procedures. View The Senate Curriculum Report.

The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Paula Brown (814-863-1204) in advance of your participation or visit.

Matthew Woessner
Chair, University Faculty Senate
mcw10@psu.edu


December 5, 2017

The University Faculty Senate will meet on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. in 112 Kern Graduate Building.  The items below will be considered at the meeting.

Comments will be provided by President Eric Barron.  Nicholas Jones, Executive Vice President and Provost, will present an informational report on the Progress on Implementation of the University’s Strategic Plan.

An Unfinished Business item, Revision to Bylaws, Article I -Officers, Section 1, a Legislative Report introduced by Committees and Rules at the October 17 meeting, will be discussed and called to vote.

The Senate will consider four Legislative Reports:  Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid’s Updating Language on Conditionally Enrolled Students – Changes to Senate Policies 02-50; 02-80; 05-80; 05-81; 10-00; 12-00; 12-30; 12-70; 32-30; 32-40; 54-40; and 67-10; Committees and Rules’ Revisions to Bylaws; Article II – Membership, Section 5(c) will be discussed but voting on this report will be conducted at the January 23, 2018 Senate meeting; and Revisions to Constitution; Article I – Functions, Section 1; and Undergraduate Education’s Changes to Senate Policy 42-27 Class Attendance.

The Senate will vote on two Advisory/Consultative Reports from Faculty Affairs and Intra-University Relations:  Revision of AC-21 Definition of Academic Ranks Standing, Non-Tenure-line Faculty and Revision of AC-21 Definition of Academic Ranks – Provision of Multi-Year Contracts.

Informational Reports to be presented at the meeting include: Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid’s Update on Bulletins; Libraries, Information Systems, and Technology’s Office 365 Email and Calendar; Senate Council’s Penn State Strategic Communications; and University Planning’s Biennial Development and Alumni Relations Report.

An Informational Report from Faculty Benefits and Joint Committee on Insurance and Benefits, 2016-2017 Annual Report on the Status of Benefit Changes, is available online, but will not be presented at the meeting.

Faculty Senate meetings are aired live via Mediasite.  Instructions for the use of Mediasite are available at http://senate.psu.edu/senators/mediasite-instructions.

Members of the University community are welcome to attend this meeting.  Any member of the University community not a member of the Senate may request the privilege of the floor on any item of business already before the Senate.  Such a request must be made to the Chair, through the Executive Director, at least five calendar days before the meeting at which the individual wishes to speak.

The Senate Agenda will be posted on the Senate website one week prior to each meeting and the Senate Record (minutes) will be posted approximately three weeks following each meeting.

For information on submitting major, minor, option, or course proposals, view the Guide to Curricular Procedures. View The Senate Curriculum Report.

The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Paula Brown (814-863-1204) in advance of your participation or visit.

Matthew Woessner
Chair, University Faculty Senate
mcw10@psu.edu


October 17, 2017

The University Faculty Senate will meet on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. in 112 Kern Graduate Building.  The items below will be considered at the meeting.

Comments will be provided by President Eric Barron, and Nicholas Jones, Executive Vice President and Provost.

The Senate will consider three Legislative Reports:  Revision of the Bylaws, Article III Election to the Senate, Section 7; Update Senate Policies to Replace/Remove eLion/ISIS; and Revisions to Bylaws; Article I – Officers, Section 1, will be discussed but voting on this report will be conducted at the December 5, 2017 Senate meeting.

The Senate will vote on three Advisory/Consultative Reports:  The Pennsylvania State University Smoke Free/Tobacco Free Task Force Report and Implementation Plan; Endorsement of Deferred Rush for Fraternities and Sororities; and Dissolution of the Facilities Planning Advisory Board.

Informational Reports to be presented at the meeting include: 2018 Medical and Prescription Drug Plan; Penn State University Press; 2016-2017 University Faculty Ombudsperson Report; and Overview of the Facilities and Administrative Rate Distribution by Colleges, Administrative Units, and Commonwealth Campuses.

Faculty Senate meetings are aired live via Mediasite.  Instructions for the use of Mediasite are available at http://senate.psu.edu/senators/mediasite-instructions.

Members of the University community are welcome to attend this meeting.  Any member of the University community not a member of the Senate may request the privilege of the floor on any item of business already before the Senate.  Such a request must be made to the Chair, through the Executive Director, at least five calendar days before the meeting at which the individual wishes to speak.

The Senate Agenda will be posted on the Senate website one week prior to each meeting and the Senate Record (minutes) will be posted approximately three weeks following each meeting.

For information on submitting major, minor, option, or course proposals, view the Guide to Curricular Procedures. View The Senate Curriculum Report.

The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Paula Brown (814-863-1204) in advance of your participation or visit.

Matthew Woessner
Chair, University Faculty Senate
mcw10@psu.edu


September 12, 2017

The University Faculty Senate will meet on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. in 112 Kern Graduate Building.  The items below will be considered at the meeting.

Comments will be provided by President Eric Barron.

An Unfinished Business item, Revision of the Bylaws, Article I (Officers) Section, a Legislative Report introduced by Committees and Rules at the April 25 meeting, will be discussed and called to vote.

The Senate will consider two Legislative Reports from Committees and Rules: Revisions to Senate Standing Rules; Article III – Other Functions of the Senate, Section 11 and Revision of the Bylaws, Article III Election to the Senate, Section 7, will be discussed but voting on this report will be conducted at the October 17, 2017 Senate meeting.

Informational Reports to be presented at the meeting include Senate Council’s Report on Spring 2017 College Visits; Faculty Affairs’ Faculty Tenure Rates: 2016-17 Annual Report; Faculty Rights and Responsibilities’ Annual Report for 2016-2017; and Intercollegiate Athletics’ Annual Report of Academic Eligibility and Athletic Scholarships for 2016-2017.

Former Senate Chair and Professor Emeritus, Social Studies Education, Murry Nelson, will address the Senate regarding the potential removal of Rec Hall as a faculty/staff facility.

Faculty Senate meetings are aired live via Mediasite.  Instructions for the use of Mediasite are available at http://senate.psu.edu/senators/mediasite-instructions.

Members of the University community are welcome to attend this meeting.  Any member of the University community not a member of the Senate may request the privilege of the floor on any item of business already before the Senate.  Such a request must be made to the Chair, through the Executive Director, at least five calendar days before the meeting at which the individual wishes to speak.

The Senate Agenda will be posted on the Senate website one week prior to each meeting and the Senate Record (minutes) will be posted approximately three weeks following each meeting.

For information on submitting major, minor, option, or course proposals, view the Guide to Curricular Procedures. View The Senate Curriculum Report.

The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Paula Brown (814-863-0221) in advance of your participation or visit.

Matthew Woessner
Chair, University Faculty Senate
mcw10@psu.edu