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March 17, 2020

The University Faculty Senate will meet on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. in 112 Kern Graduate Building.

Join us in the Senate as we receive comments from President Eric Barron and Executive Vice President and Provost Nicholas Jones, who will also stand for questions.

The Senate will consider one Legislative Report from the Committee on Education recommending a Creation of Senate Policy 45-00 Faculty and Student Responsibilities Regarding Cancelled Classes When a Campus is Closed; Revisions to Senate Policies 34-83 Change in Class Meeting Time, 43-00 Syllabi, and 44-10 General Examinations.

An Advisory/Consultative report from the committees on Faculty Affairs, Intra-University Relations, and University Planning entitled Faculty Office Space Standards will be discussed and called to vote.

Informational Reports to be presented at the meeting include: Committees and Rules’ Committees and Rules Nominating Report for 2020-2021; Senate Council’s Senate Council Nominating Report for 2020-2021; Admissions, Records, Scheduling & Student Aid’s Annual Report on the Reserved Spaces Program; Faculty Affairs and Intra-University Relations’
Promotion Flow Report, 2018-2019 (Clinical, Research, and Teaching Faculty); and Libraries, Information Systems, and Technology’s report on Unizin.

Faculty Senate meetings are aired live via Mediasite. Instructions for the use of Mediasite are available at https://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.

Nicholas Rowland
Chair, University Faculty Senate
njr12@psu.edu

January 28, 2020

The University Faculty Senate will meet on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. in 112 Kern Graduate Building.

The meeting begins with comments with President Barron, and Provost Jones.

Our first report has been moved to the top of the agenda by Senate Council because of its importance and timeliness. It is called “Census 2020: Penn State You Count!” Report on the Work of the Complete Count Committee. It is sponsored by University Planning.

The Committee on Education hosts a forensic discussion on the use of Affordable Course Materials. Chair Stine is joined by Student Senators Diego Santos and Chelsea Wood on the floor of the Senate to facilitate the exchange.

Two Unfinished Business items, Revisions to Senate Constitution, Article II – Membership, Section 5 (Including World Campus Student Government Association) and Revisions to Senate Bylaws; Article I, Section 1: Officers, reports that were introduced by the Committee on Committees and Rules at the December 3 meeting, will be discussed and called to vote.

We have three legislative reports on the floor that we will vote on. The Committee on Committees and Rules recommends revisions to the membership of the Standing Rules on the Joint committee on Insurance and Benefits. The Committee on Education recommends changes to Policy 56-30 on Withdrawal, which will

“allow students who are faced with short-or no-notice military relocation or deployment orders to continue their academic progress, if they are able, and to avoid the negative financial consequences of not completing a course after the drop/add period.”

The Committee on Student Life recommends a new Senate Policy 89-00, “Students Privacy Regarding Letters of Recommendation.” Chair Robicheaux is joined by University Registrar Bob Kubat on the floor of the Senate to present the recommendation and field questions.

We have ten informational reports.

Admissions, Records, Scheduling & Student Aid, reports on the Faculty Senate Scholarships Awarded to Undergraduates.

Curricular Affairs reports on General Educational Assessment 2015-2019 and provide an interim report on Senate Feedback on Penn State 2025’s Goal of Curricular Coherence. There will be time for discussion.

The Faculty Rights and Responsibilities Committee provides an annual report of their significant work.

Global Programs reports on Family Travel Rates.

Libraries, Information Systems, and Technology sponsors reports on new applications, Google Suite for Education and Penn State GO Mobile Application.

Committee on Outreach sponsors a presentation from Mike Zeman on the Student Engagement Network.

University Planning sponsors a presentation from Rich Bundy on the Annual Capital Construction Report 2019-2020.

Our final report is sponsored by University Planning, the Biennial Development and Alumni Relations Report. The Penn State Alumni Association represents Penn State graduates from all over the world. They aim to connect alumni to the University and to each other, to provide valued services to members, and to support the University’s mission.

Faculty Senate meetings are aired live via Mediasite.  Instructions for the use of Mediasite are available at https://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.

Nicholas Rowland
Chair, University Faculty Senate

njr12@psu.edu


October 29, 2019

The University Faculty Senate will meet on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. in 112 Kern Graduate Building. All faculty, staff, students, and administrators are welcome to attend and so are interested members of the public.

Join us in the Senate as we receive comments from President Eric Barron and Executive Vice President and Provost Nicholas Jones, who will also stand for questions. In the conduct of its business, the Senate will consider eight reports; two forensic reports, two legislative reports, two advisory/consultative reports, and two informational reports.

Forensic reports include:

  • The Special Committee on Addressing Allegations of Faculty Misconduct’s Forensic Discussion on Addressing Allegations of Faculty Misconduct, delivered by Special Committee Co-Chairs, Senator Mohamad Ansari and Kathy Bieschke, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs; and
  • Faculty Affairs, Intra-University Relations, and University Planning’s Office Space, delivered by committee chairs with special guest Bill Sitzabee, Associate Vice President of Penn State’s Office of Physical Plant.

Legislative reports include:

Advisory/Consultative reports include:

Informational Reports to be presented at the meeting include:

  • A report from Faculty Benefits titled Benefits Mentor to be presented by special guest Greg Stoner, Senior Director of Compensation and Benefits for Penn State’s Office of Human Resources; and
  • A report from Global Programs titled Travel Safety Network (TSN) to be presented by special guest Gary Langsdale, Penn State’s University Risk Officer.

Two additional Informational Reports, both from Senate Council, are available online, and include the Report on Fall 2018 Commonwealth Campus Visits and the Report on Spring 2019 College Visits.

Senate Agenda and Senate Record: The Senate Agenda is posted on the Senate website one week prior to each meeting and the Senate Record is posted approximately three weeks following each meeting.

Curricular Proposals and Curricular Reports: For information on submitting major, minor, option, or course proposals, view the Guide to Curricular Procedures. Please also review the current Senate Curriculum Report on the Senate website.

Privilege of the Floor: 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 (according to Standing Rules, Article I – Rules of Procedure, Section 8 (c)).

Accommodations: 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.

Nicholas Rowland
Chair, University Faculty Senate
njr12@psu.edu