December 8, 2014

Faculty Senate Meeting
Minutes
December 8, 2014
601 Rudder Tower
http://facultysenate.tamu.edu
 
Call to Order
Speaker Jim Woosley called the meeting to order at 3:18 p.m.
Guest Speakers
Dr. Mark Hussey, President Texas A&M University
 
This month’s guest speaker, Interim President Dr. Mark Hussey, said the following Saturday would mark his 11th month serving as interim president. “That’s four months longer than I had anticipated serving when I accepted the appointment,” he said. Hussey thanked faculty for their support over the past year and said, “I remain convinced this is a great time for Texas A&M University, now and going forward.”
Hussey said he had intended to tackle a number of issues the next president would not have to focus on. He said he spent time in 2014 trying to focus the message of who we are and what it means: a land grant university, one of two in Texas, and one of two AAU public institutions in Texas. That, he said, has been crucial to changing the dialog from growth and affordability to excellence and affordability. The interim president emphasized that Texas A&M is one university that includes a Law School, Health Sciences Center and branches in Galveston and Qatar, rather than a federation of separate units.
He said he had resolved the question of whether all freshmen would be required to live on campus. Beginning in 2015, they will not be required but will be given priority, he said. Hussey said he had accepted most, but not all, of the recommendations of the graduation task force, and A&M would be moving to a three-day graduation in College Station. There will be no more than one convocation per year beginning in May 2015, with a speaker of national or international prominence. He also revised the dining plan for students, saying they came up with modified dining option for students that was not perfect but halfway between the existing set and what some student leaders had been advocating. 
Looking forward to January and the spring semester, Hussey noted the legislative session was rapidly approaching.  “The 84th session should occupy a significant portion of my life in the spring,” he said. The search for a vice president of student affairs was proceeding and campus interviews were expected to be held in February-March. The provost’s office is leading the discussion on future enrollment at A&M, including enhancing retention and four-year-graduation rates, he said. In addition, he said, he had put together a small group to focus on compliance and a group working on strategies to enhance discretionary funding. The provost also is leading the strategic planning process for 2015-2020, he noted.
Hussey concluded his remarks by thanking faculty senators for serving. “I know it does take a lot of time and a lot of commitment,” he said.
In a question-and-answer session, Senator Angie Price of Engineering asked if the president could discuss issues confronting the faculty workweek.
Provost Karan Watson responded that the administration was talking about policies and laws that are in place. “That is the discussion -- how to make sure faculty are operating within them,” she said. Faculty will not be asked to punch a clock, Watson said, but they do need to be accounting for paid time off. “We probably haven’t done a good enough job explaining to faculty what the requirements are,” she said.
Hussey added that if the discussion was about moving from vacation accruing to non-vacation accruing status for faculty, then there should be a dialog in every college that is considering that.
Senator Jimenez of Engineering asked if Hussey could provide an update on the presidential search.
“I have purposely stayed out of the discussion,” Hussey said, noting the best people to answer that question were the chancellor or members of the search committee.
 
Speaker Comments
 
Approval of November 10, 2014 Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes—Attachment A
The minutes of the November Faculty Senate meeting were approved as submitted.
 
Consent Agenda
GRADUATE COUNCIL – GC REPORT                                                   
New Course Request – November, 2014
Graduate Council Report
BIED 621               Methods for Bilingual Research
ECEN 704             VLSI Circuit Design
ECEN 714             Digital Integrated Circuit Design
ECEN 749             Microprocessor Systems Design
EDTC 642              Designing for Mobile Learning
EPSY 650              Multiple Regression and Other Linear Models in Education Research
FINC 641              Valuation
FINC 646              Technical Analysis of Financial Markets
FINC 648              Advanced Investments
GEOP 631            Seismic Data Processing
ICPE 601               Environmental Issues of Energy Systems
ICPE 602               Reservoir Characterization and Modeling
ICPE 603               Bioenergy
ICPE 604               Energy Systems Engineering I
ICPE 605               Energy Systems Engineering II
ICPE 606               Introduction to Optimization
ICPE 607               Energy Accounting
ICPE 608               Beyond Science and Technology: The Role of Policy in Future of Energy in the U.S.
ICPE 609               Introduction to U.S. Energy Law and Policy
ICPE 610               The Global Energy Future
ICPE 611               Economics of Energy
ICPE 612               Entrepreneurship in Energy
ICPE 613               Natural and Shale Gas Monetization: Technologies, Fundamentals, Economics, and Applications
ICPE 614               CO2 Sequestration
ICPE 615               Smart Grid Fundamentals
ICPE 616               Multi-functional Materials for Energy Conversion
ICPE 617               Gas Separations for Energy: Fundamentals, Applications and New Directions
ICPE 618               Carbon capture, Utilization and Storage, CCUS
ICPE 619               Nanomaterials Engineering and Energy Storage
ICPE 620               Thermoelectric Materials and Devices
ICPE 621               Thermoelectrics: Fundamentals of Electronic and Thermal Transport
ICPE 622               Energy Efficiency in Buildings
ICPE 623               Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Towards Sustainable Resource Allocation
ICPE 624               Energy-Water-Nexus
ICPE 625               Integrated Risk Management for Exploration and Production Projects
ICPE 626               Safety in Energy Systems
ICPE 627               Interfacial Phenomena of Energy Systems
ICPE 628               Multi-physics Geomechanisms for Energy Applications
INTA 636              International Development in Theory and Practice
KINE 631              Specialized Strength & Conditioning Techniques
MARB 635           Marine Invertebrate Zoology
MARS 626            Advanced GIS for Coastal Systems
MEEN 645            Engineering Applications of Solid Mechanics
OCNG 603           Communicating Ocean Science
PSYC 605              Memory & Consciousness
VIBS 621               Endocrine Toxicology
VTMI 602             Animal Models of Obesity
Attachment B
FS.32.86
Motion Passed
 
ICPE Courses were removed and later discussed
FS.32.165
Motion Passed
 
Course Change Request
ANSC 615             Comparative Ruminant Animal Nutrition
BIOL 611               Molecular Biology Differentiation & Development
ECEN 773             Introduction to Nanophotonics
EPSY 621              Clinical Neuropsychology             
FSTC 611              Poultry Processing and Distribution Technology
INTA 662              Nuclear Security Threat Assessment and Analysis
MARS 625            GIS Use in Costal Resources
POSC 611             Poultry Processing and Distribution Technology
POSC 628             Advanced Poultry Meat Processing
SPSY 612              Individual Assessment of Children’s Intelligence
SPSY 614              Integrated Assessment Practicum
SPSY 617              Emotional Disturbance in Children
SPSY 628              Consultation Theory and Techniques
SPSY 638              Systems Consultation and Prevention Science
SPSY 641              Child Therapy for School Behavior Problems
SPSY 657              Bilingual Psychoeducational Assessment
SPSY 683              Field Experience/Externship in School Psychology
SPSY 684              Professional Internship
VPAT 640             Advanced Mechanisms of Disease
VPAT 642             Mechanisms of Metabolic Disease
Attachment C
FS.32.87
Motion Passed
 
Curriculum Change Request
Master of Real Estate Degree
Attachment D
FS.32.88
Motion Passed
 
B.A. 3+2 in Sociology
B.S. 3+2 in Sociology
FS.32.167
Motion Passed
 
Special Consideration
Texas A&M Energy Institute
                                Professional Master of Science in Energy Degree Program
                                                Proposal for Degree Program
Attachment D
FS.32.89
Motion Passed
 
Special Consideration
Texas A&M Energy Institute
                                Certificate in Energy
                                                Proposal for Certificate Program/Grad Certificate
Attachment F
FS.32.90
Motion Passed
 
Special Consideration
College of Education
                                Department of Health and Kinesiology
Master of Science in Athletic Training
                                Request for 2 member committee instead of 3 member committee
Attachment G
FS.32.91
Motion Passed
 
Special Consideration
College of Liberal Arts
                Department of Economics
                                Master of Science in Economics
                                                Request to change CIP code
Attachment H
FS.32.92
Motion Passed
 
Special Consideration
Dwight College of Engineering
                Department of Aerospace Engineering
                                Master of Engineering in Aerospace Engineering
                                                Proposal for Master of Engineering in Aerospace Engineering
Attachment I
FS.32.93
Motion Passed
 
Special Consideration
College of Geosciences
                Department of Oceanography
                                Master of Ocean Science and Technology
                                                Proposal for Master of Ocean Science and Technology
Attachment J
FS.32.94
Motion Passed
                               
 
UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM COMMITTEE – UCC REPORT
November 14, 2014
New Courses
AFST 303              Psychology of Women of Color
AGSM 473           Project Management for Agricultural Systems Technology
ANSC 309             Applied Animal Record Keeping
ANTH 222            Introduction to Biological Anthropology Laboratory
ARAB 475             Media and the Middle East
BIMS 110             One Health in Action
COMM 475         Media and the Middle East
CVEN 250             Introduction to Graphics and Visualization Applications in Civil Engineering Design
ECEN 425             Radio Frequency and Microwave Engineering
EHRD 490             Research in Human Resource Development/Technology Management
ENGL 211             Foundations in Cultural Studies
FSTC 405              Egg and Poultry Meat Processing
GENE 312             Comprehensive Genetics Laboratory
GEOL 316             Team Research in Geology and Geophysics
GEOL 478             Earth Science Modeling
INTS 211               Foundations in Cultural Studies
INTS 301               Theories of Globalization
MUSC 250           Individual Performance: Woodwind I
MUSC 251           Individual Performance: Brass I
MUSC 252           Individual Performance: Percussion I
MUSC 253           Individual Performance: Guitar I
MUSC 256           Individual Performance: String I
MUSC 259           Individual Performance via Classroom Instruction
MUSC 350           Individual Performance: Woodwind II
MUSC 351           Individual Performance: Brass II
MUSC 352           Individual Performance: Percussion II
MUSC 353           Individual Performance: Guitar II
MUSC 356           Individual Performance: String II
NUTR 365            Nutritional Physiology of Vitamins and Minerals
PERF 101              Introduction to Performance Studies
PERF 481              Senior Project
PHLT 305              Epidemiology in Public Health
PHLT 332              Occupational Safety and Health II
PHLT 412              Health Advocacy and Policy
PHLT 413              Public Health Informatics
PHLT 414              Applications of Epidemiology in Public Health
PHLT 415              Emergency Management in Public Health
POSC 405             Egg and Poultry Meat Processing
PSYC 303              Psychology of Women of Color
PSYC 470              Psychological Testing and Measurement
SCMT 380            Lean Business Systems
TCMG 272           Technology and End-User Support
TCMG 303           Unix System Administration Practices
TCMG 308           Security and Ethics in the Digital World
TCMG 316           Database Systems Administration and Application
TCMG 402           Instructional Technology and Design
TCMG 412           Contemporary Issues in Technology Management
TCMG 484           Professional Internship
VIBS 422               Endocrine Toxicology
VTPP 123             Foundations of Physiology
VTPP 223             Design of Experiments for Physiology Research
VTPP 224             In Vitro Experimentation in Physiology Research
VTPP 234             Design of Models for Physiology Research
VTPP 235             Analysis and Validation of Models for Physiology Research
WFSC 449            Professional Aspects of Aquatic Ecology
WGST 303            Psychology of Women of Color
 
Withdrawal of Courses
MUSC 202           Introduction to Tonal Harmony
MUSC 252           Individual Performance – Band and Orchestra Instrument Performance I
MUSC 352           Individual Performance – Band and Orchestra Instrument Performance II
 
Change in Courses
ANSC 303             Principles of Animal Nutrition
ANTH 225            Introduction to Biological Anthropology
ATMO 201           Atmospheric Science
ATMO 202           Atmospheric Science Laboratory
BIOL 435               Laboratory for Regulatory and Behavioral Neuroscience
ECEN 303             Random Signals and Systems
ECEN 314             Signals and Systems
ECEN 326             Electronic Circuits
ECEN 370             Electronic Properties of Materials
ECEN 403             Electrical Design Laboratory I
ECEN 404             Electrical Design Laboratory II
EHRD 303             Foundations of Human Resource Development
EHRD 391             Measurement and Evaluation in Human Resource Development
EHRD 405             Principles and Practices of Leadership in HRD
EHRD 474             Distance Networking for Training and Development
EHRD 476             Managing Technical Networks
EHRD 481             Human Resource Development Seminar in Career Development
EHRD 484             Professional Internship
EHRD 491             Research in Human Resource Development
FSTC 406              Poultry Processing and Products
GENE 301             Comprehensive Genetics
GENE 302             Principles of Genetics
GEOS 484             Internship
GEOS 491             Research
HORT 335             Sociohorticulture
MUSC 250           Individual Performance—Piano I
MUSC 251           Individual Performance—Voice I
MUSC 302           Sonic Design
MUSC 350           Individual Performance—Piano II
MUSC 351           Individual Performance—Voice II
NUTR 303            Principles of Animal Nutrition
PETE 285              Directed Studies
POSC 406             Poultry Processing and Products
Attachment K
FS.32.95
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Department of Agricultural Economics
BS in Agribusiness
Attachment L
FS.32.96
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
                      Department of Poultry Science
                            BS in Poultry Science
                                Industry Emphasis
Attachment M
FS.32.97
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
                      Department of Poultry Science
                            BS in Poultry Science
                                Technical Emphasis
Attachment N
FS.32.98
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                      College of Architecture
                      Department of Architecture
                            Minor in Sustainable Architecture and Planning
Attachment O
FS.32.99
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Education and Human Development
                      Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development
                            BS in Technology Management
Attachment P
FS.32.100
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Geosciences
                      Department of Oceanography
                            BS in Environmental Geoscience and MS in Oceanography - 3+2
Attachment Q
FS.32.101
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Liberal Arts
                      Journalism Studies Program
                            BA in University Studies - Journalism Studies
Attachment R
FS.32.102
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Liberal Arts
                      Women's and Gender Studies
                            BA in Women's and Gender Studies
Attachment S
FS.32.103
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Liberal Arts
                      Department of Anthropology
                            BA in Anthropology
Attachment T
FS.32.104
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Liberal Arts
                      Department of Anthropology
                            BA in Anthropology - Archaeology Track
Attachment U
FS.32.105
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
College of Liberal Arts
                      Department of Communication
                            BA in Communication
Attachment V
FS.32.106
Motion Passed
 
Special Consideration
                College of Liberal Arts
                      Department of Communication
                            BA in Telecommunication Media Studies
Attachment W
FS.32.107
Motion Passed
 
Special Consideration
                College of Liberal Arts
                      Department of Communication
                            BS in Telecommunication Media Studies
Attachment X
FS.32.108
Motion Passed
 
Special Consideration
                      College of Liberal Arts
                      Department of Economics
                            BA in Economics
Attachment Y
FS.32.109
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                      College of Liberal Arts
                      Department of Economics
                            BA in Economics - BUSH MIA 3+2 Program (BIA)
Attachment Z
FS.32.110
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Liberal Arts
                      Department of Economics
                            BA in Economics - BUSH MPS 3+2 Program (BPS)
Attachment AA
FS.32.111
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Liberal Arts
                      Department of Economics
                            BS in Economics
Attachment BB
FS.32.112
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                      College of Liberal Arts
                           Department of Economics
                                 BS in Economics - BUSH MIA 3+2 Program (BIA)
Attachment CC
FS.32.113
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Liberal Arts
                      Department of Economics
                            BS in Economics - BUSH MPS 3+2 Program (BPS)
Attachment DD
FS.32.114
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
College of Liberal Arts
                      Department of English
                            BA in English
Attachment EE
FS.32.115
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Liberal Arts
                      Department of English
                            BA in English - Middle School Teachers
Attachment FF
FS.32.116
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Liberal Arts
                      Department of Hispanic Studies
                            BA in Spanish
Attachment GG
FS.32.117
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Liberal Arts
                      Department of History
                            BA in History
Attachment HH
FS.32.118
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Liberal Arts
                      Department of International Studies
                            BA in International Studies
Attachment II
FS.32.119
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Liberal Arts
                      Department of International Studies
                            BA in International Studies - Communication & Media
Attachment JJ
FS.32.120
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Liberal Arts
                      Department of International Studies
                            BA in International Studies - Environmental Studies
Attachment KK
FS.32.121
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Liberal Arts
                      Department of International Studies
                            BA in International Studies - International Arts & Culture
Attachment LL
FS.32.122
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Liberal Arts
                      Department of International Studies
                            BA in International Studies - International Commerce
Attachment MM
FS.32.123
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Liberal Arts
                      Department of International Studies
                            BA in International Studies - Politics and Diplomacy
Attachment NN
FS.32.124
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Liberal Arts
                      Department of International Studies
                            BA in International Studies - BUSH MIA 3+2 Program
Attachment OO
FS.32.125
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Liberal Arts
                      Department of International Studies
                            BA in Modern Languages – French
Attachment PP
FS.32.126
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Liberal Arts
                      Department of International Studies
                            BA in Modern Languages – German
Attachment QQ
FS.32.127
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Liberal Arts
                      Department of International Studies
                            BA in Modern Languages – Russian
Attachment RR
FS.32.128
Motion Passed
Change in Curriculum
                College of Liberal Arts
                      Department of Performance Studies
                            BA in Music
Attachment SS
FS.32.129
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Liberal Arts
                      Department of Performance Studies
                            BA in Theatre Arts
Attachment TT
FS.32.130
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                      College of Liberal Arts
                           Department of Philosophy
                                 BA in Philosophy
Attachment UU
FS.32.131
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                      College of Liberal Arts
                           Department of Political Science
                                 BA in Political Science
Attachment VV
FS.32.132
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                      College of Liberal Arts
                           Department of Political Science
                                 BS in Political Science
Attachment WW
FS.32.133
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                      College of Liberal Arts
                           Department of Political Science
                                 BA in Political Science - 3+2
Attachment XX
FS.32.134
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                      College of Liberal Arts
                           Department of Political Science
                                 BS in Political Science - 3+2
Attachment YY
FS.32.135
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                      College of Liberal Arts
                           Department of Psychology
                                 BA in Psychology
Attachment ZZ
FS.32.136
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                      College of Liberal Arts
                           Department of Psychology
                                 BS in Psychology
Attachment AAA
FS.32.137
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                      College of Liberal Arts
                           Department of Sociology
                                 BA in Sociology
Attachment BBB
FS.32.138
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                      College of Liberal Arts
                           Department of Sociology
                                 BS in Sociology
Attachment CCC
FS.32.139
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                      College of Liberal Arts
                      Department of Sociology
                            BA in Sociology - 3+2
Attachment DDD
FS.32.140
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Liberal Arts
                      Department of Sociology
                            BS in Sociology - 3+2
Attachment EEE
FS.32.141
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Science
                      BS in University Studies - Mathematics for Teaching
Attachment FFF
FS.32.142
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Science
                      BS in University Studies - Science for Secondary Teaching
Attachment GGG
FS.32.143
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Science
                      Department of Chemistry
                            BS in Chemistry
Attachment HHH
FS.32.144
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Science
                      Department of Chemistry
                            BS in Chemistry - Biological Chemistry Track
Attachment III
FS.32.145
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Science
                      Department of Chemistry
                            BS in Chemistry - Environmental Chemistry Track
Attachment JJJ
FS.32.146
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
                      BS in Biomedical Sciences
Attachment KKK
FS.32.147
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
                      BS in University Studies - Biomedical Sciences
Attachment LLL
FS.32.148
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
                      International Certificate in Cultural Competency & Communications in Spanish
Attachment MMM
FS.32.149
Motion Passed
 
Change in Course
                TAMU at Galveston       
                      KINE 210 The Art of Movement
Attachment NNN
FS.32.150
Motion Passed
 
Special Consideration
                Dwight Look College of Engineering
                      Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution
                            Minor in Embedded Systems Integration
                                Request for a new minor
Attachment OOO
FS.32.151
Motion Passed
 
Special Consideration
                College of Geosciences
                      Department of Geology and Geophysics
                            BA in Geology and MS in Oceanography
                                Request for a 3+2 degree program
Attachment PPP
FS.32.152
Motion Passed
 
Special Consideration
                College of Geosciences
                      Department of Geology and Geophysics
                            BS in Geology and MS in Oceanography
                                Request for a 3+2 degree program
Attachment QQQ
FS.32.153
Motion Passed
 
Special Consideration
                College of Geosciences
                      Department of Atmospheric Sciences
                            BS in Meteorology and MS in Oceanography
                                Request for a 3+2 degree program
Attachment RRR
FS.32.154
Motion Passed
 
Special Consideration
                College of Liberal Arts
                      Department of Performance Studies
                            BA in Performance Studies
                                Request for a new degree program (with 5 concentrations) and request               to discontinue the BA in Music
                                and BA in Theatre Arts degree programs
Attachment SSS
FS.32.155
Motion Passed
 
Change in Courses (from October 2014)
CSCE 110          Programming I
CSCE 111          Introduction to Computer Science Concepts and Programming
CSCE 121         Introduction to Program Design and Concepts
Attachment TTT
FS.32.156
Motion Passed
 
 
W-COURSES           
November 11, 2014
Courses submitted for W certification
CLAS 410              Seminar in Classical Studies
PHLT 310              Public Health Writing
 
Courses submitted for W re-certification
COSC 175             Construction Graphics
COSC 463             Construction Law & Ethics
MATH 482           Research Seminar
SPAN 310             Oral Expression
Attachment UUU
FS.32.157
Motion Passed
 
Core Curriculum Council—Report
International and Cultural Diversity
INTS 321               Political Islam and Jihad
Attachment VVV
FS.32.158
Motion Passed
 
                __________________________________End of Consent Agenda____________________________________
 
COMMITTEE REPORTS
 
Informational Review Items
LAW 7113            Administrative Law
LAW 7351            International Intellectual Property
LAW 7452            Patent Law
Attachment WWW
FS.32.159
Motion Passed
 
Unfinished Business     
Secretary Rice moved approval of E, F and B courses, contingent upon producing appropriate letters from all colleges involved. 
 
Old Business
Proposed Revisions to Student Rule IX
 
Senator Walter Daugherity of Engineering moved to take the Texas A&M student rule off the table. The motion passed.
Daugherity then moved adoption of the proposed rule.
Senator Kim Hill of Liberal Arts said the impetus for the rules was federal regulation, “but we try hard not to enforce them.” For the last two years, he said, different areas of the campus have been working under different sets of rules. He said people violate the non-smoking rule flagrantly. “It’s a reasonable public health initiative,” he said. “Are we going to pursue it or sweep it under the carpet. These rules say something about who we are and what our values are. If we are going to have them, we should enforce them.”
Senator Mark Sicilio of the School of Medicine said the university should “take a stand and stick with it.”
Provost Watson said the rule before 2012 banned smoking in buildings. Now, the rule bans smoking on campus. She said she was not suggesting that the university should not enforce the rule, but that faculty and others “shouldn’t become vigilantes.”
Senator Hill replied, “The law is on the books, but it’s not the law on the street.” He said faculty, students and visitors stand outside the doors of many buildings and smoke.
Attachment XXX
FS.32.160
Motion Passed
                                                                                                                               
New Business
Recommendation of Students for December 2014 Graduation—Motion Approved
Resolution from Workplace Climate & Diversity Committee
The resolution from the Workplace, Climate and Diversity Committee on shared governance was moved by Secretary Rice.
Senator Hill said he would vote against the motion because it was vacuous. “It means nothing,” he said. “We all believe in these values. If we believe they have been violated, they should be enumerated along with who violated them.”
Senator Calvin Parnell from Agriculture and Life Sciences said he agreed with Hill. “How do we get it done?” he asked. “If nobody is there to enforce it, we’re just kidding ourselves.”
Senator Daugherity said that even though it may be a gentle reminder, “it’s still a reminder” and he was going to support it.
Senator Andrew Klein of Geosciences asked if someone from the committee could explain the reasoning behind the resolution.
Speaker-elect Strawser of Mays said the original version did name a person and the circumstance. However, he said he felt that particular issue “had been beaten to death,” so he proposed a revision that the Executive Committee then revised further. The bottom line, he said, is that people in administrative roles should consult with the faculty.
Provost  Watson said she agreed with Senator Hill that the resolution would not cause anyone to change their behavior. There are places in the rules where it’s fuzzy in reference to when administrators are required talk to faculty, she said. “If it’s too vague, you can help us interpret what it should mean,” she said. She suggested faculty ought to be spending time dealing with issues that are open to interpretation. “Rather than assuming you’re right, there should be a dialog,” she said.
Senator Strawser said the resolution came about because people with 12-month contracts in the College of Engineering were taken off those contracts and put on 9-month ones.
Provost Watson responded, “If someone uses poor judgment, that’s not a violation of shared governance.”
Senator Price said she supported the resolution. “It’s good to remind ourselves of the importance of shared governance,” she said.  “It’s important for us to remember as a group that it’s important for us to participate.”
Provost Watson said that it’s incumbent to say that shared governance comes with responsibility. “We need to not just focus on one side,” she said. “Let’s do this together.”
Senator Parnell said there was a perception that administrators don’t care about shared governance.
The motion was approved.
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Motion Passed
 
The Senate then moved to closed session to review honorary degree candidates and approved those submitted. Senator Strawser suggested that the Honorary Degree Committee provide a one-page summary of each candidate in the future.
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Motion Passed
 
Committee of the Whole
Speaker Woosley turned the meeting over to Speaker-elect Strawser for the Committee of the Whole.
Senator Price, co-chair of the Transportation Advisory Committee, said there had been a presentation on an increase in parking rates of 3 percent per year for 3 years. Five parking garages are needed on campus, she said, and in addition to paying for the garages, part of the fee would pay for maintenance of streets and sidewalks. She said she had asked for a breakdown of the proposed budget to show how much would be allocated for streets and sidewalks.
Senator Daugherity said there were issues in curricular changes involving Engineering where administrators of the college decided there will be two uniform courses for all majors. “To what extent do faculty decide curriculum and to what extent can a dean impose curriculum?” he asked.
Speaker-elect Strawser then turned the meeting back to Woosley.
 
Adjourn
The meeting was adjourned at 5:01 p.m.