College Senate Bulletin

Bulletin No. 18
April 16, 2004
Contents

Agenda: 2003-2004 College Senate Meeting, April 20, 2004
Agenda: 2004-2005 College Senate Meeting, April 20, 2004
Announcements
Spring 2004 Senate Meeting Schedule
Referendum on Addition to Faculty Constitution By Laws
Alternate University Faculty Senator
Minutes: Student Affairs Committee, March 16, 2004
Minutes: Committee on Undergraduate Policy, Core, and Review, April 6, 2004
Minutes: Executive Committee Meeting, April 13, 2004
Minutes: Student Affairs Committee, April 13, 2004

Correspondence: Charlie Freeman, Department of Physics,

Greene 202; e-mail: freeman@geneseo.edu; phone: 245-5286


Agenda: 2003-2004 Senate Meeting, April 20, 2004

Call to Order

Adoption of the Agenda

Approval of the Minutes of the Previous Meeting

p. 174, Senate Bulletin 17

Senate Reports

President Christopher Dahl

Provost David Gordon

Chair Charles Freeman

Vice Chair Gregg Hartvigsen

Treasurer Errol Putman

University Senator William Gohlman

Central Council Liz Dance

Reports of the Standing Committees of the Senate

Undergraduate Curricula Cynthia Klima

 

Undergraduate Policies Harold Hoops

Graduate Academic Affairs Dale Metz

Student Affairs Michael Lynch

Faculty Affairs Rosanne Hartman

Old Business

New Business

Nomination of Bill Gohlman for Alternate University Faculty Senator

Strengthened Campus-Based Assessment Proposal (see bulletin 17, page 179-191 and also discussion in executive committee minutes in this bulletin)

SAC Proposal for a Suggested Statement in Course Syllabi Addressing the Needs of Students with Disabilities (see SAC minutes printed in this bulletin).

Adjournment

Agenda: 2004-2005 College Senate Meeting, April 20, 2004

Call to Order

 

Chair's Report Gregg Hartvigsen

 

New Business

 

Adjournment

Spring 2004 College Senate Meeting Schedule

All Senate Meetings: 4:00 pm, Newton 204
April 20, 2004

Referendum on Addition to Faculty Constitution By Laws

Ballots regarding a proposed addition to the Faculty Constitution By-Laws were distributed to all members of the teaching and administrative faculty during the week of April 5, 2004. A copy of the proposed addition, which would specify the procedures for electing faculty representatives to the CAS Board in the Faculty Constitution By-Laws, is available in Senate Bulletin #16, page 165. Voting will be conducted electronically, using the web-based interface. All members of the teaching and administrative faculty are eligible to vote on the proposed addition to the By-Laws. A majority vote (subject to a 1/3 quorum requirement) is needed to enact the proposed addition to the By-Laws. Elections will close at 5 pm on Friday, April 23, 2004.

Alternate University Faculty Senator

The Faculty Constitution calls for the runner-up in the election for University Faculty Senator to serve as Alternate University Faculty Senator. The alternate senator attends the UFS meetings in the event that the primary senator is unable to attend. In Fall 2003, Terry Browne (SOPA) was elected as University Faculty Senator, but ran un-opposed, meaning that there was no clear choice for alternate. In the April 13, 2004 meeting, the executive committee unanimously voted to appoint Bill Gohlman (History) as Alternate University Faculty Senator, subject to approval by the College Senate. At the April 20, 2004 meeting we will vote to approve Bill Gohlman as alternate UFS.

Minutes of the Student Affairs Committee, March 16, 2004

Committee Members Present: M. Lynch, C. Annala, K. Davies, J. Hyman, J. Tang, J. Principe, M. Ranieri, C. Geiger, J. Van Remmen, T. Zollo

Committee Members Absent: E. Bock, S. Enam, W. Freed, D. McPherson, R. Holthaus, B. Nash, C. Rowley

The meeting was called to order at 4:03 p.m.

Old Business:

Syllabus statement addressing the needs of students with disabilities: As of the date of this meeting, SAC was waiting for the Policy Committee to review the proposal it had submitted that would require faculty to include a statement in their course syllabi addressing the needs of students with disabilities. SAC members discussed what their next steps might be. C. Geiger encouraged SAC committee members to express their opinions in Senate regarding the rationale behind the proposal. J. Hyman also thought it was important for SAC to present a clear argument to the Senate, and suggested that one of SAC’s roles was to proactively look out for the needs of students. J. Tang pointed out that including such a statement would not necessarily create extra work for faculty. C. Annala stated that the proposal was not recommending a change in policy, merely an articulation of existing policy. T. Zollo suggested that it might be in faculty’s own self interest to include such a statement in their syllabi; it would clarify everyone’s responsibilities – faculty’s and students’. M. Lynch pointed out that even if such a statement was included in syllabi, the questions still remains as to whether there is enough support on campus for students with disabilities and the faculty who work with them.

First-year seminar proposal: As of the date of this meeting, the Health and Safety Working Group was waiting to receive a decision on the proposal it had submitted for a first-year seminar.

Safety concerns: Following up on the Committee’s discussion from its previous meeting on bias and hate-related incidents on campus, J. Van Remmen clarified a number of points. He confirmed that there is an escort shuttle service on campus. The SAFERider program is a free service that is funded by the Student Association and is available to students. In addition, “blue light” emergency phones are available at a number of locations around campus. There was some general discussion about posting crimes promptly when they occurred. J. Van Remmen pointed out that there is not always enough specific information to disseminate in a responsible way. Campus crime statistics are available. Fortunately, there has been relatively little serious crime on campus.

The Committee reiterated its prior interest in the campus issuing a strong response to the recent incidents on campus. The ongoing efforts of the President’s commission on diversity and events such as the “Tunnel of Oppression” (co-sponsored by IRC) were discussed.

New Business:

Transition plans: At the next meeting, SAC will discuss transition plans for next year. The Senate terms of many members who have served on SAC for the past two years will be ending, and the committee would like to facilitate a smooth transition for incoming members. Among the issues that will be discussed are possible agenda items that the new Committee may want to consider.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 4:55 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Michael Lynch, Ph.D.

Chair, SAC

Minutes: Committee on Undergraduate Policy, Core, and Review, April 6, 2004

Policy Members Present: H. Hoops (Chair), S. Bailey, E. Gillin, D. Granger, S. Iyer, M. Lima, S. Schwartz, C. Truglia A. Shenoy and L. Chatterton. Excused: E. Coloccia, A. Eisenberg, C. Jadlos, J. Over

Guest: T. Buggie-Hunt, Director of the Office of Disability Services

The meeting was started at 4:00 p.m., and a quorum was obtained at 4:15.

Tabitha Buggie-Hunt, Director of the Office of Disability Services, talked a little bit about the difficulty that her office has in reaching all students with disabilities. She pointed out the difficulty of reaching students who have not self-identified themselves as disabled.

She felt that many disabled students who would otherwise profit from accommodations might be reached if faculty members made an effort to do so.

Tabitha also pointed out if there were to be a required statement about accommodations, that would not obligate the faculty member to do any more than is already required by law.

She also said that she was personally not in favor of mandating the addition to a syllabus, because she felt that this might cause resentment in some faculty and thus be counterproductive. She would like to strongly encourage faculty to either put an announcement on their syllabus or make an announcement in class, and reported that she would be willing to send out a reminder at the beginning of each semester with some suggested language and contact information for her office.

In the discussions that followed, it was the general sense of the committee that students with disabilities did not always feel comfortable discussing accommodations with faculty. A statement on the syllabus might make some of the students with documented disabilities more comfortable in discussing this with the instructor. Further, it is possible that some students who have disabilities that have not yet been documented by SUNY-Geneseo might approach professors who could then steer them to help.

However, there was considerable concern with the mandating of a statement on the syllabus. First, the present syllabus policy concerns material specific to each course rather than college-wide policies. There is already some dissatisfaction with the length and focus of syllabi without adding more material. Secondly, outreach to students with disabilities is likely to be more effective if the efforts come from a belief in their importance rather than by rule.

There was some support for the possibility of submitting a non-binding resolution asking for a greater awareness and support for student with disabilities. Perhaps this resolution prepared by the Student Affairs Committee with Policy Committee support. However, it is perhaps too late in the academic year for this to happen.

The committee considered leaving the motion tabled with a directive to next year’s Policy committee to reconsider the issue. There were two disadvantages to this approach. First, the present committee had already spent time on the issue, and next year’s committee would have to recover the ground and secondly, there was no assurance next year’s committee would even want to take it up. On the other hand, perhaps next year’s committee would not feel as rushed.

A motion was made to untable the previous motion “To require faculty to include a statement on accommodations for students with disabilities on the syllabus” as a seventh point on the syllabus section in the Undergraduate Student Bulletin. The motion passed 5-3.

A motion was made to call the question. This motion passed unanimously.

The committee voted unanimously to defeat the proposal (0-8). The motion thus fails.

The committee would also like to formally state that it supports a sustained and increased effort to make students with disabilities comfortable, and to steer them to appropriate forms of support. However, we do not support requiring a statement on the syllabus.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:50.

Respectfully submitted,

Harold Hoops, Chair, Policy Subcommittee

Minutes: Executive Committee Meeting, April 13, 2004

Attending: C. Freeman, C. Dahl, D. Gordon, G. Hartvigsen, T. Bazzett, E. Putman, C. Faulkner, W. Gohlman, E. Dance, R. Hartman, D. Metz, H. Hoops, C. Klima, M. Lynch

Approval of Minutes

Last Meeting (March 16, 2004), p 169, Bulletin 17--approved

Reports

Chair's Report - Charles Freeman: Spring senate elections went well. All nominees have been notified and results printed in the previous bulletin. We’re currently undergoing referendum on addendum to constitution re: selection procedures for Faculty representation on CAS board. Everyone should vote—we need 1/3 turnout to establish a quorum. Right now, we’re below 1/3. Voting ends April 23. All committee chairs and senate officers please give final report to Charlie for inclusion in senate bulletin before graduation. Deadline for Roark award nominations has passed, deadline for nominees to submit material is April 15. Executive comm. makes decision. Charlie will send info via email, asking for rank order of candidates. If it’s close we can schedule a meeting, but if winner is clear we won’t have to meet. Would like to hear from comm. by Monday April 26. Thanks to executive committee for year of hard work.

President's Report - Christopher Dahl: 1. Groups from Geneseo have been to Albany four times in last month. During last visit on March 23, met with 17 legislators, urged them to add 50 million to SUNY, restore TAP and EOP funding, and change matching provisions for capital programs. Legislators were supportive—especially for change in matching funds. Dahl expects EOP and TAP to be restored. Request for 50 million received more favorably in senate than in the assembly, probably b/c assembly more invested in downstate and campaign for fiscal equity. 2. About to begin another mission review—senate will be involved as they were four or five years ago. The Strategic Planning Group has been working hard on revised set of objectives for the college’s six main goals, which should be available by end of semester. The SPG will be holding discussions on the 7th goal. This process should preempt some of problems raised by mission review. 3. Assessment issue has been negotiated, result is not repugnant. Now we have “strengthened campus based assessment,” we need to work with national or system norms in our college-based assessment.

Provost's Report - David Gordon: Nearing end of faculty hiring season—will have 8 new faculty in Business, Chemistry, Communicative Disorders, Education, Geology (2 faculty), and Psychology (2). One search still in process for School of Arts. Commencement plans coming along well. We’ll be lining up in a different place: faculty will line up along west side of south hall and students will line up on both sides of college green.

Dahl: Shuttles will be provided during the week they are setting up bleachers. Pressure on parking should lessen b/c final exams will be winding down.

Hartvigsen: why moved?

Gordon: partly b/c of expense of restoring field.

Dahl: one of our future capital projects is a quasi permanent stadium, we then wouldn’t have to pay people to come in and construct stadium every year.

Vice Chair - Gregg Hartvigsen: no report

Past Chair - Terence Bazzett: no report

Secretary - Carol Faulkner: no report

Treasurer - Errol Putman: will be giving a full report at senate

University Faculty Senator - William Gohlman: The University Faculty Senate will meet April 23, to discuss “strengthened campus based assessment.” Normally alternate senator is person who finishes second. There was only one candidate in last election, so no backup. We should have an alternate.

Freeman: Remembered Bill Gohlman offered to be alternate senator. But will confirm next senate meeting, when Exec. Comm.. will formally nominate Bill. (Exec. Comm. agreed)

Central Council - Liz Dance: SA constitution has been changed! 1063 students voted. One of big changes—Central Council will now be called SA Executive Committee. The SA Exec. Comm. will now have 8 members. Held budget advocacy day on March 24 —sent 360 letters to state legislature. Elections for SA exec comm. end tomorrow. Next Thursday last SA meeting of year.

Committee Reports

Faculty Affairs Committee - Rosanne Hartman: no report

Graduate Affairs - Dale Metz: in Bulletin 17 there are some program and course changes. Rather than have first reading in April meeting, we will have both readings in fall. Constitution prohibits waiving first reading for program revisions. So will not be acting on these proposals next week

Policy Committee - Harold Hoops: Student Affairs want us to require line or two on syllabus that faculty would make accommodations for students with disabilities. The committee has come out against requirement of statement on syllabus. Tabitha Buggie-Hunt said she’d like the statement on the syllabus, but didn’t think it needed to be required. Committee agrees.

UCC - Cynthia Klima: will also postpone first readings for fall

Student Affairs Committee - Michael Lynch: Committee meeting today to wrap up business, and figure out what to do about statement on syllabus re: students with disabilities. Comm. wants to encourage faculty to include such statements. This statement would articulate what is already policy and establish a bridge between students and faculty, and reiterate both faculty and student responsibilities. Perhaps we can propose a resolution to encourage faculty to include statement. Hope to draft resolution today.

Gohlman: would you also draft statement for the syllabi?

Lynch: Tabitha Buggie-Hunt gave me some options.

Gordon: Tabitha does that for incoming students. Would be reinforcement of what she tells students at orientation.

Hoops: by law Tabitha can’t go out searching for people.

Dahl: I think this is a good idea. Students with disabilities included under diversity policies. Thinks diversity commission would support.

Hartvigsen: do we then need to be concerned about other groups of vulnerable populations as well? Women?

Dahl: federal law forces accommodation to disabilities acts.

Lynch: others have also expressed concern that this would open floodgates, but this is something that has to be documented by Buggie-Hunt.

Hartvigsen: is there info available in the Teaching Learning Center?

Hartman: how many students aren’t identified by this point in their academic career?

Lynch: Surprisingly many and many feel uncomfortable approaching certain professors about these issues.

Old Business

New Business

Proposed Campus-based assessment plan, please see Bulletin 17, p. 179-191. Full text of proposal is available in senate bulletin, including summary document.

Freeman: would like to talk about impressions of proposals and what action we want to take.

Gohlman: we ought to support this plan—it is far less onerous. It’s been accepted by chancellor. Executive committee really paid attention to criticisms and came up with good proposal. Gohlman has plagiarized resolution passed by Stony Brook senate, which has been recalcitrant about general education:

The Geneseo College Senate strongly supports the proposal for how campuses will carry out the assessment of the three “building blocks” of general education [Mathematics, Basic (written communication), and Critical Thinking (reasoning)] that is detailed in the document entitled “Strengthened Campus-based Assessment,” and urges our representatives to the SUNY University Faculty Senate to vote for its approval at the Spring Plenary meeting of the SUNY University Faculty Senate this week in Syracuse.

Gordon: is it up to use to decide how often to do this?

Dahl: Yes

Freeman: See remarks on NSSE at end of summary doc.

Dahl: This fits into our actual processes for surveying students via NSSE every three years.

Freeman: This proposal allows flexibility in constructing local based instrument for assessment, as long as can show its correlated to national norms.

Dahl: Schools now have three options—tests, local design, or something designed by SUNY experts.

Lynch: only asks that 20% of students be assessed

Dahl: valid sample size

Freeman: value added is optional

Lynch: who will be making decisions about instruments and what 20%?

Freeman: existing GEAR process

Gohlman: gen ed committee on this campus

Freeman: Paul Schacht and his committee will be bringing their perspective to senate

Freeman: tab will be picked up by system administration

Gordon: will save us money if they pick up tab for NSSE

Exec. Comm votes in favor of resolution.

Proposed resolution regarding certification requirements for NYS teachers:

Whereas, it is the mission of the State University of New York at Geneseo to be concerned with effective educational policies and other professional matters within the University;

Whereas, it is the purpose of Schools of Education operating at many State University of New York colleges and universities to prepare its students to provide effective education to the citizens of the sovereign State of New York; and

Whereas, the current timeline for professional certification that education majors currently graduating from the State University of New York system has been shown to be problematic; therefore be it

Resolved, That the State Education Department modify its current position regarding state certification of teachers to accommodate the best interest of all concerned with education in the state of New York. New regulations must be written to include at a minimum a 5-year timeline for completion of a master's degree as part of the requirement for professional certification, complete restoration of provisions for renewal of initial certification, and the courtesy of liberal extensions beyond the 5-year time limit for professional certification for students engaged in specialized study.

Dahl: Why should senate be handling this at all? Endorses idea, but Senate resolution will not effect Regents. Alternative: could be sent from school of education to advisory council on teacher education, who could then contact regents. We could also call Dr. Colburn, Rochester area regent, or Buffalo area regent, and address this to them. Sufficient for school of Ed to contact them, does not have to be done by senate.

Gohlman: resolution shouldn’t be addressed to Board of Trustees, it should addressed to our administration to lobby on behalf of this resolution. This resolution not our business.

Putman: Joe Remy wanted something to come out of Geneseo from some Geneseo authority that would go someplace. Thinks Joe would be satisfied if it goes in another direction.

Dahl: Mary Ellen should try to get a system position by talking to other deans. Could also take it to Rochester area colleges. We have raised 5 year issue with regents.

Putman: requiring young teachers to get immediate masters is unfair. We have responsibility to support our students. Passes around draft of letter to New York Teacher.

Exec committee votes down bringing the resolution to senate.

Meeting Adjourned.

Minutes for the Student Affairs Committee, April 13, 2004

Committee Members Present: M. Lynch, M. Ranieri, S. Enam, C. Rowley, W. Freed, J. Tang, J. Van Remmen, T. Zollo, E. Bock, B. Nash, J. Principe, C. Annala

Committee Members Absent: D. McPherson, R. Holthaus, C. Geiger, J. Hyman

The meeting was called to order at 4:02 p.m.

Opening Remarks:

M. Lynch thanked members of SAC for their efforts and dedication over the past two years.

Old Business:

Proposed syllabus statement addressing the needs of students with disabilities: M. Lynch reported that the Policy Committee had discussed the proposal from SAC that would require faculty to include a statement in their syllabi addressing the needs of students with disabilities. The Policy Committee invited Tabitha Buggie-Hunt to speak at their last committee meeting, and she indicated that she was not personally in favor of requiring a statement in course syllabi. According to Lynch, the Policy Committee appeared to express an interest in supporting students with disabilities. However, Policy thought that requiring faculty to add the proposed statement would not be an appropriate way to achieve this goal and voted against the proposal submitted by SAC.

SAC members discussed what next steps they might pursue. Lynch suggested that SAC propose a Senate resolution that would “encourage” faculty to include a statement in their syllabi. There was discussion about the wording of such a resolution. Lynch suggested that it is important for students to hear from their faculty that documented needs will be supported. C. Annala said a syllabus statement would be another opportunity for students to be aware of existing policy on disabilities. B. Nash indicated that most students really do not know the college policy handbook very well. There was general discussion about potential faculty reactions to the statement. E. Bock suggested that some faculty may not be inclined to put an additional statement on their syllabi. Annala indicated that eventually there may be positive peer pressure for faculty to include such a statement on their syllabi. J. Van Remmen said the statement simply reflects the law. Lynch suggested that including a statement on their syllabi could be beneficial to faculty because it would document what everyone’s responsibilities were – both student’s and faculty’s – at the start of the semester. J. Tang said that some accommodations may be complex for professors to handle without proper support. Lynch suggested that one goal of such a statement would be to increase awareness among faculty and students about the needs and rights of students with disabilities. There was discussion on wording the proposal in a way that would emphasize “awareness” of disabilities.

The following proposal was put forth by M. Lynch:

Whereas the campus community and faculty seek to promote awareness of and support for students with disabilities; and

Whereas some students who have documented disabilities may feel uncomfortable about approaching faculty regarding the appropriate accommodations to which they are entitled; and

Whereas having faculty review relevant policies with all of their students at the start of each semester may make it easier for these particular students to approach their professors; therefore

Be it resolved that faculty are encouraged to include a statement addressing the needs of students with disabilities in their course syllabi. The following is suggested wording for such a statement:

Accommodations:

“SUNY Geneseo will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented physical, emotional or learning disabilities. Students should consult with the Director in the Office of Disability Services (Tabitha Buggie-Hunt, 105D Erwin, tbuggieh@geneseo.edu) and their individual faculty regarding any needed accommodations as early as possible in the semester.”

SAC voted unanimously in favor of the proposed resolution. Lynch indicated that he would submit the proposed resolution to Charlie Freeman, Senate Chair, for consideration at the next Senate meeting.

New Business:

Current SAC members discussed the transition to a new set of committee members in the Fall. The following potential agenda items were identified:

  1. Education of faculty on issues pertaining to working with students with disabilities. Perhaps collaborate with FAC on this.
  2. Meal plan … again. Perhaps optional meal plan for juniors and seniors.
  3. Academic integrity.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Michael Lynch, Ph.D.

Chair, SAC