February 23, 2006
3:00 -5:00 P.M.
Reitz Union Auditorium
Approval of January 19, 2006 minutes Kim Tanzer, Chair
Open Discussion from Floor of Senate
The meeting was called to order at 3:02 P.M.
The minutes of the January 19, 2006 meeting were approved
Chair's Report Kim Tanzer, Chair
Professor Tanzer presented an apology printed in the Alligator on Feb. 14, 2006. She also
reviewed the textbook resolution that Student Government passed as well as a resolution
that Student Government passed opposing the proposed international student funding cuts
in the state legislature. A faculty group has expressed interest in looking at the issue to
determine if it is appropriate for the Faculty Senate to pass a similar resolution.
Professor Tanzer also presented the General Counsel's answer to a presented tenure and
promotion question. Professor Tanzer reported that at the end of March a panel discussion
for graduate students will be held in the Reitz Union. The topic for this discussion is
"Renaissance Faculty." Graduate students will nominate outstanding graduate professors
who are not only excellent faculty members but are also involvements in activities outside of
academia. The purpose of this event is to encourage graduate students to maintain a
balanced life while excelling as scholars. Professor Tanzer updated the Senate on the Board
of Trustees retreat. The BOT looked at issues related to the future of the University. Manny
Fernandez, BOT chair, will report to the Senate in March.
President's Report Bernie Machen, President
Dr. Machen asked the Senate to designate councils to look at the strategic work plan. Dr.
Machen stressed that the document is not finalized and encouraged faculty to submit input
and advice. Several issues were discussed at the BOT retreat and the BOT supported the
following issues: a continued effort to enhance undergraduate education while not
continuing to expand; the primary campus location for UF is in Gainesville, graduate
education will continue to assume a prominent role in the university; professional education
will be responsive to statewide needs by expanding through distance learning and existing
programs. Dr. Machen also stressed the importance of developing a safe and sustainable
community relationship between the University and the City.
Mike Conlon, Director of Data Infrastructure
Dr. Conlon updated the Senate on PeopleSoft. The presentation reviewed the current state
of PeopleSoft and the 8 strategic initiatives for the program. There are currently over 600
people involved in advisory committees from various areas on campus.
Intercollegiate Athletics Report Jill Varnes, Dean HHP
Dr. Vares updated the Senate on the purpose, goals and areas of responsibility of the
Faculty Athletics Representative. She also reviewed the student athlete profile and SEC
issues reviewed by Faculty Athletics Representatives. Faculty members have an obligation to
report absence off student athletes in classes. Reports should be made to the Office of
Student Honor Court, Honor Code, and Student Conduct Committee
Gene Zdziarski, Dean of Students
Dr. Zdziarski updated the Senate on the Student Honor Court, Honor Code and Student
Conduct Committee. Dr. Zdziarski presented an overview on how the student honor
system works including the recent Honor Code revisions, the adjudication process and areas
where faculty involvement is needed. The Honor Code was recently updated after the Law
school presented their revised honor code for approval from the VP of Student Affairs. Dr.
Telles-Irvin thought the revisions should be applied to the entire university to add clarity to
overly broad areas and identify areas not previously included. A committee from Student
Affairs, Academic Affairs and the Law school made appropriate changes to the honor code
and presented for approval. These regulation changes were approved during the Fall
semester. Dr. Zdziarski stressed the importance of having faculty members report an alleged
violation by contacting the Dean of Students Office. The majority of violations are resolved
by the faculty. Dr. Zdziarski also stressed the importance of faculty involvement in these
Constitution Committee report on Proposed Regulation Changes
Danaya Wright, Constitution Committee member
Dr. Wright presented the constitution committee's report on the proposed regulation
changes. The Senate has no power to approve or deny proposed regulations but faculty may
send concerns to the General Counsel's office. All regulations were given a 'green light'
except for the regulation concerning the medical school residents which was given a 'yellow
light' for review by the College of Medicine faculty.
Office of Sustainability Report Les Thiele, Sustainability Committee Chair
Dr. Thiele updated the Senate on the sustainability committee progress. Currently there are
three task forces working on: waste, energy conservation and academic/teaching research.
There is also a group working on planning the sustainability day conference. The
sustainability committee ran a lecture series in the fall and may do another lecture series in
the future. The primary efforts of the committee have been to bring together a diverse group
of students, faculty and staff to focus on sustainability. The committee also created an office
and hired a director and will hire an academic officer who will be a Provost Fellow in
Sustainability and will work with the Director. The Provost Fellow will have a 1-2 year
tenure and will work on promoting sustainability in academics and research on campus. The
committee is also a new joint committee. The goal of the committee is to make UF a global
leader in sustainability.
Electronic Voting Preliminary Research Findings Kim Tanzer, Chair
Professor Tanzer reviewed the cost of electronic voting and reviewed some pros and cons of
the system. She also noted the number of times votes needed to be counted in the past three
years. Professor Tanzer noted that a no cost alternative would be to use paper ballots as
needed since only a small percentage of votes have been questioned or counted during the
past three years.
Research Policy Council Proposed Changes
Rick Yost, Senate Research Council Chair
Rick Yost presented the following proposed changes to the Research and Scholarship Polity
Name change to Senate Council on Research and Scholarship Policy
Motion was passed unanimously
Graduate Council to a Joint committee
Motion was passed with one opposing vote
Research Policy Council structure changes
Motion was passed with one opposing vote
Compensation Committee clarification from the Committee on Committees
Marylou Behnke and Michelle Foss, Committee on Committees co-chairs
This action item was moved to an information item. Dr. Behnke and Ms. Foss requested
additional information from the Senate regarding the compensation committee. The COC
was asked to review the compensation committee resolution the Senate passed several years
ago to create a permanent compensation committee. The COC felt it might be possible for
this work to be completed by a council rather than creating a new committee. The COC
would like input from the Senate as to the original intent of the resolution. Various senators
spoke of the need to have a separate compensation committee to do work yearly. No action
The meeting adjourned at 5:03 P.M.
Mary Lou Behnke
Mary Ann Burg
Senator attendees continued:
Ex Officio Attendees:
Carrie Haskell Luevano
Absent Senators continued:
Yumiko Hulvey, CLAS
Curtis Ball C&G
John Leavey CLAS