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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
March 21, 2006

1.  Call to Order
Chair Nina Strömgren Allen called the thirteenth meeting of the fifty-second session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.

2. Welcome and Announcements from the Chair
Chair Allen welcomed Senators and Guests.

Brook Edmonds from the Graduate Students Association invited the Faculty to attend the First Annual Graduate Research Symposium Thursday, March 30, 2006 at the Talley Student Center Ballroom. 

3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 12, February 21, 2006
The motion passed unanimously to approve the minutes.

4.  Issues of Concern
Meningitis
The Resources and Environment Committee met with Dr. Mary Bengtson, Medical Director of Student Health Services, who was extremely responsive to their concerns. Meningococcal meningitis is a dangerous disease, with a fairly large proportion (about 15%) of cases resulting in death, and an additional 10% or more resulting in permanent disability.

After reviewing all the information, the committee concluded that the NCSU Student Health Services meningitis policy in its current form is reasonable and proper.

Lead Based Paint in the 1911 Building
Senator Brent Smith, Vice Chair of the Resources and Environment Committee (REC) reported that the committee looked into the question of possible lead-based paint (LBP) peeling in the 1911 building.

Based on information collected by the Resources and Environment Committee the risk to employees in the 1911 Building from lead based paint appears to be very low.  This is based on analysis of paint, not analysis of air. Therefore they are not 100% certain of the risk level.

As a result of the Faulty Senate concerns, EH&PS performed an internal review of their procedures, and is improving them with respect to lead based paint.

5.  Remarks from Provost Nielsen
Provost Nielsen introduced Dr. Balian Li as the Interim Vice Provost for International Affairs.

Dr. Li is extremely well respected and a quantitative geneticist.  He originally came from China but has resided in Raleigh for a number of years.  Most of his international work has been in Europe and South America and not in Asia.  He is one of the founders of the Chinese language schools in the Raleigh area that helps youngsters from China learn their native language. 

Provost Nielsen stated that Dr. Li’s task here is not so much to manage the existing programs in Study Abroad and the Office of International Services but noted that the other element to the program is needed.

Provost Nielsen reported on the status of the dean searches. Candidates are being interviewed for the College of Natural Resources.  The process for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Graduate School will begin soon.

Comments by Dr. Balian Li, Interim Vice Provost for International Affairs
Dr. Li stated that he is glad to have the opportunity to face this challenge.  He feels that NC State has done a lot for international programs but it can do better.  “We need to increase the number of students studying abroad.  We also need to increase our international students.  With the global training initiative we are trying to bring foreign nationals here as well as students from here going abroad to study.” 

6.  New Business
Nomination of Chair-Elect of the Faculty
Three faculty members were nominated to run for Chair-Elect of the Faculty:  Senator James Martin from the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Dr. Terrence O’Brien from the College of Education, and Senator Wayne Robarge from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Senator James Martin and Senator Wayne Robarge were elected to run for the position of Chair-Elect of the Faculty (2006-2007) and Chair of the Faculty (2007-2009).

Draft Resolution on Fiscal Fitness in GER
Senator Martin presented the resolution for its first reading. 

Motion to suspend the rules to vote on the resolution:  Seconded and passed unanimously

Motion to adopt the resolution:  Seconded and passed unanimously

Motion to reinstate the rule:  Seconded and passed unanimously

POL 05.25.01 – Grievance Procedure

Senator Robarge reported that the Personnel Policy Committee reviewed the document and no one objected to wording changes. The committee moved to vote on the document and recommends the current document, as it exists. 

Senator Robarge moved approval of the document.   The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

POL 05.20.1 – Academic Tenure Policy
Senator Martin, Chair of the Academic Policy Committee stated that the committee has not formally met to discuss the document.  He has read the document and feels that the changes are efficiency changes for the most part and recommended that the Senate pass the document. 

Secretary Bruck moved to accept the academic tenure policy.  The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Resolution to Create a Legislative Affairs Committee of the Faculty Senate

Senator Martin presented the resolution for its first reading. 

The resolution was discussed and will be presented for a second reading at the next meeting.

7. Reports
REG 04.25.02 – Resolution Procedures for Harassment Complaints
Senator Robarge reported that this document addresses resolution procedures in regard to harassment complaints as associated with protected classes.   He pointed out that there are two units on this campus that deal with this.  They are the Office of Equal Opportunities (OEO) and Human Resources.   The document clearly defines who is covered by this policy.  It has definitions in it in terms of who is the complainant and who is the respondent.

Senator Robarge moved that the Faculty Senate approve Regulation 04.25.02 as it was submitted.

The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

8. Adjournment
Secretary Bruck moved adjournment of the meeting at 5 p.m.

The motion was seconded and passed unanimously. 

 

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