April 8, 2008
1. Call to Order
Chair James D. Martin called the fifteenth meeting of the fifty-fourth session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.
Chair Martin welcomed Senators and Guests.
Chair Martin announced that the general faculty elections are under way and those who are not able to vote electronically should send their information to the Senate Office.
The Faculty Senate elections will go live on April 14. If there are no candidates, that section will be pulled from the ballot or not counted.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 14, March 25, 2008
The motion passed to approve the minutes as corrected.
Drs. John Griggs and James Mickle were elected to serve two-year terms on the Athletics Council
Suzanne Weiner was elected to serve a two-year term on the Faculty Assembly. Senators Margery Overton, Paul Williams, and Past Chair George Wahl were elected to serve as alternates.
5. Remarks from Provost Nielsen
Provost Nielsen stated that there has been and continues to be a great deal happening relative to UNC Tomorrow. He handed out the latest report of the UNC Tomorrow: Summary of Leads’ Reports and noted that this sheet replicates the format that has the seven major recommendations from the UNC Tomorrow report. He stated that based on what a lot of people have suggested they are now working toward a list of thirty items.
6. Consideration of Policies
REG11.00.1: Family Educational Rights and Privacy (FERPA or Buckley Amendment)
Senator Margery Overton, Chair of the Personnel Policy Committee, reported that the committee had suggested that “date and place of birth” be taken out of the list of information in the directory. David Drooz from Legal Affairs responded that the university is okay with taking out “and place” but leaving “date of birth.” The committee agreed to go forward with that change. She moved that the change be accepted.
The motion was seconded and passed unanimously to approve the revision to the policy.
Campus/Workplace Violence Prevention and Management
Senator Paul Williams, Chair of the Resources and Environment Committee stated that the committee met with David Rainer, and there were some reservations about some of the definitions, particularly the one on intimidation. The language was meant to parallel the state personnel rules but in a case of intimidation the word “intended” was left out. The committee amended the document to be more consistent to what is already in the state policy.
Senator Williams moved that the changes be accepted. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously to accept the change to the policy.
REG 10.00.3 Royalty Sharing Under NCSU’s Patent Policy and Procedures
Senator Williams reported that a number of changes were made to this policy but it is relatively a simple idea that in the past royalty sharing with inventors was based on gross revenues, a rather unusual type of contract because most universities don’t use gross revenues, they use net revenues. The committee met with Billy Houghteling who explained the economics of his position and how they frequently have cash flow problems with the patent trust. This policy is one where they will be able to recover their direct cost of managing these various patents before any royalties are paid -- as an additional benefit, in the past colleges and departments didn’t receive any of the patent royalty (and now do). A motion was made and seconded to adopt the policy.
The motion passed to adopt the policy; two senators voted no and one abstained from voting.
7. Constitution of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee
Senator Gary Moore, Chair of the Governance Committee reported that the Governance committee came up with three recommendations on how to choose the Executive Committee and Secretary Kellner came up with an additional recommendation.
After much discussion, a motion was made and seconded to adopt Secretary Kellner’s option.
The motion passed unanimously.
Senator Moore moved adoption of the proposed bylaws. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously to adopt the revised bylaws.
8. Task Force Report and Proposed Regulation Revision for Post Tenure Review
Chair Martin reviewed the draft proposal for the revision of the Post Tenure Review that was put together by the Post Tenure Review Task force. The proposed regulation was developed ina collaboration: two from theSenate, two Department Heads, and two University administratorsin order to ensure that all vested parties were involved.
During the discussion Chair Martin asked for a motion to extend the meeting.
The motion was seconded and passed to extend the meeting.
Further discussion will take place in the next meeting.
9. New Business
Resolution of Expression of Confidence in Lee Fowler, Athletics Director
Senator Paul Williams presented the resolution for its first reading.
The Senate will vote on the resolution at the next meeting.
A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting.
The motion passed to adjourn the meeting at 5:15 p.m.