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March 9, 2010

1. Call to Order
Chair Overton called the twelfth meeting of the fifty-sixth session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.

2. Welcome and Announcement
Chair Overton welcomed Senators and Guests.

Chair Overton reminded the Senators that nominations for the elections are due Friday, March 12, 2009. A motion was made and seconded to extend the elections by one week.

The motion passed unanimously.

Chair Overton announced that the General Faculty Meeting will be March 23, 2010 and there will be a reception to honor outgoing Chancellor Woodward at the end of the meeting.

Chair Overton announced that five nominations have been received for the office of Chair-Elect of the Faculty. The candidates will present statements to the Faculty Senate at the April 6 meeting. 

3. Comments by Chancellor Woodward
Chancellor Woodward announced that the Scott Courtyard named for Kerr and Bob Scott was dedicated this morning, and the three wolf sculptures at the Free Expression Tunnel were also unveiled.

The new General Counsel, Eileen Goldgeier, will be joining NC State next week.  The Executive Committee has urged that she spend time with the Senate, which she plans to do.     

Chancellor Woodward explained the search process for the new President of the UNC System, and he also announced that three independent committees have been formed to conduct the search.

Chancellor Woodward thanked the faculty for their service to this institution and service on the Faculty Senate.

4. Comments on the Course Hero Website
Provost Arden updated the faculty on the Course Hero web site, which charges a fee to provide access to course materials uploaded by students. Faculty members will be provided a boilerplate letter with a "take-down request" they can send to Course Hero to request that their course materials be removed from the Course Hero web site. At NC State, copyrights to course materials are generally retained by individual faculty members. The letter and additional resources will be made available on the Faculty Senate website shortly.

5. Resolution of Appreciation to Dr. James Woodward, Chancellor
Senator Chris Anson introduced a resolution of Appreciation from the Executive Committee to Chancellor Woodward.   

A motion passed to suspend the rules to adopt the resolution on the first reading. 

The faculty voted to unanimously adopt the resolution.

6. Approval of the Minutes Meeting No. 11, February 23, 2010
A motion passed to approve the minutes of the February 23, 2010 Faculty Senate meeting.

7. Faculty Grievance Policy
Chair Overton reported that there had been much activity on the grievance policy.  The Chancellor named Interim Vice Chancellor David Drooz to work with her on the grievance policy which was then to be presented to the Senate. They sent their version to the Executive Officers last Tuesday and it was approved, then the policy was sent to the PPC and EC Friday morning, which is the version that is being discussed today.   

Senator Barclay Poling, Chair of the Personnel Policy Committee congratulated the members of his committee for their work on the document.  He explained that the length of the document had been reduced to 10 pages and he also mentioned some changes that the policy has gone through. After some discussion the policy was recommended unanimously for adoption. 

8. Adjournment
A motion passed to adjourn the meeting at 4:20 p.m.

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