MEMBERS PRESENT: Joseph Stone, Suzanne Desai, Blaker Bolling, Maudie Karickhoff, Laura Wyant, Glenda Lowry (Secretary), Bart Cagle, Clara Reese, James Sottile (Vice-President), Rainey Duke, Nick Freidin, Cheryl Brown, Carlos Lopez, Elaine Baker, Pam Mulder, Jonathan Cox, Jack Cirillo, Larry Stickler, Stan Sporny, Michael Castellani, Seth Bush, Matt Carlton, Chuck Somerville (by Dan Evans), Jeff May, Denise Landry, Rebecca Appleton, Bruce Brown, Margaret Rotter, Barbara Davis, Pamela Ford, Wendy Moorhead, Gerald Doyle, Donna Donathan (President), Dennis Moritz, John Szarek, Tom Linz, Bill Rhoten, Robert Williams, Kenneth Guyer, David Chaffin, Joyce Meikamp, Chuck Bailey, Dan Hollis, and Herbert Tesser. 

MEMBERS ABSENT: Joe Abramson, Kristine Greenwood, William Westbrook, Laura Adkins, Brian Morgan, Mildred Battle, Darshana Shah, Rudy Wang, Blake Sypher, and Beverly Delidow. 

PARLIAMENTARIAN: Dallas Brozik present 

GUESTS. Hal Shaver and several others. 

President Donathan called the meeting to order at 4:05 p.m. 

1.         APPROVAL OF MINUTES – JANUARY 25, 2001: 

The minutes were approved as corrected—misspelling of Alan Gould and Maudie Karickhoff was present. 

2.                  ANNOUNCEMENTS: 

A.                 The Faculty Senate office has a copy of the MCTC Campus Compact and Institutional Master Plan for senators to review at their convenience.

B.                 Dr. Barbara Tarter, Dean, Enrollment Management, will be present at the March meeting to discuss her department.

C.                 Introduction of Dr. Larry Stickler, COFA, Music Department, as the replacement for Dr. Leo Welch who has been promoted to an administrative position. 


Dr. Angel stated that he has been in Washington, D.C. gathering information about the anticipated $5.6 trillion national surplus and its affect on domestic issues money and tax relief for student aid. As to state issues, he related that Governor Wise has not appropriated any funds in the state budget for SB653. He spoke with Governor Wise to ascertain if he is opposed to the bill or if there truly is no money to fund it. Dr. Angel said that the governor does support the bill but does not know where the funds will come from. Dr. Angel briefly spoke of the Promise Scholarship—how much will it cost (approximately $9 million for the first year); can the state afford it; and that there is money in the budget to fund it but not until 2002. 

There is anticipated new tax revenue, from smokeless tobacco and gray machines, that may be used to fund higher education but it is not known how much we may receive. The legislature is just getting started and we hope to know something within 60 days. 

4.                  ACF REPORT:

Ben Miller related that the ACF met earlier this month with the members of the Higher Education Policy Commission and were introduced to the new chancellor. The ACF is requesting input into the decision making process. He stated the Faculty Senate should extend an invitation to the new chancellor to visit our campus. The ACF’s faculty tenure draft has been included in a report that will be presented to the legislature. ACF members feel faculty can have the best impact by approaching legislators directly.


SR-00-01-(25) 66R (SCWC): Recommends that the University adopt the attached revision of the Student Code of Conduct. The proposed new Code re-frames the essential elements of the existing Code under six positively-stated Standards for appropriate behavior. It also removes Residence Hall-specific regulations from the Code and permits the Department of Residence Services to address them as violations of the terms of students’ housing contracts. This revision will replace the Code of Conduct introduction and sections I – III that appear on pages 62-66 of the 2000-2001 Student Handbook. It will also replace the following sections contained under the heading “Judicial System” on pages 57-60 of the 2000-2001 Student Handbook: Introduction; Off-Campus Conduct; Definitions; Board of Trustees’ Policies. MOVED, SECONDED, TO RETURN THE RECOMMENDATION TO COMMITTEE FOR CLARIFICATION AND REVISION. MOVED, SECONDED, TO REQUEST THE COMMITTEE TO REVIEW THE ENTIRE CODE. 

SR-00-01-(27) 68 (BAPC): Recommends changing the text of the Undergraduate Catalog and the Student Handbook in respect to suspensions because of academic deficiencies. Currently in the Student Handbook, under Academic Rights and Responsibilities, page 124, it is stated that a student “may be suspended” for having a deficit of 20 or more quality points and having not received better than a 2.0 average on all work attempted during the last semester. Currently in the Undergraduate Catalog, under Academic Standing, page 89, the student is informed, “you are automatically suspended, “ for similar deficiencies. We recommend the texts of the Undergraduate Catalog and the Student Handbook be changed to “you will be suspended.” MOVED, SECONDED, AND PASSED. 

SR-00-01-(29) 70 (CC): Recommends approval of the listed COURSE ADDITIONS for the following colleges and/or schools: College of Liberal Arts and the College of Science. MOVED, SECONDED, AND PASSED. 

SR-00-01-(30) 71 (CC): Recommends approval of the listed COURSE DELETIONS for the following colleges and/or schools: College of Liberal Arts. MOVED, SECONDED, AND PASSED. 

6.                  STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS: 

Each liaison reported to-date on their respective standing committee.

Academic Planning                               Blaker Bolling
Athletic                                                Suzanne Desai
Budget & Academic Policy                  Wendy Moorhead
Faculty Personnel                                 Jack Cirillo

7.                  REQUEST TO SPEAK TO THE SENATE: 

Mr. Jim Stephens, Director, Human Resource Services, spoke of and distributed a handout pertaining to the Statutory Grievance Information for Faculty, which follows WV Code 18-29. This information may be viewed at in Sections 14 and 15. He related that the alternative grievance procedures stop at the level of institutional president whereas this procedure has several levels that provide appeal to a rank higher than the institution. He stated that his office is initiating an optional voluntary Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) procedure for issues that may be resolved in an informal manner by mediation. This information may be viewed at Copies of the handout are available in the Faculty Senate office. The GreenBook has not been changed to reflect ADR. 

Rainey Duke spoke for Joe Wyatt. She informed the Senate that March 13, 2001, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. has been designated Higher Education Day at the Legislature. All WV higher education institutions have been appropriated space in the rotunda and along the hallways to display information. Colleges and faculty are urged to attend.  


There were none. 

The meeting adjourned at approximately 5:30 p.m.