Senate meets 3PM today: VPRI, Conflicts, Learning, Honors, Multicultural

DRAFT from Senate. Livefeed here. Some light live-blogging below.

Location: EMU 145 & 146 (Crater Lake rooms) 3:00 – 5:00 P.M.

3:00 P.M.   Call to Order

Introductory Remarks: Senate President Chris Sinclair

The Administration’s view, from Melanie Muenzer: Associate Vice President and Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives, JH liaison to the Senate, Mother of two, Democrat, and generally helpful person.

This will be about the proposed “Conflict of Interest” policy. Some information on the long history of past Senate work on this topic is at the bottom. This time we learned about it from the faculty union. The bootleg copy of the administration’s discussion draft is here.

Muenzer: This comes out of discussions between VPRI David Conover and Provost Banavar that started in fall. She argues that this is in part an attempt to clarify the rules. Actually, it changes them substantially, to give the administration unprecedented control over outside work by the faculty and other UO employees.

The administration’s current plan appears to be to claim that this is *not* an academic matter, and that therefore the administration can impose it on us without Senate approval. Yet here are the first two sentences of the current draft:

Teaching, research, administration, and public service are essential to the mission of the University of Oregon.  This policy recognizes the primary importance of those activities and the value of the application of knowledge outside the institution.

So obviously the Senate is going to have to take this up, as we have in the past, and this process would have been a lot easier if we’d been brought into the loop 5 months ago.

3:30 P.M.   Approval of MinutesMarch 14, 2018

3:30 P.M.   Business/Reports

Report: David Conover, VPRI

High speed internet and computing. 33% increase in start-up funds for new hires in the past two years. (millions) New $2K grants for non-science hires. New bridge funds. Worked with other state universities and faculty unions to reduce the cost of post-docs, enabling UO to hire more of them. (This is not a loss to the post-docs, since they don’t stay long enough to vest.) $5500 FRAC awards. New and continuing awards for seed grants and start-up projects. Large increases in the number of applicants. New grants to support undergraduate and graduate student research. New efforts to reduce time costs for faculty making grant proposals, etc. Ready to streamline human-subjects process as soon as feds give the go-ahead, July 19 2018, we hope. Big improvements in UO’s communication and community outreach about faculty research.

And I have to mention the excellent three-minute thesis competition, which I got to help judge this fall.

Report: Conflicts of Interest; Kevin Reed (General Counsel). [UOM: Reed has re-expressed an old GC concern, dating back to the days of Randy Geller, that faculty participation in shared governance, particularly the Senate Transparency Committee, may create potential or actual conflicts of interest under Oregon Government Ethics law, and the Senate has asked him to elaborate.]

I’m not sure why, but Reed is no longer on the agenda.

Discussion: US17/18-17: Learning Goals for Methods of Inquiry; Chris Sinclair, Core Education Task Force

Discussion revolves around adding explicit language on logic, cleaning up wording, adding “sic” after “big ideas”, and making clear that the specific wording is part of the motion, which will come back for a vote in two weeks.

Vote: US17/18-15: Revisions on Criteria for receiving Department Honors; Frances White (Anthropology), Chair of Academic Council

Perfect. Approved unanimously.

4:45 P.M.    Open Discussion
4:45 P.M.   Reports
4:50 P.M.   Notice(s) of Motion

  • Motion Intro: Multicultural Requirement; Lee Rumbarger
  • Motion Intro: Revisions to Faculty Research Awards Committee; Bill Harbaugh

4:50 P.M.   Other Business
5:00 P.M.   Adjourn

In an admirable demonstration of the efficiency with which Pres Sinclair has run the Senate this year, the meeting was concluded about 30 minutes early.

Some history on COI/C:

The Senate Ad-Hoc COI/C Committee


Pursuant to an email of 12 December to the UO community, quoted below, the committee is charged with “reviewing and, where needed, suggesting revisions to the draft COI-C policy to meet essential legal and policy requirements with a keen sensitivity to academic freedom and the culture of a public research university”. The committee is to make a focused effort to “consider the policy and associated disclosure form. It is anticipated that the revised draft will be presented at the March 11, 2009 UO Senate meeting.”

Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2008 11:07:43 -0800


December 12, 2008

To: All Officers of Instruction, Officers of Research, and Officers of Administration

From: R. Linton, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies

R. Tomlin, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Paul van Donkelaar, President of the UO Senate

Subject: Continued COI-C Policy Review

There have been a considerable number of thoughtful and substantive comments conveyed by faculty colleagues on the draft policy on Conflict of Interest and Commitment (COI-C). In response, the planned January 2009 roll out of the new disclosure process for COI-C will be suspended for an appropriate period of time to review and address the concerns expressed on the ‘blog’ or that have been communicated directly to Academic Affairs or the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies. For the moment, then, the proposed new process is paused and existing policy and procedures will remain in force. Faculty with funding from agencies such as NIH or NSF, or whose research involves human subjects, will need to continue current disclosure practice as required by federal regulations.

We recognize the need to further review the draft policy and to include faculty more extensively in that effort to bring forward an integrated COI-C policy and effective implementation process. We have appreciated the careful and collegial concerns expressed by colleagues such as John Bonine from Law or Alec Murphy from Geography, along with advice from the Faculty Advisory Council (FAC), that supported the need to incorporate additional ideas and insights rather than to press forward prematurely. To that end, we have agreed that Senate President Paul van Donkelaar will convene a small ad hoc committee charged with reviewing and, where needed, suggesting revisions to the draft COI-C policy to meet essential legal and policy requirements with a keen sensitivity to academic freedom and the culture of a public research university. The members of the ad hoc committee will be posted as soon as Paul has confirmed their participation.

To proceed in this manner, the University requested (and received Wednesday afternoon) an extension of the January 31, 2009 deadline previously set with the OUS Internal Audit Division to the start of our next fiscal year, July 1, 2009. This extension permits at least a two-month period (January and February 2009) for a focused effort by the committee to consider the policy and associated disclosure form. It is anticipated that the revised draft will be presented at the March 11, 2009 UO Senate meeting. This permits, as needed, an additional period of review and comment by the faculty between March and June 2009. The new deadline to implement the disclosure policy and process, July 1, 2009, should allow sufficient time for better assimilation of both COI and COC issues. We’re grateful for your help in moving forward in this way.

Related documents:
    1. Conflict of Interest and Committment home page.
    2. Letter 1 December 2008 to OIs, ORs and OAs from James Bean, Richard Linton, and Russ Tomlin concerning COI.
    3. Section 4 of the OUS-IMD relating to Staff and Faculty Personnel (as of 17 Dec 2008).
    4. Oregon Revised Statues. Chapter 352 -State and Independent Institutions of Higher Education (as of 17 Dec 2008).
    5. Oregon Revised Statues Chapter 244 -Government Ethics (as of 17 Dec 2008).
    6. Email dated 17 Dec 2008 from Prof. Bonine.
    7. Email dated 7 January 2009 from Prof. Bonine.
    8. AAUP Policy statements on conflict of interest.
    9. Draft UO Policy on COI-COCC.
    10. Faculty Employment Outside of the University: Conflicts of Commitment (2004) AAUP.
    11. Archival documents
    12. Document dated 7 January 2009 from Prof. Horner “Considerations for COI/COC policy and process”.
    13. Information Email to C. Bybee concerning the town hall meeting.
    14. Document from Prof. Bonine concerning “Preliminary criticisms of Proposal (page 1 only) 10 January 2009.
    15. Document critique of page 2 of the UO’s draft policy 12 January 2009.
    16. Information on the town hall meeting 21 January 2009.
    17. Preliminary Report to the UO Senate 13 January 2009.
    18. COI-COC Briefing Book. This contains MANY materials:
    1. Announcement of town hall meeting.
    2. Campus Email 14 Jan 2009.
    3. Email from P. Gilkey to G. Bolt 15 Jan 2009.
    4. Email 16 Jan 2009 from William T Harbaugh.
    5. Agenda 16 Jan 2009 Committee meeting.
    6. Email from J. Bonine 16 January 2009.
    7. Email from A. Murphy 16 January 2009.
    8. Nine points to consider in licensing University Technology a document produced by the Association of University Technology Managers
    9. Document from Prof. Ian McNeely 16 January 2009.
    10. Email correspondence 18 January 2009 between John Bonine and Rob Horner. See also Oregon State Short Form
    11. Stanford COIC Form
    12. COI policy without COC policy as of 20 January 2009. Also see Document indicating deleted material.
    13. Remarks by COI/COC Chair Gilkey at the Town Hall Meeting 21 January 2009.
    14. Email of 21 Jan 2009 from Professor R. Mann concerning COIC
    15. Letter as of 21 Jan 2009 from Professors Paris and Moffitt.
    16. Email as of 22 Jan 2009 from Professor Jaeger.
    17. Blog posted on the COI-C web page 22 January 2009 concerning the town hall meeting.
    18. Email from Prof. McNeeley 22 Jan 09
    19. Email correspondence between Professors Tomlin and Lininger 23 January 2009.
    20. Minutes of the COI-COC committee meeting 16 January 2009 (posted 24 January 2009).
    21. Tab 6.12 U Indiana at Bloomington (added 25 January 2009). See also Tab 6.12 6.12-a, Tab 6.12 6.12-b, Tab 6.12 6.12-c.
    22. Email of 27 Jan 2009 transmitting a “lite” COI disclosure form to the committee for consideration.
    23. Email as of 27 January 2009 from C. Phillips concerning the “lite” COI disclosure form.
    24. Email as of 27 January 2009 from D. Koch concerning the “lite” COI disclosure form.
    25. Town Hall Feedback
    26. Email as of 27 January 2009 from S. Clark concerning the “lite” COI disclosure form.
    27. Email as of 27 January 2009 from R. Horner concerning the “lite” COI disclosure form.
    28. Email as of 27 January 2009 from H. Sadofsky concerning the “lite” COI disclosure form.
    29. Email as of 27 January 2009 from I. McNeeley concerning the “lite” COI disclosure.
    30. Email as of 27 January 2009 from R. Melnick concerning the “lite” COI disclosure.
    31. Email as of 27 January 2009 from D. Hulse concerning the “lite” COI disclosure.
    32. Email as of 27 January 2009 from B. Shelton concerning the “lite” COI disclosure.
    33. Email as of 27 January 2009 from Yuan Xu concerning the “lite” COI disclosure.
    34. Email 29 January 2009 by P. Gilkey.
    35. Email dated 29 January 2009 from M. Jaeger.
    36. Email dated 29 January 2009 from H. Lin
    37. Email dated 30 January 2009 from C. Jones.
    38. List of “Big Issues” related to the COI-COC as of 1 February 2009.
    39. Correspondence 4 Jan 2009 concerning Notice of Motion at the March Senate Meeting.
    40. Minutes of the 23 January 2009 meeting.
    41. Letter from Russ Tomlin 4 February 2009 concerning COC.
    42. Minutes 4 February 2009. concerning COI.
    43. Minutes12 February 2009 concerning COI.
    44. Minutes19 February 2009 concerning COI.
    45. Minutes26 February 2009 concerning COI.
    46. Cover letter 9 March 2009 from COIC COmmittee chair John Bonine to the campus community enclosing Sample COI financial disclosure form and Sample disclosure form.
    47. Minutes4 March 2009 concerning COI.
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