UO Senate meeting, Wed in 128 CHILES

That’s Chiles. Part of the B-School. Across Kincaid from the “Duckstore”, behind the hotdog stand. AVP for Collaboration Chuck Triplett will be taking attendance, so don’t ditch this one.

I did a little live-blogging below.

Senate Meeting Agenda – October 21, 2015. Agenda  |  Watch Live [Not working]

Rm 128, Chiles; 3:00-5:00 pm

3:00 pm    Introductory Remarks, Senate President Randy Sullivan

3:10 pm    1.   Call to Order

3:10 pm    2.   Approval of Minutes 

2.1       October 7, 2015

3:15 pm    4.   New Business

4.1       Approve Committee on Committees members and call for volunteers for 2015-2016: Robert Kyr (Music), Anne Laskaya (English), Jennifer Ellis (Business), Gordon Sayre (English), Laura Leete (PPPM), Deborah Baumgold (Political Science).

Approved unanimously.

4.2        Motion (Legislation): To Promote Representative Attendance at Senate Meetings; Senate Executive Committee

Confusion about which of several circulating versions is on the floor. Postponed until next meeting with one nay.

4.3        Motion (Policy Proposal): US14/15-66: Hiring of Academic Executive Administrators; Senate Executive Committee

4.4        Motion (Policy Proposal): US14/15-67: Review of Academic Executive Administrators; Senate Executive Committee

President Schill has agreed to discuss strengthening Senate and faculty input into hiring and search. Ad Hoc committee of Harbaugh, Kyr, and Rowe will meet with administration to revise these. Therefore move to postpone vote until January. Unanimous.

S.1       [SUSPENSION OF RULES] Motion (Resolution): Support for the IFS Resolution Addressing Violence in our Schools; Robert Kyr (Music), Immediate Past President

Craig Parsons (Poli Sci) raises good question about what sorts of resolutions the Senate should vote on. Argues that it depends on how closely the topic approaches “academic matters”. Argues that the topic of school shootings does not come close enough. Uses earthquakes as an example. Should Senate approve anti-earthquake motion?

No, but a resolution about tearing down PLC before it collapses in an earthquake and wipes out the Poli Sci, Soc and English professors, not to mention the economists, would clearly be in the Senate’s purview.

Psaki, Walker, etc. back up Kyr on this. Walker very effectively, on point that threats of violence harm academic freedom.

Koopman says that he’s not opposed to taking stands like this, but Senate also needs to spend time and energy on policy changes.

Cramer: These votes matter to students, are part of our educational mission.

Price (Math) points out that UO Constitution addresses resolutions on “university issues” which this clearly is.

Parsons argues that Senators are selected to be representative of UO academic disciplines, but not on basis of political beliefs.

Passes unanimously.  Whoops, Parsons didn’t understand abstentions, he now votes no.

4:30 pm    5.   Open Discussion

5.1        Topics: Full participation of Senators and the UO Community in Senate Deliberations. Progress of Motions.

4:45 pm    6.   Reports

4:45 pm    7.   Notice(s) of Motion

4:45 pm    8.   Other Business

8.1       Announcement of special election for PTRAC and FPC.

5:00 pm    9.   Adjournment

Today: UO Senate meets at 3PM. Schill, Freyd, Kyr, Bonine to speak

Post hoc summary: New Senate Pres Randy Sullivan ran a tight meeting. Large turnout, New UO President Mike Schill did not disappoint.

Note that this is in the Library browsing room. Professor Freyd’s slides from her 2015 survey of UO campus sexual violence are below. This should be very interesting.

Usual live-blog disclaimer: My opinion of what was said, meant, or should have been said. Nothing is a quote unless in quotes.

Senate Meeting Agenda – October 7, 2015

Knight Library, Browsing Room; 3:00-5:00 pm

3:00 pm    Brief Intro to Parliamentary Procedure by Paul Simonds, Parliamentarian

3:05 pm    1.   Call to Order

3:05 pm    2.   Approval of Minutes

2.1       May 27, 2015 and June 3, 2015

3:10 pm    3.   State of the University

3.1       Remarks by President Schill with questions

Key points: Need 80-100 tenure-track faculty. Need to improve graduation rates and speed. There will be tuition increases, money spent on advising, grants to students for completion. Cost of this for students is small relative to the benefits of getting done on time. Also more Pathways money for good in-state low income students. Everyone needs to understand that and stop focusing on the tuition rack-rate to the exclusion of other issues.

New VPGC Kevin Reed. Will focus on improving trust with faculty and state by fixing public records disaster.

Shout out to Prof. Freyd for her work on sexual violence prevention. He actually seems like he means it, unlike some past presidents and interims.

Shout out to the unions. Last thing he wanted to do was start off with a long fight with faculty. That didn’t happen, thanks to union and Schill.

State funding is 47th of states. We’re not giving up on state, but our alumni will be main resources. Last year 76% of fundraising was for academics.

New, new, new , new budget model. RCM model without resources is difficult. Tough for humanities, which students need badly. Likely to move towards more central control by Provost Coltrane w/in next 6 months.

IT: Need stable secure system. Consultants are working on it.

“Our administration procedures are incredibly inefficient.” “It’s just crazy.” “Part of our problem is decentralization.” Never seen anything like it. “It’s waste at the administrative level.” “We don’t even know how many faculty we have”.

Very excited in working with Senate – but under our constitution that is limited to academic matters. “Very very important that as we move forward that we respect the separation of powers.” Senate should not be legislating about athletics.

Too critical a moment for us to seek out issues that divide us.

“I need you, I want you, I implore you to be partner as we move forward.”


Dellabough: How do we navigate academic matters split when things like working conditions impact academics?

Schill: Tough to draw line. Degrees, curriculum, most admissions decisions. [Like admissions of athletes that don’t meet normal academic standards?] On other issues you may have strong views,but not full information. If you send me legislation like that athletics stuff, I’ll just turn it back. I’d encourage Senate not to use resolutions and legislations to challenge me. Challenge me to my face instead. I’m not afraid of engaging.

Unlike Scott Coltrane, I will make a lot of mistakes, and admit to them. Please don’t assume the worst of me when I do, and I won’t assume the worst of you.

Cramer: We’ve had a huge push for online classes. Really hurts quality. I think Senate should take it up. What do you think?

Schill: Yes. Can be good, can be done badly. Usually is, but not always. Might help us reach graduation goals. Senate should take this up.

Bonine: UO Senate includes students, staff, administrators. Senate’s jurisdiction is “academic matters as commonly understood”. We all agree on that. We all need to work together so that disagreements on this occur at the beginning, not at the end.

Schill: Agreed. Appreciate the fact that you gave 2 weeks notice on counseling confidentiality. That was very appropriate.

Price: With regard to 4-year graduation, do you foresee the administration getting involved in classes that have low pass rates?

Schill: “What are you doing to those poor kids” taking calculus? I’m going to be involved, Coltrane too. Get data first, collaborate on answers.

Dreiling: Second Bonine’s call for process to deal with disputes about definition of academic matters. Important from both directions. Senate needs to keep eye on what administration is doing. For example, the latest budget model? Consult with SBC?

Schill: We will consult, just not now at beginning of process. [Uhh,…]

All in all a refreshingly direct talk and back and forth with the Senate. He’s pretty funny too. Era of good feelings continues.

6.    Reports

6.1       [SUSPENSION OF RULES]: Report on Campus Sexual Violence Jennifer Freyd (Psychology)

Follow the link for all the slides, I’m listening not blogging.

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DeSautel: Notes high degree of reported harassment of graduates students, including harassment by faculty. UO has a problematic policy on this. [Not to mention enforcement, from the notoriously incompetent AAEO Director Penny Daugherty.]

Frazee: Check prevention.uoregon.edu and safe.uoregon.edu for more on what UO is doing.

Stabile: Last night was “bid night” for the fraternities and sororities. We tried to move this back til later in the year. Simple change. We failed, despite a year of work. This failure is on all of us.

3:45 pm    4.   New Business

S.1      [SUSPENSION OF RULES] Motion (Resolution): In Support of UCC Survivors and a Call to Action Regarding School Violence; Robert Kyr, Immediate Past President of the University Senate

Section I

1.1 WHEREAS one week ago, on Thursday, October 1, 2015, a horrific shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon (70 miles to the south of the University of Oregon) resulted in the deaths of one faculty member, eight students, and the shooter, who was a UCC student [Please see “Background” below.];

1.2 WHEREAS we have a history of experiencing serious incidents of violence in the Eugene-Springfield community, such as the Thurston High School shooting on Thursday, May 21, 1998, as well as other violent behaviors, such as sexual violence in our university community, and other reprehensible forms of aggression and assault;

1.3 WHEREAS, regrettably, these deplorable events are not being covered by the media nor discussed in public forums in an ongoing, substantive manner that will lead to meaningful action to prevent violence in our schools and in our learning communities;

Section II

2.1 THEREFORE, BE IT MOVED that the University of Oregon Senate offers its deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, and to the survivors of the UCC shooting and to all those whose lives have been directly affected by this tragedy;

2.2 BE IT MOVED that the University of Oregon Senate expresses its gratitude to University President Michael Schill for his quick and compassionate response to the shooting, in particular, by offering support to the families of the victims and to the survivors through University of Oregon services on an ongoing basis [Please see President Schill’s letter under “Background” below.];

2.3 BE IT MOVED that the University of Oregon Senate encourages President Schill to continue to offer services to the families of the victims and to the survivors of the UCC shooting for a considerable period into the future, since the healing process is lengthy and continuing support by institutions that have professional resources is essential and greatly needed;

2.4 BE IT MOVED that the University of Oregon Senate charges Immediate Past President Robert Kyr to pursue effective vehicles for ongoing substantive discussion and meaningful action regarding the urgent topics covered above, in particular, through the offices that he currently holds in the Oregon Interinstitutional Faculty Senate (IFS) and the PAC12 Academic Leadership Coalition, and through engaging the UO Senate in the process of addressing these crucial matters for our university community, as appropriate.

Passes unanimously.

4.1       Motion (Legislation): To Promote Representative Attendance at Senate Meetings; Senate Executive Committee

Postponed to next meeting due to shortage of time.

4.2       Motion (Resolution): Confidentiality of Student’s Counseling Records; John Bonine (Law), Senator

Passes with 2 nayes.

4:45 pm    5.   Open Discussion

4:45 pm    7.   Notice(s) of Motion

Several, but I forget details.

4:45 pm    8.   Other Business

5:00 pm    9.   Adjournment

On time.

Rob Kyr’s remarks on completing 4 tough years of extraordinary university service.

Co-Creating Our University through Shared Governance

Remarks by Robert Kyr, Outgoing Senate President

Delivered on June 4, 2015 to the University of Oregon Board of Trustees

Thank you for the opportunity to offer my remarks to you today, as I complete my
most recent term as Senate President, having also held that office in 2011-2012 and
2012-2013. I want to begin by thanking each one of you, as members of the Board of
Trustees, for your devoted service to our university, and for working with the Senate in
a collaborative and productive manner in order to achieve the highest good for the
institution that we care about so deeply.

Please know that each one of you is greatly respected for your expertise, for your
wisdom, and for your leadership. We are grateful for all of the time and effort that you
are devoting to the ongoing task of furthering the academic excellence of the University
of Oregon and we are dedicated to working closely with you in order to fulfill our
obligations and responsibilities, and to achieve our goals through shared governance.
Yesterday, the Senate convened for its final meeting of the 2014-2015 academic year,
which was one of the most challenging and momentous periods in the history of our
university. At the beginning of the meeting, I made remarks as the outgoing Senate
President, which I would like to share with you now. The title of this set of remarks is
“Co-Creating Our University through Shared Governance.”

Remarks to the Senate at its final convening of the year (June 3, 2015)
“Today, we come to the end of a four-year journey, which began in November 2011
with the firing of President Richard Lariviere, and now, we begin a new journey that is
necessitated by the circumstances of our times. In those former days, that one decision
of the State Board of Higher Education triggered a series of events that changed our
university forever. And a host of other life-changing decisions and legislative initiatives
quickly followed:

• The decision of Richard Lariviere to sign both the University Constitution and Policy
on Policies prior to leaving office;
• The decision of the faculty to unionize;
• The decision of the state legislature to allow our university to have its own Board of
Trustees, a so-called independent governing board;
• The decision of a Provost and a President to step down;
• The decision to undertake an extensive policy realignment that is regulated in part by
our revised Policy on Policies.

And I could go on for quite a long time recounting our four-year history that at many
points along the way has felt like a twenty-year history. As a Senate that represents the
entire university—faculty, students, Officers of Administration, Officers of Research,
and Classified Staff—our role in the transformation of the university has been
demanding, at times overwhelming, and at times exhausting. However, it has always
been worth every ounce of effort that we have devoted to fulfilling our obligations and

For just a moment, let us reflect together on the actions of our University Senate since
2001. I’ve prepared two graphs that illustrate the course of our journey over a thirteen-
year period.

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The upper graph gives us a picture of our Senate activity since 2001 in regard to “Senate
Motions Carried per Year,” while the lower graph is a picture of “Senate Motions
Carried per Meeting,” which was calculated by dividing the number of motions
approved in one year by the number of meetings in that year.

These two pictures of our activity reveal a continual upward trend of Senate activity
since 2009, and particularly since 2011, during a period when our university has faced
the greatest challenges in its history. I think that the message is clear: our University
Senate has more than stepped up to meet the needs of our university and to face the
most significant challenges that continue to face us.

And we would be remiss not to list just a few of the major pieces of legislation that have
been passed since 2011, the “year of the firing”:

• Ratification of the University Constitution;
• Ratification of the Policy on Policies;
• Revision of the Student Conduct Code;
• Policy on Academic Freedom and Freedom of Speech;
• Legislation on Open Committees;
• Legislation for the Creation of an Ombuds Program;
• Task Force to Address Sexual Violence and Survivor Support;
• The Policy Realignment with all of its dedicated workgroups;
• New Program Approvals;
• And too many other significant pieces of legislation to name during this brief set of

We have not merely been active and committed as a Senate, but we have focused our
attention on the very most important challenges that face our university. Together, we
have strived to find solutions through our system of shared governance for the
principal challenges that we face, and in many cases, that we continue to face. Our work
is ongoing, and given the upward trend of the energy and commitment of this
legislative body, it is not difficult to predict that we will continue to fulfill our
obligations to our institution, to each of our constituencies, to ourselves as individuals,
and most importantly, to our students.

As challenging as these past four years have been, as an eternal optimist, I see them as
an incredible gift to us. Through whatever inexplicable workings of fate, we have been
offered a series of amazing opportunities to co-create our institution in a way that
promises to be transformative and visionary. As I have often said, the Senate and its
committee structure, which provides 15,800 hours of service per year, is the engine of
the university.

The Senate is not some random collection of constituencies or merely a rag-tag assembly
of unrelated individuals. From year to year, it is an ever-evolving community, and a
family that faces all of the challenges that come with being a family. Above all, though,
we are a single body of individuals devoted to the work of attaining the highest good
for all concerned. In our common striving and seeking, we embody the spirit of change,
the spirit of transformation, and the spirit of that measure of devotion, which is
essential to reaching for the truth, for greater understanding, and for self-determination.
It is the last item—self-determination—that is perhaps at the heart of our journey. In
order to fully determine our own future, rather than taking the path that others might
force upon us, we must continually renew our commitment to shared governance.
Through this effort, we reinvigorate our will to to co-create this university that we love
so deeply.

I want to thank each and every one of you—and also those listening to the Senate
meeting today via web-streaming—for your efforts to work together through shared
governance to co-create the university of our hopes and of our most profound dreams.
In the coming year, we will certainly continue with the strategic planning process that
was initiated this year. The shape of our future will be determined by the degree to
which all of us participate in this endeavor. I strongly encourage everyone to join in this
ongoing process in collaboration with our new President and our returning Provost.
As the seat of shared governance, the Senate, which represents the entire university, is
stronger than ever and more than ready to address the remaining challenges that we
face during this time of great transformation. My deepest thanks to each one of you for
your devotion and dedication to fulfilling our obligations and responsibilities within
our system of shared governance. And beyond that, my gratitude for your willingness
to give the very best of yourselves on a daily basis to ensure that our university thrives
and truly achieves the highest good for all concerned. Given the dedication and
devotion that each of you has demonstrated so often in our work together, I have no
doubt that we will succeed in co-creating the university that is the truest realization of
our vision, our ideals, and our most deeply held values.”

With gratitude to the University of Oregon Board of Trustees
In closing, I want to thank each one of you, as Trustees of our university, for your
greatly appreciated service and for your commitment to co-creating the University of
Oregon as a truly exceptional institution of higher learning. The Senate looks forward
to working with you in a collaborative way in order to fulfill the educational mission
of our institution.

And a brief editorial: My thanks to Rob Kyr

Professor Rob Kyr (Music), who stepped down as UO Senate President on Wednesday, became UO Senate President in June 2011. I’d never heard of the man. When I googled him, I discovered he was a full professor of music composition and theory, and “one of the most prolific American composers of his generation”.  Hmm. I thought that would sure point to a quiet year in the Senate. But then George Pernsteiner and Matt Donegan decided to fire UO President Richard Lariviere.

It quickly became clear that Rob Kyr was also an adept politician, a great public speaker, an organizer with an bottomless willingness to work for a cause he believed in, and that he had a flexible and creative mind that could embrace both expedient compromises and unyielding principles.

Rob Kyr used all these skills to keep the UO faculty together during the 4 tumultuous years that have followed the Lariviere firing. No one else could have done it.

Thank you Rob, for your work, and your inspiration.

Be there: Final Senate meeting today, Wed. 3PM. Pres-elect vote, legislation report, gavel to Sullivan, reception for award winners

Senate Meeting Agenda – June 3, 2015, 2014-2015Agendas

115 Lawrence, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

3:00 pm    1.   Call to Order

3:00 pm    2.   Approval of Minutes

2.1      April 15, 2015  2.2      May 13, 2015  2.3      May 20, 2015

3:05 pm    3.   State of the University

3.1       Report from the Academic Council on Academic Integrity: Frances White, Academic Council (Chair, Committee on Courses) 

White give a brief and positive report on the importance and efficiency of the AC.

3.2       Remarks from Robert Kyr, Outgoing Senate President

Kyr: The importance of self-determination and shared governance. The Senate as UO’s must durable and important institution during the recent troubles. [I have to add that without Rob Kyr I’m not sure that the Senate could have held it together.] I’ll post the full speech shortly.

3:15 pm    4.   New Business

4.1       Election of the Senate President-elect (Vice President) for 2015 – 2016

So far the only candidate is Bill Harbaugh (Economics), but fortunately the rules allow for nominations from the floor.

Is their no one else? Apparently not. I give a brief speech and then there’s a vote. 23 yes, 7 no.

4.9       US14/15-102: Amendment of Inherited State Board Computing Priorities Policy,Curriculum and Program Matters Workgoup; Colin Koopman (Associate Professor, Philosophy), Senator & Bruce McGough (Associate Professor, Economics), Senator

Koopman introduces: Passes unanimously after brief discussion about costs.

4.2       UO Senate Classified Staff Leadership Award: Johnny Earl, Campus Operations

[This man is widely loved across campus. SEIU steward, on the bargaining committee. The bit below is not verbatim, but close.]

Mr. Earl: We do what we do. My work at this university may not be as distinguished as that of some of the people in this room, but it’s important. What I do today is what matters. There are others here who have been forgotten. Wants to be a good steward for the buildings and people of the universities of Oregon. Hometown Chicago. We live in a bubble here in Eugene. A great bubble.

When he first applied to UO, he got the stare-down from the other staff. Campus has changed – I don’t feel out of place. But we can still do better.

I don’t know how causes find you. But here’s the one that found me. 1500 state university employees make less than $15 dollars an hour. Something is wrong when we have all these beautiful buildings, but our workers need public assistance. This is true all over the country. I’m just trying to plant a seed in you about this. Maybe it will grow like those blackberry plants.

Quotes Malcolm X: Usually, when people are sad, they don’t do anything. But when they get angry, they make change. [I’ve heard something similar from the Dali Lama].

We need to make change at the University of Oregon.

4.3       UO Senate Award for Shared Governance, Transparency, and Trust: Michael Dreiling, Associate Professor (Sociology)

Kyr reads Dreiling’s impressive list of accomplishments and university service, including as President of the faculty union.

Dreiling: I want thank Rob Kyr for his outstanding contributions this past year. As have so many others. Shout out to his partner, Yvonne for modeling integrity for him.

Senate is uniting the university community, making the university human. Our voices matters. A university administration that listens to the Senate’s voices will thrive.

The award is for shared  governance, trust and transparency. All these things need each other. Wants to add two other principles: humility and courage, that I’ve needed over these last few years. Acknowledge mistakes, apologize, get back to work.

4.4       US14/15-100: Announcement and Confirmation of Spring 2015 Committee Appointments; Commitee on Committees; Randy Sullivan (Senate Vice President), Chair

Passes unanimously.

4.5       US14/15-92: Regarding Negotiations on Recent Senate Legislation; Senate Executive Committee (through John Bonine; Professor, Law School)

Bonine: This will allow the Senate to work with the new president on working out compromises  on recent legislation passed by the Senate on athletics, sexual assault prevention, student conduct code, and the confidentiality of student counseling records.

Passes unanimously.

4.6       US14/15-06: Change of Membership for the Graduate Council, Joe Lowndes, Chair of the Graduate Council; Scott L. Pratt, Dean of the Graduate School

Housecleaning. Passes unanimously.

4.7      US14/15-99: Change of the Name of the Committee for LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Intersex), Maure Smith-Benati, Director; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Education Support and Services Program (LGBTESSP)

Smith-Benati: Motion is very clear. UO is one of top 10 trans friendly universities. We think this is bringing in new students, but UO does not give students a way to identify so data is not good.

Smith-Benati gives some tips on how to correctly use language when talking about trans people, unfortunately I couldn’t type quickly enough to get them down.

Passes unanimously.

4.8      US14/15-101: Repeal of Class Size Policy (Bonine #500), Curriculum and Program Matters Workgoup; Deborah Healey (Senior Instructor, American English Institute), Senator

Healey: It’s from 1962. Repealed unanimously.

4.10      Passing of the Gavel to the Incoming Senate President Randy Sullivan (Chemistry); Robert Kyr (Music), Outgoing Senate President


4:55 pm    5.   Open Discussion

4:55 pm    6.   Reports

4:55 pm    7.   Notice(s) of Motion

4:55 pm    8.   Other Business

5:00 pm    9.   Adjournment

5:00 pm   10.  Reception for Award Winners & the 2014 – 2015 Senate; A Time to Celebrate

Bill Harbaugh (Economics) to run for UO Senate President-Elect

That would be me. The president-elect will be elected by the Senate at the June 3rd meeting, and serves one year as Senate VP, and then becomes Senate President the following year. Randy Sullivan (Chemistry) was elected last year, and will be president for 2015-16.

If I’m elected I’d have to make some significant changes to this blog. I’m considering alternatives ranging from handing it off to another person or group of people to cutting way back on my opinions and eliminating anonymous comments.

John Bonine (Law) has proposed a change to the Senate rules, to have a vote to reconfirm the VP as president at the end of their year as VP, or vote in a new president. I would support this change, to take effect this coming year, so it would apply to whoever is elected this year.

I’ll post at more length next week about my goals as VP and president, and all nominees will give a statement at the Senate meeting and answer questions. If anyone else is running, I’d be happy to post their statements here as well. Meanwhile here’s my c.v.

Senate approves courses, awards, new grad programs, NCAA and UO history reforms, all by 4:30. Moves on to policies.

To be followed by a reception for Senate award winners Miriam Bolton, Johnny Earl, Michael Dreiling, and Carol Stabile. The next and final Senate meeting will be June 3rd. I might get in a little live-blogging below, or Watch Live,

Senate Meeting Agenda – May 27, 2015

3:00 pm    1.   Call to Order

3:00 pm    2.   Approval of Minutes

3:05 pm    3.   State of the University

3.1       Restart of the Senate General Election

3.2       Call for Nominations for Senate President-elect

3:15 pm    4.   New Business

4.2       UO Senate Leadership and Service Award for Officers of Administration: Miriam Bolton, Administrative Director (Dean’s Office, College of Arts and Sciences)

Great choice. Lisa Raleigh introduces. For university service above and beyond the call of duty. Points out this is particularly important for OAs as they are not unionized. Worked to give OA Council a voice in shared governance. And good sense of humor, and all that while earning BA and MS degrees.

President Kyr presents an appropriately engraved and sturdy looking glass award.

Bolton’s speech focuses on shared governance, and support of OAC council members, asking hard questions, creating meaningful dialogue. Shout out to colleagues and to Jamie Moffitt for improving transparency.

4.3       UO Senate Classified Staff Leadership Award: Johnny Earl, Campus Operations

Not able to be present, will get award at June 3rd Senate meeting.

4.4       UO Senate Award for Shared Governance, Transparency, and Trust: Michael Dreiling, Associate Professor (Sociology)

Not able to be present, will get award at June 3rd Senate meeting.

4.5       Wayne Westling Award: Carol Stabile, Professor (School of Journalism and Communication)

Kyr: Award created in 2001 in honor of Westling, a fierce supporter of shared governance. Exemplary service to university over a period of years, and inspired commitment to shared governance.

John Bonine introduces: Award is for giants. Stabile has long service of committee leadership. Director of CSWS. Education and growth of students can be harmed by sexual violence, discrimination. Helping these students is important. Many leaders on this subject, and many supporters, but Stabile deserves special recognition for leading the Senate Task Force on Sexual Violence Prevention. Helped all UO community members work towards consensus report – 20 students per week – on what must be done. And she did it while on sabbatical. Work is not done, many new victims at UO each week. Nominated by 15 people from all over UO. Shining a light, and please continue your leadership!

Stabile: I was told the award for service is more service, so I’m glad to get an award too. Thanks Kyr and Senate for support. Task Force was a difficult process. Distrust, hurt, and trauma among the victims. Respect for work of student conduct office and ombudsman. The collective we has challenged the silence around rape culture. Wishes she could share the honor with the Task Force and the new Senate Standing Committee.

Kyr: You’re a beacon for what shared governance can do.

4.1       Curriculum Report, Spring Quarter 2015; Committee on Courses, Frances White (Anthropology), Chair of the Committee on Courses

Frances White: You’ve all had 2 weeks to do your reading. Notes that the student engagement policy in the Winter report was rescinded by the Senate. Presents some minor amendments, course additions, and technical changes. Only 50 or 60 pages this time. Thanks committee for their work. Kyr thanks Frances and committee, notes that this is one of the most hard-working committees on campus.

Passes unanimously.

4.6        US14/15-96: Approval of New Program: M.Ed. in Prevention Science and Health Promotion;Joe Lowndes, Chair of the Graduate Council

Kyr notes that the Senate is introducing a “New Program Tracker” along the lines of Bonine’s famous policy tracker, so that Senate can keep track of new programs as they go through college and committee approvals.

Additionally, new programs will now have a program summary which, in theory, will show the dates of approval, etc. New programs now need to get approval from the State HECC, so this is important.

Joe Lowndes (Poli Sci and GC chair.) Went through external review, very strong, also from GC.

Victoria Mitchell (Library). Notes that there is nothing in the budget for any of these 3 proposal for library expenses, e.g. new journals. Response: Emerging field.

(?) Notes that the syllabi have reading lists that include medical journals. With no UO med school (yet?) libraries may in fact need to get access to new journals.

Harbaugh: Perhaps these are already available via current library journal deals with publishers?

Motion passes unaimously.

4.7       US14/15-97: Approval of New Program: M.S. in Prevention Science and Health Promotion, Joe Lowndes, Chair of the Graduate Council

No new questions, passes unanimously.

4.8      US14/15-98: Approval of New Program: Ph.D. in Prevention Science and Health Promotion; Joe Lowndes, Chair of the Graduate Council

No new questions, passes unanimously.

4.9       US14/15-91: COIA Request for Member Senate Vote on Possible Presidential Commission; Senate Executive Committee

NCAA FAR Tim Gleason has written at length in opposition to having the Senate consider this resolution without sending it back to the IAC for discussion and a formal vote. The emails between Gleason, Tublitz, myself, and IAC Chair Kurt Krueger, and my response, are here.

To be blunt and civil, I think this is a delaying tactic by Gleason. While it’s encouraging to hear the administration’s athletic representative speak in support of the role of the Senate IAC in athletics, it would be more credible if it didn’t come with unveiled threats like this, from one of Gleason’s emails:

As for your statements concerning FAR participation in IAC meetings, I am attended IAC meetings and intend to continue to do so as long as it is productive to participate. Should the committee return to the “dysfunctional” state noted in the IAC chair’s 2014/15 report that resulted in the withdrawal of the athletic department and my predecessor, I will reconsider.

Meanwhile the administration’s PAGIA is still holding secret meetings, and is telling AD Rob Mullens that he does not need to engage with the Senate IAC.

After a brief discussion, the resolution passes unanimously.

4.10       US14/15-90: Committee to Consider Historical Markers to Acknowledge Diverse History at UO; Jane Cramer (Associate Professor, Political Science), Chair of the Discrimination Policies Workgroup; Alliance for Graduate Student Diversity, Jouapag Lee; Black Student Union; Jennifer Freyd, Professor (Psychology); Carol Stabile, Professor (School of Journalism and Communication); Michael Dreiling, Associate Professor (Sociology)

This is just fascinating. Great idea. Sorry, I’m listening not blogging. After a brief discussion, the resolution passes unanimously.

4:55 pm    5.   Open Discussion

4:55 pm    6.   Reports

Report on Academic Integrity will come soon.

4:55 pm    7.   Notice(s) of Motion

4:55 pm    8.   Other Business

5:00 pm    9.   Adjournment

5:00 pm   10.  Reception for Award Winners; A Time to Celebrate

NOTE: The Policy Tracker may be viewed here.

In shocking news, the Senate finishes its business early, at 4:30. But the beer will not be here until 4:45. Kyr decides to make us knock off a policy or two while we wait, dying of thirst. The lines on the projector screen blur into a miasma of black and red, as Senators collapse in the aisles of exhaustion.

US14/15-88: Revision and Adoption of Appointment Policy (Bonine #284, 294); Deborah Olson (Instructor, Special Education and Clinical Services), Co-Chair of the Employment Matters Workgroup

Olson: This came up last week, there where was some need for minor revisions, which have been addressed.

Koopman questions as to whether or not this supersedes the faculty union CBA. What happens when policies conflict with the CBA, or other policies.

Gordon Sayre says he sees this UO policy as a minimum standard, particularly for faculty that are not in the CBA, but the CBA rules where there is a discrepancy.

PAC Member (didn’t get name) reiterates these concerns.

Kyr points out that the Senate is not adopting these policies, it is sending them on to the PAC which will consider these issues.

Still some discomfort and it’s now 4:54 …

Senate meets on fac-student engagement, policies, diversity

Senate Meeting Agenda – May 20, 2015

115 Lawrence, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

3:00 pm    1.   Call to Order

3:00 pm    2.   Approval of Minutes

3:05 pm    3.   State of the University

3:15 pm    4.   New Business

4.1       US14/15-86: Motion to Amend Policy on Faculty-Student Engagement in UO Courses; Alison Schmitke (Undergrad Degree Program Dir, Education Studies), Chair of the Undergraduate Council

Amended to rescind the entire policy, send back to committee, then passed unanimously.

4.2       US14/15-93: Repeal of Policy on Academic Procedure and Credit (Bonine #495); Monique Balbuena (Associate Professor, Honors College), Chair of the Curriculum & Program Matters Workgroup


4.3       US14/15-94: Repeal of Policy on Guidelines for Foreign Study Programs (Bonine #503); Monique Balbuena (Associate Professor, Honors College), Chair of the Curriculum & Program Matters Workgroup


4.4       US14/15-95: Repeal of Policy on Accreditation Reports (Bonine #632); Monique Balbuena (Associate Professor, Honors College), Chair of the Curriculum & Program Matters Workgroup


4.5       US14/15-82: Repeal of Policy on Textbooks and Curricular Materials (Bonine #243); Jane Cramer (Associate Professor, Political Science), Chair of Discrimination Policy Workgroup

Current language: Nothing herein either prohibits or requires the use of any particular textbook or curricular materials. If, however, materials are found upon investigation to exert a discriminatory impact on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, national origin, race or religion, the institutions and divisions shall make a reasonable effort to make available supplemental alternative nondiscriminatory materials.

Senate votes to delete this policy on the basis of academic freedom.

4.6       US14/15-88: Revision and Adoption of Appointment Policy (Bonine #284, 294); Deborah Olson (Instructor, Special Education and Clinical Services), Co-Chair of the Employment Matters Workgroup

Postponed for cleanup, along with others below, to give time for Equity and Inclusion plan, below.

4.7       US14/15-89: Adoption of Policies Related to Employment Matters (Bonine #s 42, 44). Deborah Olson (Instructor, Special Education and Clinical Services), Co-Chair of the Employment Matters Workgroup

4.8       US14/15-84: Adoption of Policies on Conditions of Service and Academic Freedom (Bonine #     270, 271, 275, 278, 288, 289, 290, 293, 295, 296, 297, 399, 301, 349); Deborah Olson (Instructor, Special Education and Clinical Services), Co-Chair of the Employment Matters Workgroup

4.9       US14/15-85: Revision and Adoption of Employment Policies (Bonine #s 268, 269, 272, 274,     276, 277, 279, 280, 281); Deborah Olson (Instructor, Special Education and Clinical Services), Co-Chair of the Employment Matters Workgroup

4:55 pm    5.   Open Discussion

4:55 pm    6.   Reports

6.1       Report on IDEAL Framework for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Yvette Alex-Assensoh, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion

The website for the IDEAL plan is here. I’m going to add a few numbers. The budget for Equity and Inclusion has grown by about 50% over the past 5 years. Administrative spending has doubled:

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The university also spends about $780K on Penny Daugherty’s AAEO office:

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IR has some pretty good data here:

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After her presentation, VP Alex-Assensoh answered questions from senators:

Q: Jane Cramer asks about how Affirmative Action fits in with the plan.
A: I have no authority over AA, but they will have to implement parts of the plan.
Q: Wouldn’t it be better to have AA under Equity and Inclusion, instead of reporting to the VPFA?

[Obviously this is a touchy issue – rumors of some sort of AA reform are going around.]

Q: John Bonine asks: Would you have any professional objections to moving AA under your office?
A: We need to think about it.
Q: Gina Psaki: If you could do anything to improve equity and diversity here, what would you do?
A: Focus on helping one another.

Senate gives an enthusiastic round of applause for Yvette and her work, and adjourns. Next meeting next Wed 5/27, and the last Senate meeting will be Wed 6/3.

4:55 pm    7.   Notice(s) of Motion

4:55 pm    8.   Other Business

5:00 pm    9.   Adjournment

NOTE: The Policy Tracker may be viewed here.

5/18/2015: Senate Elections to resume 5/25 after software fix and nominee checks

Last week presidents Kyr and Coltrane postponed the Senate elections, due to errors in the election software. Myself and others pointed out that the software let people vote for committee members outside their own colleges and constituent status, and also that there was no confirmation screen showing who you had voted for and asking you to confirm your choices. The plan is for elections to restart Monday May 25th, I’m sure there will be an email with the details.

Meanwhile Kyr has asked the deans to email nominees and ask them to confirm their interest in serving. One thing missing from the the elections this year is the opportunity for people to add a statement to the Senate website explaining why they are running. This was tried last year, I thought it was pretty useful.

Triplett and Coltrane reject Senate legislation wholesale

The letters are nominally from Scott Coltrane, but the metadata says they were written by AVP for Collaboration Chuck Triplett, complete with some interesting grammatical errors. I’ll post more on these in the next few days. From the president.uoregon.edu website:

Presidential responses to Senate actions

Interim President Scott Coltrane issued the following responses to University Senate actions in April and May 2015:

Resolution to create and make accessible more gender-inclusive restrooms on the UO campusUS14/15-30 Resolutions, presidential response (Rejected. Admins are confused about difference between legislation and resolution?)

Not in Our Name: The UO Senate Rejects UO’s Response to the Lawsuit from the Student Survivor of Alleged Rape, US14/15-55 Resolution, presidential response (Rejected.)

Payment by Athletic Department for General Academic Purposes, US13/14-31 Legislation, presidential response (Requests Senate withdrawal.)

Selection of the UO Faculty Athletics Representative, US13/14-50 Legislation, presidential response (Requests Senate withdrawal.)

Employee Morale-Building Event Expenditures US14/15-58 Policy, presidential response (Will keep Senate apprised.)

Appointing an IAC Faculty Member to the Special Athletics Admit Group, US12/13/12 Legislation, presidential response (Requests Senate withdrawal.)

Timeline for Administration’s Response to Recommendations Concerning Sexual Violence, US14/15-59 Legislation, presidential response (Sorry, I’m not sure what he’s saying here.)

Return Therapy Records and Clarify and strengthen Privacy and Confidentiality Guarantees for Clients of All Mental Health Clinics at the University, US14/15-60 Resolution, presidential response(Sorry, I’m not sure what he’s saying here.)

ASUO-Athletics Ticket Agreement, US14/15-52 Resolution, presidential response (Bad link.)

UO Faculty to Nominate UO Faculty Trustee, US14/15-61 Legislation, presidential respons(Requests Senate withdrawal.)

Semi-live-blog: Senate to meet on policies, with new Pres Michael Schill to speak at end, reception

Cocktail party version of today’s Senate meeting:

Old president Scott Coltrane said no, no, no, no, no, to the Senate legislation on sexual violence prevention and athletics.

New President Michael Schill talked to the Senate and answered questions for a good 30 minutes, and didn’t say “Go Ducks” once.

He’d been misinformed about the faculty union. He thought we emphasized across the board raises. Actually, in the last round of bargaining it was the union that put the emphasis on merit and equity raises. The administration’s team cut those to the bone, while keeping most of the across the board. Union President Dreiling explained this to him.

Speaking of merit pay, the Senate meeting was followed by a Faculty Union membership meeting, 5-7PM in the EMU ballroom, with beer, to discuss the administration’s 0% and a ’64 Chevy Van raise proposal:

Senate Meeting Agenda – May 13, 2015. Live here

115 Lawrence, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

3:00 pm    1.   Call to Order

Senate elections need a reboot. Nothing nefarious here, just a software screwup:

Dear Colleagues,

As you may know, elections for the University Senate, university standing committees, and the Officers of Administration Council began on Friday, May 8. Unfortunately, we have discovered technological issues that could compromise the results.

We are currently identifying and correcting the problem. After reprogramming the system, we will re-start the voting process on Monday, May 25, 2015. The new deadline to vote in the election will now be Monday, June 8, 2015. All of the ballots cast up to this point will be discarded, and anyone who has already voted will need to cast a new ballot.

The university values its elected representative bodies. This representation and the election process is a crucial element of effective shared governance. We are taking this step to ensure the integrity of the election process and will publish full results when voting is concluded. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Again, the elections will re-start on Monday, May 25, 2015. Please, log into Duckweb to cast your ballot between May 25 and June 8, 2015. Thank you for your participation in this important process and thank you for your service to the university.

Sincerely, Scott Coltrane, Interim President, University of Oregon

Rob Kyr, Senate President

3:00 pm    2.   Minutes

3:05 pm    3.   State of the University

3.1        Remarks by Interim President Coltrane with questions

Interim President Coltrane’s responses to recent Senate legislation and resolutions on sexual violence prevention, cutting athletics subsidies, giving Senate a say in athletic admits and FAR, etc:  No, No, No, No. Looks like these problems will get passed on to new President Schill and perhaps to a full Faculty Assembly in the fall.

3.2        Strategic Planning Update; Frances Bronet, Acting Provost

Strategic planning process. Docs here. Established goals, values and process. Great opportunity to build further, get more feedback. Bronet is leaving to be Provost at IIT, Coltrane’s job to do something with this. Gives shoutout to Rob Kyr and team leaders.

3:30 pm    4.   New Business

4.1       US14/15-81: Adoption of Policy on Proprietary Research (Bonine #777); Bruce Mc Gough (Associate Professor, Economics), member of Curriculum & Program Matters Workgroup


4.2       US14/15-83: Repeal of OSBHE Poliy on Instructional Categories of “Liberal Arts, Professional, Pre-Profession, & Technical Education” (Bonine #499); Colin Koopman (Associate Professor, Philosophy), member of the Curriculum & Program Matters Workgroup


4.3       US14/15-65: Delivery of the M. S. Program in Historic Preservation to a New Location; Andy Berglund, Associate Dean of the Graduate School

Incredibly, the administration has screwed this up again. $105K or so discrepancy, numbers don’t add up. We’re sure this thing is cost neutral? No wonder the well is dry. 30 minutes of debate and it passes.

4.4       US14/15-80: Adoption of Discrimination Policies (Bonine #s 228, 229, 231, 232, 233, 234, 237, 241, 242); Jane Cramer (Associate Professor, Political Science), Chair of Discrimination Policy Workgroup

[POLICY 580.015.0040]

F.) Discrimination in Access to Course Offerings Prohibited:

There shall be no unreasonable differentiation among individuals on a prohibited basis in access to classes, courses of study or other educational programs or activities offered by the University of Oregon institutions, …

Wait a minute, how did the Duck athletic department get away with those athlete-only FHS 199 and “Art of the Athlete” courses?

Change “identity” to “gender identity”, passes unanimously at 4:27.

These are held over:

4.5       US14/15-82: Repeal of Policy on Textbooks and Curricular Materials (Bonine #243); Jane Cramer (Associate Professor, Political Science), Chair of Discrimination Policy Workgroup

4.6       US14/15-84: Adoption of Policies on Conditions of Service and Academic Freedom (Bonine #s 270, 271, 275, 278, 288, 289, 290,293, 295, 296, 297, 299, 301, 349); Employment Matters Policy Workgroup (Dianne Dugaw, Daphne Joubran, Deborah Olson, Ron Bramhall, Gordon Sayre, Mike Strain, Michael Dreiling)

4.7       US14/15-85: Revision and Adoption of Employment Policies (Bonine #s 268, 269, 272, 274, 276, 277, 279, 280, 281); Employment Matters Policy Workgroup (Dianne Dugaw, Daphne Joubran, Deborah Olson, Ron Bramhall, Gordon Sayre, Mike Strain, Michael Dreiling)

4:30 pm    5.   Open Discussion

4:30 pm    6.   Reports

4:30 pm    7.   Notice(s) of Motion

4:30 pm    8.   Other Business

8.1       Wayne Westling Award: Executive Session

8.2       Remarks by President Michael Schill

Sorry, I’m listening, no live blog. Some good questions, some good answers. Lots of questions about shared governance. I’ll post the video once it’s archived.

FWIW, Mike Gottfredson’s first talk to the Senate is here:

This is how I come to the governance idea – all of these things that are in the idea of a public research university tell us how we must be governed. To protect these values, it is essential that we employ a shared governance model – active and meaningful collaboration, active faculty participation and a faculty authority for academic matters. This has meaning that’s informed by history and by peer reference.

Proper shared governance expects competency and places responsibility for the nature and care of the central mission of the university with the faculty. This includes the curriculum and programs of study, academic degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels, honors [and] the qualifications of students. It includes standards for admissions and for academic scholarships, the qualifications of faculty, including hiring and promotion. These seem to me to be faculty responsibilities in a shared governance model, responsibilities that derive from the idea of the university and the duty and competence to defend the university’s core values. And, the faculty have a shared duty – the duty to ensure principles of community. A key faculty responsibility is to defend the core value of freedom of inquiry and expression.

At the same time the principle of shared governance tells us what the responsibilities of the administration are, and the competencies to be expected from the administration. Essentially, those are to manage the university to the public interest, consistent with the derived values that I just enumerated that are implicit in the idea of a public research university. They include the duty to be capable stewards consistent with the notions of community and to the requirements of our governing board and other authorities. Budget and finance, operational management, and adherence to policies of governing bodies are administrative duties in shared governance.

In my view, the administrative governance responsibilities only work when important policies and practices are informed by consultation and advice from the faculty, staff and students. Such consultation and advice can only be meaningful if it takes place in a spirit of transparency and knowledge and in a timely manner. There’s not much use in consulting after the fact – or not much use consistent with these ideas of governance, anyway.

So there’s an essential advisory role for the senate, even on administrative matters – an essential role on those matters that are central to the execution of our mission, like budget and finance, space and capital planning, athletics and of course participation in the selection and the evaluation of academic administrators. …

5:00 pm    9.   Adjournment

5:00 pm   10.  Reception for new University President Michael Schill: Hayden Gallery, 120 Lawrence (behind Lawrence 115)

Today: Last chance to run for Senate, committees

4/27/2015 update:

To: University Campus Community

From: Robert Kyr, University Senate President

RE: Please Sign Up for Senate & Committee Service—

Final Deadline: MONDAY, April 27, 2015

I am writing with a last reminder that Monday, April 27 is the deadline to sign up for Senate and Committee service through the following qualtrics survey:

University Senate and Committee Nominations Survey 2015

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TODAY: UO Senate to meet Wed 4/15 on policies, and in executive session

Senate Meeting Agenda – April 15, 2015

Lawrence, Rm. 115; 3:00-5:00 pm

3:00 pm    1.   Call to Order

3:00 pm    3.   State of the University

3.1       Remarks by Robert Kyr, Senate President

3:05 pm    4.   New Business           

4.1       Motion (Policy Adoption): Adoption of Policy on Conferral of Posthumous Degrees (Bonine #724); Monique Balbuena (Associate Professor, Honors College); Chair of Curriculum & Program Matters Workgroup

4.2       Motion (Policy Adoption): Adoption of Policy on Classified Research (Bonine #773);Monique Balbuena (Associate Professor, Honors College); Chair of Curriculum & Program Matters Workgroup

4.3       Motion (Policy Adoption): Adoption of Policy on Financial Conflict of Interest in Research (Bonine #774);Monique Balbuena (Associate Professor, Honors College); Chair of Curriculum & Program Matters Workgroup

4.4       Motion (Policy Adoption): Adoption of Policy on Student Petition Processes (Bonine #37); Randy Sullivan (Lecture Demonstrator, Chemistry); Co-Chair of Student Grievance Workgroup

4.5       Motion (Policy Adoption): Adoption of Policy on Student Financial Aid Appeals Procedures (Bonine #41); Randy Sullivan (Lecture Demonstrator, Chemistry); Co-Chair of Student Grievance Workgroup

4:00 pm    5.   Open Discussion

4:00 pm    6.   Reports

4:00 pm    7.   Notice(s) of Motion

4:00 pm    8.   Other Business

8.1        Executive Session

5:00 pm    9.   Adjournment

Now w/ video: Coltrane chastises Senate – but Senators not chastened

Video of 4/8/2015 Senate meeting now posted here:

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Some links to highlights:

Coltrane reads Chuck Triplett’s talking points on Senate rules, here.

Criticism of gender inclusive bathrooms motion, here.

What Coltrane and Lillis are really upset about: the Senate messing with the sports deals, here.

John Ahlens gets the first response to Coltrane. He notes that all the Senate’s work is public. Here.

Former Senate President Gordon Sayre disputes Coltrane’s claim that Senate shouldn’t deal with athletics, while one pissed off looking Tim Gleason gives him the evil eye, here. Followed by me reiterating my willingness to meet with Coltrane and talk about a compromise.

Student Senator Samantha Cohen and John Bonine take Coltrane to task for his administrations continued botching of the confidential student counseling records, here.

Cocktail party version:

Back in November, Board of Trustees Chair Chuck Lillis came to the Senate and gave us a hard time for being too slow in approving motions. Lillis was particularly upset that Senate hadn’t yet approved the plans for a new Sports Product Design degree, which RG reporter Diane Dietz later discovered was the pet project of one of Lillis’s friends, and in any case had been held up by B-school faculty and administrators who were skeptical of Jim Bean’s initial “trust me, I’m Jim Bean” proposal, and not by the Senate.

Today Interim President Coltrane came to the Senate and gave us a hard time for being too fast in approving motions. (Plus something about how we’d screwed up approving the gender neutral bathroom motion. I don’t think I was the only person who found this part of his argument a bit puzzling). Coltrane also had a lot to say about how the Senate doesn’t get a say when it comes to intercollegiate sports and student-athletes, because those aren’t academic matters as commonly understood. Interesting. I’ll go out on a limb and guess that AVP for Collaboration Chuck Triplett was the driving force behind Coltrane’s speech.

The Senate has gone through a lot of work in the last few months. John Bonine has been a monster on policies, 4 athletics motions passed unanimously after serious debates. Then there was the Freyd and Stabile work on sexual assault prevention and the Jane Doe countersuit, Interim GC Doug Park and the counseling confidentiality problem, etc. Senate President Rob Kyr has worked incredibly hard to keep everything on track. No one in the Senate feels that they’ve been slacking off.

So, the Senate didn’t exactly take this lying down. People were polite to Coltrane – out of respect for him, his hard work, and the impossible position that Gottfredson left him – but the general sentiment did not seem to be that the Senate was the reason for the general lack of trust that the faculty, the university community, and the state’s press has in the leadership of the University of Oregon, and in whoever is the president in any given month.

Kyr followed Coltrane’s remarks with an idea for a retreat type meeting between the Senate and the Administration, to discuss how to strengthen shared governance. Lots of support for this idea.

Senate Meeting Agenda – April 8, 2015

Lawrence, Rm. 115; 3:00-5:00 pm

3:00 pm    1.   Call to Order

3:00 pm    2.   Approval of Minutes

2.1       February 11, 2015 and March 4, 2015

3:03 pm    3.   State of the University

3.1       Remarks by Interim President Coltrane with questions

Sorry, this is very skimpy:

Pres Kyr introduces, notes that Pres Coltrane has some issues with motions that have been passed recently.

Coltrane: Remarks will focus on shared governance. Committed to this principle, and has worked on it in practice. Says current relationship is suffering from lack of respect, trust.

Claims that Senate is not following its rules, not interacting with administration, not relying on committee structure to collaborate.

Says that Senate has over-reached into non-academic areas, e.g. athletics. (This of course is the red-line for the administration. Nothing gets their back up like the faculty thinking that have something to say about athletics. Not under Senate’s purview. He then goes culty elect the FARon to talk about how important athletics is to UO’s academic mission ….

Then goes into the motion to have the faculty elect the Faculty Athletics Representative. Asserts that Tim Gleason was selected appropriately.

Claims that he’s heard from many research active faculty that don’t want to get involved in Senate because of theatrics. (I’ve heard the same, saying they don’t want to get involved with administrative working groups, because they never get a straight story from the administration and nothing ever gets done.)

Solutions? Problems are rooted in lack of trust. Says he will continue to work with Senate, wants to broaden participation. More shared conversations.


JA: Agree somewhat, particularly about last minute motions. But we are very public. Hard to get information from the administration.

GP: Senate elections have generally been unopposed. This is not a new problem.

GS: Regarding athletics – not just a UO problem. You challenge is Senate has authority. But Senate takes these actions out of desperation, because university presidents nationwide haven’t done their job.

WH: We need to solve the athletics issues. Let’s talk. Coltrane: OK.

JC: We love the ducks, it’s not antagonistic, the faculty wants some respect too.

Student SC: Disagrees with what Coltrane said about confidential records.

JB: Given how you started this meeting – saying the Senate is disfunctional – you’ve set the faculty up to come across as contentious if we disagree with you. Frances Bronet made a *very* strong statement abut UO policy and how counseling would be kept confidential. Then Shelly Kerr put up new policy language that was inconsistent with that. Why didn’t they “pick up the phone” and consult with the faculty, or at least the Provost…


3.2       Senate Updates: Robert Kyr, Senate President

3:25 pm    4.   New Business

4.1       Motion (Policy Adoption): Delivery of the M. S. Program in Historic Preservation to a New Location; Kellie Geldreich, Academic Affairs Manager (Graduate School)

Postponed because the administration botched the motion. VPAA Barbara Altmann told the Senate a donor would pay for the move, but the motion asked for $105K for the move. Then it turned out the rest of the financial information had been redacted from the pdf.

All the motions below were also postponed. The hope is that the administration will meet with Senators to work out differences and get these back on the agenda in compromise form. We’ll see.

4.2       Motion (Policy Adoption): Hiring of Academic Executive Administrators; Senate Executive Committee; Senate Executive Committee [Redlined copy: Hiring of Academic Executive Administrators (REDLINE)]

4.3       Motion (Policy Adoption): Review of Academic Executive Administrators; Senate Executive Committee [Redlined copy: Review of Academic Executive Administrators (REDLINE)]

4.4       Motion (Legislation): A Report on UO’s Academic Support for Student-Athletes; William Harbaugh (Economics), Senator [Return of Item 4.6 from March 11, 2015 Senate Meeting]

4.5       Motion (Legislation): The UO Senate will decide on the addition or subtraction of intercollegiate athletics sports; William Harbaugh (Economics), Senator

4:45 pm    5.   Open Discussion

4:45 pm    6.   Reports

4:45 pm    7.   Notice(s) of Motion

4:45 pm    8.   Other Business

8.1       Executive Session

5:00 pm    9.   Adjournment

To: University Senate
From: Robert Kyr, Senate President

RE: Senate Meeting WEDNESDAY, April 8, 2015;
3:00-5:00 pm, Lawrence Hall, Rm. 115

I am writing to remind you that our first Senate meeting
of spring quarter is Wednesday, April 8th at 3:00-5:00 pm
in Room 115 of Lawrence Hall.

At the beginning of the meeting, Interim President Coltrane
will give a State of the University update, in which he will
respond to many of the motions that were passed during our
March 4th and 11th Senate meetings. After he speaks, you
will have an opportunity to ask questions about his responses
and about any other topics that he covers in his remarks.

At this meeting, several very important motions will be
considered, including a proposal for the relocation to Portland
of the M. S. Program in Historic Preservation, two policies
related to academic executive administrators, and two motions
regarding athletics.

The agenda for the April 8th meeting may accessed through
the following link:


Please note that the text for each of the motions (4.1 through 4.5)
is linked to its agenda item.

I very much look forward to seeing you at our Wednesday meeting
and to our work together.
All the best,

Robert Kyr
President, University Senate

UO Senate approves measures on sexual violence prevention, athletics, courses, etc.

Cocktail party version: The Senate votes to:

  1. Approve new courses,
  2. have the faculty vote on nominees for Faculty Trustee,
  3. try and fix the confidential counseling mess,
  4. hold the administration’s feet to the fire on sexual violence prevention,
  5. tell the Ducks to raise some donations to cut the cost of student football tickets, instead of just raising money to pay themselves more,
  6. appoint two of its own faculty members to VP for Enrollment Roger Thompson’s Special Athletics Admits Group, and report back.
  7. Nathan gives the COIA report showing explosion in athletics spending.

Senior Presidential Assistant Dave Hubin, AVP for Collaboration Chuck Triplett, and Duck Advocate Tobin Klinger are sitting in the back as usual, taking down the names of senators who dare to challenge the Johnson Hall administration:

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They’ve got their work cut out for them. By this May, UO will be on its 6th president in 6 years, its 4th General Counsel, and too many provosts and VPs to count. Hubin, Triplett, and Klinger all look like short-timers too.

The UO Senate is now the most stable institution UO has. And today Rob Kyr led us through another productive meeting, cleaning up one JH mess after another – or at least trying to:

Senate Meeting Agenda – March 11, 2015 2014-2015Agendas,  Watch Live

Lawrence, Rm. 115; 3:00-5:00 pm

3:00 pm    1.   Call to Order

Rob Kyr leads the Senate in a moment of silence, to contemplate the many contributions of Dave Frohnmayer to the University of Oregon.

3:00 pm    2.   Approval of Minutes 2.1       January 28, 2015

3:05 pm    3.   State of the University [No remarks, Coltrane is at the UO Foundation’s southern California meeting.]

3:15 pm    4.   New Business

Harbaugh moves to suspend the rules to introduce: UO Faculty to nominate UO Faculty Trustee


Section I:

1.1 WHEREAS in 2013 the State of Oregon established the University Board of Trustees as the governing board of the University of Oregon; and

1.2 WHEREAS section 6.1(c) of SB 270, which established the board, gives the Governor authority to appoint board members, subject to confirmation by the Oregon Senate, and states that “the governing board must include one person who is a member of the faculty of the university”; and

1.3 WHEREAS the law does not give the University President or Board of Directors any special role in making nominations to the Governor; and

1.4 WHEREAS the purpose of including a faculty member is to represent the views and interests of the faculty, not those of other bodies or persons; and

1.5 WHEREAS the interim President of the University and the President of the Board have made recommendations to the Governor without asking the opinion of faculty members; and

1.6 WHEREAS the term of the current Faculty Trustee expires on June 20, 2015;

Section II:

2.1 BE IT THEREFORE MOVED that the UO Senate Nominating Committee shall solicit nominations for the position of Faculty Trustee; and

2.2 BE IT FURTHERMORE MOVED the current trustee, if eligible and willing, shall be automatically nominated; and

2.3 BE IT FURTHERMORE MOVED that nominees will be asked to provide a statement of no more than one page length and a copy of their c.v. and will be notified of the requirements for applying for a Governor appointed Board ; and

2.4 BE IT FURTHERMORE MOVED that the Nominating Committee will verify nominees willingness to serve if appointed and confirmed by the Governor, post nomination materials on the Senate Website, and conduct an election by email or other appropriate means, with every statutory faculty member eligible to vote for up to two nominees; and

2.5 BE IT THEREFORE MOVED that the Senate President will then forward the names of the top two vote getters to the Governor, along with a third nomination voted by the members of the University Senate.

Passes unanimously.

Jennifer Freyd moves to suspend the rules to introduce: “Return Therapy Records and Clarify and Strengthen Privacy and Confidentiality Guarantees for Clients of all Mental Health Clinics at the University”


Sponsors: Jennifer Freyd (Psychology), Senator; Carol Stabile (Journalism & Communication), Professor and Chair of the Committee on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence; John Bonine (Law), Professor; Regina Psaki (Romance Languages), Senator;  Michael Dreiling (Sociology).

Section I
1.1 Whereas, according to the Office of General Counsel, therapy records were moved from the
University Counseling and Testing Center in early December to OGC, where the envelope
was opened and the records were scanned electronically before being filed.
1.2 Whereas there is growing national press attention and professional alarm regarding this
matter and considerable anxiety and confusion among University students and staff about
University policies.
1.3 Whereas therapy records in a university clinic must be guaranteed the same protections as
those in a non-university clinic.
1.4 Whereas the University has a duty to clarify to our students that we are opposed to actual or
apparent violation of rape survivors’ civil rights and privacy rights.
1.5 Whereas many believe there is a discrepancy between the promised level of confidentiality
on the website of the University Counseling and Testing Center (UCTC) (see attached
screenshot of privacy policy) and the reality of recent events.
1.6 Whereas the General Counsel has now said he should have received a written waiver of
access (“If I could go back in retrospect, I would have sent (the student’s attorneys) a letter
or email back, asking, ‘Is this really what you mean?’” — reported in the Register-Guard,
March 10, 2015).
1.7 Whereas directors of mental health clinics at the University should not interfere with the
ethical integrity or licensing requirements of mental health providers on this campus who are
obligated to protect client confidentiality within professionally established limits (e.g. the
American Psychology Association’s ethics code and the ethics code for other therapists, both
enshrined in Oregon law).
1.8 Whereas clinicians have the right to check with independent liability attorneys or other
attorneys if they need legal clarification of their obligations and responsibilities.
1.9 Whereas mental health services should inform clinicians in writing when there is any request
from outside or inside the University for records regarding a client they are or have been
1.10 Whereas clinicians should have the exclusive responsibility for deciding on any release of
information, just as they do in private practice.
1.11 Whereas release of information by a clinician should be based only on client consent,
other clearly articulated exceptions to confidentiality such as danger to life, or a court order.
1.12 Whereas the University has the authority to voluntarily follow HIPAA in addition to
FERPA guidelines for privacy of therapy records (and, similarly, to decide not to allow
FERPA “treatment records” to become less-protected “education records”).
1.13 Whereas significant policy revisions are needed to ensure that all university therapy
clinics or centers will fully and fairly disclose to students any exceptions to the
confidentiality of their therapy records, in language that is honest and clear to a reasonable
student seeking services,
Section 2
2.1 BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that The Senate praises the General Counsel for recognizing
that, in the absence of a court order, therapy files should only be accessed with an explicit,
written waiver from a student patient or her lawyer.
2.2 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Senate urges the President to direct the University of
Oregon’s Office of General Counsel to return the hard copy therapy records to the treating
therapist at the counseling center, without making any copies, if legally possible.
2.3 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that if legally possible the Office of General Counsel should
destroy its electronic copies and, if they were transmitted anywhere, ensure those are
destroyed as well, while at the same time directing the treating therapist herself to maintain
all records as a “litigation hold.”
2.4 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that if the steps in paragraphs 2.2 and 2.3 are not legally
possible, the Senate requests that the General Counsel explain that in a written legal
memorandum with appropriate legal citations.
2.5 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Senate should create an ad hoc working group or
subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence with
Administration participation.
2.6 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that such working group or subcommittee should craft
guarantees and policy changes discussed in the “whereas” clauses above.
2.7 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that such working group or subcommittee should report on a
monthly basis (until after such time as the work is complete) to the Senate the results and
progress of their efforts to ensure that counseling at University of Oregon clinics and centers
will be confidential and safe for students and clients under guarantees and policy changes
discussed in paragraph 2.6.

Financial Impact: Cost Positive. This motion will potentially save a significant amount of money by avoiding serious legal problems

Passes unanimously.

Carol Stabile moves to suspend the rules to introduce a motion: “Timeline for Administration’s Response to Recommendations Concerning Sexual Violence”


Sponsors: Carol Stabile, Professor and Chair of the Committee on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence; Ibrahim Gassama, Professor and Member of the Committee on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Section I

Whereas the Senate Task Force to Address Sexual Violence and Survivor Support made recommendations to Interim President Coltrane in September and November 2014;

Whereas the Presidential Review Panel made recommendations to Interim President Coltrane in December 2014;

Whereas Student Life submitted recommendations to Interim President Coltrane in January 2015;

Whereas Student Life has compiled a complete listing of all campus recommendations, which was discussed with Senate and Task Force leadership in February 2015;

Whereas the University has a duty to further enhance survivor support and to create policies and an institutional infrastructure to prevent sexual violence;

Whereas the University community has expressed its concerns about the timeliness of the administration’s response as evidenced during the March campus conversation on sexual violence;

Section 2

The Senate urges interim President Coltrane to present a comprehensive report on these recommendations, including line item financial commitments and specific time lines for implementation per item, to the Senate no later than April 8, 2015 and preferably at the Senate meeting on that date.

The Senate respectfully requests that the presentation feature a panel including representatives from the Standing Committee to Address Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, the President’s Review Panel, and Student Life to address issues concerning specific line items and policies.

Passes unanimously

4.1       Motion (Legislation): Winter Curriculum Report; Frances White (Professor, Anthropology), Chair of the Committee on Courses

Passes unanimously. Frances White notes that it includes new language about student engagement for 4 credit courses. Read it.

4.2       Motion (Policy Adoption): Employee Morale-Building Event Expenditures; Teri Rowe (OA, Department Manager, Economics), Senator and Chair, OA Council

Passes unanimously after amendment of 1.5% to 1.5X.

4.3       Motion (Legislation): Specifications for Respect and Community Values Committee (Senate Standing Committee); Carla McNelly, Operations Coordinator (School of Journalism and Communication) and Chair, UO Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Respectful Workplace

Go Carla! Passes unanimously.

4.4       Motion (Legislation): Specifications for Ombuds Administrative Advisory Group (Ombuds AAG); Carla McNelly, Operations Coordinator (School of Journalism and Communication) and Chair, UO Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Respectful Workplace

Go Carla! Passes unanimously.

4.5       Motion (Resolution): ASUO Athletics Ticket Agreement; Andrew Lubash, Senator (University Senate & Student Senate)

Go Lubash! Asks the Senate to oppose the efforts by the Duck Athletic Department and Eric Roedl to increase the amount of mandatory student fee money they take, and start doing some fundraising to reduce those fees.

Lubash is doing a great job fielding questions on this. No opposition to this resolution, everyone’s just amazed that the Ducks even tried this.

Passes unanimously

4.7       Motion (Legislation): [Changed from the version on Web]: William Harbaugh (Economics), Senator

This version comes with the unanimous approval of the IAC:

Appointing an IAC faculty member to the Special Athletics Admit Group

Sponsor: Senate Intercollegiate Athletics Committee


Section I:

1.1 WHEREAS the University of Oregon Faculty has authority over academic matters and has delegated that authority to the Senate; and

1.2 WHEREAS the charge of the Senate Intercollegiate Athletics Committee states that the IAC shall

“1. Represent the academic standards of the university as embodied in the University of Oregon Mission Statement in all decisions;” and

1.3 WHEREAS the University currently has a Special Athletics Admits Group that makes recommendations about the admission of student-athletes that do not meet UO’s typical academic standards, but this SAAG does not include a faculty member of the IAC.

Section II:

2.1 THEREFORE BE IT MOVED that the Senate asks that the University President consult with the Senate President and appoint a faculty member from the IAC and a faculty member from the Senate to the Special Athletics Admits Group; and

2.2 BE IT FURTHERMORE MOVED that the Senate asks the SAAG to meet with the IAC and communicate with the IAC about its work.

Financial Impact: None.

Revised by Lubash to also include a Senate faculty member. Passes unanimously.

4.6       Motion (Legislation): A Report on UO’s Academic Support for Student-Athletes; William Harbaugh (Economics), Senator

[No time for this one today. On to COIA report.]

4:55 pm    5.   Open Discussion

4:55 pm    6.   Reports

6.1       COIA Report (Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics); Nathan Tublitz, UO COIA Representative

4:55 pm    7.   Notice(s) of Motion

4:55 pm    8.   Other Business

5:00 pm    9.   Adjournment

“Not in Our Name”: UO Senate rejects UO admin’s rape lawsuit response. Will require payments from athletics for academic purposes. Senate will elect NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative. All unanimous.

Good turnout, good decisions. Now we just have to get President Coltrane to implement them.

Senate Meeting Agenda – March 4, 2015 – Watch Live2014-2015Agendas

3:00 pm    1.   Call to Order

3:00 pm    2.   Approval of Minutes  January 21, 2015

3:05 pm    3.   State of the University

3.1       Remarks by Interim President Coltrane (delivered by Robert Kyr, Senate President). Coltrane’s remarks focus on what a good job his administration is doing dealing with the sexual assault prevention problems. This link seems to give this basis for this claim, which is not shared by many people outside his Executive Leadership Team.

3:15 pm    4.   New Business

Jennifer Freyd moves to suspend the rules to consider a resolution rejecting the UO administration’s response to the basketball rape allegations:

Sponsors: Freyd, Stabile, Gassamma, Psaki.

“Not in Our Name: The UO Senate rejects UO’s response to the lawsuit from the student survivor of alleged rape”

Legislation, Resolution, or Policy Adoption: Resolution
Current Status:

Section I

1.1  WHEREAS on January 8th 2015 the University of Oregon student survivor of an alleged March 8th-9th 2014 gang rape by three UO basketball players sued the University and Basketball Coach Dana Altman;1

1.2  AND WHEREAS on February 9th the University filed a counterclaim against the student, asking the court to order her to pay the fees for the University’s own outside lawyers;2

1.3  AND WHEREAS the University’s counterclaim outraged many in the university community and the public;

1.4  AND WHEREAS, despite withdrawing the counterclaim on February 26th, the University retained language from the counterclaim saying that some of the lawsuit’s allegations (a) amount to “unclean hands,” (b) “threaten to harm … all sexual assault survivors in Oregon’s campus community“ and (c) create a “risk that other survivors will wrongly be discouraged from reporting sexual assaults and sexual harassment”;3

1.5  AND WHEREAS the University’s efforts to defend itself in this and similar cases should be limited to disputing facts, instead of using its legal documents to make sweeping, polemical policy statements that themselves can cause harm to survivors;

Section II

2.1  BE IT THEREFORE MOVED that the University of Oregon Senate appreciates Interim President Coltrane’s decision to drop the University’s counterclaim against the student survivor, for UO’s legal fees;

2.2  AND BE IT FURTHERMORE MOVED that the Senate fears that the victim-blaming language that is still in the revised response listed under “unclean hands” will harm victims of sexual assault at the University of Oregon, discourage them from reporting rapes, and have a chilling effect on them defending their civil rights in court;

2.3  AND BE IT MOVED that the Senate requests that the University report to the Senate on how the University originally decided to file this counterclaim and how it later decided to continue the assertions that parts of the alleged victim’s lawsuit are to be blamed for discouraging rape reports;

2.4  AND BE IT FURTHERMORE MOVED that the University of Oregon Senate asks the University President to withdraw the remaining counterclaim language that has been retained as a charge of “unclean hands”;

2.5  AND BE IT FINALLY MOVED that the University of Oregon Senate wants all to know that the University of Oregon administration and Basketball Coach Dana Altman are not acting or speaking in our name.

Financial Impact:

Cost neutral.

1 Jane Doe claim:

http://ia802700.us.archive.org/29/items/gov.uscourts.ord.120035/gov.uscourts.or d.120035.1.0.pdf
2 UO and Dana Altman response and counterclaim against Jane Doe, pages 24-27, http://ia902700.us.archive.org/29/items/gov.uscourts.ord.120035/gov.uscourts.or d.120035.7.0.pdf

3 UO revised response

http://ia802700.us.archive.org/29/items/gov.uscourts.ord.120035/gov.uscourts.or d.120035.14.0.pdf

From UO’s revised response:

NINETEENTH DEFENSE (Unclean Hands/Estoppel)

101. Plaintiff’s attorney represented plaintiff throughout Oregon’s investigation of her allegations and conduct proceeding, and consented to the process about which he now complains. Plaintiff is therefore estopped or barred under the doctrine of unclean hands from complaining about the process.

102. Plaintiff’s attorneys filed a lawsuit with unfounded allegations that damage a good man’s reputation7 in an attempt to curry favor and gain traction in the media and create pressure for a public university to pay a hefty sum to plaintiff even though it has done nothing wrong. In this case plaintiff’s counsel’s false allegations threaten to harm not only Oregon and Altman, but all sexual assault survivors in Oregon’s campus community. The publication of false allegations about Oregon’s handling of a report of an alleged sexual assault creates a very real risk that other

survivors will wrongly be discouraged from reporting sexual assaults and sexual harassment to Oregon, in direct contravention of the goals of both Title IX and the University of Oregon. Conveying the facts about how Oregon properly handled plaintiff’s case is necessary to demonstrate the high priority Oregon gives to honoring the rights guaranteed by Title IX.

7 See, e.g., John Canzano, Every Day Oregon Stands With Dana Altman Is Another Step Into the Muck, Oregonian, Jan. 8, 2014 (accepting as true the false allegations in the complaint that Altman knew about prior allegations of rape against Austin and calling for his termination).

Debate on the pros and cons, then the Senate passes this unanimously.

4.1       Motion (Legislation): Repeal of Original University “Policy on Policies”; Senate Executive Committee

Passes unanimously.

4.2       Motion (Legislation): Minor Revision to Section 5.3 of the New University “Policy on Policies”; Senate Executive Committee

Passes unanimously.

4.3       Motion (Legislation): Ad hoc Committee to Investigate the Role and Function of the Faculty Advisory Council (FAC); Senate Committee on Committees

Randy Sullivan puts this forward. Asks for more time to figure out what to do about the FAC. Passes unanimously after amendment to extend deadline to give new UO President time to weigh in.

4.4       Motion (Legislation): Temporary Exemption of the Faculty Advisory Committee from the Provisions of US13/14-19, “Open Committee Meetings“; Senate Committee on Committees

Passes unanimously.

4.5       Motion (Resolution): ASUO-Athletics Ticket Agreement; Andrew Lubash, University Senator and Student Senator

Not yet ready.

4.6       Motion (Legislation): Payments by Athletics Department for General Academic Purposes; William Harbaugh (Economics), Senator

Passes unanimously.

4.7       Motion (Legislation): Selection of the UO Faculty Athletics Representative; Pedro Garcia-Caro (Romance Languages), William Harbaugh (Economics), Senator

Passes unanimously.

4.8       Motion (Legislation): To Promote Representative Attendance at Senate Meetings; Senate Executive Committee

Good discussion, delayed til the second meeting in April to think it over. We also learned what AVP for Collaboration Charles Triplett does to earn that $130K: he’s keeping a list of who’s been naughty and nice in the Senate:

Come on Chuck, this is pathetic. You need a computer? Dave Hubin has been doing this in his head for years.

4:55 pm    5.   Open Discussion

4:55 pm    6.   Reports

4:55 pm    7.   Notice(s) of Motion

4:55 pm    8.   Other Business

5:00 pm    9.   Adjournment