Amazingly, the UO Senate President is not allowed to use UO’s email system to send email to the faculty or other Senate constituency listservs. Emails from the President must be approved by the the administration, to make sure they are consistent with the administration’s email policies, and then forwarded by them. Below is the email from Senate President Margie Paris, announcing Wednesday’s meeting, forwarded by Provost Coltrane’s office. I believe it is the first notice of a Senate meeting sent to faculty this academic year.
The most contentious issue on the agenda will be the motion to require President Gottfredson to end several of the more egregious subsidies to the athletic department, and require them to start paying some money to UO for academic purposes such as academic scholarships, as the Senate has been trying to do since 2000. This vote is not mentioned in the official email:
Sent on behalf of Margie Paris—
Dear UO Community,
Next Wednesday’s Senate meeting will feature several important items (see the Senate agenda here: http://senate.uoregon.edu/content/senate-meeting-agenda-february-12-2014), and I urge you to share your views about them with your Senator and to attend in person.
Among the matters under consideration is a motion that will be brought to the floor of the Senate at a future meeting. The motion calls for open meetings of many university committees and for advance notice of committee meetings. Because the motion would change the way university committees have operated, we’ve created a two-step process for processing the motion: first a discussion in the February meeting and then a vote during a later meeting. In addition, I’ve solicited feedback from current Senate committee chairs and committee members, and I’m attaching to this email a PDF containing that feedback. (located at end of message)
Thank you for your attention to these vital matters.
Best, Margie Paris
President, University of Oregon Senate (2013-14)
Update: See here for more on the open meetings law.
- 2012, Randy Geller accuses Senate President and IAC chair of publishing “offensive and false” comments.
- 2008 DOJ opinion on Faculty Assembly powers
- 2009 Melinda Grier opinion on Open Meetings Law and Senate
- 1992 IAC charge from Senate
- UO Matters IAC and NCAA FAQ
The Melinda Grier opinion is particularly interesting.