Meeting Today: Senate: Coltrane Q&A and more policy work


A kickass meeting. Large turnout. Coltrane and Lim are generally forthright.

Coltrane and Library Dean Lim commit to public review of UO public records problems. That’s my takeaway from their generally positive and constructive statements and the Q&A at today’s Senate meeting. (Archives too). A public review of Dave Hubin’s Public records office and its use of fees and delays to hide public records from the public and the press offers the potential for some improvement in trust and transparency at UO and would make Coltrane a strong candidate for the Senate’s new “Shared Governance, Trust, and Transparency Award“, which would certainly be a positive outcome from LibraryGate.

Trust, but verify.

Motions pass quickly, but with plenty of discussion where needed.

(Note: links fixed, I hope. Live blogging will be light. Live video here.)

Rob Kyr and John Bonine have been breezing through the agendas, so show up on time, get out early, and don’t let Chuck Triplett pull any tricks.

Senate Meeting Agenda – January 28, 2015, 115 Lawrence, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

3:00 pm    1.   Call to Order

3:00 pm    2.   Approval of Minutes

3:00 pm    3.   State of the University

3.1        Remarks by Interim President Coltrane with questions [and answers?]

3:05 pm    4.   New Business

4.1       Motion (Legislation): Change of Membership for the Graduate Council; Joe Lowndes, Professor (Political Science) & Graduate Council Chair

4.2       Motion (Legislation): Amendment to US12/13-13, “UO Representation on the Interinstitutional Faculty Senate (IFS)”; Senate Executive Committee

4.3       Revised “Policy on Policies”: An explanation and open period for comment (January 28 through February 10); Senate Executive Committee (through Professor John Bonine, SEC member)

4.4       Motion (Policy Adoption): Endorsement of Ten Policies and Formation of a Workgroup on Grievance Procedures; Senate Executive Committee; Michael Dreiling (Sociology), Senator, and Lisa Raleigh (Director of Communcations, CAS), Senator

4.5       Motion (Legislation): Establishment of a Student-Centered Workgroup to Consider Policies 36-41 (Student Grievance Policies); Senate Executive Committee (through Professor John Bonine)

4.6       Motion (Legislation): Establishment of a Senate Workgroup on Curriculum and Program Matters; Senate Executive Committee

4.7       Motion (Legislation): Legislation to Refer Athletic Policies to the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee; Senate Executive Committee

4.8       Motion (Legislation): Legislation to Establish a Workgroup on Employment Matters; Senate Executive Committee

4.9       Motion (Legislation): Legislation to Establish a Workgroup on Admissions; Senate Executive Committee

4.10     Motion (Legislation): Legislation to Refer Discrimation Policies to the Senate Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Senate Executive Committee

4:50 pm    5.   Open Discussion

4:50 pm    6.   Reports

4:50 pm    7.   Notice(s) of Motion

7.1       Motion (Legislation—Change in Senate Bylaws): To Promote Representative Attendance at Senate Meetings; Frank Stahl, Professor Emeritus (Biology)

4:55 pm    8.   Other Business

5:00 pm    9.   Adjournment

NOTE: The Policy Tracker may be viewed here.

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