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Senate Meeting Agenda – April 8, 2020

Location: Zoom (Please see link to meeting below the agenda)
3:00 – 5:00 P.M.

3:00 P.M.   Call to Order

  • Introductory Remarks; Senate President Elizabeth Skowron

3:08 P.M.  Approval of the Minutes

3:10 P.M.   State of the University

  • President Michael Schill

3:25 P.M.   Open Discussion

  • Coronavirus/Remote Work: What’s working well? What are the challenges?With Administrators:
    • Janet Woodruff-Borden, Executive Vice Provost
    • Ron Bramhall, Assoc Vice Prov Academic Exec
    • Cass Moseley, Sr Assoc Vice Pres Research
    • Kate Mondloch, Interim Dean Grad School
    • Doneka Scott, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Student Success

3:50 P.M.    New Business

4:55 P.M.   Notice(s) of Motion
4:55 P.M.   Other Business
5:00 P.M.   Adjourn


  1. JH skeptic 04/08/2020

    Questions to Schill at today’s Senate meeting:
    1) How many students, faculty and staff have tested positively for coronavirus?
    2) What is being done to isolate and treat students on campus who have COVID19-like symptoms?
    3) Are you going to honestly answer these questions?

    • Oryx 04/08/2020

      These are really dumb questions, especially #3. Questions for JH Skeptic: 1] how many students are on campus? 2] what part of UO’s Health Center policies do you disagree with?

      Lane County, by the way, is at 32 cases, 1 death. What is your guess for your Q#1?

      • It's classified. 04/08/2020

        You can’t test positive if you can’t test!

    • Crake 04/08/2020

      I heard there’s about 300 students in the dorms right now. The IMT team on campus has a plan for isolating and treating students and in my opinion it’s solid. I want to know if the BioEngineering program was approved. That sounds awesome.

      • uomatters Post author | 04/08/2020

        Approved! Along with the other 2 motions as well.

  2. Dog 04/08/2020

    Off topic – but so far, enrollment numbers look pretty strong, less than 1% drop out rate – numbers come straight from the registrars mouth, but I realize it is still a bit early but I doubt the loss of spring
    time tuition revenue will be any larger than 5% – others posted here of a much more catastrophic outcome – that was always unlikely, where are these students going to go in the short term,
    in the long term if we have proven to suck at this new interface we may lose students.

    I know I suck, but I am not at all representative of faculty, most of which likely care about the teaching enterprise.

    • Prospective Unemployed 04/09/2020

      It looks like we might even have a little increase in carrying load. From a VP newsletter, “Spring 2020 average carrying load is 14.26 compared to 14.14 Spring 2019” based on data from Monday (4/6). But who knows how many students are dropping courses this week.
      Unrelated, does anyone know more about the cost for delaying the trials? Does that mean they can end the extended construction hours now?

      • It's classified. 04/09/2020

        They fired one of the subcontractors for raising safety concerns relating to the virus. IMO, hosting an event like that should not be treated as income that can be counted on, it should be like gravy on turkey, or frosting on a cake.

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