The Faculty Senate of Seton Hall University

Newsletter

Vol. 4, No. 9,  May 2007

 

 

FACULTY SENATE BYLAW CHANGES

 

Faculty Guide Amendments        

 

 

FACULTY SENATE RESOLUTIONS

The Faculty Senate made the following changes to its ByLaws

 XVIII.              Executive Committee.  The Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate shall consist of the Chair, the Vice-Chair, the Executive Secretary, two other Senators from faculty units other than those of the three officers, and the immediate past Chair of the Faculty Senate who shall be a nonvoting member of the Executive Committee.

VIII.                 Chair.  The Chair shall preside at all Faculty Senate Meetings and all plenary meetings of the faculty and shall vote to break ties votes; shall be an ex-officio member of all Faculty Senate committees; shall be the chair of the Executive Committee; shall be the principal liaison between the Faculty Senate and other governance units on the South Orange campus; and shall be the major representative of the Faculty Senate and the faculty of the South Orange campus to the university administration.  With other members of the Executive Committee, the Chair shall prepare an annual report on the Faculty Senate and its activities for circulation to faculty and administration, including information on administration response to Senate proposals and recommendations.  Upon the election of the Chair's successor, the Chair shall become the immediate past Chair of the Faculty Senate and shall serve as a nonvoting member of the Executive Committee until a subsequent Chair shall fulfill that position.

XVI.                Proxy voting.  Absentee or proxy voting is not allowed at a meeting of the Faculty Senate or its committees.  However, a Senate committee may provide for voting electronically by e-mail or other appropriate means.

New Faculty Senate Executive Committee

King Mott, Chair [College of Arts & Sciences]

Beth Bloom, Vice-Chair [University Library]

Robert E. Shapiro, Executive Secretary [School of Business]

Members At Large;

Ann Marie Mauro, [College of Nursing]

Ann Marie Murphy, [School of Diplomacy & International Relations]

 

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The Faculty Senate adopted and sent to the Provost the following proposed changes to the Faculty Guide.

Change to Faculty Guide re: Interpretation

Whereas, the current Guide provisions regarding interpretation do not account for the existence of the Faculty Senate,

Whereas, the Guide provisions regarding interpretation should account for the existence of the Faculty Senate,

Be it resolved, the Faculty Senate proposes the following changes to Article 15.1 as indicated:

NEW:

ARTICLE 15

 INTERPRETATION AND AMENDMENT 

 15.1.    Interpretation

 a.         All official requests for interpretation of the Faculty Guide shall be communicated to the chair of the Faculty Senate.  If the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate agrees that the Guide provision(s) require(s) interpretation, the chair of the Faculty Senate shall refer the matter to the chairperson of the Faculty Guide Committee, who shall convene said committee to discuss the question(s).

 b.        The chair of the Faculty Guide Committee shall forward the committee's interpretation to the Faculty Senate.  When the Faculty Senate approves an interpretation, the Faculty Senate will forward the interpretation to the Provost.  If the Provost agrees with the interpretation, such interpretation shall be stated in a letter of understanding, signed by both the chair of the Faculty Senate and the Provost  and sent to all full‑time members of the faculty.

 c.                   In the event agreement is not reached under l5.lb, the university or the Faculty Senate may initiate fact‑finding procedures using panelists, as in article 14.6b operating under the rules of the American Arbitration Association. The university shall bear the expenses and fees of the fact‑finder.  The findings of this fact‑finder with respect to the interpretation under question shall be recommendatory and shall be transmitted in writing to the provost and to the chair of the Faculty Senate  within thirty (30) calendar days after the close of hearings.

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ARTICLE 15

INTERPRETATION AND AMENDMENT

 15.1.    Interpretation

 a.         All requests of the provost for interpretation of the Faculty Guide shall be communicated to the chairperson of the Faculty Guide Committee, who shall convene said committee to discuss the question(s).

 b.         If agreement on an interpretation is reached by the committee and the provost, such interpretation shall be stated in a letter of understanding, signed by both parties and sent to all full‑time members of the faculty.

 c.         In the event agreement is not reached under l5.lb, the university or the Faculty Guide Committee may initiate fact‑finding procedures using panelists, as in article 14.6b operating under the rules of the American Arbitration Association. The university shall bear the expenses and fees of the fact‑finder.  The findings of this fact‑finder with respect to the interpretation under question shall be recommendatory and shall be transmitted in writing to the provost and to the chairperson of the Faculty Guide Committee within thirty (30) calendar days after the close of hearings.

Important Links

Meeting Minutes Draft May, 2007

Executive Committee Report May, 2007

Senate Membership 2007-2008

Senate Committees 2006-2007

For comments, suggestions, or corrections, contact the webmaster, Robert E. Shapiro, at shapirro@shu.edu.     

Template developed for the Faculty Senate by the TLTC.]

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  The Faculty Senate approved and sent to the Provost the proposed MACPC On-Line Program and its attendant certificates in the College of Arts and Sciences to be adopted by the University.

Upon motion duly made, seconded and unanimously approved the Faculty Senate requests the President of Seton Hall University to sign and forward on behalf of Seton Hall University the "Talloires Declaration."

TALLOIRES DECLARATION

            We, the presidents, rectors, and vice chancellors of universities from all regions of the world are deeply concerned about the unprecedented scale and speed of environmental pollution and degradation, and the depletion of natural resources.

            Local, regional, and global air and water pollution; accumulation and distribution of toxic wastes; destruction and depletion of forests, soil, and water; depletion of the ozone layer and emission of "green house' gases threaten the survival of humans and thousands of other living species, the integrity of the earth and its biodiversity, the security of nations, and the heritage of future generations.  These environmental changes are caused by the inequitable and unsustainable production and consumption patterns that aggravate poverty in many regions of the world.

            We believe that urgent actions are needed to address these fundamental problems and reverse the trends.  Stabilization of human population, adoption of environmentally sound industrial and agricultural technologies, reforestation, and ecological restoration are crucial elements in creating an equitable and sustainable future for all humankind in harmony with nature.

            Universities have a major role in the education, research, policy formation, and information exchange necessary to make these goals possible.  Thus, university leaders must initiate and support mobilization of internal and external resources so that their institutions respond to this urgent challenge. 

FACULTY SERVICE MEDAL

The Faculty Service Medal for 2007 was presented to Monsignor Liddy by the Chair, Mary Balkun and the President, Monsignor Sheeran.

 

All Faculty who wish to serve on a Senate Committee should contact the Senate Chair, King Mott, or the Senate Executive Secretary, Robert E. Shapiro.

 

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