The Faculty Senate recommends to the Provost that a grade
of Incomplete default to a grade of F after one year, beginning with the
Fall 2007 Semester, and further that the Faculty Senate endorses this
policy, with the understanding that
(1) The faculty member may authorize an extension, or may
change the F grade, for good cause---typically, serious illness or
absence from the campus of either the instructor or the student,
(2) The dean of the college or the chair of the
department offering the course may likewise authorize an extension, in
the event that the faculty member is not available, and
(3) The dean of the college and the chair of the
department offering the course may approve changing the grade of
Incomplete to an IW or other grade rather than an F, if it is impossible
for a student to complete a course for reasons beyond the student's or
university's control---most typically, when the original faculty member
is not available, and course completion cannot reasonably be assessed.
The Faculty Senate understands that these provisions
should not and will not appear in the catalog, but expects deans, chairs
and advisors to be made aware of them.
The Faculty Guide Committee has
proposed the following amendment to the Faculty Guide:
3.10 Emeritus Faculty
title "Emeritus" may be conferred by the Provost on a member of the
faculty upon retirement from full time teaching in recognition of years
of valued service and outstanding contributions to Seton Hall
University. Emeritus faculty are honored University citizens who
are encouraged to continue to participate as active members of the
community and are provided with a number of privileges, services and
b. All tenured faculty members and faculty
associates in good standing may apply for faculty emeritus status upon
Hall University shall provide to emeritus faculty university services
and privileges determined with the advice and consent of the Faculty
Senate and communicated in writing to the South Orange faculty.
the University employs an emeritus faculty member, the provisions of the
employment shall prevail, but these provisions shall not deprive the
faculty member of any of the entitlements of emeritus status.
In order to gauge faculty interest
in teaching Signature Course I and II, the two new courses in the
proposed university core curriculum, a survey will be sent to all
faculty on the South Orange campus. The three-question survey will
determine whether instructors are interested in teaching one or both
courses as part of their regular teaching load.
Work is proceeding on the fall 2007
pilot sections of Signature Course II, and the faculty who will teach
the second iteration of Signature Course II (20 sections) in Fall 2007
have already been identified.
Meeting Minutes Draft November 2006
Executive Committee Report
The Calendar Committee indicated
that the Calendar for the Academic Year 2009-2010 has been returned to
the Senate from the Executive Cabinet. Questions arose concerning
the dropping of the May intersession, the need to have 2100 minutes of
contact time per semester for a proper academic program, and whether the
Fall Semester should start before Labor Day. It was the sense of
the Senate that the Academic Calendars should provide at least 2100
minutes for undergraduate classes each semester if possible. The
Committee indicated that it would bring two 2009-2010 calendars for the
Senate to consider at the December meeting, one of which would start
before Labor Day and the other to start after Labor Day but end just
before Christmas. The dropping of the May session in 2009 would be
needed in order to facilitate an adequate spring term to begin after
Martin Luther King Day.
Charter Day; Service Database
The Senate Nominations and Elections
Committee forwarded the names of faculty members interested in serving
on the Charter Day Committee to the Provost's Office. They
included representatives from
Arts and Sciences, Education. Graduate Medical Education
and the Library. Additional volunteers were being sought from the
other schools and colleges.
Committee is also working to develop a Faculty Service Opportunity
Bank. This database would provide faculty with the opportunity to
indicate their interest in committees and other recurring service
opportunities where names are normally requested from the Faculty
Senate. Such a database also will allow the body to respond promptly to
requests for volunteers or candidates and ensure that all faculty have
the opportunity to be considered.
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