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Minutes
Adjourned Urbana-Champaign Senate Meeting
April 3, 2006

An adjourned meeting of the Urbana-Champaign Senate was called to order at 3:10p.m. on the 3rd floor of the Levis Faculty Center with Chancellor Richard Herman presiding.

Senate Executive Committee Report

Senator Vernon Burton (LAS), Chair of the Senate Executive Committee (SEC), provided the following report.

Senator Ken Andersen and I represented this campus at the most recent meeting of the Council of Illinois University Senates (CIUS). We offered to host this groupís next meeting during fall semester 2006.

Please adhere to the posted signs and sit in the appropriate section (e.g., administrators, media, etc.) so it will easier for the tellers to identify and count senators. Also, please identify yourself when you address the assembly. Floor privileges approved at the March 27 Senate meeting remain in full force and effect.
Senator Burton moved that any unfinished business from todayís agenda be considered as Old Business at the April 24 Senate meeting; the motion was approved by voice vote.

Burton then moved to reorder the agenda such that the four items from University Statutes and Senate Procedures (USSP): SP.06.06, SP.04.03, SP.06.05, and SP.06.11, would be considered immediately before EP.06.16. This motion was approved by voice vote.
Senator Burton moved to suspend the rules so a vote on EP.06.16 could be postponed. By show of hands, this motion received a majority in favor (59-49), but it failed to garner the necessary 2/3 vote for adoption and was defeated.

Senator Tom Conry (ENGR) moved for reconsideration of the motion to move the four USSP items before EP.06.16. By voice vote, this motion failed.
Tellers for todayís meeting are Ed Herricks (ENGR), Phil Geil (ENGR) and Joseph Finnerty (BUS).


Chancellorís Remarks

Chancellor Herman introduced Provost Linda Katehi, whose appointment began on April 1. Dr. Katehi was greeted with a warm round of applause.

Questions/Discussion

Senator Al Kagan (LIBR) was ruled out of order when his question pertained to remarks of University Librarian Paula Kaufman delivered at the March 27 meeting.

Proposed Revisions to the University Statutes (Second Reading)

04/03/06-01 The Chancellor presented for second reading and vote SP.06.06*, Revisions to the Statutes, Article II, Section 2.a. (2) Ė University Senates Conference. Senator Linda Beale (LAW), Chair of the Senate Committee on University Statutes and Senate Procedures (USSP), recapitulated the background of this proposal and moved its approval on behalf of her Committee.

04/03/06-02 By voice vote, SP.06.06 was approved.

Proposed Revisions to the University Statutes (First Reading)

04/03/06-03 Chancellor Herman presented for first reading and information SP.04.03*, Revisions to the Statutes, Articles IX and X, to provide optional multi-year contracts, and related dismissal procedures, for certain academic staff. Senator Beale welcomed any questions or comments.

Senator Al Kagan (LIBR) suggested that our campus consider language approved by the UI-Springfield Senate such that the Chancellor shall receive consent (in addition to advice) of the campus senate to develop implementing procedures for multi-year contract appointments. Senator Beale indicated she would take up the matter with her Committee.

04/03/06-04 Dr. Herman presented for first reading and information SP.06.05*, Revision to the Statutes, Article VIII. Senator Beale asked if there were any questions or comments.

Senator Conry pointed out there have been department-like units approved by the Board of Trustees but not the Senate. Senator Beale replied that was one of the factors in the development of this proposal.

04/03/06-05 The Presiding Officer presented for first reading and information SP.06.11*, Revisions to the Statutes, Article II, Section 2.a. (4) and (5). Senator Beale explained this proposal merely changes the title of University Senates Conference (USC) Secretary to Vice-Chair. These three proposals will appear on the April 24 Senate agenda for second reading and action.

Proposals for Action

Chancellor Herman reminded senators the last action taken on EP.06.16*, Merge the Departments of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics and of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Rename the Combined Department the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, was the approval of a motion to close debate (59-25).

Senator Paul Debevec (ENGR) moved to reconsider the closure of debate on EP.06.16. By show of hands, the motion was defeated (50-56).

04/03/06-06 By show of hands (59-49), EP.06.16 was approved.

04/03/06-07 The Chancellor presented for action RS.06.01*, Prefiled Resolution to Eliminate Unofficial St. Patrickís Day. Senator Mark Roszkowski (BUS), sponsor of the resolution, described the rationale for this resolution by drawing the attention of senators to numerous points in the document. He then moved its approval.

Senator Grant Ullrich (GRAD) moved to refer this resolution to the Senate Committee on University Student Life. By voice vote, this motion was defeated.

A motion to close debate on RS.06.01 was lost by show of hands (32-66).

Senator Josh Rohrscheib (LAW) moved to amend the resolution with the addition of the following, Resolved, That the Chancellor shall establish a commission including students, faculty and staff to make recommendations to the Chancellor to advance the aforementioned goals. Such steps shall particularly focus on eliminating academic disturbances and promoting campus safety by taking appropriate measures consistent with all existing laws, regulations and the Student Code, including Section 3-603(b)(4).

Senator Roszkowski accepted this amendment. By voice vote, the Senate approved this amendment.

Senator Rohrscheib proposed a second amendment which alluded to changes in the reporting lines for campus police. This amendment was defeated by voice vote.

Interim Registrar Carol Malmgren read a prepared statement*

in support of the resolution. As requested, a letter received from Nicole Obert
(and others), Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs, Molecular and Cellular Biology, is incorporated by reference in these Minutes.

A motion to call the question was approved by a show of hands (56-24).

The Presiding Officer was asked to determine if a quorum was present. By count of the tellers, there were 94 senators present, short of the 100 required for quorum.

In accord with a motion approved earlier, the unfinished business on todayís agenda will be considered as old business at the April 24 Senate meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m.

Robert C. Damrau, Senate Clerk
*Filed with the Senate Clerk and incorporated by reference in these Minutes.