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September 17, 2001

A regular meeting of the Urbana-Champaign Senate was called to order at 3:10 p.m. in Foellinger Auditorium with Chancellor Nancy Cantor presiding after being introduced by President James Stukel. The President characterized her as a superb academic leader, from which the University of Illinois should expect more accomplishments. The Senate responded to Dr. Cantor's introduction with a round of applause.


09/17/01-01 Minutes of the April 16 and April 23, 2001, Senate meetings were approved as written.


Senator Robert Fossum (LAS), Chair of Senate Council, thanked the President and the Chancellor for their leadership in the aftermath of the tragic national events of September 11.

He reminded senators to pick up the following items at the door:

CC.02.04 and CC.02.03
Revised versions of CG.01.05 and CG.01.09
A substitute motion for CG.01.06

Fossum reported that the Senate Committee on Honorary Degrees has withdrawn their report under Executive Session scheduled at the end of today's agenda. He then invited all present to remain after the Senate meeting for the Annual Faculty Meeting and post-meeting reception in the Foellinger lobby.

Fossum announced that the following senators have agreed to serve as tellers: Bryan White (ACES), Peter Loeb (LAS), Amanda Vinicky (LAS), and David Sansone (LAS).


The Chancellor expressed her appreciation for the kind words from the President and the warm reception from Senate members.

She noted the sensitive way in which members of the campus community have responded to the September 11 tragedies, such as Unity Day and Month. She particularly commended students for their engagement in these activities, and encouraged all campus members to be aware of more opportunities for us to come together.


There were none.


Dr. Cantor announced that, absent the objections of any senator, the following proposals under this moniker were approved by unanimous consent.

09/17/01-02 EP.01.19*, Revision of Grade Notation and Credit Designation,
09/17/01-03 EP.01.20*, Proposal from ACES for a new Minor in Technical Systems Management,
09/17/01-04 EP.01.21*, Proposal from LAS and the Council on Teacher Education for a Revision of the Teaching of English Major.


09/17/01-05 The Presiding Officer presented for action CC.02.04*, Nominations for the Research Policy Committee. Senator Michael Murphy (ACES), Chair of the Committee on Committees, briefly described the background of these nominations and moved approval of the slate. Floor nominations were made for the undergraduate student vacancy by William Layman (LAS) and for the graduate/professional student vacancy by Bruce Geryk (GRAD). There were no further floor nominations and nominations were declared closed.

09/17/01-06 By voice vote, the nominations were approved.

09/17/01-07 The Chancellor presented for action CC.02.03*, Nominations for Membership on Standing Committees of the Senate. Senator Murphy moved approval of the slate.

09/17/01-08 By voice vote, the nominations were approved.

09/17/01-09 Chancellor Cantor presented SC.02.03*, Resolution of Appreciation to Professor Robert Rich. Senator Fossum, Chair of the Senate Council, moved its approval.

09/17/01-10 By voice vote, SC.02.03 was unanimously approved, with an accompanying round of applause.

The Presiding Officer presented for endorsement a series of revisions to the Code of Policies and Regulations Applying to all Students; Senator Nicholas Burbules (EDUC), Chair of the Conference on Conduct Governance (CCG), welcomed any questions or comments on the following:

09/17/01-11 CG.01.04*, Revisions to the Code: Rule 8.5,
09/17/01-12 CG.01.05*, Revisions to the Code: Item 2D of the Statement of Individual Rights,
09/17/01-13 CG.01.06*, Revisions to the Code: Rule 103,
09/17/01-14 CG.01.09*, Revisions to the Code: Rule 33.

CG.01.04 and CG.01.05 (revised version distributed at the door) were endorsed with no discussion.

Senator Allan Levy (MED) moved that the assembly consider his substitute language (distributed at the door) for that of CG.01.06, to wit:

The Office responsible for facility management should determine specific areas inside buildings where safety, privacy, or other compelling considerations would warrant prohibiting distribution of leaflets. This information should be made available to the University community.

The motion to consider his substitute was approved by a show of hands (72-33). Levy indicated that his language should be inserted as the second paragraph of the current Rule 103, D. 2.

Senator Levy explained that while the present Rule 103 calls for administrative regulation or prohibition of leafletting inside University-owned or -leased buildings only "when circumstances warrant", it is his understanding that the administration has been unnecessarily stringent how it defines "circumstances".

Senator Burbules pointed out that section D.1. of Rule 103 already spells out the exceptions to leafletting without prior approval, which renders Levy's substitute unnecessary.

Senator Gregory Girolami (LAS) moved to add the following between the two sentences of Levy's substitute: "An appeal may be made to the Committee on the Use of Facilities." By voice vote, Girolami's amendment was approved.

In response to a motion from the floor, the Presiding Officer then requested unanimous consent to invert the last two sentences of Levy's substitute, as amended. Unanimous consent was not obtained, but the inversion was approved by voice vote.

A vote to support a motion to refer the amended substitute back to CCG was strongly discouraged by Senator Burbules; by voice vote, the motion was lost. By voice vote, the substitute motion was endorsed, as amended.

Regarding the revised CG.01.09 distributed at the door, Senator Justin Lewis (LAS) moved to add the qualifier "in writing" after "explicitly requested" in reference to an instructor's request that students do not sell instructor-provided materials to a commercial note-taking service. By voice vote, the amendment was accepted.

Senator Ted Hymowitz (ACES) asked if it was possible to include the prohibition of tape-recording classroom lectures. Burbules replied no, since there are plenty of legitimate reasons for students to tape-record their lectures (e.g., supplemental study aids, dyslexia, blindness, etc.).

By voice vote, CG.01.09 was endorsed, as amended.

Due to the impending start of the Annual Faculty Meeting, Professor Fossum moved that unfinished business from today's meeting be considered under Old Business at the October 29 Senate meeting. There was no objection.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.

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