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April 28, 2003

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.

04/28/03-01 The minutes of the March 17, 2003, Senate meeting were approved as written.

Senator Robert Fossum (LAS), Chair of the Senate Executive Committee (SEC), moved, without objection, that floor privileges be extended to Professors Fred Delcomyn, Philip Best, and Neal Merchen, respectively, Director, School of Integrative Biology, Head, Dept. of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, and Interim Head, Dept. of Animal Sciences; to speak to EP.03.18. Floor privileges for members of the Student Senate Caucus subcommittee on Dissection Alternatives (Michelle Rodrigues, Matt Berry, Danielle Marino, and Jon Fisher) to speak to the same proposal were also approved.

Floor privileges were approved for Professor Loren Bode to speak to EP.03.27, and for Professor Bruce Wheeler to speak to EP.03.31.

Dr. Fossum announced that the following senators have agreed to serve as tellers: Ronald Peters (ILIR), Herman Krier (ENGR), Vilas Dhar (ENGR), and Steve Seitz (LAS).

The Chancellor spoke briefly about campus and University budget matters, and then turned the podium over to Dr. Richard Wilson, Associate Chancellor for Development, who spoke about Private Gift Progress and Priorities.

The Associate Chancellor reviewed the recent history of private gifts to UIUC, and highlighted a few sizeable gifts (e.g., Christopher Hall, Mellon Humanities Grant, Simpson Chairs in English and the Library). Dr. Wilson described the increases of the Annual Fund, Major Gifts, and giving via the Web, as well as the fluctuating levels of corporate support.

Associate Chancellor Wilson pointed out several development priorities for the next few years, including: build the endowment to $1B, increase annual fund gifts and participation rates, increase number of endowed faculty positions to 400, secure 200 new fellowship endowments, increase number of strategic corporate partnerships, increase support from private foundations, complete special library and Illinois arts campaigns, restore core buildings and capital projects, and plan the next campaign.

Senator Ron Peters (ILIR) asked about the University's decision to change the pay date for those paid monthly from the 21st to the 16th and the perception that employees in that category will lose five days pay when the shift begins in September 2003. The Chancellor replied that individuals will be paid for each day they work.

The Presiding Officer announced that the following proposals were approved by unanimous consent:

04/28/03-02 EP.03.19*, Revision of the Kinesiology Teacher Education K-12 Option,
04/28/03-03 EP.03.20*, Deletion of the Kinesiology Teacher Education PE 6-12 Option,
04/28/03-04 EP.03.21*, Proposed Revision to the General Education Requirements for Kinesiology Teacher Education,
04/28/03-05 EP.03.22*, Revision of the Teacher Certification Option in the Agricultural and Environmental Communications and Education Curriculum,
04/28/03-06 EP.03.23*, Revision of the Biology Teaching Option of the Life Sciences Major,
04/28/03-07 EP.03.24*, Proposal for a B.S. Degree Option to the LAS Individual Plans of Study Major in the Sciences and Letters Curriculum,
04/28/03-08 EP.03.25*, Proposed Undergraduate Geographic Information Science Option of the Sciences and Letters Curriculum,
04/28/03-09 EP.03.27*, Proposal to Change the Name of the Department of Agricultural Engineering to the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering,
04/28/03-10 EP.03.28*, Proposal from FAA to Revise the Bachelor of Music Degree with Major in Music History,
04/28/03-11 EP.03.29*, Proposed Revision to the Teacher Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching,
04/28/03-12 EP.03.30*, Revision to the General Educ. Requirements for Art Education,
04/28/03-13 EP.03.31*, Proposal to Create a Department of Bioengineering in the College of Engineering, and to Establish B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. Programs in Bioengineering,
04/28/03-14 EP.03.32*, Proposal to Rename the Humanities Major in the LAS Sciences and Letters Curriculum to the LAS Interdisciplinary Major,
04/28/03-15 SC.03.07*, 2003-2004 Senate/Senate Executive Committee Calendar.

Dr. Cantor presented for action a Resolution of Appreciation for Dr. Charles Colbert, Vice-Chancellor for Administration and Human Resources. Senator Robert Fossum, Chair of the Senate Executive Committee (SEC), stated it has been his privilege to work with Dr. Colbert in a variety of capacities.

04/28/03-16 The Resolution was approved by acclamation with a corresponding round of applause.

The Chancellor presented for action a Resolution of Appreciation for Senate Executive Committee Chair Robert Fossum. Senator Priscilla Yu (LIBR), Vice-Chair of the Senate Executive Committee, highlighted passages of the Resolution and presented it to Dr. Fossum on behalf of the SEC. She moved its approval.

04/28/03-17 By acclamation, the Resolution was approved, accompanied by an enthusiastic round of applause.

04/28/03-18 The Presiding Officer presented for action LB.03.02*, Resolution on Support for the Library. Senator Bruce Wicks (ALS) Chair of the Senate Committee on the Library, hoped this resolution would elicit broad public support from the campus community for maintaining the excellence of the University Library.

04/28/03-19 By voice vote, LB.03.02 was approved.

04/28/03-20 Chancellor Cantor presented for action GP.03.06*, Resolution on Centralization. Senator Richard Schacht (LAS), Chair of the Senate Committee on General University Policy (GUP), summarized the history of this proposal and moved adoption of the document.

04/28/03-21 By voice vote, GP.03.06 was approved.

04/28/03-22 The Chancellor presented for action IT.03.01*, Information Security Policy. Senator George Francis (LAS) Chair of the Senate Committee on Information Technology, briefly described the gestation period that culminated in the policy before the Senate today. He noted that this policy must ultimately be approved by all three campuses, so this Senate may see it again after additional revisions have been made. He moved its approval.

04/28/03-23 By voice vote, IT.03.01 was approved.

04/28/03-24 Chancellor Cantor presented for action GP.03.03*, Implementation of Severe Sanctions Other Than Dismissal for Cause. Senator Schacht noted that the background of this proposal includes reference to comments and suggestions made when the Senate received the report for information on March 17. He moved its approval.

The Senate was persuaded to defeat a proposed amendment to codify the set of persons with access to the files associated with a complaint.

04/28/03-25 By voice vote, GP.03.03 was approved.

04/28/03-26 The Chancellor presented for action EP.03.35*, Report to the Senate on Alternatives to Dissection in Undergraduate Courses. Senator Peter Mortensen (LAS), Chair of Educational Policy, noted that the background of this proposal includes reference to comments and suggestions made when the Senate received the report for information on March 17. After highlighting the eight Recommendations embedded in the proposal, he moved its approval.

The Senate was persuaded by the argument that the final sentence of Recommendation #6 was superfluous (RE: appeal provisions of Rule 26 of the Code) and approved an amendment to delete this sentence.

Senate Thomas Anastasio (LAS) presented a substitute motion for EP.03.35 in its entirety. A motion to defer consideration of both EP.03.35 and Senator Anastasio's substitute motion until after the balance of the agenda was completed was approved by show of hands (32-30).

In accord with Senate Standing Rule #1, the Senate is prohibited from conducting any business after 5:15 p.m. The remaining items from today's agenda will be carried over to a reconvened meeting on Monday, May 5, beginning at 3:10 p.m., in Foellinger Auditorium.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:15 p.m.

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