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May 5, 2003

A reconvened meeting of the Urbana-Champaign Senate was called to order at 3:10 p.m. in Foellinger Auditorium with Chancellor Nancy Cantor presiding.

Senator Robert Fossum (LAS), Chair of the Senate Executive Committee (SEC), pointed out that floor privileges approved last week for individuals to speak to EP.03.35 were still in full force and effect. A motion was approved to consider any unfinished business from today's agenda at a special meeting on Wednesday, May 7, beginning at 3:10 p.m. in Foellinger Auditorium.

Dr. Fossum announced that the following senators have agreed to serve as tellers: Terry Weech (LISC), Norm Denzin (COMM), Roger Shanks (ACES), and Michael Grossman (ACES).

05/05/03-01 The Presiding Officer presented for action CG.01.10*, Proposed Revisions to the Code, Rule 44. Senator Nick Burbules (EDUC), CCG Chair, moved its approval.

05/05/03-02 By voice vote, CG.01.10 was approved.

Chancellor Cantor presented for information the following proposed revisions from CCG to the Code of Policies and Regulations Applying to all Students:

05/05/03-03 CG.02.05*, Revisions to Rule 15,

05/05/03-04 CG.02.09*, Revisions to Rule 103,

05/05/03-05 CG.03.03*, Revisions to Rule 11.

The Chancellor presented the following reports for information:

05/05/03-06 SC.03.09*, Report of the March 13 BOT Meeting,
05/05/03-07 HE.03.10*, Report of the March 28 FAC/IBHE Meeting,
05/05/03-08 HE.03.11*, Report of the April 1 BHE Meeting,
05/05/03-09 UC.03.06*, Report of the March 18 USC Meeting.
05/05/03-09 RPC.03.01*, Research Policy Committee

Dr. Cantor presented the following reports:

05/05/03-10 AF.03.01*, Academic Freedom and Tenure,
05/05/03-11 AD.03.01*, Admissions,
05/05/03-12 BG.03.02*, Budget,
05/05/03-13 CO.03.01*, Campus Operations,
05/05/03-14 CC.03.10*, Committees,
05/05/03-15 CG.03.08*, Conference on Conduct Governance,
05/05/03-16 EP.03.26*, Educational Policy,
05/05/03-17 EQ.03.01*, Equal Opportunity,
05/05/03-18 FB.03.03*, Faculty Benefits,
05/05/03-19 GP.03.05*, General University Policy,
05/05/03-20 HD.03.03*, Honorary Degrees,
05/05/03-21 IT.03.02*, Information Technology,
05/05/03-22 SP.03.10*, University Statutes and Senate Procedures,
05/05/03-23 SL.03.01*, University Student Life.

05/05/03-24 The Presiding Officer 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.

(At the April 28 Senate meeting, the Senate approved an amendment to delete the final sentence of Recommendation #6 (RE: appeal provisions of Rule 26 of the Code). Senate Thomas Anastasio (LAS) then 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).)

Senator Anastasio believed elements of EP.03.35 bordered on infringement of academic freedom in the classroom, i.e., faculty determination of its class requirements should not be subject to outside forces.

Senator Mortensen replied that provisions of EP.03.35 offered the best balance of academic freedom for faculty and the right to dissection alternatives for students.

After a number of arguments from both sides of the aisle, a motion to close debate did not garner the necessary 2/3 vote (41-33), so debate continued.

Senator Nick Burbules was concerned about drafting such important legislation on the Senate floor. Subsequently, a motion to call the question on Anastasio's substitute motion was approved.

By show of hands, Anastasio's substitute motion was defeated.

Senator Byron Kemper (MED), characterized Recommendation #2 of EP.03.35 as "disabling", and moved to replace it with Recommendation #1 from Senator Anastasio's recently defeated substitute motion.

A motion to call the question on Senator Kemper's substitute motion was defeated by a show of hands, so debate continued.

Senator Peter Loeb (LAS) moved to refer the substitute motion back to Educational Policy - this motion was defeated by a show of hands.

By a show of hands, Senator Kemper's substitute motion was defeated.

05/05/03-25 By a show of hands, EP.03.35 was approved, as amended.

After garnering the necessary 2/3 votes of senators present and voting, the following items were added to the agenda.

05/05/03-26 Chancellor Nancy Cantor presented for action CG.01.14*, Revisions to the Code, Rule 46. Senator Nick Burbules, Chair of the Conference on Conduct Governance (CCG), moved its approval.

05/05/03-27 By voice vote, CG.01.14 was approved.

A motion to suspend Senate Standing Rule #1 for purposes of extending today's session beyond 5:15 p.m. was approved.

05/05/03-28 The Chancellor presented for action NB.03.01*, Draft UIUC University Senate Resolution on the USA Patriot Act, Homeland Security Act and Related Measures. Senator Al Kagan (LIBR), Sponsor of the Resolution, characterized it as especially relevant with increasing government intrusion into the privacy of individuals, and he moved its approval.

05/05/03-29 By voice vote, NB.03.01 was unanimously approved.

05/05/03-30 The Presiding Officer presented for action EP.03.33*, Revision of Options in NRES and Elimination of the Degree in Forestry. Senator Peter Mortensen apologized for the 11th hour nature of this proposal, but explained that it has just been unanimously approved by his Educational Policy Committee, and he moved its approval.

05/05/03-31 By voice vote, EP.03.33 was approved.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:30 p.m.

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