Minutes of the Faculty Senate Meeting
February 11, 2009, 3:30 p.m.
ENGR 209

Inza Fort, Chair
Linda Jones, Secretary
Minutes Status: Approved

Roll Call:

Present

Officers: Fort, Freund, Jones, Brady, Allison, Rupe

Senators (elected):  (ARCH) Wall; (ALFS) Rosenkrans, Miller, Ahrendsen, Savin; (ARSC) Behrend, Parry, Scheide, Freund, Brady, Kral, Rhoads; (WCOB) Bouwman, Ellstrand, Hardgrave; (EDHP) Stegman, Dibrezzo, Smith; (ENGR) Heymsfield; (LAW) Killenbeck; (LIBR) Zou; (At-Large) Curington, Goodstein, James, Jensen, Gay, Murphy, Riggs, Turner, T. Jensen.

Senators (admin): McMath.

Absent

Officers:

Senators (elected): (ARCH); (AFLS) Evans, Rom; (ARSC) Comfort, Turner, DeCoster, Yang, Spiegel, Van Brahana; (WCOB) ; (EDHP) Hagstrom; (ENGR) Deaton, Hall; (LIBR) ; (At-Large) Robinson, Starks, Salisbury, Martin.

Senators (admin):  Gearhart, Verma, Shannon, Schwab, Worrell, Beene Ballard, Greenwood, Saxena, Geren, Nance, Henderson Allen, McCray, Lewis.

I. Call to Order: Inza Fort, Chair

The meeting was called to order at 3:31.

II. Roll Call

The roll was called.

III. Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved.

IV. Approval of minutes from January, 2009.

January 14, 2009

The minutes were approved.

V. Reports

A. Provost's Report

The Provost reported on the following:

C. Chair's Report

Inza Fort reported on the following:

VI. Old Business

A. Final Exam Policy

Students who have three or more final exams scheduled on one day will be allowed reschedule one of the exams. This policy outlines the procedure and limitations in that process. We are soliciting your comments before the next Executive committee meeting.

Proposed Final Exam Policy

Six amendments were proposed to the policy and each amendment was voted on separately:

1) Remove the word "request", third word, third line. Amendment passed.

2) Line four, change "a copy" to "an official copy". Amendment passed.

3) remove "to the professor whose course has the highest course number" and replace with "to the professors of those classes involved to see if one will voluntarily move the exam." Amendment passed.

4) Last line; they may appeal to the instructor’s department chair [insert] and request a meeting with the Chair and the professor. Amendment failed. Yes - 8; No - 12; Abstain - 6.

5) Change all references of two exams to three exams and all references to three exams to four exams. Amendment failed. A count was called for but not recorded.

6) In the first line, restate "During the last week of classes or finals week, ...." Amendment failed.

The policy passed as amended. A count was called for Y - 13; N - 10.

Final Exam Policy as Amended and Approved:

During finals week, students are required to sit for no more than 2 final exams in a single calendar day period. Students with three or more finals in a single calendar day period have the right to an alternative exam date (s) for each exam exceeding two. They must submit a formal request for an alternative date in writing, along with an official copy of their class schedule for verification purposes, to the professors of those classes involved to see if one will voluntarily move the exam. Exams in classes with lower course numbers (e.g., ARHS 1003) take precedence over those with higher numbers (e.g., MGMT 3563). Requests must be submitted on or before the last day to drop a full semester class or classes with a mark of "W". Professors will provide the student with an alternative exam date and time no later than one week after the last day to drop a full semester class or classes with a mark of "W". Unless otherwise agreed upon by the student, all rescheduled final exams are to take place during the university designated final exam dates and times. If a student has an objection to the alternative exam date/time, they may appeal to the instructor’s department chair.

VII. New Business

A. Consent Agenda

The following items are referred to the Faculty Senate for review and action by the University Course and Programs Committee and the Graduate Council:

1. Undergraduate course change proposals approved by the University Course and Programs Committee on January 23, 2009: Table A.

2. Graduate and Dual credit course change proposals approved by the University Course and Programs Committee on December 19, 2008 and the Graduate Council on January 15, 2009: Table B and Table C.

3. Proposed undergraduate program change for the Graduate School – Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Programs – Microelectronics-Photonics – MEPH-M, Minor Microelectronics-Photonics (Table 1, Attachment 1A) was approved without opposition by the University Course and Programs Committee on January 23, 2009.

4. Proposed undergraduate program change for the College of Engineering – Department of Computer Science and Computer Engineering – CENGBS, BS Computer Engineering (Table 1, Attachment 2A) was approved without opposition by the University Course and Programs Committee on January 23, 2009.

5. Proposed undergraduate program change for the College of Engineering – Department of Computer Science and Computer Engineering – CSCEBS, BS Computer Science (Table 1, Attachment 2B) was approved without opposition by the University Course and Programs Committee on January 23, 2009.

6. Proposed undergraduate program change for the College of Engineering – Department of Electrical Engineering – ELEGBS, BS Electrical Engineering (Table 1, Attachment 2C) was approved without opposition by the University Course and Programs Committee on January 23, 2009.

The Consent Agenda was approved.

VIII. Announcements

IX. Adjourn

The meeting was adjourned at a time much later than anticipated!