SACUA Resolutions

Academic Year 2015-2016

ACTION OF SACUA 122115

In light of the recent wave of anti-Islamic rhetoric in public discourse, the University of Michigan’s Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs hereby affirms its support for the Muslim members of the University community. Our collective commitment to equity, inclusion, and mutual respect extends to members of religious communities. We call on all members of the University of Michigan to unequivocally oppose and condemn all attempts to discriminate against, marginalize, or denigrate students, faculty, and staff on the basis of religious faith, national origin or ethnic belonging.

The motion carried unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 092815-1

  •    As the faculty of the University of Michigan is committed to providing the University’s students with a world-class education, it recognizes the need to provide that education in a safe and healthy environment.AndAs the faculty of the University of Michigan recognizes that providing regular instruction for First and Second years students five days a week promotes a better and more secure learning environment, and it recognizes that Friday classes, especially Friday morning classes, reduce the incidence of alcohol abuse in university communities.The University Faculty therefore strongly urges the Provost to promote and incentivize the regular teaching of large enrollment 100 and 200 level courses (defined as courses having ten or more sections) with a Friday meeting. It recommends that in cases where such classes have a lecture component, those classes will regularly have a lecture on Friday.
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 092815-2

Whereas our current student evaluation of teaching (SET) instrument is not designed to assist students in choosing classes, and

Whereas there is no consensus on the general validity of student evaluations of teaching, and

Whereas some research suggests that an instructor’s race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, or sexual orientation may negatively affect his or her SET ratings, and

Whereas publicity of prior course evaluations can affect student responses on current evaluations, undermining the independence of response that is key to having a valid survey, and

Whereas prior evaluations do not reliably correspond to later iterations of a course, and

Whereas a policy that affects faculty across the University should be endorsed only after broad consultation with the faculty,

Therefore the University Senate at UM resolves to request that

  1. the SET instrument be redesigned in accordance with the best available research;
  2. that a policy for publicly releasing data obtained by this instrument be formulated in consultation with student government representatives, faculty government representatives, and UM experts in teaching and learning assessment and in statistical analysis;
  3. that the data obtained with the current instrument not be released under the University’s imprimatur.
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.


Academic Year 2014-2015

ACTION OF SACUA 122214-1

  • Chair Masten proposed that SACUA accept the report of the Faculty Hearing Committee (Smith seconded).
  • The action was accepted by unanimous vote with no abstentions of record.

ACTION OF SACUA 110314-1

  • Professor Lehman moved that the amended draft policy statement be transmitted to the Office of General Counsel to initiate further dialog (Holland seconded).
  • Chair Masten pointed out that the General Counsel Advisory Committee is considering a general policy for confidentiality across campus.
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 092914-1

  • On behalf of the University Senate and Senate Assembly, SACUA expresses sincere thanks to President Schlissel for taking time to engage with faculty governance and his openness regarding topics of high concern to the university.
  • The action was adopted by unanimous consent.

ACTION OF SACUA 092914-2

  • SACUA recommends that the President of the University of Michigan vote to override the governance changes proposed by the NCAA because the proposed NCAA governing body would be composed of insufficient numbers of faculty representatives.
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote of those present.


Academic Year 2013-2014

ACTION OF SACUA 042814-1

  • SACUA has been engaged with the UM administration regarding executive compensation for some time, and SACUA encourages the administration to increase its transparency about non-salary compensation.
  • Vote on the Active Motion:
    • Number approving- 5
    • Number disapproving- none
    • Abstentions of record- 1

ACTION OF SACUA 042814-1

  • SACUA has been engaged with the UM administration regarding executive compensation for some time, and SACUA encourages the administration to increase its transparency about non-salary compensation.
  • Vote on the Active Motion:
    • Number approving- 5
    • Number disapproving- none
    • Abstentions of record- 1

ACTION OF SACUA 120213-1

  • AST Process

WHEREAS, we join with the University of Michigan Board of Regents and Central Administration in seeking to deliver excellent education at affordable cost in an era of sharply diminished state appropriations;

WHEREAS, the administration of financial and human resources at the University exists to further the mission of the University by serving its faculty and students;

WHEREAS, the design and development of the Administrative Services Transformation program was performed by external consulting firms and financial office employees without the meaningful participation of and evaluation by the faculty, resulting in inadequate consideration of the consequences and costs of the program;

BE IT RESOLVED that SACUA endorses suspension of the implementation of AST until its impact on the educational and teaching missions of the university can be fully considered and properly evaluated in light of the diverse and often specialized needs of various academic disciplines and units across campus, and that such deliberations include representatives of central faculty governance.

  • Vote on the Active Motion:
    • Number approving- all
    • Number disapproving- none
    • Abstentions of record- none

Chair Staller declared that the action was approved unanimously.


ACTION OF SACUA 120213-2

  • Consulting Firms

WHEREAS, The University of Michigan retained outside consulting firms to develop and implement the Administrative Services Transformation (AST) of finance and human resources, the IT Rationalization plan, and the Retirement Benefits review, all of which resulted in deeply flawed planning processes, damaging the confidence of the faculty in the Administration; and

WHEREAS, The University has spent tens of millions of dollars on these consulting firms; and

WHEREAS, The University is a preeminent institution, employing faculty with international expertise, in fields including business, finance, information technologies, organizations, and education; and

WHEREAS, The University’s top academic leadership includes some of the most prominent, experienced, and talented Administrators in the nation, most of whom have been faculty members themselves; and therefore be it

RESOLVED, SACUA advises that any continued and future retention of external consulting firms be contingent on supplemental and meaningful consultation, participation, and evaluation by faculty with content expertise in the targeted initiatives.

  • Vote on the Active Motion:
    • Number approving- all
    • Number disapproving- none
    • Abstentions of record- none

Chair Staller declared that the action was approved unanimously.


ACTION OF SACUA 111113-1

BENEFITS RESOLUTION

  • Vote on the Active Motion:
    • Number approving- all
    • Number disapproving- none
    • Abstentions of record- none

View full resolution text.


ACTION OF SACUA 090913-1

  • SACUA shall resume its traditional practice whereby the Senate Secretary keeps the minutes of SACUA meetings.
  • The Action was approved by unanimous vote with no abstentions of record.


Academic Year 2012-2013

ACTION OF SACUA 082613-1

  • Presidential Search Advisory Committee
  • SACUA expresses disappointment that, despite the urging of the Senate Assembly in its November 12, 2012, resolution (available here), the recently announced Presidential Search Advisory Committee does not include a representative of the Faculty Senate selected from the suggestions provided by SACUA.

ACTION OF SACUA 081913-1

  • SACUA approves the formation of a special task force on publishing, the charge as drafted (below) and the appointment of members as discussed in executive session.
  • SACUA Special Task Force on Scholarship: Transmission and Ownership

This special task force is charged with developing a statement of principles and guidelines broadly relating to the transmission and ownership of scholarship in an era of rapidly changing technology. New university initiatives such as Google digitalization, Haithi Trust, Deep Blue, and Maize Books, all challenge traditional methods of knowledge publication, storage, dissemination and production. They raise questions about changing business models, new rules of accessibility (such as open access, embargos), and new ideas about copyright and the ownership of intellectual property. The impacts of these initiatives will deeply affect every faculty member at the University of Michigan. They may also have profound implications for the way that our students plan their professional careers, within the academy or beyond. For these reasons, a faculty voice during the early stages of the changes is essential. We charge this special task force to be the voice of the governing faculty and to develop a set of guidelines and principles rooted in our shared perspectives and values, by which to help us direct, critique, assess and discuss, these initiatives and other future initiatives so critical to our academic life.

  • Holland moved, Mondro seconded. Approved with one abstention.

ACTION OF SACUA 081913-2

  • SACUA expresses concern about the potential damage done to the reputation of the University of Michigan and its faculty by the appearance of insensitivity to principles of academic freedom stemming from the disinvitation of Alice Walker as speaker for the CEW.
  • Oey moved, Mondro seconded. Approved with one abstention.

ACTION OF SACUA 080513-1

  • In accordance with Sec. 5.05 of the April 26, 2010 Model Faculty Grievance Procedure, SACUA hereby reaffirms its Action of SACUA 091012-1 creating assistants to the Faculty Grievance Monitor (FGM) and reaffirms the approval of Professor David Potter while replacing Professor Giordani with Professors Richard Friedman and Karen Staller as FGM assistants.
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 080513-2

  • In accordance with Sec. 3.04 of the April 26, 2010 Model Faculty Grievance Procedure, SACUA hereby designates SACUA or a faculty body designated by SACUA as the appellate body for a final appeal of a Grievance Hearing Board (GHB) decision on non-grievability. Any member of SACUA having prior involvement with the grievance case (such as the FGM) shall recuse themselves from the grievability appeal.
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 080513-3

  • SACUA hereby designates SACUA members Bob Ziff (2016), Scott Masten (2015), and Finn Larsen (2014) as the SACUA Hearing Committee members for the 2013-2014 Academic year.
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 070813-1

  • SACUA will send the Fitness for Duty document to Chris Whitman, Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs as soon as possible.
  • The action was approved with one abstention.

ACTION OF SACUA 061013-1

  • SACUA endorses the proposed changes to the rules of the Police Department Oversight committee regarding the election of faculty members.
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 040113-1

  • Motion made by Rachel Goldman and seconded by Charlie Koopmann to table the Statement.
  • Motion denied with four against and two yeas.

ACTION OF SACUA 040113-2

  • Motion made by Sally Oey and seconded by Rachel Goldman to send the Statement back to the Committee on University Values with comments for further work.
  • Carried unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 040113-3

  • Motion made by Rex Holland and seconded by Rachel Goldman to remove the Item for Action – Approval of the Diversity Statement from University Values and Inclusive University committees from the Senate Assembly agenda of April 15, 2013.
  • Carried unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 020413-1

  • Motion made by Rex Holland and seconded by Scott Masten to accept the questions as written with the addition of Sally Oey’s question, “Faculty are being adequately consulted on the University’s exploration of courses that are taught primarily on line”.
  • Motion carried with eight yeas and one abstention.

ACTION OF SACUA 111212-1

  • The last paragraph of the Draft Resolution on Faculty Representation on Executive Officer Search Committees was changed to “We urge that search committees for executive officers and, particularly, the search committee for the University’s next president, include representatives of the Faculty Senate chosen from a list of names selected by SACUA and approved by Senate Assembly”.
  • The Action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 102912-1

  • SACUA adopts distributed item 4 with the change in the last sentence to:

“The Board shall exercise editorial judgment, including correcting for grammar and clarity, redacting repetitious material and determining the content which may include declining to publish material that are judged to be excessively personal”.

  • The motion was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 091012-1

  • SACUA will create a pool of qualified faculty to serve as assistants to the FGM to be used as needed at the discretion of the FGM including the delegation of the FGM’s authority. Professors B. Giordani and D. Potter are specifically approved to serve as FGM assistants and others may be added as needed. Release time or other compensation will be requested for the FGM.
  • The motion was approved by unanimous vote.


Academic Year 2011-2012

ACTION OF SACUA 043012-1

SACUA will support the five COIA recommendations in principle.


ACTION OF SACUA 040312

SACUA would like to express its deep appreciation to Suellyn Scarnecchia J.D., Vice President and General Counsel of the University of Michigan, for her support of SACUA and the faculty we represent, for her professional leadership, for her prescience and wise counsel to the entire university during her term of office. We also deeply regret her resignation, although her return to the Law School faculty enriches both that School and the faculty in general. We wish her well in the future and believe that finding a replacement with her experience, depth of understanding and professionalism will be a challenge for the University she has served so selflessly and so well.


ACTION OF SACUA 022012-1

SACUA supports the U of M Regents’ call for an external review of the alleged child pornography case at UMMS and also supports all fact finding external investigations that seek to identify factors surrounding the incident and its initial investigation, as well as the delay in reporting.


ACTION OF SACUA 011812-1

  • GSRA LETTER TO PRESIDENT COLEMAN
  • Approved electronically.
    • Number approving- 8
    • Number disapproving- 0
    • Abstentions of record- 1

View full resolution text.


ACTION OF SACUA 111411-1

  • REVISED HEALTH PLAN INCENTIVES
  • Professor Goldman moved (Kearfott seconded) that SACUA approves the Task Force report as revised at the 7 November meeting of SACUA (distributed item 4).
  • The Action was approved unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 111411-2

  • Professor Rothman moved that SACUA invite Professor Hirshorn and the Ann Arbor CESF chair for a follow-up meeting after SACUA receives the reports described in the preceding discussion (Kearfott seconded).
  • The action was approved unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 111411-3

  • Professor Rothman moved that SACUA shall ask the Senate Assembly for nominations, advice, and instructions on participation in response to a request for faculty governance representatives on a new Keeping the Well & At-Risk Healthy committee, distributed item 6 (Kearfott seconded).
  • SACUA approved the action unanimously and approved amendment of the meeting agenda of the Senate Assembly to include the item.

ACTION OF SACUA 111411-4

  • Professor Rothman moved that the Civil Liberties Board chair shall be designated an ex officio member of the Student Appeals Board (multiple seconds).
  • The action was approved unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 110711-1

  • Professor Rothman moved the addition of a recommendation number 12:

12. The cost of engagement in non university facilities should be covered in part for those participating in a specified level of engagement.

  • The action was approved without dissent.

ACTION OF SACUA 110711-2

  • Professor Rothman moved (multiple seconds):

SACUA approves the report as amended and transmits it to Human Resources, the VP for Student Relations, and other university bodies.

  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 100311-1

HB 4770 and 4771 seek to prohibit any government entity in the State, including universities and city governments, from providing public employee domestic partner benefits (medical or other fringe). We support the current practice of the University of Michigan of offering benefits to those who meet the criteria of Other Qualifying Adult. This practice is fair in that it does not discriminate against unmarried persons and offers equal compensation in the form of benefits for those performing the same jobs.

Recognizing the integrity in self governance of the University of Michigan, we support current policy that provides these benefits at the University of Michigan. To do otherwise the University of Michigan would be significantly hampered in its efforts to recruit and to retain the best faculty and staff. In addition, the health of the University Community, including the dependent children of qualified adults, would be put in jeopardy.

SACUA endorses this position and commends it to the Senate Assembly.

Academic Year 2010-2011

ACTION OF SACUA 050211-1

  • Professor Kearfott moved that SACUA shall extend invitations to Senate Assembly members and chairs of Assembly committees to attend SACUA meetings for purposes to planning Senate Assembly meeting agendas.
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 032811-1

  • SACUA ratifies its action to postpone the University Senate meeting of 21 February 2011.
    • Number approving- 5
    • Number disapproving- 1
    • Abstentions of record- 0

ACTION OF SACUA 032811-2

  • Professor Lehman moved that SACUA commend the issue of alternative methods of voting by faculty governance bodies to the Rules Committee (Goldman seconded). Professor Poe offered a friendly amendment that the Rules Committee be expanded to five members of the University Senate as soon as practicable.
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 013111-1

  • Professor Lehman moved that SACUA call a special session of the University Senate within the month to debate the question, “Whereas Regents Bylaw 5.09 was established sixty years ago as a University-wide policy, and that other alternatives than the proposed extension to the tenure clock may exist, Resolved that the faculty of the University of Michigan oppose an extension of the tenure clock beyond that which is currently specified in Regents Bylaw 5.09.

ACTION OF SACUA 011011-1

  • Professor Lehman moved that SACUA put before Senate Assembly a resolution that, at the University of Michigan, only tenure track faculty as a body are eligible to make the final decisions of the faculty in matters involving tenure including, but not limited to, the tenure process described in Regents Bylaw 5.09 and its procedures, as well as individual decisions to grant tenure.
  • The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 011011-2

  • Professor Lehman moved that SACUA put before Senate Assembly a resolution to re-affirm its action of 2005 (item 103105-02) in opposing any change to Regents Bylaw to extend the maximum tenure period from eight to ten years.
  • The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 122010-1

  • Professor Lehman moved that SACUA re-affirm the 2005 actions of SACUA (item 102405-1) and the Senate Assembly (item 103105-2) in opposing any change to Regents Bylaw 5.09 to extend the maximum tenure period from eight to ten years.
  • The motion was seconded and approved unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 112210-1

  • Professor Frost moved that SACUA thank Professor Boxer for the good work and report of the task force.
  • The motion was seconded and approved unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 100410-1

  • Professor Lehman moved that a digital audio recording be maintained of the SACUA sessions and archived to verify the minutes.
  • The motion failed 1-5.

ACTION OF SACUA 100410-2

Professor Lehman moved that whereas SACUA serves as an instrument for effecting the actions of the Senate and the Assembly, is elected by the Assembly, and owes its duty to the Assembly, THEREFORE members of SACUA shall disclose to the Assembly all financial arrangements or financial considerations, past, present, or planned, that are provided to them by reason of their service on SACUA, and shall request permission by vote of the Assembly to accept any such payments or considerations.

Professor Poe moved to amend the motion to delete the last clause from “and shall request permission” on and to remove information about past financial arrangements. Professor Frost moved a friendly amendment to the amended motion, if passed, that a brief summary of the SACUA budget be provided to the Senate Assembly on an annual basis at the end of the year. Professor Lehman proposed a friendly amendment to make the disclosure at the beginning of the year. Failed. Professor Frost moved to postpone consideration of the motion to the SACUA meeting of November 1. Passed unanimously. The amendment by Professor Poe was voted down. The motion by Professor Lehman failed for a lack of a second. Professor Frost moved that the SACUA budget be provided to the Senate Assembly on an annual basis at the end of the academic year. Eight yeas and one nay; the motion passed. Professor Lehman moved that the SACUA budget be provided to the Senate Assembly meeting as soon as practicable. Professor Kearfott moved to amend the motion to release the budget before the end of the calendar year. Professor Kearfott withdrew her motion.

  • Professor Lehman’s motion failed 2-7.


Academic Year 2009-2010

ACTION OF SACUA 052410-1

  • Accept proposed charge –

“To explore the possible implications and impact of the proposed Draft Salary Plan Model on the various units and University communities outside of the Medical School; and report back to SACUA.”

  • Unanimously accepted.

ACTION OF SACUA 051010-1

  • Professor Poe moved that Senate Assembly consider the topic of continuous enrollment, but that the resolution not be called for a vote (Kearfott seconded). The proposers accepted a friendly amendment to distribute the language of the resolution to the Assembly.
  • The motion was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 050310-1

  • Professor Barald moved that SACUA will recognize proxy votes certified by SACUA members who are absent from a meeting (Poe seconded).
  • The motion was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 050310-2

  • Professor Goldman moved that SACUA calls a meeting of the Senate Assembly on 17 May (Poe seconded). Further, the movers accepted friendly amendments that the chair shall ask the proposers of the Senate resolution about Rackham fees if they are agreeable to have their resolution being voted at a Senate Assembly meeting, and if they would also like the resolution to be considered at a Senate meeting in the fall.
  • The action was approved unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 041910-1

  • Dr. Fraser moved that SACUA shall send a 1.5 page letter (distributed item 4) drafted by the chair to the provost and associate provost Whitman as its response to the Faculty Hearing Committee (FHC) report (Poe seconded).
    • Number Approving- 5
    • Number Disapproving- 2

ACTION OF SACUA 041910-2

  • Dr. Fraser moved that SACUA does not accept the report of the FHC (Rothman seconded).
    • Number Approving- 5
    • Number Disapproving- 1

ACTION OF SACUA 041210-1

  • Professor Poe moved that SACUA recommends that a re-registration fee of no more than $100 is all that should be assessed when a student returns from an absence not endorsed by Rackham. (Lehman seconded)
  • The action was approved unanimously with no abstentions of record.

ACTION OF SACUA 020810-1

SACUA delegates to the Senate Secretary full authority to resolve any issues arising during the election process.

  • The motion was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 011810-1

  • Professor Poe moved (Navvab and Stark seconded) to adopt the distributed Statement on Academic Freedom (item 7).
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 011110-1

  • On behalf of the faculty, SACUA expresses its gratitude to the generous anonymous benefactor who donated $110,000 in support of the Davis-Markert-Nickerson Academic Freedom Lecture Fund.
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 092909-1

  • SACUA endorses the speaker selection for the 2009 Academic Freedom Lecture.
    • Number approving- 4
    • Number disapproving- 1
    • Number abstaining- 1

ACTION OF SACUA 092909-2

  • The 2009 Academic Freedom Lecture is declared to be a meeting of the University Senate.
    • Number approving- 6
    • Number disapproving- 1
    • Number abstaining- 0

ACTION OF SACUA 092109-1

  • SACUA charges CESF with reporting total compensation rates at the U-M, documenting erosion of benefits in relation to peers, and anticipating challenges to retiree health benefits, and, further, to offer recommendations to faculty governance on each issue with attention to equity across employee categories.
  • The motion was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 092109-2

  • SACUA approves the process document.
  • The motion was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 092109-3

  • SACUA asks Senate Assembly to declare that if a member of the Assembly is absent from 3 consecutive Assembly meetings without requesting an alternate, the seat shall be declared vacant and shall not count against quorum.
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.


Academic Year 2008-2009

ACTION OF SACUA 061509-4

  • SACUA places Recommendation One from the Budget Study Committee to the table.
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 061509-3

  • SACUA asks the Budget Study Committee to evaluate or suggest other alternative models for its Recommendation Two, including the proposal that the U-M allocate a portion of its general scholarship fund for award to dependents of university employees on the basis of need.
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 061509-2

  • SACUA appoints a committee consisting of Professors Frier (chair), Friedman, Fraser, and Lehman, plus C. Whitman from the provost’s office and charges it with developing a statement on academic freedom on behalf of the University Senate for adoption by the Senate Assembly in the fall.
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 061509-1

  • SACUA endorses and approves the proposal from the committee for a revision of its charge and will submit the revised charge to Senate Assembly for ratification in the fall.
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 050409-2

  • The Committee of the Whole developed and proposed the following resolution:

All votes taken by e-mail must be approved for such vote at a SACUA meeting that precedes the e-mail vote, and all such e-mail votes must be ratified at a subsequent SACUA meeting.

  • The action was approved unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 050409-1

  • Chair Thouless moved that SACUA asks Secretary Lehman to continue to record the SACUA minutes for the 2009-2010 session while serving as a voting member by approval of Senate Assembly.
  • The action was approved unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 042009-1

  • Chair Potter invited a motion endorsing proposed SPG 201.11-1 revision. Several members offered the invited motion.
  • The action was approved unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 032309-1

  • SACUA voted unanimous consent for transmission of the Rothman report (distributed item 3) to the office of the provost.

ACTION OF SACUA 112408-1

  • Several members moved that Section 1 of Article 1 of the University Senate be amended to read:

“Librarians of any rank who have full-time appointments at the U-M as regular staff members shall be designated as members of the University Senate.”

  • The Action was approved by unanimous vote.


Academic Year 2007-2008

ACTION OF SACUA 051208-3

  • A motion to amend SACUA Action 050508-1 by removing “by drawing on volunteers from the Assembly and from within SACUA itself” and to send the amended motion to Senate Assembly on 19 May 2008 was made and seconded.
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 051208-2

  • A motion to reconsider SACUA Action 050508-1 was made, seconded and approved for reconsideration.

ACTION OF SACUA 051208-1

  • A motion to amend Professor Frier’s resolution and adopt with said amendment was made and seconded.
  • Vote on the active motion:
    • Number Approving: 7
    • Number Opposing: 1
    • Number Abstaining: 0

ACTION OF SACUA 050508-1

  • Professor Fraser moved that SACUA ask the Senate Assembly (1) to charge a five-member Senate Assembly committee to review academic counseling given to intercollegiate student athletes, with a reporting deadline of December 2008; and (2) that the Senate Assembly delegate to SACUA the responsibility for populating the committee by drawing on volunteers from the Assembly and from within SACUA itself (Thouless seconded).
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 042108-2

  • SACUA endorses the concept of sponsoring a town meeting focusing on the legal dimensions of affirmative action. The action was approved by unanimous vote, with one abstention of record.

ACTION OF SACUA 042108-1

  • SACUA accepts the 2008 report of the Committee for a Multicultural University and endorses its recommendations.
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote, with two abstentions of record.

ACTION OF SACUA 041408-2

  • Professor Friedman moved that irrespective of the on-going controversy about the counseling of athletes, SACUA strongly affirms Prof. John W. Hagen’s academic freedom to teach his courses and to pursue his own research (Frier seconded).
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 041408-1

  • Professor Potter moved that SACUA endorses AAAC Action Item 040908-2 (Fraser seconded).
  • Vote on the active motion:
    • Number Approving: 3
    • Number Opposing: 0
    • Number Abstaining: 2

ACTION OF SACUA 033108-2

  • Professor Stark moved that SACUA accepts AAAC’s request in its Action Item 032608-2, and charges AAAC and the AEC with conferring to develop appropriate survey instruments for incorporation in the Fall 2008 Administration Evaluation survey.
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 033108-1

  • Professor Riles moved that SACUA endorses Advisory Action of AAAC 032608-1 (multiple seconds):
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 032408-1

  • Chair Smith appointed a subcommittee consisting of Professors Poe, Potter, and Thouless and charged it with evaluating the policy proposed byRackham for continuous enrollment by graduate students.

ACTION OF SACUA 021108-1

  • Professor Friedman moved that SACUA present the principles document in its then-current state to the Senate Assembly for vote at the March meeting of the Assembly (multiple seconds).
  • The Action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 091707-1

  • Chair Smith invited a motion calling for a letter to be sent from SACUA commending the president and Board of Regents for action taken to revise Regents’ Bylaw 14.06 extending non-discrimination to gender identity and gender expression (multiple assents).
  • The Action was approved by unanimous vote.


Academic Year 2006-2007

ACTION OF SACUA 082707-1

  • Professor Potter moved the following proposed motion for Senate Assembly:

Whereas the Senate Assembly of the University of Michigan finds that the proposed reforms of the Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics are generally in accord with the values of the University of Michigan, it hereby endorses the goals of the proposed reforms (multiple seconds).

  • The Action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 073007-1

  • Professor Potter moved that SACUA offer Professor Stark, Professor Doug Kahn of the Law School, and himself to serve on the new Recreational Sports Task Force. (Frier seconded).
  • The Action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 072307-1

  • Chair Smith moved that Professors Frier and MacAdam be charged with the development of a resolution in support of the Statement on Publishing Agreements of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) and in support of the revision of the University’s copyright policy.
  • The Action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 060407-1

  • There was a motion that a SACUA subcommittee made up of three individuals appointed by the SACUA chair be formed to address the COIA report and other matters related to the University’s intercollegiate athletic program and report back to SACUA by 31 December 2007.
  • The Active Motion was approved with one abstention.

ACTION OF SACUA 041607-1

  • Professor Potter moved that a sixth item be added to the proposed policy statement endorsed by AAAC on 11 April 2007 (multiple seconds).
  • The Action was approved by unanimous vote with one abstention of record.

ACTION OF SACUA 040907-3

FACULTY RESPONSE TO THE SPELLINGS COMMISSION REPORT

  • Professor Potter moved that SACUA endorses the AAAC report in response to the Spellings Commission Report and commends it to the Senate Assembly for its endorsement (Frier seconded).
  • The Action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 040907-2

FACULTY RESPONSE TO REVISED McDONALD-WEISS REPORT

  • Professor MacAdam moved that SACUA endorses the AAAC report in response to the revised McDonald-Weiss report about extending the tenure probationary period, and concludes that the existing procedures have sufficient flexibility. SACUA recommends that Senate Assembly endorse the report (Frier seconded).
  • The Action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 040907-1 RESOLUTION ON SUSPENSION OF RULES

  • Professor Frier moved that SACUA recommends to the Senate Assembly that it suspend its rule stating that a SACUA chair cannot be re-elected to a second term sequentially after having served a full term (MacAdam seconded).
  • The Action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 032607-1

  • Professor Potter moved that SACUA will join with AAUP to co-sponsor a 10 May 2007 forum on faculty grievance procedures (multiple seconds).
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 031207-3

  • Professor Meerkov moved that SACUA forms an ad hoc Faculty Investment Committee with Professors Kimball and Shumway as charter members, and gives the committee the charge of preparing a report to the Senate Assembly by Fall Term 2007 (MacAdam seconded).
  • The Action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 031207-2

  • Professor Frier moved that the chair and vice-chair represent the U-M faculty at the May meeting of the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics (Potter seconded).
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 031207-1

  • Several members moved that SACUA use its internal funds to make a $1,000 contribution to the Faculty Undergraduate Scholarship Fund in lieu of paying for refreshments for the remaining Senate Assembly meetings of Winter Term.
  • The Action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 021207-1

  • The Chair invited endorsement of a proposed resolution for the Senate Assembly regarding Undergraduate Fellowships (Distributed Item 5).
  • The Action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 020507-1

  • Professor Meerkov moved that SACUA endorses the establishment of an undergraduate fellowship committee of five members, and asks for approval from the Senate Assembly. This committee shall become a regular standing committee of the Senate Assembly and its members shall both select fellowship recipients and oversee solicitation of funds (Riles seconded).
  • The Action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 010807-2

  • SACUA voted unanimous approval of nominations proposed for the Grievance Cognate Panel (distributed item 8).

ACTION OF SACUA 010807-1

  • Multiple members moved that the Senate Assembly begin meeting at Palmer Commons, starting 22 January 2007.
  • The Active Motion was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 121806-1

  • Professor Riles moved that SACUA endorses the Report of the Grievance Procedures Task Force, distributed item 4 (Frier seconded).
  • The Action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 121106-2

  • Professor Riles moved that SACUA endorses the proposed changes to Regents’ Bylaw 3.10 (Combi seconded).
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 121106-1

  • SACUA endorses the proposed posting of the Central Ombuds position.
  • The Action was accepted by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 120406-1

  • Chair Smith proposed that SACUA offer himself, Professor R. Megginson, and Professor-Emeritus B. J. Evans as nominees.
  • Several members moved to accept the proposal.
  • Vote on the Active Motion:
    • Number approving: 6
    • Number disapproving: 1
    • Number abstaining: 0

ACTION OF SACUA 112706-2

  • Professor Frier moved that SACUA endorses the following resolution, and commends it to the Senate Assembly (Giordani seconded):

Whereas the University of Michigan has made and is expected to make significant changes in the benefits that it offers its currently active and retired faculty, and Whereas the members of the University Faculty Senate and their elected representatives on the University Senate Assembly and its executive committee, the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs (SACUA), have either not been consulted or have been inadequately consulted prior to the announcement of such changes in benefits,

Be It Resolved That:

The University of Michigan establish a Faculty Benefits Oversight Committee with representation on that committee by faculty members selected by SACUA and confirmed by the Senate Assembly.

  • The Action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 112706-1

  • Professor Riles moved that SACUA endorses the following resolution, and commends it to the Senate Assembly (multiple seconds):

Whereas the existing system and rules for student registration date back to a time when students were required to report in person for registration interviews, and the system has been made obsolete by modern technology, the faculty calls for changes to the antiquated system which:

(1) remove an existing constraint which prevents students from being granted permission to register according to their credit hour standing if they are registered for a course that meets at that same time, and

(2) enact provisions of a resolution passed by MSA that calls for implementation of registration brackets that are scaled to 5 credit hour increments.

  • The Action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 112206-3

  • Professor Meerkov proposed the following resolution for presentation to the Senate Assembly at its 27 November meeting (Riles seconded):

Whereas the faculty governance recognizes need-based fellowships as an important tool for attracting students from low income families to the University of Michigan;

Whereas the University announced a 50% matching fund program for all donations towards undergraduate need-based fellowships;

Therefore, the Senate Assembly resolves to actively support this program by encouraging faculty to contribute to a special account in support of these fellowships. The resulting fellowships will be allocated with the participation of the elected faculty governance and will be referred to as the UM Faculty Senate Undergraduate Fellowships.

  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 112206-2

  • The chair brought forward a motion that had been proposed at the previous meeting: SACUA endorses the proposed revision of SPG 201.92.
  • The Action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 112006-1

  • Professor Seabury moved that SACUA endorses closing the 2006 AEC survey at midnight on Wednesday, 22 November (multiple seconds).
  • The Action was passed by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 110606-1

  • Professor MacAdam moved that SACUA endorses the proposed preferred name policy embodied in distributed item 13 (multiple seconds).
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 102306-1

  • Professor Frier moved that a hyperlink to an electronic copy of the booklet regarding Proposition 2 be placed on the faculty governance website (Professor Riles seconded).
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 100206-2

  • Professor MacAdam moved that SACUA approves its October 2006 Faculty Governance Update to the U-M Board of Regents (Riles seconded).
  • Vote on the active motion: The motion was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 100206-1

  • Professor Potter moved that SACUA approves the transmittal of a letter to Deputy General Counsel Sharphorn (Giordani seconded).
  • Vote on the active motion: The motion was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 091106-2

  • Multiple members moved that SACUA endorses a revised draft of its letter to President Coleman and charges the chair to transmit it on behalf of SACUA.
  • The motion was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 091106-1

  • Professor Potter moved that SACUA establishes a Grievance Procedures Task Force consisting of Professors Lehman, Masten, Smith, Ulsoy and up to two others to be named, with the SACUA chair as interim chair, and with the goal of delivering a report to SACUA by December 2006 (Meerkov seconded).
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.


Academic Year 2005-2006

ACTION OF SACUA 082806-2

  • SACUA unanimously endorsed distributed item #14 with amendments so that it reads as follows:

DISCLAIMER AND NOTICE

(Endorsed unanimously by SACUA on August 28, 2006)

University faculty members often ask to discuss their grievances or complaints with SACUA or with other central faculty units. SACUA is almost always willing to listen with a sympathetic ear because it believes such discussions benefit not only the faculty member, but the University as a whole.

But such discussions are not a substitute for the other means by which aggrieved faculty members can resolve disputes: for instance, through mediation, consultation with ombudspersons, grievances, legal action, and so on. In particular, involving SACUA in a dispute does not alter the procedural requirements of these other procedures, nor does it change any deadlines they may impose. Moreover, SACUA is not in a position to offer legal advice, even if, as is sometimes the case, there are lawyers on SACUA or in the SACUA office; no attorney/client relationship is expressed or implied, and if you are unsure of your legal position we encourage you to consult with an attorney.

SACUA is fully aware of how stressful disputes can be, and it remains committed to assisting faculty members (and thereby the University) in every appropriate way. The purpose of this disclaimer is to assist faculty members in preserving and exercising their rights effectively.


ACTION OF SACUA 082806-1

  • SACUA unanimously agreed to submit to the Regents the report drafted by S. Meerkov, with small revisions by K. Riles, for the September Regents’ Faculty Governance Update.

ACTION OF SACUA 073106-2

  • SACUA unanimously authorized the chair to pursue the delinquency of a GRB committee report further with the provost as something that appears on the surface to be a case of serious malfeasance by the GRB chair, potentially more serious than the personnel matter brought earlier in the meeting by the president.

ACTION OF SACUA 073106-1

  • The chair invited a motion that SACUA will participate in the joint committee [being constituted by the AAUP and the Academic Freedom Lecture Fund for review and revision of proposed rules for the operation of the Davis, Markert, Nickerson Visiting Professorship] through its chair. The motion was offered by several members simultaneously.
  • The motion was approved unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 071706-1

WHEREAS The University of Michigan Board of Regents re-appointed the University President without consulting the elected faculty governance;

It is customary and desirable to conduct a careful and full evaluation of any administrator’s performance before re-appointment, soliciting thorough comment from all affected parties;

The Board of Regents engaged an external consulting firm, which, according to the Ann Arbor News, interviewed only 22 members of the university community;

Faculty perceive this limited consultation as inadequate for meaningful faculty input;

Therefore, and in accordance with Regents’ Bylaw 4.01, SACUA, as a duly elected representative of the University Senate, expresses its serious concern that the process that the Regents used to re-appoint the President has excluded the opportunity to engage the faculty when making this most important decision.

Wishing then to improve communication between the Regents and elected faculty governance, SACUA proposes a joint task force of members from SACUA, the Regents, and the Office of the President to explore new structural mechanisms to ensure appropriate faculty consultation in future Regental decisions of this nature.

  • The resolution was adopted by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 061206-1

  • Professor Seabury moved endorsement of the resolution drafted by Dearborn joint benefits committee. Professor Frier seconded.
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 060506-2

  • Professor MacAdam moved that SACUA endorses the 2005-2006 CESF annual report to the Board of Regents (multiple seconds).
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 060506-1

  • Professor Riles moved that SACUA affirms past practice and hereby ratifies appointment of Professor Potter, runner-up in the most recent SACUA election, to complete the term vacated by the resignation of Professor Younker (multiple seconds).
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 052206-3

  • Professor Meerkov moved that SACUA endorses the report “Assessing the Necessity of Extending the Maximum Probationary Period” and directs that it be transmitted to the provost, to the Flexible Tenure Committee, and to the Senate Assembly Tenure Committee (Frier seconded).
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 052206-2

  • Professor Giordani moved that SACUA accepts the report of the Rules Committee and transmits it to the Tenure Committee for their consideration and comment (Riles seconded).
  • Vote on the Active Motion:
    • Number approving- 6
    • Number disapproving- 0
    • Number abstaining- 1

ACTION OF SACUA 052206-1

  • Professor Frier moved the SACUA approves the proposed position description for Administrator Coordinator/Project Coordinator for the Faculty Senate Office and commends it to the chair for immediate posting (MacAdam seconded).
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 051506-1

  • Professor MacAdam moved that SACUA endorses the language of model recommendation with slight modification, and commends the model to Senate Assembly for further endorsement (Seabury seconded):

If you think you need an accommodation for a disability, please let me know at your earliest convenience. Some aspects of this course, the assignments, the in-class activities, and the way I teach may be modified to facilitate your participation and progress. As soon as you make me aware of your needs, we can work with the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) to help us determine appropriate accommodations. SSD typically recommends accommodations through a Verified Individualized Services and Accommodations (VISA) form. I will treat any information you provide as private and confidential.

  • The motion was approved unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 041006-1

  • Professor Smith moved to take up the motion about gender expression that had been placed to the table at the previous meeting. SACUA members signified unanimous consent.

GENDER EXPRESSION AND GENDER IDENTIFICATION RESOLUTION

Whereas transgender persons are vulnerable to discrimination, harassment, and violence;

Whereas student groups have rallied to influence the University Administration and the Board of Regents to include “gender expression and gender identity” in the list of categories protected against discrimination;

Whereas the University Administration has responded to these pressures by including “gender identity and gender expression” as a footnote to the category of “sex” in SPG 201.35;

Whereas gender identity and gender expression are not conceptual sub-categories of sex as presently stated in the University’s non-discrimination policies;

Whereas 52 colleges and universities across the United States have to date changed their nondiscrimination policies to include gender identity and gender expression as protected categories;

Whereas the University of Michigan faculty have not yet spoken in support of these changes through its governing structure of the Senate Assembly;

Therefore the Senate Assembly resolves that the University of Michigan Regents Bylaw 14.06 should be changed to include “gender identity” and “gender expression” as categories in the nondiscrimination policy statement.

Be it also resolved that Standard Practice Guide policy on non-discrimination (SPG 201.35) should be changed to include “gender identity” and “gender expression” with all other categories in this SPG, and NOT as a footnote to “sex” as presently written.

Be it also resolved that the Standard Practice Guide preventing discrimination based on sexual orientation (601.6) should be broadened to include “gender identity” and “gender expression” as categories protected by this policy.

  • Discussion of the Active Motion Professor Frier responded to Professor Zorn’s suggestion about revising language about Vietnam-Era veterans in the existing Bylaw. He said that a taskforce developed criteria for making a case to the Regents about real dangers of discrimination, and that the veteran language may not rise to the level of issue. Professor Zorn said that he agrees it is a different issue, and it would needlessly complicate the matter at hand. Professor Meerkov asked whether the proposed changes have any functional implications. Professor Frier replied not really, but that there is a perception that could be rectified.
  • Vote on the Active Motion:
    • Number Approving- 6
    • Number Disapproving- 1
  • Professor Seabury asked that background material be distributed to the Senate Assembly as well as the resolution itself.

ACTION OF SACUA 040306-1 PRIVATE MEETINGS WITH EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

  • Professor Lehman moved that attendance at regular private meetings with executive officers shall henceforth include the chair as well as individual members of SACUA on a rotating basis, with consideration of the members’ interests in meeting agenda topics (Meerkov seconded). Members discussed pros and cons of the motion, including the merits of small discussion groups versus merits of continuity by members from one meeting to the next. Professor Zorn said he thought it would be crippling to mandate that members rotate. Professor Meerkov said that it makes sense that if a discussion involves a matter important to a SACUA member, that member should be present. Professor Lehman explained that his proposal does not preclude having 3 or more SACUA members at a meeting if that seemed appropriate. Moreover, this would be a good way to demystify private meetings and expand potential leadership ranks.
  • Vote on the Active Motion:
    • Number approving- 4
    • Number disapproving- 3

ACTION OF SACUA 032706-1

  • Professor Smith moved that SACUA authorizes a Librarian Awards Committee comprised of the current chairs of AAACSACUA, and the associate provost to whom Librarians report, as well as the immediately previous recipients of each award (Giordani seconded).
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 032006-1

  • Professor Smith moved that SACUA approves an addition to the text of the Faculty Grievance Application Form as follows (Younker seconded):

If the final decision of this grievance procedure ultimately finds in your favor, the FGM shall contact you three months after the final decision to ascertain whether, in your opinion, the provisions of that favorable final decision have been adequately enforced and implemented. To assure such compliance and the valid authority of the grievance process, the FGM will convey your opinion to the Provost (along with copies to you and your Dean) for further action if appropriate. I concur with the above inquiry and reports.

Signature of Grievant

  • Vote on the Active Motion- Approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 030606-1

Professor Smith moved that SACUA establishes a revised charge for the University Shared Governance Task Force (multiple seconds):

The Shared Governance Task Force shall consist of Stanley Berent, Louis D’Alecy (Chair), Tom Weisskopf, Semyon Meerkov (SACUA representative), Keith Riles (AAAC representative), Jon Rush (AAAC representative), and Janine Maddock (past AAAC representative). A delegate from the President or Provost offices will also be requested. The Task Force shall prepare a draft University shared governance document incorporating the Criteria Based Approach to Shared University Governance. The Task Force will meet with the provost to review, modify as necessary, and accept the document. The Task Force will present a report to SACUA by the end of winter semester 2006.


ACTION OF SACUA 030606-2

  • Smith moved that (multiple seconds) SACUA shall establish a selection committee for the Librarian Awards similar to the selection committee it established for the Jackie Lawson award. Membership may include people other than SACUA members.

ACTION OF SACUA 021306-1

  • Professor Lehman moved that Professor D ’Alecy shall be named chair of the University Shared Governance Task Force (multiple seconds).
  • Vote on the Active Motion- Unanimous approval.

ACTION OF SACUA 021306-2

  • Professor Smith moved that SACUA endorses distributed item 13 as a resolution to Senate Assembly (multiple seconds). The text of the resolution was:

Whereas members of the student body represent our University through their involvement in such areas as the performing arts, scientific endeavors, and in intercollegiate athletics;

Whereas such activities can be judged as beneficial to the University as a whole;

Whereas participation in these activities can unavoidably conflict with class schedules or

activities;

Therefore, be it resolved that the Senate Assembly calls upon the Chair of the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs (SACUA) to annually endorse on behalf of Senate Assembly, the Provost’s letter written on behalf of students at the University of Michigan who must miss classes due to their commitments to represent our institution across the nation and world.

  • Vote on the Active Motion:
    • Number Approving- 7
    • Number Disapproving- 1

ACTION OF SACUA 020606-1

  • Professor Lehman moved that the election of SACUA chair and vice chair shall occur according to the Rules of the Senate, Senate Assembly, and SACUA subsequent to the election of new SACUA members in March (Seabury seconded).
  • Discussion- Professor Lehman cited distributed item 6 as stating: “This election shall take place in the Winter term, not later than the final SACUA meeting in April.” Members discussed the merits of the timing for officer elections. On the one hand, early elections allow chairs to arrange teaching responsibilities because one-half of their salaries are paid directly from the office of the provost. On the other hand, basic democratic principles suggest that a group should elect its own chair, and later elections could allow the new year-class of SACUA members to participate in the choice.
  • Vote on the Active Motion-
    • Number Approving- 5
    • Number Disapproving – 0
    • Number Abstaining- 1

ACTION OF SACUA 020606-2

  • Professor Lehman moved that SACUA authorizes establishment of a Weekend School Committee (WSC) as a working group charged (1) with developing a plan for a weekend school for motivated and intellectually able low income children in math and the sciences, and (2) with presenting the proposal to the Senate Assembly (Smith seconded).
  • Vote on the Active Motion:
    • Number approving – unanimous

ACTION OF SACUA 020606-3

  • Professor Smith moved that that Professor Meerkov is named chair of the WSC and is charged (1) with developing nominations for membership on the committee, and (2) with reporting back to SACUA at the earliest convenience (multiple seconds).
  • Vote on the Active Motion:
    • Number approving – 6
    • Opposing – 0
    • Abstaining – 1

ACTION OF SACUA 013006-1

  • Professor Lehman moved that SACUA charges the CESF with developing a report that includes recommendations for managing the shortfall in funding for retiree health care benefits by early March (multiple seconds).
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 013006-2

  • Professor Smith moved that SACUA adopts the following statement on “Importance of Tenure” (Younker seconded):

Importance of Tenure

American universities have earned an esteemed position in the eyes of the world, regarded as engines of ingenuity, enlightenment, and secular social conscience. Their ascendancy was rooted in concern for the common good, with recognition that the common good requires free search for truth and its free expression. Academic freedom is the great force that powers these engines, and academic freedom has three elements: (1) freedom of inquiry and research, (2) freedom of teaching within the university, and (3) freedom of extramural expression and action. Tenure provides assurance that these freedoms will endure, so that universities can educate generations of students who think for themselves, who express their thoughts ably, who can recognize tyranny or demagoguery, and who thereby protect American democracy. A strong tenure system is a close companion to human freedom.

The tenure probationary period controls the quality of the tenure process. Tenure is a compact between institution and individual for the common good, not for the exclusive benefit of either.

Consistent, well-defined and fair probationary periods enable both individual and institution to assess each other’s worthiness. Timely decisions prevent the tendency to retain marginal partnerships for narrow and self-serving purposes. The quality of an institution of higher learning is linked to the strength and consistency of its tenure policies.

  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 013006-3

  • Professor Smith moved that SACUA supports the request from Dental School clinical faculty to Senate Assembly for their participation in the on-line evaluation of academic administrators through the AEC process (Meerkov seconded).
  • The Action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 013006-4

  • Professor Lehman moved that SACUA invites the members of the University Shared Governance Task Force members to meet with SACUA on 6 February 2006 in order to discuss the status of Task Force activities and next steps (Smith seconded).
    • Number approving – 6
    • Number disapproving – 0
    • Number abstaining – 2

ACTION OF SACUA 121905-1

  • Professor Smith moved that SACUA accepts the report of the Unit Shared Governance Task Force, and submits it to SenateAssembly. (Seabury seconded).
  • The action won unanimous approval.

ACTION OF SACUA 121905-2

  • Professor Smith moved that SACUA commends the Unit Shared Governance Task Force and Senate support staff for the thoughtful,expeditious manner in which they executed their charge (multiple seconds).
  • Professor Schulz remarked that Professor Meerkov was the agent of expeditiousness, and that inclusion of Ms. Gibbons was a good choice.
  • The Active Motion was approved unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 120505-1

  • Professor Smith moved that SACUA accepts the report of the AAAC (Lehman seconded).
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 120505-2

  • Professor Smith moved that SACUA accepts the report of the Tenure Committee (Younker and Seabury seconded).
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 120505-3

  • Professor Lehman moves that SACUA endorses distributed item 16 as a motion for action by Senate Assembly (Smith seconded).
  • SACUA members expressed both support and reservations for various elements of the draft resolution. Members acted as Committee of the Whole to amend the language of the proposed resolution. The proposals were accepted as friendly amendments.
  • A final draft version of the resolution was adopted by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 120505-4

  • Professor Lehman moved that SACUA adopts and endorses the report of the Faculty Hearing Committee as amended and transmits it to the provost.
  • SACUA members discussed the proposed amendment. Professor Zorn, a member of the FHC,objected to the amendment because it removes his belief that the FHC’s hour-long interviews of Adamson, Geister and Eisley did not, on the whole, reveal any new aspects favorable to the grievant. Other members of SACUA, including the other two members of the FHC, argued for the amended form, stating forcefully that the FHC had been charged with examining the procedure only, and that it would be inappropriate for the FHC report to include judgments based on the content of the interviews.
  • Vote on the Active Motion
    • Number approving – 6
    • Number disapproving – 2

ACTION OF SACUA 112805-1

  • Professor Smith moved that SACUA accepts the report of the AAAC (Lehman seconded).
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 112805-2

  • Professor Smith moved that SACUA accepts the
  • report of the Tenure Committee (Younker and Seabury seconded).
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 112805-3

  • Professor Lehman moves that SACUAendorses a motion for action by Senate Assembly (Smith seconded).
  • SACUA members expressed both support and reservations for various elements of the draft resolution. Members acted as Committee of the Whole to amend the language of the proposedresolution. The proposals were accepted as friendly amendments.
  • A final draft version of the resolution was adopted by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 112805-4

  • Professor Lehman moved that SACUA adopts and endorses the report of the Faculty Hearing Committee as amended and transmits it to the provost.
  • SACUA members discussed the proposed amendment. Professor Zorn, a member of the FHC, objected to the amendment because it removes his belief that the FHC’s hour-long interviews of Adamson, Geister and Eisley did not, on the whole, reveal any new aspects favorable to the grievant. Other members of SACUA, including the other two members of the FHC, argued for the amended form, stating forcefully that the FHC had been charged with examining the procedure only,and that it would be inappropriate for the FHC report to include judgments based on the content of the interviews.
  • Vote on the Active Motion- Number approving- 6 Number disapproving- 2

ACTION OF SACUA 111405-1

  • Professor Meerkov moved that SACUA recommends to the AEC that it should extend the period for faculty evaluation of administrators until 23 November (Gull seconded).
  • Discussion of the Active Motion- SACUA members pointed out that the initial e-mailing of notice that evaluations were commencing had inadvertently omitted the subject line. Professor Lehman agreed, and acknowledged that numerous respondents had complained that the message was filtered out by e-mail software.
  • Number Approving – 6 Number Disapproving – 0 Number Abstaining – 1

ACTION OF SACUA 103105-1

  • Professor Meerkov moved that SACUA nominates Professor Keith Riles to join the Unit Shared Governance Task Force (Smith seconded).
  • The action was approved unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 103105-2

Professor Smith moved that SACUA sanctions the establishment of (1) the subdomain www.senate.umich.edu that shall be hosted on the new AEC server, where the senate secretary shall post the Action Items and supporting documents for Senate Assembly and the University Senate, and (2) an on-line discussion forum where members of the Senate may post comments and discussion on topics before the Assembly or Senate.

Professor Giordani asked whether the website would replace the communications currently distributed by the secretary to Assembly and Senate members. Lehman said that was not the intent; rather the site would be a repository that members could visit to review documents and to exchange views about the matters under deliberation.

The action was approved unanimously.


ACTION OF SACUA 102405-1

Professor Smith moved that SACUA endorses the resolution and set of questions developed by subcommittee members Lehman and Zorn (distributed item 4) and transmits them to the Senate Assembly with recommendation that they be adopted by the Assembly and sent to College Executive Committees on behalf of the unit Assembly representatives (Meerkov seconded).

Discussion of the Active Motion

Professor Smith suggested that the December meeting of the Assembly would be an appropriate time for the body to consider a resolution on the tenure proposals, and that responses to these questions would hopefully be available by that time. Professor Gull suggested that DeanMcDonald from LSA could hopefully attend the November Assembly meeting and discuss the administration’s proposals. He added that the provost’s flexible tenure committee is aware of objections that are being raised, and the committee is trying to arrange a meeting. Professor Lehman asked if the flexible tenure committee kept minutes of its meetings. Professor Gull replied affirmatively and said they should be available through Glenda Haskell.

Professor Smith said that the steering committee is close to finalizing a speaker and date for a forum co-sponsored with AAUP about the tenure proposals. Chair Giordani said that the faculty chair from UM-Dearborn has expressed interest in attending upcoming meetings where the proposals will be discussed.

Action on the Active Motion: The Action was approved unanimously.


ACTION OF SACUA 101005-1

  • Professor Smith moved that SACUA charges the Shared Governance Task Force with submitting a report to SACUA by December 31,2005 (Professor Younker seconded).
  • The action was approved unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 101005-2

  • Professor Lehman moved that SACUA asks the chair of the Shared Governance Task Force to provide a status report of task force activities for the next meeting of SACUA on 17 October (Professor Smith seconded).
  • The action was approved unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 100305-1

  • Professor Seabury moved that SACUA establishes a Unit Governance Task Force with Professor Meerkov as chair pending his agreement,that it accepts the draft charge and invites the task force chair to produce a list of informational needs that can begin to be assembled with staff support in advance of task force activities (Smith seconded).

 

The Unit Governance Task Force shall assess the transparency and status of faculty governance at the unit level, including, in particular, (1) the authority and selection of the unit or school executive committees and (2) procedures for changing unit bylaws and, if appropriate and without usurping unit governance authority, make recommendations for improvement.The Task Force shall report to SACUA in December of 2005.

  • The action was approved with unanimous support.

ACTION OF SACUA 091905-1

Professor Gull moved that SACUAaccepts the charge and membership as listed in distributed item 8 (Zorn seconded). ProfessorMeerkov expressed concern that the concept of “criterion based governance” was as yet toounfocused to use in a decision-making framework. Chair Giordani cited the draft minutes ofthe Senate Assembly meeting of April 2005, at which meeting the Assembly voted to accept acriterion based model for shared governance and charged SACUA with implementation andreporting back to the Assembly.

Professor Smith moved that the motion be amended to include a president’s or provost’sappointee as part of the task force. The suggestion was accepted as a friendly amendment. Chair Giordani proposed that Professor Berent be named as chair of the task force, and that the name of a specified former administrator be removed from the list of task force members.This, too, was accepted as a friendly amendment.

The Shared Governance Task Force shall consist of Stanley Berent (Chair), Tom Weisskopf, LouD’Alecy, Semyon Meerkov (SACUA representative), Keith Riles (AAAC representative), JonRush (AAAC representative), and Janine Maddock (past AAAC representative). A delegatefrom the President and or Provost will also be requested. Professor Berent shall prepare a draft document incorporating the Criteria Based Approach to Shared University Governance into the Principles of Faculty involvement in Institutional & Academic Unit Governance at theUniversity of Michigan (“Blue Book”). The Task Force will then meet to review, modify asnecessary, and accept the document, meeting as needed with the Provost. Following completionof the Task Force’s work, the document will be submitted to AAAC for review, acceptance, andfurther discussion with the Provost. AAAC will then return the document to Senate Assembly,through SACUA, for faculty approval.

  • Vote on the amended Active Motion:
    • Number Approving- 6 Number Disapproving- 2

ACTION OF SACUA 091905-2

  • Professor Smith moved that SACUA staff shall assemble data for review and that SACUA shall develop a report about past experience at U-M regarding length of the probationary period versus success rate at time often ure decision (Seabury seconded).
  • Professor Smith pointed out that a data set exists in the Senate Office that was constructed by Smith and by past SACUA vice chair R. Lomax. He said the data are suitable for this analysis if they are updated from 1996. He offered to work closely with the staff to ensuretimely completion of the task.
  • Vote on the Active Motion:
    • The Action was approved unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 091905-3

  • Professor Younker moved that distributed item 5 is approved by SACUA and is submitted to the Senate Assembly as an Action Item (Smith seconded).
  • Vote on the Active Motion:
    • The action was approved unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 091205-1

  • Professor Lehman moved that SACUA shall establish a task force consisting of members drawn from the AAAC, SACUA, and others as appropriate to fulfill the charge given by the Senate Assembly in April 2005 for implementing the Shared University Governance initiative (Smith seconded).
  • Action on the Active Motion: The motion was approved unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 091205-2

  • Professor Smith moved that SACUA shall refer to traditional practice whereby the Senate Secretary shall keep the minutes of SACUA (Meerkov seconded).
  • The action carried with 3 approving, 2 disapproving, and 3 abstaining.

ACTION OF SACUA 082205-1

  • Professor Smith moved, with multiple seconds, that, “SACUA requests the administration to postpone action by the Regents on the proposed ABIA/APC Bylaw changes until there is an opportunity for full discussion through the APC and Senate Assembly.”
  • The motion passed unanimously.


Academic Year 2004-2005

ACTION OF SACUA 062705-1

  • Professor Lehman moved: SACUA reserves judgment about the revised COI/COC policy and recommends that it not be adopted pending SACUA review and discussion at a special meeting on 11 July 2005. (multiple seconds).
  • The action was approved unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 042505-1

  • Professor Lehman moved that,”The proposed SPG, as written, is unacceptable to faculty governance.” Professor Ensminger seconded the motion.
  • [The motion was eventually tabled.]

ACTION OF SACUA 042505-2

  • Professor Lehman offered the following alternative motion with multiple seconds:

WHEREAS, elected faculty governance received the SPG documents on an open distributiondate of March 29, 2005; and

WHEREAS, faculty have found reasons for concern with the process and deliberation;

THEREFORE, faculty governance has serious reservations with the proposed SPG as it stands,owing to the inadequate involvement of faculty in the process and deliberation, and that thepolicy statement needs further deliberation by elected faculty governance; and

THUS, we recommend that decisions regarding acceptance be postponed until requireddeliberation is taken.

  • Vote on the motion:
    • Approve: 9
    • Disapprove: 0
    • Abstain: 0
  • The motion passed.

ACTION OF SACUA 032805-1

  • Professor Ensminger moved thatSACUA adopt the shared governance document and put it forth for further adoption by SenateAssembly at its next meeting. The motion was seconded.
  • Vote on the motion:
    • Approve: 7
    • Disapprove: 0
    • Abstain: 1
  • The motion passed.

ACTION OF SACUA 031405-1

  • Professor Meerkov moved that SACUA endorse the AAAC motion. Professor Combi seconded the motion.
  • Vote on the motion:
    • Approve: 8
    • Disapprove: 0
    • Abstain: 0
  • The motion passed.

ACTION OF SACUA 031405-2

  • Professor Pedraza moved that SACUA adopt the resolution creating a SACUA Child Care Implementation Committee, constituted with the SACUA Childcare Taskforce membership. Professor Giordani seconded the motion.
  • Vote on the motion:
    • Approve: 9
    • Disapprove: 0
    • Abstain: 0
  • The motion passed.

ACTION OF SACUA 030705-1

  • Professor Meerkov moved that SACUA ask the administration to relinquish the 50% release time for the Chair. Professor Lehman seconded the motion.
  • Vote on the motion:
    • Approve: 2
    • Disapprove: 6
  • The motion failed.

ACTION OF SACUA 020705-1

Professor Meerkov moved that SACUArequest the administration to review the results of the AEC evaluation in the spirit ofcontinuing improvement of the University administration. Professor Ensminger seconded themotion.

Discussion: Professor Meerkov felt the President did not have sufficient appreciation for thefaculty initiative, not realizing how important this issue is to the faculty. ProfessorPedraza felt that for an administrator – big or small – not to take into account what thosethat one represents feel and think is ill-advised. She added that the President seemed to want to establish the boundaries of her authority vis a vis the faculty, as she had done in previous meetings. SACUA felt it was important to engage the President in a dialogue on this issue. The Chair offered to draft a letter to the President and the Provost that stressedthat we want to improve this effort for you and for us, for the future.

After considerable discussion of the motion, including comments regarding the President’s andProvost’s responses to the evaluation, Professor Ensminger moved to table the motion.Professor Pedraza seconded the motion, stressing it should be tabled until after SACUA’smeeting with the Provost.

The motion passed.


ACTION OF SACUA 020705-2

  • Professor Ensminger moved thatSACUA accept the Chair’s offer to draft a letter to the President and the Provost in a different vein, that stressed that we want to improve this effort for you and for us, for the future. Professor Giordani seconded the motion.
  • Vote on the motion:
    • Approve: 8
    • Disapprove: 0
    • Abstain: 0
  • The motion passed.

ACTION OF SACUA 13105-1

  • Professor Pedraza moved that the election of SACUA officers be organized to elect a vicechair/chair-elect. Professor Giordaniseconded the motion.
  • Discussion of the motion included the value of the skills developed while serving as vice-chair,
  • practices at other Big Ten institutions, and members serving two years without having elected the chair under whom they serve.
    • Approve: 1
    • Disapprove: 7
    • Abstain: 0
  • The motion failed.

ACTION OF SACUA 13105-2

  • Professor Zorn moved to retain the current apportionment. Professor Pedraza seconded the motion.
  • Discussion of the motion included the probability that altering the current process would create new issues and the possibility of pressure from the Medical School for change.
    • Approve: 6
    • Disapprove: 0
    • Abstain: 1
  • The motion passed.

ACTION OF SACUA 13105-3

  • Professor Giordani moved that a second SACUA member be appointed to a regular three-year term on the Athletic Advisory Board (possibly coinciding with the member’s SACUA term). Professor Gull seconded the motion.
    • Approve: 8
    • Disapprove: 0
    • Abstain: 0
  • The motion passed.

ACTION OF SACUA 012405-1

  • Professor Meerkov moved that SACUA members elect the chair and vice chair at the first SACUA meeting after 1 May, with new and continuing SACUA members eligible to run and vote. A chair pro tempore would preside until the new chair is elected. Professor Gull seconded the motion.
  • Discussion of the motion included comments related to new members not currently having a voice in the selection of the chair, the value of the experience of the retiring members, and questions concerning the difficulties a new chair might or might not have in negotiating release time.
  • Vote on the motion:
    • Approve: 2
    • Disapprove: 3
    • Abstain: 0
  • The motion failed.

ACTION OF SACUA 012405-2

  • Professor Pedraza moved that the election be organized to elect a vice-chair/chair-elect. Professor Giordani seconded the motion. This motion was tabled.
  • Professor Lehman arrived at 1:40 p.m. Learning that Professor Meerkov’s motion had been defeated, he requested another vote.
  • Second vote on the motion (012405-1):
    • Approve: 3
    • Disapprove: 4
    • Abstain: 0
  • The motion failed.

ACTION OF SACUA 012405-3

  • Professor Lehman moved any action on the mechanics of the election of the chair and vice chair of SACUA be postponed until guidance from the Senate Assembly is received. Professor Meerkov seconded the motion.
  • Vote on the motion:
    • Approve: 2
    • Disapprove: 4
    • Abstain: 0
  • The motion failed.

ACTION OF SACUA 122004-1

  • Professor Pedraza moved that SACUA formally charge the Academic Affairs Advisory Committee to get together with the Office ofEvaluation and Examination to discuss the process for course evaluations and look at implications of the new web-based evaluation system. Professor Meerkov seconded the motion.
  • Discussion of the motion included comments that it is important to look at implications for confidentiality, the possible link between grade and evaluation, and input from students.
  • Vote on the motion:
    • Approve: 5
    • Disapprove: 0
    • Abstain: 1
  • The motion passed.

ACTION OF SACUA 122004-2

Having heard the request from the professor to investigate his assertion that his course evaluations were tampered with, SACUA refers the matter to the Faculty Hearing Committee.

In discussion of the motion, Professor Zorn asked what would happen if the Faculty Hearing Committee finds egregious wrongs. Chair Berent indicated the Committee would bring the matter back to SACUA with recommendations for proposed action. Professor Pedraza pointed out that the professor had filed a grievance, but the respondent was the Dean. Professor Combi indicated the professor asked SACUA to fix the evaluation system and adopt measures that ensure integrity and confidentiality of evaluations. Chair Berent reminded SACUA members that this could become a lawsuit and, if so, members could be subpoenaed. He cautioned about the need for care in the process and record keeping. Professor Zorn expressed support for Professor Combi’s suggestion, that SACUA look at the process and see where it went wrong.

The motion passed unanimously.


ACTION OF SACUA 122004-3

  • Professor Meerkov moved that SACUA support this student effort. Professor Gull seconded the motion.
  • The motion passed unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 110804-1

  • Because the charge to these taskforces includes an advisory function to the President SACUA views the task force efforts implemented by the President to be of such a nature that formal faculty governance involvement is warranted.
  • The motion passed unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 110104-1

  • SACUA charges AAAC to look into the grade alteration situation and draft a proposal to be brought to SACUA and Senate Assembly.
  • Vote on the motion:
    • Approve: 9
    • Disapprove: 0
    • Abstain: 0
  • The motion passed unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 100404-1

  • Professor Lehman moved and Professor Meerkov seconded that consideration of the draft minutes of the 27 September 2004 SACUA meeting be postponed to the next meeting.
  • Vote on the motion:
    • Approve: 9
    • Disapprove: 0
    • Abstain: 0
  • The motion passed.

ACTION OF SACUA 100404-2

Professor Ensminger moved andProfessor Pedraza seconded that SACUA endorse the following proposed resolution for SenateAssembly action:

WHEREAS on 15 March 2004 the University of Michigan Senate acted to adopt a system ofperiodic evaluation by the faculty of administrative officers;

WHEREAS the Senate acted to implement the evaluation process as a web-based procedure tobe developed and implemented by the Administration Evaluation Committee (AEC) with thefirst evaluations to be carried out in the Fall of 2004; and

WHEREAS faculty governance volunteers and elected faculty governance members formed aprovisional AEC over the summer to fulfill the charge from the University Senate;

THEREFORE, the Senate Assembly:

1. Ratifies the design and implementation recommendations developed by a provisional AEC composed of faculty governance volunteers and elected faculty governance members;

2. Creates the Administration Evaluation Committee (AEC) as a standing committee of theSenate Assembly and University Senate, and accepts the provisional AEC as the first AEC for at least the inaugural round of evaluations in Fall 2004;

3. Charges the AEC to report its operational experience, issues arising, and recommendations for improved functioning of the AEC process to the Senate, Senate Assembly, and SACUA during Winter Term 2005;

4. Appoints the members of the AEC, after the provisional AEC has done its work in the initial round of evaluations, to be chosen by the same process as all other standing committees of the Senate Assembly and the University Senate, with the Chair being the Senate Secretary;

5. Asks that the University Senate at its next meeting ratify the present proposal and accept these actions as satisfying the intent and actions of the original proposal passed by University Senate 15 March 2004.

Discussion: Professor Meerkov raised objections to the motion. He stated that item 4 contradicts the 15 March 2004 resolution of University Senate, which he thought called for the composition of the Administration Evaluation Committee (AEC) to be determined by the Senate Assembly rather than SACUA. In addition, he stated that item 5 conflicts with the 15 March 2004 resolution of University Senate. Professor Pedraza noted that the Bylaws of the Board of Regents state that SACUA shall nominate and supervise the committees of the assembly [Sec. 4.08], so SACUA should propose a slate of candidates to Senate Assembly. The role of the Regents in theprocess for faculty to evaluate administrators was discussed. Since the Regents stated theydid not want to review the evaluation form as it was developed, they were not included in thedevelopment of the instruments to be used in the evaluation process.

Vote on the motion:

Approve: 7

Disapprove: 2

Abstain: 0

The motion passed. It will be presented to the Senate Assembly at its 25 October 2004 meeting.


ACTION OF SACUA 092704-1

A revised motion will be drafted and presented to SACUA at the 4 October 2004 meeting for finalization.

Professor Lehman read a draft for a revised motion and circulated the following by e-mail to SACUA for input.

PROPOSED ACTION

THE SENATE ASSEMBLY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

WHEREAS on 15 March 2004 the University of Michigan Senate acted to adopt a system of periodic evaluation by the faculty of administrative officers;

WHEREAS the Senate acted to implement the evaluation process as a web-based procedure with the first evaluations to be carried out in the Fall of 2004;

WHEREAS no quorum was declared at the April 2004 meeting of the Senate Assembly, and no action resulted to formally create the Administration Evaluation Committee (AEC) at that time; and

WHEREAS faculty governance volunteers and elected faculty governance members formed aprovisional AEC over the summer to fulfill the charge from the University Senate;

THEREFORE, the Senate Assembly:

1. Ratifies the design and implementation recommendations developed by a provisional AEC composed of faculty governance volunteers and elected faculty governance members;

2. Creates the Administration Evaluation Committee (AEC) as a standing committee of the Senate Assembly and University Senate, and accepts the provisional AEC as the first AEC forat least the inaugural round of evaluations in Fall 2004;

3. Charges the AEC to report its operational experience, issues arising, and recommendations for improved functioning of the AEC process to the Senate, Senate Assembly, and SACUA during Winter Term 2005;

4. Charges the Senate Assembly with formulating a plan and process for AEC composition andoperation based on experience reported from the Fall 2004 round of evaluations.

Subsequent discussion concerned the role of the Regents, the provisional AEC, how the experience will be reviewed, and how the AEC will be treated relevant to other Senate Assembly committees.

The final revised motion to be approved by SACUA at a later meeting will be presented toSenate Assembly with SACUA endorsement at the 25 October 2004 meeting.

Vote on the approval process:

Approve: 9

Disapprove: 0

Abstain: 0

The motion passed: A revised motion will be drafted and presented to SACUA at the 4 October2004 meeting for finalization.


ACTION OF SACUA 092704-2

  • Professor Ensminger moved and Professor Lehman seconded that the revised proposal be the first item of business on the 25 October 2004 Senate Assembly agenda with a time limit of 20 minutes.
  • Discussion: If there is no quorum at the time to take a vote, the action vote will be tabled until there is a quorum.
  • Vote on the motion:
    • Approve: 9
    • Disapprove: 0
    • Abstain: 0
  • The motion passed.

ACTION OF SACUA 092704-3

  • There will be no special meeting of Senate Assembly prior to 25 October 2004 focused on the AEC.
  • Vote on the motion:
    • Approve: 7
    • Disapprove: 0
    • Abstain: 2
  • The motion passed.

ACTION OF SACUA 091304-1

  • Professor Pedraza moved and Professor Gull seconded that Professor Yeo’s Childcare Taskforce Report be moved to the 25 October 2004 Senate Assembly meeting.
  • Action on the Motion: Passed
    • Number in Support: 5
    • Number Opposed: 0
    • Number Abstaining: 3
    • Number Absent: 1 (Professor Ensminger had not yet arrived)


Academic Year 2003-2004

ACTION OF SACUA 051004-1

  • Professor Zorn moved that the SACUA meeting of May 17th be cancelled. The motion was seconded by Professor Combi.
  • Discussion: Vice Chair Pedraza noted that it might be possible to use the time next week to review and discuss the results of the poll of the faculty on the priority issues for Senate Assembly.
  • Vote on the motion:
    • Approval: 1
    • Disapprove: 2
    • Abstain: 3
  • The motion failed.

ACTION OF SACUA 051004-2

  • Professor Giordani moved that, in the face of faculty concerns regarding timeliness, appropriateness, and the requirement of IRB approval, SACUA ask the Chairs of AAAC and RPC to form a joint subcommittee of volunteers from their committees to meet and consider a taskforce or other options to review theUniversity’s IRB approval process. (Combi seconded).
  • The action was approved unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 050304-1

  • Professor Meerkov moved and Professor Lehman seconded that SACUA hereby resolves 1) to endorse the recommendations of AAAC inits April 28 memorandum to Provost Paul Courant regarding faculty participation in theCollege of Engineering external review and 2) requests the Provost to support AAAC’s recommendations by making it known to the Engineering faculty that all expressing interest beforehand may attend their respective external review committee session.
  • Action on the Motion: Passed Unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 042604-1

  • The following motion regarding SACUA minute taking responsibility was moved and seconded. In accordance with the Bylaws of the Board of Regents and the Rules of the University Senate, the Senate Assembly, and theSenate Advisory Committee on University Affairs, SACUA hereby resolves that, effective immediately, all minute-taking and recording responsibilities of all SACUA meetings (including retreats and other SACUA activities) are hereby assigned to the staff of the Senate office, with a preliminary draft of the minutes to be provided directly to the SACUA Chair, and with a subsequent distribution of the draft minutes to be provided directly to the members of SACUA for final approval.
  • Action on the Motion: Passed
    • Number in Support: 6
    • Number Opposed: 0
    • Number Abstaining: 1
    • Number Absent: 2

ACTION OF SACUA 042604-2

Professor Yeo moved and Professor Zorn seconded the following resolution regarding faculty evaluation of administrators. In light of new information and material facts made known since the March 15, 2004, UniversitySenate meeting that are at variance with representations made to the Senate in support of the action taken at its meeting and that separately and combined amount to a compelling change in circumstances, SACUA hereby:

1. Rescinds its April 12, 2004, endorsement of a not-acted-upon, proposed Senate Assembly motion to create the Administration Evaluation Committee (AEC);

2. Affirms its October 27, 2003, charge to Senate Assembly’s Academic Affairs Advisory Committee (AAAC) to evaluate the merits and feasibility of a faculty evaluation of administrators process and, if feasible, to recommend further action by SACUA andSenate Assembly;

3. Recommends that the University Senate and Senate Assembly revisit and reconsider, in the early fall of 2004, the March 15 action of the Senate involving faculty evaluation ofadministrators in its entirety; and

4. Resolves to publicize the contents of this motion to the University Senate faculty through appropriate means.

  • Action on the Motion: Passed
    • Number in Support: 7
    • Number Opposed: 0
    • Number Abstaining: 0
    • Number Absent: 2

ACTION OF SACUA 032904-1

  • Professors Zorn and Gull moved thatSACUA shall carry on with this meeting with Koopmann as the chair according to the rules of the Senate, and proceed until May 1 under those rules.
    • Those approving: 7
    • Those disapproving: 1
    • Those abstaining: 1

ACTION OF SACUA 032904-2

  • Professor Riebesell moved that SACUA affirms its previous decision to request suggestions from interested parties for the structure of the committee, to collect nominations, to discuss the suggestions and nominations received at its 12 April meeting and to present a proposal to the Assembly on 19 April(Pedraza seconded).
  • Vote on the Active Motion:
    • Those approving: 7
    • Those abstaining: 2

ACTION OF SACUA 020904-1

Professor Zorn moved that election of new SACUA members by the Senate Assembly shall be by weighted vote commonly called the’Hare’ system. Professor Berent seconded the motion, offering further the amendment that the language of Paragraph 14 revert to the wording adopted in November, 2003, and that SACUA reaffirm its November 10 decision in favor of ‘Hare’ voting. Zorn accepted the amendment asa friendly amendment.

Professor Lehman observed that the weighted vote system proposed in November had been overturned in December by majority vote. He stated that the procedure was inherently nondemocratic, in that it permits a minority to subvert the expressed will of the majority. Professors Berent and Zorn replied that there was no reason to think that would present a problem in Senate Assembly elections.

Professor Riebesell commented that a ranked ballot, Hare system, has some advantages. He said it is likely to be more efficient; most elections can be completed in one ballot, whereas several rounds of balloting might be necessary to elect three SACUA members by majority vote.He asserted that individuals from small units and individuals with diverse viewpoints may be more likely to be elected with a ranked ballot. He added that a ranked ballot represents a smaller change from existing procedure because it is the existing procedure.

  • Vote on the active motion:
    • Number Approving- 5
    • Number Disapproving- 2

ACTION OF SACUA 120803-1

  • Professor Ensminger moved that SACUA formally requests that the U-M administration release information about the magnitude of rebates paid by AdvancePCS to the University of Michigan (Zorn seconded).
  • Approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 120103-1

  • Professor Riebesell moved (Zornseconded): SACUA asks the Rules Committee to review a list of currently known problematic cases from the 2003 Senate Assembly reapportionment and to suggest potential changes in theSenate Rules, if appropriate, that address questions associated with University Senat emembership and unit affiliation.
  • The action was approved unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 120103-

  • Professor Riebesell moved (Zornseconded): SACUA asks the Academic Affairs Advisory Committee to consider how non-Senate faculty members might be represented through faculty governance.
  • SACUA members discussed the periodic re-emergence of questions about representation for non-tenure-track appointees such as lecturers and clinical faculty. They noted that despite occasionally intense engagement in the past, the issues were never resolved. Instead, one of these groups, the lecturers, organized their own collective bargaining unit.
  • The action was approved unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 120103-3

  • All nominations however offered shall designate the candidate’s unit affiliation, which shall normally be the unit which elected the candidate to Senate Assembly. If there are questions about unit affiliation(e.g., if the candidate has been elected to Senate Assembly from two or more units), the unit affiliation shall be that used for the candidate in the most recent Senate Assembly apportionment.
  • The substitute language was approved by a vote of 5 approving, 1 disapproving.

ACTION OF SACUA 120103-4

  • Professor Berent moved that FacultyPerspective Page articles should continue to carry a disclaimer at the foot of each article declaring that they are the opinions of individual faculty members and do not represent the official position of the University of Michigan nor of the faculty governance system (Ensminger seconded).
  • The action was adopted by unanimous approval.

ACTION OF SACUA 120103-5

  • Professor Ensminger moved thatSACUA affirms the Senate Assembly resolution of 1 February 1992 establishing and enabling the Faculty Perspectives Page and its editorial board (multiple seconds).
  • The action was adopted by unanimous approval.

ACTION OF SACUA 111003-1

  • Riebesell moved that SACUA recommends to the Senate Assembly that it endorse in principle the Framework document of theCOIA, with adaptation to local circumstances, and that the Assembly charge SACUA with appointing a liaison member.
  • The action was approved unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 110303-1

  • SACUA will prepare by December a set of election procedural guidelines to be followed at all future SACUA elections for presentation to the Senate Assembly prior to the next SACUA election (Yeo seconded). The motion was passed unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 110303-2

  • Professor Riebesell moved thatSACUA asks its chair to contact faculty governance bodies at Dearborn and Flint annually to seek nominations for candidates to serve on CESF (Lehman seconded).
  • The action was adopted unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 102703-1

  • Professor Lehman moved that theAAAC shall be charged with (1) evaluating the merits and feasibility of a proposal offered byProfessor Meerkov regarding evaluations of department heads and executive officers, and if deemed feasible, with (2) developing a recommendation for further evaluation and action bySACUA and Senate Assembly (Gull seconded).
  • Vote on the active motion:
    • Number approving- 4
    • Number disapproving- 1

ACTION OF SACUA 100603-1

  • Professor Riebesell moved to insert the following language in the selection procedure: “Provost seeks advice and consent from SACUA regarding his top candidate” (Pedraza seconded).
  • The motion was approved unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 100603-2

  • Lehman moved that SACUA appoint a subcommittee consisting of Professors Gull, Riebesell, and Berent, to prepare a revised draft of the SPG (distributed item 11) for further consideration by SACUA and for informational progress report to the office of provost and the Student Relations Advisory Committee (Ensminger seconded).
  • The motion was approved unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 100603-3

  • Zorn moved that SACUA contact the vice president for facilities and operations and seek answers to a host of grave concerns by faculty regarding the change, including financial and other justifications for the change,history of faculty governance involvement, safety concerns, impact on parking and plans to alleviate any parking issues, and then to share with unit deans this information and invite them to consider the concerns, as well (Berent seconded).
  • The motion was approved unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 092203-1

  • Professor Lehman moved that SACUA shall bring to Senate Assembly the document titled “Teaching Principles and Responsibilities,”
  • originally dated 30 April 2003, incorporating amendments adopted by the Academic Affairs Advisory Committee, with recommendation for approval (Gull and Pedraza seconded).
  • The action was adopted unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 090803-1

  • Professor Lehman moved that SACUA shall conduct the opinion poll authorized by Senate Assembly on 18 November 2002 as presented in distributed
    item 9 (Ensminger seconded).
  • Vote on the active motion
    • Favoring: 5
    • Opposing: 3

ACTION OF SACUA 090803-2

  • Professor Pedraza moved that the faculty poll shall be amended to include self-identification of age, gender, and previous health care provider (Riebesell seconded).

Discussion- Professors Pedraza, Riebesell, and Yeo expressed their opinions that the resulting information would provide valuable means to identify demographic subsets of the faculty thata re differentially affected by the changes in pharmacy benefits. Professor Ensminger pointed out that he had consulted survey authorities who strongly rejected any notion that the opinion poll as administered could be treated as a true survey or be subjected to valid statistical inference. He said that his professional experience in medicine made him reticentto seek personal information from the respondents particularly when there could be no valid point resulting. He added that if SACUA wished to amend the poll for a purpose that he had been advised would be invalid, then his name must be removed from cover letters inviting participation, because otherwise it would appear that he endorsed an ill-conceived survey analysis. Chair Koopmann declared that the cover letter could be amended to indicate that it originated with SACUA rather than Professors Ensminger and Pedraza on behalf of the SenateAssembly.

  • Vote on the active motion
    • Favoring: 5
    • Opposing: 2

ACTION OF SACUA 090803-3

  • Lehman proposed that SACUA shallestablish a Faculty Hearing Committee (Gull seconded). The motion was approved unanimously.
  • SACUA elected the following members of the Faculty Hearing Committee: Yeo, Berent, and Gull.


Academic Year 2002-2003

ACTION OF SACUA 051203-1

  • Ensminger moved endorsement of theTeaching Principles document by SACUA and carrying it forward to Senate Assembly in the fall (Riebesell seconded).
  • The action was approved unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 051203-2

  • Ensminger moved endorsement of theProposal for Creating a Central Faculty Ombuds Position with access to outside legal counsel by SACUA and sending it forward to the Provost for its creation including funding (Pedraza seconded).
  • Vote on the active motion:
    • Number approving- 6
    • Number disapproving- 1

ACTION OF SACUA 051203-3

  • Riebesell moved endorsement of theReport and Recommendations of the Committee for a Multicultural University by SACUA and carrying it forward to Senate Assembly in the fall (multiple seconds).
  • The action was approved unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 042803-1

  • Professor Riebesell moved thatSACUA endorses actions by AAAC to conduct deans evaluations as they have been done in the past (Yeo seconded).
    • Number approving- all
    • Number disapproving- none

ACTION OF SACUA 042803-2

  • Professor Riebesell moved (Ensminger seconded):

That SACUA form a task force, with membership to be approved by SACUA;

To identify existing needs and resources for childcare for University of Michigan faculty,

To suggest modifications of existing resources in order to meet perceived needs,

To propose new program s or system s if deem ed necessary and if deemed feasible in view of current budget limitations,

To propose means of achieving necessary support, and

To report back to SACUA by the end of Fall Term 2003.

  • Vote on the active motion:
    • Number approving- all
    • Number disapproving- none

ACTION OF SACUA 042803-3

  • Professor Ensminger moved thatSACUA supports the proposed alteration of Grievance Procedure specific to the Law School as identified in item 11 (Berent seconded).
    • Number approving- 4
    • Number disapproving- 1
    • Number abstaining- 1

ACTION OF SACUA 042803-4 and 042803-5

  • SACUA has made the decision to stand by the results of elections by the Senate Assembly as reported according to highest vote-getters, pending discussion by the Senate Assembly in the Fall Term, and in the interim to notify the Senate Assembly of its decision.
    • Number approving- all
    • Number disapproving- none
  • SACUA has made the decision to let its vote for chair stand, pending discussion by the SenateAssembly in the Fall Term, and in the interim to notify the Senate Assembly of its decision.
    • Number approving- all
    • Number disapproving- none

ACTION OF SACUA 042803-6

  • If required by Senate Assembly action at the September Senate Assembly meeting, appropriate modification of the Rules to be consistent with the Senate Assembly action shall be considered within a month of theSeptember meeting.
  • Vote on the active motion:
    • Number approving- all
    • Number disapproving- none

ACTION OF SACUA 041403-1

  • Professor Ensminger moved thatProfessor Yeo shall develop a proposal for composition and suggested charge for a task force focusing on faculty childcare needs and shall present the proposal to SACUA at earliest opportunity (Riebesell seconded).
  • Vote on the active motion:
    • Approving- 4
    • Disapproving- 0

ACTION OF SACUA 041403-2

  • Professor Ensminger moved that:

SACUA endorses the intent of the AAAC resolution and commends it to the Senate Assembly,and furthermore encourages the provost to engage the Academic Programs Group in order to implement its recommendations at the unit level (Lindner seconded).

  • Vote on the active motion
    • Approving- 4
    • Disapproving- 0

ACTION OF SACUA 040703-1

  • Pedraza moved that SACUA accepts the report from the Central Faculty Ombuds Subcommittee (Berent seconded).
  • The action was approved unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 040703-2

  • Professor Riebesell moved thatSACUA shall propose to Provost Paul Courant the creation and funding of a dedicated position of a professional central faculty ombuds using the best elements of similar programs at other universities (e.g., the University of Iowa) to work in conjunction with the existing unit faculty ombuds along with the means to provide all of the necessities listed in the ombuds subcommittee report with access to objective outside legal counsel as essential and the most key component (Pedraza seconded).
  • The action was approved unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 040703-3

  • Professor Berent moved that SACUA shall ask the office of provost to collaborate with SACUA on development and implementation of a professional central faculty ombuds program (Pedraza seconded).
  • The action was approved unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 032403-1

  • Professor Gobetti moved that the following text shall be added to General Principles, Respondents paragraph:
  • “Individuals may be named respondents only for issues in which they are alleged to have had direct involvement or responsibility” (Ensminger seconded).
  • The action was adopted by unanimous approval.

ACTION OF SACUA 032403-2

  • Alter Section E. Response by theDean or Director, paragraph 2 to read as follows: “In cases where the Dean is a respondent,within ten working days of receiving the GRB recommendation, the Dean shall designate as aReview Committee any standing committee of directly elected faculty members. The ReviewCommittee shall review the GRB decision and advise the dean, in writing within ten working days, as to whether he/she should accept or reject the GRB decision. If the Grievant and/or respondent are members of the Review Committee, they will recuse themselves from the review.Within ten days after receiving the recommendation of the Review Committee, the dean shall respond in writing explaining the reasons for accepting or rejecting the recommendations of the GRB and the Review Committee.
  • Vote on the active motion:
    • Number approving- 7
    • Number disapproving- 1

ACTION OF SACUA 032403-3

  • Professor Ensminger moved thatSACUA supports the retention and strengthening of the PHAU and thinks it is shortsighted of the administration to let it succumb to attrition. Yeo seconded.
  • Vote on the active motion:
    • Number approving- 7
    • Number opposing- 1

ACTION OF SACUA 030303-1

  • Professor Berent moved that SACUA accepts the report transmitted by the Civil Liberties Board (distributed item 5); Pedraza seconded.
  • The motion was placed to the table owing to temporary lack of a quorum. Subsequently, the motion was revisited, and was adopted without dissent.

ACTION OF SACUA 030303-2

  • Professor Berent moved that SACUA submit a document to the office of the provost and also provide a list of irregularities,inconsistencies and ambiguities in a companion memo, and propose developing a joint committee to pursue further revisions (Gobetti seconded).
  • The active motion was approved without dissent.

ACTION OF SACUA 021003-1

  • Professor Ensminger moved thatSACUA does not express an advisory opinion about the proposals in distributed item 10 (Riebesell seconded).
  • Vote on the active motion:
    • Number approving- 2
    • Number disapproving- 4

ACTION OF SACUA 021003-2

  • Professor Riebesell moved thatSACUA recommends acceptance of the proposals in distributed item 10, contingent on appropriate changes in the Regents Bylaws if necessary (Lindner seconded).
  • SACUA members discussed potential implications of the proposals to the future of tenure,faculty governance, and disparate practices of appointment and promotion.
  • Vote on the active motion:
    • Number approving- 3
    • Number disapproving- 4
    • Number abstaining- 1

ACTION OF SACUA 021003-3

  • Professor Ensminger moved that theSACUA chair or his designated alternative take version “C” plus Assembly-approved language in version “B” that had been omitted by the deans to the provost’s office and convey that language as the faculty position (Gobetti seconded).
  • Professor Riebesell noted that there remained points of concern about timing, “shopping cart”
  • aspects of committee selection that still squarely favored the administration, and the possibility that committee members could be respondents. SACUA members declared that Riebesell should be consulted on the final language of the version that is presented to the provost.
  • Vote on the active motion:
    • Approving- 5
    • Disapproving- 1
    • Abstaining- 1

ACTION OF SACUA 021003-4

  • Professor Ensminger moved thatSACUA accepts its amended draft resolution (item 18 as marked up in committee) and authorizes production of a final version for signatures (Pedraza seconded).
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote of the members.

ACTION OF SACUA 012703-1

  • Professor Gobetti moved that SACUA opposes eliminating the athletic ticket price differential for faculty and staff because the sense of community and sense of collegiality resulting from the practice is worth the small difference in current prices (Ensminger seconded).
  • Vote on the active motion:
    • Number approving- 4
    • Number opposing- 0
    • Number abstaining- 1

ACTION OF SACUA 011303-1

  • Professor Ensminger moved thatSACUA accepts the teaching principles document produced by AAAC and shall list it as a resource for future reference (Riebesell seconded).
  • Vote on the active motion:
    • Number approving- 5
    • Number disapproving- 1
    • Number abstaining- 1

ACTION OF SACUA 010603-1

Professor Gobetti moved that SACUAaccepts a proposal from AAAC for presentation to Senate Assembly for action in January 2003(Pedraza seconded).

Vote on the active motion:

Number Approving- six

Number Disapproving- none


ACTION OF SACUA 120202-1

  • Professor Gobetti moved that SACUA work with the Office of General Counsel to establish and strengthen an ombuds office by providing access to outside counsel as needed and develop a report by 1 February 2003 (Pedraza seconded).
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 112502-1

  • Professor Ensminger moved thatSACUA proceed to another agenda topic (Savage seconded).
  • Vote on active motion-
    • Number approving- all
    • Number disapproving- none

ACTION OF SACUA 112502-12

  • Ensminger moved to post poneaction on the main motion indefinitely pending further research and consultation with theVice President and General Counsel (Gobetti seconded).
  • Vote on the active motion-
    • Number approving- all
    • Number disapproving- none

ACTION OF SACUA 112502-3

  • Professor Ensminger moved thatSACUA accepts the list of faculty members nominated for appointment on the Statement ofStudent Rights and Responsibilities Resolution Board (Gobetti seconded).
  • Vote on the active motion
    • Number Approving- 7
    • Number D is approving- 1

ACTION OF SACUA 112502-4

  • Professor Berent moved that henceforth the Senate Office staff provide background information to SACUA members about future pending nominations that includes (1) the function of the group, (2) SACUA’s authority in the matter, and (3) routine verification of the status of nominees (Lindner seconded).
    • Number Approving- all
    • Number Disapproving- none

ACTION OF SACUA 111102-1

  • Professor Gobetti moved that two current SACUA members, Gobetti and Professor Berent, be named representatives to join a committee that will develop and oversee a training program for GRB committee members (Pedraza seconded). Professor Pedraza offered a friendly amendment to expand the pool to 3representatives. Professor Berent pointed out that this is a pilot experimental program only. Professor Pedraza withdrew her amendment.
  • Vote on the active motion-
    • Number approving- 5
    • Number disapproving- none
    • Number abstaining- 1

ACTION OF SACUA 110402-1

  • SACUA members unanimously ratified their electronic mail vote approving draft changes to faculty grievance procedures.

ACTION OF SACUA 101402-1

  • SACUA supports the revisions suggested by John Riebesell to the compilation of previous revisions suggested by SACUA to the Grievance Process.
  • Vote on the active motion:
    • Number approving– all
    • Number disapproving– none
  • Chair Koopman declared that the motion had been approved unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 093002-1

  • Professor Berent moved that SACUA will treat its retreats as executive sessions without formally approved minutes.
    • Number approving: six
    • Number disapproving: none

ACTION OF SACUA 091602-1

  • Professor Pedraza moved that SACUA would destroy all audiotapes after minutes are approved (Savage seconded). Professor Berent proposed a friendly amendment to extend the time to two weeks after formal approval of the minutes. The proposed amendment was accepted.
  • Vote on the amended motion:
    • Number approving- all
    • Number disapproving- none

ACTION OF SACUA 090902-1

  • SACUA supports study of the topics discussed (benefits, update of previous report on allocation of expenditures between administration and instruction) by the Budget Study Committee and encourages the Committee to address one or both topics and to keep SACUA informed.
  • Vote on the active motion:
    • Number approving – all
    • Number disapproving – none
  • Chair Koopman declared that the motion had been approved unanimously.


Academic Year 2001-2002

ACTION OF SACUA 050602-1

  • Professor Ensminger moved thatSACUA purchase the appropriate equipment and make a tape recording of SACUA meetings when guests of SACUA make a tape recording. Professor Gobetti seconded.Discussion: Professor Yeoasked how long the tapes would be kept. She suggested that tapes be destroyed after one year.Professor Pedraza commented that it might be better to keep the tapes for 5 years. Members decided that how long to keep the tapes could be decided at a later date.
  • Vote on the active motion: Number approving- Unanimous

ACTION OF SACUA 050602-2

Professor Ensminger moved thatSACUA endorse the final draft of the copyright policy. Professor Pedraza seconded.

Discussion: Professor Ensminger stated that the final document was very fair and reasonable and SACUA should support it. Professor Riebesell commented that he would like more time to review the changes. Professor Pedraza moved that a friendly amendment be made to the motion;

SACUA endorses the document with one change – In the section on dispute resolution on Page 9change the wording from “e.g.” SACUA, MSA… to “i.e.” SACUA, MSA, etc…

Therefore, specifically naming SACUA, and MSA as the bodies that develop the pool of candidates for the ad hoc committees for their respective constituency. Professor Riebesell moved for a friendly amendment to the friendly amendment: change the wording from “e.g.”SACUA, MSA… “e.g” to “i.e.” SACUA or the corresponding governing body on the appropriate campus, MSA etc…

Discussion: Professor Riebesell commented that the governing body on the regional campus would have a better idea of faculty members to recommend for the ad hoc committee. ProfessorGull, from Flint, noted that he felt it would be important to have consistency in the way the policy was carried out across all three campuses and therefore would recommend leavingSACUA as the specified governing body. Professor Yeo stated that SACUA could delegate the selection of candidates to the regional campuses.

  • Vote on the second friendly amendment: Failed.
  • Vote on the first friendly amendment: Passed with one opposed and one abstention.
  • Vote on the motion: Passed with one opposed and one abstention.

ACTION OF SACUA 050602-3

  • Professor Ensminger moved thatSACUA charge CESF and FAAC with reviewing information regarding the benefits package offered to faculty at: 1) Big 10 Universities, 2) Peer Research Universities, and 3) Other StateSupported Universities in Michigan and report back to SACUA on how changes might affect the recruitment and retention of faculty, including senior faculty and senior administrative staff. The committees are not to endorse any action without getting the agreement of SACUA and the Faculty Senate.
  • Vote: Unanimous

ACTION OF SACUA 402902-1

  • SACUA members moved and seconded a motion that SACUA should obtain a copy of the tape recording made by the interim provost,convert it to digital audio, and make it a permanent part of the SACUA meeting archives.
  • Vote on the active motion:
    • Number Approving- all
    • Number Opposing- none
  • Chair Gobetti declared the action to be unanimous.

ACTION OF SACUA 402902-2

  • Professor Koopmann moved thatSACUA extends an invitation to the chair of the Board of Regents and other members of theBoard to join SACUA for one hour per month at one of its regular meetings (Riebesell seconded).
  • The active motion was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 042202-1

  • Professor Lindner moved that SACUA requires 2 elected faculty governance representatives on the prescription drug benefits steering committee (Koopmann seconded).
  • The motion was approved unanimously. SACUA members expressed unanimous consent thatProfessors Riebesell and Yeo should be the representatives.

ACTION OF SACUA 042202-2

  • SACUA members expressed unanimous support for the position taken by the CLB. M. Mandeville volunteered to make inquiries about the status of the modifications proposed by CLB. Chair Navvab expressed thanks to SACUA members for dialog, discussions and friendship over his term. Professor Gobetti expressed gratitude on behalf of SACUA for the effort put forward by the chair and for his leadership.SACUA members expressed their appreciation with a round of applause.

ACTION OF SACUA 031802-1

  • SACUA will continue to maintain its accustomed level of informational detail in its minutes.
  • Guests and members of SACUA are extended the opportunity to clarify their comments as reflected in the minutes.
    • Number approving: all
    • Number disapproving: none

ACTION OF SACUA 112601-1

  • SACUA recommends that the SenateAssembly authorize SACUA to form a committee in consultation with past and present members of the BICIA, MSA, and the Alumni Association to (a) address the concerns of the administration about business and financial matters, and (b) preserve the oversight and governance functions of the BICIA, in conformity with existing rules of the Big Ten Conference.
  • Vote on the active motion:
    • Number approving- 7
    • Number disapproving- 1

ACTION OF SACUA 112601-2

  • SACUA advises the Senate Assembly that extensive additional discussion is needed before the Bylaw 13.15 is brought to theRegents for adoption. In particular, the proposed governance structure does not conform to that of other academic units and therefore the proposal requires additional study and evaluation.
  • Vote on the active motion:
    • Number approving- all
    • Number disapproving- none
  • Chair Navvab declared that the motion had been approved unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 112601-3

  • SACUA endorses the recommended policy changes in the report from the president’s Copyright Policy Committee, and recommends that the Senate Assembly should similarly approve and endorse the recommended policy revision.
  • Vote on the active motion:
    • Number approving- all
    • Number disapproving- none
  • Chair Navvab declared that the motion had been approved unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 112601-4

  • SACUA recommends that Senate Assembly endorse the Principles of Teaching report from the Academic Affairs Advisory Committee.
  • Vote on the active motion:
    • Number approving- all
    • Number disapproving- none
  • Chair Navvab declared that the motion had been approved unanimously.

ACTION OF SACUA 111901-1

  • Professor Lindner moved that theAAAC report about teaching principles be endorsed by SACUA and that it be transmitted toSenate Assembly for their discussion and potential approval in January. (Gobetti seconded).
  • Vote on the active motion: Number approving: all; Number disapproving: none

ACTION OF SACUA 111201-1

  • Professor Lindner moved that theHilton committee report on copyrights be referred to the Research Policies Committee for review and advice. (Professor Riebesell seconded). Navvab declared that in absence of objection, the action would be taken.

ACTION OF SACUA 110501-1

  • Professor Gobetti moved that SACUA accept the proposed slate of faculty members for the cognate panel. Professor Koopmann seconded.
  • Vote on the active motion: Number approving- Unanimous

ACTION OF SACUA 102201-1

  • Professor Lindner moved:

Whereas the changes in medical and prescription drug benefits are becoming an increasing part of the university reward system for faculty and staff, SACUA encourages CESF to form an on-going work group to make active inquiries and to comment upon the activities and plans of theBenefits Office in this regard. (Riebesell seconded)

  • Vote on the active motion:Number approving- all. Number disapproving- none. Number abstaining-none.
  • Chair Navvab declared that the motion had passed by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 102201-2

  • Professor Koopmann moved that SACUA endorses the Faculty Perspectives article developed by Professor Riebesell. (Lindner seconded)
  • Vote on the active motion: Number approving- all. Number disapproving- none. Number abstaining- none.

ACTION OF SACUA 102201-3

  • SACUA reaffirms its properly constituted slate of candidates for the Board in Control of Intercollegiate Athletics,submitted in May 2001 in conformity with Regental Bylaws, and informs the interim provost of its consensus opinion that the president must select among these nominees in order to comply with Regental Bylaws.
    • Number approving- all
    • Number disapproving- none.

ACTION OF SACUA 010924-1

  • Professor Gobetti moved that Chair Navvab bring the issue of non-response by executive officers before the Senate Assembly and offer the following motion for action by the Assembly (Koopmann seconded).
  • Proposed motion: Senate Assembly respectfully requests that the president respond to the issues, reports, and requests for information that Senate Assembly and SACUA have brought before him and his executive officers during the previous year.
    • Number approving: all
    • Number disapproving: none
    • Number abstaining: none

ACTION OF SACUA 091001-1

  • Professor Ward moved that ProfessorSavage be notified and be invited to serve out the residual term vacated by Professor Rush (multiple seconds).
  • The action was approved by unanimous vote, without abstentions of record.

ACTION OF SACUA 091001-2

  • Professor Gobetti moved that SACUA charges Mr. Schneider to contact potential candidates identified by SACUA members for point-
  • counterpoint debate on prescription drug benefits issues at the next meeting of SenateAssembly (multiple seconds).
  • The action was approved unanimously, without abstentions of record.

ACTION OF SACUA 091001-3

  • Professor Ward moved that a written request be transmitted to President Bollinger stating the following:

SACUA has become aware of developments involving the Athletics Department and the Boardin Control of Intercollegiate Athletics that renew our continuing concern that there will bean effort to revise the Regents Bylaws in ways that would affect the operation of the BICIA.Based on past discussions with you and Vice President Kasdin, we had learned on 13 November2000 that a draft report indeed exists and that it was then the intention of the administration to release it in a week or two. We now urgently request a copy of any and all reports developed which potentially affect the responsibilities and authority of the BICIA.We would like to receive the reports for review before the end of September.

Could you also please inform us whether it is planned to ask the Regents to change theirBylaws this fall or winter in any way that affects the BICIA? Thank you for providing us this necessary information about an important faculty issue.

  • Multiple members seconded the motion.
    • Number approving: all
    • Number disapproving: none
    • Number abstaining: none


Academic Year 2000-2001

Action of SACUA 043001-1

  • Professor Rush moved that the Chair ask the provost to send the Prescription Drug report to CESF, AAAC, Financial Affairs, andSACUA for comment and review as soon as possible (Gobetti seconded).
  • The motion was approved without objection.

Action of SACUA 043001-2

  • Professor Gobetti moved that SACUAhas no objection to a change to the Regents Bylaws that replaces a number with an equivalent label within Sections 5.01 and 5.23 (Lindner seconded).
  • Number approving- all
  • Disapproving- none

ACTION OF SACUA 040901-1

  • Professor Rush moved (Gobetti seconded):

WHEREAS, the current faculty grievance procedures were recently adopted, with only minorunit specific changes, by the Schools and Colleges in 1998; and

WHEREAS, there is now some practical experience with the grievance procedures; and

WHEREAS, there are many strong indications that faculty do not avail themselves of the procedures because of a lack of confidence in 1) the non-determinative nature of the grievance decisions and 2) the lack of objectivity in the designated decision-maker;

THEREFORE be it RESOLVED that:

The Chair of Senate Assembly request the Provost to form a joint faculty and administrationcommittee, comprised of three faculty-appointed and three administration-appointed members,to draft a modification of the grievance procedures to address these apparentshortcomings.

  • Number approving: all
  • Number disapproving: none
  • Number abstaining: none

ACTION OF SACUA 031201-1

  • Professor Lindner moved that SACUA shall provide funding for videotaping the 30 March forum on the Virtual University (Rush seconded). The motion was approved.

ACTION OF SACUA 031201-2

  • Professor Gobetti moved that SACUA commends the faculty grievance process back to the faculty committee (Professors Moore, D’Alecy, and Lomax) which served as drafters of the original faculty model, and asks them (1) to revise the language of the procedure in order to correct current deficiencies, and (2) to offer their corrections to SACUA in time for consideration at the 26 March meeting of Senate Assembly (Rush seconded).
  • The motion was approved by unanimous vote.

ACTION OF SACUA 021201-1

  • Professor Gobetti moved that theSACUA chair ascertain the present agreements with AFLF and seek an alternative date and venue (Lindner seconded).
    • Number approving: all
    • Number opposing: none
    • Number abstaining: none

ACTION OF SACUA 021201-2

  • Professor Deskins moved that theSACUA chair ascertain the status of imputed income from life insurance premiums and the implementation date of the changed U-year calendar (Gobetti seconded).
    • Number approving: all
    • Number disapproving: none
    • Number abstaining: none

ACTION OF SACUA 021201-3

  • Professor Gobetti moved that SACUAs hall provide funds to videotape the co-sponsored forum titled “Internet Education and theResearch University” at the discretion of the SACUA chair (Professor Deskins seconded).
    • Number approving: all
    • Number disapproving: none
    • Number abstaining: none

ACTION OF SACUA 110600-1

  • Professor Lindner moved that henceforth, on those occasions when SACUA affords the president or provost opportunity to revise and extend their remarks, and they do so, the minutes shall record that a revision occurred (Professor Ward seconded).
    • Number approving: all
    • Number disapproving: none