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Updated to 29 September 2014

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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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ACTION OF SACUA 090913-1
SACUA shall resume itstraditional practice whereby the Senate Secretary keeps the minutes of SACUA meetings.
The Action was approved by unanimous vote with no abstentions of record.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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ACTION OF SACUA 043012-1
SACUA will support the five COIA recommendations in principle.
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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.
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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."
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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ACTION OF SACUA 011011-2Professor 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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ACTION OF SACUA 020810-1
SACUA adopts distributed item 3 with addition of the statement:
SACUA delegates to the Senate Secretary full authority to resolve any issues arising during the election process.
The motion was approved by unanimous vote.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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ACTION OF SACUA 092109-2
SACUA approves the process document.
The motion was approved by unanimous vote.
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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.

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