Faculty Policies Committee Minutes, April 14, 2003, 3 p.m.
Present: Michelle Benedict, Barbara Coleman, Bill Dodd, Cliff Gardiner, Jim Garvey, Andy Hauger (chair), Jeff Heck (secretary), Donna Hobbs, Bill Reese, Jana Sandarg, Sabina Widner
Guest: Jasper Cooke, Director of Public Safety
1. Faculty Parking
The campus continues to experience difficulties with enforcement of rules regarding students parking in faculty spaces. Jasper Cooke, Director of Public Safety, provided background and three reasons for the issue. First, historically, tickets have not been intended as a revenue source. Therefore, they are set at a low rate, which means that some students are willing to pay fines weekly and consider it similar to a “business expense.” Second, as a result of budget cuts, Public Safety has had fewer ticket-writing personnel (usually student employees). Officers can not provide sufficient time to replace the student employee effort because of their other responsibilities. Third, parking on the west side of campus has increased with the focus of classes in Allgood and the Science building.
change the employment status of one student worker this Fall
to increase the number of ticket writers. Also, it is hoped that the opening of
the second classroom building and a centralized parking lot where the older
classrooms now reside (Butler Hall, etc.) will ease the situation.
In the short term, parking may be more difficult, since the construction of the loop road due to begin in about a month, will remove the current temporary gravel lot to the west of the Performing Arts Theater.
Donna Hobbs requested that the future faculty-only lot be gated (as was a previous lot) to reduce problems.
2. Area for Protests
Jasper Cooke also responded to questions concerning regulation of areas for protest on the ASU campus. He distinguished between certain events, such as a recent debate on the Iraq War, which may be held in proximity to academic buildings without concern for disruption of regularly scheduled campus activities, and other events, involving protestors coming from off-campus or ASU students, with the potential for disruption. Off-campus groups that wish to congregate on campus must seek the permission of Public Safety in advance and, for certain activities, are restricted to the area next to the flag pole. Students also must seek permission, via the normal channels in Physical Plant, to congregate in certain areas on campus.
3. Topic for Next Year’s FPC
Remaining concerns about restrictions on the resell of faculty-owned books, campus pool hours, and other remaining open topics will be continued by next year’s FPC.
New representatives to the FPC for the 2003-5 committees will be attending the April 21 meeting. Andy Hauger will conduct elections for chair and secretary. He will also write up the year-end report and a list of topics that are carrying over to the next committee.
5. Committee on Committees – Preference List for Committee Activity
Steve Duckworth from Information Technology provides an automated method that allows faculty to select their preferred committees for the next year. Andy Hauger and Cliff Gardiner will be working over the next week to announce the process and begin collection of the information. The list will be sent to Dr. Sullivan, VPAA, by June 1. Bill Dodd requested that the Student Government Association (SGA) be asked to provide in advance a list of students willing to serve on committees. Gardiner asked if end-of-year reports from committees could be posted to the Web. FPC members noted that content of the reports varied and that some content should not be publicly posted. A template may need to be developed to allow a standardized report to go to the Web.
of Annual Goals within the Faculty Role Model
The FPC discussed a question about the timing of the annual cycle of evaluating faculty members' previous years goals, and then setting new ones. An alternative would be to evaluate the previous years goals, then pause some length of time to allow consideration before developing goals for the next year. A department might wish to wait two months, for example, between the two parts of the process. Bill Dodd noted that there is no language in the current role model preventing such an approach.
7. Employee Mentoring
The Employee Benefits Committee has considered the possibility of structuring a mentoring program to assist newly hired faculty as they consider which employee benefits plans to choose. However, there is some administrative concern that any such a formalized process may leave the university liable for legal action if the mentoring is construed as offering recommendations about specific plans. As an alternative, new employees could be encouraged to make informal contacts with other faculty.
Final meeting for 2002-2003: