Faculty Policies Committee Minutes, March 24, 2003, 3 p.m.
Present: Michelle Benedict, Barbara Coleman, Gordon Eisenman, Jim Garvey, Cliff Gardiner, Andy Hauger (chair), Jeff Heck (secretary), Bill Reese, Jana Sandarg, Sabina Widner
1. Review of items for consideration
Sent to UC Email Policy
Cullum Policy and resulting FPC changes in Faculty Handbook
International Affairs Policy
Sexual Harassment Policy
Sexual Harassment Committee membership
Promotion and Tenure Policy
Employee Benefits (New faculty)
2. Sexual Harassment Committee Policy
The FPC considered and made minor changes to the Sexual Harassment Policy resulting from Betsey Neely’s legal review of the proposal. The proposal will next be considered by the University Council.
The committee reviewed and discussed the process for holding FPC and University Council elections. Gordon Eisenman proposed that the email balloting time be extended; adding the days between the release of the sample ballot and the start of normal voting would allow more campus members to participate. The committee approved the suggestion. Voting time by paper ballot will continue as is.
4. Study Abroad Programs
The University System of Georgia recently increased its percentage goal of students who study overseas to four percent, up from two percent. A problem arises for faculty who seek to support the USG program, as some chairs are more able and/or willing than others to provide support (release time/course reduction and annual evaluation credit). The FPC will seek to support the USG goal through changes in the Faculty Role Model. Faculty who travel overseas to teach courses should also be supported in the model changes. This problem is deferred to next year’s committee. Andy Hauger will include information about it in his report to the next chair.
5. Recreational Facility Hours
Are the swimming pool and the weight room open an adequate number of hours for faculty? Andy Hauger will research on the current scheduling for the next meeting. A survey of interest in use of the facilities will be considered.
6. Textbook Resale by Faculty
Further discussion led the committee to invite Dan Whitfield to the next FPC meeting, March 31.
7. Free Speech
Further discussion led the committee to invite Jasper Cooke to meet with the FPC in the future.