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FACULTY MEETING

October 1, 2010
Gannett Auditorium

MINUTES

President Philip A. Glotzbach called the meeting to order at 3:34 p.m.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

President Glotzbach asked if there were any corrections or comments to the minutes of the Faculty Meeting held September 10, 2010. Hearing none, he announced the minutes were approved.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

President Glotzbach welcomed Alex Stark ’11, the new President of the Student Government Association, who introduced the members of the Executive Committee of the Student Government Association (SGA): Sulin Ngo, Vice President for Diversity Affairs; Jennifer Snow, Vice President for Communication and Outreach; and Alex Bland, Vice President for Club Affairs. Alex noted that the four other members of the SGA -- Logan Brenner, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Jono Zeidan, Vice President for Financial Affairs; Ali Drucker, Vice President for Residential Affairs and Libby Gronquist, 2010 Class President -- were not able to be present at today’s meeting.

President Glotzbach thanked Professor Lary Opitz for serving as parliamentarian for the past several years and announced that Professor Mark Huibregtse has agreed to serve as parliamentarian. President Glotzbach encouraged anyone else interested in serving as parliamentarian to let him know.

VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS’REPORT

In lieu of a formal report, Susan Kress, Vice President for Academic Affairs, announced that she had sent a bulletin on current news from Academic Affairs (see attached) via e-mail; she offered the opportunity for questions or concerns. There were no questions.

CONFERRAL OF DEGREES

Yvette Cortes, Assistant Librarian, read the following resolution into the record (see attached):

RESOLVED, that the Faculty of Skidmore College recommend to the Trustees the granting of the Bachelor of Arts degree to three students.

There was no discussion, and the motion was voted on and passed with all in favor.

OLD BUSINESS

Professor Reginald Lilly, on behalf of the Faculty Executive Committee, read the following Motion that was introduced at the faculty meeting held September 10, 2010 (see attached):

MOTION: The Faculty Executive Committee moves that the 2010-2011 Faculty Handbook be adopted. The following link takes you to the 2010-2011 Faculty Handbook (showing tracked changes) as well as handbooks from previous years: Skidmore College: Faculty Handbooks.

There was no discussion, and the motion was voted on and passed with all in favor.

NEW BUSINESS

I. Curriculum Committee

Associate Professor Lisa Aronson, on behalf of the Curriculum Committee, introduced the following Motion (see attached):

MOTION: The Curriculum Committee moves to eliminate the Biology-Philosophy interdepartmental major.

There was no discussion, and the Motion will lie over until the next meeting.

II. Faculty Executive Committee

Professor Reg Lilly, on behalf of the Faculty Executive Committee, (1) announced that Karen Kellogg has volunteered to work on the Governance website and (2) reported on the results of Round I elections.

Thereafter, Professor Lilly opened discussion of the difference between the organization of the disciplines as used in the governance system and the organization of disciplines adopted by the administration for roundtable discussions. He moved that the assembly form a Committee of the Whole to discuss this issue (see attached). Professor Terry Diggory was appointed as chair of the Committee of the Whole; a 20-minute time limit was set. At the conclusion of the Committee of the Whole, Professor Diggory reported on the discussion.

III. Sexual Misconduct Policy

Rochelle Calhoun, Dean of Student Affairs, presented the new Sexual Misconduct Policy and introduced the members of the Sexual Assault Task Force, who had assisted in the development of this new policy. Dean Calhoun’s report included the following:

Julia Routbort, Director of the Counseling Center, reviewed the procedures that should be followed in the event that a student approaches a faculty member indicating that s/he was a victim of sexual misconduct and noted that the resources that are available to students in these cases are also available to faculty members. She further noted the policy makes a distinction between confidential reporting sources and private reporting sources and reviewed faculty reporting obligations (mandated reporters are those with administrative duties).

In response to questions about the impact the tragedy at Rutgers University might have on the policy, Dean Calhoun noted that the Bias Response Group is looking at issues of harassment and violence against students who are identified as gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgendered and will be hosting a Community Partners meeting with members of the City Council, the DA’s office, the Mayor’s Office, and the Police Department to discuss harassment, assault, and “gay bashing.” In terms of active institutional response, Dean Calhoun noted that she has been in contact with the Pride Alliance about doing more work around that specific issue along with the Sexual Misconduct Task Force and the Bias Response Group.

Questions followed regarding a faculty member’s reporting obligations – and the legal and institutional provisions for confidentiality when a student reports an incident.

Dean Calhoun concluded by noting that a web site is being developed and brochures are being printed so that people who need information on these issues quickly have immediate access to it. There was applause for Dean Calhoun and her colleagues for the great work on the Sexual Misconduct Policy.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The meeting was adjourned at 4:52 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Debra L. Peterson
Executive Administrative Assistant

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