Meeting Minutes: March 23, 2023

Guest Presentation: Native American Relations & Programs (PDF).
  • Zoe Higheagle Strong, Vice Provost for Native American Relations & Programs; Tribal Liaison to the WSU President


The Faculty Senate met on Thursday, March 23, 2023, in French 130D and via Zoom. Fifty-nine (59) senators were present with twenty-six (26) absent and seventeen (17) non-voting members present. The meeting was called to order by the Chair, Christine Horne at 3:59 pm.

  1. Call to Order at 3:59 pm
  2. Approval of minutes from the March 2, 2023 faculty senate meeting (PDF).
    1. Approved
  3. Announcements
    1. Information Items
      1. The faculty senate officers met with the president and provost on Monday, March 20, 2023.
      2. The faculty senate chair will present to the board of regents on May 5th, 2023.
      3. (Item #2023.03.23_311_Exec) Faculty Senate Executive Election Announcement (Exhibit 311A 311B).
      4. (Item #2023.03.23_304_AAC) Minor Change Bulletin No. 9 (Exhibit 304A).
      5. (Item #2023.03.23_312_Exec) Request notification for the Masters of Nursing to be placed in moratorium (Exhibit 312A).
    2. Reports
      1. Remarks by Faculty Senate Chair, Christine Horne
        1. Faculty Senate Concerns & Activities Table 03.23.2023 (PDF).
        2. Tenure & Promotion Recognition (PDF).
  4. Additions or changes to the agenda
  5. Agenda Items
    1. Action items
      1. (Item #2023.03.02_293_Exec) Proposed Amendment to the Faculty Senate Constitution: Article II, Section 4 (Exhibit 293A). -M. Hudelson
        1. Approved; 47 approved; 0 rejected.
      2. (Item #2023.03.02_294_PHSC) Professional Health Sciences Major Change Bulletin No. 2 (Exhibit 294A 294B). -J. Mattoon
        1. Approved; 51 approved; 0 rejected.
      3. (Item #2023.03.02_295_GSC) Graduate School Policies and Procedures (Exhibit 295A 295B 295C). -E. Nicol / G. Wayman
        1. Comment: ABD waiver considerations -J. McEwen
        2. Response: Additional considerations for the timeframe and the ABD waiver may be adjusted, feedback is always welcome. -T. Barry
        3. Comment: Considerations for the time limit for the public presentation and the question-and-answer period total for no longer than 2.5 hours. -H. Jansen
        4. Response: The 2.5 hour maximum for the exam and public presentation was determined by prior guidelines and can be adjusted for consistent departmental process for public vs. private presentations. Having a longer presentation would need to be an exception according to this policy based on the GSC discussion.
        5. Approved; 44 approved; 3 rejected.
      4. (Item #2023.03.02_297_AAC) Undergraduate & Professional Major change Bulletin No. 11 (Exhibit 297A 297B). -P. Sekhar
        1. Approved. 48 approved; 0 rejected.
      5. (Item #2023.03.02_298_AAC) UCORE Changes Approve by the UCORE Committee Bulletin No. 2 (Exhibit 298A). -P. Sekhar
        1. Approved; 48 approved; 0 rejected.
      6. (Item #2023.03.02_299_AAC) Proposal to Establish Rule 60, Student Vaccination Requirements (Exhibit 299A). -P. Sekhar
        1. Comment: Could there be an exhaustive list that identifies the colleges that do require the vaccination? -J. Miller
        2. Response: We can work to provide an exhaustive list. -P. Sekhar
        3. Approved; 50 approved; 1 rejected.
      7. (Item #2023.03.02_300_AAC) Proposal to Revise Rule 50 (Exhibit 300A). -P. Sekhar
        1. Approved; 51 approved; 0 reject.
      8. (Item #2023.03.02_301_AdHoc) Proposal for a Faculty Senate Ad Hoc Step Salary Structure Committee (Exhibit 301A). -A. Felsot / N. Devarie-Baez
        1. Proposal for some slight changes – amendment recommendation
          1. Near the end under proposed members strike proposed; strike resident, replace with WSU. Justification –the changed text is more informative and not open to interpretation of who is resident.
          2. Amy Meredith seconded this amendment.
          3. Amendment Approved; 48 approved; 0 rejected.
          4. Main Item Approved; 49 approved; 0 rejected.
    2. Discussion Items
      1. (Item #2023.03.23_302_AAC) Proposal to change the degree names of the BA in Fine Art and the BFA in Fine Art (Exhibit 302A 302B). -P. Sekhar
        1. No discussion
      2. (Item #2023.03.23_303_AAC) Proposal to Revise Rules 38 – 41 and Rule 70 (Exhibit 303A). -P. Sekhar
        1. No discussion
      3. (Item #2023.03.23_217_AAC) Amended Undergraduate and Professional Major Change Bulletin No. 2 (Exhibit 217C* 217D* 217A 217B). -P. Sekhar
        1. No discussion
      4. (Item #2023.03.23_305_FAC) Changes to the Faculty Manual Section II (Exhibit 305A 305B 305C). -J. McDonald
        1. No discussion
      5. (Item #2023.03.23_306_FAC) Changes to the Faculty Manual Section III.C.7 on Salary Increases (Exhibit 306A 306B). -J. McDonald
        1. No discussion
      6. (Item #2023.03.23_307_FAC) Changes to the Faculty Manual Section II.D Ethics in Public Service (Exhibit 307A 307B). -J. McDonald
        1. No discussion
      7. (Item #2023.03.23_308_FAC) Changes to the Faculty Manual Section III.D.7 through III.D.10 (Exhibit 308A 308B 308C). -J. McDonald
        1. No discussion
      8. (Item #2023.03.23_309_FAC) Changes to the Faculty Manual Section V (Exhibit 309A 309B). -J. McDonald
        1. Comment: Equity lens tool request for clarity-A. Dimitrov
      9. (Item #2023.03.23_310_Catalog) Undergraduate and Professional Major Change Bulletin No. 12 (Exhibit 310A 310B).
        1. Music education degree. -R. David
      10. (Item #2023.03.23_313_AAC) Proposal to Discontinue the BA in Computer Science (Exhibit 313A 313B 313C). P. Sekhar
        1. No discussion
  6. Constituent Concerns
    1. Lightbulbs -J. McEwin
    2. Comment: Faculty request for annual reviews for campus administrators.  -P. Sekhar
      1. Response: The deans, chancellors, and vice-provosts are all receiving annual reviews. -L. Hill
  7. Meeting Adjourned: 4:35 pm

Respectfully submitted,

Matt Hudelson,

Faculty Senate Executive Secretary

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