Executive Committee, 905th Meeting
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
10:00 a.m., 205 East 42nd Street
Room 1002

Agenda

  1. Approval of the Agenda
  2. Approval of the Minutes of October 30, 2018 (attached)
  3. Old Business
    1. Report on Proposed Changes to the UFS Charter – Kerin Coughlin
    2. Proposed Agenda for December 11, 2018 Plenary Session (attached)
  4. New Business
    1. Updates by Board of Trustees Committee Representatives
      1. Committee on Academic Program, Policy, and Research (CAPPR) – Martin Burke
      2. Fiscal Affairs, Investment Subcommittee, & Audit Committee – John Verzani
      3. Faculty, Staff, Administration – Kerin Coughlin
      4. Student Affairs – Hugo Fernandez
      5. Construction Fund Subcommittee – Hugo Fernandez
      6. Facilities – James McElwaine
      7. Updates by Liaisons to the Standing Committees
    2. Updates by Liaisons to the Standing Committees
      1. Libraries and Information Technology – Kimora
      2. Status of the Faculty – James McElwaine
      3. Student Affairs – Hugo Fernandez
      4. Academic Freedom – Philip Pecorino
  5. Reports
    1. Chair
    2. Enrollment Management – Jason Young
    3. Update on Ethical Issues Within CUNY – Kimora

Minutes

  1. Approval of the Agenda – Adopted as Proposed
  2. Approval of the Minutes of October 30, 2018 – After some suggestions by Profs. Coughlin and Kimora, the minutes were amended and then Adopted as Proposed.
  3. Old Business
    1. Report on Proposed Changes to the UFS Charter – Kerin Coughlin – Prof. Coughlin provided an overview of the origin, character, and content of the proposed UFS Charter revisions. She then walked the Committee through the details of each revision and their respective justifications, citing in particular the Perez ruling regarding Open Meetings. Prof. Conway and others recommended some changes in the language of the Charter, especially with regard to full-time faculty classifications and part-time faculty representation, and the Committee discussed them at length, noting that the matter warranted further discussion at subsequent Plenary Sessions.
    2. Proposed Agenda for December 11, 2018 Plenary Session – the agenda was discussed and approved.
  4. New Business
    1. Updates by Board of Trustees Committee Representatives
    2. Committee on Academic Program, Policy, and Research (CAPPR) – Martin Burke – There was no discussion.
    3. Fiscal Affairs, Investment Subcommittee, & Audit Committee – John Verzani – There was no discussion.
    4. Faculty, Staff, Administration – Kerin Coughlin – Prof. Coughlin discussed a proposed resolution addressing external peer review for promotion and tenure. Discussion revolved around how the resolution will or will not affect such consideration at the community college level.
    5. Student Affairs – Hugo Fernandez – There was no discussion.
    6. Construction Fund Subcommittee – Hugo Fernandez
    7. Facilities – James McElwaine – There was no discussion.
  5. Updates by Liaisons to the Standing Committees – Given time constraints no reports were delivered.
    1. Libraries and Information Technology – Kimora
    2. Status of the Faculty – James McElwaine
    3. Student Affairs – Hugo Fernandez
    4. Academic Freedom – Philip Pecorino
  6. Reports
    1. Chair – Prof. Fernandez raised some concerns over the status of an existing resolution currently under review in the Student Affairs Committee, and the matter was referred back to the committee for further discussion.
    2. Enrollment Management – Jason Young – Due to time constraints, no report was delivered.
    3. Update on Ethical Issues Within CUNY – Kimora – Prof. Kimora distributed a draft of a reminder to faculty regarding appropriate behavior on campuses. She noted her recent discussion with Deputy General Counsel Jane Sovern, and what the next steps are at the University. Discussion revolved around the existing ethical/sexual harassment policies there were at CUNY, and whether or not a formal policy – as opposed to guidelines – was warranted.
    4. Anais Wong – Ms. Wong, UFS Liaison to the CUNY Doctoral Students Council, submitted a formal request for representation in the UFS and voting privileges at UFS Plenary Sessions. The committee agreed that consultation with local governance at the Graduate Center was preferable to an edict coming from the Executive Committee.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 12:50 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Matthew J. Cotter