The 392nd Plenary Session
of The University Faculty Senate
of The City University Of New York
Room 0818, 205 E. 42nd Street
March 29, 2016
6:30 p.m.


  1. Approval of the Agenda
  2. Approval of the Minutes of February 2, 2016
  3. Invited Guests
    1. Chancellor J.B. Milliken, 6:30 p.m.
  4. New Business
    1. Resolution Affirming the University of Chicago Report on Freedom of Expression on Campus
    2. Nominations for Executive Committee Officers and At-large Members
    3. Demo of Dashboards on CUNY website
  5. Reports
    1. Representatives to Board of Trustees committees (oral and/or written)
    2. Ideas for Future UFS Conferences
    3. Comparison of Assembly/Senate/Gubernatorial Budgets
    4. Prof. Peter Knuepfer, Chair of SUNY UFS
    5. Chair

Social starts at 6:00 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served.

Committee meetings:

3:30 – 4:30   Community College Caucus, Rm 0962

4:30 Library and Information Technology, Rm 1002

4:35 Status of the Faculty, Rm 0962

4:45 Student Affairs, Rm 0963


Baruch: Present –Harel, Martell, Weiser and Wine. Absent – Bazzoni, Edwards, Ellis, Pence and Wymbs.  BMCC: Present – Bratsis, Conway, Freas, Gosslau, Salam, Tsiklauri and Alternate Danila. Absent – Brockington and Perdomo.  Bronx CC: Present – Harris and Kossak. Absent – Cahn, Edwards and Lawton. Vacancies – 1.  Brooklyn: Present – Hainline, Queneau, Wild and Alternate Suarez. Absent – Braine, Cohen, Ebert, Florence, Fox, Haggerty, McEntee and Okome.  CCNY: Present – Brass, Jeruzalmi and Miller. Absent – Crain, Dalglish, Kalia and Raj. Vacancies – 2 and 1 (p/t).  CSI: Present – Cason, Feola, Petratos, Simpson and Verzani.  Absent – Lavender and Sanchez.  CUNY Law School: Present – Sokkar-Harker. Absent – Kassem.  Graduate Center: Present – Albrecht, Burke, Giannikos, Nolan and Wunder. Absent – Aguirre-Molina and Dauben.  Hostos CC: Present – August, Ostrin and Trachman.  Absent – Worrell.  Hunter: Present – Hickman and Kuhn-Osius. Absent – Wirtz and Young.  Vacancies – 8.  John Jay: Present – Kaplowitz, Kapstein and Kimora.  Absent – Crossman, Domashevskiy, Dunham, Katz and Tovar.  Kingsborough CC:  Present – Barnhart, Spear and Stubin.  Absent – Hume, Majewicz, Nanin and Ruoff.  LaGuardia CC: Present – Albrecht, Berke, Fernandez, Kapetanakos, Keyes, Seo and Alternate Kurzyna.  Lehman: Present – Doyran, Duncker, Jervis, Tilley and Alternates Gitterman, Jitianu and O’Boy.  Vacancies: 1. Medgar Evers: Present – Barker, Lashley and Alternate Franz. Absent – Belcon and Brown.  NYCCT: Present – Gelman, Grujicic-Alatriste, Hounion, Okumakpeyi, Van Loon and Alternate Barlow.  Absent – Bennani, and Williams.  Queens: Present – Costigan, McElwaine, Nelson, Sanudo, Savage and Zevin. Absent – Brody, Gandhi, Grover and Vesselinov.  Vacancies – 1.  Queensborough CC: Present – Avens, Counihan, Pecorino, Tai and Alternate Holden. Absent – Meltzer, Rome and Rossi-Miller.  York: Present – Gerena and Rooney.  Absent – Bowman, Cleary, and Grosskopf. Invited guests present were J.B. Milliken, Chancellor, Vita Rabinowitz, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Frederick Schaffer, Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs and Peter Knuepfer, President, SUNY Faculty Senate.

Governance Leaders present included: Burke (GC), Jeruzalmi (CCNY), Kaplowitz (JJ), Keyes (LaGuardia CC), McCauley (Hunter), Pecorino (QCC), Sanudo (Queens) and Verzani (CSI).  Guests present: Sandi Cooper (CSI), Dina Dahbany (QCC), Stefan Baumrin (GC), Manfred Philipp (Lehman), Marian Stewart-Titus (BCC) and Liza Shapiro (Student, GC).  Executive Director Phipps, Administrative Assistant Pasela and Secretary Blanchard were also present.

The meeting was called to order by UFS Chair Terrence Martell at 6:30 p.m. in Eighth Floor, Room 0818, 205 E. 42nd Street. 77 of the 139 voting members were present.

  1. Approval of the Agenda – The agenda was adopted as proposed.
  2. Approval of the Minutes of February 2, 2016:
    The wrong month’s roll call had been pasted into the original minutes. The mistake was now corrected. The minutes were then adopted as amended.
  3. Invited Guest:
    1. Chancellor James B. Milliken. The enacted State budget was expected in the next day or two.  It appeared that proposed reductions or a shift of up to $485 million in state funding would not take place.  It is not expected that the enacted budget will give CUNY authorization to raise tuition along the predictable lines of recent years.  However, it is possible that such authorization could be given in the period after the budget is enacted.  He noted that the Assembly, Senate, and Governor, in each of their versions of the budget, all provided for $240 million for collective bargaining, but with the $485 million shift off the table, that $240 million may disappear.  It is hoped though that $240 million might be recognized as a base line figure — CUNY has asked for $330 million.
      Chancellor Milliken reported receiving a number of letters from city and state politicians about alleged anti-Semitic incidents at CUNY.  In late February CUNY had already responded by hiring a law firm to do an independent investigation, as well as announcing the formation of relevant task forces.
      Referring to an item later on the evening’s agenda, the Chancellor said he personally was sympathetic to the Chicago Statement but wanted to defer endorsement until after the task forces he has appointed to look into these issues (one to develop guidelines about free expression, and another to examine ways of improving climate on the campuses) have reported back to him.
  4. New Business
    1. Resolution Affirming the University of Chicago Report on Freedom of Expression on       Campus: The resolution was moved, seconded, and passed without dissent (four abstentions).  It is attached to these minutes (Exhibit 1).
    2. Nomination for Executive Committee Officers and At-Large Members:  Nominated for chair were Kay Conway and Christos Giannikos. There were no nominations for vice chair.  Nominated for at-large seats were:  Kathleen Barker, Michael Barnhart, Martin Burke, Hugo Fernandez, Karen Kaplowitz, James McElwaine, Phil Pecorino, Vasilios Petratos, Theresa Rooney, Emily Tai, and Jay Weiser.  Further nominations could be made by calling or emailing the UFS office any time before the next plenary.  Nominations could also be made from the floor at the next plenary.
    3. Demo of Dashboards on CUNY website:  Professor Conway, chair of the UFS Budget Advisory Committee, displayed two CUNY websites that can give broadly useful information to faculty.  The sites allow the user to “slice and dice” the data according to a number of variables.
  5. Reports
    1. Representatives to Board of Trustees committees:  Professor Barker, the UFS representative on the Board’s standing committee on Faculty, Staff, and Administration, alerted the body to an apparent and distressing trend:  governance plans for new units at CUNY seem to be trending toward appointed rather than elected departmental chairs.  She advised that everyone keep an eye on this trend and to resist it if their college’s governance plan is coming under review.  Statements on these topic that she gave at the Board committee are attached to these minutes (Exhibit 2).
    2. Ideas for Future UFS Conferences:  Members were asked to jot down ideas, which would be developed by the Executive Committee in coming years.
    3. Comparison of Assembly/Senate/Gubernatorial Budgets:  By displaying this chart, Professor Conway explored some of the details of this long decision-making process.
    4. Prof. Peter Knuepfer, Chair of the SUNY UFS: Professor Knuepfer praised outgoing Chair Martell for his many efforts over the years to strengthen collaboration between the two Faculty Senates and SUNY’s governance group for community college faculty, the FCCC. It had amplified the voices of all three, he said.  He commented on SUNY’s drive to increase diversity among both faculty and students, to expand applied learning and define what the faculty’s role should be as supervisors of internships. Other projects include facilitating open access publishing and enlarging the role of adjunct faculty in governance.
    5. Chair: Chair Martell reported briefly that the annual Poster Day in Albany had been a great success with 42 undergraduates displaying their research projects for legislators to see. The Experiential Learning task force had completed a draft report recommending that CUNY encourage such learning but not make it a requirement. Finally, the year-long project he had spearheaded to streamline CUNY’s pension offerings and effect overall savings was finished and would be approved by the Board in May.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

William Phipps

Resolution Affirming the University of Chicago Report on Freedom of Expression on Campus Recitals

Adopted: without dissent March 29, 2016

  1. The University Faculty Senate has long advocated for academic freedom.
  2. Freedom of expression on college campuses has become a contested national issue.
  3. The Report of the University of Chicago’s Committee on Freedom of Expression (January 2015) is a balanced approach to this issue.


The University Faculty Senate subscribes to the principles in the University of Chicago statement.

Proponent: Executive Committee