The 398th Plenary Session
of The University Faculty Senate
of The City University Of New York
Room 0818, 205 E. 42nd Street
March 28th, 2017
6:30 p.m


  1. Approval of the Agenda
  2. Approval of the Minutes of February 7th, 2017
  3. Invited Guests
    1. Chairman of the Board of Trustees, William C. Thompson, Jr., 6:30 p.m.
    2. Peter L.K. Knuepfer, President, SUNY University Faculty Senate, 7:00 p.m.
  4. New Business
    1. Discussion of proposed Student Affairs Committee Resolution
    2. Nominations for Executive Committee At-Large Members
  5. Reports
    1.  Chair
    2. Reviving the relationship between the UFS and the Discipline Councils
    3. Latest on EVC Rabinowitz’ Remediation Policies
    4. 12/6 Calendar at the Community Colleges
  6. Representatives to Board of Trustees committees
    1. Kathleen Barker, CFSA

Committee meetings:

  • Library & Information Technology, 4:30 pm, Rm 0962
  • Status of the Faculty Committee, 4:30 pm, Rm 1002
  • Student Affairs Committee, 5:00 pm, Rm 0963
  • Community College Caucus, 3:30 pm, Rm 0962

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


Baruch: Present—Edwards, Ellis, Harel and Weiser. Absent—Bazzoni, Alternate Hessel, Martell, Pence, and Wymbs. BMCC: Present – Bratsis, Carson, Conway, Freas, Gosslau,  Tsiklauri, and Wiseman.  Absent –Alternate Grace, Perdomo, and Salam, and Alternate Shneyderman. Vacancies – 1. Bronx CC: Present—Harris, Lawton, and Stewart-Titus. Absent—Alternate Bernard, Edwards, Kossak, and Alternate Mukerjee. Vacancies – 1. Brooklyn: Present—Cohen, Queneau, and Wild. Absent—Adams, Ebert, Fox, Hainline, Haggerty, Okome, and Sowers. CCNY: Present—Binz-Scharf, Brass, Crain and Kornhauser. Absent—Dalglish, Jeruzalmi, Li, Raj, and Stemberg. CSI: Present—Verzani. Absent—Cason, Lavender, Feola, Petratos, Sanchez and Simpson. CUNY Law School: Present – Sokkar-Harker. Absent – Alternate Cicero, Kassem, and Alternate Khosla. Graduate Center: Present – Burke, Dauben, Giannikos, Nolan and Wunder. Absent–McDougall. Hostos CC: Present—Ostrin, Trachman, and Alternate August.  Absent—Alternate Bollinger, Alternate Paskoff, Pimentel and Worrell, Hunter: Present – Albrecht, McCauley, and Nicolai. Absent—Kuhn-Osius, Hickman, Ramasubramanian, Walsh, Wirtz, and Young. Vacancies – 3. John Jay: Present–Crossman, Domashevskiy, Kaplowitz, Katz, Kimora and Tovar. Absent—Alternate Benton, Dunham, and Kapstein.  Kingsborough CC: Present—Barnhart, Feeley, Nagel, and Stubin. Absent—Hume, Majewicz, Alternates Echols and Krishnan and Spear. LaGuardia CC: Present–Albrecht, Berke, Fernandez, Keyes, Licari and Seo. Absent—Alternates Burdick, Kurzyna,and Sokolski.  Lehman: Present—Alexander-Street and Duncker. Absent – Alternate Auslander, Doyran, Jervis, Jitianu, Alternate Kabat, Tilley, and Alternate Velasaco-Whetsell. Medgar Evers: Present—Barker, Franz, and Lashley. Absent—Alternate Chevalier, Grazette, and Alternate Van Steirteghem. NYCCT: Present—Hounion and Okumakpeyi. Absent—Bennani, Gelman, Grujicic-Alatriste, Van Loon, and Williams. Queens: Present—Brody, McElwaine, Sanudo, and Zevin. Absent—Costigan, Gandhi, Grover, Alternates Harris, Leites, Alternate Mann, Nelson, Savage, and Vesselinov. Queensborough CC: Present –Counihan, Ford, Alternate Holden, Murley, Pecorino, Rossi-Miller, Tai, Alternate Ward. Absent–Meltzer, York: Absent—Bowman, Cleary, Gerena, Grosskopf, and Rooney and Alternate Adeyemo.

Governance Leaders present included: Burke (GC), Pecorino (QCC), Sanudo (Queens), Tyner (Guttman), and Wallach (Hunter). Administrative Assistant Pasela, Secretary Blanchard, and Executive Director Cotter were also present.

The meeting was called to order by the Chair, Katherine Conway, at 6:30 p.m.

  1. Adoption of the Agenda – Adopted as proposed.
  2. Adoption of the Minutes –Adopted as proposed.
  3. Invited Guests:
    1. Peter L.K. Knuepfer, President, SUNY University Faculty Senate. The President updated the UFS on some of the SUNY UFS activities: the search for a new Chancellor; working with the New York State Legislature on greater collaboration; the CUNY-SUNY partnership in opposing the recent Presidential Executive Order on immigration; and the burgeoning open access repository for faculty research and its attendant inter- and trans-disciplinary open access publications. He also discussed the rise of contingent faculty on SUNY campuses and the challenge of faculty diversity throughout SUNY in general. He mentioned that SUNY is working to get faculty appointed to the Community College Councils—which are their local governance bodies comprised of local politicians and members of the community. He then took questions.
    2. Chairman of the Board of Trustees William Thompson, Jr. The Chairman spoke briefly about the ways in which CUNY’s management and educational direction could be improved: greater fiscal oversight, transparency, and management; and accountability and transparency and reciprocity of communication as a means towards educational excellence. He then took questions.
  4. New Business
    1. A Resolution from the Student Affairs Committee was read aloud and discussed at length. A motion to approve was raised by Chair Conway and the resolution passed with Professor Verzani opposed.
    2. Nominations for the Executive Committee were solicited and presented by members. Michael Barnhart (Kingsborough CC) nominated Hugo Fernandez (LaGuardia CC); Hugo Fernandez (LaGuardia CC) nominated Michael Barnhart (Kingsborough CC); Karen Kaplowitz (John Jay College) nominated Emily Tai (Queensborough CC); Emily Tai (Queensborugh CC) nominated Karen Kaplowitz (John Jay College); Kathleen Barker (Medgar Evers College) nominated Martin Burke (Graduate Center); Jean Murley (Queensborugh CC) nominated Philipp Pecorino (Queensborough CC); Charles Keyes nominated Nancy Berke (LaGuardia CC); Bill Crain (CCNY) nominated James McElwaine (Queens College) and Bernadette McCauley (Hunter College) nominated Maria Binz-Scharf (CCNY). Nominations in writing will remain open until May 3rd and all nominees will be notified by the UFS office to submit a statement, which may be presented when elections are held at the next Plenary Session on May 16th.
  5.  Reports
    1. Chair Conway discussed the recent Discipline Council meeting and their next steps, as well as the fact that the UFS Executive Committee has been asked to consider the issue of bullying. She then discussed her recent campus visits and shared a concern raised by City College faculty about customer service at the Research Foundation (RF). She requested the faculty communicate with the Executive Committee any challenges they have faced when dealing with RF. She then discussed the IT Steering Committee and the Recent University Student Senate awards for women’s leadership, of which she was a recipient.
    2. Vice Chair Barker discussed the policies associated with the naming and approval of Distinguished Professors. She also mentioned the report to CFSA now includes a rationale for awarding early tenure, where in the past none was provided.

With no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Matthew J. Cotter

Resolution on Funding for the City University of New York (CUNY)

Whereas, The City University of New York was founded to give students the opportunity for a first-rate college education that they couldn’t otherwise afford; and

Whereas, In November, 2016, the CUNY Board of Trustees requested tuition increases of up to $250 per year for the next four years at the senior colleges; and

Whereas, The Governor’s January, 2017, Executive Budget endorses these tuition hikes, even extending them to five rather than four years; and

Whereas, These tuition hikes will make it difficult for many students, especially part-time students, to attend college; and

Whereas, The State’s financial support of CUNY has long been inadequate for CUNY’s needs; and

Whereas, The University Student Senate opposes the proposed tuition hikes; now therefore be it

Resolved, That the CUNY University Faculty Senate believes that the State should provide sufficient funding to render the recently proposed tuition hikes unnecessary.

Resolution from the UFS Student Affairs Committee, March 28, 2017 (if approved).