RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY
MINUTES: Regular Meeting of the University Senate
DATE: January 25, 2019
TIME AND PLACE: 1:10 p.m., Multipurpose Room, College Avenue Student Center, College Avenue Campus
MEMBERS PRESENT: Acosta, Ahmed, AlexanderFloyd, Alizadeh, Ardeshna, Aubert, Avallone, Awan, Balaguru, Barbarese, Barchi, Bhuyan, Boikess, Bora, Borisovets, BrewsterBauzyk, Bridgeman, Chunn, Cotter, Cummings, Cummings, Dasari, DeFabiis, DeFilippis, DiLalo, Dowlin, Dreyer, Ebert, Esposito, Fellenz, Field, Filippelli, Gillett, Giraud, Gould, Gower, Graber, Gursoy, Han, Hartman, Honeycutt, Hunter, Jarrin, Joergensen, Johnson, Junboonta, Kabia, Kaminskas, Kane, Kane, Kashalikar, Kettle, Kustka, Langer, LaPointe, Lema, Lewis, Lindboe, LoGrippo, Maglione-Rico, Mahajan-Cusack, Mammis, Marchetta, Markert, Marsic, Matto, McKeever, Murphy, Murphy, Nickitas, Norris, Norville, O'Brassill-Kulfan, O'Connor, Oleske, Oliver, Pandey, Pappas, Parrish, Parsa, M. Patel, S. Patel, Perez, Peyrek, Pichugin, Pinto-Figueroa, Porumbescu, Pradhan, Puar, Rabinowitz, Ravichandran, Raza, Rivera, Rothpletz-Puglia, Sanchez, Schwartz, Sen, Serrano, Sesti, Shah, Shapses, Shinbrot, Silver, Soto, Spiegel, Steinberg, Stopyra, Szatrowski, Tharney, Thompson, Thompson, Thuravil, Tracey, Trees, Tsakalakos, Van Stine, Vidal, Wilde, Yang, Zhang, Ziessler
EXCUSED: Abbasi, Atkins, Brunson, Bugel, Cole, D'Anna, Dane, Denham-Barrett, Emmons, Everett, Fagan, Goldfarb, Gonzalez, Goodman, Gross, Guo, Heckscher, Hunter-Fratzola, Kaye, Kelly, Kurtas, Langsam, Lee, Maloney, Mancini, Menifield, Miller, Paskhover, B. Patel, Powell, Puhak, Rosen, Saltzman, Shah, Song, Takhistov
ABSENT: Alidou, Alvarez, Artun, Barone, Bekdash, Butler, Butterfield, Cahill, Cantor, Carson, Carty, Chinn, Collins, Conway, Covington, Craig, Dettloff, Eastman, Eaton, Eisenstein, Estriplet, Farmbry, Farris, Feldman, Ganesh, Ghesani, Greenberg, Haddon, Halkitis, Hatefi, Holzemer, Iannini, Johnson, Kukor, Lei, Lindenmeyer, Little, Lombardi, Lopez, Lugg, Lutz, Mahon, Mansukhani, March, Masiello, Mazurek, MenaSegovia, Molloy, O'Neill, Pagan, Pardlo, Patton, Piotrowski, Ponzio, Potter, Potter, Rajan, Raval, Schiavo, Schneider, Shapiro, Sheridan, Stauffer, Strom, Struble, White, Williams
ATTENDANCE SUMMARY: Faculty: Of 116 total: 68 present (59%), 21 excused (18%), 27 absent (23%); Students: Of 42 total: 25 present (60%), 8 excused (19%), 9 absent (21%); Administrators: Of 40 total: 5 present (13%), 5 excused (13%), 30 absent (75%); Staff: Of 19 total: 16 present (84%), 2 excused (11%), 1 absent (5%); Alumni: Of 6 total: 5 present (83%), 0 excused (0%), 1 absent (17%)
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CALL TO ORDER, DETERMINATION OF A QUORUM, INTRODUCTION OF COMMITTEE CHAIRS AND CHARGES, AND CHAIR’S REPORT - Peter Gillett, Chair
ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT - Robert L. Barchi, President of the University
President Barchi presented an Administrative Report that included comments on:
Gillett summarized the format and time limits for President Barchi's question and answer period. The President then responded to such topics as:
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE DISCUSSION - Jon Oliver, Senate Vice Chair
The University Senate's Approach to Shared Governance at Rutgers
William Field, SAS-NB Faculty Senator, moved that the Senate enter committee of the whole. Gillett explained the procedure for committee-of-the-whole discussions. Field's motion was then seconded, and carried. Gillett appointed Jon Oliver as acting chair, and went to the Senate floor to participate in the discussion. There was considerable discussion on the issue, after which Gillett moved that the Senate rise from committee of the whole. His motion was adopted, and he resumed the chair
University Structure and Governance Committee (USGC) Response to Charge S-1605: Size and Composition of the Senate, Reviewed - Jon Oliver, USGC Chair
The USGC has been charged as follows: As mandated in the December 2012 Senate Response to Charge S-1201, on Senate Size and Composition, reconsider the size and composition of the Senate. Respond to the Senate Executive Committee by October 2018.
USGC Chair Jon Oliver presented and summarized the USGC's Response to Charge S-1605 on Size and Composition of the Senate, Reviewed. Oliver then read the related resolutions, then answered questions which included the following:
- suggestion surrounding not reducing the size of the senate but creating a more robust orientation program for new senators to increase participation;
- background on the entitlement formula creation;
- reduction in quorum instead of reduction in senate size;
- SAS-NB being the largest school, there is a possiblity of the smaller schools not getting an appropriate say;
- concerns surrounding the lack of senator participation;
- not losing sight of the other resoltuions in the report while focusing on the reduction in size; and
- concern students are disporportionately effected due to their 1-year term limits.
After much discussion, for and against, the resolution was then voted on and failed.
At 3:40 Michael Van Stine called a point of order regarding the time limit for the meeting. Gillett then responded with a motion to extend the meeting for 1 hour to complete Senate business. The motion failed. All remaining business will be conducted at the February 15 meeting being held in Newark.
The meeting adjourned at 3:44 p.m.