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(Last updated 5/24/94)

1993 - 1994

Resolutions

# 1997 - 2055 

Resolution 1997, June 1993

WHEREAS, UNO does not provide each member of the faculty with a handbook of policies, procedures, services available, terms of employment, and other important and useful information; therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate urges the Chancellor to establish a task force composed of representatives from the Faculty Senate and the University Administration to prepare, publish, and distribute a faculty handbook.

Response: Memo from Chancellor 6/22/1993: The resolution has been receivedc for information. The idea of a faculty handbook is an idea that will be pursued. I understand the Faculty Senate Executive Committee will review the logistics of the committee and the Office of Academic Affairs will develop an initial outline for the handbook. Recommendations from both groups will be discussed at the July meeting of the Administration and the Faculty Senate Executive Committee.


Resolution 1998,
June 1993

WHEREAS, UNO has ben cited to be in violation of the Disabilities Act, and

WHEREAS, the Administration has responded that it has rectified past violations, and

WHEREAS, the sidewalk between Engineering and Allwine Hall is not wheelchair-accessible; therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, that this matter be remedied.

Response: Memo from Chancellor 6/22/1993: The resolution has been received for information. It is my understanding that this issue has been resolved.

Resolution 1999, 8/20/93 (Personnel & Welfare Committee)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate have a representative on the Chancellor's Committee on University Parking.

Action: Memo to Chancellor 8/23/93 (discussed at 9/15/93 meeting with Administration) 12/21/93 acknowledged by the Chancellor. (In a memo January 10, 1994, the Chancellor responded to Resolutions 2016, 2018, 1999 and 2000 - see Resolution 2000)

Resolution 2000, 8/20/93 (Personnel & Welfare Committee)

BE IT RESOLVED, that Richard File from the Faculty Senate's Personnel and Welfare Committee serve as the Faculty Senate's representatie on the Chancellor's Committee on University Parking.

Action: Memo to Chancellor 8/23/93 (discussed at 9/15/93 meeting with Administration) 12/21/93 acknowledged by the Chancellor. (In a memo January 10, 1994, the Chancellor responded to Resolutions 2016, 2018, 1999 and 2000)

Resolution 2001, 9/8/93 (Executive Committee)

The Faculty Senate has reviewed the Constitution and By-laws for the College of Fine Arts and recommends its approval with the following suggestions:

Suggestion #1: In Article II, rewrite for the sake of readability;

Suggestion #2: In Article III, section 6, add to 25% "or 10, whichever is the smaller number";

Suggestion #3: In Article IV, section 2, delete "with the approval of the Dean"; and

Suggestion #4: In Article IV, section 2, stipulate when the election will be held, when the term begins, and when the chair will be elected by the committee.

Action: To Chancellor 9/15/93 (Executive Committee)

 

Resolution 2002, 9/8/93

The Faculty Senate has reviewed the Constitution and By-laws for the College of Public Administration and Community Service and recommends its approval with the following suggestions:

Suggestion #1: In Page 3 #4, add "that the college will convene at least once a semester."

Suggestion #2: In Page 2 #6, add "majority" vote for calling special metings.

Action: To Chancellor 9/15/93

 

Resolution 2003, 9/8/93 (Academic Curricular Affairs Committee)

BE IT RESOLVED that the UNO Faculty Senate has reviewed and recommends implementation of the proposed Master of Science in Management Information Systems submitted by the Department of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis.

Action: To Chancellor 9/15/93

 

Resolution 2004, 9/9/93 (Academic Curricular Affairs Committee)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the UNO Faculty Senate unanimously recommends the elimination of the Bachelor of Science in Music Merchandising Degree and the Theory-Composition Concentration in the Bachelor of Music Degree.

Action: To Chancellor 9/15/93

Resolution 2005, 9/8/93 (Rules Committee)

BE IT RESOLVED that the following names go forward to serve on committees as listed;

Warren Francke, Arts and Sciences
Educational Policy Advisory Committee (three-year term)

Roger Sindt, Business
Educational Policy Advisory Committee (Fall Semester 1993)

Russell smith, CPACS
(Goals & Directions Committee's Representative, Academic Planning Council (one-year term)

Deana Liddy, Arts and Sciences
Metropolitan University of the 21st Century

(Goals and Directions Committee Representative)
H. Carl Camp, Arts and Sciences

Chancellor's Committee for the Renovation of the Milo Bail Student Center
Jim Akers, Education

Computer Usage Committee (one-year term)

Action: To Chancellor 9/15/93

 

Resolution 2006, 9/8/93 (Rules Committee)

In accordance with Section 6.1 of the Faculty Senate Bylaws, the following nominees are submitted to the Faculty Senate to serve on the Committee for Faculty Grievances, two of whom to be elected for three-year terms:

Richard File, Associate Professor, Business
Harrison Means, Associate Professor, Education
Marshall Prisbell, Associate Professor, Arts and Sciences
Henry Serenco, Associate Professor, Fine Arts

After a ballot vote, Richard File and Harrison Means were elected.

Action: To Chancellor 9/15/93

 

Resolution 2007, 9/8/93 (Rules Committee)

In accordance with Section 6.1 of the Faculty Senate Bylaws, the Rules Committee recommends the following person from the Faculty Senate Personnel and Welfare Committee be appointed to the Faculty Senate Brievance Committee;

Robert Carlson, Arts and Sciences, one-year term.

Action: To Chancellor 9/15/93

Resolution 2008, 9/8/93 (Faculty Senate at large)

WHEREAS, UNO is a wonderful resource for the Omaha community as evidenced by its continued growth in students, faculty distinction and vitality, and

WHEREAS, inadequate parking and traffic congestion constitute a longstanding and well-documented obstacle to the efficient operation of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and to its orderly growth and development; and

WHEREAS, a southwest access road would open an important and growing part of campus to efficient access by the students and the community, and would reduce the current substantial campus contribution to rush-hour traffic on Dodge Street,

WHEREAS, a southwest access road would make Aksarben much more accessible to UNO, which would benefit those who currently park at Aksarben and be even more beneficial if any other parts of that site ever become available for UNO usage, therefore

BE IT RESOLVED (and expeditiously communicated to the Mayor and members of the City Council), that the UNO Faculty Senate strongly endorses the far-sighted proposal of Mayor Morgan to improve access to the UNO campus by building a new southwest access road.

Action: To Chancellor 9/15/93 and Letter sent to Mayor 9/9/93 with resolution. Chancellor responded again in memo January 10, 1004:

"Regarding Resolution 2016, I asked Mr. Dave Castilow, Director of Business Services, to review the matter with the UNO Parking Advisory Committee and provide a recommendation to me.

"I should point out that the change referred to in Resolution 2016 was a change affecting a limited number of parking lots that had been opened at 10 a.m. since Fall 1990. Additionally, the Parking Committee had circulated that recommendation and others during the 1992-93 academic year to standing committees (faculty/staff included, requesting input on the recommendations and seeking any other recommendations that could be of assistance in helping UNO address its parking concerns. I bring these issues up to dispel what some have stated to be a change, that was decided sometime during the current fall semester. The change was intended to standardize times that lots became available, but more importantly to encourage afternoon use of all the facilities.

"The recommendations from the Parking Advisory Committee regarding 2016 are:

  • The policy has only been in effect since the start of the current semester; it should be given a change to work.
  • Feed back to the committee is encouraged in order for an evaluation to occur prior to the formulation of other parking policies.
  • Extra (overtime) officers should be assigned to faculty/staff lots from noon - 1:30 p.m.,. since some of the reported concern is that students are entering faculty/staff can park in student lots after 1:30 p.m.

"I concur with the committee recommendations and ask for your cooperation in order for us all to do what we can to address the parking problem.

"I am forwarding resolution 2018 to the UNO Parking Advisory Committee for their review.

"With regard to Resolutions 1999 and 2000, I will appoint Richard File from the Faculty Senate's Personnel and Welfare Committee to serve on the UNO Parking Advisory Committee. The composition and structure of the committee is being reviewed.

"I also am asking the Parking Advisory Committee to accomplish another of the recommendations - to bring in a parking consultant to review everything that has been done to date and to make recommendations for our consideration.

Resolution 2009, 10/13/93 (Academic & Curricular Affairs Committee)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the UNO Faculty Senate has reviewed and endorses the February 19, 1992, decision of the College of Arts and Sciences to eliminate the Liberal Studies Major program.

Action: To Chancellor 10/14/93

 

Resolution 2010, 10/13/93 (Rules Committee)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the UNO Faculty Senate recommends that the name of Dr. Julie Horney, CPACS, go forward as a replacement for Dr. Jay White, CPACS, on the University Committee on Research (one-year term 1993-94).

Action: To Chancellor 10/14/93

 

Resolution 2011, 10/13/93 (Rules Committee)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the UNO Faculty Senate recommends that the name of Professor Hilt, Communications, Arts and Sciences, go forward as a replacement for Jeremy Lipschultz on the Student Publications Board (three-year term).

Action: To Chancellor 10/14/93

Resolution 2012, 10/13/93 (Rules Committee)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following UNO faculty member has been duly elected to the Professional Conduct Committee and will serve accordingly:

James Carroll, Chemistry Member (three-year term)

Action: To Chancellor 10/14/93

Resolution 2013, 10/13/93, (Rules Committee)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following tenured faculty be appointed to the Vice Chancellor Bauer Review Commission:

Angela Valle, Arts and Sciences
Daniel Boamah-Wiafe, Arts and Sciences
Michael O'Hara, Business
Vince Webb, CPACS
Doug Paterson, Fine Arts
David Conway, Education
Carol Larson, Library

Action: To Chancellor 10/14/93

 

Resolution 2014, 10/13/93 (Rules Committee)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward to serve on the Faculty Handbook Committee:

Dale Krane, CPACS
Michael Sherer, Arts and Sciences
Don Greer, Education

Action: To Chancellor 10/14/93

 

Resolution 2015, 10/134/93 (Rules Committee)

WHEREAS, the two recipients of the teaching awards are serving as marshals for the Spring commencements, and

WHEREAS, there are no formal procedures for selection of marshals for the Summer or Winter commencements, therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, that (1) the Rules Committee will select two retiring faculty Professor Emeriti from a list provided by the office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs to serve as marshals at the Summer commencements and (2) the Winter commencement marshals will be the Faculty Senate Standing Committee Chairs selected on a rotation basis.

Action: To Chancellor 10/14/93

 

Resolution 2016, 10/13/93 (Faculty Senate at large)

WHEREAS, the recent change in policy which prohibits faculty from parking in student lots until after 1:30 p.m. has created unnecessary hardship, and

WHEREAS there are vacancies in student lots after 10:30 a.m., therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, that the policy revert bqack to that of 1992-93 which allowed faculty to park in student lots after 10:30 a.m.

Action: To Chancellor 10/14/93
12/21/93 Acknowledged by the Chancellor. (In a memo January 10, 1994, the Chancellor responded to Resolutions 2016, 2018, 1999 and 2000 - see Resolution 2000)

Resolution 2017, 11/10/93

WHEREAS, Omaha and the metropolitan region is the principal business/financial, manufacturing, construction, technology, and population center of the State of Nebraska thus necessitating that citizens and businesses have available to them a full range of educational opportunities that support and sustain the growth, development, attraction, and retention of diverse enterprises both large and small; and

WHEREAS, the contemporary pace of technological change and growth in new scientific knowledge has accelerated exponentially, thus making life-long learning and continuous skill development an absolute necessity for successful performance in engineering, scientific, and other professional and technical careers; and

WHEREAS, the future development and well-being of the Omaha metropolitan economy and that of the State of Nebraska is intrinsically inter-related and depends upon the presence of a well-educated and skilled labor force that can work productively and effectively in increasingly sophisticated technological environments, such as the various fields of engineering and technology; and

WHEREAS, the officially mandated role and mission of the University of Nebraska at Omaha is to serve the higher educational needs of the citizens of the metropolitan region, including those who are underserved for place-bound, economic, ethinic/racial, familial or other reasons; and inasmuch as the Comprehensive State-wide Plan for Postsecondary Education (Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education, June, 1992) stipulates:

  • -"The University of Nebraska at Omaha is an urban campus serving the educational needs of the Omaha metropolitan area . . . . "
  • -"UNO's prgrammatic service area, based on statute, is to serve as the primary unit within the University of Nebraska for urban-oriented programs."
  • -"UNO serves as a source or urban, economic and business-related research that will serve its geographic and programmatic service areas and support its instructional programs."
  • -"As the only public, four-year university located in the state's largest urban area, UNO has a special responsibility to use its resources and expertise to provide leadership in solving problems of the metropolitan area and supporting its social, cultural, international and economic environment."
  • -"As an urban institution, UNO should work closely with the Omaha metropolitan area to meet urban needs and provide leadership to build partnerships with appropriate constituencies."
  • -"Given the strong business base in the Omaha metropolitan area, UNO should maintain its linkages with businesses, providing public service appropriate to its areas of expertise and within its resources . . . "; and

WHEREAS, the leaders of scores of Omaha-based engineering and construction firms, as well as other businesses in Omaha and elsewhere in the state, have recently made known their displeasure and alarm over the paucity of appropriate engineering and engineering technology courses and programs at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and have expressed their support for the re-establishment of an Omaha-based and UNO-administered College of Engineering which would be attuned and rsponsive to the engineering and technology education, research and consulting needs of the business community in Omaha and state-wide, both peresent and future; and

WHEREAS, the 20-plus year record of the piecemeal but inexorable dismantling of the engineering and technology teaching and research programs at UNO since the 1970 forced merger with UN-L's College of Engineering, as reflected in the attached "Chronology," does not promote confidence in the responsiveness of the current administrative structure to the legitimate concerns and needs of the Omaha community for timely, convenient, effective and affordable engineering/technology education, research and related services; and

WHEREAS, proposals to boost funding under the current administrative set-up appear at best to offer weak palliatives in their failure to understand that televised course instruction is a poor substitute for flesh-and-blood instructors/mentors or that classes offered at a location inconveniently distance from Omaha are hardly a viable option for those students who are employed during the day (not to mention the additional transportation costs) or that the absence of an evening class schedule correspondingly works a hardship on students who have daytime employment obligations and runs contrary to the long-time commitment and practice of UNO responding to the scheduling needs of a large non-traditional student clientele; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, in affirmation of this University's official mission to serve the manifest educational needs of the metropolitan community, recommends to the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska that it re-establish the UNO College of Engineering, to consist initially of the Department of Civil Engineering, Department of Electronics Engineering, Department Production and Manufacturing Systems, Department of Construction Engineering, and the Center for Infrastructure Research, and which college shall be administratively assigned and responsible to the university of Nebraska at Omaha; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that current faculty members be given the option of remaining with UN-L or joining the faculty of the UNO College of Engineering but that at least the current faculty lines remain with UNO and that budgetary support for personnel, instruction, research and related activities likewise remain with UNO; and

BE IT FURTHER RESIOLVED, that as needs and demands may in the future dictate and, as appropriate resources are made available, that additional programs in engineering and technology be developed at UNO.

Action: To Chancellor 11/11/93
12/21/93 Chancellor's Response: "I acknowledge with appreciation this resolution, which articulates in a measured, reasoned, and responsible manner the position of this campus on the issue of engineering education in Omaha. If the Regents do decide to reestablish a separate engineering college at UNO, I would prefer that it be designated the "College of Engineering and Technology." I appreciate the interest of the Faculty Senate in this important issue and the support you have provided for engineering education on this campus and in Omaha.

Resolution 2018, 11/10/93 (Personnel and Welfare Committee)

WHEREAS, students can purchase space in the faculty level of the UNO parking structure for the student parking fee, therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, that all persons who park in the faculty level of the parking structure be charged the same fee; (copy of parking fees attached for Senators only)

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that parking spaces on the faculty level of the parking structure not be sold to students until the fourth week of the semester at a pro-rata fee.

Action: To Chancellor 11/11/93
12/21/93 Chancellor's Response: I acknowledge this resolution and understand the concerns leading to its passage. Before acting on this matter, however, I believe it is appropriate to obtain the advice of the Parking Advisory Committee, which is charged with recommending parking fees and regulations.
(In a memo January 10, 1994, the Chancellor responded to Resolutions 2016, 2018, 1999 and 2000 - see Resolution 2000)

Resolution 2019, 12/8/93 (Executive Committee)

WHEREAS, the perceived need to re-establish a College of Engineering at UNO under UNO administrative control is the reason for the appointment of a panel of outside consultants by the Board of Regents; and

WHEREAS, those persons most affected by the current state of engineering education in Omaha re located in Omaha; therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, that the outside consultants appointed to study the status of engineering education in Nebraska spend at least one-half of their fact-finding visit meeting in Omaha with representatives of the Omaha business community, UNO's administrative leaders, the UNO-based engineering faculty and other UNO faculty members as appropriate, and UNO engineering alumni and students.

Action: To Chancellor 12/9/93

 

Resolution 2020, 12/8/93 (Academic and Curricular Affairs Committee)

WHEREAS, student records for students who obtain less than satisfactory grades are recalculated upon repetition of the course with satisfactory performance, and

WHEREAS, the policy for recalculation stated in recent undergraduate catalogs is ambiguous, therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha recommends that only grades of D+, D and F may be removed from computation of GPA, and only if the grade obtained later is C, Cr, S or higher may the earlier grade be removed from computation of GPA.

Chancellor responded 1/26/94: "I acknowledge receipt of Faculty Senate Resolution #2020. After considerable evaluation, it is the recommendation of Lew Conner, UNO Registrar, that this resolution not be acted upon. I concur with Mr. Conner's recommendation and have attached his explanation for not adopting Faculty Senate Resolution #2020.

Memo From Lew J. Conner, Registrar to Dr. Hoover dated 1/11/94

"Dr. Carroll took the time to run this proposal by me prior to the senate meeting. I did not have a major problem with the policy at that time. Since that time a couple of items have been brought to my attention that should be considered when making a final decision on this policy change.

    • Less than 1% of the grades repeated remove a grade higher than D+ from a students's record. Therefore the policy will not affect a tremendous number of these students.
    • While Dr. Carroll's proposal does make the catalog more clear, it seems to leave out a few important situations. While grades such as NO (No Credit) and U (Unsatisfactory) do not affect the GPA, they can still be considered punitive grades on the transcript. It would be helpful if these grades could be listed as repeatable.
    • A letter grade should not be able to repeat a NC or U grade. Only I CR or S should replace these grades.
    • The students who will be affected most significantly are those who must repeat courses several times prior to getting an acceptable grade. In the past students were not penalized if they received more than 1 low grade in the same course. The repeat removed the most recent grade, (an F could remove an F). In the future both grades will average in if the second is not C or better. This could create an even lower GPA for students who cannot afford it.

According to the most recent AACRAO study on grades and grading 45% of 4 year public institutions of our size use a method that averages both grades, 44% use our current method of replacing grades, and only 11% use the proposed form of combining a method of averaging and replacing.

While I do like the idea of only replacing grades of D+ or worse, I am not in favor of a policy that requires a grade of C or better to make that replacement.

Action: To Chancellor 12/9/93

Resolution 2021, 12/8/93 (Personnel & Welfare Committee)

BE IT RESOLVED, that paragraph 1.3 of the Policies and Rules of Procedure for the UNO Faculty Grievance Committee, be amended by adding the words:

"Any alleged grievance shall pertain to acts or omissions that occurred pursuant to a grievant's position as a faculty member. Grievances must be filed no later than six months after the act or omission occurred or, if the grievant discovered the act or omission subsequently, no later than six months after the grievant knew of or reasonably should have known of the act or omission.", after the words "...in the Bylaws.", in the original paragraph in the aforementioned document.

The complete paragraph as amended (with the proposed amendment in bold face) to read:

"1.3 Scope of Authority. The Committee shall consider all grievances filed by any faculty member alleging any grievance except those in which the grievant alleges a violation of academic freedom or academic tenure as defined in Bylaws. Any alleged grievance shall pertain to acts or omissions that occurred pursuant to a grievant's position as a faculty member. Grievances must be filed no later than six months after the act or omission occurred or, if the grievant discovered the act or omission subsequently, no later than six months after the grievant knew of or reasonably should have know of the act or omission." And

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that paragraph 1.4.a of the Policies and Rules of Procedure for the UNO Faculty Grievance Committee, be changed from:

"Submit to the Faculty Senate office a written statement setting forth the nature of the grievance. (A form for this statement will be provided by the Faculty Senate office)."

TO:

"Submit to the Faculty Senate office on the appropriate form a written statement setting forth the nature of the grievance with sufficient specificity and clarity that a respondent can reply under Rules of Procedure 1.7; indicate on the form his/her department, rank, and type of appointment upon the date of filing; and indicate the date the grievant discovered that act or omission and, if applicable, the reason for the passage of time between the act or omission and the grievant's knowledge of it."

Action: To Chancellor 12.9.93

Resolution 2022, 12/8/93

WHEREAS, UNO's regentally-approved "Role and Mission Statement & Master Plan 1990-2010," as well as the "Comprehensive Statewide Plan for Postsecondary Education" issued by the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (June, 1992), stipulates that:

"As the only comprehensive public university located in the State's largest metropolitan area, UNO has a special responsibility to use its resources and expertise to provide leadership in solving problems of the community and supporting its social, cultural, and economic advancement. UNO's capacity to engage in public service derives from its instructional and research programs; these, in turn, are enhanced by involvement with the community on issues of mutual concern." [Emphasis added.], and

WHEREAS, Section 2.8.1 of the Bylaws of the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska (June, 1992) de4scribes the powers and duties of the university system's chancellors in the following terms:

". . . the chancellors shall do all things necessary for the development of the major administrative unit for which they are responsible. . . . In addition, the chancellors shall have the following specific responsibilities:

      • Provide leadership in developing the total program under their jurisdiction; [Emphasis added.]. . .
      • Concern themselves with the planning and development of all activities of their units and be responsible for their coordination;" and

WHEREAS, Dr. Del Weber, Chancellor of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, has recently spoken out, forthrightly and candidly, on educational, economic, and related issues of vital importance to UNO, the Omaha metropolitan community and the State of Nebraska, thereby fulfilling his duties and responsibilities as an informed and experienced administrator and educational leader; therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, on behalf of the entire faculty, expresses its appreciation and support for Dr. Del Weber and the exemplary leadership he has provided in calling public attention to the unmet educational needs of the Omaha community in the realm of engineering and technology.

Action: To Chancellor 12/9/93
Chancellor's Response 12/16/93: Will you please extend my thanks and gratitude to the members of the Faculty Senate for Resolution #2022. The resolution was unexpected and very much appreciated.

 

Resolution 2023, 12/8/93 (Professional Development Committee)

WHEREAS faculty members at UNO must demonstrate continuing proficiency in teaching, research/creative activity and service inorder to satisfy university-wide productivity standards for promotion in reank, award of tenure and merit salary adjustments; and

WHEREAS faculty members at UNO, with a full-time teaching load of 12 credit hours per semester or its equivalent, continue to produce the highest ratio of student credit hours per full-time equivalent position (SCH/FTE) in the university system, which signifies that UNO faculty members are intensively engaged in teaching and advising students (inclusive of course preparations, exam making and grading, special project and lab supervision, evaluation of student research papers, etc.) While simultaneously pursuing a scholarly research agenda, meeting a variety of committee obligations, and rendering service to the University and the larger community; and

WHEREAS, due to the length of time since the relatively rapid expansion of the faculty to meet the enrollment pressures since the 1968 merger of UNO into the University of Nebraska system, UNO has mature and experienced faculty with a record of many years of dedicated, loyal and productive service to the University and to the larger community; and

WHEREAS, faculty members at UNO must affiliate with professional organizations, subscribe to professional journals, and attend local, regional, national and international scholarly conferences and related meetings in order to stay abreast of latest advancements in their fields of study, often at their own expense due to iniadequate budgetary support for such activities; and

WHEREAS the policy of offering faculty members Periodic Professional Leave is a proven and widely-used means of renewing and enhancing teaching effectiveness, increasing research productivity, and strengthening and developing the University's academic programs by freeing faculty for an interval of time from the above-mentioned heavy classroom obligations; and

WHEREAS the Periodic Professional Leave program is regularly used as an appealing and professionally competitive incentive in the recruitment of new faculty members; and

WHEREAS faculty membes customarily try to plan their teaching, research and Periodic Professional Leave agendas so that their absence from the classroom will have the least impact on students' course schedules, independent studies opportunities, thesis advising, and graduation plans; and

WHEREAS the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska has provided for a regular system of sabbatical leaves for full-time faculty (Bylaws, Sec. 3.4.3.2), which agrees inprinciple with the model sabbatical leave policy approved by the American Association of University Professors that says the principal benefit of a sabbatical is: "to provide opportunity for continued professional growth and new, or renewed, intellectual achievement through study, research, writing, and travel." (AAUP Policy Documents and Reports, 1990); and

WHEREAS the Council of Academic Officers of the University of Nebraska "support[s] the development of a mechanism by which replacements" can be hired for faculty in smaller departments who are on Periodic Professional Leave and notes that larger departments may develop their own mechanisms for those adjustments necessary to provide for Periodic Professional Leaves; and the Council further supports the implementation of a policy using a "step approach" to achieve a one-in-six ratio of Periodic Professional Leaves per eligible faculty member (Memo to the Executive Graduate Council, September 12, 1988); therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED that the UNO Faculty Senate strongly recommends that the current ratio for granting Periodic Professional Leaves be changed from one-in-ten to one-in seven eligible faculty by the 1994-1995 academic year and to a one-in-six ratio by the 1997-98 academic year in order to advance the above-mentioned benefits to the faculty and the University.

Action: To Chancellor 12/9/93

 

Resolution 2024, 12/8/93 (Rules Committee)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the UNO Faculty Senate recommends that the following nominees go forward to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs to serve on the College of Continuing Studies Dean's Search Committee:

Aaron Armfield, Education
Ana Cruz, Arts and Sciences
John Flocken, Arts and Sciences
Roger Foltz, Fine Arts
Scott Harrington, Education
Tom Martin, Business
Donald Nielsen, Business
Henry Serenco, Fine Arts
Russell Smith, CPACS
William Wakefield, CPACS

Action: To Chancellor, 12/9/93

 

Resolution 2025, 12/8/93 (Rules Committee)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the UNO Faculty Senate recommends that the following nominees, representing faculty from UNO's other collegiate units, go forward to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs to serve on the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Search Committee:

Jim Czarnecki, Fine Arts
Justine Stolen, Business
David Corbin, Education
Pam Smith, CPACS

Action: To Chancellor 12/9/93

 

Resolution 2026 (number used for another motion) 12/8/93 reclassified as a main motion with no number

RESOLVED that an evlauation of the administration of UNO's athletic program be undertaken by a Faculty Senate Committee.

Resolution 2027 (number used for another motion) 12/8/93 reclassified as a main motion with no number

RESOLVED to refer Resolution 2026 to a committee selected by the President of the UNO Faculty Senate.

 

Resolution 2026, 2/9/94 (Goals & Directions Committee)

WHEREAS the possibility of building dormitories on the UNO campus presents an opportunity for the enhancement of student life, and

WHEREAS the possibility of faculty are concerned with the integration of intellectual pursuits into the borader aspects of student life, and

WHEREAS participation of faculty in planning the characteristics and use of the dormitoires might encourage such integration and intellectual pursuits, therefore

BE IT RESOLVED that as planning for dormitories proceeds, faculty be directly involved.

Action: To Chancellor 2/16/94
Chancellor's Response 5/24/94: Received for information. Rest assured UNO faculty members will be involved in the planning and development of student housing at the University.

Resolution 2027, 2/9/94 (Rules Committee)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward to serve on the Ad Hoc Foundations/University Life Course Committee:

Judith Harrington, CPACS
Hollis Glaser, Arts and Sciences
Joanne Sowell, Fine Arts
Gary Hartzell, Education
Roger Sindt, Business

Action: To Chancellor 2/16/94
Chancellor's Response 5/24/94: Received information.

 

Resolution 2028, 2/9/94 (Rules Committee)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward to serve on the Professorship Review Committee for the Kayser/Isaacson chairs:

David Ambrose, Business
Larry Bradshaw, Fine Arts

Action: To Chancellor 2/16/94
Chancellor's Response 5/24/94: Received for information.

 

Resolution 2029, 2/9/94 (Rules Committee)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward to serve on the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Search Committee:

George Garrison, Arts and Sciences
Boyd Littrell, Arts and Sciences
Julia Curtis, Fine Arts
Kermit Peters, Fine Arts
Art Diamond, Business
Sufi Nazem, Business
Jerry Cederblom, CPACS
Dale Krane, CPACS
Don Greer, Education
Kay Thigpen, Education

(One member from each college will be selected.)

Action: To Chancellor 2/16/94
Chancellor's Response 5/24/94: Received for information.

 

Resolution 2030 2/9/94 (Faculty Senate At Large)

BE IT RESOLVED that at the May meeting in odd years beginning with 1995, all Senators entering their second year will caucus to select a representative to serve on the Cvhancellor's parking committee for a two-year term subject to the approval of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee. In the event the Senator res8igns from the committee or the Faculty Senate or is removed for non-performance or lack of attendance, a replacement will be made by the Executive Committee to serve out the term.

Action: To Chancellor 2/16/94
Chancellor's Response 5/24/94: Received for information.

 

Resolution 2031, 3/9/94 (Executive Committee)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Executive Committee recommends to the Faculty Senate that 13.5142 faculty members be represented by each senator resulting in the following distribution of seats for the 1994/95 Faculty Senate:

Arts and Sciences 16
CBA 5
CPACS 4
Education 6
Fine Arts 3
Library 1
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Total 35

Action: To Chancellor 3/10/94
Chancellor's Response 5/24/94: Received for information.

 

Resolution 2032, 3/9/94 (Executive Committee)

WHEREAS, UNO faculty have expressed an interest in having a wider selection of mutual funds for use in their retirement plans; and,

WHEREAS, the choice of mutual funds available through payroll deduction procedures is limited to (1) TIAA-CREF and (2) 15 funds from Fidelity investments for basic retirement; therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, that the UNO Administration immediately make available all fidelity investment mutual funds for selection by UNO faculty and staff; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the UNO Administration initiate procedures to increase the number of investment companies certified to offer mutual funds to UNO faculty and staff.

Action: To Chancellor 3/10/94
Chancellor's Response 5/24/94: Received for information. It is my understanding that the Fidelity and CREF options will be expanded. The University-wide Fringe Benefit Committee will continue to review other mutual fund options.

 

Resolution 2033, 3/9/94 (Executive Committee)

WHEREAS DR. Vera Lundahl has served with dedication and devotion s the Director of the Moving Company at the University of Nebraska at Omaha for thirty years, and

WHEREAS The Moving Company has afforded stimulating artistic opportunities for modern dance, and

WHEREAS Dr. Lundahl has been instrumental in bringing regional, national and internationally-recognized dancers and choreographers to our campus, enriching the cultural life and nurturing the artistic maturity of the entire community, and

WHEREAS Dr. Lundahl has been recognized as a leading force in modern dance in the midwest, and

WHEREAS Dr. Lundahl has received national awards for her excellence in innovative and compellilng modern dance choreography, therefore

BE IT RESOLVED that the UNO Faculty Senate commends Dr. Vera Lundahl for her many years of outstanding service as Director of The Moving Company and her lasting contributions to the University community, and to the art of modern dance.

Action: To Chancellor 3/10/94
Chancellor's Response 5/24/94: Received for information.

 

Resolution 2034, 3/9/94 (Faculty Senate At Large)

WHEREAS the current system-wide standards for Graduate Faculty Member status insure a minimal level of research productivity as a prerequisite for continued teaching at the graduate level, and

WHEREAS the full impact of the UNO Graduate College re-structuring, and other major changes at UNO and the system level, have yet to be fully evaluated, and

WHEREAS the presence of a system-wide University of Nebraska Graduate College and the enforcement of system-wide requirements for Graduate Faculty membership encourage faculty participation in university governance and the maintenance of high standards for teaching and research; therefore

BE IT RESOLVED that existing standards and procedures for achieving Graduate Faculty membership be retained.

Action: To Chancellor 3/10/94
Chancellor's Response 5/24/94: Received for information. I, too, am supportive of the existing standards and procedures for achieving Graduate Faculty membership.

Resolution 2035, 4/13/94 (Executive Committee)

WHEREAS, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Otto Bauer has served the best interests of the University community and led the faculty with high distinction, and

WHEREAS, his leadership in Academic Affairs has enhanced the academic programs of the University and elevated the reputation of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and

WHEREAS, he has represented UNO in exemplary fashion within the University of Nebraska System, the city of Omaha, and the state of Nebraska, and

WHEREAS, his personal qualities, which are exemplified by his compasionate and non-confrontationsl leadership, his respect for others and their opinions, and his belief in the inherent dignity of all who have been included in his sphere of influence, and

WHEREAS, the University, its administration, its faculty and its students have all been well-served by the felicitous relationships he has encourage within and among the various constituencies, and

WHEREAS, he has served the University with great integrity and honesty, and with a personal style reflected by the ease of accessibililty to his counsel and his personal humility; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, on behalf of the entire faculty, offers Dr. Otto Bauer its deepest gratitude for his distinguished leadership and for helping to move the University from a local institution to a University with a regional reputation, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the faculty is especially grateful for the sense of decency which informed Dr. Bauer's actions and decisions, and finally

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty welcomes Dr. Bauer into its ranks and offers him its best wishes in his new role in the University.

Action: To Chancellor 4/14/94
Response: 5/24/94 Received for information. Dr. Bauer will be an aset as a faculty member. His service to UNO has been unquestionably exceptional.

Resolution 2036, 4/13/94 (Executive Committee)

WHEREAS the "B-Line" and "C-Line" Survey: Report and Recommendations identifies two general areas generating tensions between staff and faculty at UNO, and

WHEREAS it is important for all members of the university to be cooperating in harmony

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the UNO Faculty Senate explore further steps by which we can

  • Insure certainty that all members of the university community are treated with civility, courtesy, dignity and respect.
  • Educate and inform UNO faculty of legal issues regarding:
      • Intellectual property and its usues, and
      • Record keeping and confidentiality.

Action: To Chancellor 4/14/94
Response: 5/24/94 Received for information.

 

Resolution 2037, 4/14/93 (Executive Committee)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the UNO Faculty Senate commend Senator Skreija as Chair of the Personnel and Welfare Committee for his extraordinary effort in the preparation and analysis of the B- and C-Line Survey Report and Recommendations.

Action: To Chancellor 4/14/94
Response 5/24/94: Received for information.

 

Resolution 2038, 4/13/94 (Goals and Directions Committee)

WHEREAS the North Central Accreditation Commission is requiring institutions coming up for review in 1995-96 and beyond to document a plan by which they assess student academic achievement; and

WHEREAS the accreditation plan developed by the University of Nebraska at Omaha Task Force on the ?Assessment of Student Achievement, consistent with our mission, requires two components, assessment of general education, and a plan developed by each department for assessment of the major (choosing at least two methodologies to do so), this effort to be phased in over 4-5 years as departments come up for their Nebraska Coordinating Commission Review; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED that the office of Academic Affairs provide consultants for a series of presentations or workshops which illustrates the possible processes and/or outcomes which could be assessed and the types of methodologies which we might use to do so.

Action: To Chancellor 4/14/94
Chancellor's Response 5/24/94: The Office os Academic Affairs is in support of this resolution. Plans are underway to provide information sessions and workshops on assessment.
Chancellor's Response 10/12/94: The Office of Academic Affairs continues strong support for this resolution Initial workshops have been scheduled for November 2 and 3. Dr. James Nichols, a national authority on assessment from the University of Mississippi, has been engaged as a consultant and will conduct the workshop sessions. All deans and department chairs have been asked to attend, along with other departmental delegates and faculty representatives of other groups. A total of 108 persons are expected to participate.

The situation has changed somewhat since the adoption of Resolution 2038 by the Senate. NCA will require that the UNO plan be revised from that originally submitted. However, there will continue to be the two major components for assessment: general education and undergraduate and graduate majors. As the revised plan is completed this fall, more detailed assistance to departments will be possible and will be scheduled as needed. Dr. Deborah Smith-Howell (UNO Communication Department) will serve as an administrative intern beginning in January, and well be assigned to the Office of Academic Affairs. She will have the development of assessment plans and methods as her primary responsibility, and she will also be available to assist departments as needed.

Resolution 2039, 4/13/94 (Professional Development)

WHEREAS the intellectual and professional development of undergraduates at UNO is strongly stimulated by participation in research/creative activity, and

WHEREAS the professional development of faculty at UNO is strongly tied to the involvement of undergraduate students in research/creative activity, and

WHEREAS the university has, at Honor's Week and other occasions, shown an interest in recognizing those students who show the initiative required for undergraduate research/creative activity projects, and

WHEREAS funding sources such as the University of Nebraska Foundation have not been receptive to funding long-term commitments to students without particular disadvantage, and

WHEREAS students experienced in undergraduate research/creative represent a considerable fund of skills potentially beneficial to other undergraduates beginning research/creative activity, and

WHEREAS such students represent a considerable investment of time and training by their faculty mentors which is lost if they do not continue their work, and

WHEREAS faculty who supervise undergraduate research/creative activity students can rarely qualify for load credit, and

WHEREAS the payment of tuition each semester during a continuing undergraduate research/creative activity project tends to discourage re-enrollment, and

WHEREAS the most costly estimate of a waiver policy is approximately $11,250 per semester, and a more reasonable estimate is a modest $3,750; 1 therefore

BE IT RESOLVED that the University of Nebraska at Omaha establish a one semester-hour tuition-waiver scholarship on a three-year experimental basis for those undergraduate students who enroll in a research/creative activity course. Students will qualify for the waiver pending successful completion of an initial research/creative activity course at UNO intended to lead to an ongoing project of research or creative endeavor. Departments/schools will evaluate and approve no more than four candidates for such waivers each semester.
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1 An analysis of the cost of such a program follows. Approximately 50 departments/schools exist on the UNO campus. If we make the extremely unlikely assumption that all of these departments/schools will have four students who re-enroll in a course in pursuit of an ongoing project the per semester cost would be:

One Unit Tuition X Total Units = $56.25 X 50 X 4 = $11,250

It is much more reasonable to assume that perhaps only a third of these students are re-enrolled in pursuit of an ongoing creative activity which gives a cost of roughly $3,750. This is an extremely moderate investment.

Action: To Chancellor 4/14/94
Chancellor's Response 5/24/94: Receipt of this resolution is acknowledged.
Chancellor's response 10/12/94: As indicated in this resolution, we need to continue to encourage our undergraduate students to engage in research/scholarship collaboratively with faculty at UNO. The benefits can be numerous and, overall, will encourage improved retention of our students. Presently, there is a modest experiment being conducted by the Honors Program that encourages these more formalized collaborative efforts.

Due to enrollment declines, the University will be unable to participate in a three-year program as proposed in this resolution. The resolution will be submitted to the Retention Task Force for review as it develops its recommendations.

 

Resolution 2040, 4/13/94 (Rules Committee)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following nominees for the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee be brought forward from the Rules Committee for Faculty Senate nomination:

Tenured

Pat Kolasa, Education
Willa Bruce, CPACS

One member will be elected by faculty ballot.

Action: To Chancellor 4/14/94
Chancellor's Response 5/24/94: Received for information.

 

Resolution 2041, 5/11/94 (Rules Committee)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following UNO faculty member has been duly elected to the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee and will serve the stated item.

Tenured

Willa Bruce, CPACS, three-year term..

Action: To Chancellor 5/12/94
Chancellor's Response 5/24/94: Received for information.

Resolution 2042, 5/11/94 (Executive Committee)

WHEREAS, the quality of a university is determined in good part by the dedication of its faculty and administrators, and

WHEREAS, Dr. John Newton has epitomized that dedication with his twenty years of outstanding service to UNO as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and

WHEREAS, Dean Newton has carried out the responsibilities of that office with extraordinary fairness and sensitivity in his dealings with departments, college committees and faculty, and with considerable skill and expertise in the administration of university policies, and

WHEREAS, he has provided leadership for a number of valuable academic initiatives and rigorous curriculum changes that have served to strengthen the college and enhance its scholarly missions in teaching and research, and

WHEREAS, his policy of allowing academic departments as much autonomy as possible in the conduct of their business has been deeply appreciated by department chairpersons, and

WHEREAS, Dean Newton has encouraged a strong sense of faculty governance and participation by faithfully consulting with faculty on the creation and implementation of college policies; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha not only commends Dean Newton for his substantial contributions to the university but also extends its deepest expression of gratitude for the two decades of distinguished leadership that he has provided in the growth and development of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Action: To Chancellor 5/12/94
Chancellor's Response 5/24/94: Received for information. Dean Jack Newton has provided outstanding service to the University during his tenure as an administrator as a faculty member.

RESOLUTION 2043, 5/11/94 (Executive Committee)

WHEREAS, Professor Julia Curtis led the 1993-94 UNO Faculty Senate with dedication and enthusiasm, and

WHEREAS, she has been a vigilant guardian of faculty rights and responsibilities, and

WHEREAS, she has been a most able spokesperson for faculty concerns; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the UNO Faculty Senate extends its sincere appreciation to Professor Curtis for her distinguished service as President of the UNO Faculty Senate.

Action: To Chancellor 5/12/94
Chancellor's Response 5/24/94: Received for information. I have enjoyed working with Dr. Curtis this year. Her creativity and loyalty to faculty issues and concerns is commendable.

Resolution 2044, 5/11/94 (Executive Committee)

WHEREAS, he has served as Vice President of the Faculty Senate with distinction during this past year, presiding over the Executive Committee meetings with aplomb and good will, and

WHEREAS, he has endured the trial of a Regents' meeting for the sake of the Faculty Senate and for the cause of the engineering program at UNO, and

WHEREAS, he has lent his sound judgement for the good of our deliberations; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate extends it deep appreciation to Professor Rober Hoburg for his distinguished service to the faculty and to the University

Action: To Chancellor 5/12/94
Chancellor's Response 5/24/94: Received for information.

 

Resolution 2045, 5/11/94 (Executive Committee)

WHEREAS, Professor Janice Rech has served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Faculty senate with unflagging energy and vitality, and

WHEREAS, she has argued forcibly for the improvement of academic standards while on the Faculty Senate; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate extends its heartiest congratulations to Professor Rech for ALL of her accomplishments this year and its appreciation for her distinguished service to the faculty and to the University.

Action: To Chancellor 5/12/94
Chancellor's Response 5/24/94: Received for information.

 

Resolution 2046, 5/11/94 (Educational Resources & Services Committee)

WHEREAS, the Paul L. Beck Scholarship was established prior to 1970 as a faculty/staff scholarship, and

WHEREAS, it was named the Paul L. Beck Scholarship in 1975 after Paul's death, and

WHEREAS, upon the death of other faculty members, funds have been contributed to the Paul Beck Scholarship fund in their memory; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the name of the scholarship be changed to the Paul L. Beck Memorial Faculty/Staff Scholarship.

Action: To Chancellor 5/12/94
Chancellor's Response 5/24/94: Received for information.

 

Resolution 2047, 5/11/94 (Educational Resources & Services Committee)

WHEREAS, there is currently over $20,000 in the Paul L. Beck Memorial Faculty/Staff Memorial fund, and

WHEREAS, last year (1993) this fund generated over $1,000 and received $1,175 in donations, and

WHEREAS, we have been currently awarding a total of $750 in scholarships each academic year (one $500 scholarship to a full-time undergraduate student and one $250 scholarship to a part-time undergraduate student); therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that as of the 1995/1996 academic year, we will award $1,500 in Paul L. Beck Memorial Faculty/Staff Scholarships. (One $600 scholarship to a full-time undergraduate student, one $600 scholarship to a full-time graduate student, and one $300 scholarship to a part-time undergraduate student.)

Action: To Chancellor 5/12/94
Chancellor's Response 5/24/94: Received for information. I congratulate the Faculty Senate for Keeping the needs of the students foremost.

Resolution 2048, 5/11/94 (Academic and Curricular Affairs Committee)

BE IT RESOLVED, that following review by the Academic and Curricular Affairs Committee, the Faculty Senate has no objection to the request for elimination of the degree program in Administrative Office Management in the College of Education.

Action: To Chancellor 5/12/94
Chancellor's Response 5/24/94: Received for information

 

Resolution 2049, 5/11/94 (Academic and Curricular Affairs Committee)

WHEREAS, the Univesity of Nebraska at Omaha no longer requires reporting of mid-term grade for students, and

WHEREAS, many students at UNO drop out of their enrolled courses, and

WHEREAS, students are, sometimes, permitted late registration and their names may not appear on the final class rosters, and

WHEREAS, students are, sometimes, permitted late registration and their names may not appear on the final class rosters, and

WHEREAS, student absenteeism in a class does not necessarily mean they have withdrawn from the class, and

WHEREAS, most instructors are anxious to distinguish absentee students from those withdrawn from their classes; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Registrar of the University of Nebraska at Omaha print and distribute to the faculty a mid-term class roster at the end of the 8th week of the semester, for all classes during the regular sessions.

Action: To Chancellor 5/12/94
Chancellor's Response: 5/24/945: Receiver for information.
Chancellor's response 10/12/94: I understand all faculty have access to the Student Information System either through their individual computers or through a computer (PC) located within their department. Faculty are encouraged access the SIS to obtain their class rosters. Class rosters can be accessed anytime on the SIS by calling up screen 107. The steps to follow for access to this screen are as follows:

      • Call up SIS
      • Enter: Screen 107 Course: (e.g. Engl. 115-001)

      Term: (e.g. 943 for Fall 1994): type "enter"

      This screen will have the same information as printed class roster, and can be printed from any computer with a printer attached.

    If faculty members encounter any difficulty in accessing this screen, please contact Mr. Randy Larmon, Registrar's Office (ext. 2439; e-mail rlarmon@unomaha.edu.)

Resolution 2050 5/11/94 (Academic & Curricular Affairs Committee)

The UNO Faculty Senate adopts the following definition of and procedures for enforcing "academic honesty" and recommends its inclusion as official policy in the faculty handbook:

Academic Honesty

Academic honesty, the distinguishing virtue of scholars and students, springs from their respect of others' intellectual ideas and accomplishments. In a collegial community which cherishes vitality, credibility, and authority, the maintenance of academic honesty and integrity is a vital concern. Faculty must be vigilant in protecting the creative and intellectual property of others, consistent in developing respectful habits in students, and energetic in rooting out those who would intentionally and repeatedly misappropriate others' materials or falsify work.

Academic honesty is to be defined and promoted by the faculty through a variety of instructional methods, including the customary explanation of the obligation of every student to be evaluated on his or her own work and not someone else's; the customary precaution of constructing assignments or tests which prevent or discourage misappropriation; the customary supervision of students during tests; and the imposition of penalties in the event academic dishonesty occurs.

Because a student's character is being called into question, not academic competence, the procedure to investigate the allegation of intellectual dishonesty must not be confused or conflated with the grade appeal process.

Academic honesty, like any virtue, develops over time, sometimes with missteps, and initially requires understanding and confidential guidance. Faculty can best provide that guidance for any student who may not understand what academic honesty entails. That student's instructor is best qualified to evaluate the student's intentions, the gravity of the offense, and whether or not the student in being corrected has acquired a better understanding of intellectual integrity.

When a faculty member suspects that a student has been academically dishonest, the faculty member should immediately request a meeting with the student. If the faculty member is satisfied that the student had unintentionally violated some principle of academic honesty and has gained new understanding about scholarly protocol, the issue is dropped, the student has been spared embarrassment, and much has been gained.

If a faculty member has sufficient evidence in hand to suspect that a student has intentionally violated the principles of academic honesty, the faculty member shall adhere to the following procedures:

  • Immediately request a meeting with the student. At the meeting, the faculty member should explain to the student the basis for the suspicion of academic dishonesty and give the student an opportunity to explain the matter satisfactorily. If the student fails to appear or offers an unsatisfactory explanation, the faculty member proposes what the penalty will be for the offense, such as retaking the test or rewriting the paper or failure for the work or failure for the course, and explains the student's right to appeal. (Undergraduate and graduate students should be instructed to study the pertinent materials in The Student Handbook and The Graduate Catalog.) If the student admits guilt and accepts the academic penalty, the faculty member may choose to consider the case closed.

  • If the faculty member and student cannot reach agreement, they may request the departmental chair to serve as a confidential mediator, exploring the student's intentions, the gravity of the suspected offense, and the appropriateness of the penalty. If the dispute is satisfactorily settled among the three parties, the confidentiality of the matter may be honored.

  • If the dispute cannot be mediated, or either the faculty member or student do not wish mediation, either party will request that the chair impanel a faculty committee, including student representation, to determine guilt or innocence. (If need be, faculty from allied disciplines may serve on the committee.) If the committee finds the student innocent, the faculty member will award a grade for the student's work and course without prejudice. If the committee finds the student guilty, the faculty member will impose his or her proposed penalty and the chair will report the incident to the Vice Chancellor for Educational and Student Services.

  • If either the faculty member or student wishes to appeal the decision of the departmental committee, either may request the dean to impanel a faculty committee, with student representation, at the collegial level. If the collegial committee decides that the departmental committee was procedurally correct, it will uphold the decision and report through the dean the student's offense to the Vice Chancellor for Educational and Student Services. If the collegial committee decides, however, that procedures were not correct, it will consider the substance of the case. If the collegial committee finds the student innocent, the faculty member will award a grade for the student's work and course without prejudice and the committee will inform the Vice Chancellor through the dean of the student's innocence. If the collegial committee finds the student guilty, the faculty member will impose his or her proposed penalty and the committee will report the incident through the dean to the Vice Chancellor for Educational and Student Services.
  • The faculty member will report an "Incomplete" for the course until the appeal process has been exhausted or the issue settled. Once the faculty member has requested a meeting with the student concerning a possible offense against academic honesty, the student will not be allowed to withdraw from the course until the issue is resolved.

  • Once it has been determined that the student is guilty or the student has admitted guilt, the faculty member, chair, or dean may recommend to the Vice Chancellor for Educational and Student Services, at the time of reporting the incident, that the student be brought before the Student Conduct Committee, which may deliberate on sanctions beyond that imposed by the faculty member, such as probation, suspension, or separation from the university.

Recommendation: that the Academic and Curricular Affairs Committee draft a succinct statement that a faculty member might include in a class syllabus about academic honesty and b) a statement on academic honesty that all UNO catalogues and handbooks will adopt for publication, so that we appear united in our concern. Suggestion for "a" under Recommendations: All students are responsible for abiding by the policies on academic honesty as set out in the UNO Student Handbook and in the UNO catalogues.

Action: To Chancellor 5/12/94.
Chancellor's response 10/12/94: This is a matter of extreme importance to the University of Nebraska at Omaha, because of the possibility of legal action on the part of students. We must do everything possible to ensure due process for students when they have been accused of academic dishonesty.

It is my understanding that Vice Chancellor Hoover is working with the Faculty Senate on this matter and I will await a report from that group and review it with legal counsel before instituting any policy on this matter.

Resolution 2051 5/11/94 (Personnel & Welfare Committee)

WHEREAS, the Faculty Senate Committee on Personnel and Welfare has been investigating the conditions of employment of faculty on Special Appointment and part-time faculty since the Spring of 1992, and

WHEREAS, a large and growing percentage of faculty at UNO are non-tenure track and are at UNO on Special Appointment or part-time, and

WHEREAS, such faculty are teaching increasing proportion of the student body and produce an increasing percentage of the total credit hours at UNO and therefore are an increasingly important element in the UNO students' educational experience; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the UNO Faculty Senate Committee on Personnel and Welfare form a special committee with the sole responsibility to investigate these issues and the Faculty Senate provide the resources necessary for the task.

Action: To Chancellor 5/12/94:
5/24/94 Chancellor's Response: Received for information.

 

Resolution 2052, 5/11/94 (Rules Committee)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as appointments t the University committee as designated:

University Committee on Academic Fees

Stanley Wileman, Arts and Sciences, three-year term
Steele Lunt, Arts and Sciences, three-year term

University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching

Jack Armitage, Business, one-year term
Bill Callahan, Education, three-year term
Pam Smith, CPACS, three-year term

University Committee on Athletics

Joe L. Davis, Education, three-year term

University Committee on Computer Usage

Linda Parker, Library, three-year term

University Committee on Facilities Planning

William T. Clute, Arts and Sciences, three-year term

University Committee on Library and Educational Resources

Randall Rose, Arts and Sciences, three-year term

University Committee on Undergraduate Academic Appeals

Randall Rose, Arts and Sciences, three-year term

University Committee on Research

Greg Sadlek, Arts and Sciences, (English), three-year term
Julie Horney, CPACS, three-year term

University Committee on Student Affairs

Laura Dickson, Library, three-year term

Action: to Chancellor 5/12/94:
Chancellor's Response 5/24/94: Received for information.

 

Resolution 2053, 5/11/94 (Rules Committee)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward to serve on the committees as designated.

Adjudicatory Committee

Wayne Harrison, Arts and Sciences, three-year term

Hearing Discrimination Panel

Christine Reed, CPACS

Student Publications Board

Fred Lacquer, Arts and Sciences
Michael Hilt, Arts and Sciences

(One will be chosen from this panel for a three-year term.)

Campus Recreation Advisory Council

Jeremy Lipschultz, Arts and Sciences, three-year term

Educational Policy Advisory Committee

John Reidelbach, Library, three-year term

Action: To Chancellor 5/12/94
Chancellor's Response 5/24/94: Received for information.

Resolution 2054, 5/11/94 (Rules Committee)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following senators be appointed t the Faculty Senate standing committees as designated:

Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs

Fuad Abdullah, Business
Bruce Baker, Arts and Sciences
Larry Bradshaw, Fine Arts
James Carroll, Arts and Sciences
Gary Hartzell, Education
Jack Heidel, Arts and Sciences
Deborah Smith-Howell, Arts and Sciences

Committee on Educational Services and Resources

Duane Aschenbrenner, Arts and Sciences
Betty Hickman, Arts and Sciences
Art Homer, Fine Arts
Robert Nash, Library
Leah Petron, Business
Carol Lloyd, Education

Committee on Goals and Directions

James Akers, Education
H. Carl Camp, Arts and Sciences
Jerry Cederblom, CPACS
Julie Curtis, Fine Arts
Harl Dalstrom, Arts and Sciences
Jeremy Lipschultz, Arts and Sciences
Janet West, Business

Committee on Personnel and Welfare

Alva Barnett, CPACS
Richard File, Business
Deana Liddy, Arts and Sciences
Tom Lorsbach, Education
Marian Nelson, Arts and Sciences
John Newton, Arts and Sciences
Andrew Newman, Arts and Sciences

Committee on Professional Development

Joong-Gin Chung, Arts and Sciences
David Corbin, Education
Henry D'Souza, CPACS
H. Perrin Garsombke, Business
James Hagen, Arts and Sciences
E.J. Kemnitz, Arts and Sciences
Kay Thigpen, Education

Action: To Chancellor 5/12/94
Chancellor's Response 5/24/94: Received for information.

Resolution 2055, 4/13/94 (Faculty Senate At Large)

WHEREAS, Bob Hanson has distinguished himself as men's head basketball coach during his 25 years at UNO, and

WHEREAS, he has made important contributions to the community, and

WHEREAS, he has fostered academic achievement in his athletes; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate formally acknowledges Bob Hanson for his accomplishments, thanks him for his efforts, and wishes him well in his future endeavors.

Action: To Chancellor 4/14/94
Chancellor's response 5/24/94: Received for information.