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Faculty Senate

(Last updated 09/15/99)

1994 - 1995

RESOLUTIONS:

#2069 - 2104 

Resolution 2069 - 10/12/94: Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare
PHASED RETIREMENT APPOINTMENT POLICY

WHEREAS, the faculty of the University of Nebraska at Omaha values flexibility in retirement and life-stage planning; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Phased Retirement Appointment Policy as previously approved by the Board of Regents in December of 1991 be reinstated, subject to a minimum workload of 25-50% FTE; and in order that the faculty can plan for retirement with knowledge of stable and predictable programs that the Phased Retirement Appointment Policy not be tied to any tenure buy-out programs.

To The Chancellor: 10/13/94
Chancellor's Response on 11/09/94: Vice Chancellor Jack Newton brought this matter to the attention of the chief academic officers of the University. It was discussed at their meeting on October 19. After discussion, it was agreed that prior to the next meeting on November 23, the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost would draft a proposed policy for further discussion.

 

Resolutions 2056 -

The following resolutions were passed by the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha from August 19, 1994 to May 10, 1995:


Resolution 2056, 8/19/1994, Forums (Goals & Directions Committee)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the UNO Faculty Senate sponsor two forums:

  • Forum to involve the candidates for the Board of Regents and
  • Forum to involve the candidates for the Unicameral.


Resolution 2057, 9/14/1994, Reviews of Chancellor and Vice Chancellors (Executive Committee)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the reviews of the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor be scheduled in the following sequence:

1994-95 No review

1995-96 Chancellor Weber

1996-97 Vice Chancellor Hoover

1997-98 Vice Chancellor Carrico

1998-99 Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs


Resolution 2058, 9/14/1994, Reporting Findings of Reviews (Executive Committee)

BE IT RESOLVED, that reports from the commission reviews of the Chancellor and Vice Chancellors be presented by thbe chair of the commission or the chair's designee at a Faculty Senate meeting.


Resolution 2059, 9/14/1994, Appreciation to President Smith (Executive Committee)

WHEREAS, President Smith in his remarks before the June 4, 1994, meeting of the Board of Regents eloquently expressed his views that faculty determine the quality of the university, outstanding faculty attract outstanding students, and having both in the state are vitally important to the state's future and its competitiveness; therefore,



BE IT RESOLVED, that the faculty of the University of Nebraska at Omaha:

  • Appreciates the view of President Smith regarding the role and importance of faculty in the university and the state.
  • Strongly endorses his efforts for wider recognition of the critical role of faculty in determining the quality of higher education in Nebraska and its relationship to the state's prosperity.


Resolution 2060, 9/14/1994, Faculty Grievance Committee (Rules Committee)

In accordance with Section 6.1 of the Faculty Senate Bylaws, the following names are submitted to the Faculty Senate to serve on the Committee for Faculty Grievances, one Professor level and one Assistant Professor level to be elected for three-year terms:

Professor:

Norman Hamm, Professor, Psychology

College of Arts and Sciences

Dale Stover, Professor, Philosophy & Religion (WINNNER)

College of Arts and Sciences

Assistant Professor:

Joseph Brown, Assistant Professor, Psychology (WINNER)

College of Arts and Sciences

Robert William Smith, Assistant Professor, Physics

College of Arts and Sciences


Resolution 2061, 9/14/1994, Faculty Senate Grievance Committee (Rules Committee)

In accordance with Section 6.1 of the Faculty Senate By-Laws, the Rules Committee recommends the following person from the Faculty Senate Personnel and Welfare Committee be appointed to the Faculty Senate Grievance Committee:

Tom Lorsbach, College of Education, one-year term




Resolution 2062, 9/14/1994, VC for AA Search Advisory Committee (Rules Committee)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward (one will be selected by the Chancellor) to replace Kay Dwine on the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Search Advisory Committee:



Kathy Coufal, Education

Carol Lloyd, Education.




Resolution 2063, 9/14/1994, University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (Rules Committee)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the UNO Faculty Senate recommends that the name of Prof. Sharon Sobel, College of Fine Arts, go forward to serve on the University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching.




Resolution 2064, 9/14/1994, Professional Conduct Committee Ballot (Rules Committee)

In accordance with Section 1.1 of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Professional Conduct Committee Rules and Procedures, the following ballot is submitted to the Faculty Senate for approval for presentation to the full faculty. Two members and one alternate are retiring. The two new members and one alternate will serve three-year terms commencing with the 1994-95 academic year.

BALLOT

VOTE FOR TWO:

  • Laura Dickson, Reference, Library
  • Margaret Gessaman, Mathematics, Arts and Sciences
  • Carole Larson, Reference, Library
  • Deanna Liddy, Psychology, Arts and Sciences
  • Jack McKay, Education
  • Leah, Peitron, ISQA, Business



Resolution 2065, 9/14/1994, University Committee on Honors and Awards (Rules Committee)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the name of William Blizek, Philosophy and Religion, College of Arts and Sciences, go forward to serve on the University Committee on Honors and Awards for the Fall Semester to replace Jackie St John who is on emergency medical leave.




Resolution 2066, 9/14/1994, Safety Committee (Rules Committee)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward to serve on the Injury/Illness Prevention Program and Employee Safety Committee:



Gary Day, Arts and Art History, Fine Arts (two-year term)

Frederic Laquer, Chemistry, Arts and Sciences (two-year term)

Allen T. Weber, Biology, Arts and Sciences (one-year term).




Resolution 2067, 9/14/1994, University Committee on Research (Rules Committee)



BE IT RESOLVED, that the name of Thomas Petrie, Educational Administration and Supervision, College of Education, go forward to serve on the University Committee on Research to replace Kay Dwine, HPER, College of Education.




Resolution 2068, 9/14/1994, Parking

BE IT RESOLVED, that Resolution 2016 be brought before the next meeting with Administration and sent to all members of the Parking Committee.



Resolution 2016 10/13/93

WHEREAS, the recent change inpolicy 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 back to that of 1992-93 which allowed faculty to park in student lots after 10:30 a.m.




Resolution 2069, 10/12/94, Reinstating Phased Retirement Appointment Policy (Personnel & Welfare Committee)

WHEREAS, the faculty of the University of Nebraska at Omaha values flexibility in retirement and life-stage planning; therefore,



BE IT RESOLVED, that the Phased Retirement Appointment Policy as previously approved by the Board of Regents in December of 1991 be reinstated, subject to a minimum workload of 25-50% FTE; and in order that the faculty can plan for retirement with kknowledge of stable and predictable programs that the Phased Retirement Appointment Policy not be tied to any tenure buy-out programs.




Resolution 2070, 10/12/94, Professional Conduct Committee (Rules Committee)

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



Members:

Margaret Gessaman, Mathematics, Arts and Sciences (three year term)

Jack McKay, Educational Administration and Supervision, Education (three year term)

Alternate:

Leah Pietron, ISQA, Business (three year term)




Resolution 2071, 11/09/1994, Distribution of Faculty Senate Minutes (Executive Committee)

BE IT RESOLVED, that in addition to distributing a printed copy of the Faculty Senate agenda and minutes to Faculty Senators, the agenda and minutes shall be distributed to the Faculty Senate by e-mail and be available to the faculty at the Faculty Senate gopher site.




Resolution #2072, 11/09/1994, Grades (Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs)

WHEREAS, the recalculation of grade point averages (GPA) of students to remove grades of D and F upon retaking courses has been a long-standing practice at UNO, and the removal of below average and failing grades has served to encourage students to repeat courses to attain a more useful degree of skill and knowledge; and



WHEREAS, the current statement of procedures in the undergraduate catalog is ambiguous, and the Registrar's current practice of recalculation insulates students from pressure to make better use of resources to increase their performance; and



WHEREAS, rejection of Senate Resolution 2020 has in no way moderated the faculty concerns which prompted it, and some of the bases for rejection of Resolution 2020 seem neither cogent nor to the point; therefore:



BE IT RESOLVED, the Faculty Senate recommends:

    • Only grades of D+, D, or F may be removed from computation of GPA.
    • The grade received upon the first completion of a course will be removed by any letter grade (A, B, C, D or F) received upon the second completion of a course. Grades received upon the second or subsequent completion of a course will be removed only if the grade earned later is C or higher.
    • To correct a problem, a student must contact the Registrar's Office and fill out the proper form.
    • That this recommendation be applied as soon as students can be properly notified of the procedure, but
    • That it not be applied retroactively to restore course grades which had previously been removed from calculation of GPA.


Students may repeat any course, though it is expected that students would repeat only those courses so designated by the departments for repetition, or in which they receive grades of D+, D, F, NC, U, or W. Upon repetition of a course, the student's grade point average (GPA) will be computed without the earlier grade(s) with the following conditions:



All courses and grades of any kind remain a part of the student's permanent (transcript) record. All quality points received are included in computing the GPA for honors graduation. That is, grades not computer for normal GPA according to the conditions above shall be included when determining eligibility for graduation with honors.



Enrollment in equivalent courses offered at different campuses of the University of Nebraska system will be treated as repetition of enrollment in the same course. Subject to the conditions above, a University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) student may remove from the GPA a course grade received at those campuses by repeating an equivalent course at UNO, subject to the conditions above. Equivalency is determined by the department offering the course at UNO. Students are advised to obtain a written statement of equivalency from the chair of the department involved before enrolling.




Resolution 2073, 01/11/1995, Academic Integrity: Policy and Procedure (Executive Committee) (old copy)



Under the Bylaws of the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska (2.9 and

4.1(i)), the respective colleges have jurisdiction over procedural matters concerning academic dishonesty. Just as the task of inculcating values of academic honesty reside with the faculty, the faculty are entrusted with the discretionary authority to decide how incidents of academic dishonesty are to be resolved. If a faculty member suspects that a student has intentionally violated the principles of academic honesty, the faculty member shall initiate the following procedures, starting at step 1, continuing only as necessary to steps 2 or 3.



  • The faculty member shall request a meeting with each student involved. At the meeting, the faculty member should:

* attempt to ascertain facts pertinent to the incident,

* 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 offers an unsatisfactory explanation, the faculty member describes what the penalty is for the offense, and explains the student's rights to mediation, as described in step 2, and appeal, as described in steps 3 and 4. Any penalty imposed by the faculty member, such as retaking the test or rewriting the paper or failure for the work or failure for the course, is limited to the course. If the student admits guilt and accepts the penalty, the faculty member may consider the case closed but will keep a confidential record of the action and retain pertinent materials until the end of the next regular semester following the student's receipt of the grade. A penalty of F for the course must be reported to the department chair and to the registrar. It is recommended that a faculty member who imposes a penalty of a grade other than "F" in the course for academic dishonesty report the case to the department chair and to the Vice-Chancellor for Educational and Student Services. If a faculty member reports any action taken to a department chair, a dean, the Registrar, or the Vice-Chancellor for Educational and Student Services, the faculty member shall inform the student.



  • 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, a record of the settlement provisions shall be retained by the chair. If either the chair or the faculty member chooses to report any action taken to a dean or vice-chancellor, the student will be so informed and the report will be recorded as part of the settlement.


  • If the dispute cannot be mediated, or either the faculty member or the student did not wish the departmental chair to mediate, either party may request the dean of the college convene at the collegial level an appropriate standing committee with student representation or impanel a committee with student representation. For undergraduates, the collegial committee will be drawn from the instructor's college; for graduate students, the committee will be the one described in the general appeal procedures listed in the UNO Graduate Catalogue. The collegial committee will function with the procedural guarantees established under the Bylaws of the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska (5.4) and the university's disciplinary procedures and sanctions. If the committee finds the student not guilty, the faculty member willaward a grade for the student's work and course without prejudice, and all records related to the incident will be destroyed in the absence of an appeal. If the committee finds the student guilty, it will uphold the faculty member's proposed penalty and may impose a more severe sanction, as enumerated in the UNO student handbook. The dean will


* convey the committee's decision to the Vice-Chancellor for Educational and Student Services,

      • retain the evidence and records of the dispute, in accordance with Board of Regents' policy on the retention of disciplinary records
      • inform the student and faculty member of the committee's decision, and
      • inform both parties of the right to appeal.


  • In the case of undergraduates, either party may appeal the decision to the University Appeals Board, which will consider only 1) whether the right to due process has been violated, and 2) whether the sanction imposed by the collegial committee is appropriate for the offense. In the case of graduate students, the general appeal procedures for academic matters in the UNO Catalogue will be followed.


It is expected that all action above will be initiated promptly and conducted with deliberate speed.




Resolution 2074, 01/11/1995, Academic Integrity: Policy and Procedure (Executive Committee) (revised copy)

Under the Bylaws of the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska (2.9 and 4.1 (i)), the respective colleges have jurisdiction over jurisdiction over procedural matters concerning academic dishonesty. Just as the task of inculcating values of academic honesty reside with the faculty, the faculty are entrusted with the discretionary authority to decide how incidents of academic dishonesty are to be resolved. If a faculty member suspects that a student has intentionally violated the principles of academic honesty, the faculty member shall initiate the following procedures, starting at step 1, continuing only as necessary to steps 2 or 3.



  • The faculty member shall request a meeting with each student involved. At the meeting, the faculty member should:


* attempt to ascertain facts pertinent to the incident,

* 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 offers an unsatisfactory explanation, the faculty member describes what the penalty is for the offense, and explains the student's rights to mediation, as described in step 2, and appeal, as described in steps 3 and 4. Any penalty imposed by the faculty member, such as retaking the test or rewriting the paper or failure for the work or failure for the course, is limited to the course. If the student admits guilt and accepts the penalty, the faculty member may consider the case closed but will keep a confidential record of the action and retain pertinent materials until the end of the next regular semester following the student's receipt of the grade. A penalty of F for the course must be reported to the department chair and to the registrar. It is recommended that a faculty member who imposes a penalty of a grade other than "F" in the course of academic dishonesty report the case to the department chair and to the Vice-Chancellor for Educational and Student Services. If a faculty member reports any action taken to a department chair, a dean, the Registrar, or the Vice-Chancellor for Educational and Student Services, the faculty member shall inform the student.



  • If the faulty 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, a record of the settlement provisions shall be retained by the chair. If either the chair or the faculty member chooses to report any action taken to a dean or vice-chancellor, the student will be so informed and the report will be recorded as part of the settlement.


  • If the dispute cannot be mediated, or either the faculty member or the student did not wish the departmental chair to mediate, either party may request the dean of the college convene at the collegial level an appropriate standing committee with student representation or impanel a committee with student representation. For undergraduates, the collegial committee will be drawn from the instructor's college; for graduate students, the committee will be the one described in the general appeal procedures listed in the UNO Graduate Catalogue. The collegial committee will function with the procedural guarantees established under the Bylaws of the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska (5.4) and the university's disciplinary procedures and sanctions. If the committee finds the student not guilty, the faculty member will award a grade for the student's work and course without prejudice, and all records related to the incident will be destroyed in the absence of an appeal. If the committee finds the student guilty, it will uphold the faculty member's proposed penalty and may impose a more severe sanction, as enumerated in the UNO student handbook. The dean will
      • convey the committee's decision to the Vice-Chancellor for Educational and Student Services,
      • retain the evidence and records of the dispute, in accordance with Board of Regents' policy on the retention of disciplinary records
      • inform the student and faculty member of the committee's decision, and
      • inform both parties of the right to appeal.


  • In the case of undergraduates, either party may appeal the decision to the University Appeals Board, which will consider only 1) whether the right to due process has been violated, and 2) whether the sanction imposed by the collegial committee is appropriate for the offense. In the case of graduate students, the general appeal procedures for academic matters in the UNO Graduate Catalogue will be followed.


It is expected that all action above will be initiated promptly and conducted with deliberate speed.




Resolution 2075 - 02/08/95 Academic and Curricular Affairs Committee

WHEREAS, teaching remains one of the principal missions of the university; and,



WHEREAS, there are more excellent teachers at the University of Nebraska at Omaha than are currently recognized in any one year; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate recommends at least three Excellence in Teaching awards be given as was done in past years.




Resolution 2076 - 02/08/95 Academic and Curricular Affairs Committee

WHEREAS, UNO wishes to promote cultural diversity and international awareness, and courage international students to remain a part of the university, and



WHEREAS, a single measure is not always adequate as an indicator of the students' ability to pursue coursework successfully; therefore,



BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate recommends revising the current, international student admissions policy to become "To be admitted as an undergraduate, an official TOEFL score of 500 must be submitted to the Office of Admissions. Consideration will be given to TOEFL scores falling within the range of the standard error of measurement if they are validated by either the recommendation of the ILUNO Academic Coordinator/Assistant Director, or the UNO English Department placement procedure."



BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we further recommend that UNO allow advanced ILUNO students to begin academic classes in combination with concurrent language training, provided that eligibility be limited (a) to those courses designated by individual departments as appropriate, and (b) to those students enrolled in ILUNO 1700 and recommended by the ILUNO Academic Coordinator/Assistant Director.






Resolution 2077- 02/08/95 Goals and Directions Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate join UNO AAUP in sponsoring a series of informal continental breakfast meetings at the Milo Bail Student Center at which interested faculty members could meet with Metropolitan Omaha members of the Nebraska Legislature.




Resolution 2078 - 02/08/95 Rules Committee



BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward to serve on the Professorship Review Committee for the Isaacson and Regents Professorships:



Peter Suzuki, Public Administration, CPACS

Yi-Hsin Liu, Mathematics, A & S




Resolution 2079 - 02/08/95 Rules Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that the name of Janet West, Economics, CBA, go forward to succeed George Garrison on the Metropolitan Community College-UNO Articulation/ Transfer Strategies Task Force.




Resolution 2087 5/10/95 Executive Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following UNO faculty members have been duly elected to the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee and will serve the stated terms. The untenured member will serve the stated term, or until receiving tenure.

Tenured

Pat Kolasa, Education (one-year term)

Tom Tollman, Library (three-year term)

Non-tenured

Janice Rech, Arts and Sciences (three-year term)