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2001 - 2002 RESOLUTIONS

#2589 - 2636 


Resolution 2589, 09/12/01: Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that in accordance with section 6.1 of the Faculty Senate Bylaws, the following nominees for the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee are brought forward by the Rules Committee for senate nomination. If approved, a ballot will be presented to the UNOmaha faculty campus-wide.

One tenured faculty member will be elected from the following two nominees to serve a three-year term from October 16, 2001, through October 15, 2004, to replace retiring member, Thomas Tollman whose term was extended through October 15, 2001, per Resolution 2457 to accommodate changing the election process from April to October:

James Shaw
Christine Reed

One non-tenured faculty member will be elected from the following two nominees to serve a three-year term from October 16, 2001, through October 15, 2004, to replace retiring member, Alice Schumaker, whose term was extended through October 15, 2001, per Resolution 2457 to accommodate changing the election process from April to October:

Carol Ebdon
Robert Blair


Resolution 2590, 09/12/01: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that in accordance with the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Bylaws, section 6.1, Faculty Grievance Committee, the following faculty members are brought forward by the Rules Committee for ballot election by the senate to replace Wai-ning Mei as the full professor representative for a three-year term from September 16, 2001, through September 15, 2004:

James Hagen.


Resolution 2591, 09/12/01: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that in accordance with the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Bylaws, section 6.1, Faculty Grievance Committee, the following faculty members are brought forward by the Rules Committee for ballot election by the senate to replace Renee Irvin as the assistant professor representative for a three-year term from September 16, 2001, through September 15, 2004.

Karen Hayes


Resolution 2592, 09/12/01: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that in accordance with the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Bylaws, section 6.1, Faculty Grievance Committee, the following faculty members are brought forward by the Rules Committee for ballot election by the senate to replace Robert Carlson as the Committee on Faculty Personnel & Welfare representative for a one-year term from September 16, 2001, through September 15, 2002:

Jack Shroder


Resolution 2593, 09/12/01: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that in accordance with Section 1.1 of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Professional Conduct Committee's Rules and Procedures, the following three nominees (all tenured faculty ranked assistant professor or above) are brought forward by the Committee on Rules for ballot election by the full senate as follows:

Rebecca Morris
Carol Mitchell

Two representatives must be elected by ballot vote to serve three-year terms from October 16, 2001, through October 15, 2004, to replace outgoing members Sunny Andrews and Richard Stacy. These newly elected representatives will also serve as alternates for three-years from October 16, 2004 through October 15 2007.

Sunny Andrews and Richard Stacy will continue serving as an alternate (replacing Jim Czarnecki and Carole Larson) for three-years from October 16, 2001, through October 15, 2004, per Resolution 2345.


Resolution 2594, 09/12/01: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that in accordance with Section 1.1 of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Professional Conduct Committee's Rules and Procedures, the following three nominees (all tenured faculty ranked assistant professor or above) are brought forward by the Committee on Rules for ballot election by the full senate as follows:

One representative must be elected by ballot vote to complete the term of service from September 13, 2001, through October 15, 2003, for alternate Justin Stolen who no longer works at UNO: Jerry Cederbloom


For University Committees

Resolution 2595, 09/12/01: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED: that Cassia Spohn be recommended for service on the University Committee on Excellence in Teaching to serve a three-year term from August 1, 2001, through July 31, 2004, replacing Philip Secret (PACS, 08/01/98 to 07/31/01) who was appointed by the chancellor prior to the Faculty Senate taking over the appointment of all faculty members;

that the following name go forward as a three-year appointment from 07/01/2001, through 06/30/2004, to the University Committee on Facilities Planning to replace Russell Smith:

Michael Carroll;

that the following name go forward to complete the term of Hesham El-Rewini through 07/31/2002, on the University Committee on Library and Learning Resources:

Rebecca Pasco;

that the following name go forward to complete the term of Hesham El-Rewini through 07/31/2003 on the University Committee on Research:

Yong Shi.


Resolution 2596, 09/12/01: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments, from 07/01/2001 through 06/30/2004, to the Educational Policy Advisory Board to replace Faud Abdullah, Tom Lorsbach, and Bob Welk:

Tej Adidam, CBA
David Corbin, COE
Mary Carolyn Simpson, CFA


Resolution 2597, 09/12/01: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward to complete the term of Sharon Sobel on the Multi-Cultural Affairs Commission:

Melissa Berke


Resolution 2598, 09/12/01: Ad Hoc Committee

WHEREAS both the potential benefits and the potential risks of the proposed Global e-Learning Initiative at UNO are significant, and

WHEREAS the English curriculum has been identified in Senate discussions as the linchpin of the proposed project, and

WHEREAS serious pedagogical concerns have arisen with the current CD-ROM model for delivery of IIIST English courses; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the UNO Administration is urged with all due haste, working with the leadership of the Department of English, to address quality control and resource issues, in particular staffing concerns both at UNO and IIIST; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that when and only when these issues are addressed to the satisfaction of the Department of English, could the Senate approve the concept of the Global e-Learning Initiative.


Resolution 2599, 09/12/01: From the Floor

WHEREAS the Global eLearning Project has the potential to offer unprecedented benefits to students in China and in Omaha in the form of opportunities for intercultural exchange; and,

WHEREAS the Global eLearning Project has the potential to build people-to-people bridges between American and Chinese citizens at a historical moment when such relationships are of particular importance; and,

WHEREAS the benefits accruing to UNOmaha students might include overseas exchange programs, the development of a graduate program in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language), and other possibilities not yet foreseen; and,

WHEREAS this potential can be realized only if the program adheres to high standards of academic quality consistent with those upheld by existing UNOmaha programs; and,

WHEREAS academic quality requires committed action in the form of resource allocation, selection of qualified personnel, respect for established university procedures, and genuine collaboration among participating academic units; and,

WHEREAS academic quality requires that the background and needs of students be considered in course planning; and,

WHEREAS it is the right and the responsibility of the UNOmaha faculty to determine the content and pedagogy of any course offered as part of a degree program; and,

WHEREAS we value open communication among all partners in the educational enterprise and recognize the right of Nebraska citizens to accurate information about university programs and budgets; and,

WHEREAS we fulfill our mission as a metropolitan university within the context of limited resources, so that resources allocated to a new program must either be awarded through external funding or reallocated from existing programs; and,

WHEREAS the Global eLearning Program has already involved the expenditure of significant sums in faculty and administrative time and travel expenses;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Professor Peter Ng and Dean Thomas Gouttierre are to be commended for their vision in proposing a partnership between UNOmaha and IIIST; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we support the further development of this program if the following are firmly in place:

1) an approval process requiring that any UNOmaha course offered through IIIST be subject to review and approval by the appropriate academic department at UNOmaha;

2) a hiring process which gives UNOmaha faculty a central role in selecting overseas tutors commensurate with the faculty's usual role in the selection of instructional staff;

3) adequate opportunities for UNOmaha faculty to assess the academic background and needs of an unfamiliar student population;

4) additional resources, including faculty lines, for any departments in which these duties will create an extraordinary and continuing administrative burden;

5) a compensation plan for course development which recognizes the substantial labor involved in designing a high-quality distance-learning course and which honors the intellectual property rights of participating faculty;

6) a written document outlining the goals and design of the program, including an appropriate accounting of steps already taken, a timeline for future steps, and a plan for program evaluation;

7) financial statements which report expenses already incurred in faculty and administrative time, travel expenses, and course development; projections of future expenses including course development, faculty mentoring of on-site tutors, and interdepartmental coordination; projections of future income and descriptions of present and projected funding sources including the role of corporate donors.


Resolution 2600, 10/10/01: Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs

Catalog Revision for C-

WHEREAS the University of Nebraska at Omaha has implemented a plus/minus grading scale taking effect fall, 2001, and

WHEREAS the C- is a variant of the C usually awarded to work that falls at the low end of the C range, and

WHEREAS the conversion to plus/minus grading was not intended to jeopardize students' academic standing,

BE IT RESOLVED that the University of Nebraska at Omaha Undergraduate Catalog be revised to reflect the current grading system. In the passages listed below, the grade 'C' should be replaced with 'C-':

Page 13, third bullet item under "Awarding of Credits for Advanced Standing"

Only courses with a grade of 'C-' or better will be accepted for transfer from accredited two- and four-year colleges and universities. The College of Human Resources and Family Sciences will accept a grade of 'D' excluding courses required by the major department.

Page 13, fifth bullet under "Awarding of Credits for Advanced Standing"

Credits to be transferred with a grade of 'C-' or better from provisionally accredited colleges will be placed in escrow until such time as 30 semester hours have been successfully completed at UNOmaha.

Page 19, number 3 under "Credit/No-Credit (CR/NC) Privilege"

A minimum grade of 'C-' is required to receive credit (for CR/NC courses)

Page 35, number 4 under "Requirements"

University division students are required to repeat general education courses of freshman level should they receive a grade of 'D' or below in courses in which a degree college requires all of its students to obtain 'C-' or better grade as a minimum for graduation.

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( Faculty Senate meeting of November 13, 2002: Report of Meeting of Executive Committee and Administration: (President Sadlek)The Senate Executive committee and members of the administration met on Wednesday, 10/16/02, . . . Resolution 2600 was brought back out for reconsideration. The Senate passed resolution 2600 on October 10, 2001. It essentially accepted the "C-" as the equivalent of a "C" but did not change the catalog with it spoke of GPA instead of letter grades. On October 16, 2001, the resolution was reviewed by the administration and sent back to the Senate to be reconsidered. The major problem was thought to be the inconsistency of the resolution with the policy passed by the Graduate Council. After meeting with VC Hodgson, the Academic and Curricular Affairs Committee and the Senate decided that they did not want to change the resolution. The process, however, stopped short of bringing the resolution back to Chancellor Belck for final approval. In this meeting with the Chancellor, the resolution was again reviewed and this time it was accepted. The changes to the web version of the undergraduate catalog will be made immediately by VC Hodgson. Changes in the print version of the catalog will have to wait for next year.)


Resolution 2601, 10/10/01: Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs

Catalog Revision - Descriptive Terms for Grades

WHEREAS the University of Nebraska at Omaha undergraduate catalog's descriptors of grades do not accurately represent current grading practices (e.g., 1998 data indicate that only 12.3% of the grades awarded were below a C) and

WHEREAS students have a right to have a clear, accurate description of the meaning of their grades,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the grade descriptors for undergraduate evaluation be revised as follows:

A+
A Consistently outstanding
A-
B+
B Proficient
B-
C+
C Satisfactory
C-
D+
D Below standard
D-
F Failing


Resolution 2602, 10/10/01: Committee on Rules

For the Chancellor's Commission on Multicultural Affairs

BE IT RESOLVED, that Paul Van Vleet be appointed to replace Hesham El-Rewini and complete his term on the Chancellor's Commission on Multicultural Affairs through 7/01/02.


Resolution 2603, 10/10/01: Committee on Rules

For the Adjudicatory Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year reappointments, from 10/10/2001 through 6/30/2004, to the Adjudicatory Committee:

Ann Antlfinger
Joseph Bertinetti
Sheryl McGlamery
Beth Ritter


Resolution 2604 11/14/2001, Removal of D or F grades : Committee on Academic & Curricular Affairs:

WHEREAS, the current UNOmaha policy on replacement of grades in courses retaken is convoluted, difficult to understand and inequitable, and

WHEREAS, the most recent grade received by a student repeating a course is the most accurate reflection of a student's mastery of a course, and

WHEREAS, the most recent form of a course would best reflect the current standards required in a field,

THEREFORE, be it resolved,

That all wording be changed on page 20 in the section "Removal of 'D' or 'F' Grades from Grade Point Average" to reflect the policy statement below:

When a course is repeated, only the most recent grade will be computed into a student's overall Grade Point Average.


Resolution 2605 11/14/2001, AFCON Membership: Committee on Academic & Curricular Affairs:

WHEREAS, the Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska (AFCON) was organized to advance the cause of academic freedom in institutions of higher learning and in elementary and secondary schools across the state of Nebraska, and

WHEREAS, members include the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Academic Senate and American Association of University Professors, as well as the Nebraska Education Association and the Nebraska Library Commission, and

WHEREAS, the University of Nebraska at Omaha has a strong commitment to the principle of academic freedom, and

WHEREAS, the cost to become a member of AFCON is $100 per year,

THEREFORE, be it resolved,

That the University of Nebraska at Omaha Faculty Senate become a member of the Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska.


Resolution 2606 11/14/2001: Committee on Rules

WHEREAS, The results of the faculty-wide election for the Academic Freedom and Tenure committee have been tabulated, and the following individuals elected,

THEREFORE, be it resolved, that

James Shaw replace Thomas Tollman (tenured faculty), and Carol Ebdon replace Alice Schumaker (non-tenured faculty, as members of the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee for a three year term, October 16, 2001 through October 15, 2004.


Resolution 2607, 12/12/01: Honors Calculation

SINCE Resolution 2604 passed previously by the Senate respecting the removal of D or F grades states that:

all wording be changed on page 20 in the section "Removal of 'D' or 'F' Grades from Grade Point Average" to reflect the policy statement below: When a course is repeated, only the most recent grade will be computed into a student's overall Grade Point Average.

AND since this new "policy" could be taken to overturn the wording of paragraph 6 on page 20 viz.

This section does not apply to the computation of the GPA for determining eligibility for graduation with honors. All grades awarded are included in computing the GPA for honors graduation...

AND since this was not the intent of the previous motion,

AND since the Registrar should be given unambiguous direction regarding catalog copy in this respect,

BE IT RESOLVED that the wording of paragraph 6, page 20 of the Undergraduate Catalog remain unchanged.


Resolution 2608, 12/12/01: Scheduling of Commencement Ceremonies

WHEREAS all students and faculty are urged to participate in commencement ceremonies, and

WHEREAS the commencement ceremony for fall, 2002, has been shifted from its traditional date and time to Friday afternoon, setting a precedent for this shift in future semesters, and

WHEREAS final exams are scheduled before the beginning of the semester to avoid any conflicts, and

WHEREAS the rescheduling of graduation introduced a blatant conflict with Friday afternoon final exams,

WHEREAS this conflict imposes considerable public relations and proctoring burdens on the faculty whose finals are scheduled to overlap with graduation, since they must make special arrangements so that graduating seniors can attend the commencement ceremony,

BE IT RESOLVED that commencement ceremonies will not be scheduled to begin until at least two hours after the conclusion of the last scheduled final examination period.


Resolution 2609, 12/12/01: Ratification of President-Elect Election Results

BE IT RESOLVED, that the results of the election for President-Elect of the Faculty Senate be ratified. Senator Greg Sadlek has been elected.


Resolution 2610, 01/09/02: Resolution regarding Dr. Lee Jones

WHEREAS, Dr. Lee B. Jones has served as the University of Nebraska's Vice President and Provost with distinction for more than a decade, and

WHEREAS, Dr. Jones will retire in March,

THEREFORE, be it resolved that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha expresses its appreciation for his service and wishes him well in his retirement.


Resolution 2611, 02/13/2002: Regarding Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation/Scott Village:

WHEREAS the Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation has generously pledged the necessary funds for the building of Scott Village on the South Campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and

WHEREAS the Scotts' vision of a university, steeped in tradition but preparing the future, has so enriched the University of Nebraska at Omaha,

THEREFORE be it resolved that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha expresses its profound gratitude to the Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation for its generous gift and its sincere thanks for the Scotts' visionary commitment to the University of Nebraska at Omaha.


Resolution 2612, 03/13/2002: Martha Bruckner (Executive Committee & Cabinet)

Whereas Martha Bruckner is an esteemed colleague and friend;

Whereas Martha Bruckner has worked diligently and tirelessly for the benefit of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the Faculty Senate;

Whereas Martha Bruckner has accepted a challenging position outside the University;

Therefore, be it resolved that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha thanks Martha for her years of dedicated service, and wishes her success in her new endeavors.


Resolution 2613, 03/13/2002: Survey of Graduation Day/Time/Place (Executive Committee & Cabinet)

Whereas a number of issues regarding the location, day, and time of the University's graduation ceremony have arisen,

Whereas these issues have raised the possibility of altering the final exam schedule,

Whereas the preferences of students and faculty regarding these issues are largely unknown,

Be it resolved that a survey of the faculty via Blackboard will be conducted on behalf of the Senate by the Goals and Directions Committee.


Resolution 2614, 03/13/2002: Deadline for selecting the CR/NC option (Committee on Academic & Curricular Affairs)

Whereas students considering the CR/NC option should make this decision based on a clear understanding of what a course entails,

Whereas gathering adequate information about the course may well require two class meetings (in other words, for most evening classes, two weeks),

Therefore be it resolved that the deadline for choosing the CR/NC option be changed to Tuesday of the third week of class.


Resolution 2615, 03/13/2002: Due date for grades (Committee on Academic & Curricular Affairs)

Whereas the registrar has proposed that the university set a single due date for grades, recommending that the date be set seven calendar days (excluding university shutdown days) after the last scheduled final exam,

Whereas this proposal is simpler and more convenient than the current system of staggered due dates for grades,

Therefore be it resolved that the due date for grades be set seven calendar days (excluding university shutdown days) after the last scheduled final exam.


Resolution 2616, 03/13/2002: Repeated courses: (Committee on Academic & Curricular Affairs)

Whereas the faculty senate has affirmed (in resolution 2604) that when a student repeats a course, the most recent grade is the most accurate assessment of his or her mastery of current course material and thus the grade most appropriate to calculate into the GPA,

Whereas the faculty senate has further affirmed (in resolution 2607) that for the special case of graduation with honors, every grade awarded should be included in the calculation,

Whereas students who have been unsuccessful in a course should be permitted to persist in seeking mastery of the course material,

Whereas students who have satisfactorily completed a course should be discouraged from repeating it more than once if, by doing so, they take seats needed by other students,

Whereas the Registrar should be given unambiguous direction regarding catalog copy in this respect,

Therefore be it resolved that the section in the undergraduate catalog now headed "Removal of 'D' or 'F' Grades from Grade Point Average" be revised as follows:

Repeating Courses

    • If a student with a grade of D+ or lower repeats the course, he or she may register through early registration.
    • If a student with a grade of C- or higher opts to repeat a course, he or she may register through early registration only once (that is, for one repeat). For any subsequent repeat, the student may enroll only during the first week of class and with the permission of the instructor.
    • Letter-graded courses must be repeated for a letter grade.
    • All courses and grades will continue to be a part of the student's permanent academic record (transcript).
    • When determining eligibility for graduation with honors, every grade awarded is computed into the GPA.
    • For all other purposes, only the most recent grade earned in a course is computed into the GPA.


Resolution 2617, 03/13/2002: Dean Searches (Committee on Educational Resources and Services)

WHEREAS UNO faculty feels that the role, responsibilities, and impact of faculty on the Dean search committees is unclear;

WHEREAS the Board of Regents by-laws and guidelines regarding Dean searches are brief and vague leading to a variety of interpretations and inconsistent application from one Dean search to the next;

WHEREAS the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs has not consistently followed the guidelines for the composition and conduct of the search committee or disseminated the guidelines to committee members; and

WHEREAS an inclusive and transparent search process encourages faculty participation;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha urges that:

the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs develop procedural guidelines for the selection and conduct of the Chair and members of the Dean search committees,

such search guidelines define the role and responsibilities of the Chair and the search committee members as well as the legal and generally accepted steps in the search process,

implemented search guidelines be followed consistently,

and Dean search committees be coordinated out of the office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.


Resolution 2618, 03/13/2002 Part-Time Faculty (Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare)

Whereas, part-time faculty are an important resource for UNOmaha especially for teaching evening general education service courses, and

Whereas, current UNOmaha staff employees are often qualified to teach in administrative units other than units of their primary appointment and historically have formed an important population for recruiting part-time faculty, and

Whereas, University of Nebraska Executive Memorandum No. 19 states ".no overload assignment shall provide income in excess of twenty percent (20%) of the staff member's base salary.", and thus uses base salary as a limiting factor in determining teaching opportunities for UNOmaha staff in teaching for administrative units other than units of their primary appointment, and

Whereas, the policy stated in University of Nebraska Executive Memorandum No. 19 is blatantly unfair and discriminatory toward lower paid UNOmaha staff employees who are potentially allowed to teach less than higher paid UNOmaha staff employees,

Be it resolved, UNOmaha Faculty Senate urges part-time instructors in administrative units who are university staff employees in other university units be treated the same and subject to the same guidelines and policies as part-time instructors who are not university employees in other university units, and

Be it further resolved, the UNOmaha Faculty Senate urges modification of Executive Memorandum No. 19 so that overload assignments are not governed based on salary percentage.


Resolution 2619, 03/13/2002: Replacements on the University Committee on Research (Committee on Rules)

BE IT RESOLVED: that the following names go forward as three year appointments, from August 1, 2002, through July 31, 2005 on the on the University Committee on Research:

  • John McKenna (English) - Humanities position - replacing Jeremy Lipschultz
  • Art Diamond (Economics) - Business Administration position - replacing Sufi Nazem
  • Jeannette Seaberry (Counseling) - At-large position - replacing Donald Greer

Resolution 2620, 04/10/2002: Dr. Phil Secret (Executive Committee & Cabinet)

WHEREAS the late Dr. Phil Secret, Professor of Criminal Justice, served the University of Nebraska at Omaha with distinction for nearly thirty years, earning the gratitude and admiration of countless students, bringing honor to the University, and inspiring his colleagues, passed away on March 28, 2002, and

WHEREAS Dr. Secret's colleagues mourn his death, honor his memory, and already miss his presence among us,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha extends its heartfelt condolences to his widow and family and pledges the faculty's efforts to emulate his devotion to his profession and to the community.


Resolution 2621, 04/10/2002: Dean Search Concerns (Executive Committee & Cabinet)

WHEREAS Resolution 2617 did not adequately convey the concerns of the Faculty;

WHEREAS UNO faculty feels that the role, responsibilities, and impact of faculty on the Dean search committees is unclear;

WHEREAS the guidelines regarding Dean searches are open to a variety of interpretations resulting in procedures that are inconsistent from one Dean search to another;

WHEREAS an inclusive and transparent search process encourages faculty participation;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha urges that: the Vice Chancellor for Academic affairs develop procedures for the selection and conduct of the Chair and members of the Dean search committees,

such search procedures define the role and responsibilities of the Chair and the search committee members as well as the legal and generally accepted steps in the search process,

Search Committees be provided more preparation and orientation,

And implemented search procedures be followed consistently.


Resolution 2622, 04/10/2002: Master of Arts in Language Teaching (Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs)

Upon Recommendation of the Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs, the Faculty Senate approves the program of Master of Arts in Language Teaching.


Resolution 2623, 04/10/2002: Regarding Final Exams (Committee on Goals and Directions)

WHEREAS a survey of the nineteen members of the Faculty Senate indicated that at least seventeen graduating seniors in their classes had a scheduling conflict with the December 2001 graduation ceremony;

WHEREAS a FOCUS program run by ITS indicated that at least seventy nine graduating seniors had a conflict with that ceremony;

WHEREAS a survey of all UNO faculty indicated that 21% of the respondents wanted no change in the final examination schedule;

WHEREAS an additional 35% of UNO faculty were open to changes provided no final exams were moved to the last week of classes;

WHEREAS all students and faculty are urged to participate in commencement ceremonies,

WHEREAS this conflict imposes considerable public relations and proctoring burdens on the faculty whose finals are scheduled to overlap with graduation, since they must make special arrangements so that graduating seniors can attend the commencement ceremony,

WHEREAS transport to graduation ceremonies held at off-campus locations is time consuming,

BE IT RESOLVED that an ample time period be interposed between the conclusion of scheduled final examinations and the start of the graduation ceremony.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that final exams not be scheduled during the last week of classes.


Resolution 2624, 04/10/2002: Dr. Ron Burke (On Behalf of the Assembly)

WHEREAS the late Dr. Ron Burke, Professor of Philosophy and Religion, served the University of Nebraska at Omaha for nearly three decades, introducing thousands of students to diverse religious cultures, earning the respect and admiration and respect of his colleagues, and bringing credit to his department, his college and his university, and

WHEREAS his valiant fight against his disease and his dignified death inspired his colleagues and his community,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha extends its heartfelt condolences to his widow and his daughters and pledges the faculty's efforts to emulate his devotion to his students and to his community.


Resolution 2625, 05/08/02: Regarding MCC Transfers (On Behalf of the Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs

WHEREAS the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Metropolitan Community College have a unique relationship, with a large number of students transferring MCC credit to UNOmaha for courses taken prior to or during their residency at UNOmaha;

WHEREAS data gathered over a ten-year period indicate that, for students completing the prerequisite English course at MCC, the failure rate in English 1160/1164 is nearly twice as high as the rate for students completing the prerequisite at UNOmaha;

WHEREAS the data also indicate that, for students completing the prerequisite math course at MCC, the failure rate in Math 1320 is substantially higher than the rate for students completing the prerequisite at UNOmaha;

WHEREAS these data reveal a performance gap, casting doubt on the equivalency of MCC's English 101 to UNOmaha's English 1150/1154 and on the equivalency of MCC's Math 122 to UNOmaha's Math 1310;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the data should be distributed to the Articulation Task Force and to the chairs of the English Department and the Math Department at both institutions.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we encourage faculty in the English and Math departments at both institutions to work collaboratively to close this performance gap.


Resolution 2625, 05/08/02: Regarding MCC Transfers (On Behalf of the Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs

WHEREAS the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Metropolitan Community College have a unique relationship, with a large number of students transferring MCC credit to UNOmaha for courses taken prior to or during their residency at UNOmaha;

WHEREAS data gathered over a ten-year period indicate that, for students completing the prerequisite English course at MCC, the failure rate in English 1160/1164 is nearly twice as high as the rate for students completing the prerequisite at UNOmaha;

WHEREAS the data also indicate that, for students completing the prerequisite math course at MCC, the failure rate in Math 1320 is substantially higher than the rate for students completing the prerequisite at UNOmaha;

WHEREAS these data reveal a performance gap, casting doubt on the equivalency of MCC's English 101 to UNOmaha's English 1150/1154 and on the equivalency of MCC's Math 122 to UNOmaha's Math 1310;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the data should be distributed to the Articulation Task Force and to the chairs of the English Department and the Math Department at both institutions.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we encourage faculty in the English and Math departments at both institutions to work collaboratively to close this performance gap.


Resolution 2626, 05/08/02: Membership of Standing Committee Members (On Behalf of the Committee on Rules)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the senate president appoints the 2002-2003 senators to the standing committees as designated:

Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs

James Akers, ED
Nora Bacon, A&S
Gary Krause, NU
Joan Latchaw, A&S
Jody Neathery-Castro, A&S
Ethel Williams, PACS

Educational Resources & Services

Thomas Bragg, A&S
Laura Dickson, LIB
Bonnie O'Connell, FA
Laura Schulte, ED
Andrew Smallwood, A&S
Peter Wolcott, IS&T

Faculty Personnel & Welfare

Natalie Bennett, A&S
Robert Carlson, A&S
Henry D'Souza, PACS
G. Vaughn Johnson, BA
Shuanglin Lin, BA
Wai-ning Mei, A&S

Goals & Direction

Chris Allen, A&S
Jonathan Benjamen-Alvarado, A&S
Bruce Garver, A&S
Karl Kosloski, PACS
Mary Caroline Simpson, FA
Angela Valle, A&S

Professional Development

Robert Blair, PACS
Harvey Leavitt, A&S
Josie Metal-Corbin, ED
Sufi Nazem, BA
Keith Pedersen, NU
Beth Ritter, A&S

Rules

Michael Carroll, PACS
Donna Dufner, IS&T
David Helm, FA
Darryll Lewis, BA
Boyd Littrell, A&S
Yvonne Tixier Y Virgil, ED


Resolution 2627, 05/08/02: Regarding Election of Vice President of 2002-2003 Faculty

Resolution for Faculty Senate Vice President:

BE IT RESOLVED, that according to the Constitution of the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska, Article IV, the faculty senate elects the following senator as 2002-2003 Vice President:

Tom Bragg (to replace Senator Ann Coyne).


Resolution 2628, 05/08/02: Regarding Election of Secretary/Treasurer of 2002-2003 Faculty

BE IT RESOLVED, that according to the Constitution of the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska, Article IV, the faculty senate elects the following senator as 2002-2003 Secretary/Treasurer:

Ethel Williams (to replace Senator Martha Bruckner).


Resolution 2629, 05/08/02: Regarding Standing Committee Chairs

BE IT RESOLVED, that according to the Bylaws of the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska, Article IV, Section 1, the retiring standing committees have met and selected the following chairs from their continuing members:

Nora Bacon, Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs
Laura Dickson, Committee on Educational Resources and Services
G.Vaughn Johnson, Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare
Bruce Garver, Committee on Goals and Directions
Robert Blair, Committee on Professional Development


Resolution 2630, 05/08/02: Regarding Appointment of Parliamentarian

BE IT RESOLVED, that according to the Constitution of the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska, Article IV, the senate president appoints James Carroll the parliamentarian of the 2002-2003 Faculty Senate.


Resolution 2631, 05/08/02: Regarding Chair of Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED that according to the Bylaws of the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska, Article IV, Section 5.6, the 2002-2003 senate president appoints the following senator Chair of the Committee on Rules:

Boyd Littrell


Resolution 2632, 05/08/02: Regarding Standing Committee Vice Chairs

BE IT RESOLVED, that according to the Bylaws of the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska, Article IV, Section 1, the standing committees have met and selected the following vice chairs from their members:

Jody Neathery-Castro, Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs
Bonnie O'Connell, Committee on Educational Resources and Services
Natalie Bennett, Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare
Chris Allen, Committee on Goals and Directions
Harvey Leavitt, Committee on Professional Development
Michael Carroll, Committee on Rules


Resolution 2633, 05/08/02: Regarding University Committees (On behalf of the Committee on Rules)
  • Academic Planning Council: BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as the Faculty Senate's representatives to the University Academic Planning Council from the Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs and the Committee on Goals and Directions each for a one-year term from 05/08/02, through 05/09/03,
    • Ethel Williams, Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs (to be reappointed)
    • Bruce Garver, Committee on Goals and Directions (to replace Ann Coyne)
  • Technology Resources & Services: BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments from 08/01/02, through 07/31/05, to the University Committee on Technology Resources & Services:

    James Akers (to be reappointed)
    Tracy Bridgeford (to replace Robert Egan)
    Dennis Roncek (to be reappointed)
    TBA (to replace Leah Pietron)

  • Facilities Planning: BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three-year appointment from 08/01/02, through 07/31/05, to the University Committee on Facilities Planning:

    Steve Williams (to replace Jack Armitage)

  • Honors and Awards: BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three year appointments from 08/01/02, through 07/31/05, to the University Committee on Honors and Awards:
  • Jeanette Seaberry (reappointed)

  • Judicial Committee: BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year reappointments, from 08/01/02 through 07/31/05, to the University Judicial Committee:
  • Sue Maher (to replace Judy Harrington)
    Claudette Lee (to be reappointed)
    Glenn Sowell (to be reappointed)

  • Library and Learning Resources: BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments from 08/01/02, through 07/31/05, to the University Committee on Library and Learning Resources:
  • Tatyana Novikov (to replace James Czarnecki)
    Saundra Wetig (to replace Rebecca Pasco)

  • Parking Advisory Committee: BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments from 08/01/02, through 07/31/05, to the University Parking Advisory Committee:
  • TBA (replacing Frederic Laquer)
    Burch Kealey (replacing John Noble)

  • Undergraduate Academic Appeals: BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments from 08/01/02, through 07/31/05, to the University Committee on Undergraduate Academic Appeals:
  • Juliette Parnell-Smith (to replace James Carroll)
    Sheryl McGlamery (to reappoint)


Resolution 2634, 05/08/02: Regarding UNO Chapter of AAUP

BE IT RESOLVED, that the senate president appoints the following senator, who is also a AAUP member, as the senate representative for a one year appointment from 05/08/02, through 05/09/03, to the UNO Chapter of AAUP:

Bonnie O'Connell (to replace Senator Greg Sadlek)


Resolution 2635, 05/08/02: Alumni Association, Board of Directors:

BE IT RESOLVED, that the senate president appoints the following UNOmaha alum as the senate representative to the Alumni Association, Board of Directors:

Robert Blair (to replace Senator Martha Bruckner)


Resolution 2636, 05/08/02: Regarding the Chancellor's Commission on Multicultural Affairs

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as two-year appointments from 08/01/02, through 07/31/04, to the Chancellor's Commission on Multicultural Affairs:

Sandra Squires (to replace Carol Mitchell)
Anna Manardo (to replace Melissa Berke)
Paul Van Vleit (to reappoint)
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