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Last updated: 8/8/13

Action Table for 2012-2013 Resolutions

Res #
Date Res. Passed Senate
Title of Resolution
Admin Accepted
Sent for Senate Action
Denied
Deferred
In Progress
Final Action/Resolved
4102
5/8/13
Presidential Appointments (a-e)
8/8/13
        Chancellor Supports
4101
5/8/13
Standing Committee Vice Chairs
8/8/13
        Chancellor Supports
4100
5/8/13
Chair of the Cabinet
8/8/13
        Chancellor Supports
4099
5/8/13
Faculty Senate Secretary/Treasurer
8/8/13
        Chancellor Supports
4098
5/8/13
Faculty Senate Vice President
8/8/13
        Chancellor Supports
4097
5/8/13
Rules Committee Chair
8/8/13
        Chancellor Supports
4096
5/8/13
Standing Committee Chairs
8/8/13
        Chancellor Supports
4095
5/8/13
University Committees (a-j)
8/8/13
        Chancellor Supports
4094
5/8/13
Campus Committees (a-g)
8/8/13
        Chancellor Supports
4093
5/8/13
Membership of 2013-2014 Faculty Senate Standing Committees
8/8/13
        Chancellor Supports
4092
5/8/13
Revised Shared Governance
8/8/13
        Support the resolution to continue to clarify Shared Governance definitions between faculty and administration.
4091
5/8/13
Appreciation for President Peter Smith
8/8/13
        Chancellor Supports
4090
5/8/13
Appreciation for Faculty Senate Liaisons
8/8/13
        Chancellor Supports
4089
5/8/13
Appreciation for Chairs of the Standing Committees & Chair of Cabinet
8/8/13
        Chancellor Supports
4088
5/8/13
Appreciation for Secretary/Treasurer Meredith Bacon
8/8/13
        Chancellor Supports
4087
5/8/13
Appreciation for Vice President Winter
8/8/13
        Chancellor Supports
4086
5/8/13
Appreciation for Outgoing Senators
8/8/13
        Chancellor Supports
4085
5/8/13
New Faculty Senate Members
8/8/13
        Chancellor Supports
4084
5/8/13
Replacement of CFAM Senator
8/8/13
        Chancellor Supports
4083
5/8/13
Replacement of LIB Senator
8/8/13
        Chancellor Supports
4082
5/8/13
Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska (AFCON)
8/8/13
        Chancellor Supports
4081
4/10/13
&
5/8/13
Submission of Grades (B) (amended)
8/8/13
        Chancellor Supports
4080
4/10/13
&
5/8/13
Submission of Grades (A) (amended)
8/8/13
        Chancellor Supports
4079
4/10/13
MOOCs
  8/8/13     Cannot support as the granting of academic credit is under the purview of the faculty, program and college
4078
3/13/13
Replacement on Excellence in Teaching Award Committee
3/25/13
        Chancellor Approves
4077
3/13/13
Student Publications Committee, Position B
3/25/13
        Chancellor Approves and chooses Tammie Kennedy
4076
3/13/13
Commendation
3/25/13
        Chancellor Approves
4075
2/13/13
2013-2016 Newly Elected Faculty Senators
2/18/13
    Accepted for the purpose of information
4074
2/13/13
Criminal Background Checks at UNO
2/18/13
   

Not supported.  As with Resolution 4073, which I opposed, in part, because of its reference to all  NU campuses, I also believe this to be a safety issue for which we have legal and fiduciary responsibility.  In summary, the absence of some form of background checks for persons employed on campus seems in opposition to best practices.

4073
1/16/13
Amended Resolution 4054 on Criminal Background Checks
 
1/23/13
    The Chancellor cannot support and would like to discuss this resolution at today's Faculty Senate Exec. Committee / Administration meeting.
4072
12/12/12
Faculty Senate President-Elect
1/4/13
       

Accept and Support. My congratulations, best wishes and appreciation to Meredith Bacon as President-elect.

4071
12/12/12
Certificate in Information Technology Administration
1/4/13
        Accept and Support
4070
12/12/12
Representation on the Faculty Senate
1/4/13
        Accept and Support
4069
12/12/12
A&S Temporary Replacement
1/4/13
       

Accept and Support. Relative to new Senators Chmidling and Heidel, thank you for serving in this important capacity.  I look forward to working with you and the Faculty Senate in the coming year.

4068
12/12/12
On the Passing of Dr. John Kerrigan
1/4/13
       

Accept and Support. Regarding the passing of Dr. John Kerrigan, I appreciate the Faculty Senate's passage of this resolution.  Dr. Kerrigan was an original, a well-respected member of the campus community, and a leader throughout his tenure at UNO.  He will be missed.

4067
11/14/12
Shared Governance Education
1/4/13
        The concept of shared governance has my strong support and revisiting it from time to time, in light of new issues and new members of the Senate, seems prudent.
4066
11/14/12
3 CH Classes Remain .25 FTE

1/4/13

 

 

 

12/7/12

       

Support and recommend revisiting the merits of .20/.25 as needed.
Sr. V.C. for A&SA BJ Reed also replies: I assume you got the Chancellor's response to the FS resolution regarding part time faculty workload.  I did want to mention to you that we will have the part time faculty workload listed in PAF's as .20 for the spring simply because a number of these had already been processed and I didn't want to burden all the staff by redoing those at this late date.  It will revert back to .25 for the fall depending upon how any further discussions go on the topic.

4065
11/14/12
Revisit Shared Governance
1/4/13
        The concept of shared governance has my strong support and revisiting it from time to time,  in light of new issues and new members of the Senate, seems prudent.
4064
11/14/12
Faculty Involvement
1/4/13
        Support, although I believe there has been appropriate involvement and faculty representation.  I support continued involvement by the faculty.
4063
11/14/12
CPACS Senator Replacement
1/4/13
       

Accept and Support. Relative to new Senators Chmidling and Heidel, thank you for serving in this important capacity.  I look forward to working with you and the Faculty Senate in the coming year.

4062
10/10/12
Replacement on Technology Resources & Services, University Committee on
10/11/12
        The chancellor supports and acknowledges receiving the resolutions for the purpose of information.
4061
9/12/12
Replacement on Honors and Awards Committee
10/2/12
        The chancellor accepts the resolutions for the purpose of information.
4060
9/12/12
UNO Professional Conduct Committee
10/2/12
        The chancellor accepts the resolutions for the purpose of information.
4059
9/12/12
Faculty Grievance Committee
10/2/12
        The chancellor accepts the resolutions for the purpose of information.
4058
9/12/12

Academic Freedom & Tenure Committee (ballots)

(election results)

 

10/2/12

&

10/11/12

       

The chancellor accepts the resolutions for the purpose of information.

The chancellor supports and acknowledges receiving the resolutions for the purpose of information.
4057
9/12/12
Graduate Council Liaison
10/2/12
        The chancellor accepts the resolutions for the purpose of information.
4056
9/12/12
Alumni Association Board of Directors Replacement
10/2/12
        The chancellor accepts the resolutions for the purpose of information.
4055
9/12/12
CPACS Senator Temporary Replacement
10/2/12
        The chancellor accepts the resolutions for the purpose of information.
4053
6/6/12
Replacement of A&S Senator
6/7/12
        Chancellor accepts the res for the purpose of information.
4052
5/9/12
Faculty Senate Presidential Appointments (a-d)
5/22/12
Chancellor acknowledges for informational purposes.
4051
5/9/12
2012-2013 Standing Committees Vice Chairs
5/22/12
        Chancellor acknowledges for informational purposes.
4050
5/9/12
Appointment of Chair of Cabinet
5/22/12
        Chancellor acknowledges for informational purposes.
4049
5/9/12
Secretary/Treasurer of 2012-2013 Faculty Senate
5/22/12
        Chancellor acknowledges for informational purposes.
4048
5/9/12
Election of Vice President of 2012-2013 Senate
5/22/12
        Chancellor acknowledges for informational purposes.
4047
5/9/12
Appointment of Parliamentarian
5/22/12
        Chancellor acknowledges for informational purposes.
4046
5/9/12
Chair of Committee for Rules
5/22/12
        Chancellor acknowledges for informational purposes.

CARRIED OVER

4074
2/13/13
Criminal Background Checks at UNO
2/18/13
   

Not supported.  As with Resolution 4073, which I opposed, in part, because of its reference to all  NU campuses, I also believe this to be a safety issue for which we have legal and fiduciary responsibility.  In summary, the absence of some form of background checks for persons employed on campus seems in opposition to best practices.

4073
1/16/13
Amended Resolution 4054 on Criminal Background Checks
  1/23/13     The Chancellor cannot support and would like to discuss this resolution at today's Faculty Senate Exec. Committee / Administration meeting.
4054 7/11/12

Determine Contractual Implications of Background Check Policy

(w/participation of bargaining unit and Central Admin.)

9/6/12        

The chancellor acknowledges receipt of the resolution and has provided the legal opinion requested.*

(UNO Faculty Senate is not satisfied with this response.)

3079 3/9/11 Shared Governance     4/15/11     Not supported. Chancellor's Comment: “While I continue to be an advocate for shared governance, I will not support 3079, as I am unable to support any resolution which defines the role and responsibilities of the University's governing board, the office of the chancellor, or other administrator, which is outside the purview of the Faculty Senate.”
2944 1/14/09 UCRCA Funding       X *    

*4074 (From Chancellor Christensen via Nancy Castilow in an e-mail sent on2/18/13: No t supported.  As with Resolution 4073, which I opposed, in part, because of its reference to all  NU campuses, I also believe this to be a safety issue for which we have legal and fiduciary responsibility.  In summary, the absence of some form of background checks for persons employed on campus seems in opposition to best practices.)

*4073 (From Chancellor Christensen via Nancy Castilow in an e-mail sent on1/23/13: The Chancellor cannot support and would like to discuss this resolution at today's Faculty Senate Exec. Committee / Administration meeting.

*4054 (Legal Opinion): From: John C. Hewitt [mailto:jhewitt@clinewilliams.com] ; Sent: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 9:11 PM;
To: Ed Wimes; Subject: Background Checks.
Ed,

In a response to my email of July 14, you have indicated that at this time you anticipate that the "background check" at the University of Nebraska at Omaha will consist of the University reviewing public records (i.e., sex offender registry, criminal convictions, etc.) for applicants for employment.  Based on the foregoing you have inquired whether such an approach would constitute a mandatory subject of bargaining.

The simple answer is that the University could, in my opinion, proceed to implement such an approach for applicants without any discussions.  The obligation to bargain in good faith concerning mandatory subjects is generally limited to the current employees of an employer.  There is generally no obligation to negotiate concerning prospective employees.  Star Tribune, 295 NLRB 543 (1989).

If there remains any discussion about expanding such an approach to current employees, then the answer becomes more complicated.  Nevertheless, I do not believe that the University would be required to bargain over the decision to review public records at its own cost and expense.  As I indicated previously, this decision would likely be within the employer's managerial discretion.  However, I also believe that the University would be required to bargain over the "effects" of such a decision; such as (a) whether any information in a person's criminal record would remain confidential; (b) whether certain employees would be exempted based upon length of exemplary work records; (c) the appeal rights of employees who claim that they have been incorrectly identified of having been convicted of a particular crime or who believe there are extenuating circumstances that would exclude their disqualification; and (d) the categories of offenses that would result in automatically exclusion from employment.

If you would like to discuss further, please do not hesitate to call.

John C. Hewitt; jhewitt@clinewilliams.com ; CLINE WILLIAMS WRIGHT JOHNSON & OLDFATHER, L.L.P.; 1125 S.103rd Street, Suite 600; Omaha, Nebraska 68154; Phone 402.397.1700/Fax 402.397.1806

*3079 (From Chancellor Christensen via Nancy Castilow in an e-mail sent on 4/15/11: Acknowledged, but not supported. Chancellor's Comment: Not supported. Chancellor's Comment: “While I continue to be an advocate for shared governance, I will not support 3079, as I am unable to support any resolution which defines the role and responsibilities of the University's governing board, the office of the chancellor, or other administrator, which is outside the purview of the Faculty Senate.” )

2944 (From the EC & Admin Mtg 1/21/09: The Chancellor supports the concept in Resolution 2944 on funding an UCRCA budget line but opined we wouldn't get it during the years of budgetary problems.) (6/10/09 Nancy Castilow wrote for Chanc. Christensen: “ One clarification related to Res. 2944, dealing with ongoing support of the UCRCA budget. I said that I was open to the concept and supportive of continued funding of the UCRCA budget, albeit we would need to review its funding during times of budget constraints, as we do with other such programs. The decision to fund and how much to fund remains the purview of the Office of Academic Affairs. I did not opine that the UCRCA budget line would automatically see no funding during years of budgetary problems.”) (return to table)