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Last updated: 8/12/14

Action Table for 2013-2014 Resolutions

Res #
Date Res. Passed Senate
Title of Resolution
Admin Accepted
Sent for Senate Action
Denied
Deferred
In Progress
Final Action/Resolved
4156
5/14/14
Faculty Senate Presidential Appointments (a-e)
7/2/14
        Acknowledged
4155
5/14/14
2014-2015 Faculty Senate Standing Committee Vice Chairs
7/2/14
        Acknowledged
4154
5/14/14
2014-2015 Faculty Senate Secretary/Treasurer
7/2/14
        Acknowledged
4153
5/14/14
2014-2015 Faculty Senate Vice President
7/2/14
        Acknowledged
4152
5/14/14
2014-2015 Faculty Senate Parliamentarian
7/2/14
        Acknowledged
4151
5/14/14
2014-2015 Rules Committee Chair
7/2/14
        Acknowledged
4150
5/14/14
2014-2015 Standing Committee Chairs
7/2/14
        Acknowledged
4149
5/14/14
University Committees (a-j)
7/2/14
        Acknowledged
4148
5/14/14
Campus Committees (a-i)
7/2/14
        Acknowledged
4147
5/14/14
Membership of 2014-2015 Faculty Senate Standing Committees
7/2/14
        Acknowledged
4146
5/14/14
Master's of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking
7/2/14
        Acknowledged
4145
5/14/14
School of Music and School of the Arts
7/2/14
        Acknowledged
4144
5/14/14
Appreciation for President M. Bacon
7/2/14
        Acknowledged
4143
5/14/14
Appreciation for Chairs of the Standing Committees and Chair of Cabinet
7/2/14
        Acknowledged
4142
5/14/14
Appreciation for Secretary-Treasurer Lyn Holley
7/2/14
        Acknowledged
4141
5/14/14
Appreciation for Vice President Jeanne Surface
7/2/14
        Acknowledged
4140
5/14/14
Newly Elected Senators
7/2/14
        Acknowledged
4139
4/9/14
Extension for Ad Hoc College of Engineering Committee
4/16/14
        Acknowledged
4138
4/9/14
Appreciation for UNO Student Body President/Regent Martha Spangler
4/16/14
        Acknowledged
4137
4/9/14
Appreciation for President Milliken
4/16/14
        Acknowledged
4136
3/12/14
Proposal for “UNO Faculty Senate” Plaque on Maverick Monument Wall
4/16/14
        Acknowledged
4135
3/12/14
Faculty Online Survey
4/16/14
        Acknowledged
4134
3/12/14
Initiating Emeritus Status Policies and Procedures
3/18/14
        SVC BJ Reed: “I have asked James McCarty to look at a revised Emeritus policy that we can bring to Faculty Senate/Deans and other key stakeholders hopefully by August or September.”
4133
3/12/14
Develop a Photo Roster of Students
        Chancellor Christensen/Asst. to Chancellor Nancy Castilow Absent from this EC&A Mtg
4132
3/12/14
Bachelors of Science degree in Gerontolog
        Chancellor Christensen/Asst. to Chancellor Nancy Castilow Absent from this EC&A Mtg
4131
3/12/14
Nebraska Center for Justice Research at NU
        Chancellor Christensen/Asst. to Chancellor Nancy Castilow Absent from this EC&A Mtg
4130
3/12/14
EMIT Proposal
        Chancellor Christensen/Asst. to Chancellor Nancy Castilow Absent from this EC&A Mtg
4129
3/12/14
Appreciation for the UNO Emergency Management Team
        Chancellor Christensen/Asst. to Chancellor Nancy Castilow Absent from this EC&A Mtg
4128
3/12/14
Appreciation & Condolences to James R. Young's Family
        Chancellor Christensen/Asst. to Chancellor Nancy Castilow Absent from this EC&A Mtg
4127
2/12/14
Ad Hoc Committee on Feedback from Faculty
2/20/14
        Chancellor Accepts
4126
2/12/14
Vacancy on UCRCA
2/20/14
        Chancellor Accepts
4125
2/12/14
BA in Music
2/20/14
        Chancellor Accepts
4124
12/11/13
Faculty Senate President-Elect
12/18/13
        Acknowledged
4123
12/11/13
Appointment to Assessment Committee
12/18/13
        Acknowledged
4122
12/11/13
Temporary Spring 2014 Replacement for Senator Stergiou
12/18/13
        Acknowledged
4121
12/11/13
January Return of Education Senator
12/18/13
        Acknowledged
4120
11/13/13
Representative to Digital Measures Ad Hoc Committee
12/16/13
        Accepts
4119
11/13/13
Distribution of Financial & Administration (F&A) Funds to Host Campuses
12/16/13
        Acknowledges
4118
11/13/13 Ad Hoc College of Engineering Steering Committee
12/15/13
        Acknowledges
4117
10/9/13
Support for UNO College of Engineering
10/15/13
        Acknowledged
4116
10/9/13
EMERGENCY: Halt Merger of UNO CEEN Department to UNL EE Department
10/15/13
        Acknowledged
4115
10/9/13
UCat Replacement
10/15/13
        Acknowledged
4114
10/9/13
Condolences to Walter Scotte, Jr. and the Singer and Scott Children
10/15/13
        Acknowledged and thank you for this resolution.
4113
9/11/13
UNO Professional Conduct Committee
10/15/13
        Acknowledges
4112
9/11/13
Faculty Grievance Committee
10/15/13
        Acknowledges
4111
9/11/13
10/9/13
Academic Freedom & Tenure Committee
(completed)
10/15/13
        Acknowledged
4110
9/11/13
Replacement on University Committee on Research & Creative Activity (UCRCA)
10/15/13
        Acknowledges
4109
9/11/13
University Committee on the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT)
10/15/13
        Acknowledges
4108
8/21/13
Appreciation for Dr. Harold M. Maurer, M.D.
10/15/13
        Accept
4107
8/21/13
Deadline for Fall Grades
10/15/13
        Acknowledge
4106
8/21/13
Temporary Replacement for Education Senator
10/15/13
        Acknowledge
4105
8/21/13
Appt. of Parliamentarian
10/15/13
        Acknowledged
4104
7/3/13
Permanent Replacement for Library Senator
8/8/13
        Chancellor Supports
4103
7/3/13
Fall 2013 Submission of Grades
8/8/13
        Chancellor Supports

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)