ACTIONS of the SENATE

This page lists motions that have been passed by the Geneseo College Senate, other than curricular approvals.  Curricular actions are available from the Geneseo file server for Graduate Curriculum and Undergraduate Curriculum.

Actions are grouped into general categories, within which they are listed in reverse chronological order (most recent first).  Multiple actions on the same date are separated by a horizontal line or provided through links.  Some larger categories, indicated by square brackets, have a separate web page.

This page is currently complete from Sep 2009 to Feb 2015.

Links to Sections

Student Opinion of Faculty Instruction

Faculty Affairs

Student Affairs

[Undergraduate Academic Policies]

External Affairs

Honoring People

Governance

Graduate Academic Policies

[Actions of the Faculty]
(Distinct from actions of the Senate;  link provided for convenience.)


Student Opinion of Faculty Instruction

5 Nov 2013

Be it resolved that,

Given the importance of the SOFI's in personnel decisions, the college senate considers it a best practice for faculty to administer the SOFI's online in-class at an appropriate time at the end of the semester.

7 May 2013

Whereas, student assessment of faculty instruction is a required element of faculty evaluation; and

Whereas, student opinions of faculty instruction are an important factor considered by faculty in the development and improvement of courses; and

Whereas, SOFIs are the current mode of obtaining student opinions of faculty instruction; and

Whereas, students responses should not be unduly influenced by factors other than instruction;

Be it Resolved That:
Students' completion of the SOFIs is voluntary. There will be no administrative or academic penalty on individuals or classes of students who decline to complete the SOFIs.
Faculty members are encouraged to administer on-line SOFIs in class whenever possible and practical as it has been shown to be an effective way to improve response rates.


The Senate asks the college administration to reiterate and emphasize at all levels the existing policy on the availability of SOFI comments described herein:

Written SOFI comments will be only directly accessible to the instructor, whether through electronic or any other means. The instructor shall not be required to share written comments with those involved in decisions pertaining to renewal, continuing appointment, promotion, and awards. This policy will be published on the provost’s web site.

1 May 2012

Whereas it is the current policy that student input is a required part of faculty evaluation,

Whereas, the Senate recognizes the important role of accurate student feedback reflecting the

students' opinions of the quality of the instruction they receive,

Whereas response rates to online SOFIs are inadequate and unrelated to attendance,

Whereas non-attending students who cannot evaluate class can respond to online SOFIs,

Whereas online SOFI response rates vary greatly,

Whereas the online SOFI system has sometimes been unreliable,

Whereas students fill out SOFIs in a non-uniform time and manner,

Therefore, Senate concludes that the current system fails to capture student opinion accurately,

and Therefore, Senate recommends that the College replace online administration of the SOFIs used in

the evaluation of faculty with a valid alternative.

26 Apr 2011 (Declined by President, as confirmed in fall 2014)

RESOLUTION ON ADMINISTERING THE SOFI'S

Whereas: Geneseo has a long standing guiding principle to minimize the influence of final grades on Student Opinion of Faculty Instruction (SOFI) data collection, and

Whereas: Recent difficulties in achieving an acceptable SOFI response rate have led to the extension of the data collection period through study day, to the evening before finals period, and

Whereas: A major contributing factor to the low response rate is time pressure on students as the end of the semester approaches, and

Whereas: Considering that 10 to 12 weeks of instruction should provide an adequate basis for students to form their opinions of faculty instruction,

Be it therefore resolved: The Senate recommends that the SOFI period be scheduled such that the data collection ends roughly two weeks prior to the beginning of finals period.

Faculty Affairs

5 May 2015

Resolution on Gender Equity

The Senate of SUNY Geneseo recommends that:

1. The College makes a clear and easy-to-access webpage within a faculty handbook, gathering current policies on FMLA leave, flex-time policies, Drescher Leave, how to stop the tenure clock in case of family leaves, and sick leave donation. Such information should also appear in the coming "Faculty Handbook."

2. The College provides a written statement acknowledging the issue of gender inequality among faculty and committing to responding to the issue as a campus.

3. The College President instructs the Diversity Commission to study in more detail gender equity issues on campus and to issue recommendations with regard to recruitment, support, and retrenchment of faculty. The President should consider appointing to the Commission an external consultant who is an expert on the matter, and, if needed, to appoint additional people with the authority and the expertise to request appropriate data and implement appropriate changes. The administration and/or the Diversity Commission should collect and share information on gender equity as concerns tenure and promotion.

4. The Faculty Personnel Committee (FPC) should meet yearly with the College Affirmative Action Officer to discuss various gender bias issues which may arise during the review process.

15 Apr 2014

Faculty Participation in Evaluation of START-UP NY Proposals

Upon the receipt of a proposal by the SUNY College at Geneseo from a business for participation in the START-UP NY program, a Campus Evaluation Committee will consider the proposal. The Campus Evaluation Committee will include three (four?) members of the faculty. This will include the Chair of the College Senate or his or her designee and three faculty selected from among the faculty of departments most closely aligned with the proposal's contents. The Chair of the College Senate will contact the chairs of the departments most closely aligned with the proposal's contents. These departments will provide two faculty members willing to serve. The College Senate Chair will also recommend a faculty member from the wider campus community.

These faculty committee members along with the other members of the committee will be responsible with reading the proposal and submitting an evaluation of the proposal. As part of the process there will be the opportunity to raise questions about specific points of the proposal and its relationship to the mission of the college. The business sponsoring the proposal will then have the opportunity to answer those questions before the final recommendation is made.

The faculty will be required to serve only for the evaluation of that specific proposal. Each separate proposal will require formulation of a separate committee. Re-evaluation committees that will review the continued alignment of previously approved proposals will follow the same faculty participation structure.

8 Oct 8 2013

Whereas the required two-day unpaid furlough in 2013-2014 under the new UUP contract will impact faculty and staff morale, and

Whereas the College Senate realizes that the Geneseo Administration is not responsible for this policy, and cannot refuse its implementation.  However, the administration can help to mitigate the negative impact of the furlough on faculty and staff morale and demonstrate the Administration’s sensitivity to the faculty’s and staff’s willingness to accept the salary reductions by carefully considering the way this policy is implemented.

College Senate recommends that the Administration consult closely with faculty and staff to find ways to implement the furlough with the following goals in mind:

  1. The unpaid (i.e., non-reimbursed) furlough days should, to the greatest extent possible, be real “days off” so that faculty are not asked to essentially provide unpaid labor to the State.
  2. Students and the general public should be educated about the nature of faculty work life so that they more fully understand why unpaid furloughs are unfair and unreasonable.

Student Affairs

7 May 2013

The College Senate recommends to the President that she or he make it a top priority to implement both short- term and long-term solutions to address the needs for study, recreation, and activity spaces on campus.

Specifically, the College Senate recommends to the President the following:

  • Short-term and immediate steps should be pursued to rehabilitate and enhance the functionality of existing facilities (e.g., re-grade ball fields; install lights; replace Kuhl gym floor; install temporary dance floors; etc.).
  • Space should be reallocated to and rehabilitated for recreation and activities as it becomes available following the openings of newly reconstructed spaces (e.g., the occupancy of the Doty, Erwin, Bailey, Fraser and Sturges Buildings will be reconfigured in the near future).
  • Available local funds (e.g., surplus 'Reserve Funds;' Income Fund Reimbursable [IFRs]) should be used to complete smaller-scale capital improvements.
  • —The Facilities Master Plan for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation should be updated/revised. Based on the priorities identified in the Master Plan, a series of high priority proposals should be developed for capital improvements to activity and recreational spaces.

The College Senate recommends to the President that he support the consistent use of a single definition of hazing in College Policies and publications. Further, as all students are required to abide by the Student Code of Conduct, it is recommended that the definition therein be referenced and, as appropriate, the definition be supplemented with behaviorally-specific examples (e.g., including, but not limited to, "call-outs" and "drop-offs").


The College Senate recommends to the President the following regarding the analysis and use of the data from the Campus and School Hazing Climate Assessment:

  • —identify and publicize major areas of concern at Geneseo
  • —develop meaningful prevention measures in response to the identified areas of concern
  • identify and publicize comparisons between Geneseo and peer institutions
  • educate students, faculty, and staff about hazing, how best to prevent hazing, and response options
  • establish mechanisms for on-going oversight of campus hazing and College response efforts (e.g., the newly formed Student & Campus Life Hazing Prevention Committee)
  • —ensure ongoing communication and collaboration between all relevant stakeholders – student organizations, campus officials and offices, and representatives of the local community
  • —employ empirically-validated, best-practices to guide and inform future prevention, education, data- tracking, and response efforts.

The College Senate recommends to the President that he support centralized data recording of incidents of campus hazing and periodic reporting of these results to the College.


The College Senate recommends to the President that he support the inclusion of "hazing" as a category on the University Police Department's "Silent Witness" form.

3 Apr 2012

Program Funding related to sexual assault issues

The Senate recommends to the President that he support funding for efforts which seek to (1) prevent sexual assault at Geneseo, and (2) educate faculty, staff, and students about resources and options available to those who have experienced sexual assault. The Senate SAC will seek to update with the President regarding status of this issue in fall 2012.


Transportation Funding related to sexual assault issues

The Senate recommends to the President that he support the development and funding of a service whereby medically-stable students who seek a forensic evaluation by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner following the experience of sexual assault are assisted by the College with transportation to Strong Memorial Hospital. We urge that this be implemented prior to the start of fall 2012 or sooner.


Administrative Structure and Procedures related to sexual assault issues

The Senate recommends to the President that the organization and procedures of the College sexual assault response effort be reviewed. We urge that the following be considered and implemented prior to the start of fall 2012 or sooner:

  • implementation of best practices as those outlined in the "Dear Colleagues" letter issued by the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights (4/4/2011) for data collection, policies, procedures, and efforts towards response, education, and prevention;
  • designation of a College official who "owns" the issue of response to sexual assault, coordinates College efforts, and offers periodic reports to the College community; and
  • implementation of an expanded, coordinated, and systematized data collection and record-keeping protocol which records all reports of student sexual assault, and expands current recording and reporting practices beyond those based on compliance with Clery Act requirements.

Policy Governing Student Conduct

The Senate recommends to the President that he initiate review of the Student Code of Conduct, and support changes which align the Code with NYS law (Penal law 220.78) and serve to increase the likelihood that students will contact College officials to report and to seek assistance amidst emergencies and crises. We urge that proposals for changes to the Student Code of Conduct be presented to the College Council for review and approval prior to the start of fall 2012 or sooner.

Graduate Academic Policies

7 Apr 2015 (Presidential Approval 15 Apr 2015)

Admission to the Graduate Program

A complete application for degree status must include:

1. completed application form;
2. official transcript(s) from all institutions of higher education attended; all education admits must possess a cumulative GPA of 3.0;
3. scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) for Accounting; scores on the Graduate Record Examination or Miller Analogies Test for education programs;
4. letters of recommendation from two persons who can attest to the academic potential for graduate study and personal character of the applicant;
5. other special requirements (as noted in individual program descriptions), which may include proof of New York State certification and a written response to an essay prompt.

Note: applicants to the education programs, who do not meet the admissions requirement above, may apply for a waiver.

External Affairs

5 May 2015

Resolution requesting that the University Faculty Senate and the United University Professionals (UUP) lobby for the evolution of Family Medical Leave in the 2016 UUP Contract Negotiations

Whereas it is understood that healthy work-life balance and attention to family life create healthy and productive work environments and allows employers to retain employees in which they have already invested; and Whereas most employees within the State University of New York (SUNY) will experience a need for Family Medical Leave at some point in their careers; and

Whereas the inability to balance short-term family needs with the demands of the workplace can lead to unnecessary resignations, poor work performance and negative impacts on the health and wellness of the employee; and

Whereas SUNY does not have a policy of paid Family Medical Leave (FML) and therefore retaining salary during FML requires the use of accrued sick and/or vacation leave; and

Whereas academic faculty have no leave time accruals beyond sick leave and may therefore not have sufficient paid leave to use for FML; and

Whereas some private companies have found that it is cost effective to adopt policies that allow for liberal paid leave for their working mothers and fathers and that such measures promote retention of working parents;1 and

Whereas the current United University Professions (UUP) contract2 requires that academics and professional staff who want to extend the timeline for the continuing appointment decisions for Family Medical Leaves must either (a) take leave without pay, (b) choose part-time service (losing some percentage of their salary) or (c) step out of rank and take a qualified academic rank; and

Whereas, the adoption of clear and open policies for FML for faculty and professionals at SUNY could provide a model for how FML could be implemented to benefit other state employees; therefore

Be it resolved that the College Senate of the State University of New York College at Geneseo requests that the SUNY administration, working with University Faculty Senate (UFS) and the UUP address the implementation of FML in a system-wide and uniform way and take a leadership role to lobby the Governor of New York State to offer paid Family Medical Leaves to promote retention of valuable employees and increases employee morale, while addressing issues of equity; and

Be it further resolved that the Geneseo College Senate supports the efforts of the UFS and UUP and SUNY Board of Trustees to work together to eliminate the requirements in the current UUP contract3 and Board of Trustees Policies and Procedures for extensions of the timeline for continuing appointment and adopt a "stop the tenure clock" policy for FML that does not compromise our employees professionally (stepping out of rank) or financially (reduced pay or becoming part time);

Finally be it resolved that the Geneseo College Senate request that appropriate FML policies and their implementation should be a high priority in the next round of UUP contract negotiations.

References

1. "Paid Maternity Leave is Good for Business", The Wall Street Journal, December 16, 2014. Last accessed at http://www.wsj.com/articles/susan-wojcicki-paid-maternity-leave-is-good-for-business-1418773756 on April 24, 2015.

2. Article 23.7.a. Leaves of absence without salary may also be granted under appropriate circumstances for the purpose of child care.

3. Appendix A-42. Family Leave – Professional Services Negotiating Unit

15 Apr 2014

Resolution Calling for Delay in Implementation of the edTPA

Whereas, there were multiple fundamental flaws in the implementation of the edTPA in New York, compared with the current recommendations from the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE), the developer of the test; and

Whereas the teacher preparation programs were not provided final guidance material for edTPA preparation until fall 2013 in many cases, and thus have not been given sufficient time to evaluate whether programmatic changes should be made to prepare students for the edTPA, nor to implement such changes; and

Whereas, there is a near-consensus of opinion among teacher education faculties and leaders that there was not a sufficient period of low stakes participation for proper implementation of edTPA; and

Whereas, New York State requirements for student teaching (NY State Education Department Commissioner's Regulation 52.21), coupled with the need to present new material for evaluation if a teacher certification candidate fails the edTPA, limit the candidate's ability to be fairly tested by emphasizing the results of a candidate's initial student-teaching experience; and

Whereas, the increasing burden of test fees may disproportionately limit the ability of under-represented and under-prepared students to become teachers, restricting the diversity of future classroom teachers at a time when K-12 students themselves are increasingly from multicultural backgrounds; and

Whereas, the State Assembly of New York has introduced legislation (A09207) to delay use of the edTPA in initial teacher certification until July 1, 2015;

Therefore, be it resolved that the College Senate of the State University of New York College at Geneseo emphatically urges the Board of Regents and the State Education Department:

1. To remove the use of the edTPA as a requirement for initial certification in New York beginning May 2014 and thereafter; and

2. To establish a task force involving college faculty and administrators to review the role of externally evaluated performance-based assessment in teacher education programs, and whether or how edTPA (or other measures) might be used in those programs; and

3. To postpone the use of edTPA data in the profiles of teacher education programs until the 2015-16 academic year at the earliest.

And further, the SUNY Geneseo College Senate instructs its officers to bring this resolution to the attention of the New York State Board of Regents, the New York State Education Department, and appropriate members of the New York legislature.

22 Mar 2011

Resolution in Support of a Five-Year Tuition Plan for SUNY

WHEREAS, the mission of SUNY Geneseo is to educate students while providing economic, social, and cultural support to Western New York, and

WHEREAS, SUNY Geneseo's tuition is only $4,970 per year – among the lowest in the nation; and

WHEREAS, historically SUNY tuition has been anything but fair and predictable, SUNY having been allowed to raise tuition only 13 times over the last 48 years – the smallest of which was 7 percent and the highest of which was 43 percent; and

WHEREAS, SUNY, being the largest comprehensive university system in the United State, has the potential to create unprecedented opportunities for current and future college students and their families, as well as for businesses and industry, and the workforce of the State of New York; and

WHEREAS, SUNY campuses must have fiscal stability to be able to carry out this responsibility;

WHEREAS, a five-year tuition plan that is fair, equitable and responsible and keeps all tuition revenues at SUNY campuses without corresponding cuts will provide current and future students and their families the ability to adequately plan ahead and know any tuition increase will be used to enhance educational opportunities; and

WHEREAS, SUNY state-operated campuses have been the only New York public higher education sector to be subject to mid-year gubernatorial reductions without the concurrence of the legislature, and have frequently been the only part of state government to deal with the costs associated with collective bargaining agreements negotiated by the Governor's Office of Employee Relations without state funding, thereby eroding the state's maintenance of effort;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the SUNY Geneseo College Senate hereby supports the State University's proposal for the enactment of a five-year rational tuition plan, as well as a commitment to the maintenance of effort throughout any given year.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the SUNY Geneseo College Senate encourages the State Legislature to support this proposal and pass it into New York State Law, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the SUNY Geneseo College Senate calls for immediate tuition relief or restoration to fill the $2 million budget gap for Geneseo created by the Executive budget, and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Chair of the SUNY Geneseo College Senate shall forward copies of this Resolution to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the New York State Legislature and all others deemed necessary and proper.

Honoring People

10 Sep 2013

In recognition of his six years of stalwart service as Presiding Officer of the Faculty and Senate Chair at the SUNY College at Geneseo, the College Senate presents Dennis Showers with this ceremonial gavel as a token of our sincere appreciation.

7 May 2013

Whereas, President Christopher C. Dahl has provided long and valued service to the State University of New York at Geneseo and

—Whereas, President Dahl has shown himself to be highly committed to the principles and processes of shared faculty governance, even having served as a role model to other presidents and administrators in the SUNY System and beyond, and

—Whereas, President Dahl has provided both service and leadership to the Geneseo College Senate through his committed presence and judicious input,

—Be it therefore resolved, on this day, May 7, 2013 that the Geneseo College Senate on behalf of the entire college community expresses its heartfelt thanks and appreciation for his service and commitment and offers him a token of our appreciation declaring that he is a Friend of the College Senate and wishes him well in the next phase of his life's journey.

Governance

In this category are changes to the Standing Rules of the College Senate.  Other changes to governing documents are determined by the Faculty, and recorded on the Actions of the Faculty site.

2 Feb 2016

Motion concerning the publication of minutes in the College Senate Bulletin

Whereas it is sometimes desirable to publish committee minutes before they have been approved by the committee, in order to publicize committee activity in advance of a College Senate vote, and

whereas it is important for the record to clearly distinguish these published draft minutes from approved minutes, and

whereas two articles should not have the same titles,

therefore College Senate makes the following changes to its Standing Rules, Articles IV and XI.

IV. COMMUNICATION

1. The mover of a resolution or substantive motion in the Senate shall submit a copy in writing to the Secretary to be read at the time of the vote.

2. Matters considered to be of a confidential nature may, at the discretion of the Chair and Secretary, be omitted from the published minutes.

3. All minutes published in the College Senate Bulletin shall be explicitly designated as either "Draft" or "Approved."

4. Minutes published in draft form must be republished once approved, even if no modifications were made.

XI. COMMUNICATION OF COMMITTEES

2. Secretaries of Standing Committees of the Senate

a. Each Standing Committee shall choose a member to act as Secretary for the preparation and distribution of minutes.

b. The Secretary of each Standing Committee will be responsible to see that a copy of the minutes is printed published in the College Senate Bulletin.


Whereas common methods of bringing business before College Senate have changed since the Standing Rules were last revised, and

whereas it is expected that business be made available to senators in advance of College Senate meetings, and

whereas there has been no Standing Rule article VI section 4 for at least a decade,

therefore College Senate makes the following changes to its Standing Rules, Articles VI and IX.

VI. SUBMISSION OF BUSINESS TO THE SENATE

1. To insure more adequate consideration, business issues will normally be considered in the Executive Committee or in the Standing Committees before being placed before the Senate.

2. Items of routine business should be submitted to the College Senate Chair in writing at least three days prior to the Senate meeting.

3. Matters Business items of importance, such as those requiring a vote, should be delivered to the desk of the College Senate Chair in person or through a colleague published in the College Senate Bulletin at least six days prior to the Senate meeting.

a. Such items should be delivered to the College Senate Secretary and Chair at least eight days prior to the Senate meeting.

b. Such items presented by committees should be accompanied or preceded by minutes from the meeting where the items were discussed. These minutes may be in draft form.

54. The usual order of business for a parliamentary group will be used.

65. New items of business will appear on the Senate Agenda in the order received. However, the Chair, with the consent of the Senate, may create an order of business according to the relevancy of the subjects.

76. Motions to consider items not on the agenda should be restricted to emergencies.

87. The agenda should be appropriately announced published in the College Senate Bulletin at least six days prior to a meeting.

IX. INITIATION OF BUSINESS

1. Any Faculty member, as defined in the Senate University Personnel Policies Faculty Constitution, may refer a matter to a Senator or to the College Senate Chair. The Senator may refer the matter in writing to the College Senate Chair for assignment to the appropriate Committee.

18 April 2014

Standing Rules Changes

Standing Rules Clarifications