This page provides access to motions that have been passed by the Geneseo College Senate, other than curricular approvals.  Policy changes are dated as of their second reading.  Actions are grouped into general categories, within which they are listed in reverse chronological order (most recent first).  Some larger categories, indicated by square brackets, have a separate web page.

It is currently complete from September 2012 to March 2014.

Links to Sections:

[Undergraduate Academic Policies]

Student Opinion of Faculty Instruction

Faculty Affairs

Student Affairs

Honoring People

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.

Faculty Affairs

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.

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.