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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.