College Senate Bulletin

28 Sept. 2001

Contents
Page Topic
23 Contents
Announcements:
24 Fall 2001 College Senate Meeting Schedule
24 Senate Bulletin Mailing List
24 UCC Proposals
Minutes:

24 College Senate Meeting, Sept. 18, 2001
30 Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Meeting, Sept.25, 2001

34 Undergraduate Academic Policies,Core, and Review Committee Meeting, Sept. 25, 2001
35 Student Affairs Committee Meeting, Sept. 25,2001


Correspondence: Janice A. Lovett,Department of Biology,

Bailey 210; e-mail: lovett@geneseo.edu; phone:245-5413
Announcements:

Fall 2001College Senate Meeting Schedule

October 2 Executive Committee Meting
October 16 (Immediately preceeded by the All College Meetingat which the Committee on Nominations will report.)
November 6
December 4
Senate Bulletin Mailing List

Any member of the College Community may receive an individual copy of the College Senate Bulletin. If you would like to receivea copy please send your name as you would like it to appear onthe mailing label and your campus address to the Senate Chair,Janice Lovett, lovett@geneseo.edu or 210 Bailey.
UCC Proposals

I have been asked to remind everyone that deadlines forcurricular changes of all kinds which will be included in the2002-2004 College Bulletin must be submitted to the Dean's Officebefore October 5, 2001.

Minutes of the College Senate Meeting

18 September 2001
Newton 204

Present: D. Anderson; J. Ballard; R. Bonfiglio; T. Book;M. Brummell; J. Bushnell; M. Chang; W. Cook; F.K. Cylke; C. Dahl;J. DeCeu; B. Dixon; G. Drake; M. Dunn; K. Farrell; C. Faulkner;B. Fearn; C. Filice; S. Flynn; C. Freeman; J. Gill; B. Glass;W. Gohlman; D. Granger; T. Greenfield; A. Gu; E. Hall: K. Hannam;A. Happ; R. Hartman; A. Hatton; D. Hill; T. Hon; H. Hoops; D.Johnson; J. Kirkwood; A. Kline; K. Levison; J. Lieberman; M. Lima;J. Liu; J. Lovett; J. McLean; S. McKenna; D. McPherson; D. Metz;J. F. Morse; J. Mounts; K. O’Gara; P. Pacheco; N. Paternostro;M. Putman; J. Putorti; K. Rank; J. Remedy; S. Salmon; A. Sheldon;R. Spear; A. Stanley, L. Steet; M. Stolee; D. Sullivan; L. Taczak;C. Tang; G. Towsley; R. Vasiliev; A. Weibel; T. Williams; C. Wixson;Y. Zhang; J. Zook

Call to Order: College Senate Chair Lovett called the meetingto order at 4.03 PM

Adoption of Agenda: The Chair Lovett noted a slight correctionin the agenda: Terry Bazzett, not Chris Leary, is Vice-Chair.The agenda was adopted unanimously with this correction.

Approval of the Minutes of the Previous Meetings: The followingminutes of previous meetings were approved unanimously:

1 May 2001: 2000-01 College Senate, Bulletin 29, pp. 483-491.
1 May 2001: 2001-02 College Senate, Bulletin 29, p. 491.

Approval of New Members: The Chair presented new membersof the Senate:
Elizabeth Hall (Education) to replace Beth McCoy (English)as Senator-at-Large under six years (2001-03).
Michael Oberg (History) to replace Savi Iyer (Physics) asSenator-at-Large under six years (2000-01).
Linda Steet (Education) to replace Terence Bazzett (Psychology)as Senator-at-Large under six years (2000-01).
Rosanne Hartman (Communication) to replace Edward Gillin(English) as Senator-at-Large over six years for the Fall 2001semester.
The Senate approved these replacements unanimously.

Memorial Minute: Chair Lovett made the following statementabout the World Trade Center/Pentagon disasters of 11 September2001.

The enormityof the events which occurred one week ago today require that weacknowledge the catastrophe before beginning the work of the CollegeSenate this year. Although others have addressed the catastrophemore eloquently already, I would like to ask the Senate to reflecta minute and remember the thousands of people whose lives weredirectly affected, the millions who have been indirectly affected,and for each of us to pledge that we will do whatever possibleto prevent the hatred which engendered this tragedy from beingperpetuated.


President Dahl announced that, as far as we know, no parentsor siblings of current students are among the missing. But otherrelatives and friends are still unaccounted for. Further, theNBC network’s semi-official website has identified twoof our alumni as missing in the World Trade Center.

Richard Bosco, B.A.in Economics, 1989, an employee of Citibank.

Cindy Guan, B.S. in Accounting, 1999, an employee of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.


Dahl asked the Senate to remember these alumni during theminute of silence which followed.
Senate Reports

Chair’s Report

Deadlines for Chancellor’s Awards closed yesterday; the deadline for sabbatical leaveswas last Friday. Lovett noted one correction: Title F leaves haveno deadline.

The deadline for Summer Curriculum Grant Award proposals is 15October. In that regard, the Faculty Teaching and Program DevelopmentCommittee will host an informational meeting for anyone thinkingabout writing a proposal on Thursday, 20 September 2001 at 12.45in Sturges 105.

Undergraduate Research Grants sponsored by the Student Associationand Geneseo Foundation are due on Friday, 21 September.

Those sending courses proposals to UCC via the Dean’s Officewho would like these courses included in the new Bulletin andin the Master Schedule for Fall 2002 should submit proposals by5 October.

Lovett reminded the Senate of some “ground rules” for Senate discussions and debates:
• Senators should identify themselvesclearly when they speak so that the Senate Secretary can notethem correctly in the minutes.
• When the Senate has discussions, the Chairwill try to acknowledge people who have not yet spoken beforereturning to people who would like to speak a second time.
• Senators who wish to present a motion or initiatean extended discussion should give the Chair a copy of their motionor advance notice of their discussion a day ahead of time if possible.The Senate Secretary would appreciate copies of motions of presentationfor accurate inclusion in the minutes.
• Motions from committees do not require a second(this includes UCC).

President’s Report

President Dahl affirmed thatthe preceding week has been difficult for the College community, and he described some of its responses.

The College decided only to cancel evening classes on Tuesdayand Wednesday so that together as a community we could come toterms with what was going on in the world around us. Dahl himselfwas pleased with the number of people who came out for interfaithservice and candlelight vigil on the night of Tuesday, 11 September.At least 1200 people attended.

Faculty also met to discuss how to handle the issues raised bythese events and ways to respond in the classroom. Also, supportgroups were held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Friday night,the AGO sorority held a candlelight vigil on Main Street and raised$1000 for the Red Cross. On Saturday, 15 September, the LivingstonCounty Red Cross held a blood drive facilitated by the StudentAssociation and Intergreek Council. About 10-15 minutes into blooddrive, all available slots for blood donation filled. These groupshave also collected more than $8,000 for the Red Cross and hopeto match this amount.

On Friday, the Student Association sponsored a free charteredbus to the New York City area so students could visit family members.

There was also a benefit by student group Blue Fist during theblood drive.

In addition, on Thursday, 13 September, there was an excellentpanel featuring five faculty members: Jim Bearden from Sociology,Karla Cunningham and Ed Drachman from Political Science, BillGohlman from History, and Michael Lynch from Psychology. The Collegeis grateful for their presentation. One thing we have done wellin the past week, Dahl felt, is to come together and share ourfeelings about the tragedy.

The College has tried to support our international and Muslimstudents. Dahl warned that as soon as we start thinking of a groupas “them,” as the anonymous source of sourceof violence or terror, we have doomed ourselves. Our job as acommunity is to understand and support, not to wreak vengeance.

Dahl admitted that, by comparison, the topic of the CollegeBudget seemed trivial. He gave a brief overview.

We still don't know finally what the College’s Budget willlook like; we still have a “bare bones budget”. The State Legislature has simply appropriated last year’s budget plus increases for contracted salary adjustments andsmall amount of perhaps inflationary funds - some $52 or 53 milliontotal at the system level. We don’t know if there willbe a supplementary budget bill, but in light of recent events,it is less likely to occur any time in the near future.

The disaster at the World Trade Center has also directly affectedthe New York State Budget. A rough estimate by the Center forGovernment Research in Rochester indicates the salaries of WorldTrade Center workers represent 10% of total state income tax revenue.This may hamper flexibility in the State Budget as the year goeson.

Towards the end of last fiscal year, Dahl accepted the recommendationof the College Budget Priorities Committee for use of one-timeand carryover funds, and Dahl believes that most of those recommendationshave been implemented. We will share this information when weare certain what the whole Budget looks like.

Dahl displayed current College Budget figures for the Senate onthe screen.

Using a base budget from 2000-01 of $31,738,100 plus the additionsnoted above, the Legislature has enacted a “barebonesbudget” of $33,933,500.

Almost all of this the net new money in the amount of $2,195,400is allocated by the State to us for salary increases ($1,865,700).(Two years ago, the system didn’t even give us enough forcontracted salaries.) Because of changes in enrollment mix andnumbers, we will have some increases in revenue for the College($332,700), minus a “formula reduction” of$3000. But the salary increases for all of our college bargainingunits amounts to $1,951,532, so we’re left with net availablenew money of $243,868.

Unfortunately, the College expects added expenses during the comingyear. In 2000-01, we spent $500,00 more on utilities than we hadbudgeted. Estimating from current energy prices and last year’s “degree days” and energy uses, we will be$300,000 short just for utilities if we receive no additionalfunds. The SUNY system may call back some money allocated throughformula funding because there are system-wide needs, ranging fromcampuses with severe financial problems to the need to implementitems that did make it into the Governor’s Budget. To beprepared, we will have a potential 1% charge to College Departments.

Sources of funding, then, are as follows:
Net New Money $243,868
1% Charge to Departments $325,800
Campus Reserve $322,000

We do not know yet if the Departments will have to take the 1%charge. If the charge becomes unnecessary, it will be possibleto release these funds to Departments. The Campus Reserve, meanwhile,is our normal 1% reserve that meets exigencies such as utilitiescost overruns. While we have been prudent, we have gone as closeto zero as we could even with the 1% charge.

Dahl also outlined his charge to the Commission on Diversityand Community, noting that this work is especially importantin a time of international crisis.

1. Continue the quantitative and qualitative surveyresearch on campus climate for students of color and diverse studentbody. Quantitative research is being spearheaded by ProfessorsZhiming Zhao and Rosemarie Cherici of Anthropology. Qualitativefocus-group research has been ongoing as well.

2. Craft a statement on diversity - what does it mean, and whyis it educationally, philosophically and humanly important?

3. Work on projects to foster and build community.

4. Design professional development seminars and write grant proposalsin professional development related to infusing diversity intothe curriculum.

Dean Leonard Sancilio and Professor Beth McCoy are heading theCommission.

Finally, Dahl lent the podium to Dean of the College Tom Greenfieldwho supplied information on the recent Middle States Associationself-study on behalf of himself and his co-chair, ProfessorDavid Geiger. Greenfield

Greenfield reported that his Committee has handed in its reportto Middle States. The visiting team from Middle States comes fromnine different institutions and will be on campus from 20-24 October.They will have read the self-study and will expect that peoplein leadership positions will have some familiarity with it. Greenfieldrecommended that those in leadership positions should go to thereport’s website at www.geneseo.edu/~midstates/chapters/stu.pdfand become especially familiar with the sections on “Institutional Renewal (Conclusion): and “Recommendations/Missionand Goals Matrices.”

Both Greenfield and Geiger will be available for any questionsrelated to the report and the upcoming visit.

Provost’s Report

Provost Dixon reported onthe newly developing Center for Excellence in Learning andTeaching.

Many groups have approached the Provost individually concerninga Center of this type, including the Commission on Diversity,the group that attended the Carnegie Program on Teaching, theLibrary, CIT, the Faculty Teaching and Professional DevelopmentCommittee, Faculty Affairs Committee, and others. The Provostsees a clear mandate for starting such a Center. It will beginin a fairly small way; an area in the Library has become availablefor a new seminar room for teaching circles and discussions; theelectronic teaching lab can also be rearranged for these new purposes.

The Provost is dedicating $10,000 from her own budget for gatheringmaterials or bringing in speakers in order to create creativeworkshops for faculty. Meanwhile, the library seminar room isnot quite finished, but the Provost will keep the Senate postedabout progress made.

The Provost also asked for volunteers who will share their expertisein various teaching styles.

Additionally, the Library is now hosting a new satellite WritingLearning Center open on Sunday afternoons and on Monday throughThursday evenings.

At the next Senate Meeting, there will be a complete progressreport on the Strategic Planning Group. As of this pastspring, 75 people have contributed to the report; the draft shouldbe ready in 2-3 weeks. The Provost thanked all who participatedand made suggestions; the suggestions harmonize well with theMiddle States documents.

Vice-Chair’s Report

Vice-Chair Bazzett was delayed and could not attend today’s Senate meeting. Chair Lovett relayed Bazzett’s reportthat the Excellence Committee for Teaching Awards Committee hasbeen formulated. The Committee will begin reviewing nominationssoon.
Treasurer’s Report

Senate Treasurer Freeman reported a balance of $3,188.86in the Senate Fund. He reminded the Senate that we do send carepackages to faculty and staff in hospital. If anyone needs a carepackage, please let Freeman know.
University Senator’s Report

University Senator Bill Gohlman said that he and Chair Lovettwill attend an organizational meeting of the University FacultySenate in Albany this weekend.
Central Council Report

Joshua Lieberman reported that the joint Student Associationand Intergreek Council Blood Drive has raised a total of $17,000and hopes to reach $20,000.

The Student Association’s offices are currently beingrenovated. CU 316 will remain as the Student Association Office;Lieberman hoped it would be completed in the next month and provideworkspace to student organizations who need it.
Reports of the Standing Committees of the Senate

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

Committee Chair Bushnell moved the first Reading of a MinorCourse Revision, BIOLOGY/CHEMISTRY 385: Biochemistry Seminar (Bulletin,p.18).

There was no discussion, and the motion passed unanimously.

Bushnell announced that the next meeting of the Committeewill take place on Tuesday, 25 September in Sturges 113.
Undergraduate Academic Policies, Core and Review

Chair Filice announced the Committee’s first meetingon Tuesday, 25 September at 4PM in South Hall 110.
Graduate Academic Affairs Committee

No report.
Student Affairs Committee

Chair McPherson announced that the first meeting of the Committeewill occur on Tuesday, 25 September at 4PM in Bailey 211.
Faculty Affairs Committee

Chair James McLean announced that the Committee’sfirst meeting will take place in Welles 111 on Tuesday, 25 Septemberat 4PM. Agenda items and suggestions should go to McLean or toother members of the Committee.
New Business

There was no new business.
Adjournment

The Senate moved to adjourn at 4.43PM.

Respectfully submitted,


Graham N Drake
College Senate Secretary
College Senate Executive Committee
September 4, 2001
12:45PM
Wadsworth 204
Minutes of the Meeting of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

September 25, 2001

The meeting was called to order at 4:00 in Sturges 113.

Members Attending: J. Bushnell (chair), R. Vasiliev,M. Stolee, M. Chang, M. Oberg, G. Towsley, K. O’Gara, J.Morse, C. Wixson, J. Gill, S. Flynn, A. Weibel, P. Pacheco, J.Zook, D. Hill. Visitors: S. Bailey, S. Burwood

1. Susan Bailey spokeabout difficulties with the new system of on-line submission ofcourse proposals. She asked for the committee’s considerationof the process.

2. Chair Bushnell asked for the sense of the committee ona request by a member who is unable to attend the meetings tovote by proxy. The consensus was that the member should be replacedby a senator whose schedule allowed attendance.

3. Actions on courses
a) INTD 250 StudyAbroad Slot Course: Several questions were raised about the studentand faculty workloads for the various offerings of this slot courseand the amount of credit given. The Dean’s office monitorsthe credit for such courses. Language was added to the proposaladdressing the SUNY guidelines on credit. The Proposal for a newcourse was passed.
b) MATH 345 and 346
The prerequisite changes for these courses were passed.
c) ANTH 247
Deletion of the course was passed without disussion.
d) ANTH 209, 211, 214, 301
The title changes to these courses were passed.
e) ANTH 224
The title change and the rotation change were passed.

4. Michael Oberg, a member of the committee working on theU.S. History requirement, asked the committee what they wouldlike to see from his committee when courses had been approvedfor inclusion in this requirement. It was suggested that the criteriaused by the committee should be passed on to UCC.

5. The committee adjourned at 4:37.


Respectfully submitted by Gary Towsley

Course Proposal Information

New Course Proposal
Intd 250: Study Abroad (with subtitle)

Description: This is a short course of study abroad designedto introduce students to the experience of studying in anothercountry. The courses will be offered during intersession, springbreak or summer session. Each will last from 1-3 weeks and, dependingon the length of the course, will carry 1-3 credit hours.

Rationale for proposal: This study abroad slot course isdesigned to provide a convenient mechanism for the anticipatedincrease in short courses offered abroad during spring break,intersession or summer. The model is INTD 188: Literary Dublinthat was offered on an experimental basis in the spring of 2001. This course was designed with an interdisciplinary focus andfor freshmen and sophomores (see syllabus below). These courseswill appeal particularly to those who have not previously studiedabroad and who might find a whole semester or academic year ratherdaunting. They are a convenient, less expensive substitute forthe longer overseas experience and may provide students with asample that will make study abroad for longer periods more attractive. It is envisaged that INTD study abroad-prefixed courses willrun concurrently. Flexibility in course credit is needed to reflectthe time spent abroad and the demands of each course. Studentcontact hours will be calculated for each proposed course accordingto SUNY guidelines, and transcripts will reflect clearly the factthat the course was taken abroad.

Sample Syllabus:

INTD 188 Intro to Overseas Studies: Literary Dublin. 1 credit.
Instructor: T. Greenfield. Admission by application through StudyAbroad Office.

Required Texts/Materials. Books Available at Sundance.

1. James Joyce, DUBLINERS.Bantam Classic
2. Jonathan Swift, MODEST PROPOSAL AND OTHER SATIRICAL WORKS.Dover Thrift Edition. Bram Stoker, Short story, on reserve. TitleTBA.
3. W. B. Yeats, Selected Poems. (Handout and web sources).


Web Resources.
St Patrick's Cathedral Website http://www.stpatrickscathedral.ie/

Class Sessions.
Four 75-minute meetings before trip
One 75 minute meeting after trip
Note trip Itinerary for required events while in Dublin.

Note: Students must sign up for the course in order to take thetrip to Dublin (no audits); students must take the trip in orderto sign up for the course.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Students will write one or morepapers relating themes from course readings with observationsfrom the overseas experience. (Length and number of papers tovary with number of credits awarded for the section.)

Students will compare and contrastby oral presentation their experiences in Ireland with the expectations(vis-`a-vis city life, cultural life, contemporary politics inIreland) they formulated from preparatory readings and discussionsof course material.

February 2 Dubliners: Readall of Dubliners except "The Dead" (last, long story) For discussionwe will focus on "The Sisters," "Araby" "The Boarding House,""Two Gallants," "A Little Cloud" "Ivy Day in the Committee Room,"as well as the text as a whole.


FRIDAY February 23 Dubliners, "The Dead"
FRIDAY March 2 Jonathan Swift, "Modest Proposal," "Argument AgainstAbolishing Christianity," possibly other readings
FRIDAY 3:40 -4:45PM March 16 Read Joyce's Portrait of the Artist (some discussion but mostly a final prep. for the trip).
March 17 - 24, Trip to Ireland. See website for details.http://www.geneseo.edu/~tag/Ireland.html
FRIDAY 3:40 - 5:00 April 6 Wrap up session/Hand papers &journals (Party?).

Papers .Two written assignments.

You will keep a journal while in Ireland. We will schedule30 minutes of journal writing on most or all full days -- includingsome group writing sessions, with discussion. Hold on to yourjournal and make copies at home. Hand in one copy on April 6and keep the other (or original) for yourself.

Write one short (2-3 typed pages)response paper based on a play or other cultural event we attendwhile in Dublin. The general theme of the paper will be a discussionof what you learned
about Irish literature, history, and/or culture from this event,apart from the event itself. You
should take most of your notes while in Ireland but you will actuallyprepare the paper here.


Both assignments due on April 6th.

JOURNALS

I hardly expect that you willactually compose your finished journals while you are here andvery much on the run. However, I would like you to make "real-time"! observations to be used in the journals.

The best journals, meaning the "A" journals, will discuss observationsand insights made here in the context themes, content, issues,and perspectives raised in our principal texts, with respect tosuch matters as (2 of 3 underlined themes are requiredfor your journal discussions, the others are optional:

*The physical, sensory, textured, olifactory character ofDublin and its central city street life (Dubliners)
*English and Irish political, economic and cultural relationships(certainly tensions, but kinships too if you observe them) ModestProposal and to some extent Dubliners ("Little Cloud")
*Dublin as a 'constrained, paralyzed' place, sociologically, politically,and economically (Agree? Disagree? And why?) Dubliners.
*Dublin's religious life (Swift and Joyce)
*The relationship between Irish literature and Irish music (Yeats'poetry).
*A walk through of locations from Joyce's Dubliners. Does it look,seem, feel, like Joyce's Dublin to you? (This can be overlappedwith item 1, but if you do this one, I expect you to go directlyto some of Joyce's locales -- or go back to them if you need theinspiration.
*Other issues as you see fit.

Your journal must discuss at least three separate issues (includingtwo underlined).

You are strongly encouraged to formulate your journal responsesfrom a variety of perspectives: guided tours, Irish newspapersand magazines read during the week we are there, personal (pointedand detailed) observations from your own wanderings and experiences. Your ability to use the assigned reading as specific contextsfor presenting your Dublin journal will be the key to its success.

Length: Minimum 3 separate discussion issues (at least two fromthe underlined options), minimum 250 words each, i.e. 750-1000words
Date: April 13.

Other Courses Proposals

Minor Course Revision: MATH 345 -Numerical Analysis I. Change prerequisites from MATH 222 and acourse in Fortran, Pascal or the C programming language to courseprerequisites/co-requisites MATH 222, MATH 233, and a course incomputer programming. Rationale: the change in prerequisites moreaccurately reflects the knowledge and skills necessary for successfulcompletion of the course.

Minor Course Revision: MATH 346 - Numerical Analysis II.Change prerequisites from MATH 233 and MATH 345 to prerequisite/co-requisiteMATH 345. Rationale: the change in prerequisites more accuratelyreflects the fact that MATH 233 is now a prerequisite/corequisitefor MATH 345.

Course deletion: ANTH 247 - Cultural Resource Management.Rationale: material will be included in ANTH 110 and ANTH 346.

Minor Course Revision: ANTH 209 - change title from M/IroquoisCulture to M/Ethnography of the Iroquois. Rationale: to bringcourse titles into a consistent form based on world ethnography.

Minor Course Revision: ANTH 211 - change title from M/Indiansof North America to M/Ethnography of North American Indians. Rationale:to bring course titles into a consistent form based on world ethnography.

Minor Course Revision: ANTH 214 - change title from M/Peoplesof Southeast Asia to M/Ethnography of Southeast Asia. Rationale:to bring course titles into a consistent form based on world ethnography.

Minor Course Revision: ANTH 301 - change title from M/Religion,Culture and Society to M/Ethnography of Religion. Rationale: tobring course titles into a consistent form focused on world ethnography.

Minor Course Revision: ANTH 224 - change title from Men,Women and Culture in Latin America to Ethnography of Gender inLatin America; change rotation from offered every fall to offeredfall, odd years. Rationale: to bring course titles into a consistentform focused on world ethnography; rotation is a minor correction.


Undergraduate Academic Policies, Core, and Review Committee
(9-25-01)

Attendance: Carlo Filice (Chair), F. Kurt Cylke, Kimberly DaltonFerris, Gloria Dingeldein, David Granger, Amy Happ, Harold Hoops,David Johnson, Kathleen Mapes, Jeffrey Mounts, Joseph Remy, AmySheldon, Cassie Whalen, Yu Zhang

The meeting was called to order by Carlo Filice at 4:02 p. m.

There were brief introductions of all members.

Chair’s report: Chair asked if anyone objected to DeanGreenfield being welcomed as a regular guest of the committee.There were no objections. Chair reported that as yet the Committeehas not received any official business, but mentioned that a coupleof likely topics are in the offing: Intersession/Summer distance-learningcourse offerings by Geneseo faculty, and laptops. He then askedif members had other issues in mind for possible committee discussion.None came up.

There were, however, some questions of clarifications by new membersas to the purpose and role of the Policies Committee. Brief answerswere offered by various committees “veterans.” H. Hoops helped by recalling some of the issues tackled by theCommittee the preceding academic year.

Meeting adjourned at 4:28.

Respectfully submitted,

Carlo Filice


Minutes of the Student Affairs Committee meeting

9/25/01

The Student Affairs Committee had its first meeting of the academicyear on 9/25/01. Although there were no formal proposals broughtbefore the committee, a number of issues were raised and discussed.

1. The first question had to do with student access to fax facilities,and the question was raised whether there is a need for a morepublicly available fax machine. The present machine is housedin the Student Activities office at the college union. From thediscussion, it appears possible that the issue may be resolvedby increasing student awareness of the current fax facility.Student representatives volunteered to research this matter.

2. A question was raised by M. Lima about what restrictions areimposed on announcements sent out through the student list-server,and whether political censorship had occurred. Discussion ensuedwith the conclusion that more information was needed regardingthe present policy and who moderates the list.

3. Changes in the SAFE car system were discussed. Several studentrepresentatives relayed a feeling of dissatisfaction with thecurrent policy. As a student advocacy committee is already engagedin dialogue with the SAFE system administrators, the SAC makesno recommendation at present but its members remain attentiveand interested in the issue.

4. A question was raised about whether the campus police willbe armed in the near future. After much discussion it was concludedthat the SAC lacked sufficient information on the present statusof this issue, and several SAC members volunteered to researchit further.

5. Discussion moved to the issue of student rape, on campus andin the campus community. Concerns were expressed that the incidenceof rape is under-reported, and questions were raised about theadequacy of campus facilities to deal with rape when it is reported.The SAC made no specific proposals, but will research the currentpolicies and return to the issue at a later date.

6. M. Brummel announced that the Union Advisory Committee seeksmembers from both the students and the faculty. Please contactKathy Trainor (trainor@geneseo.edu) if interested.

7. The meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Duane McPherson