JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITY COUNCIL

Minutes No. 1  2000-2001
Thursday, October 26, 2000


I.          CALL TO ORDER AND ATTENDANCE: The James Madison University Council met on Thursday, October 26, 2000, at 4:00 p.m. in Taylor 306, with Dr. Linwood Rose, President, presiding.

PRESENT:   Mr. Ralph Alberico, Dr. Jerry Benson, Dr. Dorothy Boyd-Rush, Dr. David Brakke, Ms. Sara Bromberg, Dr. James Couch, Ms. Melody Eaton, Mr. Michael Flaherty, Dr. Clarence Geier, Dr. John Gilje, Ms. Dona Gilliam, Dr. Teresa Gonzalez (for Dr. Doug Brown), Dr. Arnold Kahn, Mr. Greg Kundolf, Ms. Rachel Montgomery, Mr. Geoff Polglase, Dr. Robert Reid, Dr. James Ruff, Dr. Robert Scott, Dr. Anne Stewart, Mr. Mark Sullivan, and Dr. Richard Whitman.

ABSENT:  Dr. Patricia Brady, Dr. Barbara Castello, Dr. Linda Halpern, Mr. Charles King, Mr. Mitch Moore, and Dr. Mark Warner.

II.        ELECTION OF COUNCIL SECRETARY: Secretary to University Council must be appointed by Council.  Duties of the position include preparing and electronically posting the agenda for members of Council, recording attendance, and recording and electronically posting copies of the minutes.

On motion of seconded by Dr. Scott and seconded by Dr. Whitman, Ms. Donna Burch was appointed secretary to the Council for 2000-2001.

III.       COMMISSION/COUNCIL REPORTS:

Undergraduate Curriculum Council:

Dr. James Ruff, chairperson, reported that the Undergraduate Curriculum Council had not met and therefore had no report.

Graduate Council:

Dr. Dorothy Boyd-Rush, Chairperson, presented the following report:

The Graduate Council has met twice during the present semester, with voting being accomplished electronically for the first meeting, 19 September 2000. The following occurred: 

 

·        Announcement was made that Kay Veith and Kristi Shackelford would be working together to produce the graduate catalog.  Scheduling details and deadlines will be disseminated in the near future;

·        Standards for virtual graduate faculty status and employment will be presented to the Graduate Council some time this fall;

·        The Public Administration Five Year MPA which offers a program for the JMU undergraduate that, if the student performs satisfactorily, leads to the MPA in five years—four undergraduate years and one graduate year of study was administratively approved during the summer;

·        Three (3) applications for graduate faculty status were administratively approved for the College of Business and one for the College of Education and Psychology.  One application for graduate faculty status was approved electronically for the College of Arts and Letters;

·        And, three (3) course proposals were approved electronically for the College of Business.  The purpose of these courses is to bring issues of Information Security into best business practice.

 

During the second meeting, on Tuesday, 17 October 2000, the following occurred:

 

·        Sue Isenhower joined the Graduate Council as a graduate student representative. It was stressed that another graduate student representative was needed for the Graduate Council and that other university bodies, including the University Council, were also in need of graduate student representatives;

·        Dr. Robert Hinkle, representing Communication Sciences and Disorders, discussed the anticipated Ph.D. in audiology that was approved by the Board of Visitors at their last meeting.  A formal proposal for the applied portion of the program is anticipated at the next Graduate Council meeting;

·        A program change restructuring the history graduate program was unanimously approved. One of the most obvious changes is the fact that the thesis in the future will carry only three (3) credits;

·        Four (4) applications for graduate faculty status were approved from the College of Arts and Letters;

·        Ways to work around a recently discovered problem with the graduate homepage were explained;

·        And, lastly, new deadlines for the production of the graduate catalog were shared.

Commission on Community:

Dr. Anne Stewart, chairperson, reported that the Commission on Community had not met and therefore had no report.

 

IV.       REPORT OF THE FACULTY SENATE

Dr. James Couch, Speaker of the Faculty Senate, presented the following report:

During the summer the Senate Steering Committee met with Dr. Brown to discuss contract issues, a survey of faculty morale, the status of emeritus faculty, merit pay, the requested review of General Education, and budget issues.  Dr. Brown indicated that he would be in attendance at Senate meetings starting in the Fall.  This has happened and has resulted in several very informative exchanges.

 

The Senate has met twice since the start of the academic year.   During the first meeting the Senate engaged in an informative discussion with Mr. Michael Way concerning sanctions for student behavior.  During the second meeting Dr. Teresa Gonzales discussed the draft academic calendar and the proposed changes in summer school.

 

Last year a Task Force was formed to draft a new Faculty Handbook.  The work of that Task Force will shortly be released to the University Community and input forums scheduled to obtain comments.  The development of a new Handbook requires that the Senate examine its Constitution.  The Senate Steering Committee is meeting and drafting some suggested changes to the Constitution.

 

The Faculty Affairs committee is examining salary compression, faculty morale, and a standard instrument that can be used for the evaluation of academic deans.  Other items being considered by the committee include the establishment of a Distinguished Teaching Award and ways to recognize retiring faculty.

 

The Student Relations committee has extended an invitation to the SGA President and he attended our last meeting.  His attendance was appreciated and provided a good opportunity for a dialogue.  The committee has also begun discussions with the Bluestone about getting faculty photos returned to the yearbook.

 

The Academic Policies committee has discussed with Dr. Teresa Gonzalez several issues relative to withdrawing from classes and dropping students from class roles for nonattendance. 

 

The Nominations and Elections committee filled openings on various university committees and the Reconciliation Committee has not had any business.

 

In November, Delegate Glenn Weatherholtz will visit the Senate and discuss issues relating to higher education that will be coming before the General Assembly.

V.        REPORT OF THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION

Mr. Mark Sullivan, SGA President, presented the following report:

Introduction:  I first would like to thank you for the opportunity to present my report to you this afternoon.  As you are well aware, the last two months have been a challenging and exciting time for our university, and the student body has been quite vocal on many issues that have presented themselves to the school.  The issues that I would like to present to you today are just a few among the many that the Student Government has tackled in response to student concerns. 

 

Police Relations:  The SGA has been very active in voicing student concerns in the wake of various police and student interactions that occurred in the beginning of the semester.  The following is a description of our involvement thus far:

 

Mediation:  On Tuesday, October 3, I sat with Harrisonburg Police Chief, Colonel Harper, Harrisonburg Mayor, Carol Frank, Harrisonburg City Manager, Roger Baker, and representatives from the Community Mediation Center to discuss the events of August 25 and 26.  Col. Harper acknowledged that the HPD did use Godwin Field to perform riot-training exercises several days before the Forest Hills/Village Lane incident, but I was assured that this was merely a coincidence.  Col. Harper also informed me that he is actively seeking student complaints against police officers.  I, in turn, expressed the concern that students are not filing formal complaints to police because of the lack of trust between the two parties.  It was agreed that the external investigation into the police actions at Forest Hills/Village Lane would include any student concerns, and would be made public before the end of the year. 

 

November 1 Report:  The report put together by Captain McDorman for Police Chief Colonel Harper concerning the actions of police at Forest Hills/Village Lane will now include student accounts.  I think that this step is a victory, as it legitimizes student concerns over civil liberty violations.  The SGA currently is contacting students who filed SGA complaints and will assist them in meeting with Harrisonburg police before November 1.  We hope that these actions will help in the continuing pursuit of full public disclosure of information concerning the Forest Hills/Village Lane incident.

 

Continuing Court Cases:  The SGA provided information to various Harrisonburg lawyers trying cases on behalf of students.  Information on the indiscriminate use of pepper spray and violence is now a major part of the defense strategies for several students charged with “failure to leave the scene of a riot.”  The SGA will continue to follow these cases and work with area lawyers to assure that students are not charged unfairly.

 

Legal Forum November 15:  The SGA will also host an open forum discussing student rights and responsibilities in the community.  Area lawyer Robert Keefer will moderate the discussion, giving students practical advice on how to insure that their actions comply with local and state law.  We hope that the November 1 report will be able for discussion at this event.

 

JMU Licensing:  The SGA is continuing to look at the process by which JMU apparel is licensed, and by what process we assure that clothing bearing the JMU name or logo is not made in suspect conditions.  A recent report released by Harvard, the University of Michigan, and the University of California, titled the Independent University Initiative, details the use of sweatshop labor in the production of university apparel.  Unfortunately, the University of Michigan, which found its clothing made in illegal conditions, is a member of the Collegiate Licensing Company, a national licensing agency that is employed by JMU.  It is for this reason that students are doubtful of the Collegiate Licensing Company’s assurances that university clothing production is well monitored.  One solution to this problem is for James Madison University to adopt a code of conduct requiring full public disclosure of factory locations and production plants from licensees.  This will help independent monitoring companies and organizations in maintaining the university’s integrity in apparel licensing.  The SGA will release a detailed report on these issues for administrative consideration in the near future.

 

Social Pledge:  Another movement that is sweeping across college campuses, and which might come to JMU, is student participation in what is called the “Social Pledge.”  This program asks that graduating seniors learn more about the companies for whom they will work upon graduation.  The pledge asks that students be aware of and take into consideration various social elements of these companies, including environmental policy and community involvement practices when accepting job offers.  Students who participate in this pledge wear green ribbons or cords during the graduation ceremony.  The SGA would like to work with the administration to make this proposal a reality for graduating seniors this year.

 

Classics Courses:  A continuing concern for the SGA is the lack of classics courses in the JMU catalogue.  We are continuing to work with Dr. Doug Brown, Vice President of Academic Affairs to reinstate Latin and perhaps Greek language courses through the hiring of part-time faculty.  It would be ideal to have these courses in place for next fall, to coincide with the 250th anniversary of Madison’s birth, as Madison was himself a classics scholar.

 

Sports Teams:  The SGA is very concerned with the rumors of the cutting of various sports teams.  We will be awaiting eagerly JMU Athletic Director, Jeff Bourne’s review of the Centennial Sports Commission report on the future of our sports teams.  We will accept Dr. Rose’s offer to have input in the upcoming decision process and we look forward to assuring that the appropriate decisions are made for our athletes and our community.

 

Conclusion:  Again I thank you for you time.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 568-3797 in the SGA office or at 438-3007 at home.  You may also email me at sullivmj@jmu.edu.  I look forward to working with you on these and other issues in the future. 

VI.       REPORT OF THE HONOR COUNCIL

Ms. Sara Bromberg, Honor Council President, presented the following information:

Case Update:

As of the Fall 2000 Semester

 

2 Informal Resolutions:

If a student admits a violation, the faculty member and student may agree upon an appropriate grade penalty.  The penalty may range from a grade reduction on a particular assignment to and “F” in the course.  The faculty member must forward an Informal Resolution Agreement Form to the Honor Council coordinator before enacting the penalty agreed upon by the faculty member and student.  The Honor Council coordinator will then meet with the student and faculty member to confirm the agreement.

 

If a student does not admit to a violation, the faculty member and student may agree upon a remedy for the matter, which may include a grade reduction or any appropriate remedy.  A faculty member may not impose a penalty on a student.  The faculty member or student does not need to report such an agreement to the Honor Council coordinator.

 

1 Formal Resolution:

Formal Investigation- As part of the formal resolution process, the Honor Council coordinator and investigators will conduct a preliminary investigation to determine whether there is reason to believe a violation of the Honor Code has taken place.  The student being investigated will receive official notification informing him/her of the investigation.  If the Honor Council coordinator and investigators determine there is sufficient reason to believe an Honor Code violation has taken place, the student receives official notification that he/she has been charged with an Honor Code violation and will be given a hearing date.

 

Honor Council Hearing- Students charged with an Honor Code violation receive a hearing before an Honor Council hearing panel or special panel.  A student charged with an Honor Code violation has the opportunity to plead responsible or not responsible.  The Honor Council hearing board or special panel has responsibility for determining if the student is responsible and determining the appropriate penalty.

 

The Honor Council has nearly concluded a rather large investigation concerning cheating on the final exam in a General Education course last spring.  No charges are expected to be filed as a result of that investigation

 

New Members:  The Honor Council recently accepted 9 new student representatives and has over 60 faculty representatives.  The student representatives are participating in the “New Representative Program,” which was constructed to give guidance and training to the duties and intricacies of the Honor System.  Formal induction of the new members is scheduled for December.

 

Committee Establishment:  The six committees established in previous years have now been combined to form only three committees.  This was done because there was overlap between the committees and also to give each committee the opportunity to achieve more throughout the year.  The three committees established are as follows:

Student and Faculty Education

Public Relations

Intracouncil Relations

 

Honor Advisory Board:  The first Honor Advisory Board meeting of this year is scheduled for October 24, 2000.  Issues to be addressed at this meeting include:

Discuss goals & objectives for coming year.

Advisory Board Membership

Approving Honor Council memberships

 

Center for Academic Integrity Conference:  In keeping with the goal to increase involvement with the Center for Academic Integrity, President Sara Bromberg and Vice President Kara Green, will be attending the 10th annual conference.  The conference will be held at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado during the first weekend in November.  Topics such as, “Integrity and the Internet,” and “The Ethics and Responsibilities of Teams in the Classroom,” will be discussed at the conference.

VII.     REPORT OF UNIVERSITY PROGRAM BOARD

Mr. Greg Kundolf, Executive Chair, sent the following update on UPB:

This fall, UPB has enjoyed great success in what has been one of the most involved and diverse programming semesters ever!  On Monday, September 25th, UPB hosted acclaimed International Sony Recording Artist, Chantal Kreviazuk in Wilson Hall.  Kreviazuk has won numerous awards, including Juno Artist of the Year and Best Video.  UPB’s proactive approach toward co-sponsorships has created exceptional working relationships with other organzations, including the University Health Center, Yoga Club, Athletics, CMISS, ASU, and others.  Co-Sponsoring events include two successful lecturers.  Former NFL Quarterback Don McPherson spoke at the Convo, addressing such issues as gender communication and stereotyping.  Cindy McCue told the story of her son, Brad McCue, a Michigan State junior who died from alcohol poisoning on his 21st birthday. 

 

Much to the excitement of his fans, one-man band Keller Williams engaged in a double-header performance on September 29, filling the Festival during lunch and Taylor Down Under the same evening.  Other musical acts sponsored by UPB include The Velveteens and Doug Clark and the Hot Nuts.  Furthermore, UPB hosted Homecoming’s annual Talent Jam, featuring Campus Entertainer of the Year Mike Rayburn and the best talents the JMU campus has to offer!

 

UPB hosts its second free-movie preview this Friday at midnight with The Legend of Bagger Vance, a film critics are tagging as an Oscar contender.  UPB films have brought more attendees than ever, with weekend showings consistantly filling Grafton Stovall Theatre.

 

UPB addresses the fall elections with the Student Political Interest Forum (S.P.I.F.).  Student organizations will come together to express the political and social concerns inherant to the mission of their organizations.  Some participating organizations include Respect Life, Amnesty International, Young Democratic Socialists, Women of Color, Black Student Alliance, Students for a Free Tibet and many more.

 

Everything You Want is on tap these next few weeks, including the national music tour featuring Vertical Horizon and Nine Days at the Convocation Center on Monday, October 30th.  Both acts have reached the Top Ten singles chart on the Billboard Hot 100.  Nego Gato, an Afro-Brazilian dance and music troupe will be featured in Wilson Hall on November 6th.  Sean Connery, President Clinton, Ted Koppel, and Regis Philbin visit Wilson Hall on Noember 29th under the guise of Saturday Night Live comedian Darrell Hammond.

University Program Board looks forward to entertaining and educating the JMU community with innovative and collaborative programming ideas throughout the Fall of 2000!

 

IX. ADJOURNMENT:

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.

 

NOTE:  The next meeting is scheduled to meet electronically Thursday, November 30, 2000.

 

 

Linwood H. Rose, President

 

 

Donna E. Burch, Secretary