JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITY COUNCIL

Minutes No. 2  2000-2001
Thursday, November 30, 2000


I.          CALL TO ORDER AND ATTENDANCE: The James Madison University Council met electronically on Thursday, November 30, 2000.

PRESENT: Mr. Ralph Alberico, Dr. Jerry Benson, Dr. Dorothy Boyd-Rush, Ms. Sara Bromberg, Dr. Barbara Castello, Dr. James Couch, Ms. Melody Eaton, Dr. Clarence Geier, Ms. Dona Gilliam, Mr. Charles King, Ms. Rachel Montgomery, Mr. Mitch Moore, Mr. Geoff Polglase, Dr. Robert Reid, Dr. Linwood Rose, Dr. James Ruff, Dr. Robert Scott, Mr. Mark Sullivan, and Dr. Mark Warner. 

ABSENT:  Dr. Patricia Brady, Dr. David Brakke, Dr. Douglas Brown, Mr. Michael Flaherty, Dr. John Gilje, Dr. Linda Halpern, Dr. Arnold Kahn, Mr. Greg Kundolf, Dr. Anne Stewart, and Dr. Richard Whitman. 

II.        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, forwarded the following report:

The Graduate Council met 14 November 2000, with voting being accomplished electronically for a number of items and others voted on at the regular meeting, as the agenda was large. The following occurred: 

 

·        One program change was approved electronically for the School of Psychology;

·        In the College of Arts and Letters, History had one course change approved electronically;

·        In the College of Science and Mathematics, Biology had the following changes approved electronically: Ten (10) courses deleted, one (1) new course approved, added five (5) courses, and had one (1) course change its description, prerequisite, credit hour, and number change;

·        For the College of Business, one (1) faculty member was approved electronically as graduate faculty and two (2) faculty members were approved electronically for the College of Arts and Letters;

·        At the regular meeting, nine (9) members were approved as graduate faculty for the College of Arts and Letters, three (3) members were approved for the College of Business, one (1) member was approved for the College of Integrated Science and Technology, ten (10) members were approved for the College of Education and Psychology, and one (1) member was approved for the College of Science and Mathematics.

·        The following Program Action Request submitted for this meeting by the College of Integrated Science and Technology (Communication Sciences and Disorders) was approved at the regular meeting as posted: CSD requested a new doctoral program leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Clinical Practitioner in Audiology. The proposed comprehensive program of study, sequenced didactically from basic science to basic clinical to advanced clinical knowledge, is designed to prepare doctoral level clinical practitioners of audiology. Its development is in response to national certification standard changes that require a doctoral rather than a master’s degree as the entry level to the audiology profession.

·        To support the approved CSD doctoral program in audiology forty two (42) course proposals were approved at the regular meeting;

·        One course proposal submitted by History was approved at the regular meeting;

 

The following announcements were made:

·        Kay Veith informed members that the commencement program deadline for editing is 15 November 2000, 5 p.m. She said students who had not applied to graduate by the deadline could graduate if all requirements were met, but they would not be listed in the commencement program. Members were also told that about 100 student shad applied to graduate for 2000 December commencement;

·        Dr. Teresa Gonzalez discussed the decision to eliminate the central summer graduate commencement due to poor attendance. She indicated that beginning with summer 2000 each college should plan individualized recognition ceremonies for those receiving graduate degrees. Unlike those receiving undergraduate degrees, those pursuing graduate degrees will not have the option of participating in May commencement unless all degree requirements have been completed. She also informed the members of the council that those completing their graduate degrees during the summer would have that fact recorded on their transcripts.

·        Council members asked that future agendas requiring electronic voting be emailed to them clearly labeled “electronic voting” rather than just as “agenda.”

Commission on Community:

Dr. Anne Stewart, chairperson, forwarded the following report.

The Commission members decided to focus on the following objectives for 2000-2001:

1)      Re-establish mini-grants awards from the Commission                                                                                                 2)  Foster linkages among groups working to promote respect for diversity across campus

The members recommended that the chair request funding support to achieve the objectives. 

III.       REPORT OF THE FACULTY SENATE

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

The Senate has met once since the last University Council meeting.   At this meeting Delegate Glenn Weatherholtz discussed some faculty concerns from the prospective of the General Assembly. Issues of faculty salaries not staying competitive, enrollment, capital improvements, and funding for higher education in Virginia compared to North Carolina and Georgia were discussed.  Also at this meeting, the Senate considered a motion relative to merit pay and discussed a request from the SACS Task Force to develop a system of electronic syllabi.

 

The Task Force on the Faculty Handbook has held five forums to get input on the draft of the Handbook.  In addition, a number of email comments were received.  Summaries of the forums and the email comments are displayed on a web site to keep the University community informed of the progress on this task.  The Task Force hopes to provide the Handbook Committee (as established by the current 1994 Handbook) a proposed handbook early in December.

 

The Senate Steering Committee is about finished with a draft revision to the Senate Constitution.

 

The annual computer lottery has started with the results to be announced before the Christmas break.

 

The Student Relations committee has been working with the Bluestone to get faculty pictures back into the yearbook.  This year there are only two pages free so there will be about two pictures per college.  Next year there will be 20 pages devoted to faculty photos.

 

The Reconciliation Committee has developed a list of possible members for hearing committees.  Faculty have been notified of their selection into the pool.

A beta version of a search engine is currently being tested for the Faculty Senate web page.  This will allow for the retrieval of Senate documents based upon a word search.

IV.       REPORT OF THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION

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

Introduction:  Since the last University Council meeting, the Student Government has been incredibly busy.  As mentioned in my first report, the student body has faced both exciting and troubling challenges since the beginning of the semester.  As a result of these unprecedented circumstances, we have been more vocal and motivated in expressing our concerns than in any year I have attended JMU.  It is my pleasure to represent these views to you today.

 

Sports Teams Issues:  As mentioned in my last report, students are very concerned with the Centennial Sports Committee’s proposal to eliminate eight varsity sports teams, including Women’s Fencing, Women’s Archery, Women’s Gymnastics, Men’s Tennis, Men’s Swimming, Men’s Wrestling, Men’s Archery, and Men’s Gymnastics.  Student support for these teams has been overwhelming.  The following is a description of the intensity of support so far:

           

Student Government Association Bill of Opinion:  On Tuesday, November 7, 2000, the Student Government Senate unanimously passed a Bill of Opinion stating:

 

Whereas the JMU community has upheld its commitment to offering diverse learning opportunities to its students in its wide range of academic, social, and athletic programs, and

 

Whereas the JMU community is proud of its unique ability to offer a wide range of educational athletic opportunities through the support of its 27 award-winning varsity sports, and

 

Whereas JMU is one of few national universities to offer such a wealth of athletic opportunities to its students, and

 

Whereas the JMU community greatly respects the intrinsic educational and social value of both large and small athletic teams, and

 

Whereas these athletic teams foster in their members a sense of pride and commitment to the university that is demonstrated in the countless hours of practice and the tireless dedication these athletes contribute to their respective teams, and 

 

Whereas many smaller-scale athletic programs have been instrumental in earning James Madison University recognition throughout the nation and the world, and

 

Whereas the James Madison University Department of Athletics is considering the elimination of educational sport opportunities for at least eight varsity teams, including, but not limited to Women's Archery, Women's Fencing, Women's Gymnastics, Men's Archery, Men's Gymnastics, Men's Swimming, Men's Tennis, and Wrestling, and

 

Whereas the elimination of such teams would effect almost 150 student athletes directly and would serve to undermine the university's commitment to offering its students educational athletic opportunities that benefit the university as a whole,

 

Be it resolved that it is the opinion of the student body of James Madison University that the university should reject recommendations to discontinue existing athletic programs including, but not limited to Women's Archery, Women's Fencing, Women's Gymnastics, Men's Archery, Men's Gymnastics, Men's Swimming, Men's Tennis, and Wrestling.

 

Save Our Sports Demonstration:  The Student Government and athletes from all eight teams organized a demonstration march at noon on Wednesday, November 15.  Over 100 students participated in the demonstration.  The march proceeded from Godwin Hall to Alumnae Hall, where a delegation of Student Government representatives and athletes delivered the Bill of Opinion with almost 3,000 signatures to the offices of Athletic Director Jeff Bourne and President Dr. Rose. 

 

Organization of Alumnae and External Support:  Already alumnae around the country are becoming aware of the Centennial Sports Committee’s proposal to cut the eight teams.  Parents, alumnae, and supporters have become involved in drafting letters to the university pleading the administration to reject this proposal.  Only two weeks ago, The Wall Street Journal contacted the Student Government for the opinion of the student body.  The participation from external groups seems to be increasing on behalf of the teams, and will only become greater as the semester draws to a close.

 

Student concerns with the proposal to eliminate the eight varsity teams include:

                 

1)   Students were not represented adequately on the Centennial Sports Committee that made these recommendations.

 

2)      The Centennial Sports Committee did not publicly address alternative proposals.

 

3)      The Centennial Sports Committee made its recommendations in June, yet students were left in the dark about the recommendations until mid – November.

 

4)      Title IX, the federal gender equity statute that is cited as the prompt for the Committee’s proposal, was not intended to eliminate opportunities but rather to enhance them.

 

5)      The teams facing elimination are not only the least expensive teams at the university, but also the best performing teams: recognition for these teams include national and international gold medals for the archery teams, eight CAA Championship titles from the last nine years for the men’s swimming team, and two CAA State Championship titles in the last two years for the wrestling team.

 

6)      Students do not want to expand our university’s “high-profile” teams at the expense of the diverse, dedicated teams that already perform well and win JMU recognition around the world.

 

I urge the University Council to join the Student Government and the student body in rejecting the Centennial Sports Committee’s proposal to eliminate these eight teams. 

 

JMU Licensing:  The Student Government released a major report this week dealing with the JMU licensing structure and the safeguards in place that supposedly protect the university from purchasing apparel from sweatshops.  Included in the report are critical analyses of Labor Codes of Conduct employed by JMU which do not protect workers as intended, and the Independent University Initiative, a report from Harvard and the University of Michigan documenting the human rights abuses found in factories producing university apparel.  The report attempts to make clear that JMU apparel can come very easily from sweatshop factories, and that we must act as a community to stop such practices.  The report makes three proposals:

 

1)      James Madison University should adopt a university-wide Code of Conduct for licensing agreements and apparel contracts.  This Code should require that Licensees fully disclose all information about the factories in which JMU apparel is made, including files on human rights and labor abuses.  The Code should also include language that specifically protects female workers, and language that requires payment of living wages to Licensee employees to elevate them from the cycle of poverty that indentures them to sweatshop life.

 

2)      James Madison University should form a committee that includes administration, students, and faculty to discuss the means of employing such a Code of Conduct, as well as other pressing questions regarding to licensing procedures.

 

3)                  James Madison University should push the Collegiate Licensing Company and Follett Higher Education Group to strengthen their Codes of Conduct.

 

Due to its sheer size, a hard copy will be available only upon special request.  In lieu of the hard copy, we will make the report available on line at www.jmu.edu/orgs/sga. 

 

In addition to releasing this report, the Student Government held a “Sweatshop Teach-in” on Thursday, November 9, to educate students on the intricacies of licensing and apparel production.  45 students attended the workshop, and more workshops are planned for the future.  The Student Government also is planning to hold an informational rally on the issue of sweatshop labor and the JMU licensing system sometime before finals week.

 

Police Relations:  Since the last University Council meeting, the Student Government has continued to communicate with police, students and the community over the last month in regards to police/student interactions from the beginning of the semester.  The following is a description of our involvement since the October University Council meeting, as well as follow-up information on topics addressed last time:

 

November 15 Legal Forum:  The Student Government hosted an open forum discussing student rights and responsibilities in the community.  Area lawyer Robert Keefer led the discussion that included approximately 65 students.

 

Continuing Court Cases:  The Student Government has continued to provide information to various Harrisonburg lawyers trying cases on behalf of students arrested on August 25, 2000.  We have committed ourselves to following these cases and working with students to ensure that they are not charged unfairly.

 

November 1 Report:  Although the Harrisonburg Police Department had planned to complete a formal report for the public concerning the Forest Hills/Village Lane incident by November 1, no such report has been filed or released as of Sunday, November 26, 2000.  The Student Government has encouraged students to participate in this report by filing formal complaints and responses with the police.  The common response from students, however, is that they feel comfortable confiding in the Student Government but not in the Harrisonburg Police Department.  Nevertheless, the Student Government hopes that the Harrisonburg Police Department will continue to work on the report for a prompt release.  We reaffirm our commitment to pursuing full public disclosure of information concerning the Forest Hills/Village Lane incident.

 

Student Government Report:  The Student Government plans to compile information we have collected regarding student concerns over civil liberty violations at the Forest Hills/Village Lane incident.  This information will be distributed to the Harrisonburg Police Department and the City Council.  We hope to have this information compiled by early next semester.

 

Sexual Assault Response:  The student body is troubled by recent reports of sexual assaults on and off campus.  In response, the Student Government has taken immediate steps to show support for survivors of sexual assault and to condemn the action of sexual assault.  The following is a description of our actions thus far:

 

November 28 Student Organization Forum:  On Friday, November 17, I personally invited leaders from over 24 organizations and departments to a forum on Tuesday, November 28, 2000.   Organizations and departments contacted include:

 

1 in 4, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Asian Student Union, Black Student Alliance, The Breeze, CARE - Campus Assault ResponsE, Counseling and Student Development Center,  EQUAL, Harmony, Honor Council, Interfraternity Council, JMU Cadets, JMU Police Department, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Office of Judicial Affairs, Office of Residence Life, Office of Sexual Assault (Health Center), Panhellenic, Residence Hall Association, Sister Speak, Student Ambassadors, Students for Minority Outreach, Women of Color, and The Women's Resource Center

 

The meeting will focus on what we, both within our organizations and between our organizations, can do to combat sexual assault.

 

December 7 Sexual Assault Speak Out:  The Student Government has started to plan a rally at noon on the Commons to provide to the community the opportunity to express both its support to the survivors of sexual assault as well as to publicly condemn the action of sexual assault.  The rally intends to bring the aforementioned organizations, as well as concerned students, together.  We want the rally to empower students to stand up against sexual violence.  The rally is modeled after programs at the University of Maryland as well as our university’s own annual Take Back the Night program. 

 

Review of Financial Status of CARE:  The Student Government is considering adding the organization, Campus Assault ResponsE (CARE), to our list of Front End Budgeted organizations.  While CARE provides a needed service to the university, most notably asexual assault hotline with trained staff on call 24 hours a day, the group finds itself in a difficult financial situation year after year.  The Student Government has supported CARE’s efforts to receive more money from the university and will investigate the idea of funding the organization through the student fees that we control.  More information on this topic will be available at our next meeting.

 

Programs for Students:  The Student Government has also organized the following programs to benefit students:

 

Multicultural Movie Forum:  Over 100 people came out to see American History X and discuss racial tensions.  The Multicultural Awareness Committee sponsored this event.

 

Multicultural Panel:  Over 50 people attended the fourth annual panel sponsored by the SGA Multicultural Awareness Committee on November 13.  The panel of seven students was moderated by Associate Professor of Sociology Dr. Imani and focused on solutions to the problems discussed in previous years. 

 

Food Forum:  Over 50 people attended the first Food Forum to discuss changes to JMU Dining Services.  Students also were given the opportunity to offered suggestions for changes to dining facilities and had questions answered.

 

Executive Branch Lobbying Trip:  Five members of the SGA Legislative Action Committee made a trip to Richmond to meet with Lieutenant Governor Hager’s Chief of Staff, as well as Secretary of Education Wilbert Bryant.  They lobbied for increased funding for JMU Capital Improvements and the nearly seventy faculty that JMU did not receive last year from the General Assembly.  The committee will follow up on the goals set forth in this trip when they travel to Richmond in January to lobby the Virginia General Assembly. 

 

Academic Issues Survey:  The Academic Affairs Committee created and will administer a survey dealing with several academic issues facing the students of James Madison University. 

 

Halloween Bash:  The Freshmen Class hosted a Halloween party in the festival.

 

American Express Seminars:  About 35 people attended the Financial Seminar sponsored the Senior Class Council on November 20.  Garry Nichols from American Express made a presentation and answered questions pertaining to financial planning and investing.  Another seminar is planned for November 29 at 7 PM in Sonner Hall.

 

Class Council Days:  The Freshmen, Sophomore, and Junior Class Councils spent time on the Commons on November 14 and 15.  The Freshmen and Junior Class Councils provided food and hot chocolate to promote their councils, while the Sophomore Class Council did a survey for Ring Committee, which is designing the Rings for the Class of 2003. 

 

Upcoming events also include:

Massage Night:  The Sophomore Class Council is hosting its second annual Massage Night.  All sophomore can receive free massages on November 30 at 730 PM at UREC.

How to Get an Internship:  The Junior Class Council is hosting a workshop on “How to Get an Internship.”  This event will be held on November 29 at 8 PM.

Jingle Bell Jog:  This annual event is hosted by the Senior and Freshmen Class Councils.  It will be held Friday, December 1 and will benefit Campus Assault ResponsE (CARE).

Virginia Student Leadership Alliance:  The SGA will host the VSLA semi-monthly meeting on December 2.  The group consists of the Student Governments from around the Commonwealth and discusses issues that pertain to Virginia's public universities.

Holidays on the Quad:  This annual event is sponsored by the SGA Buildings and Grounds Committee and includes the lighting of the tree on the Quad.  It is scheduled for December 3 at 5:30 PM.

Conclusion:  Again, I thank you for your 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.

 

A few cases are in the process of being appealed and the investigators are currently working on 5 cases.

 

New Members:  After completing the “New Rep Program,” nine representatives will be inducted on November 28.  Once the spring semester begins, the Honor Council will be accepting applications for new representatives.

 

Honor Advisory Board:  The Honor Advisory Board has met twice this semester.  The first meeting focused primarily on establishing our goals & objectives for the coming year, advisory board membership, and approving Honor Council memberships.  At our second meeting, we examined the several different aggressive routes that the Honor Council can take to begin to implement and foster an environment at JMU that places high importance on academic integrity.  Our third meeting has not been scheduled yet, but will be held next semester.

 

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, attended the 10th annual conference.  The conference was 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,” were discussed at the conference.  We felt that attending this conference was extremely beneficial and highly recommend sending Honor Council representatives to the conference each year. 

 

VII.     REPORT OF UNIVERSITY PROGRAM BOARD

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

The University Program Board continues to provide thought-provoking programs and events for the JMU community as we prepare to enter the second semester of the 2000-2001 year.  On January 22nd, Dr. Duane T. Gish and Dr. Vincent Sarich, two world-renowned biologists, will debate evolution science versus creation science at 8 p.m. in Wilson Hall.  Both men will bring years of scholarly work to the table in a highly anticipated event.  Speaking in Wilson Hall on Monday, February 5th is Candace Bushnell, author of “Sex and the City.”  She is the inspiration behind the HBO television series and will aim to bring some insight into today’s pop culture.

 

Tom Deluca will captivate audiences with his amazing hypnotist show on Monday, February 19th at 8 p.m.  Tom has won many Campus Entertainer of the Year Awards, and has been nominated once again in 2000.  Looking forward to the month of April, UPB will host Sarah Jones, a poet, writer and singer.  She will perform in Grafton-Stovall Theater as part of Arts Week.  The event is co-sponsored with Sister Speak and the Black Student Alliance.

The University Program Board will continue to address the needs of the James Madison University community within the contexts and constraints of the rapidly changing entertainment industry.  There is no doubt that challenges build every year as entertainers and lecturers require larger fees and bigger venues.  We turn to our mission, which states that we shall “serve the JMU community by using innovative ways to provide quality education & entertainment for diverse audiences.”  Questions, comments and suggestions are welcome at 568-6217.

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 22, 2001 in Taylor 306. 

 

Linwood H. Rose, President

 

Donna E. Burch, Secretary