Last academic year, the Faculty Association and Faculty Affairs Committee rejected a proposal to create a committee of faculty to consult with the UNF Foundation concerning its investments. Even if the proposal to stop certain investments is rejected, does that also mean that the creation of a faculty consultative committee should be rejected as well?
This past summer the President made trips to visit honors colleges and art museums with many of the Vice Presidents, the costs of which are a concern when academic resources are dwindling. Could the president please tell us how many trips were taken and how many individuals went on each?
The university seems to be in a spiral of waning faculty confidence in its administration. Does President Delaney have a plan for restoring faith and morale?
How long does the administration have to answer a question from the Faculty Association?
Answer from Radha Pyati from the floor:There is no official deadline for submitting responses to questions. Responses are typically received 2-4 weeks after the meeting at which the questions were read. Sometimes it takes a little time for answers to be posted on the FA website. At present the only person with unanswered questions is me, the FA President, for which I am truly sorry. I am attempting to clear all my questions now.
I write to comment on the November 2016 draft of the Course Banking Policy. In particular, I would like to understand the motivation behind the first part of the last Exemption.
"Any independent study that has students paid as research assistants on the topic associated with the DIS..."
I have a federal grant that has dual goals of doing good science and exposing young students to real research. (Page from NIH AREA solicitation: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/area/area.htm). This exemption in the banking policy would not allow me (and others in a similar situation) to earn credits for mentoring two students on one project, with one student paid off the grant (a reward for longevity on the project) and another earning DIS credits. Training students is a major goal of the grant program, and a record of successful mentoring is vital to renewed funding. To me, prohibiting faculty to bank credit in this situation penalizes those who have been successful at attaining grants to support scholarship. And the university is still collecting tuition and fees from the DIS student.
Response from the Floor by Provost Earle TraynhamThe provision referred to in this question has been eliminated.
Is it true that if for instance lightning were to fry a piece of scientific equipment, used either for research or teaching purposes, that the university does not possess insurance, maintenance agreements, or have a fund for repairing or replacing that item of equipment? Does not having such a backup plan mean that one's research, and maybe even one's career, could potentially be brought to a halt by such a loss?
The 2016-2017 Matriculation calendar on the Faculty Association site has the withdrawal deadline for Spring 2017 as 3/27. The Calendar of Events has it as 4/7:
Response by Megan Kuehner, Registrar:The date moved after faculty approved pushing the w/d deadline this past term. We’ve updated the official University calendar because that is designated as the only calendar that should be posted. The Faculty Association website Matriculation calendar is correct as of the date it was approved.
The level of risk tolerance that UNF's General Counsel's office routinely functions at is much lower than at our sister universities or even R1 universities. This seemingly absolute intolerance for any risk whatsoever may protect UNF, but it results in research progress being seriously hampered as months go by waiting for a contract for acquisition of necessary material to be finalized. Why can we not come up to the level of risk tolerated by universities whose faculty's research is not imperiled by abnormally long wait times?
Faculty who have sought to un-do entry into the Drop program have found this impossible. If President Delaney or, for instance, Dean Chally, were try to un-do their entry into the Drop program, would the university have any financial responsibility or provide any financial reimbursement of any kind?
What is the policy for the UNF Army ROTC and physical training in the mornings? On Monday morning (11/28/2016), these students were blocking the entrance to the Arena Garage while doing physical training by stretching in the middle of the entrance and then running up the various levels of the Arena Garage. They moved out of the way, but this is dangerous. Do they have access to other UNF facilities for physical training in the morning?
Please check the Faculty Association minutes website for Questions answered during the meeting:http://www.unf.edu/unffa/minutes/Faculty_Association/Faculty_Association_Minutes_Index.aspx.
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