QUESTIONS FORWARDED PENDING RESPONSES

December 7, 2017

 


 QUESTIONER I: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous September 7, 2017 John Delaney, President
University of North Florida
QUESTION SYNOPSIS I:
In your e-mail of June 22, you stated: "Moreover, we have evidence from third parties that our grading standards are simply tougher than various peer institutions. In other words, our faculty grade harder than other schools." Can you please share this evidence with the faculty? Thank you.
 



Written Responses to Questions 


QUESTIONER I: DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSE:
Anonymous September 7, 2017 Ann McCullen, Vice President
for Development and Alumni Engagement
 

QUESTION SYNOPSIS I: 
Since the stock market crash of 2008, the stock market has risen more than 200%. Yet the UNF Endowment is barely up 50% from its lows, and our endowment is essentially unchanged in the last ten plus years. 
1) Can you please explain this performance? 
2) Can you tell us, in dollar amount, how much the Foundation spends per year in management fees and expenses for its investments? 
3) The last campaign raised more money than is in the endowment. How much of the money raised in the campaign went to the endowment? How much has been spent? How much was in pledges that have not been received yet?
 
 QUESTIONER II: DATE ASKED: WRITTEN RESPONSE: 
Pali Sen October 5, 2017 Radha Pyati, President
Faculty Association 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS II:
I just watched a minor accident when a student on her bike passed a golf cart and the cart driver made a left turn without signaling. No one got hurt but the student had to step down from her bike. Increasing number of skateboards, bikes and golf carts are crisscrossing our sidewalks with good speeds; that should get some attention.

 

QUESTIONER III: DATE ASKED: WRITTEN RESPONSE: 
Paul Eason November 2, 2017 Francis Mackesy
Director Safety and Security
University Police Department
QUESTION SYNOPSIS III:
The last question is about skateboarding along campus walkways. Last month Pali Sen submitted a question on this subject, and this month Paul Eason asks about the constant maddening “guthunk guthunk guthunk” outside his office window. I asked Police Chief Mackesy about skateboarding violations, and he has told his officers to increase enforcement. His response will appear in the Written Responses to Questions.

 

 

 QUESTIONER IV: DATE ASKED: WRITTEN RESPONSE: 
Thomas Mullen November 2, 2017 Dr. Rusty Dubberly, Director
Disability Resource Center 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS IV:
My question is addressed to those involved in the development of the DRC flexible attendance policy in the informational item in the November Faculty Association agenda (Information Item #2: Exemption to Course Attendance Policy Accommodation).
Who was involved in the crafting of this policy? Were faculty involved?
How were the specific numbers determined? For example, how were the guidelines of 2 additional classes in attendance and participation, 48 hours for assignments, within two business days for tests and quizzes, etc. determined?
What is the flexible attendance policy at the other SUS Universities? Is this policy consistent with those policies?     

  
 QUESTIONER V:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSE: 
Anonymous November 2, 2017
QUESTION SYNOPSIS V: 
Recently, a student posted a video mocking Black Lives Matter on Snapchat. 
a. Who is investigating these students’ actions, and can we promptly receive an update on the progress and timeline of the investigation?
b. We know from the literature that silence in the face of racism is believed to be acceptance of racism. We also know that the student code of conduct holds students to higher standards than what is legal. This being said, why has UNF not denounced these racist actions as a clear violation of UNF’s commitment to diversity? Many of the statements made by the university have never identified the contents of this video as being racist. 
c. Students and faculty who stand up to racism are experiencing threats from the individual student who posted the video as well as threats from others both inside and outside UNF, such as on the UNF Facebook feed. What infrastructure is available within UNF for addressing these threats? 
d. What will UNF do to move forward and work towards creating an environment where safety and diversity are valued? How will UNF utilize its resources, including the many faculty in multiple departments who study diversity, to ameliorate and address this issue? 
e. Why did UNF communicate about this video on Facebook 12+ hours before UNF faculty, staff, students, and administration were notified by email? Shouldn’t the faculty, staff, students, and administration be notified at the same time if not prior to the general public? 
What is UNF’s plan to combat the damage to its reputation that has been generated by this event and UNF’s response to this event? 



 

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