Minutes of Meeting

Academic Standards Committee Friday, February 17, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Location: OFE/FA Conference Room - Osprey Commons. Bldg 16, 3rd Floor, Rm 3108

Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order by Steven Williamson, chair at 12:00 Noon.

Members Present:

Christine Weber, Susan Perez, Diana Tanner, Scott Hochwald, Alan Harris, Steven Williamson

Members Absent:

Pingying Zhang, Kathaleen Bloom

Others Attending:

Megan Kuehner (University Registrar)
  • Approval of Minutes
    Minutes of November 18, 2016 was not yet approved.
  • Old Business
    None.
  • New Business

    Diane Tanner presented a problem she was having with wait-listed students not being able to fill vacant seats during drop/add period.  After discussion Megan proposed to run wait list one last time at 11.59 p.m. on the last day of add/drop. 

    Megan is to consult with the Calendar Committee about reduction of summer add/drop period from 1 week to 3 days.

    Megan presented one item, a minor change/clarification of Dual Degree/Dual Major policy requiring that students declare intentions to seek dual in advance –Policy recommendation is attached.  Committee unanimously approved the change and is forwarding to the Executive Committee for a vote.

     

    Rusty Dubberly, director of DRC had been invited to attend the meeting to discuss issues faculty were having with the DRC – Rusty cancelled at last minute due to illness and will be invited to attend next meeting along with Mauricio Gonzalez as DRC has become problematic in the minds of many faculty members.

     

    The University’s Make-up exam procedures were referred to Academic Standards Committee by David Fenner, Faculty Association Vice President, for review after a student EOD complaint was filed with Cheryl Gonzalez’s office and after review the complaint was upheld.  Information from David was sketchy and it was decided that no action would be taken on hearsay.  Williamson volunteered to speak with Cheryl Gonzalez to get the facts.

     

    As it turns out – definite confusion remains on the EOD case just decided.  According to Cheryl – this was not a make-up exam but the case of a disabled student taking an exam in the DRC receiving a different exam than the exam administered in the classroom.  This ruling pertains only to this student and does necessarily set precedent for all testing across campus.  However, it should be noted that EOD does remind faculty that their class policies should be administered equally to all students.  Cheryl Gonzalez asked that both she and Mark Snow be invited to our next Academic Standards Committee meeting and I have issued that invitation.

    As this issue originated in the DRC – this seems to be another indication that issues exist that need to be eliminated.
  • Other Business
    None
  • Adjournment & Next Meeting
    Meeting was adjourned at 12:50 PM.
    Next Committee meeting will be held Friday, March 10, 2017 at 12:00 noon in the OFE/FA Conference Room, Bldg 16, Rm 3108.