Anonymous questions to John Delaney:
There are a large number of anonymous written questions that are pointed and quite lengthy. Patrick presented some of the abbreviated versions of the questions for President Delaney including topics on the:
1. Release of data from the IDEA survey for the evaluation of the Provost
2. Steps towards establishing more effective leadership at UNF
3. Term limits for upper administrators
The extended versions of these questions and ultimately the written responses will be posted on the FA website at the following link: http://www.unf.edu/groups/unffa/CurrentAgendaPack/Questions_and_Responses/Response.html
Comment from John Delaney on the questions: Faculty that have concerns over Academic Affairs, Mark and I hear you. We hope to be able to work that out with you, the Faculty Association leadership, and UFF. We want to get along and make sure that we are doing everything we can to support you. Obviously, it is your prerogative to proceed with some form of a No Confidence vote. I don’t know how healthy that will be for the University and for the news media coverage of the University, so I would like to continue dialogues on that if we can but it is your prerogative to send whatever signal that you feel that you need to do. I’ve spent the last month talking to a lot of people and there are people with widely varied points of view but we are here to support, to try to facilitate, and to try to make this a better University. I will respond in writing to all the questions.
Anonymous question for FA Parliamentarian:
What is the process for bringing a vote of no confidence in the Provost?
Response (Summary) from Judy Solano: The FA does not have a current policy in place for a process for addressing a No Confidence vote. If someone is interested in having the Faculty Association initiate a No Confidence vote, per our bylaws, the best approach would be to draft an item requesting a vote be initiated, provide some specificity like what question to be asked, when the vote be held, how to submit the results, etc. and submit it to the chair of the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee would then place the item on the agenda where it could be debated and acted upon at a meeting. If voted up then it would go forward, if not then it would not proceed any further. I will post the detailed answer on the FA website. Question from Judy Solano to Rusty Smith and Faculty Enhancement Committee:
Can you provide the same type of data that the Research Committee has provided about the results of the selection process for recipients of the teaching grants?
Response from Rusty Smith: Yes Question from Kathy Robinson about a safety issue:
Now that the construction fences are up by Building 50/51 there is a blind corner when pulling out of that parking lot. I’ve seen some people use mirrors and some have slow down here signs but this is an accident waiting to happen because of the black fence.
Response from John Delaney: I spoke to Shari Shuman about this awhile ago. The construction company did pull the fence back a bit but it is still tough. I had a problem with it the other day. The mirror is probably a good idea.
Response from Ellie Scheirer: As a member of the Safety Advisory Council this is an issue we have already considered and one idea that we had was to replace the fencing plastics with something that is clear that you can see through it. I don’t know if they have anything like this but there are several places on campus where this is certainly a problem.
Question from David Courtwright to Janet Owen:
In 2007 Legislature passed a law permitting members of the ORP to buy into the FRS and some of us did using our own money. I think it is fair to say that some of us are alarmed by what may happen to the FRS. I have two questions: Would you keep us informed of what is in the pension legislation even if you are not here?
Janet Owen: Yes.
As our lobbyist would you raise this issue with the legislators and point out that if we change it that there ought to be a “buy out” provision to give us our money back with interest?
Response from John Delaney: I share a commonality of interest on that and have done a lot a reading about it on behalf of all those working on campus. I don’t think they will be taking away anything that we have already earned. The question is will we have to contribute more to it in the future and will we accumulate a different percentage than what we have historically? I think if you are already in DROP you will be able to stay in DROP. Some of these will be vested rights. With right around 350,000 state employees they all have the same concerns and are giving the legislators an earful on that particular issue.
Question from Cynthia Jordan to Janet Owen:
Will you please watch House Bill 303, Line 147 specifically states that they want to end DROP by 2012 even if you are in it?
Response from Janet Owen: I am tracking those bills. The idea on 303 is that with Merit Teacher pay and other things that affect a lot of state employees that they wouldn’t be able to do both. To add to that, every Friday or over the weekends during session I’ve got a Tallahassee Update that I am sending to Deans and Directors. If you want to be on the list, just send me an email. You can rest assured that all eleven Universities are working together on this issue.
Comment from John Delaney: There would be a lawsuit if they do that. I’m sure the Unions are going to be involved as well. I don’t think believe that they can take that away if you are in it but we will see.
Patrick Plumlee to Janet Owen:
With the issue of student guns on campus, I wonder if this bill might actually have a chance for passage and if it does, what will we do about it?
Response from Janet Owen: The lobbyists are carefully following that. We have reached out to the leadership in the Senate about bottling that up. It may be that they let it have a hearing and its first committee stop and it passes but then it gets bottled up. In the past these bills had been about the employers and their employees bringing in guns. This time it is the Colleges and Universities that are having their prohibition taken away. There are some things in the works (i.e. having Virginia Tech shooting survivor victims come to testify). All of our police chiefs are being kept up to date and have already lined up with the Sheriff’s Association statewide and the Florida Police Chiefs.
Question from Lisa Jamba to Janet Owen:
Is there a way that even if this does happen at the state level that an institution can implement policy?
Response from Janet Owen: There used to be but there is another bill that has been filed at the same time stating that no other entity other than the state legislature can regulate firearms in any way. So we are watching both of these.
Question from Ellie Scheirer to Janet Owen:
Is anyone working on clearing up the misinformation being sent out about the FRS being in trouble which as far as I know is blatantly not true?
Response from Janet Owen: Yes. Bill Cotterell, a writer with the Tallahassee Democrat, has written a fantastic article with data about all the quotes and sound bytes and what is real in the state of Florida. I will send that out to anyone who wants it. This is a great talking sheet for the lobbyists.