Question from Brian Striar:
Over the years I have had students who clearly have a learning disability but have not qualified for learning disabled status because they say that they have not been able to take the test that can certify them as learning disabled for financial reasons. (They say the test is $1000). Why is there any charge at all, let alone such a steep one, to take this test? And why can’t and/or won’t the administration provide funding to cover the cost of this test if the student and/or his family can’t afford it?
Response from John Delaney: I am pretty certain that we do not charge for this test, but I will get you a response in writing.
Question from Jane MacGibbon:
As someone who either walks or rides the JTA bus to work every day, I have long advocated for better pedestrian/wheelchair access around campus. The situation has only gotten worse and not better. We need to get a pedestrian path on both sides of UNF Drive and on both sides of Alumni Drive and pedestrian lights installed at the bus stops. Whom do I talk to get something done about the lack of footpaths for pedestrians and wheelchairs at UNF?
Response from John Delaney: This is an ADA issue, but I will get you a written response to this question.
Comment from Jeffrey Harrison
The issue is bigger than just for pedestrians. It also includes bicycle traffic and other types of traffic. The Strategic Planning Advisory Committee has on their agenda the master planner who is working on the five year master plan for the campus and is taking all of this into consideration. Keep an eye on the Strategic Planning Advisory Committee agenda and feel free to visit when the master planner is present.
Comment from Cheryl Frohlich on Henry Thomas’ earlier report: Faculty evaluations necessary for determining raises have been coming in late. Some came in early August but weren’t complete. They have continued being incomplete through October. Administration has been making corrections for these errors and problems. The union is not at fault for these errors.
Question from Caroline Guardino: Will this formula be transparent and will faculty be given this formula?
Response from Cheryl Frolich: As in the past the formula will be posted with explanations of what it is.
Question from Dale Clifford to Caroline Guardino/Research Committee: Part of me likes the idea where you can take a summer research grant and use it in the fall but the Department Chair in me sees a potential problem with conflicts in teaching loads. Offering the research grant in the fall presents a potential conflict of interest for a faculty member who has a full teaching load with no course release and can’t make full use of the research grant. Did the Research committee think through this issue?
Response from Caroline Guardino: The reason that the committee wanted to make this change is that there are some faculty in the College of Education who are unable to conduct research in the summer for they do not teach in the summer and their research depends on having students in the classroom. As such this would automatically exclude them from the pool of candidates who are competing for summer research grants. Some Biology faculty also had issues with the live specimens that they survey for their research not being available over the summer due to their migratory patterns. The committee can re-evaluate the fall teaching load issue at the next meeting.
Question from Judy Solano: These summer teaching awards were established through the Provost’s office including the criterion and the timeframe requirements and were not awards that were designed by the faculty. With this in mind was this a change that was cleared through the Provost’s office?
Response from Mark Workman: This issue when it originated did come through our office. Not wanting to exclude any faculty from being eligible for the award, we asked the Research Committee to address that concern. In light of Dale Clifford’s concerns, we will need to think through it more carefully. A written response to this will be provided at a later date.
Comment from Caroline Guardino: Marianne Jaffee was consulted first before any decisions were made by the committee.
Question from Elinor Scheirer: There are accreditation associations who are requesting UNF catalogs in an electronic format as part of the documentation for accreditation purposes? Currently, there is not a simple way to produce a hard copy of the catalog. Can a button be generated to produce a PDF version of the catalog similar to the hard copy versions we used to have?
Mark Workman will respond in writing
Question from Ronald Lukens-Bull to Parking Services: Apparently there are a number of students who are parking in vendor spaces, particularly by Building 51. Upon closer examination of the cars parked in these spaces, which seems to be more prevalent at night, it appears that these are fraternity members who are parked in these spaces and they do appear to have valid vendor permits. Does a fraternity count as a vendor? If not, then is there some sort of loophole that is allowing this to happen? And how do we close this loophole?
Response from Shari Shuman: A fraternity does not count as a vendor and we will be looking into these issues in these lots. Vendors with names on their vehicles have more leeway than vendors who don’t and those vendors must have a permit. There have been issues with some of the construction companies parking their workers in these vendor spaces and we have been kicking them out to the lots that they are supposed to park. I will definitely check out the fraternity issue and will report back.
Question from Kathy Robinson: The skateboard issue has gotten out of control. The Stroll Don’t Roll campaign that UPD implemented at the beginning of the semester was successful and that people were adhering to it. What do our fellow universities do about skateboarding at their institution? We don’t enforce the regulation and if a similar style campaign like Stroll Don’t Roll were reinstated, some of these issues would be addressed. Just on my way here, I encountered 13 skateboarders in very busy sidewalk areas. They especially love the ramp areas by Building 39A.
Response from Shari Shuman: Current regulations do allow skateboarders on open walkways. With the increased foot traffic, this issue should probably be taken up with the Safety Committee with which Jeff Michelman has recently been appointed to chair. I will make sure that it is addressed.
Comment by Judy Solano: The covered walkway regulations are not being enforced and the no skateboarding signs that used to be visible on the covered walkways have seemed to disappear.
Response from Shari Shuman: I will make sure that Student Affairs and UPD are aware of that issue also.
Comment by President Delaney: UPD has been issuing citations but there are limited officers that can oversee this problem.
Another question by Judy Solano to the Provost: I would like the list of people who are working on your Taskforce and on the Flagship decision making committee.
This will be addressed in writing by Mark Workman.