Responses to questions are posted on the Faculty Association website and included in a future agenda package.
Q1. Anonymous Question to John White, UFF-UNF President:
Given that UNF has finally reached 100% pass rate in the promotion and tenure process, is it time to revisit the promotion and tenure process, perhaps by the addition of college-level committees, where the real decision-making process lies?
John White will provide a detailed answer in writing.
Q2. Anonymous Question to John White, UFF-UNF President:
The union has pointed out that our pay is at the bottom of the State University System. Bargaining efforts are more focused on non-tenure track instructors rather than issues of concern to the faculty at large. And recent email blasts have been misleading. Therefore I would like a detailed explanation of the steps for the Faculty to decertify the union.
Answer from FA President Radha Pyati from the floor:
Decertification of a union is handled by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Briefly, 30% of members in the bargaining unit must sign a petition requesting a decertification election to be held by the NLRB. Signatures must be collected during non-work times and in non-work areas, without use of employer resources. If the majority votes for decertification, the union will be decertified. More detail is available at the NLRB’s website www.nlrb.gov.
Q3. Anonymous Question to FA President Radha Pyati or Designee:
This morning, I saw a student riding a skateboard under a walkway right beside the "No skateboarding sign" and this student was smoking at the same time. What is the enforcement policy on skateboarding, and how can it be enhanced, especially given the narrow pedestrian traffic paths around the Skinner-Jones construction site where skateboarding is often observed?
Partial answer from FA President Radha Pyati from the floor:
A question regarding smoking enforcement was asked at the December 2016 FA meeting, and the response provided by Vice President Mauricio Gonzalez appears in the January 12th Faculty Association meeting Questions and Responses index on the Faculty Association website.
Q4. Question from the floor from Pali Sen to Megan Kuehner, University Registrar:
In today’s agenda packet for the Information Item #4, a table is provided for midterm grades. Over the last 4 semesters, records show that 7.7-31.5% eligible professors provided the midterm grades. Since midterm grades are a tool to improve retention and graduation of our students, can the Registrar’s office provide the Chairs/Directors a list of classes with missing grades after the due date? Similarly, if final exam grades are missing for any class, department Chairs are alerted with such a list.