QUESTIONS FORWARDED PENDING RESPONSES

January 11, 2018

 


 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.
 
 QUESTIONER II: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous November 2, 2017 Radha Pyati, FA President
UNF Faculty Association
QUESTION SYNOPSIS II:
Regarding course/faculty evaluations - Is there a group working on improving the questions so they move beyond a happiness index for students?
 
 QUESTIONER III: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous November 2, 2017 Radha Pyati, FA President
UNF Faculty Association
QUESTION SYNOPSIS III:
A UNF student has served in a public role as a Grand Dragon of the KKK, a known hate organization that devalues and actively threatens the lives of non-white non-Christian students on campus.
  1. Given free speech rights, what is the threshold at which his speech, writing, or behavior would trigger a student conduct code violation? What actions trigger expulsion?
  2. If the student code of conduct as written allows faculty and administrators no ability to refuse to teach this student, can the code of conduct be updated to deal with this problem?
  3. If the student behaves calmly in class, but serves in this position very publicly off campus, what recourse do faculty have to protect themselves and their students from him? How might the university ensure that faculty’s home addresses are not provided to these hate groups via a FOIA request?
  4. Among our diverse student body, we may have KKK members as well as known affiliates of ISIS. How would UNF treat a student who was a known affiliate of ISIS, in a practical sense? Are these same practical measures applied to members of the KKK and other such domestic hate groups?
 
 QUESTIONER IV: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous December 7, 2017 Radha Pyati, FA President
UNF Faculty Association
QUESTION SYNOPSIS IV:
The UNF Faculty Association considers itself “a vital part of UNF’s shared governance structure (UNF-FA webpage). Principles of shared governance are found in the UNF Constitution (Article III, Section 1) and shared governance is part of UNF’s new Strategic Plan (Goal III, Strategy 3). Thus it was shocking to hear an administration lawyer call it “objectionable” and a “foolish thing” that UNF-UFF proposed to include shared governance in the new collective bargaining agreement. See video. At 11:00. Shared governance is included in the collective bargaining agreements of other universities in Florida and at universities around the country. Questions: Why are the President and administration not supporting the inclusion of shared governance in the new collective bargaining agreement? What can be done through the UNF-FA to insure shared governance at UNF?

 

 QUESTIONER V: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous December 7, 2017 Radha Pyati, FA President
UNF Faculty Association
QUESTION SYNOPSIS V:
Many UNF employees have much of the retirement savings in TIAA (which now owns the Jacksonville-based bank EverBank). Several recent news stories, especially in the New York Times, have shown that TIAA's operations may not be as stellar as their reputation (e.g., https://proxy.qualtrics.com/proxy/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2017%2F11%2F13%2Fyour-money%2Ftiaa-403b.html&token=Z65%2BIaft2scoa4I%2FoZROzKaAhGCwociwBzoTf9%2BgFOk%3D). Has UNF or the SUS been keeping track of the performance of the TIAA accounts commonly held by employees and comparing their past performance and predicted performance to other possible retirement investments? If there are concerns, would UNF consider more options for employee flexibility in how our retirement savings are invested?

 

 



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