Minutes of the 202nd New Brunswick Faculty
April 3, 2015
Members Present: M.
Aronson, M. Baykal-Gursoy, R. Boikess, C. Bunch, C. Clauss-Ehlers, S.
Connolly, M. Cotter (Chair), J. Crowley, E. Curchitser, D. Fishman, J.
Friedman, M. Gasparotto, M. Gliserman, P. Klein, J. Langsam, C. Lugg,
K. McKeever, N. Minsky, D. O'Connor, A. Pichugin, D. Scheck, J.
Scheinbeim, M. Schwander, L. Struwe, T. Szatrowski, P. Takhistov, B.
Tesar, K. Thompson, J. Worobey
Present: R. Edwards (New Brunswick
Chancellor), J. Otto, L. Mullen, K.
Swalagin (Recording Secretary)
to Order – Martha Cotter, New Brunswick Faculty Council (NBFC)
Council Chairperson Martha Cotter called the 202nd
meeting of the New Brunswick Faculty Council to order at 1:15
Friday, April 3, 2015 in Brower Commons Room ABC, College Avenue
was approved as presented.
of Minutes of February 27, 2015
The Minutes of
the February 27, 2015 NBFC meeting were approved as presented.
- Martha Cotter,
NBFC Chair Martha Cotter's Chair's Report included comments on the
Report - Richard Edwards, New Brunswick Chancellor
- her apologies for meeting on Good Friday and Passover; and
- the need for the Council to focus on the many items on the agenda.
Richard Edwards, New Brunswick Chancellor,
presented an administrative report, which included comments on the
Edwards then responded to questions, or heard comments, on the above
topics, particularly on classroom attendance and related recordkeeping
- recent actions by the Board of Governors, including approval of
the law schools merger contingent on American Bar Association
- the potential for some undergraduate pre-law courses in New
- selection of Bill Nye as commencement speaker;
- selection of Frances Fox Piven and Jon Bon Jovi as honorary
- recent dinners at President Barchi's home for faculty, donors,
- applications and enrollment; and
- class attendance and Title VII compliance requirements.
and Recommendations on the New Brunswick Honors College -
Curriculum, Teaching and Honors Committee (CTHC) - Martha Cotter, Chair
CTHC Chair Martha Cotter presented her committee's report, and moved a
resolution, on the New Brunswick Honors College. The report was
discussed, and the resolution was adopted with one abstention, as
Curriculum, Teaching and Honors Committee has carefully considered the
document A Community of Scholars for
the New Brunswick Honors College and identified a number of faculty
with the Honors College as described in the charter document; and
Teaching and Honors Committee has also expressed concern with the lack
appropriate community input during the planning for the Honors College;
Teaching and Honors Committee has made a number of recommendations to
its concerns; and
of the Faculty Council have considered the Curriculum, Teaching and
concerns and recommendations and found them to be sound,
resolved that the New Brunswick Faculty Council agrees with the
Teaching and Honors Committee’s concerns, endorses its
calls upon the New Brunswick administration to implement the
[R. Edwards left the meeting at 2:06 p.m.]
on Academic Integrity in Online Courses - Academic
Standards, Regulations, and Admissions Committee (ASRAC) - Robert
ASRAC Chair Robert Boikess presented his committee's report, and moved
a resolution, on Academic Integrity in Online Courses. It was discussed
briefly, and the resolution adopted with one opposed, and one
abstention, as follows:
University should provide space and scheduling assistance so that all
in a Rutgers online course with a traditional final examination
three hours or less) take that examination in a proctored location on
a specific time.
Rutgers online course with such a final examination, who are unable to
campus, shall take the final examination in an approved testing center at the same time as the on campus exam is
being administered, except when a substantial time zone difference
simultaneous testing impossible. In such a case the student at the
location shall take the exam after it is given on campus
instructor of an online course wish to give additional on-site
during the semester, the University should provide space and scheduling
assistance, as well.
on Shared Governance - Executive Committee
Executive Committee Member Robert Boikess presented that committee's
report and resolution on Shared Governance. It was discussed, and some
amendments were made. [Note: Link above goes to the report and
resolution as amended and adopted.] The report's resolution was then
adopted by the Council as follows:
calls upon the University to incorporate the following statement into
students, and staff who are participants in shared governance shall be
speak about the functioning of the University without restraint or fear
9. Presentation on
the Status of the Scholarly
Open Access at Rutgers (SOAR) Open Access Faculty Repository
- Library and Academic Resources Committee (LARC) Chair Dan Fishman,
and Jane Otto and Laura Mullen (University Libraries)
LARC Chair Dan Fishman, and University Libraries Faculty Jane Otto and
Laura Mullen reported on the status of the SOAR Open Access Faculty
Repository, and responded to questions on that issue.
There was no old business.
11. New Business
Peter Klein introduced a resolution on freedom of speech regarding the
functioning of Rutgers University. The resolution, which had not come
through a Council committee, was discussed briefly, then tabled on
motion duly seconded. Cotter said it would be discussed in the
The meeting adjourned at 3:27 p.m.
Minutes written and submitted by,
Recording Secretary of the New Brunswick Faculty Council