1. After a brief discussion the minutes of the previous meeting were amended and approved.
2. Professor Fischler reported on a meeting with the Academic Vice President. The AVP indicated that he was interested in investigating the establishment of shared faculty positions for new hires. The AVP also indicated that he felt that the Faculty subcommittee on the handbook would be the most appropriate place for this investigation..
3. The Committee considered the proposal regarding the scheduling of athletic events. Professor Kelly submitted a draft proposal for consideration by the Committee. Professor Donn reported on a discussion he had had with the athletic director. In that discussion Director Rockwell indicated that he had no problems with the goals of the proposal. Following that there was a discussion as to whether or not the proposal submitted by Professor Kelly and Dean Ruwe was not in the best interests of maintaining collegiality between the faculty and the athletic department. Professor Donn proposed an amendment to the draft proposal which passed by a vote of 5-2. The final proposal which appears below was approved by a vote of 6-1.
1. In order to foster academic excellence and preserve the priority of academics and classroom learning, Le Moyne College should operate under the principle that all scheduling of athletic events should be done with the aim of not interfering with the class attendance of the student-athlete.
2. The Academic Vice-President should request the President of the College to accept and to promulgate this principle as College policy before the completion of the 1997-98 academic year.
3. If the principle is accepted and promulgated, the Academic Vice President should work with the Vice President for Student Affairs to insure its implementation beginning with the 1998-99 academic year. When the scheduling is under the control of Le Moyne College, the student should not be expected to miss any classes. If the scheduling is not completely under the College's control, every effort should be made to depart from campus at a time that will maximize class attendance. As coaches draw up conference schedules in consultation with other schools, they should be guided by the principle stated in the first paragraph.
4. If, at any time, any exceptions to this principle are to be made, the Director of Athletics should consult with the Academic Vice-President and the President of the Faculty Senate before effecting them.
The above statement was approved by a vote of 6-1. Professor Rinaman will see that this item is placed on the agenda for the next meeting of the Executive Board of the Faculty Senate.4. Professor Donn reported that the evaluation of the Director of Continuous Learning was being conducted by a committee consisting of himself, Professor Beatrice Robinson and Professor Bruce Shefrin. The final report should be completed before the end of the semester.
5. Professor Tooker reported that the initial survey on classroom preferences is being analyzed by the CAPHE committee. A report is being drafted. Faculty will be given an opportunity to respond to this report.
6. The Committee was presented with a new agenda item regarding the abolishment of Freshman mid-semester grades.
7. The Committee set about the task or establishing an order for discussing the remaining items on its agenda. After some discussion it was agreed that the agenda should be in the following order..
8. The Committee then engaged in an initial discussion of the proposal to establish a College-wide common hour. Discussion centered around the desirability of establishing such an hour and the time when such an hour should be held.
9. The Committee will next meet on Monday, April, 6, 1998, at 2:30 P.M. in the Continuous Learning Conference Room. The proposal for the number of hours that can be taught by adjunct faculty will be discussed. This will be followed by a discussion regarding the establishment of a College-wide common hour..
William C. Rinaman.