Faculty Senate Re-Elects Slayden Chair

Posted: May 3, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

At the final meeting of the academic year, the Faculty Senate re-elected Suzanne Slayden, Chemistry, chair for the 2007-08 year.

The senate also passed the following motions:

  • An amendment to be sent to the Honor Code Committee recommending that a requirement be added to the Honor Code that students notify and seek the permission of instructors for whom they plan to submit the same or slightly modified work.

  • A revision in hiring policy that will be presented to the Board of Visitors for its consideration that gives a tenure track faculty member an automatic one-year term extension when the person becomes a parent of a child by birth or adoption. The faculty member may make a request for an additional year if needed.

In addition, Dean of Admissions Andrew Flagel reported on preliminary statistics related to the fall freshman class. It appears that all numbers are up: applications, high school GPAs and SAT scores. Mason saw a 20 percent increase in applications overall, from about 11,000 applications last year to more than 13,000 this year; and a 54 percent increase in applications from out-of-state students. He attributed some of the increase to the national exposure the university received from the men’s basketball team reaching the NCAA Final Four last year.

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