Faculty Senate Holds First Meeting of Academic Year

Posted: September 6, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Faculty Senate met Wednesday for the first time this academic year and whisked through a packed agenda that included electing members to all the senate and university committees and three task forces. Provost Peter Stearns also commented on the recent state-mandated budget cut.

Stearns recapped information reported earlier on Mason’s $7 million budget cut, but added that the cut for individual university units will be 1.5 percent and affirmed that salary increases slated for November are still on track. He noted that the university continues to work on securing cost-of-living adjustments from the state.

In other action, the senate

  • Approved summer term dates for 2008
  • Established a task force to improve research productivity
  • Approved, with an amendment, the proposed university policy on misconduct in research and scholarship, which updates a previous policy. The senate amendment emphasized that the new policy should be in accord with procedures outlined in the Faculty Handbook.

Details on these and other items are available on the Faculty Senate web site. The next meeting will be Oct. 10.

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