Faculty Senate Approves Motions on Incomplete Grades, Faculty Practice Concept

Posted: March 6, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Faculty Senate passed motions to clarify incomplete grade policies, to approve the concept of a “faculty practice plan” and to extend the “tenure clock” for serious illness at its meeting on Wednesday.

The motions regarding incomplete grades would provide that faculty members who specify an earlier deadline than the one stated in the University Catalog for the completion of course work must file an incomplete grade contract specifying the parameters for completing the work. The new policy was proposed to clarify deadlines and expectations for students.

In the approved faculty practice plan, “faculty practice” is defined as any professional service provided by a faculty member within his or her scope of employment. The practice plan would provide formal support for ongoing education, training and certification for faculty members and students.

The plan would only apply to colleges, schools and institutes that have gone through an approval process for participation; any full-time faculty member in such an academic unit would be eligible to participate. Fees generated for services would be collected and go into a fund; disbursement of the funds would be to participating units based on an approved plan.

The senate also approved a motion that would grant a “tenure clock” extension for serious personal or family illness, with extensions granted in one-year increments.

Board of Visitors (BOV) Rector Ernst Volgenau addressed the faculty and stayed for discussion regarding a motion to create a Committee for Consolidation and Compensation that proposed including BOV members. Visitor Charlie H. Mills, chair of the BOV’s Finance and Resource Development Committee, also attended the meeting.

Volgenau expressed his strong support for the faculty and the BOV’s willingness to listen to the faculty’s concerns regarding compensation.

Based on the discussion, the Task Force on Compensation Issues, which introduced the motion, will reconsider the motion’s wording for the next Faculty Senate meeting.

For more information, see the Faculty Senate web site.

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