Faculty Senate Approves Changes to Policy, Committee Charges

Posted: November 19, 2009 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: November 18, 2009 at 5:14 pm

By Robin Herron

At its monthly meeting on Nov. 18, the Faculty Senate approved a change to academic policy and revised two senate committee charges. In addition, the senate heard presentations from several guests.

The actions were

  • Approved a change to the University Catalog regarding academic clemency that would extend from one semester to 12 months the time period in which undergraduates who return to Mason after three years or more can appeal to have certain grades and credits removed from the calculation of their GPA.
  • Revised the Grievance Committee charge to correspond to changes in the Faculty Handbook.
  • Renewed the charge of the Committee on External Academic Relations, which had expired. The committee will now be a standing committee.

The senate referred back to committee a motion regarding adding language to the Faculty Handbook requiring academic units to have written policies regarding governance rights of faculty members as well as handling requests by faculty members who want to transfer academic unit affiliation.

A resolution to clarify eligibility for voting on Faculty Senate matters was deferred because of time constraints.

The senate also heard informational reports from Deans Jack Censer of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Dan Polsby of the School of Law.

In addition, George Ginovsky, assistant chief of University Police, discussed the 911 system and reminded senators that when the university 911 system is down, or when trying to reach University Police from a cell phone, the emergency dispatcher can be reached at 703-993-2810.

Vice President for Facilities Tom Calhoun also updated the senate on the Masonvale faculty and staff housing project.

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