Faculty Senate Meets, Selects New Chair

Posted: April 29, 2011 at 1:01 am, Last Updated: April 28, 2011 at 7:47 pm

By Dave Andrews

At its most recent meeting held on Wednesday, April 27, the Faculty Senate elected a new chair for 2011-12, voted to maintain current term limits for BOV faculty representatives, and recommended that the Presidential Task Force consider establishing a system to collect complaints regarding University Police.

The senate unanimously selected Peter Pober, director of forensics and a professor in the Communication Department, as the new Faculty Senate Chair for 2011-12.

Following various committee reports, the senate also discussed at great length a motion to delete a sentence in the Faculty Handbook that states “no faculty member can serve more than three consecutive two-year terms, although subsequent reelection is permitted,” essentially eliminating term limits. The senate agreed to put it to an anonymous vote, resulting in a 22-15 vote in favor of keeping the term limits intact and leaving the handbook as is.

Also up for discussion was a resolution recommending the establishment of an ombudsman or a committee, apart from University Police, that would collect complaints regarding the conduct of University Police. The senate passed the resolution which will now be considered by the Presidential Task Force. If the task force decides to move forward with the recommendation, the ultimate decision will be made by the university president.

Also during the meeting, the senate heard a report from the Faculty Senate Task Force to examine agreements between Mason and private donors. And Rick Davis, associate provost of Undergraduate Education, addressed the senate with a general education update.

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