Faculty Senate Moves to Limit Class Disruption; Considers Transfer Requirements

Posted: May 3, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

In an effort to address the growing problem of cell phones and pagers disrupting classes, the Faculty Senate passed two motions at its May meeting proposed by the Academic Policies Committee. The first motion adds wording to the university catalog that “…all sound emitting devices shall be turned off during classes unless otherwise authorized by the instructor.” The second motion encourages instructors to place a statement in their syllabi to this effect.

A motion to allow transfer students entering George Mason during the next three academic years to graduate under requirements of the 2000-2001 catalog was countered with a substitute presented by Provost Peter Stearns. According to Stearns, extensive negotiations with community colleges such as Northern Virginia Community College have satisfactorily ironed out transitional issues involved in implementing the new general education program. Discussion on the motion continues when the Faculty Senate reconvenes on May 9.

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