Faculty Senate Reelects Chair; Creates Task Force on Privacy

Posted: May 9, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

At its last meeting of the academic year held this week, the Faculty Senate unanimously reelected James Bennett, Economics, as chair.

The senate also voted to create a task force to review the university’s Responsible Use of Computing Policy and to work with the Faculty Senate of Virginia to introduce a bill in the General Assembly that would provide “adequate privacy protections” in the use of state-owned computers and telecommunications equipment. George Mason’s Faculty Senate previously attempted to convince members of the Northern Virginia delegation to introduce such legislation shortly after the state issued its policy in 2001 on the use of the Internet and electronic communications systems and containing “no expectation of privacy” provisions.

Addressing compensation for lab instructors during the summer sessions, the senate voted to recommend a policy that would give full-time faculty members teaching three-hour laboratories from 6.7 to 10 percent of their academic year salary, depending on the level of the course and the involvement of the instructor in preparing and administering the lab.

A debate on recommendations for distributing the 2.25 percent salary increase among faculty later this year split the senate, with neither alternative presented receiving a majority vote.

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