Meeting Minutes

September 8, 2008


104 Gore Hall                                                                                                  4:00 pm


I.            Adoption of the Agenda


II.            Approval of the Minutes: May 5, 2008


May 12, 2008


III.            Remarks: Dr. Amy Johnson, President of the Faculty Senate, introduced members of the Executive Committee.

Provost Dan Rich. Dr. Rich reported that almost 3600 new undergraduate students arrived this fall. This is the largest incoming freshman class and the strongest academically qualified. The average SAT score is about 20 points higher than last year’s class. A total of 1191 new graduate students were greeted at the first ever convocation for graduate students; this will become an annual event. Dr. Rich announced that there were 41 new permanent faculty appointments.

Dr. Rich also announced a number of new appointments. Alan Fox was recently appointed Director of the University’s Honors Program. The University recently announced a new Dean of Students, George Brelsford. Karl Steiner, currently the associate director of the Delaware Biotechnology Institute and a professor of electrical and computer engineering, was named associate provost for interdisciplinary research initiatives. John Sawyer, professor of Business Administration, was appointed Faculty Fellow in the Office of Graduate and Professional Education. Kelvin Lee was named the new director of the Delaware Biotechnology Institute.

Friday September 12, President Harker will sign an agreement with
Thomas Jefferson University for the creation of a new degree program that will offer a bachelor of science degree and a doctor of pharmacy degree from the two institutions. The signing also forms a partnership on health education that may lead to other initiatives. An all day symposium launching the UD Energy Institute will be held September 19 at Clayton Hall. On October 2, the Knowledge Based Partnership forum will be held at Clayton Hall, register at Sir Michael Barber, former advisor to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is one of the scheduled speakers (revisions in red were made on 10/7/08).                   

Chief James Flately (Public Safety) and Charles Beale (Director of the Center for Counseling and Student Development), Title of their presentation was Active Shooter. Emergency notification in place at the University includes UD Alert phones, email, and text; UD home page; cable TV override; classroom projector override; and local media. In case of emergency call 911 or 831-2222. Use a UD land line if possible, so the location of call can be traced. If shooting is audible, the priority of the first officers on the scene is to neutralize the shooter(s). If shooting is not audible, officers perform a sweep of the building. In case of a shooting, barricade the door(s) to impede entry by shooter, turn off lights, and line up along wall so you cannot be seen from the classroom doors. If there is an alternate exit, leave immediately. Negotiation is not usually effective in situations involving active shooters. If a hostage is taken, the shooter could be negotiated with. Do not attempt escape unless good likelihood of success. Voice over Internet telephones used in classrooms to contact Media Services also can be used to dial 911.

Dr. Beale discussed “red flag” behavior in students. He pointed out that it is difficult to predict who will cause problems and those exhibiting red flag behaviors may not become violent. Red flags include sullen depression and paranoia and a tendency to use threats and intimidation. Any questions, call Judicial Affairs (831-2117), Dean of Students (831-8939) or the Center for Counseling and Student Development (831-2141) for advice. In case of emergency, do not hesitate to call public safety, 831-2222. PowerPoint slides from today’s presentation are available at the Faculty Senate website,

IV.            Announcements: Senate President Amy Johnson.  Reminded senators that they represent their units. Senators need to go to the Faculty Senate website before the meetings to review the agendas and minutes. The agenda is available one week before the meeting. Dr. Johnson encouraged senators to challenge and debate items brought to the floor of the Senate. Senators should also disseminate information discussed at the Faculty Senate with colleagues in their units. Dr. Johnson also announced that an ad hoc committee to look at breadth requirements was formed and has held one meeting. October 15 is the deadline for funding request to the Committee on Cultural Activities and Public Events. Information is available on the Faculty Senate web site,

Alan Fox, past-president of the Faculty Senate, announced that he is a member of the University of Delaware’s Diversity Taskforce appointed by President Harker. The charge of the taskforce includes reviewing what is currently being done to increase diversity and what can what else the University can do to increase it. Areas of diversity the taskforce are looking at include economic, philosophic, racial, social, etc. Members of the taskforce will be holding town hall meetings with faculty, to be announced via email. Anonymous comments can be sent to the taskforce via the website,

V.            Consent Agenda

A.  Announcements for Challenge:  None

B.  Resolutions:  None

VI.            Regular Agenda

A.   Old Business:  None

B.  New Business: None

VII.            Introduction of New Business

Such items as may come before the Senate.  (No motion introduced under new business, except a motion to refer to committee, shall be acted upon until the next meeting of the Senate.)

A senator questioned a new University policy concerning students changing majors. Students must have a gpa of 2.0 or greater in order to transfer. The policy also identifies certain “restricted” majors that can only accommodate a limited number of students for various reasons. The policy was not approved by the Faculty Senate. Dan Rich responded that he and Havidán Rodriguez meet with the deans and others to develop a policy making it easier for students to move back and forth at any time, while some majors became restricted. Transfer requests are accepted twice each year, and students are admitted in the order in which they apply. Dr. Rich suggested a full report should be made to the Faculty Senate in October. More information about the policy can be found at this website,

Adjourned 4:43

Submitted by Donald Lehman