21, No. 6, Sept. 20, 2001
Senate passes resolutions on flier
distribution, lecture note sales and parental notification
Sharita Forrest, Assistant Editor
At its first meeting
chaired by new Chancellor Nancy Cantor, the Urbana-Champaign Senate
passed resolutions regarding the distribution of leaflets and similar
materials as well as the sale of lecture notes and parental notification
when students fail to complete mandatory drug and alcohol assessments.
They met in Foellinger Auditorium Sept. 17.
The Senate supported a proposal by Allan H. Levy, professor in medical
information science, amending the current rule regarding distribution
of handouts inside university buildings. Under the new provision, the
office responsible for facility management can specify areas inside
campus buildings where materials cannot be distributed because of safety,
privacy or other concerns.
Speaking in support of Levys proposal, Stephen Kaufman, professor
of cell and structural biology, said that he believed the existing rule
invoked pre-clearance, allowing university administration to regulate
the content of materials and restrict the flow of information.
"Without free flow of information, we should close the doors to
the University of Illinois," Kaufman said.
Nicholas C. Burbules, chair of the Conference on Conduct Governance,
responded that the present rule neither regulates content of materials
nor requires pre-authorization; it only governs access to campus buildings.
An initial voice vote on the proposed amendment was indistinguishable,
so Cantor called for a second vote by a show of hands. The Senate passed
the proposed amendment by a vote of 72-33.
The Senate also unanimously passed a resolution allowing parental notification
when a student fails to complete a mandatory drug and alcohol assessment
upon being taken to the hospital.
The Senate also passed a proposal making the sale of lecture notes or
handouts to commercial note-taking services without the instructors
permission a form of academic misconduct. After discussion, Senate members
agreed to amend the proposal to include the stipulation that instructors
must notify students in writing if they do not want lecture notes or
other materials disseminated to commercial services.
In other business, the Senate also passed a proposal creating a minor
in technical systems management in the College of Agriculture, Consumer
and Environmental Sciences effective this semester.
In introducing the new chancellor to the Senate, university President
James J. Stukel commended Cantor for the sensitivity she displayed in
handling campus events related to the terrorist attacks on the World
and the Pentagon the previous week.
"How could anyone not be impressed?" Stukel said of Cantors
handling of the weeks events.
The Senate meeting was followed immediately by the annual meeting of
the faculty. In his remarks, Stukel referred to the many changes the
university has undergone during the past year, including many new leaders
and the largest tuition increase in its history. Cantor also addressed
the group and emphasized that the success of the university will depend
upon the fostering of a sense of unity and common goals among the various