21, No. 9, Nov. 1, 2001
U-C Senate approves resolution to
amend disciplinary statutes
By Sharita Forrest, Assistant Editor
(217) 244-1072; email@example.com
At its Oct. 29 meeting, the Urbana-Champaign Senate passed a resolution
amending the disciplinary statutes for academic and administrative staff,
an item that had been lingering before the Senate since 1990, according
to remarks made by Robert Fossum, Senate Council chair.
The amendment, titled "Severe Sanctions Other than Dismissal for
Cause," sets forth minimum guidelines for administrative action
against faculty or staff members found to have engaged in serious misconduct.
According to the amendment, circumstances necessitating disciplinary
procedures would include professional misconduct, violation of campus
or university regulations or policies and commission of willful physical
harm to others or harassment or intimidation of others.
Faculty or staff members found to have engaged in serious misconduct
would be subject to suspension with or without full or partial salary
for up to one-half of their appointment periods. Health and retirement
benefits would remain in place during the suspension period.
The amendment, which had been approved by the University Senate Conference
on June 28, had already been approved by the Chicago and Springfield
Urbana-Champaign senate member Peter Loeb, professor of mathematics,
proposed amending the resolution in accordance with a provision passed
by the Chicago senate to require campus administration to attempt settlement
of such disciplinary matters through mutually agreeable mediation. After
discussion, Loebs proposed amendment was defeated in a 46-55 hand
The resolutions passed by the three campuses will now go to the Senate
Conference, which will forward them to UI President James J. Stukel
Some senate members expressed disapproval of time limitations imposed
by Senate leadership that constrained debate to a maximum of 30 minutes
and that prevented individual senators from speaking more than once.
In other action, the Senate passed a proposal sponsored by the UI-Integrate
Faculty Advisory Committee expanding the course-numbering system from
four levels to six levels. The change is intended to align the UI course-numbering
system with that of peer institutions and overcome constraints imposed
by the four-level system.
Colleges and departments will have the option of choosing a default
renumbering of courses assigned by the Office of the Provost or of overhauling
their course numbers themselves. In its proposal, the UI-Integrate Faculty
Advisory Committee said that curriculum data such as course numbering
had to be in place before March 2002 so that the UI-Integrate project
could proceed through its design and implementation phases and be in
use by the May 2004 deadline.
Under the new six-level system, upper division undergraduate courses
will carry 300- and 400-level designations, with 400-level courses also
available for graduate-school credit. Courses with 500-level designations
will be accessible only to graduate and professional school students,
and 600-level designations will represent professional school courses
with restricted enrollments.