22, No. 12, Jan. 23, 2003
Senate defeats resolution opposing
attack on Iraq
Sharita Forrest, Assistant Editor
(217) 244-1072; email@example.com
A proposed resolution opposing a U.S. military attack on Iraq sparked
vigorous debate among senators at the Dec. 9 meeting of the Urbana-Champaign
Senate. The resolution, which was intended for dissemination to Illinois
legislators and the public, conveyed concerns about the detrimental
impact of a potential war on civil liberties and higher education
and social program
funding. Senators disagreed as to whether the resolution fell under
the senate’s purview; however, Provost Richard Herman, who presided
at the meeting in lieu of Chancellor Nancy Cantor, ruled that the senate’s
auspices included the matter. After much debate, the resolution was
ultimately defeated in a 57-35 vote.
On other topics:
Krystal Fitzpatrick, police captain in the Division of Public Safety,
provided an update on a series of assaults and robberies on campus and
the arrest of a suspect believed to have been involved in some of the
Charles Zukoski, vice chancellor for research, spoke about the campus’s
vision for research and the challenges posed by changing societal expectations
and economic and political factors.
In other business, the senate:
passed a proposed revision to the Code of Conduct statement, which
the three campuses’ senates are considering for addition to
the Handbook for Good Ethical Practice. The revised code included
the addition of an introductory sentence clarifying the code’s
intended purpose, which was to delineate the deportment expected of
university representatives in their professional capacities.
- Approved nominations
for membership on standing committees of the senate, the Research
Policy Committee and the Campus Budget Oversight Committee.
- The Urbana-Champaign
Senate did not adopt the academic calendar for 2005-2006 proposed
by the Senate Committee on Educational Policy. A quorum call was made
before a vote was taken on this calendar (EP.02.26), so this proposal
will appear on the Feb. 17 Senate agenda under Old Business. Peter
Mortenson, committee chair and professor of English, also reported
on complaints about the structure of the academic calendar, such as
the length of Thanksgiving break, and the committee’s recommendations.
(Note: corrected since printed version.)
- Considered nominations
for honorary degrees during an executive session.
- Solicited preferences
from senators about the number of voting faculty members desired on
the Senate Executive Committee.
An article in the
Nov. 7 issue of Inside Illinois attributed comments made at the Nov.
4 meeting of the Urbana-Champaign senate to the wrong person.
The comments were made about an approved amendment to the University
Statutes and Senate Procedures that will restrict Faculty Advisory Committee
membership to tenured faculty. Senator Herman Krier, the Richard W.
Kritzer Professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, supported
the amendment, saying that the committee’s sphere of influence
comprises matters that long-term faculty members could better address,
such as promotion and tenure decisions. His comments were wrongly attributed
to Paul Prior, professor of English.