Meeting of the Faculty Senate
May 5, 2000
Guests: Sarah Nelson, Dawn Nowak
Minutes: Minutes of 4/07/00 approved.
Gordon von Stroh, coordinator for Spring 2000 graduation. Looking for announcers. Please submit names to Gordon
Policy (IRB) guidelines for classroom research involving student subjects (Sarah Nelson, Dawn Nowak):
Changes in policies and procedures for Internal Review Board. Policy puts procedure in place for oversight of all human-subject research on campus. It is the responsibility of teaching faculty to monitor projects being conducted in their classes. According to the IRB, there must be some oversight at all times, regardless of risk. Documentation must be done thoroughly and appropriately.
Assessment procedure is separate from IRB oversight, but is related. Dixon asked about students observing people in public places. This area is covered in policy. Goodchild: Is there a federal law stating that his students cannot interview administrations in order to learn about educational practice. Other concerns pertain to academic freedom. For general classroom studies, related to professional issues, this policy is very restrictive. There are guidelines. IRB is given mandate at each institution to construct policy at any given institution. Goodchild: perhaps a subcommittee of the Senate could work with the Office of Research to ensure compliance without being unduly restrictive Donnelly: Email contact with an expert (in classroom-related context) is still considered to be an interview, therefore it constitutes research on human subjects. It is therefore covered under stipulations of IRB? Yes. Intention is key to limitations on gathering data. Donnelly asked for distinction between data and information. There are classifications of data gathering that are exempt from IRB oversight. We dont have the time to go into this at this time. The atmosphere surrounding human-subject research has changed. Documentation is now necessary. Devine: Where did policy come from, and has the faculty been consulted? No. Nelson: Faculty constitute the IRB, they have put the policy together. It is now being presented to the Senate for consideration. Potter asked that senators look at the policy before taking issue with it. She does not feel that it is unduly restrictive. Megherbi asked what it is that the Senate is expected to do with the document. Nelson indicated that that was up to the Senate, but that there are areas where we have to conform to federal law. It was suggested that a document be put together, indicating which practices can be continued without filing paperwork. Best referred this to the Academic Policy Committee of the Senate for consideration.
Curriculum Vote (Sadler):
There are a number of departments that have not submitted a vote: Art and Art history outstanding; Political Science outstanding; Sociology outstanding; Legal studies outstanding.
Grand total: 168 for ;71 against; 27 abstain
Three faculties (AHUM, NSME, SOCS) 238 for; 42 against; 29 abstain
Professional schools (GSIS, DCB) 40 for; 30 against; 8 abstain
Balloting for Senators at Large: Roger Salters (Engr), Deborah Grealy (Penrose Library) elected
Report from NCR on Faculty Senate Officers
Discussion, soliciting nominations from the floor.
Member at large to FEAC.Von Stroh asked who current representatives to FEAC are: President Elect, Barbara Wilcots, Herschell Neumann, Jack Donnelly is cycling off. His concern is that representatives come from different parts of the university. Current candidates are:
Editor of Faculty Forum. Joe is willing to continue in position. Dixon asked if this were a position that having a part-time Senate administrative support might ease.
Member at large, Executive Committee:
Executive Secretary to the Senate
No nominations. Nominations tabled until next meeting.
Request for clarification on the newest vice chancellor for special projects (Lively).
Administrative post to assist Chancellor in duties. Goodchild asked if vice chancellors need to be approved by Board of Trustees. Best asked Zaranka. No answer.
Rhodes has forms for senators wishing to change committee reports. Committees to break out and elect chairs for next year. Results of committee elections to be mailed to email@example.com .
Formal part of meeting adjourned 1:06 p.m.
Deborah S. Grealy