Faculty Senate

  • Senate Calendar 2021-2022
    • Meetings are Fridays 11:30-1:30
    • Fall meetings are currently via Zoom
    • Zoom links will be sent to Senators via Outlook invite and via email
    • Other than the first two meetings which are two week apart, the rest of the meetings are every 3rd Friday
    • NOTE: This schedule is subject to change as details arise, including the addition of Special Senate Meetings as needed. We also anticipate Senate hosted forums for which we do not require a quorum but which we encourage Senators to attend.

     

    Fall 2021

    09/17

    10/01

    10/22

    11/12

    (12/03 if needed)

     

    Winter-Spring 2022

    01/14

    02/04

    02/25

    03/18

    04/15  (*due to Good Friday and Passover, we will reschedule this date; more soon)

    05/06

    05/27

  • 10.22.21 agenda

    11:30-11:40 Sign in; quorum; minutes

    11:40-11:50 Announcements/Updates

    11:50-12:05 FPC discussion of bonuses, merit (Paul Kosempel, FPC Chair)

    12:05-12:20 Pay Across Teaching and Professional Faculty Lines Study (Scott Toney, FPC)

    12:20-12:40 Carbon Neutrality Task Force (Chad King, Executive Director of Sustainability)

    12:40-12:55 Policies & Procedures for Faculty Development - 2017 OverviewVote to Designate Review Committee & Qualtrics to follow (Chip Reichardt, Personnel Chair)

    12:55-1:05 Proposed Constitutional Amendment re: admin – revised language & poll

    1:05-1:15 Portfolio Replacement Project (Rohini Ananthakrishnan, Assistant VCIT)

    1:15-1:30 Meet VCIT + Academic Technology Council (Russ Kaurloto, VCIT)

  • COVID Coordinator Email about Fall - 8.31.21

    Email highlights

    • Vaccination is required for fall term 2021. Vaccination records or exceptions are due to be uploaded by Sept. 1, 2021.
    • Testing on campus one to two days before your move-in date or the first day of class is mandatory for everyone; external COVID-19 tests will not be accepted until Sept. 25, 2021.
    • Testing is required twice in the first week for undergraduates and once per week for faculty, staff and graduate students; once you have completed your two arrival tests, please check PioneerWeb for your updated test frequency.
    • While in class, please wear a mask, choose a seat for the quarter (seat choices will be recorded), and refrain from eating during class.
    • If you have any possible COVID-19 symptoms, isolate until you test negative. If you test positive, please use the email provided by your contact tracer to inform your instructors.
     

    As we reintegrate our residential students and get ready for fall quarter classes, please follow these key steps:

    1. Confirm that you have correctly uploaded your vaccine card or that your exemption has been accepted

    • Vaccination is required for fall term 2021. Verified vaccination records are due by Sept. 1, 2021. If you have not yet uploaded your vaccine record, please do so immediately.
    • If you requested a medical or religious exemption (for personnel) or medical, religious or non-medical exemption (for students) before Sept. 1, 2021, these records should be acknowledged in your MyHealth record.

    How do I upload a COVID vaccine record?

    1. Log into your MyHealth account at myhealth.du.edu using your DU ID and PioneerWeb password.
    2. Click on Messages (on the left side bar) then click the “New Message” button.
    3. Select “I want to submit my immunization record to the HCC” and then upload your record. 2.

    2. Test on campus one to two days before your move-in date or the first day of class

    • You must test on campus. Click here for up-to-date hours and locations.
    • We are not accepting external COVID-19 test records until Sept. 25, 2021
    • Everyone must participate in fall term arrival testing, even if you have been cleared for campus all summer. If you are already cleared, please plan to take at least your first of two return tests between Sept. 4-17 to begin your fall arrival testing. Your second required test date will be assigned based on your first test date and will be within the same week for undergraduates or in the next week for graduate students, faculty and staff. You can see your next two expected test dates on PioneerWeb under “campus access status” on the top left after you log in. If you are starting new this term or have been away, please test one to two days before your planned move-in or start date.
    • SPIT testing is available seven days a week without an appointment—hours and information can be found here (generally 8 a.m.- 4 p.m., with extended hours for particular move-in days); nasal swab testing is available Monday-Friday from 8 p.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. for a limited time and does require an appointment via the Health & Counseling Center.

    To make a nasal swab COVID test appointment:

    1. Log into your MyHealth.du.edu account
    2. Select "Schedule an Appointment"
    3. Select "Affiliation" (Coverage selection if Student)
    4. Select "COVID Testing"
    5. Select "Nasal Testing"
    • Testing is required twice in the first week for undergraduates and once per week for faculty, staff and graduate students; once you have completed your two arrival tests, please check PioneerWeb for your updated test frequency. Your PioneerWeb campus access status will be updated with your next two test due dates.

    Note: if you have tested positive in the past 90 days, please do not test, but please be sure your positive test result is uploaded into your MyHealth record.

    How to submit existing test records:

    1. Log into your MyHealth account at myhealth.du.edu using your DU ID and PioneerWeb Password.
    2. Click on Messages (on the left side bar) then click the “New Message” button.
    3. Select “I want to submit my COVID-19 RT-PCR Test Results to the HCC” and then upload your record.

    3. Confirm your campus clearance and badge access.

    • Once you have a negative COVID-19 test result and vaccine record or exemption, your campus access should show as "cleared" when you log into PioneerWeb on the left side. If it is not ‘cleared’, look under your campus access status report to determine why. Note this location also tells you when your next COVID-19 test is due. Until you are ‘cleared’ you are not allowed within DU buildings except your residential room. Spit test results are typically the same day and nasal swab results the next day. Please test one to two before your planned arrival to allow time for clearance.
    • Once your status reads as "cleared", your badge access should be updated within a few hours and your badge should work for most academic buildings, the Community Commons, Anderson Academic Commons, the Ritchie Center, Driscoll South and, if applicable your residence hall. Please be patient as it takes time for us to process your test results and activate your campus access. If, after several hours, you are cleared for campus but your badge is still not working, please email cardaccess@du.edu. Please badge into every door every time.

    4. Classroom policies

    • While in class, please wear a mask, choose a seat for the quarter (seat choices will be recorded) and refrain from eating during class.
    • If you have any possible COVID-19 symptoms, test and stay home and away from others until your test results are negative.
    • If you test positive and need to isolate, please use the email provided by your contact tracer to inform your instructors. Instructors will support your course progress.
    • Instructors who are fully vaccinated, have received campus clearance and will maintain social distancing in the classroom may teach without a mask under alert level green. Please monitor campus alert levels for the most up-to-date guidance.

    For more information on classroom policies, please see the classroom protocol.

    Need Help? Please email COVIDcoordinator@du.edu, call 303-656-7137 (general information), 303-549-8867 (COVID testing), 303-416-0558 (emergencies), or visit the help center at the Chambers Center, 1901 East Asbury Avenue, open from Saturday, Sept. 4 through Friday, Sept. 17 from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., with hours to 8 p.m. on Sept. 6, 8, 11, 13 and 14.

  • Faculty COVID protocols for Fall 2021- some top details culled from other DU pages
    (The information below is gathered from other DU websites)
     
    Note: For fall 2021, you must take a test on campus either within 48 hours prior to your designated fall arrival date or upon arrival.
     
    DU’s 4 COVID Protocol Steps for Faculty (language pulled from https://www.du.edu/coronavirus):
    1. As soon as possible (at minimum, one week before your expected first day back on campus), upload your proof of vaccination card to MyHealth, found on the Health and Counseling Center website. You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your final dose. Please plan accordingly.
    2. Receive a negative COVID-19 PCR test result on or within 48 hours before your first day back on campus at the on-campus testing locations. Saliva-based PCR testing is available without an appointment at the on-campus testing locations, with or without campus clearance.  To support the additional testing required for reentry, between Sept 6th and Sept 24th, nasal swab testing will also be available at the Carepod, Monday through Friday 8-12 and 1-4pm
    3. You can resume on-campus work and activities once your campus access status reads ‘Cleared’ on PioneerWeb. Your campus access status on the top left after you log into PioneerWeb will indicate whether you are cleared for campus and, if not, will indicate what steps are remaining for clearance
    4. Continue to monitor yourself for COVID-19 symptoms; if you have symptoms, promptly test

     


     

    More info (language pulled from https://www.du.edu/coronavirus/health-wellness/return-campus):

    Vaccination

    If you have been vaccinated or have an approved exemption, this should be displayed when you log into PioneerWeb on the top left on the campus access page. If your status is not displaying properly, verify that your records have been acknowledged in your medical record on the MyHealth Portal. For more information on vaccinations and exemptions, view our Vaccination Protocol. 

     

    Testing

    You must test negative via RT-PCR test on campus within 48 hours of your planned campus return in order to have badge access to campus. Testing is available 6 days per week through September 3rd, and 7 days per week from Sept 4. Please see the SPIT lab page for up-to-date hours and locations. Tests generally result the same day; wherever possible please test 1-2 days prior to your planned start date. Following your initial test, please visit the campus access status page on the top left after you log into PioneerWeb for your next required test date.

    Note: If you test positive, you are required to isolate until at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, and you have been fever-free for 24 hours without medication and other symptoms are improving. Asymptomatic individuals who had a positive test can resume interactions with others 10 days after the date of the positive test. For more information about testing, view our Mandatory Testing Protocol.

     

    Quarantine

    If unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated, we require that you quarantine for 7 days prior to arrival on campus and log quarantine in PioneerWeb; once you test on campus, you must quarantine off-campus (students can also stay in their room) until you receive a negative test result. (Meal delivery will be available for students). For more information, view our Quarantine Protocol.


The Faculty Senate is the primary body through which faculty participate in the shared governance of the University of Denver.

The Senate is composed of approximately 90 members elected to represent the academic units of the University.

Much of the Senate's work is accomplished through its five Standing Committees:

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    Academic Planning Committee (APC)

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    Financial Planning Committee (FPC)

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    Nominations, Credentials & Rules (NCR)

  • people

    Personnel Committee

  • People

    Student Relations Committee (SRC)

Here is a quick PDF of the descriptions (drawn from the Senate Constitution).

The Faculty Senate Executive Committee (FSEC) includes the Chairs of the five Standing Committees, the President, the President-Elect, the Secretary, and several at-large members. Questions and concerns may be addressed through elected departmental or divisional Senators, or may be addressed to the Senate President at sarah.pessin@du.edu.

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