Faculty Senate Meeting 
Tuesday, October 12, 
3:30 p.m. North Pacific Room 

I. Call to Order 

II. Call of the Roll: 
Merideth Brodsky, Marion Schrock, Michael Cihak, Tina Fuchs, Leo Rasca-Hidalgo, and Martin Rodriguez Perez were absent. I explained the nametag process that I would be using to take roll. Joel introduced new individuals: Senators Andrey Clarke (Social Sciences) and Donna Perry (Social Sciences), and the new ASWOU President (Obie Garza). 

III. Corrections to and approval of the minutes from the previous senate meeting/Agenda Adjustments. Minutes approved. 

IV. Reports of the Presidents 
A. Senate President Joel welcomed everyone and provided a general introduction to the meeting. 
B. President of Western Oregon University Dr. Youngblood spoke on the following issues: - The library is on schedule with complete funding. - The Werner Center is scheduled for completion in March, 2000. - Freshmen enrollment is up 14%; overall is up 3% (approximately). - A draft of the new Preamble and revised Mission Statement was issued for consideration. The Preamble is a new requirement from the State Board; it is meant to address the unique role of Western in the State System and will be submitted shortly to the Chancellor's Office. Input is requested. Dr. Youngblood suggested, too, that it should reflect the aspirations of the university. This prompted questions about program changes and development. The specific mention of Fire Administration was also discussed; Dr. Youngblood emphasized that Western is unique in providing this training. Revisions in the Mission statement include a point that addresses diversity and another point that emphasizes Division II athletics. Input should be directed to either Joel or Dr. Youngblood. 
C. Student Body President Obie Garza introduced himelf and his freshman assistant and then addressed the following points: - A new computer lab was established in the Werner Center using incidental fees (it should be operating in Winter). - On-line Registration for 3rd and 4th year students should be available in winter. - Students are working to extend computer center hours and improve the fitness center. - Jim Hoag was commended for assistance with many of the computer-related issues described. - Obi also commended the new mission statement and added that he will be involved with diversity and recruitment services and programs heavily. - Student elections will be held shortly to fill remaining positions, including those that serve university subcommittees. - Final comments were made about homecoming, the new mascot uniform, and the upcoming ASWOU retreat. 

V. Reports of the Interinstitutional Faculty Senators Marion provided Joel with a summary of the recent meeting and Joel distributed this hand-out and highlighted the following: 
- The new budget model was the major focus of the meeting. - The issue of faculty salary and perks was discussed further: In particular, it was noted that some other institutes were strongly advocating free tuition be given to faculty members' families (although the legality of this may be in question). Dr. Youngblood noted that this may be a topic at an upcoming Board Meeting in terms of our university; Dr. Minahan pointed out that increasing salaries should be carefully weighed against increasing perks. - It was also noted that Western should avoid "regional" classification. STRONG note: Marion's term will end this November and his position needs to be filled (elected in the Faculty Senate) prior to the week one December IFS meeting. General requirements: nontenured faculty will attend weekend meetings at institutes around the state (expenses paid) approximately five times a year. The IFS senator plays a KEY role in speaking on behalf of the University to the leglislature. Please announce this at Division Meetings to solicit nominees in four weeks. 

VI. Reports of Faculty Senate Subcommittees Brian reviewed a comprehensive list of all faculty subcommittees and their members (this list was provided to each senator). Please note vacancies and solicit faculty nominees via Division Meetings. Some other key comments: - A new committee (Jensen Lecture Committee) was formed and is headed by Dale Canon. It was requested that a Library Faculty position be added to this committee. This was tabled for discussion until the next meeting. - The Honors Committee has an approved additional site for a Liberal Arts Faculty Member. - Brian reported that the Curriculum Committee will hold their first meeting next Tuesday and again on Nov. 16. Please note that if you are considering proposal submission. - While there was no Graduate report, it was noted by Dr. Minahan that a new Director of Graduate Studies should be hired by July, 2000; the advertisement for the position has just been placed. It was also emphasized that graduate student attendance in this committee must improve. - Darryl reported on behalf of the Academic Information Committee: on-line registration, grade submission, and web-based rosters were all mentioned as new services for faculty and students at Western. The the library seeks to update and utilize more electronic sources for books or journals. - There was no report from the Honors or International Committee. 

VII. Old Business 
A. Honor Code: Joel discussed an email sent by Mike Walsh (Judicial Affairs) regarding his interest in working with faculty to establish an Honor Code at Western (noting that we lack a true code and, at present, work under a "Code of Responsibilities" in the Student Handbook). There was some discussion about Honor Codes at other institutes: - Please survey the semi-comprehensive site provided by Joel and Chehalis (see the recent email from Joel). - Chehalis noted her findings that other Oregon institutes have no coherent code that operates for the entire university. - I noted that the Rice University Honor Code homepage (linked within the aforementioned site) was extremely useful. - Joel requested that faculty further examine these sources to resume discussion next time. Other generally related comments were made: - Student involvement must be considered in this issue. - Ultimately, a subcommittee should be formed. - There remained some question about how carefully the Student Handbook was discussed during Orientation week. - Library representatives offered to examine what steps they could take to alert students about intellectual ownership in terms of plagiarism given that they provide students with resources. - General reminders: leaving exams and assignments outside offices should be avoided (there may be students who do randomly take these items for distribution/sale?) - Questions were raised about who was to document cases, given the time-consuming nature of this task. 
B. Vice President Election Laura Riolla-Saltzmann was nominated and approved. 
C. Special Message Regarding Expansion A message from Social Science, via Roshani Shay, was conveyed by Joel regarding their interest in carefully examining enrollment and class size as the University seeks expansion. Dr. Youngblood mentioned that Michael Cihak is heading an Enrollment Management Advisory Council and thus it may be wise to integrate both interested groups. It was decided that that would be a topic for the Executive Committee Meeting. 

The meeting was adjourned.