3:30 - 5:30 p.m. - Newcomb Hall, Room 389
Present: David T. Gies, Patricia H. Werhane, Kathryn A. Neeley,
Rebecca D. Kneedler, Houston G. Wood, III, Donald J. Innes, Jr.,
Marva A. Barnett, John D. Lyons, Robert M. Grainger, William R.
Johnson, Peter W. Low
Leigh B. Middleditch Jr., Alumnus and Attorney
John B. Syer, Executive Director, Alumni Hall
Hunter O. Ferguson, Chairman, Honor Committee
Frank B. Griffiths, Student Coordinator, National Make a
Michelle A. Samuels, Assistant Dean of Students
David T. Gies, Chair of the Faculty Senate, called the meeting to
order at 3:30 p.m.
Mr. Gies welcomed everyone. Introductions were made.
Hunter Ferguson, Chair of the Honor Committee, spoke to the group
about honor-related faculty issues. He said the German Department had
contacted the Committee regarding the use of web material, which may
or may not be accurate. The Honor Committee took steps to inform
students of the issues involved, Mr. Ferguson said. Mr. Ferguson also
spoke about two web sites that are posting lecture notes, which is a
concern to some in the University community. He asked the Executive
Council for thoughts on the issue. The Council mentioned such things
as copyright laws and freedom of information. It was pointed out that
students need to be reminded to cite their sources when using web
information, or any information that is not their own.
Leigh Middleditch spoke to the Council about the Alumni
Association's view of the student-run Honor System. University alumni
value the system and want to preserve it, he said. He pointed out
that the "single sanction" is at the heart of the Honor Committee's
controversy, and he thinks the single sanction needs to be defined or
simplified. The Alumni Association is prepared to establish an Honor
endowment to support the Honor System, Mr. Middleditch said. Mr.
Middleditch also said the Honor Committee needs an Honor Advisor, and
the Alumni Association will financially support that position.
Mr. Syer, Associate Director at Alumni Hall, asked the Council to
help inform new faculty about the Honor System. He suggested Council
members could contact the deans of the schools and encourage them to
have new faculty attend an information session on the Honor
Mr. Gies thanked the Honor Committee representatives for bringing
the information to the Executive Council.
Mr. Gies introduced Frank Griffiths, the coordinator of The Make A
Difference Day Project at the University of Virginia. Mr. Grifffiths
gave the group some history of the event, which has University-wide
participation of both faculty and students. More faculty
participation is needed, Mr. Griffiths said. The event is held the
4th Saturday in October. The scheduled events for this year's Make A
Difference Day will be posted on the web, and Mr. Griffiths will get
the web address to Mr. Gies.
Mr. Gies asked Council what role they might take to help with this
initiative. The Executive Council and Mr. Griffiths discussed
different ways that the Executive Council could help, such as ways to
get the word out to more faculty and encourage involvement. Mr. Gies
will work with Mr. Griffiths, and possibly the Academic Affairs
Committee, on this initiative. Mr. Gies thanked Mr. Griffiths and Ms.
Samuels for attending the meeting.
The Executive Council discussed the Faculty Senate Retreat, and
how the issues identified at the Retreat can be addressed over the
course of the year. Patricia Werhane suggested that the issues be
further discussed at the Faculty Senate meeting on October 4. Peter
Low asked what outcome the Senate would like to come from these
discussions. Such things as explaining to the community the
importance of research, "do students understand the importance of
faculty research," and the perception that faculty are rewarded for
research and not teaching, were mentioned as topics that should be
addressed. The relationship of research to further knowledge needs to
be addressed, and attention called to this relationship, Kathryn
Mr. Gies will develop questions, which target the issues raised at
the Retreat, regarding "Teaching, Research and the Creation of
Knowledge." The questions will be sent to the Senators in advance of
the Faculty Senate meeting on October 4.
Other items to be on the October 4 Faculty Senate meeting agenda
are an address by John Casteen, reports from the Academic Affairs
Committee and the Committee on Research and Scholarship, and possibly
a new degree proposal from the School of Engineering.
William Johnson, Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, gave a
report on the work of his committee. He reported that the committee
is working on reviewing and approving a new degree program, Computer
Engineering, in the School of Engineering. Other initiatives the
committee continues to work on are student/faculty interaction and
the Teaching Initiative, which is in its second year of a three-year
pilot program. The committee will review and evaluate the program's
Robert Grainger, Chair of the Committee on Research and
Scholarship, reported on the work of his committee. Issues his
committee is working on include the rejuvenation of the Garden Room,
the Forum for Contemporary Thought, the Faculty Senate Faculty
Speakers Bureau, and Research and Teaching.
Mr. Gies and the other members of the Executive Council discussed
diversity at the University. Through the discussion, the group
identified ways they might show their support for the University's
current policies on diversity. They identified some of the positive
effects the University's diversity initiatives have brought about,
such as UVa's successful history with diversity, the education goals
of minority recruitment and retention, and the contributions a
diverse student body has made to the intellectual atmosphere. Mr.
Gies will prepare a statement voicing the Executive Council's support
of the University's current policies on diversity.
The meeting adjourned at 5:40 p.m.
Submitted by Sharon W. Utz, Secretary of the Faculty Senate