Senators OK plan
to Faculty Senate:
U.Va. likely to launch its next capital campaign of
between $3 billion and $5 billion within 18 months
No layoffs planned
There may be some form of salary increases in next two-year budget
There will be no non-voting faculty member on the Board of Visitors
last Thursday debated and approved the principles of a new administrative
procedure governing for cause suspensions or terminations
of academic faculty members.
preliminary draft was developed by the General Counsels
office, in conjunction with a Faculty Senate committee, to advise
the provost. It calls for faculty members to receive written notification
of administrative charges against them and an opportunity to meet
with an administrator to discuss the charges. The provost would
make the ultimate decision with the advice of a peer review panel.
J. Smith, chair-elect of the Faculty Senate and chair of the drafting
committee, said a 1998 case that resulted in the dismissal of
a faculty member raised due process questions and showed that
the University did not have a policy dealing with administrative
charges against faculty. This leaves U.Va. open to possible censure
by the American Association of University Professors, he warned.
is a gap in our procedures, he said. We do have a
procedure for handling faculty complaints about faculty members.
draft establishes principles and sets out what constitutes due
process, Smith said, admitting that it was not a perfect document.
He urged the senators to approve it with the understanding that
some of the language could be changed later.
member and physics professor Blaine Norum objected that he and
his colleagues received the draft only 48 hours before the meeting
and asked to defer the vote. Others questioned the imprecision
of some of the wording and the 30 days generally allowed for the
peer review panel to do its work.
considerable discussion, by an overwhelming show of hands, senators
endorsed the principles outlined in the policy, and requested
that Vice President and Provost Gene Block bring the final version
back to the Faculty Senate for review.
senate had also been scheduled to review the grievance policy,
but tabled its consideration until its April 23 meeting.
in last Thursdays meeting, University President
John T. Casteen III reviewed the ongoing budget deliberations.
assured the faculty that no layoffs are planned, and that there
may be some form of salary increase during the two-year budget
period, though he could not predict its form. He noted the House
of Delegates and the Senate had each proposed increases, but the
final version of the state budget had to be worked out in committee.
1990, according to Casteen, 28 percent of the Universitys
general fund came from the state, compared to only 13 percent
this year, in part because earlier budget cuts were never restored.
At the same time, 4 to 6 percent of the budget came from gifts
and endowment earnings in 1990, compared to 16 to 18 percent today.
Casteen noted that there is not the resistance in Richmond that
once existed to the University becoming self-sufficient.
guess is that we would not have the kind of self-sufficiency we
now have if we had not had the adverse events of the early 90s,
at the University are getting more creative at solving problems
and fund raisers are getting more sophisticated, he added.
said the Board of Visitors
will make decisions about the new capital campaign this summer.
It is likely that it will be launched in 18 months, with the Universitys
goal in the range of $3 billion to $5 billion. Casteen said the
fund-raising goals for December have been met, with no apparent
falloff of donations since Sept. 11. Casteen said the new campaign
is on a scale not before attempted.Faculty
members have an opportunity to get involved in the campaign, he
non-budget issues, Casteen noted the death of legislation that
would have required out-of-state students to pass Virginias
Standards of Learning tests before graduating. Another proposal
died in the Senate that would have put a non-voting faculty member
on the Board of Visitors. A bill to study tenure got no support
in the Senate, he said.