Oct. 15-28, 2004
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'Tremendous,' 'Smart,' 'Pragmatic'
Faculty salary ranking on rise; board OKs code of ethics
Access UVa: The door's open
University presidents make the case for charter
Digest
Insurance costs going up, but health coverage to expand
Ann Lee Brown gives $10.5 million to U.Va.
Board in tune with U.Va.-Wise, thanks to Smiddy
Faculty Actions from the October BOV meeting
Thanks to Charlottesville families
Film festival examines reel 'Speed'
NYT columnist, others, to discuss election

Whiteness exhibit to open its only East Coast showing

Gies to speak at fall program
Taking stock of Virginia mountain streams

 

Faculty salary ranking on rise; board OKs code of ethics

By Dan Heuchert

Center stage at the Board of Visitor’s quarterly meeting Oct. 1 and 2 was the diversity report and news of a major gift, but there was plenty happening further down the agenda.

Faculty salary rankings improve U.Va. jumped up six spots in both the salary and total compensation rankings released annually by the American Association of Universities.

A report to the Board of Visitors attributed the improvement to the board’s decision to supplement state salary increases with funds from the University’s endowment.

With an average increase of 4.33 percent, U.Va. moved from 30th to 24th in the salary rankings, jumping over Vanderbilt, University of California branches at Davis and Santa Barbara, and the universities of Rochester, Michigan and Minnesota.

When all forms of compensation are included, U.Va. moved from 33rd overall to 27th. Faculty’s total compensation increased 6.6 percent.

Marcia Day Childress, chairwoman of the Faculty Senate, cheered the news. “I hope this pleases the board and shows this kind of investment is worthwhile,” she said.

She noted, however, that only seven public institutions were among the top 25 of the salary list.

“It doesn’t surprise me that the number of public institutions in the top 25 was so small, because it reflects the state funding problems that public universities have faced,” she said. Private universities set the market, she said, “and that’s who we are competing against.”

The first five in the salary list are: Harvard, Stanford, Pennsylvania, California Institute of Technology and Princeton. The top public school, California-Berkeley, checked in at No. 12.

Universitywide code of ethics passed

Federal law in the post-Enron era requires that business adopt certain practices. So why not universities?

That question was on the minds of board members and Barbara Deily, the University’s director of audits. The result? A new, board-approved code of ethics, which outlines 10 rules for the conduct of University business.

“It is one of the basic good business practices,” Deily said. “We probably should have had it all along, but we never pushed it. … We have a code of honor for students, but not one for faculty and staff.”
Until the board meeting, that is.

The University’s new code is essentially a compilation of existing policies, now written down in one place, Deily explained.
A draft of the code went before the Audit and Compliance Committee in July. As a result of board input, Deily added an equal opportunity, nondiscrimination and harassment clause.

The code soon will be posted on a Web site and disseminated to new employees, Deily said.

Health System development plan laid out A new physical planning document, adopted by the board, promises to change the face of the Health System.

The document, developed by the Office of the University Architect and presented Oct. 1 to the Buildings and Grounds committee, lays out a “flexible” plan for development in the next 15 to 20 years.
The plan was developed with input from a series of workshops held over the summer, said University Architect David J. Neuman.

Some of the plan is already under way. A 20,000-square-foot “swing space,” which will first house the Medical Center’s core laboratories, is under construction near the corner of Lee and West Main streets, as is a new 1,000-space parking facility.

The completion of the parking structure will allow the razing of the 330-space parking garage at the corner of Lee Street and Jefferson Park Avenue, which also hosts branches of the U.Va. Community Credit Union and Cavalier Computers.

That will be replaced by a new clinical cancer center. The board approved the concept, site and design guidelines for the building on Oct. 1, and also selected the Zimmer-Gunsul-Franca Partnership of Washington as the architect for the project.

Future plans include a children’s hospital at the southeast corner of Jefferson Park Avenue and West Main Street; an addition to McLeod Hall, the home of the School of Nursing; and a new medical education facility.

Casteen on charter, Darden dean

In remarks to the board, University President John T. Casteen III said a proposal led by U.Va., the College of William & Mary and Virginia Tech to create “Commonwealth Chartered Universities” has been fairly well-received by state legislators.

Under the proposal, the three universities would agree to forego some increases in future state funding and to expand enrollment in exchange for greater operational autonomy. “We’re not seeing principled objections to charter,” Casteen said.

He also gave an update on the search to replace Darden School dean Robert S. Harris, whose resignation was announced in September and whose term as dean will end July 31. A search is under way for his
replacement and is expected to take three to four months.

In a similar vein, board member John O. “Dubby” Wynne told the board that the search for a new leader of the University of Virginia Investment Management Company, or UVIMCO, may be nearing an end.

“We’re in the final stages of the search, and it’s been a long search,” said Wynne, who is leading the search committee, which is now negotiating a contract with a candidate.

UVIMCO has been without a leader since Alice W. Handy stepped down at the end of 2004.

College at Wise commended

After being entertained — and moved — by former U.Va.-Wise chancellor “Papa” Joe Smiddy, the board passed a resolution honoring the former Clinch Valley College on its 50th anniversary.
Smiddy, a folksy biology professor (and part-time banjo player) who was one of the college’s original faculty members before becoming chancellor, expressed his gratitude to the college’s parent institution in an often-humorous speech during the board’s College at Wise Committee meeting Oct. 1.

But he turned serious. Referring to coal companies’ sway over all aspects of life in the region, he said, “You gave us the first institution that was truly free to search for the truth.”

Ernie Ern, the longtime U.Va. faculty member and administrator who is now serving as interim chancellor in Wise, was equally effusive in his praise of Smiddy.

“[The College of Wise] is what it is because of Joe Smiddy — now, 50 years from now, 100 years from now,” he said. Ern, too, expressed appreciation for the college’s ties with Charlottesville.

“We’re proud down there,” he said, “and we hope and pray you’ll be proud up here, too.”

Remembering Hereford

The board passed a memorial resolution in honor of Frank L. Hereford Jr., the University’s fifth president, who died Sept. 21.

Expressing its “profound sorrow,” the resolution stated that Hereford was “by every measure…a distinguished and effective President, strengthening and advancing the excellence of this institution.”


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Code of Ethics & Statement of Values

1 We perform our public responsibilities, services and activities ethically, competently, efficiently and honestly, in keeping with University policy and applicable law.

2 We expect that all necessary and proper controls safeguarding public resources are in place and observed, with periodic
auditing of functions and departments by the State Auditor of Public Accounts and/or the University Auditor who shall report directly to the Board of Visitors’ Audit and Compliance Committee.

3 While in the service of the University, we conduct ourselves free of personal conflicts or appearances of impropriety, mindful that our exercise of authority on behalf of the University has been delegated fundamentally for the public good. Conflicting interests or influences are promptly disclosed to our superiors and appropriate steps are undertaken to promote the integrity of University business and other transactions.

4 We do not accept anything of value offered in consideration of performing our public duties, other than the compensation, benefits and reimbursement of expenses duly authorized by the University or otherwise permitted by law. We do not accept any favor, loan, service, business or professional opportunity from anyone knowing (or when it should be known) that it is offered in order to improperly influence the performance of our public duties, or when acceptance thereof may reasonably be perceived as an impropriety in violation of University policy or state law. University procurements of goods or services are undertaken only by authorized personnel and, when competitive principles apply, decisions are made impartially and objectively in accordance with established policy and state law.

5 We preserve and respect the confidentiality of University records, including patient and student records. We do not externally disclose confidential records or other nonpublic information without appropriate authorization, and any confidential record or information we access as a result of our position or duty is neither exploited for personal benefit nor misused for any unauthorized purpose.

6 We are committed to the principles of federal and state law guaranteeing equal opportunity and nondiscrimination with respect to University services, programs, activities and employment, and we support an environment that respects the rights and opinions of all people which, in the words of our founder, promote “the illimitable freedom of the human mind.” Complaints of discrimination, harassment and retaliation are investigated and when warranted appropriate corrective action is taken and disciplined in accordance with University policy and applicable law.

7 Our communications on behalf of the University with all persons, including co-employees, clients, customers, patients, students, guests and vendors, are conducted professionally and with civility.

8 We do not condone dishonesty in any form by anyone, including misuse of University funds or property, fraud, theft, cheating, plagiarism or lying. We encourage and expect reporting of any form of dishonesty, and our managers and supervisors to appropriately investigate such reports. We also expect that the police and/or State Auditor of Public Accounts will be notified when circumstances reasonably indicate fraud or theft of University funds.

9 We strive for continuous improvement in our performance of public duties for the University, mindful of the public cost to our
activities which must be reasonable and appropriately authorized.

10 We bring to the attention of supervisors and managers, the University auditor or other responsible University office, any violation of these principles or circumstances reasonably indicating that a violation has occurred or may occur. Such reporting in good faith in order to promote the ethical integrity of operations is expected and encouraged by the University, and retaliation by any University employee as a result against the person making such good faith report shall be subject to disciplinary action. We appropriately investigate all such
reports and, when warranted by the facts, require corrective action and discipline in accordance with University policy and state law.

 


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