MSVU Senate Minutes -- May 4 2001
Senate, Mount Saint Vincent University
May 4, 2001 A meeting of the Senate was held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2001, in the Rosaria Board Room. Present: S. Brown (Chair), R. BÃ©rard, I. Blum, S. Boyd, L. Cartwright, K. Clayton, S. Drain, C. Ferns, B. Frank, D. Furrow, P. Glenister, F. Harrington, C. Hill, N. Hill, B. Hodkin, K. Kienapple, D. Nevo, S. Perrott, M. Raven, T. Roberts, E. Rosenthal, R. Sampson, L. Theriault, R. Warne, J. Woodsworth. Regrets: W. Doyle, B. King, M. MacMillan, C. Mathieson, L. Neilsen, P. Watts. 1. Approval of Agenda Moved by B. Frank, seconded by T. Roberts that the agenda be approved as amended. CARRIED The agenda was amended by adding item 4.1, Further Recommendations Regarding the WIC Report. 2. President's Announcements S. Brown welcomed L. Cartwright and K. Clayton to Senate. 3. Question Periods There was a discussion regarding a technology fee for students enrolled in Computer Studies and Information Technology courses. A Senator asked if the 2001/2002 budget will include such a fee. S. Brown replied that the budget has not formally come forward. Some Senators believed that such a fee was warranted due to certain courses relying heavily on computer resources. Other Senators believed that such a fee was not warranted since the network has a slow response time and many students use their own computer to complete their work. They felt that a major upgrade of equipment must be completed before MSVU should even consider charging such a fee. There was also the concern of lower enrollment rate in these programs due to the technology fee. A Senator pointed out that courses that relied heavily on library use were not charged a differential fee. Another Senator noted that science courses which rely heavily on labs were not charged differently from arts courses. A Senator suggested that a model which charges students for use of printing could be implemented instead of a general technology fee. J. Woodsworth stated that IT&S looked at the cost of implementing such a system and it was considered quite expensive. As well, the technology fee applies to other costs, besides printing. It was clarified that the fee would apply to courses not programs and the fee would be added to a student's tuition. A Senator asked how input into this issue can be made. S. Brown replied that the Budget meeting will be held on May 9 and concerned Senators should write a memo to the Budget Committee regarding this issue. 4. Unfinished Business 4.1 Further Recommendations Regarding the WIC Report Since Senators received the report orally, S. Brown recommended that WIC circulate the report electronically to encourage more response. 5. Committee Reports (Standing and Ad Hoc) 5.1 Senate Executive No report. 5.2 Academic Appeals Committee L. Theriault reported the Committee has received one appeal and has scheduled a meeting for next week. 5.3 Academic Policy and Planning J. Woodsworth reported that the Committee was working on the priority list for 2002-2003 tenure track staffing. She noted that the Committee has several candidates for the Canada Research Chairs and was currently following the selection process. 5.4 Graduate Studies No report. 5.5 Undergraduate Curriculum No report. 5.6 Committee on Appointment, Promotion and Tenure or Permanence for Academic Administrators (CAPTPAA) No report. 5.7 Committee on Information Technology and Services No report. 5.8 Library No report. 5.9 Nominations 5.9.1 Senate Elected Committee Positions Moved by K. Kienapple, seconded by F. Harrington that Senate approved the appointment of the following individuals for the indicated positions on the Standing Committees of Senate: P. Glenister Secretary of Senate July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2004 D. Lordly Academic Appeals (Prof. Studies) Jan. 1, 2002 - June 30, 2004 B. King Teaching and Learning (Prof. Studies) July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2004 E. Hicks Teaching and Learning (Prof. Studies) Jan. 1, 2002 - June 30, 2004 K. Blotnicky Committee on IT&S (Professional Programs) July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2004 N. Okihiro Committee on IT&S (Professional Programs) July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2004 D. Norris Graduate Studies (Women's Studies) July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2004 M. MacGillivray Library Committee - Professional Librarian 2001-2004 W. Hare Library Committee (Prof. Studies Div.) Jan. 1, 2002 - June 30, 2004 R. Fisher Library Committee (Prof. Studies Div.) Jan. 1, 2002 - June 30, 2004 K. Side Library Committee (Arts & Science Div.) Jan. 1, 2002 - June 30, 2004 M. Das Nancy's Chair (Teaching Women's Studies/Women's Emphasis Courses) Jan. 1, 2002 - June 30, 2004 A. Frolich Research & Publications (Sciences) July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2004 M. Riley Student Affair July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2004 R. BÃ©rard Student Judicial July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2004 R. Stuart Student Judicial July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2004 J. Mills Undergraduate Admissions & Scholarships (Prof. Studies) July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2004 M. Bateman Ellison Undergraduate Admissions & Scholarships (Prof. Studies) Jan. 1, 2002 - June 30, 2004 F. Xavier Eygun Undergraduate Curriculum (Arts & Science) July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2004 C. French Undergraduate Curriculum (Prof. Studies) July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2004 N. Kelleher Undergraduate Curriculum (Prof. Studies) July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2004 L. Mann Undergraduate Curriculum (Member-atlarge) July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2004 M. MacGillivray Writing Initiatives (Member-at-large) July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2004 CARRIED 5.10 Research and Publications Revision of the MSVU Policies and Procedures: Ethics Review of Research Involving Humans Moved by K. Kienapple seconded by I. Blum that Senate remove from the table the MSVU Policies and Procedures: Ethics Review of Research Involving Humans. CARRIED Moved by K. Kienapple, seconded by F. Harrington that Senate approve the revised MSVU Policies and Procedures: Ethics Review of Research Involving Humans. CARRIED There were two friendly amendments to the document. Under item 3.2, the word "represent" was changed to "represents" and under item 7.2, the phrase "that of" was deleted. It was noted that item 4.4, was revised since it is specific to the Department of Education. 5.10.1 Revision of By-law 14.3.2 Moved by R. Sampson, seconded by N. Hill that Senate approve the revisions to By-law 14.3.2. CARRIED 5.10.2 Revision of By-law 14.8 (notice of motion) Moved by K. Kienapple, seconded by S. Perrott that Senate approve the revisions to By-law 14.8. CARRIED 5.10.3 Addition of By-law 14.12 (notice of motion) Moved by I. Blum, seconded by S. Boyd that the proposed motion read as outlined on the document circulated May 4, 2001. CARRIED Moved by R. Sampson, seconded by C. Ferns that Senate approve the addition of By-law 14.12. CARRIED 5.11 Student Affairs No report. 5.12 Committee on Teaching and Learning No report 5.13 Undergraduate Admissions and Scholarships L. Theriault announced that on April 12 the Committee mailed out 142 Entrance Scholarship offerings (compared to 126 last year). The acceptance date is May 14. The scholarships range in offering from $500 to $5,000. She also announced that on April 29, MSVU hosted a scholarship reception at the Meadows for newly admitted students. L. Theriault explained the procedure for making scholarship offerings, including the reasoning behind the percentage over-booking. She noted that the dollar value of entrance awards had increased the last few years. 6. Other Reports 6.1 Board of Governors No report. 6.2 Students' Union L. Cartwright reported that the Students' Union had a smooth changeover on May 1. 7. New Business Moved by R. BÃ©rard, seconded by R. Warne to move the meeting in camera. CARRIED S. Brown announced ranking of honourary degree candidates approved by Senate on April 30, 2001. 7.1 Spring 2001 Graduation List Senate approved the awarding of degrees, diplomas and certificates as follows: Certificate in Business Administration R. Sampson/M. Raven Certificate in Community Residential Services R. Sampson/R. Warne Certificate in Gerontology R. Sampson/N. Hill Certificate in Information Technology R. Sampson/E. Rosenthal Certificate in Marketing R. Sampson/I. Blum Certificate in Proficiency in French D. Furrow/L. Cartright Certificate in Tourism and Hospitality Management R. Sampson/S. Boyd Diploma in Business Administration R. Sampson/F. Harrington Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management R. Sampson/ I. Blum Degree of Bachelor of Arts D. Furrow/S. Drain Degree of Bachelor of Arts (Advanced Major) D. Furrow/C. Ferns Degree of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) D. Furrow/S. Perrott Degree of Bachelor of Child and Youth Study R. Sampson/K. Kienapple Degree of Bachelor of Applied Arts (Child and Youth Study) R. Sampson/K. Kienapple Degree of Bachelor of Applied Arts (Information Technology) R. Sampson/M. Raven (Co-operative Education Route) Degree of Bachelor of Business Administration R. Sampson/L. Cartwright Degree of Bachelor Education R. Sampson/R. BÃ©rard Degree of Bachelor Education (Visual Arts Specialist) R. Sampson/R. BÃ©rard In asociation with Nova Scotia College of Art and Design Degree of Bachelor Education (In association with the R. Sampson/R. BÃ©rard Nova Scotia Teachers College) Degree of Bachelor of Human Ecology R. Sampson/R. Warne Degree of Human Ecology (Honours) Family Studies R. Sampson/F. Harrington Degree of Bachelor of Public Relations R. Sampson/S. Perrott Degree of Bachelor of Science D. Furrow/I. Blum Degree of Bachelor of Science (Advanced Major) D. Furrow/S. Boyd Degree of Bachelor of Science (Honours) D. Furrow/F. Harrington Degree of Bachelor of Science Applied Human Nutrition R. Sampson/M. Raven Degree of Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management R. Sampson/N. Hill Master of Applied Human Nutrition R. Sampson/I. Blum Master of Education R. Sampson/B. Frank Master of Human Ecology R. Sampson/I. Blum Master of Arts in Educaton R. Sampson/B. Frank Research Master of Arts R. Sampson/B. Frank CARRIED Moved by R. Sampson, seconded by J. Woodsworth that Senate permit the Registrar to add an individual's name to the Graduation List if the requirements are completed prior to the Convocation Ceremony and, further, to adjust any students' distinction status if so warranted. CARRIED L. Theriault announced that there were 45 individuals on the enabling list. There were currently 484 individuals on the graduating list, a somewhat smaller number from last year. Moved by N. Hill, seconded by F. Harrington to move the meeting from in camera. CARRIED 8. Items for Communication The Senate Office will make the changes to the By-laws. Registrar Office will post the graduation list once finalized. Senators will receive an email from WIC regarding their preliminary report. 9. Adjournment S. Brown acknowledged the contribution of the following retiring Senators: M. Macmillan, M. Raven, R. Sampson, and D. Furrow. F. Harrington was congratulated on being sought out by a publishing house to produce children's books about science topics. Moved by F. Harrington, seconded by M. Raven that the meeting be adjourned at 3:13 p.m. CARRIED.