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Regarding Shared Governance at the University of New Mexico
April 26, 2016
Whereas the Faculty represent the historic and actual locus of teaching, research, clinical, and creative expertise within universities; and
Whereas the Faculty also represented the original locus of administrative decision making authority within universities, until the rising complexity of university organizations led the Faculty to share that authority with officials specializing in administration and governance; and
Whereas the State of New Mexico vests ultimate authority over the University of New Mexico in a governing board called the UNM Board of Regents; and
Whereas the resulting tripartite structure of Faculty, Central Administration, and Regents emphasizes specialization within each of those three sectors, all within the ultimate authority of the Board of Regents; and
Whereas the resulting long-established practice of governance via three-way dialogue and deliberation regarding major strategic decisions is generally referred to as “shared governance”; and
Whereas the academic mission of universities thrives best when the governing board exercises its ultimate authority within such a “shared governance” model; and
Whereas the role of Faculty within shared governance is distinct from the “stakeholder” role of other important sectors such as Staff, ASUNM, GPSA, Alumni, and Parents of UNM students; and
Whereas continued accreditation of the University of New Mexico under the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is essential and cannot be compromised; and
Whereas such accreditation depends upon adherence to shared governance standards in its major decisions as reflected by Core Component 5.B of the Higher Learning Commission Resource Guide, which requires that “The institution’s governance and administrative structures promote effective leadership and support collaborative processes that enable the institution to fulfil its mission (available at http://download.hlccommision.org/ResourceGuide_2016-04_INF.pdf); and
Whereas the last HLC accreditation Report of a Comprehensive Evaluation Visit dated April, 2009 quoted the Board President as having “…expressed his understanding for the need to communicate with the faculty and all constituencies to rebuild a harmonious working relationship. The Board President also expressed his desire to work collaboratively and in an environment of transparency and trust.”; and
Whereas decisions adopted by the UNM Board of Regents over the past 4 years unequivocally violated the UNM commitment to the HLC for achieving best practices of shared governance by a series of action, to wit;
(i) Ignoring recommendations from the Faculty Senate Faculty and Staff Benefits committee on how to mitigate an unfunded liability in health care costs for retired faculty younger than age 65,
(ii) Using $3M from the reserves of the self-funded health insurance plan in order to resolve a university budget shortfall without consultation with faculty,
(iii) Subsequently amending Regents’ Policy Manual – Section 7.14: Risk Management and Insurance to allow for the transfer of funds from the self-insurance General Reserve Fund at any time and for any purpose at the sole discretion of the Board,
(iv) Eliminating retiree health care coverage for faculty hired after June 30, 2015 without consideration of recommendations form the Faculty Senate Faculty and Staff Benefits Committee,
(v) Increasing health care insurance premiums by 4.5% with large increases in deductible costs without any discussion or consultation with the Faculty Senate Faculty and Staff Benefits Committee,
(vi) Adopting changes to the Regents’ policy manual at the March 14, 2016 meeting of the Board of Regents without consulting with any Faculty Senate governing body, despite strong objections from more than 50 faculty members, Faculty Senate leaders, students, staff community members, state and county legislators, and Native American leadership calling for, at a minimum, a delay in the action until additional input from stakeholders could be obtained; and
Whereas the loss of important records related to official UNM business appears to have occurred; and
Therefore, be it resolved that the Faculty Senate of the University of New Mexico calls upon the UNM Board of Regents to state publicly, via a formal resolution, its affirmation of shared governance as a process of dialogue and collaboration with Faculty Leadership and other stakeholders prior to taking actions that profoundly affect University activities; and
Be it further resolved that the Faculty Senate of the University of New Mexico calls upon the Board of Regents’ to review and adhere to the concepts formulated in the “Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities” as adopted by the American Association of University Professors (available at http://www.aaup.org/report/statement-government-colleges-and-universities); and
Be it further resolved that the Faculty Senate of the University of New Mexico calls upon the Board of Regents review and adhere to the recommendations stated in the document “Faculty, Governing Boards, and Institutional Governance,” published by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (available at: http://agb.org/sites/default/files/legacy/u16/FacultyGoverning%baordsandInstitutionalGovernance_final.pdf); and
Be it further resolved that the Faculty Senate of the University of New Mexico calls upon the Board of Regents to formally request that Governor Susana Martinez fill the current vacancy in the Board with an individual possessing a deep understanding of higher education, preferably a current or retired faculty member of UNM or a faculty member currently employed by, or having retired from, a major university in another state; and
Be it further resolved that the Faculty Senate of the University of New Mexico calls upon the Board of Regents to devise a means of recording and archiving their communications about UNM business to comply with the Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA).
Adopted this day of April 26, 2016 by the Faculty Senate of the University of New Mexico
Self-insurance Reserve Funds for University Operations
June 24, 2015
Whereas, at a Faculty Senate meeting on January 24, 2006, then-Associate Vice President of Human Resources Susan Carkeek presented a proposal being advanced by Administration to convert the health insurance plans offered to UNM employees to a system of self-insurance that would be internally funded, but with claims administration and provider networks contracted to outside third-party administrators (TPAs), rather than continuing to purchase health insurance from external entities; and
Whereas, it was the understanding of the Faculty Senators present at that meeting that the funds under the self-insurance plan would be segregated from other University revenues and used exclusively for the benefit of UNM faculty and staff in order to provide for their health care needs; and
Whereas, up until this year such funds were in fact kept segregated from other UNM funds, and the aggregate of employee- and employer-paid premiums and any other funds received under the self-insurance plan accumulated as a surplus above that which was necessary for an actuarially calculated reserve; and
Whereas, operations budget planning for the 2016 fiscal year resulted in the Administration projecting a substantial deficit; and
Whereas, the Administration proposed, and the Board of Regents approved, use of approximately $3 million from the self-insurance reserves to balance the budget; and
Whereas, the document entitled REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO PREMIUM ONLY PLAN dated June 27, 2014 has as its stated purpose to allow the Plan to qualify as a "Cafeteria Plan" within the meaning of Section 125 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and that the benefits which an Employee elects to receive under the Plan be excludable from the Employee's income under Section 125(a) and other applicable sections of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended; and
Whereas, Section 3.2 of said document entitled APPLICATION OF CONTRIBUTIONS states that “As soon as reasonably practical after each payroll period, the Employer shall apply the Salary Redirection to provide the Benefits elected by the affected Participants”; and
Whereas, Section 5.4 (e) of said document, entitled “Cost Increase or Decrease” states, in part “If the cost of a Benefit provided under the Plan increases or decreases during a Plan Year, then the Plan shall automatically increase or decrease, as the case may be, the Salary Redirections of all affected Participants for such Benefit”; and
Whereas, Section 6.1 of said document, entitled PLAN ADMINISTRATION states, in part “The operation of the Plan shall be under the supervision of the Administrator. It shall be a principal duty of the Administrator to see that the Plan is carried out in accordance with its terms, and for the exclusive benefit of Employees eligible to participate in the Plan” [emphasis added]; and
Whereas, subsection (e) of the aforementioned Section of said document states that duties of the Administrator include “To keep and maintain the Plan documents and all other records pertaining to and necessary for the administration of the Plan”; and
Whereas, Section 8.9 of said document, entitled FUNDING, states in part that “Unless otherwise required by law, contributions to the Plan need not be placed in trust or dedicated to a specific Benefit, but may instead be considered general assets of the Employer until the Premium Expense required under the Plan has been paid” [emphasis added]; and
Whereas, the Faculty Senate Operations Committee has received a legal opinion from an esteemed member of the Faculty of the School of Law advising that the transfer of funds from self-insurance reserves, which were in part derived from employee pre-tax contributions, obligates employees to pay increased federal, state, social security, and FICA withholding; obligates UNM to increase its own contribution to social security and FICA on behalf of each employee; and represents a Breach of Contract with respect to the stated salary contained in the contracts of those faculty and staff employed under contract; and
Whereas, the Faculty Senate is greatly concerned that the transfer of self-insurance reserve funds to the operating budget of the University may serve as a precedent for future such actions; and
Whereas, the Faculty Senate, by unanimous vote at the meeting held April 28, 2015 instructed the Operations Committee to draft a resolution expressing the Senate’s concern over the transfer of self-insurance reserve funds to the operating budget of the University and to present said resolution to the Faculty Senate for a vote of approval;
Now be it therefore Resolved, that transfer of self-insurance funds for uses other than for employee benefits not be permitted in the future but rather that funds in excess of required actuarially determined reserves be used to decrease premiums for both employees and the University; and
Resolved, notwithstanding the above, that the Faculty Senate expresses its appreciation of the good-faith gesture made by the Administration in providing a “premium holiday” for one month during fiscal year 2016 to all employees as partial compensation for the use of self-insurance reserves for purposes other than employee health benefits.
Adopted this 26th day of June 26, 2015 by majority vote of the Faculty Senate.
Diversity Council Strategic Action Plan
April 23, 2013
Whereas the Faculty Senate recognizes t he central value of diversity in accomplishing the mission of the University of New Mexico and the importance of accessibility, inclusion, and equity in achieving excellence in education, research, and public service,
Be it resolved that the UNM Faculty Senate endorses the work of the Provost’s Diversity Council expressed in its report, “Diversity Council Framework for Strategic Action.”
Be it further resolved that the Faculty Senate makes the following recommendations to the Diversity Council regarding its plan for strategic action:
- The report should include specific action items with measurable outcomes, timelines, and responsible parties;
- The D iversity Council action plan should incorporate more organizations and groups on campus, including those with religious affiliations and international students, in order to broadly reflect diversity at UNM and have the greatest impact on stud ent success ;
- The plan should emphasize better coordination of existing resources and organizations on campus to accomplish diversity goals; and
- The Diversity Council should continue collaborating with the Faculty Senate and its committees in order to acco mplish diversity goals.
Dissolution of Faculty Senate Intellectual Property Committee
February 26, 2013
WHEREAS the Faculty Senate Intellectual Property Committee has been inactive for many years; and
WHEREAS there have been very few intellectual policy disputes at UNM in recent years; and
WHEREAS the Research Policy Committee has an Intellectual Property Subcommittee; be it
RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate Intellectual Property Committee be dissolved immediately; and further be it
RESOLVED that intellectual property issues and policy will be addressed within the Research Policy Committee on an ad hoc basis as the need arises
ERB Solvency Principles
October 23, 2012
WHEREAS the Education Retirement Board plans to present the ERB Member Stakeholder Advisory Group Proposal designed to achieve fund solvency to New
Mexico legislative committees in Fall, 2012, and
WHEREAS this proposal recommends establishing a minimum retirement age of 55 for new hires only, and delays the cost-of-living adjustment to age 67 for
new hires only, and increases the employee compensation rate from 7.9% to 10.7%, and
WHEREAS more than 700 UNM faculty members and 2500 UNM staff members expressed their preferences for seeking ERB solvency in a survey administered in June, 2012,
Be it resolved that the Faculty Senate adopts the following ERB principles to share with legislators: 1. Establish a minimum retirement age of 57 for all employees with a
grandfather period of 10 years, spreading the burden of solvency across current and new employees, 2. Maintain the current cost-of-living adjustment at age 65 for current and new employees, 3. Increase employee contributions by a maximum of 1% spread over the next five years.
Faculty Participation in Strategic Planning
April 24, 2012
WHEREAS faculty input is vital to effective university strategic planning and in successful execution of the strategic plan,
BE it resolved that the UNM Faculty Senate urges incoming President Robert Frank to fully engage faculty members in the strategic planning process.
AS part of the planning process, the Faculty Senate commits to review and comment on the Academic Plan produced by the University Council on Academic Planning early in the Fall 2012 semester.
THE Faculty Senate requests that the bulk of strategic planning activities take place while faculty members are on campus during the 2012-2013 academic year.
Cost of Employee Healthcare
March 27, 2012
WHEREAS the costs of health insurance as a benefit for the UNM community continues to rise, and
WHEREAS UNM’s notable achievements in containing prior potential increases in the costs of health insurance through self-insurance appear stagnated in the face of future increases, and
WHEREAS negotiations for the costs of actual employee-healthcare (not insurance) provided by UNM Health Sciences (Hospitals?) are carried out by third party insurance administrative organizations, and
WHEREAS those third parties also have their own providers of healthcare that actually compete with UNM Health Sciences (Hospitals), and
WHEREAS that situation appears to cause UNM Health Services to be the most expensive provider of employee-healthcare for UNM employees,
Be it resolved that the Faculty Senate of the University of New Mexico requests that UNM’s Human Resources Department negotiate the cost of employee healthcare provided to UNM by UNM Health Sciences (Hospitals?) directly, and that UNM envisions the provision of employee healthcare by UNM Health Sciences (Hospitals?) similarly to the provision of educational opportunities to employees by the main campus community.
Right to Free Speech and Assembly
December 20, 2011
WHEREAS the Occupy Wall Street movement is a non-violent movement against vast and increasing economic inequality, with its resulting threat to political democracy, that began in the United States on September 17, 2011 with an encampment in the financial district of New York City; and
WHEREAS (un)Occupy Albuquerque began its non-violent, peaceful assembly of students and community members at the University of New Mexico campus in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street and We Are The 99% movement on October 1, 2011; and
WHEREAS, (Un)Occupy Albuquerque has complied with UNM requests to reapply for appropriate permits; and
WHEREAS, the protesters have complied with restrictions imposed by UNM concerning the permissible hours for protest activities at Yale Park; and
WHEREAS, universities have historically been vibrant public spaces for political debate, civil protest, and intellectual discourse; and
WHEREAS, (Un)Occupy Albuquerque consists in part of individuals from the UNM student body; and
WHEREAS, for democratic life to thrive and for society to flourish, political and intellectual dialogue must be forever protected and cultivated;
Now therefore be it resolved that the UNM Faculty Senate affirms the right of (Un)Occupy Albuquerque to peaceful assembly and protest, and supports the continuation of its activities on university grounds, to be limited to the minimum extent necessary for reasonable provision for the safety and security of protest participants and members of the University and wider communities; and
Let it be further resolved that the UNM Faculty Senate calls upon the University administrative leadership and Board of Regents to take all steps necessary to assure that the University permanently retains a campus climate conducive to vigorous intellectual and political dialogue and non-violent protest.
Education Retirement Board Resolution Endorsement
April 26, 2011
WHEREAS the State of New Mexico has been severely impacted by the economic recession; and,
WHEREAS these events have negatively impacted the solvency of the Educational Retirement Board pension plan; and,
WHEREAS the NM State Legislature has NOT met its obligation to address the solvency of the fund; and,
WHEREAS the State of New Mexico has introduced a temporary ERB Swap increase two years ago to balance the state budget; and,
WHEREAS The State of New Mexico did not follow through with the promise to sunset the swap after two years; and,
WHEREAS the 2011 Legislative body is voting to further increase ERB employee contributions without addressing the solvency concerns of the ERB through a “Retirement Swap” that effectively imposes a tax on New Mexico’s education workforce, reducing take home pay; and,
WHEREAS employees do not have the choice of whether to contribute to the fund nor see any increased benefit as a result of increased contributions to the fund, making this swap effectively a new payroll tax; and,
WHEREAS many employees in New Mexico’s educational workforce cannot afford this reduction in take home pay and could lose their homes, ability to pay for health insurance, or worse, as a result of this unfair tax imposition; and,
WHEREAS a committed and capable workforce is the foundation of any organization; and,
WHEREAS compensation and benefit packages are important components in attracting and retaining high quality, motivated employees; and,
WHEREAS demands on higher education have grown with increasing enrollment during the recession, and lower state funding levels have forced New Mexico’s education workforce to take on significantly more work with fewer staff and less compensation, causing stress and overtime; and,
WHEREAS the employees of the University of New Mexico have been active participants in cost containment efforts including retirement swap contributions, a hold on salaries and cost of living increases for more than 3 years
NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved, that the UNM Staff Council finds ongoing use of ERB retirement swaps to be an unacceptable means of addressing state budget deficits that adversely affects the mission of the university and the employees who support that mission
NOW, THEREFORE, be it also resolved, that the UNM Staff Council calls on the Governor and the New Mexico State Legislature to discontinue the use of retirement swaps after FY12, and to live up to the State’s obligation to address solvency issues that exist within the ERB.
Study Abroad Resolution
March 22, 2011
WHEREAS international education in general and study abroad in particular are critical elements of the University’s academic mission, and
WHEREAS the success of study abroad and international education programs on campus currently depends upon coordination between an excessively dispersed set of programs and units including the Office of International Programs and Studies (OIPS); the Latin American and Iberian Institute (LAII); liaisons, committees, and task forces housed within Academic Affairs; the Vice President for Student Affairs; the International Studies Institute; and programs housed within individual academic units, and
WHEREAS the UNM Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs has announced plans to create a Study Abroad Office which could add an additional administrative unit relating to study abroad and international education,
THEREFORE, be it resolved that the Faculty Senate of the University of New Mexico create an ad hoc committee to propose a strategic plan for submission to the Provost by Summer 2011. The strategic plan would include recommendations for restructuring the organization of study abroad and international education programs in a manner that promotes academic excellence while containing costs
Revision of Curricula Committee Charge Resolution
January 25, 2011
WHEREAS, advisement is crucial to the mission of the University of New Mexico; and
WHEREAS, curriculum changes affect the timeliness and accuracy of advisement; therefore be it
RESOLVED, that a representative from advisement be an ex‐officio member of the Curricula
Change is in bold:
(Fifteen faculty members from the main campus including the chairperson, and one from each of the branch campuses, appointed by the Faculty Senate; three from Arts and Sciences, [one from the Humanities (including foreign languages), one from the social and behavioral sciences, one from the natural/physical sciences and math], and one each from Architecture and Planning, Dental Hygiene Programs, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, University Libraries, Law, Management, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Administration, two students appointed by the Associated Students of UNM (ASUNM) and the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA), respectively. Ex-officio members shall
include the Registrar, the Collection Development Librarian, the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, an Advising Manager from the Provost’s Committee on Advising, and one representative from the Graduate and Professional Committee. The chairperson is elected by the Committee.)
Revised Faculty Workload Resolution October 26, 2010
FS resolution regarding teaching II
Whereas, the University of New Mexico is the flagship university of the State of New Mexico;
Whereas an increase in the actual amount of classroom teaching done by full-time faculty above its present level would significantly reduce the total amount of research done by faculty across the University;
Whereas the average teaching workload and total faculty workload in some colleges already exceed the minimum;
Whereas an increase in the actual amount of teaching for individual faculty due to an inflexible implementation of the official 3-3 teaching load would encourage many of the leading researchers of the University to seek positions elsewhere, and would make it difficult for the University to recruit quality scholars, scientists, and artists as new faculty;
Whereas an increase in teaching would affect the quality of attention faculty are able to devote to both undergraduates and graduate students,
Whereas the idea of a research university is that all faculty are teacher-scholars,
Whereas other public research universities, even in these difficult economic times, have not increased official teaching loads or the actual amount of teaching required of their faculty,
And whereas administrators (Deans and Provosts) of the recent past have observed a flexible and enlightened implementation of the Faculty Handbook teaching load policy so as to maximize the research of all faculty in all departments, the Faculty Senate of the University of New Mexico urges the Provost, the President, and the Regents of UNM not to take any steps, for any reasons, that would have the effect of increasing the amount of teaching done by full-time faculty above its present level.
Curriculum Committee Resolution August 24, 2010
RESOLUTION Curricula Committee Chair Kathleen Keating presented the following resolution to revise the charge of the Curricula Committee. The revision brings the charge in line with the work the committee is actual doing. It also clarifies the Curricula Committee’s oversight of the Core Curricula. The Faculty Senate unanimously approved the charge revision.
WHEREAS, the Faculty Senate Curricula Committee reaffirms section 11 in the “Implementation
of Core Curriculum” dated April 14, 1998 which was passed by the Faculty Senate,
RESOLVED, that the following changes be made to Faculty Senate Curricula Committee charge noted in bold text:
The Curricula Committee, in cooperation with the Senate Graduate Committee and the Undergraduate Committee, is responsible for maintaining and enhancing the quality of the curricula in the University, its branches, and its graduate centers, by (1) reviewing the recommendations of the Senate Graduate Committee concerning all proposals for major changes in programs (Form C), including new degrees, new programs, new majors and minors, name changes, and substantive changes in existing programs, and transmitting them to the Faculty Senate for final approval; (2) reviewing and making recommendations on all proposals for minor course changes (Form A), new courses (Form B), minor changes in existing programs (Form C), originating from students, departments, programs, divisions, schools, colleges of the University and its branches and graduate centers, and Faculty Senate Committees; (3) participating, together with members of the Senate Graduate and Professional Committee and Undergraduate Committee, in periodic reviews of instructional units and programs; (4) hearing curricular disputes and recommending means for their resolution; (5) initiating occasional reviews of curricular offerings and policies at the University; and (6) recommending to the Faculty Senate both programs and the application of curricular policies; and (7) overseeing the Core Curriculum subject to approval by the Faculty Senate.
Sabbatical Leave Policy Resolution
March 23, 2010
The Faculty Senate unanimously approved the following resolution. The resolution is in response to a proposal from the Provost’s Office to not approve one-semester sabbaticals. The proposal would be used as a means of cost containment.
Whereas the University of New Mexico is a Carnegie Research Extensive university, and
Whereas one of the three main goals of the University of New Mexico is high quality research and other scholarly creation, and
Whereas sabbaticals play a vital role in the research and creative works mission of the institution, therefore,
Be it Resolved that the Faculty Senate recommends that the University of New Mexico make no changes to the Sabbatical Leave Policy and its implementation.
February 23, 2010
Whereas, the Student Veterans at UNM organization has requested that Veterans Day be named an official academic holiday at the University of New Mexico, and requested Faculty Senate endorsement of this proposal; and
Whereas, the UNM faculty desire to express our support for students who have served American society and the world via service in the armed forces and in myriad other forms of dedicated service; and
Whereas, adding an additional holiday to the academic calendar would require that we delete an existing holiday or break day; and Whereas, this would create new burdens for UNM staff employees, students, and others who have to adjust existing work, childcare, and vacation schedules;
Therefore, be it resolved that the Faculty Senate will fully support any decision by University authorities to designate Veterans Day an additional UNM holiday;
Be it further resolved that, should it be impossible to add an additional holiday, then the Faculty Senate of the University of New Mexico requests that UNM heighten the recognition of Veterans Day by holding an official service that recognizes those who have served in the military or other forms of dedicated service, and in particular remembers those wounded or killed in the course of such service;
Be it further resolved that UNM faculty are encouraged to excuse from class attendance or assignments all veterans or students who wish to attend that service.
Regent Confirmation Hearing Resolution
January 26, 2010
WHEREAS the Faculty of the University of New Mexico on February 25, 2009 voted No Confidence in the President of the Board of Regents, James H. Koch and requested that Governor Bill Richardson withdraw his nomination of Mr. Koch to another term on the Board of Regents by a margin of 482 – 7, and
WHEREAS the HLC Accreditation report highlighted problems associated with the UNM BOR under the leadership of James H. Koch,
THEREFORE, be is resolved that the Faculty Senate of the University of New Mexico voice its opposition to the confirmation of James H. Koch to a second 6 year term on the UNM Board of Regents, and that the President of the Faculty Senate or his designated delegate represent these faculty concerns to the New Mexico Legislature by providing testimony to this effect at the Confirmation Hearing for the UNM Regents to be held by the New Mexico Senate Rules Committee during the 2010 Session of the New Mexico Legislature.
Master Plan Meeting Resolution
October 27, 2009
WHEREAS there has been concern of some aspects of the master planning process and specifics of the master plan,
THEREFORE, be it resolved that a meeting of Senators and other interested faculty be held at 3:00 p.m., November 3, 2009, to prepare a set of recommendations in regard to the currently proposed Master Plan for an immediate electronic vote of the Senators, which will be presented to the UNM Board of Regents at their meeting on November 11, 2009, if approved by majority vote of those Senators voting.
Master Plan Resolution
September 22, 2009
WHEREAS the UNM faculty need additional time to evaluate and recommend changes to the Master Plan;
WHEREAS the decisions about the UNM Master Plan may profoundly affect the UNM faculty, staff, and students;
THEREFORE, we the members of the UNM Faculty Senate ask that a decision on the UNM Master Plan not be voted on at the Regents’ 9/29 meeting, but that a new comment period be extended through December 2009.
Resolution in Support of Faculty Senate Approach to the Audit
September 22, 2009
WHEREAS, the faculty of the University of New Mexico at our General Faculty Meeting of February 2009 requested an audit of university expenditures in recent fiscal years; and
WHEREAS, Faculty Senate President Doug Fields has worked to advance that audit in dialogue with the UNM President and Board of Regents;
THEREFORE, the UNM Faculty Senate hereby endorses the approach adopted by Faculty Senate President Doug Fields in moving ahead with said audit on the revised terms agreed upon at the September 19, 2009 meeting of the Audit Subcommittee of the UNM Board of Regents. We further authorize the Faculty Senate President to withdraw faculty support from that audit process if in his judgment it is not pursued in a reliable and transparent way.
Long-Term Care Resolution
November 25, 2008
WHEREAS, the UNM Faculty Senate, as a representative body of the larger faculty population, values the benefits currently offered by the University, and
WHEREAS, according to UBPPM 3600,
The benefit of Long Term Care Insurance currently includes the following:
automatic enrollment of all full-time employees employed for one (1) year (both faculty and staff, no additional paperwork required),
guaranteed basic coverage (no medical underwriting required),
coverage of basic plan premiums by UNM, and
WHEREAS, according to Long Term Care Insurance information distributed by the UNM Human Resources Department, Long Term Care Insurance provides the covered individual with a choice of how and where care is received, and can be provided in the home, in an assisted living or residential care facility, or in a skilled nursing facility, The national average for long term care is close to $70,000 per year, and costs are expected to double by the year 2025, Health insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid do not cover most expenses related to long term care, and
WHEREAS, according to the Benefits Survey conducted by the UNM Human Resources Department and presented at the October 8, 2008 HR Symposium, medical and health-related benefits repeatedly rank as the most important benefits to UNM faculty and staff members (based on 1,481 responses), and
WHEREAS, accessing LTC Insurance coverage at a more advanced age increases the cost dramatically, and
WHEREAS, UNM’s continuing to automatically enroll all full-time employees employed for 1 year and continuing to cover 100% of the premium for a Long Term Care Insurance basic plan guarantees a large pool of insured, the size of which directly affects premium payments (including basic plan premiums, more comprehensive “buy up” coverage premiums, family member premiums, and retiree premiums), provides an indirect but perhaps even more important benefit, in that premium rates paid by UNM retirees are determined by the age at which they were initially enrolled in coverage, not by the age at which they retire, would continue an existing benefit to UNM employees, and
WHEREAS, the UNM Human Resources Department is considering discontinuing UNM’s coverage of eligible employees’ premiums for basic Long Term Care Insurance, requiring employees to elect coverage for themselves, enroll themselves in the coverage, and pay their basic plan premiums out of pocket, and
WHEREAS, discontinuing UNM’s coverage of basic plan premium payments and automatic enrollment of eligible employees would set a precedent of reducing faculty and staff benefits already in place, and
WHEREAS, the UNM Human Resources Department has no information about the existing Long Term Care Insurance benefit on its web page (http://hr.unm.edu/),
NOW THEREFORE, be it resolved that the UNM Faculty Senate formally requests that UNM continue the existing benefit to its eligible employees of providing basic Long Term Care Insurance coverage through automatic enrollment, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that any Request for Proposals regarding Long Term Care Insurance include automatic enrollment of eligible employees basic-plan premium coverage by UNM premium rates paid by UNM retirees are determined by the age at which they were initially enrolled in coverage, not by the age at which they retire at a minimum, the current level of basic plan benefits (guaranteed coverage, 3 years benefit duration, $2,000 monthly benefit amount, Long Term Care Facility Coverage, Non Forfeiture, and Professional Home Care), and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the UNM Human Resources Department will promptly post comprehensive information about Long Term Care Insurance coverage on its web site, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the UNM Human Resources Department and the UNM Faculty Senate will take concrete steps to address the knowledge gap about Long Term Care Insurance in the UNM employee population.
Endowed Faculty Appointments
October 23, 2007
RESOLUTION ENDOWED FACULTY APPOINTMENTS
WHEREAS, the Faculty Senate has been delegated the responsibilities of the University faculty as set forth in Sec. 2 of the Faculty Constitution, and
WHEREAS, such responsibilities include the: formulation of institutional goals, creation of academic units, curriculum, scholastic performance, policies regarding academic rank, research, and general faculty welfare, and
WHEREAS, an endowed faculty appointment is an honor that can be bestowed on a scholar of distinction, and
WHEREAS, this honor will allow an individual to conduct meaningful inquiry that will expand the frontiers of knowledge and instruct generations and as a result the reputation of the University will be enhanced, and
WHEREAS, an endowed faculty appointment is a singular opportunity to recognize and sustain innovative intellectual work, and
WHEREAS, in creating an endowed fund, an individual, group or corporate entity makes a donation at the University-designated level that provides for the corpus of the fund from which annual payments are generated, and
WHEREAS, the policy for search committee membership for endowed faculty appointment searches is not explicit,
THEREFORE, be it resolved that the Faculty Senate of UNM requests that the Provost and Executive Vice President for Administration develop a policy on faculty appointments for endowed positions that explicitly states that the voting members of the search committee be composed entirely of academic faculty from this or other noted universities chosen by the faculty in the recipient Department in collaboration with the appropriate Dean.
Aligning the University of New Mexico and the Albuquerque Public Schools Spring Breaks.
April 24, 2007
WHEREAS numerous University of New Mexico students, staff and faculty have dependents in the Public Schools; and
WHEREAS UNM and surrounding schools currently have different calendars for their spring breaks and the divergence of these calendars contributes to workplace and family disruptions, in addition to financial hardship, for many UNM students, staff and faculty; and
WHEREAS New Mexico State University, New Mexico Highlands University, New Mexico Tech, and Eastern New Mexico University have set precedents by aligning their spring breaks with their local school districts; now
THEREFORE be it resolved that the UNM Staff Council requests that the University of New Mexico’s Albuquerque and branch campuses actively pursue mutually agreeable dates for spring breaks with surrounding public school districts, including Albuquerque Public Schools.
Smoke Free Campus Proposal
April 24, 2007
WHEREAS the UNM Board of Regents has requested constituent input concerning the use of tobacco on the UNM campus, and
WHEREAS the deleterious effects of the use of tobacco are well known, and
WHEREAS the United States Surgeon General has reported that no amount of second-hand smoke is safe for non-tobacco users, and
WHEREAS the University of New Mexico Hospital is moving to a smoke free environment and the UNM Health Sciences Center is considering such a policy, and
WHEREAS the existing campus smoking policy which requires that there be no smoking within buildings or a “reasonable distance away from doorways, open windows, enclosed walkways, and ventilation systems” of buildings is inconsistently enforced, and
WHEREAS the employment of different policies in different areas of the campus and hospital can only create confusion and make fair enforcement of such policies difficult, and
WHEREAS the existing campus smoking policy, 2250, already states, “the campus community is asked to go smoke-free as soon as possible, but no later than three (3) months after the effective date reflected above,” which date is 1 June 1997, and which has heretofore never been seriously considered,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Staff Council recommends to the UNM Board of Regents a campus-wide tobacco-free policy to include both smoking and the use of non-smoking tobacco, provided that the implementation of such a policy includes sufficient time to educate both the campus and visitors, and provided further that sufficient time and helps are provided to assist tobacco users to curtail or quit their use of tobacco.
Copies of this resolution shall be sent to the Board of Regents and to Interim President David Harris. .
THINK New Mexico Resolution
January 23, 2007
WHEREAS, the Faculty Senate exercises the faculty's responsibilities for education, care of students, their contributions to the academic excellence of the University, and to an environment in which all members of the campus community are free to learn and communicate, and
WHEREAS, the New Mexico Legislature created the lottery, in part, to fund a full-tuition scholarship to every deserving high school graduate at any public university or community college in New Mexico, and
WHEREAS, the New Mexico Higher Education Department projects the scholarship fund will face an $18 million deficit in 2011, and
WHEREAS, approximately 20 cents of every dollar bet on the lottery goes to pay operating and administrative costs, the fifth highest of 43 states, according to La Fleur’s 2006 World Lottery Almanac, and
WHEREAS, currently only about 24 cents of every dollar bet on the lottery actually go to scholarships, while eleven states have set statutory minimum percentages for beneficiaries between 30 and 35 percent (California, Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Tennessee), and
WHEREAS, even small states (New Hampshire, North Dakota, West Virginia and Washington D.C.) returned 30 percent or more of their lottery revenues to their beneficiaries last year, and
WHEREAS, the New Mexico Lottery pays online vendor GTech 8.52 percent of online sales, while comparable states pay between 2.16 percent and 5.10 percent, and
WHEREAS, lottery retailers receive a base commission of 6 percent of every dollar of ticket sales from the New Mexico Lottery, while most states pay their retailers 5 percent, and
WHEREAS, Think New Mexico proposes the “30-percent solution”, by which 30 percent of lottery revenues will be statutorily dedicated to the Lottery Success Scholarship fund, and
WHEREAS, increasing the percentage for scholarships from 24 percent to 30 percent will produce approximately $9 million per year, or enough for 2,500 scholarships,
WHEREAS, Think New Mexico proposes to add language to the current law requiring that at least one of the seven Lottery Board positions be reserved for representative(s) of the higher education community, and
NOW THEREFORE, the Faculty Senate of UNM does hereby endorse legislation that appropriates at least 30 percent of lottery revenues to Lottery Success Scholarships and verbiage that requires at least one Lottery Board member be from the higher education community, as recommended by Think New Mexico..
ASUNM Proposal for review Week Prior to Finals Week
April 26, 2006
WHEREAS, The Associated Students of the University of New Mexico if the representative body for the undergraduate student body, AND;
WHEREAS, UNM students feel over extended learning new material, taking tests, and turning in large assignments in the fifteenth week of the semester, AND;
WHEREAS, Students need weekend to prepare for upcoming final exams, AND;
WHEREAS, In the spring 2003 ASUNM election, 95% of voting students favored a review period prior to finals week, AND;
WHEREAS, Students at other universities have already felt this time discrepancy, which has led to similar preparation periods at the respective institutions including, but not limited to, Oklahoma University, Portland University, University of Kansas, Pepperdine University, Indiana University, University of Colorado, University of Northern Colorado, Clemson University, Northwestern University, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Brigham Young University, and Arizona State University.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Saturday following the fifteenth week of the semester will no longer hold scheduled final exams.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the finals previously held on the fifteenth Saturday will be rescheduled to the sixteenth week of the semester formally known as finals week.
Resolution for the Method for Choosing Faculty Representation on the Presidential Search Committee
February 28, 2006
WHEREAS, the University of New Mexico on occasion must initiate open searches for its President, Provost, and Vice President of Health Sciences;
BE IT RESOLVED THAT, the UNM faculty should have the responsibility of selecting their own representatives on the search committees for President, Provost, and Vice President of Health Sciences through a process to be enacted by the Operations Committee of the Faculty Senate.
Library Resolution on Funding
March 22, 2005
WHEREAS, adequate support for the University Libraries is essential to the health and growth of UNM's research effort in all disciplines;
WHEREAS, the unit cost of materials to support university research, such as journals and other scholarly publications, has increased substantially, far exceeding the rate of inflation, producing a budget crisis;
WHEREAS, University Libraries has had to cancel journals and will have to cancel journals in the near future in order to address the crisis;
WHEREAS, University Libraries has seen an increase in the availability of scholarly publications in electronic format, and faculty demand for these publications has increased while University Libraries has not received an increase in its budget for supporting these changes and demands;
WHEREAS, the book/monograph budget, which is essential to arts and humanities scholars, has declined because of the increase in journal subscription costs in the sciences and social sciences; Whereas, the budget of the University Libraries has fallen far behind the growth of UNM's research endeavors, and will, without action, be unable to support the University's stated priority of significantly increasing research and external funding of research in the future;
WHEREAS, although the University Libraries has benefited from recent bond issues, these funds, while important, are temporary and are not a solution to the UNM Libraries' underfunding;
WHEREAS, other peer and comparable regional universities (e.g., Oregon, Texas-Austin, Virginia, Washington State, Nevada-Las Vegas, New Mexico State, etc.) allocate to their libraries annually a percentage of their total F&A return ranging from one to seven percent;
THEREFORE: BE IT RESOLVED, that the UNM Faculty Senate expects that an allocation of the first two percent of all incoming Main Campus F&A money will be made each fiscal year to University Libraries for the ongoing support of research at UNM. This funding should be viewed as an incremental increase, rather than replacement, to current funding support for University Libraries.
January 27 , 2004
The Faculty Senate recommends deferring implementation of the Review Week policy, pending discussion sessions with faculty and students regarding the policy during the Spring 2004 semester. The Senate will reconsider the policy at a meeting in Fall 2004 to assess whether any further revision of the policy is needed and to specify when the policy should be implemented.
Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics
January 27, 2004
WHEREAS the system of intercollegiate athletics in the United States and in New Mexico stands in need of reform, and
WHEREAS the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics (COIA) advocates commendable reforms in academic standards, student welfare, finances, and governance,
THEREFORE be it resolved that:
The Faculty Senate of the University of New Mexico supports the aims of COIA's "Framework for Comprehensive Athletics Reform" and requests the Athletics Council look into how to bring UNM's practices into accordance with those aims. The Athletics Council will report back to the Faculty Senate before the end of the Spring 2004 semester.
Athletic Resolution (Dave Bliss)
September 23 , 2003
WHEREAS the University of New Mexico’s men’s basketball team was coached by Mr. Dave Bliss from 1988 to 1999,
AND WHEREAS Mr. Dave Bliss has recently resigned as men’s basketball coach at Baylor University,
AND WHEREAS the circumstances surrounding Mr. Dave Bliss’ recent resignation are currently under investigation by the National Collegiate Athletic Association as well as other law enforcement agencies,
BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate request that the University of New Mexico Athletic Department, as well as the UNM Administration, cooperate fully with future investigations of UNM by the NCAA, as well as other authorities, concerning Mr. Bliss’ tenure at UNM, including revealing under any and all circumstances, the truth.
On-line version of Faculty Handbook
September 23 , 2003
FACULTY HANDBOOK RESOLUTION
The Faculty Senate approves the on-line version of the Faculty Handbook as the official version of the handbook.
February 25, 2003
RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
American society currently is at the threshold of a momentous decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on the issue of affirmative action in higher education. The decision in the two cases from the University of Michigan, Gratz v. Bollinger and Grutter v. Bollinger, will determine whether institutions of higher learning can continue to consider race and ethnicity, among other factors in admission decisions. These cases will be heard by the Supreme Court on April 1, 2003, with a decision expected in June 2003.
Education provides a critical opportunity for full participation in our democratic society. Despite significant progress over the last 30 years, since the Supreme Court’s decision in Bakke v. Regents of the University of California, students of color remain under-represented at American colleges, universities, graduate programs, and professional schools.
As educators in a broad range of academic disciplines and from a diverse range of backgrounds, we recognize the importance of diversity in the classroom and throughout the educational environment. Our students learn not only from us, but also from each other in formal and informal interactions. Only an environment that is rich in racial, ethnic, and many other forms of diversity is capable of facilitating the highest educational accomplishment by our students and preparing them to work effectively in the global community.
Therefore, be it resolved, that as an institution that values diversity, equality, and access to higher education, the University of New Mexico Faculty Senate hereby supports continued consideration of race/ethnicity, as one important criterion, among others, in admission policies. We urge the U.S. Supreme Court to reaffirm this legal principle.
Faculty Engagement in Enterprise Resource Planning Project
November 26, 2002
RESOLUTION ON FACULTY ENGAGEMENT IN ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING PROJECT
Whereas the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system called SCT Banner, which will have a campus-wide impact across all constituencies, has been approved and funded by the University of New Mexico.
Whereas the faculty has a vested interest in all decisions related to the academic program of the university, including: tools that involve the scheduling of courses and instructors, grade reporting systems, research reporting tools and requirements, and other new tools within the ERP which faculty will be required to understand and use.
Whereas the academic faculty currently has little information or contact with the various planning bodies that will determine the uses of the ERP when it is implemented on campus.
Be it resolved that:
The Computer Use Committee (CUC) of Faculty Senate requests that faculty members be invited to sit on the various Planning and Implementation Committees (Financial, Student Systems, Human Resources, and Alumni/Development) that are charged with decision-making and eventual implementation of the ERP/Banner system on UNM campuses. The CUC offers its assistance in identifying faculty members to sit on each of the implementation committees to ensure that appropriate representation takes place as this project proceeds.
Posthumous Degree for Sean Elicker
November 26, 2002
RESOLUTION FOR POSTHUMOUS DEGREE
Whereas Theodore Sean Elicker was a candidate for the degree of Ph.D. in Chemistry at U.N.M. in good standing up until his accidental death in the fall of 2000; and
Whereas he had completed all requirements for the Ph.D. degree to an exceptionally high standard, including the cumulative examination sequence, research which has been termed “outstanding” by the department chair, the publication of the results of his doctoral research in a highly regarded peer journal, and the award of a postdoctoral research position; and
Whereas the request for posthumous award of the Ph.D. degree to Theodore Sean Elicker is fully supported by his dissertation committee, the faculty, and the chair of the Chemistry Department; and
Whereas the request has been reviewed by the Faculty Senate Graduate Committee and unanimously recommended for approval by that body;
Be it resolved that the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry be awarded posthumously to Theodore Sean Elicker.
Credit Card Resolution
October 22, 2002
The New Mexico State Legislature, Session 1, 1999, passed A Memorial...requesting the state educational institutions to eliminate or curtail solicitations for credit cards. A copy is attached. In response to their actions we are asking that the University of New Mexico, specifically, ASUNM, GPSA, and the Faculty Senate endorse the following resolution:
WHEREAS, the amount of consumer debt accumulated by college students is reaching an all-time high. Aggressive marketing practices attract students to sign up for credit cards by providing free gifts in exchange for filling out credit card applications; and
WHEREAS, in a national survey of 1,260 students across 15 campuses nationwide by the United States Public Interest Research Group found that, "students who obtain credit cards at on-campus promotional tables carry larger balances and pay off their credit cards later than those who obtain cards else where;" and
WHEREAS, students are forced to repay their credit card debt with student loan monies, appeals to family and friends, cutting back on course work to increase the amount of time at paid jobs or even dropping out of school; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, that the University community shall develop, adopt and implement a comprehensive credit education program and marketing practice policy by
-assessing a fee for educational programming
-restricting location of credit marketers
-requiring marketers to display Fair Credit Act information
Socially Responsible Investing
September 24, 2002
RESOLUTION ON SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE INVESTING
WHEREAS, this Committee has been charged with considering the issues of socially responsible investment (SRI) and the University of New Mexico endowment, as well as investment in World Bank Bonds;
WHEREAS, the University of New Mexico Regents’ Endowment Investment Management Policy does not presently acknowledge the issue of socially responsible investment, defined by the Social Investment Forum as an “investment process that considers the social and environmental consequences of investments, both positive and negative, within the context of rigorous financial analysis”;
WHEREAS, legal and financial research has found that a socially responsible investment policy is legally permitted and financially sound under contemporary “prudent investor” standards;
IT IS RESOLVED by this Committee to recommend that UNM adopt a socially responsible investment policy with regard to the investments in its endowment. Further, we recommend that 25% or more of the endowment be invested in socially responsible companies within the next three years.
IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED by this Committee to recommend that such a policy includes the establishment of a socially responsible investment review committee to evaluate and monitor the University’s investments. This Committee should include representatives democratically elected or appointed from diverse constituencies and stakeholders from the UNM community, including representatives from the Associated Students of the University (ASUNM), the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA), the Student Bar Association (SBA), UNM Staff Council, and the UNM Faculty Senate. This Committee will work with the UNM Foundation’s Investment Committee to develop specific SRI guidelines and assist in providing information about positive and negative company performance.
May 13, 2002
WHEREAS, the goals of social responsibility have shaped the investment of university endowments and trusts for a quarter century. In June 1985, the University of New Mexico Board of Regents unanimously voted to adopt a resolution to divest stocks in South African gold mining companies. Secretary-Treasurer Dr. Paez followed the vote by urging the University to consider future policies reflecting the University of New Mexico’s concern for human rights abuses in other countries;
WHEREAS, this Committee has been charged by the administration of the University of New Mexico (UNM) with considering the issues concerning investment in World Bank bonds, as well as socially responsible investment;
WHEREAS UNM does not presently own World Bank bonds or invest in any mutual fund that owns World Bank bonds;
WHEREAS, it is not necessary for UNM to invest in such World Bank bonds to achieve any of UNM’s investment objectives of maximizing returns and minimizing risks;
WHEREAS, there is a considerable range of informed opinion critical of the World Bank’s present policies;
IT IS RESOLVED by this Committee to recommend that UNM adopt a policy not to purchase or to invest directly or indirectly in World Bank bonds until such time that the World Bank engages in genuine reform of its substantive policies and decision-making procedures; and
IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED by this Committee to recommend that UNM create a permanent committee to review and evaluate the World Bank’s record at reform, as well as monitoring other issues related to socially responsible investment. This monitoring committee should include representatives democratically selected or appointed from diverse constituencies and stakeholders, including representatives from the Associated Students of the University of New Mexico (ASUNM), the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA), the Student Bar Association (SBA), UNM Staff Council, and UNM faculty. This monitoring committee could recommend World Bank bonds as an investment if and when the World Bank has succeeded in efforts to reform it substantive policies and decision-making procedures.
Speech & Hearing Sciences Housing
April 23, 2002
WHEREAS, the Speech and Hearing Sciences Department was placed in “temporary” housing (a small collection of trailers) twenty-one years ago; and
WHEREAS, in 1993 external reviewers emphasized the inadequacy of departmental facilities; and
WHEREAS, in September 2001 the most recent Speech and Hearing Sciences Graduate Program Review Team described part of the program’s facilities as “unsuitable for clients, research or offices; and
WHEREAS, the inadequate physical facilities have made it difficult for faculty to develop a program consistent with the character and goals of a doctoral research extensive university; and
WHEREAS, clients of the Speech and Hearing Sciences program are subjected to these inadequate facilities whenever services are sought;
THEREFORE: BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate strongly endorses the request of the Speech and Hearing Sciences Department for permanent, suitable facilities.
Academic Calendar Error
February 26, 2002
1. Determining the University academic calendar is an undoubted right of the Faculty;
2. Since at least 1986, the University has adhered to a standard Fall calendar, defined by the following:
A. Sixteen weeks of classes, with holidays at Labor Day (1 day), mid-semester break (2 days), and Thanksgiving (2 days), yielding fifteen weeks’
equivalent, or 15 class hours per course credit.
B. Classes to begin on Monday, August 20-26, placing Thanksgiving (November 22-28) always in the fourteenth week;
3. The calendar published in the current UNM catalogue, and recently amended by the Registrar’s office, departs from this schedule by beginning classes one
week early, on August 19;
4. This change seriously impacts faculty and students, cutting off a week from the summer and leaving only a single orphaned week of classes between
Thanksgiving break and final exams;
5. The altered calendar was clearly set by mistake, and without proper authority or approval;
6. The administrative inconvenience of rectifying the error will be small compared to the massive inconvenience to faculty and students from allowing it to go
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Faculty Senate:
That Fall classes shall begin, according to the established calendar, on Monday, August 26.
Information Technology Planning
January 29, 2002
RESOLUTION REGARDING CAMPUS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PLANNING AND LEADERSHIP
Whereas, the University currently evidences a lack of coordination among its information technology (IT) infrastructure and applications providers, and a lack of collaboration as regards campus IT support for faculty, staff and students.
Whereas, the University is currently operating without benefit of a campus-wide plan for the design, development, and maintenance of its information technology operations, the Computer Use Committee of the UNM Faculty Senate proposes the following:
1. Constitute a representative body of UNM constituencies to engage in a comprehensive planning effort to result in a Plan for Information Technology at the University of New Mexico.” The membership would, at a minimum, include representatives from the faculty, staff, students, and administration. In addition, it would have representation from the primary IT providers on campus: CIRT, Telecommunications, KNME, HSC, Library, and Extended University.
2. The attendant issues surrounding the leadership of CIRT and that of the entire IT campus enterprise should be a part of the planning process and should not be decided in isolation. Consideration must be given to other leadership structures within the larger organizational context of the university as regards the IT enterprise. As such, the Committee recommends that consideration of the leadership of CIRT be included as part of the overall campus-wide IT planning effort.
Library Space Consultant
January 29, 2002
FACULTY SENATE LIBRARY COMMITTEE RESOLUTION 1
The Faculty Senate Library Committee supports the plans of the Provost and Library to bring in an outside space consultant as was recommended in the February evaluation of the outside library reviewers.
The space consultant would be charged to audit and evaluate the use of space throughout the General Library. The committee feels this should
be completed before the new Dean arrives in order for the new Dean to have and use that information in his/her decision making.
Library Compact Shelving
January 29, 2002
FACULTY SENATE LIBRARY COMMITTEE RESOLUTION 2
The Faculty Senate Library Committee recommends the General Library seriously consider compact shelving as part of an overall plan and
solution to the space problems in the General Library.
October 2, 2001
The terrorist acts that took place in the United States on 11 September 2001 were massive crimes against humanity that have affected us all. The Faculty Senate of the University of New Mexico deplores and does not condone the alleged statements made by Professor Berthold in response to this act. We uphold all citizen’s rights to free speech and our colleagues’ rights to academic freedom. The Faculty Senate affirms its confidence in established internal procedures for the determination of any faculty misconduct. The Faculty Senate calls for due process and maximum fairness in any pending or emerging matters of this kind.
Support of Highlands University Faculty
August 28, 2001
WHEREAS New Mexico Highlands University is and will continue to face severe financial difficulties in light of decreasing student enrollments yet recent expansion into new branch campuses,
BE IT RESOLVED that the 2001-2002 academic year Faculty Senate of the University of New Mexico supports the Faculty at Highlands University and requests Highlands University to assure (1) that no faculty are adversely affected by the current financial crisis, and (2) that the faculty receive a salary increase for the current academic year that is as close to the legislature-mandated 7.0 percent value as possible.
Reinstatement of Three Olympic Sports, Approved April 24, 2001
WHEREAS the Olympic sports of gymnastics, wrestling, and swimming have had a high percentage of in-state students with good grades, and
WHEREAS student organizations have endorsed the retention of men's teams in these sports, and
WHEREAS the Albuquerque community has expressed willingness to help fund these sports, the UNM Faculty Senate recommends the reinstatement of these sports for men at the earliest possible date, and that in deciding on programs to reduce or eliminate, consideration be given to non-Olympic sports as well as Olympic sports.
Right to Review Strategic Plan, Approved April 24, 2001
BE IT RESOLVED: The 2001-2002 Academic Year Faculty Senate shall have the right to review and approve the Strategic Plan for the University of New Mexico, prior to its submission to the Board of Regents.
Endorse Administration's Efforts for Parity, Approved January 23, 2001
Presented to UNM Staff Council, Tuesday, January 23, 2001,
and to the UNM Faculty Senate Tuesday, January 23, 2001
Sponsor: UNM Faculty Staff Benefits Committee
Author: UNM Staff Council Office
WHEREAS: In today's high technology world, education remains a shared human interaction with knowledge and thought, and
WHEREAS: Student success is highly dependent on the quality of the Faculty and Staff, and
WHEREAS: Comparative data clearly show that the Faculty and Staff at all New Mexico colleges and universities are, at a minimum, paid 12% less than their peers, and
WHEREAS: Each year higher education institutions are less able to recruit, hire and retain quality Faculty and Staff, and
WHEREAS: This threatens Faculty and Staff quality, thereby jeopardizing student success, and
WHEREAS: The Faculty and Staff of the University of New Mexico have continued to serve the University professionally and for which they are not adequately compensated, and
WHEREAS: Faculty and Staff have proven themselves integral to the mission ofthe University, and
WHEREAS: The New Mexico Legislature has, in the past, proposed differing salary increases for Faculty and Staff,
BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the University of New Mexico Faculty Senate and the University of New Mexico Staff Council endorse the University of New Mexico's administration in their efforts to maintain parity between Faculty and Staff salary increases at the University of New Mexico, with regard to legislative salary increases from the 2001 New Mexico state legislative session.
Dean's List & Grade Point Average Requirements, Approved October 24, 2000
from the Admissions and Registration Committee
regarding Dean's Lists
1. DEAN'S LISTS
1.1 All undergraduate colleges shall issue a "Dean's List" or equivalent every semester. The purpose of the list is to identify and recognize undergraduate students in that college who have earned grades which meet standards of academic excellence as defined by the Dean and Faculty of that college.
1.2 For purposes of this policy, "undergraduate college" shall include
1.2.1 All colleges that grant undergraduate degrees,
1.2.2 The academic administrative unit that governs new undergraduate students before they transfer to a degree-granting college (Currently known as "Undergraduate Studies").
1.2.3 The academic administrative unit that governs students in "non-degree" programs (Currently known as "Continuing Education")
1.3 Nothing in this policy shall preclude any academic unit from offering other honors and identifying and recognizing undergraduate or graduate student academic achievement in another, additional manner, except that paragraphs 1.4 and 1.5 shallnot apply to these.
1.4 Dean's List requirements for each college shall be published in the UNM Catalog, beginning with the 2001-2003 Catalog.
1.5 University policy shall require that Dean's List honors be recorded on undergraduate UNM transcripts for every semester, beginning with fall 2001 Semester.
2. EFFECTIVE DATE:
2.1 These changes shall be in effect with the publication of the 2001-2003 UNM Catalog.
from the Admissions and Registration Committee
regarding Grade Point Average Maximum
1. GRADE POINT AVERAGE MAXIMUM
1.1 University policy shall require that undergraduate grade point averages be calculated and recorded on UNM transcripts to a maximum of 4.33.
2. EFFECTIVE DATE:
2.1 These changes shall be in effect with the publication of the 2001-2003 UNM Catalog.
Support of Academic Freedom of Anton Pelinka, Approved September 26, 2000
Whereas Anton Pelinka is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, and Director of the Institute for Conflict in Vienna; and
Whereas Prof. Pelinka has been criminally prosecuted and convicted for professional expression regarding an Austrian political figure;
Be it resolved that the Faculty Senate of the University of New Mexico expresses its concern over the exploitation of the judicial system in Austria to restrict freedom of expression in violation of human rights conventions to which Austria is a participant.
Be it further resolved that the Faculty Senate of the University of New Mexico calls upon other faculty and academic organizations to join in condemnation of such attempts to intimidate scholarship and undermine academic freedom.
Waivable Fee and NMPIRG Funding, Approved January 26, 2000
THIS RESOLUTION REQUESTS THAT UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO BOARD OF REGENTS, BOTH IN COMMITTEE AND IN THE FULL BOARD, SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF A UNIVERSITY POLICY THAT PROVIDES FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF WAIVEABLE STUDENT FEES THAT WOULD IMMEDIATELY BE APPLIED TO THE FUNDING OF NMPIRG THROUGH SUCH A FEE.
WHEREAS, the University of New Mexico Board of Regents Facilities and Finance Committee rejected the adoption of a waiveable student fee policy on October 4th, 1999, and
WHEREAS, the consideration of the development of such a policy came directly out of an initiative process developed by NMPIRG seeking a $3 waiveable fee in support of the organization's operation; and
WHEREAS, the initiative process developed by NMPIRG included seeking support from all major representative organizations on the UNM campus: ASUNM, GPSA, the UNM Staff Council, and the UNM Faculty Senate; and
WHEREAS, the initiative process also included presentation to and overwhelming approval by both the undergraduate and graduate student populations through their respective general student elections; and
WHEREAS, the NMPIRG waiveable fee proponents worked closely with the University Administration through the University Planning Council to develop a draft policy for presentation to the Board of Regents; and
WHEREAS, the UNM Board of Regents have recognized and approved, "The right and responsibility of the Students of the University to provide their own self-government with authority in affairs of the student community," and
WHEREAS, the UNM Faculty Senate recognizes that the current process for recommending student fees is not meeting the needs of some organizations seeking funding and;
WHEREAS, the proposed waiveable fee policy would provide an intensive process for the approval of proposed fees presented to the Board of Regents for consideration.
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE UNM FACULTY SENATE, THE REPRESENTATIVE BODY OF FACULTY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO:
Section 1: That the Regents of the University of New Mexico acknowledge the responsibility that they have given to students through consideration of a waiveable fee policy that came directly out of the NMPIRG initiative process that the UNM Faculty Senate supported.
Section 2: That NMPIRG receive funding through such a policy as developed by a joint Administrative, GPSA, Faculty Senate and ASUNM committee, and approved by the UNM Board of Regents.
Proportional Compensation for Part-Time Faculty, Approved November 23, 1999
All faculty should have extended to them reasonable professional commitments to sustain the quality and stability of the profession and the integrity of our standing with the public.
Be it resolved that:
Compensation for part-time employment should be the corresponding fraction for a full-time position having qualitatively similar responsibilities and qualifications. Compensation should include such essential fringe benefits as health insurance, life insurance, and retirement contributions.
Four-year Initiative for Increasing Faculty Compensation, Approved November 2, 1999
from Faculty Senate Operations Committee
The Faculty Senate of the University of New Mexico endorses the University's proposed, four-year initiative to increase faculty compensation, at all professional ranks, to levels equal to the averages for our peer institutions. Based on assumptions made in this initiative, the Faculty Senate emphasizes the need for a minimum 6 percent compensation increase for both faculty and staff for 2000/2001. We encourage and will work with the University to take all necessary steps to assure that the four-year initiative succeeds, meaning nothing less than minimum 6 percent faculty and staff compensation increases for each of the next four years.
Tuition Remission, Approved May 4, 1999
Background: At one time, the tuition remission covered stress management related courses like those at Continuing Education, as well as those that are offered through degree programs. Both faculty and staff enjoyed these courses and felt that they were a definite positive in their work at UNM. That benefit was withdrawn when the hours for the academic benefit were increased. This has proven to be a source of discontent for many faculty and staff. The Faculty Staff Benefits Committee had been informed that, for academic courses, the funding formula actually more than covers the cost. The Committee was also informed that the formula did not cover the cost of Continuing Education classes; however, our understanding is that that cost was not high in the past.
Therefore, be it resolved that the faculty and staff at UNM again be allowed to use at least four hours of their eight-hour tuition remission for all UNM courses, including Continuing Education classes that are not obviously career-related. The positive effects of stress management sorts of classes on morale has long been discussed by faculty and staff, and the Committee recommends that, in a year where salary increases may be minimal, an improvement in the tuition remission be considered strongly.
NMPIRG's 25 Year Effort to Involve & Inform Students in Public Policy Issues, Approved April 27, 1999
Whereas, the New Mexico Public Interest Research Group (NMPIRG), is a student directed, student funded, public interest organization devoted to education, research, and advocacy in the areas of environmental preservation, consumer protection and students rights; and,
Whereas, NMPIRG was founded by the University of New Mexico students in 1974, as a means for students to learn public interest skills, and to voice their opinions on pressing policy questions that face New Mexico; and,
Whereas, NMPIRG has served the University of New Mexico by providing unique educational opportunities through its programs of internships, research, projects and "classroom in action" curricula; and,
Whereas, NMPIRG, through such projects as the National Student Campaign Against Hunger, the National Student Campaign for Voter Registration, and Earth Day Celebrations, has won wide recognition for its valuable public interest work, and has brought credit to the students and University which help to support the organization; and
Whereas, students voting in the ASUNM elections voted overwhelmingly in favor of a fully funded NMPIRG chapter through a waiveable fee; and,
Therefore, let be resolved that the UNM Faculty Senate endorses and recognizes NMPIRG's 25 year effort to inform and involve students in valuable public policy issues.
Be it further resolved that the UNM Faculty Senate urges that the NMPIRG referendum for a $3.00 per student per semester waiveable fee be passed by the University of New Mexico Board of Regents.
Formation of Committee to Formulate Policy on IDC Funds, Approved April 27, 1999
In view of the magnitude of IDC funds, in view of the unusual discretion which can be applied to their use, in view of the faculty's fundamental role in generating IDC, in view of the historical expectation that IDC is to be used to support faculty research and public service, and in view of the clear language of the charge of the Committee in the Faculty Handbook, the Faculty Senate Budget Committee hereby requests:
(1) that a joint faculty/administration committee including the Associate Provost for Research, the Vice President for Business and Finance, and representatives appointed by the Faculty Senate Budget Committee, the Research Policy Committee, and the Faculty Senate Operations Committee be established to formulate policy concerning the use of IDC funds, and
(2) that the Associate Provost for Research convene a meeting of this committee by May 1, 1999 and report on the committee activities by October 1, 1999.
Computers as Infrastructure, Approved February 23, 1999
The Faculty Senate finds that WHEREAS:
- Computers are a necessary piece of equipment for faculty and staff to effectively do their jobs, much as lights, offices, and desk phones are required for the same;
- The Internet -based World Wide Web has become an increasingly important source of information for teachers, students, and staff at all levels;
- Universities are expected to provide some source content electronically, and UNM faculty are being encouraged to provide course syllabi and other information on the World Wide Web;
- UNM is providing more information critical for faculty and staff only via electronic methods such as e-mail and the World Wide Web;
- A substantial investment has been made at UNM in recent years to build and maintain the University's computer network to facilitate Internet access for members of the UNM community;
- Technology at UNM is extremely underfunded;
- Many faculty and staff at UNM are unable to take full advantage of this network because there is currently no source of funding for desktop computers to plug into the network;
- Technology changes rapidly, and computer equipment is inadequate for current uses after three to four years.
It be RESOLVED that:
- Faculty and staff computer workstations be considered as UNM infrastructure, much like a phone on a desk;
- Departments be directly allocated a computational budget of $500.00 per year, per instructional personnel FTE;
- Funds be disbursed at the departmental level to address specific computing needs of instructional personnel;
- The university recognize that centralized computing services such as network hardware maintenance and upgrades, and user support and training, must be planned and funded in order to optimize the utility of our current and investments in computational facilities. To this end the request for faculty/staff computers made here should be integrated into a comprehensive Strategic Plan.
- This resolution be forwarded to the Commission on Higher Education (CHE).
Presidential Search Process, Approved April 14, 1998
The Faculty Senate expresses dismay at the outcome of the presidential search, and urges that a new search be initiated in the very near future. We recommend that the search process be consistent with traditional and established search procedures.
A new search committee should be appointed from the appropriate interested constituencies; we recommend:
The appointments should be made from lists developed by the constituencies.
The search committee should identify a pool of qualified applicants based upon the established criteria, and present a list of at least ten semifinalists to the Board of Regents. The Board of Regents shall select from the list of semifinalists three to five finalists for on-campus interviews.
In making their final selection, the Board of Regents shall consult the various constituencies having an interest in UNM.
Core Curriculum Resource Reallocations, Approved April 14, 1998
of Support of Resources Reallocations Necessary to Implement the Core Curriculum
The Faculty Senate recognizes that the Core Curriculum will place heavy demands on the resources of some departments, particularly the Department of English and the Department of Communications and Journalism in the College of Arts and Sciences. The Senate supports the reallocation of resources, both within the College of Arts and Sciences and to the College of Arts and Sciences, which will be necessary to meet the student demand for Core Curriculum courses.
Representative Availability to Discuss Form C at Faculty Senate Meetings, Approved february 10, 1998
That the Curricula Committee be asked that for every Faculty Senate meeting at which a Form C will be discussed, that either a member of the Curricula Committee will be present, or a representative from each program that is affected.
Priority for Planning Council Budget Subcommittee, Approved January 27, 1998
That the Faculty Senate recommend to the Planning Council Budget Subcommittee that compensation, addressing issues of salary inequity and compaction be given highest priority.
Procedural Accountability, Approved November 11, 1997
on Procedural Accountability
The University of New Mexico has established policies and procedures to ensure equal and fair treatment of all students, faculty, and staff. The University of New Mexico Faculty strongly supports these policies and procedures as articulated in the various public policy documents governing treatment of students, faculty, and staff, including the Faculty Handbook, The Affirmative Action Manual, the UNM General Catalog, the University Business Policies and Procedures Manual, the Board of Regents' Policy Manual, and other prevailing documents. Unfortunately, recent court decisions and adjudications have cited the failure of members of the campus community to follow established policies and procedures. Such failures have not only resulted in costly monetary settlements, but also have tarnished the image of the university community as a whole. Non-discriminatory practices, to be fully effective, must be supported by vigilant supervision of all levels and units of the university, to ensure that appropriate procedures are faithfully and rigorously carried out.
Therefore, the Faculty Senate of the University of New Mexico demands that the university administration take vigorous action to ensure compliance with established policies and procedures that protect all students, faculty, and staff from discrimination of any kind, and further that any and all responsible administrators, faculty, or staff who violate or fail to follow such policies and procedures be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.
Faculty Task Force to Develop Process for Administrative Review, Approved March 11, 1997
Whereas, annual evaluations of administrators above the dean's level to the President are not consistently being conducted;
Therefore, be it resolved, that the Faculty Senate set up a task force to:
1) Study the policies and procedures currently governing the evaluation of administrators above the dean's level and,
2) Propose to the Faculty Senate a method that will assure the regular evaluation of those administrators and the dissemination of the information thus acquired to faculty members and the Board of Regents.
Faculty Task Force to Examine Administrative Structure, Approved February 24, 1997
Whereas, redundant and/or excessive administrative expenses may be contributing to the University's overall operating costs and;
Therefore, be it resolved, that the Faculty Senate set up a task force to:
1) Design an administrative restructuring plan that will help reduce the University's overall operating costs.
2) Present a proposal to the Faculty Senate for discussion and a final vote.
Support of Tenure, Approved February 24, 1997
Whereas, faculty tenure is the foundation of academic freedom and Excellence at American institutions of higher education.
And, whereas, encroachments upon tenure have proven historically to be detrimental both to civil liberties and the search for the truth,
And, whereas, experiments aimed at undermining tenure, however disguised or well intentioned, invariably have a negative effect on the reputation of the institution undergoing experimentation,
Therefore, be it resolved that the Faculty Senate of the University of New Mexico reaffirms its commitment to the principle of the inviolability of faculty tenure and requests that President Richard peck without reservations reaffirm his commitment to the same.
Wholesale & Retail Prices at Bookstore, Approved December 10, 1996
Whereas, evidence has appeared that the University of New Mexico Bookstore charges more for a required textbook than do other bookstores,
Be it resolved, that the UNM Faculty Senate request from the bookstore a printout of wholesale and retail prices for all textbooks for Fall Semester, 1996, and invite bookstore management and Vice-President David McKinney to address these issues at the Mary 11, 1997 Faculty Senate meeting.
Writing Skills & Outcome Based Assessment, Approved November 12, 1996
Whereas, writing skills for all students should be an integral component in all programs leading to a Bachelor's degree at UNM.
Therefore, be it resolved, by the Faculty Senate that all program/departmental plans for outcomes based assessment for undergraduate students include an assessment of each student's writing skills. This requirement would take effect in the 1997-98 academic year.
Parking Policies, Approved November 12, 1996
Whereas, the needs of those faculty whose duties require travel between the University central campus and other locations are not currently addressed by the University's parking policies.
Therefore, be it resolved, that the Faculty Senate requests that Vice-President David McKinney and Parking Services Director Leon Ward participate in an open meeting with the faculty to discuss modification of the University's parking policies.
Science Curriculum Standards by NM Board of Education, Approved October 8, 1996
Introduced by John Geissman, Professor, Earth and Planetary Sciences and
Bel Campbell, Professor, Physics and Astronomy
Whereas, the principal missions of the University of New Mexico are education, as the dissemination of knowledge, truth and the arts; scholarly and scientific research, as the incessant pursuit of knowledge, truth, and artistic expression; and service to the State in fostering ready access to knowledge, truth, and the arts; AND
Whereas, the great majority of students matriculating at the University received their prior education in the State of New Mexico;
Therefore, be it resolved, that we the members of the Faculty Senate of the University of New Mexico, representing the Faculty of the University, emphatically disapprove of the New Mexico State Board of Education's revisions of the Content Standards with Benchmarks for Kindergarten through Grade 12, specifically with regard to Science Curriculum Standards.
The changes made to the curriculum especially the removal of all references to the instruction of biological evolution and the vast antiquity of the planet we inhabit, are inappropriate and will further serve to detract from an objective, quality education so vital for the preparation of New Mexico students for pursuits in higher education at the University of New Mexico and elsewhere.
We recommend in the strongest possible terms that the State Board of Education reconsider its recent actions and revise the Science Curriculum Standards of the State to bring them into general accordance with the recently established National Science Education Standards.
A copy of this resolution is to be presented to each member of the State Board of Education and to the Governor of the State of New Mexico.