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Faculty senate: 'this plan should have been reviewed across campus'

Shared governance resolution passed in response to Kays House issue

Published: Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Updated: Monday, April 9, 2012 18:04

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The faculty senate voted on a resolution to perform a checks and balances function toward the shared governance process at ASU on Friday. (Pictured) John Hall, professor of psychology and counseling.

The faculty senate passed a resolution to perform a checks and balances function toward the shared governance process at ASU on Friday.

The resolution was in regard to the controversial plans to destroy the President V.C. Kays home and other homes on Aggie Rd. and Bush St. for construction of sorority row.

The faculty senate felt as though a decision of this magnitude should have gone through the shared governance process.

“I had been told that this plan has been in the works for a couple of years and it should have gone through shared governance and reviewed by faculty senate,” said Bill Humphrey, college of agriculture senator. “We may not have changed anything, but at least we could have been heard.”

The resolution calls for all minutes and votes from the building, grounds and facilities committee meetings regarding presentation from the university planners of the plan for sorority row.

If no such records are found, the resolution requests that the shared governance oversight committee conduct a formal review to evaluate if there has been a possible violation of shared governance practices.

Clyde Milner, professor of history, attended the meeting and brought attention to articles found in the Jonesboro Sun in 2009 and 2010 reporting university plans for sorority row that clearly stated that the Kays House would not be affected.

In an earlier interview, Al Stoverink, assistant vice chancellor for facilities management said, “We had looked at the cost of renovating it about a year ago and the

 total cost of renovation was at an excess of $600,000 and the decision was made at that time that the house was not worth that investment.”

Although there are many upset faculty members because of the plan, the faculty senate is using this opportunity to ensure that shared governance is effective.

“We may have uncovered a bigger problem,” said John Hall, college of education senator. “This plan should have been reviewed across campus.”

The senate gave an update on another controversial move that the university is planning to take regarding intellectual property. It has taken extensive measures to have its voice heard on this proposed policy.

Daniel Marburger, professor of economics, has been involved in this process and his brother, a lawyer specializing in copyright law, David Marburger. The brothers have created a 20 page alternative policy.

The alternative policy allows faculty, staff and students to still have a right to ownership of their intellectual property. The proposed policy will give ASU the ownership of the product at inception of the idea.

“I would not tell my colleagues to come to ASU for a job if the proposed policy is passed,” said Milner.

There were 28 votes against the proposed policy and no opposition to the alternative policy.

The faculty has recruited the help of two lawyers pro-bono and organized a workshop about intellectual property to fight the proposed policy. The workshop is hosted by the American Association of University Professors at the Edge Coffeehouse on April 14 at 10 a.m.


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