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Faculty Senate votes on policy proposals

Published: Monday, February 4, 2013

Updated: Monday, February 4, 2013 17:02

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Staci Vandagriff, Staff Photographer

Faculty Senate members talk about the idea of having books such as the FYE handbook available on the iPad.

Faculty Senate unanimously voted to change the wording in ASU-Jonesboro’s proposed policy on discrimination.

In a 3 p.m. Faculty Senate meeting on Friday, the senate reviewed the proposal and agreed the wording needed to be revised.

According to the proposal, the purpose is to bring wording in the ASU Jonesboro Faculty Handbook in compliance with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The Faculty Senate Patent Task Force has been making progress in their patent proposal.

“We have also been in contact with a patent attorney in Jonesboro,” Fabricio Medina-Bolivar, member of the task force, said. “He is looking at the document to make sure the patent is sound before we present it to you. Hopefully everything will be ready before the next meeting.”

A seminar will be available at 10 a.m. on Feb. 15 to explain the changes to the patent policy to all faculty and staff. There will also be another seminar available at a later date for those who are not able to attend the first one. The first will be held in the Biosciences building; however the date and location has not been announced for the second.

“This committee has been diligent at making so much progress so quickly,” Chair Julie Isaacson said.

“I’ve had some faculty call with some comments about formatting or pieces that have been lost in the transition from the old webpage to the new one,” Isaacson said. “I’ve contacted Christy Valentine, who was in charge of that project, and she has referred us to a gentleman by the name of Todd Clark.”

If anyone has any issues with missing information on the webpage, contact Clark, Isaacson said.

“It’s a serious concern that really needs to be straightened out,” John Hall, professor of psychology and counseling said. “It also impacts admission and interest in our program. A lot of students that are interested go there first.” Hall said.

The curriculum and student handbook is floating around somewhere, but it’s not where it is supposed to be, Hall said.

“It’s really frustrating,” Hall said. “I’m really concerned about it and I hope (Clark) can help us get this straightened out.”

Hall made a motion for Faculty Senate to request Isaacson to push for bringing Inside ASU back.

“It’s important for the university community and the outside community to know the work that faculty is doing. It’s important from a PR perception,” Hall said.

 Hall said a lot of time students, especially at the graduate level, want to work with faculty in certain types scholarships of service and it shouldn’t have been removed in the first place.

The motion passed with a unanimous vote. Isaacson also mentioned that Clark would be invited to the next meeting to answer questions the senate may have to ask regarding the webpage as well as Inside ASU.

The next Faculty Meeting will meet March 1 at 3p.m. at the Delta Center in room 201.


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