PERSON PRESIDING: John Crammer
ATTENDEES: Jonathan Dembo, Johna Faulconer, John Crammer, Shanan Gibson, Donna Kain, Punam Madhok
EX-OFFICIO: Austin Bunch, Mary Farwell, Michael Rastatter
The meeting was called to order at in Rawl 142 by John Crammer. Shanan Gibson moved (Johna Faulconer seconded) approval of the minutes for the November 30 meeting as submitted. Motion passed.
Austin Bunch reported on the discussion at the Staff Senate meeting regarding making Memorial Day a holiday for staff. He had attended the meeting. Staff Senate members commented both for and against the change. They overwhelmingly supported making Memorial Day a staff holiday if the Executive Council approves. ECU will recognize Veterans on Memorial Day and will also have some activities on Veterans Day. Gibson pointed out that we no longer need to do surveys of faculty and students on the issue. Mary Farwell and Gibson said that they appreciated the decision by the Staff Senate. Bunch said that one staff member in Academic Affairs noted that there are things they need to do on Memorial Day. The Executive Council has not met yet (they will meet on February 4 or 5). He also said that by our next meeting there should be changes in the Commencement schedule beginning in spring 2008. He will have news by the next meeting; the committee has met and the Chancellor has responded. Michael Rastatter asked for a hint as to what the answer is.
The committee continued work on the
2008-2009 calendar. The plan is to have
the calendar ready for the Faculty Senate’s March meeting. The word “Break” was removed from the
Memorial Day entry in the summer session calendars. Angela Anderson had pointed out in an e-mail
that the drop-date entries for graduate students should specify “by ” as is done for drop-date
entries for undergraduates. Paul Gares
had inquired about the date for undergraduates to remove incompletes. The committee has been using three weeks
prior to the last day of classes rather than three weeks prior to the end of
exams (Crammer had found both forms in old catalogs with the change to the
current policy in the 1991-92 catalog).
After referring to the current catalog that is in the meeting room and
further discussion the committee decided to adopt the “three weeks prior to the
end of exams” rule. Several members of
the committee noted that faculty members may require their students to remove
incompletes earlier than the deadline in the catalog, but they cannot choose a
later date. There was also discussion of
the deadline date for graduate students to remove incompletes. Crammer noted that the
The committee moved on to discuss the unofficial preliminary calendar for faculty. Kain asked whether we should include dates for faculty personnel actions in the faculty calendar. Everyone agreed that we should (application for promotion and tenure, annual reports, reappointments, PAD dates, dates for external peer review...). Crammer said that the committee could send this unofficial preliminary faculty calendar to the Faculty Senate for information purposes. Gibson said that it would be useful to have information from various sources combined in one place. Kain added that this will help new faculty.
Crammer asked whether it might be better to have our next meeting at noon on Friday instead of 2:00 pm (his class at noon had been moved to TTh). It was agreed that on Friday is better than on Friday. Gibson said that she would not be able to meet on February 23 because of a conference. It was agreed that if none of the regular members objected to February 16 that we would meet next on Friday, February 16 at noon. The committee will finish work on the 2008-2009 calendar and work further on the unofficial faculty calendar.
Meeting adjourned at .