University Faculty Senate
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City University of New York
University Faculty Senate
535 East 80th Street
New York, NY 10021
Charges to UFS Committees, 2004-05
Academic Freedom Committee
The Committee has a twofold purpose:
(1) To receive complaints from faculty members from the
campuses of alleged violations of academic freedom at the college or
University level, and either to refer the cases as appropriate to the
PSC, the Board of Trustees, or the Equal Employment Opportunities
Commission, or to conduct its own informal investigation and to attempt
to reach an informal solution with the parties concerned. In this
connection, the Committee will work with the UFS Legal Affairs
Committee. The Committee should take steps every year to publicize to
the faculty through the Council of Faculty Governance Leaders the
existence of the Academic Freedom Committee and its function. Also, to
assist the planning committee for the Fall 2004 conference on academic
(2) To address general issues of the rights and
responsibilities of faculty in today's changing educational environment;
to monitor nationwide threats to academic freedom; to formulate an
up-to-date definition of academic freedom to aid faculty in deciding
what is and what is not a violation.
The Central Administration contact for this committee is the Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs.
Academic Policy Committee
To review initiatives and policies proposed by the Office of
Academic Affairs and evaluate initiatives and policies being
implemented, especially – but not limited to – the adequacy of
governance in the School of Professional Studies and the academic
integrity of its courses, general education, and general education and
articulation in the context of the Coordinated Undergraduate Initiative.
The Central Administration contact for this committee is the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
Budget Advisory Committee (appointed by UFS Executive Committee)
To advise the Executive Committee of the Senate and the
University Faculty Senate as well as the Council of Faculty Governance
Leaders on matters regarding University budget and University budget
processes; to meet regularly with the Vice Chancellor for Budget and
Finance, the Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning, Construction and
Management, and other senior administrators, as necessary, in order to
advise on University-wide budget priorities and other budgetary matters.
Membership for this committee will be selected from the Executive
Committee, the Council of Faculty Governance Leaders, and CUNY faculty
colleagues knowledgeable about budgetary matters.
Facilities, Planning, and Management
The Committee will consist of 9 faculty members from a variety
of CUNY campuses chosen for their expertise relevant to facilities,
planning, and management issues including the fields of architecture,
engineering, environmental science, laboratory sciences, and finance.
The committee will focus on three areas of concern with
facilities: their compliance with the University's academic goals, their
compliance with the best accepted health and safety standards, and
their compliance with ADA accessibility standards.
Thus, the work of this committee will be to:
* ensure that the long-term physical development of the
University proceeds in accordance with and in furtherance of the
University's academic and instructional goals, and that relevant
department chairs are genuinely consulted in a timely manner on the
design of new and modified facilities which their departments will use.
* ensure that new and modified facilities are constructed
according to relevant health and safety-related building codes, even in
cases where state construction agencies might be exempt from these
* ensure that new and modified facilities are made accessible to all members of the university community.
In addition, the committee will inform itself by meeting
periodically with officials from CUNY's Office of the Vice Chancellor
for Facilities Planning, Construction and Management, the City
University Construction Fund, CUNY's Board of Trustees, the Dormitory
Authority, and contractors, and attempt to evaluate their effectiveness
in meeting the above goals.
Ongoing issues that the committee would be expected to examine
include the use of space for instruction and research, classroom and
laboratory design, the fairness of the capital plan across all the
campuses, and the integrity of contractors.
The committee will submit to the UFS an annual report that will be distributed widely and publicly.
Libraries and Information Technology
To review, develop and communicate recommendations regarding 1)
library policies for the University with particular attention to issues
raised by new technologies and media applications in a period of
limited resources and concerns for privacy and confidentiality; and
issues of access to libraries and their resources for people with
disability issues; 2) the uses and effects of educational technologies
on teaching, curriculum, and the future of the University; 3) the need
for archiving of academic and governance materials; 4) faculty academic
websites; 5) the information technologies related to the Integrated
University (ERP, CUNY Portal, Electronic database, etc.); 6) distance
learning and faculty input in related policy making.
The Central Administration contacts for this committee are the
Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and the Senior Vice
Legal Affairs Committee
In consultation with the Executive Committee, to monitor legal
issues affecting academic freedom and free speech; to respond to
questions referred by the Executive Committee or the Academic Freedom
Committee. To examine and report on the purview and operations of the
Office of Legal Affairs. Central Administration contact is the Vice
Chancellor for Legal Affairs. (Membership normally requires a law
University Committee on Research Awards
To serve as the screening committee for nominees to the
University Committee on Research Awards (UCRA); to strengthen
communication with the UCRA Executive Committee. PLEASE NOTE: This is
not a committee on general research issues.
Status of the Faculty Committee
To continue examining the implications of the “time to tenure”
issue, e.g., legislative sponsorship, kinds of consultation with
faculty, means by which each CUNY campus would vote on this issue, etc.
To suggest ways of making new faculty hires comfortable and well-oriented in CUNY's “culture.”
To review faculty replenishment decision making processes from
recruitment to approval by the Board of Trustees, including changing
practices at the colleges (e.g., more top level control), changing
practices at the university-level (e.g., central approval of campus
hires based on “diversity”), manipulation of lines, and similar factors.
The Central Administration contacts for this committee are the
Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs and the Vice Chancellor for Faculty
and Staff Relations.
Student Affairs Committee
To review the results of the ACT Math test. Also to review the
SAT and Regents exemption policies to the basic skills assessment tests.
Finally, to report on the availability of counselors and counseling
services for students on the campuses.
Faculty Advisory Committee on Cluster Areas
Mandate: The purpose of this committee is to consult
proactively with the Office of Academic Affairs about which
disciplinary/cross-disciplinary areas the University should select to
become part of CUNY's "flagship environment" and thus focal points for
cluster hiring. The Committee will prepare for this by consulting
broadly, by whatever means it sees fit, with CUNY faculty.
Background: The basic goal of cluster hiring is to set up a
group of faculty members which will work together in teaching and
research at CUNY, and which will enhance the University's reputation.
Cluster faculty at the same or different campuses interact with one
another by applying jointly for grants or conducting joint research, by
holding joint conferences, and working with students.
Makeup: The advisory committee is appointed by the UFS
Executive Committee. Faculty members who serve on this advisory
committee must have a broad knowledge of current trends in theirs and
related fields. The advisory committee should be a mix of faculty from
community, comprehensive, and senior colleges, from a broad range of
disciplines. Terms will be staggered, lasting three years.
Disability/Quality of Life Issues
To study and make recommendations about disability/quality of
life issues that affect students and faculty, including such issues as
access to facilities and pedagogical accommodations for students,
faculty, and staff with disabilities; security; rental of space; health
and safety; and environmental conditions. The Central Administration
contact for this committee is the Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief
UFS Conference Committee
In consultation with the Executive Committee, to complete
planning for the fall conference and to plan the spring conference of
Faculty Advisory Council to the Research Foundation (FAC)
The Council facilitates close consultation between faculty
engaged in research and the Board of Directors of the Research
Foundation (on which four of the members of FAC serve), examines and
comments on the annual financial report of the Foundation, and advises
the Foundation on general policy.