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Faculty Senate Endorses Handbook Changes

The Faculty Senate unanimously endorsed changes to the College Handbook recommended by two of its committees during the Sept. 22 regularly scheduled meeting in Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge.

Robert Spitzer, political science, presented some minor alterations to the College Handbook on behalf of the Educational Policy Committee. The group reviewed the pertinent policies during the Spring 2009 semester. The suggested modifications included edits clarifying that Level I changes do not need School Curriculum Committee approval and that not all Teacher Education Program changes require approval from the State Education Department in Albany.

On behalf of the Academic Faculty Affairs Committee, Raymond Collings, psychology, forwarded some minor edits several modifications to the College Handbook, Section 220.06 that the committee reviewed last semester. These changes clarify the appropriate use of materials submitted by faculty members during personnel reviews and the responsibilities of the various reviewers during the process.

In other action, Faculty Senate Chair Kathleen Lawrence, communication studies, informed senators that the positions of treasurer and secretary remained vacant.  Lawrence shared that two senators, Teri Vigars, ASAP, and Donna Videto, health, have expressed interest in serving as secretary and treasurer, respectively. The senate would welcome any other nominations between now and its Oct. 6 meeting, at which time the full senate expects to fill the two executive committee positions.