STATE UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA
FACULTY SENATE MINUTES
(Corrected and Approved February 26, 1999)
DATE: November 20, 1998
CALL TO ORDER: Dr. Michael Crafton, Associate Vice President
for Academic Affairs, called the meeting to order at 3:00 P.M. in
the Lecture Hall, Richards College of Business. Dr. Chester Gibson served
MEMBERS PRESENT: Sheila Abraham, Susan Boes, David Boldt, Jim
Burton, Ray Crook, Swarma Dutt, Larry Frazier, Lynne Gaskin, Randy Hendricks,
Bob Hilliard, Chris Huff, Farooq Khan, Cecilia Lee, Will Lloyd, Magdy Metry,
Mark McManus, Marc Miller, John Myers, David Osborn, James Taylor, Gary
Wenzel, Ara Volkan, Carol Wilson for Kathryn Grams, Bob Pierce for Joan
Hubbard, Elaine Roberts for Gwen McAlpine, and Ann Richards for Elena MustakovaPossardt.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The minutes of the October 16,1998 meeting
were approved (Miller).
Committee on Undergraduate Academic Programs, Committee #1(Chairperson.-
Marc McManus reported that UAPC approved the following course recommendations:
Mr. McManus presented the following program proposals for action by the
Change prerequisites for SPAN 4500, 4501, 4502, FREN 4500, 4501, 4502.
Add PSYC 4290 Moral and Social Development.
Add ACCT 3285 Professional Seminar, ACCT 4242 Strategic Information Systems
and Risk Management, ACCT 4262 Contemporary Auditing Topics, FINC 4571
Derivative Markets, MKTG 3808 Business Research.
Add FINC 4571 to Finance Selective list.
Record the Finance Selective list as follows: Select three, at least two
of which must be in FINC: ECON 3410, 3460,4410,4440, FINC 4521, 4532, 4542,
4571, RELE 3705.
Remove FINC 4532, 4542 from Required Courses (Required: ACCT 4202, FINC
4531, 4541, 4561, MGNT 4660).
Add ACCT 3285 Professional Seminar (zero hours) to the ACCT-B.B.A.requirements.
Add MKTG 3808 Business Research to the Business Core for B.B.A. Accounting,
Administrative Systems, Business Information Systems, Economics, Finance,
Management, Marketing, Real Estate (total of 27 hours, 9 courses) and eliminate
one (3 hour course) Business Elective (3 courses, 9 hours remain: 2 courses
must be outside Business).
Modify title and description of FINC 4531 and FINC 4532.
Modify prerequisite of FINC 4542.
Actuarial Science Track in the MATH B.S. program. (Attached) The motion
was approved unanimously.
B.A. program in Global Studies. (Attached)
Paul Masters called attention to a garbled sentence in the first paragraph
of the first page of the proposal and passed out corrected copies (Attached).
The motion passed unanimously.
Committee on Academic Policies and Procedures, Committee #2 (Chairperson:
Marc Miller submitted for approval the following changes in the Grade Appeal
Policy: (See attached.)
Strike second sentence of first paragraph of "Grade Appeal Policy"
of West Georgia Undergraduate Catalog, pace 166: "A grade originally
assigned may be changed only with the consent of the faculty member responsible
for the grade, unless the change is made for process reasons only."
Remove item 5, Appendix E, in the UnCatalog of the State University
of West Georgia.: "Upon finding for the student, the subcommittee will
in each instance attempt to counsel the faculty member to voluntarily redress
the grievance. In the event such counseling is ineffective, the committee
may recommend disciplinary action against the faculty member to be taken
by the appropriate administrative official (page 44)."
Add the following items:
If the subcommittee finds in favor of the student, the instructor will
be notified and provided the opportunity to voluntarily chance the student's
grade based on the recommendations of the subcommittee. If the instructor
refuses, the VPAA will be authorized by the subcommittee to make the recommended
grade change. The VPAA will then notify the student, the faculty member
and the members of the subcommittee.
The faculty member will be notified in writing and has 10 days to appeal
the decision to the full Faculty Senate through the Academic Policies and
Procedures Committee. The full Faculty Senate, meeting in executive session,
may then by simple majority affirm or disaffirm the Appeals Committee and
the VPAA's decision to change the grade.
For information-The committee is setting up a subcommittee to address
the appeals process for Grades and Admissions. This will result in future
changes to the Faculty Handbook.
Debate on the motion centered on grade assignment as an expression of
faculty, autonomy and on the roles of the instructor, the department chair,
and the VPAA in the process of grade appeal. Mike Aarons said that grade
assignment was "the last bastion of faculty autonomy." Carol Wilson, chair
of the Grade Appeals Committee, said that the committee believed that a
mechanism for grade change should be in place because there have been situations
when a grade clearly needed to be changed, but the faculty member refused.
Under the current policy, there is no formal process for grade change beyond
the departmental level.
Jane McCandless and Ann Richards presented copies of the AAUP document,
"The Assignment of Course Grades and Student Appeals." (Attached). Dr.
Richards stated that AAUP considers grade appeal to be a faculty decision
by the instructor, the department head, or a committee made up of peers
who are familiar with grading criteria within the discipline.
After much discussion the proposal was tabled. (11 yes, 7 no)
The APP Committee asked for approval of the following proposal concerning
class absence: Insert at the end of the paragraphs in the section titled
"Class Absence," pp. 111-12, State University of West Georgia Undergraduate
"A student shall be excused from class for official University sanctioned
events. An officially sanctioned event shall be defined as an event where
the student's presence is required for participation and not just attendance.
Student must document the absence through official university sources to
the satisfaction of the instructor. The student must make arrangements
with the instructor in advance of the absence. The student has the responsibility
to complete the obligations and requirements of the course as defined by
the instructor. To the extent feasible, the instructor should offer reasonable
opportunities to make up missed work. In so far as the instructor's absence
policy does not conflict with this excused absence policy, all other absence
policies of the instructor shall apply."
Dr. Miller said that in rare instances students had been required
to attend university sanctioned events and had received low grades because
of missing classes. Discussion centered on the definition of "official
event," the possibility of student abuse of official absences. The value
of university sponsored events such as sports or debate was argued against
the student's responsibility to attend classes. The language of the proposal
was criticized as being vague and contradictory, but Dr. Miller stated
that the document was left ambiguous so that the instructor could apply
his/her own standards.
At this point, Dr. Sethna arrived at the meeting and took the podium.
After extended discussion, the motion failed. (yes 9, no 13)-
The APP Committee asked for approval of the following items concerning
Affirm the vision, goals and objectives for technology use at the State
University of West Georgia. This policy is presented in the appendix.(Attached)
Recommend the appointment of an ad hoc committee with the following objectives:
Oversee the implementation of the goals and objectives.
Recommend the formation of a permanent committee for technology policy
within the faculty senate structure. (See attached documents.)
The motion passed unanimously.
The APP Committee asked for approval of the following changes in the Repeat
Policy as stated in the State University of West Georgia Undergraduate
Strike the current two paragraphs in the section entitled "Repeating a
Course to Replace a Grade" (page 121),
Add the following paragraph:
"A student may repeat a course taken at West Georgia in order to replace
an earlier grade. The academic standing and graduation GPA will be based
on the last attempt at all courses taken at the institution."
"Final examinations are held at the end of each term in accordance
with a published schedule. No final examinations may be given in advance
of the date scheduled unless authorized by the dean of the appropriate
college. If a student has more than two final exams scheduled in a single
day, he or she may reschedule all but two of them through the cooperation
of faculty members, department chairs, college deans, and if necessary,
the Office of VPAA. During the term of his or her graduation, an undergraduate
student may be excused from final examinations at the discretion of the
instructor of each course in which the student is doing passing work."
Dr. Miller explained that the proposal strikes the language in the Catalog
that requires all classes to have final exams. Discussion involved questions
about requirements for exams. Early exams are allowed with permission of
the Dean. The student does not have the option to not take the final if
it appears on the syllabus, nor does the student have the right to demand
that a final exam be given. The instructor's policies given in the syllabus
are a contract with the student.
The motion passed unanimously.
The APP Committee asked for approval of the following changes in the Final
Examinations Policy as stated in the State University of West Georgia
Undergraduate Catalog. (Attached)
Strike the paragraphs relating to Examinations on page 115 of the catalog.
Add the following policy under a title of Examinations:
The motion passed.
Dr. Miller gave the following items of information:
Freshman Admission Requirements. (Attached)
Revised Summer Semester 1999 Calendar. (Attached)
Resolution presented by the Student Goverm-nent Association. (Attached)
Committee on Student Activities, Committee #6 (Chairperson: Lynne Gaskin)
Dr. Sethna asked that suggestions be sent to Dr. Miller to work
through the details of the tabled and defeated proposals.
Lynne Gaskin withdrew the following proposals until the Chair of the
Student Judiciary Committee can meet with the Committee on Student Activities.
Recommendation to revise the "Student Conduct Code and Disciplinary Procedures"
to delete phrases that refer to behavior "on university premises or at
university sponsored activities" and "on or near the campus" (Section 4.00
Disorderly Conduct, .0 1,.02; Section 7.00 Alcohol Beverages, .01, .03,
.05, .06; Section 8.00 Drugs, .01, .02; Section 11.0 Theft,
.01; Section 12.00 Misuse of Property; Section 14.00 Identification Cards,
OLD BUSINESS: None
Recommendation to revise the "Conduct Code and Disciplinary Procedures
for Student Organizations" to add, "Student Organizations should realize
that they may be held accountable through the university discipline system
for their behavior, whether on or off campus, when an offense is directed
at the university, a member of the university community, or another student
organization and is a violation of the Student Conduct Code or the Registered
Student Organization Code of Conduct."
NEW BUSINESS: None
ADJOURNMENT: The meeting, adjourned at 4:45 P.M.
Dr. Sethna announced that PAC opposes the resolution of the SGA. There
are already two breaks during Fall Semester. In many years it is impossible
to have an additional fall break and a Reading Day. The Reading Day takes
precedence over the desire to have a Fall Break.
New gowns with school colors have been selected for the Fall 1998 commencement.
Dr. Sethna apologized for his late arrival due to a plane delay.
Diane H. Sharp
Executive Secretary of the Faculty Senate