Location: EMU 145 & 146 (Crater Lake rooms)
3:00 – 5:00 P.M.
3:00 P.M. Call to order
- Introductory Remarks; Senate President Bill Harbaugh
- Remarks: President Schill
3:29 PM Approval of Minutes
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3:30 PM Business / Reports:
- Vote on Other Curricular Matters included in the Curriculum Report: A change to the last date for students to add courses. Full Text: “The last day to add a course is to be moved from the Sunday preceding the second week at 11:59 p.m. to the Monday of the second week at 11:59 p.m.” Frances White.
- Vote: US18/19-21: Approval of Curriculum Report, Spring 2019; Frances White
- Vote on new Senate VP / President Elect. Elizabeth Skowron (Psychology, Senate Vice President)
- Pass the gavel
- UO Senate Award for Shared Governance, Transparency and Trust: To Karen Ford (College of Arts & Sciences and English), Jessica Price (General Counsel’s Office), Brent Walth (Journalism)
- UO Senate Leadership and Service Award for Officers of Administration: To Annie Herz (Human Resources)
- UO Senate Classified Staff Leadership Award: To Terry McQuilkin (UO Libraries)
- UO Senate Wayne T. Westling Award: To Karen Ford (College of Arts & Sciences and English), Leslie Opp-Beckman (American English Institute)
- Another recognition
4:50 PM Open Discussion
4:52 PM Other Reports
4:54 PM Notice(s) of Motion
4:56 PM Other Business
5:00 PM Adjourn to Faculty Club, all invited!
The fallout from the black face halloween incident (BFHI) has divided our community at a time when it is least welcome. Higher education is, or soon will be, under an unprecedented assault from our own government. At this moment the BFHI-divided campus is in no position to present unified resistance to this threat.
Regarding the BFHI, I would suggest to the free speech folks (FSF) that sometimes words and actions are as terrifying and damaging as threats of physical harm. I would say this doubly so to FSF who, due to no fault of their own, have not had the experience of living outside the comfort of a social majority. To the social justice folks (SJF) I would suggest that sometimes damage inflicted is inflicted out of ignorance, and in such situations isn’t forgiveness (together with a liberal dose of education) warranted? Elsa Wilcox Women Slingback Lace Up Summer Walking Dress Sandals Slide Peep Toe Flat Low Heel Sandals PlatformJOE N JOYCE Women Athen SynSoft Soft Footbed Sandals Width NarrowI say this doubly to those SJF who do not understand that the no-prisoners response to the BFHI has many on campus afraid that one day they too may be run out of town on a rail for some ignorant, but well-meaning act.
To the FSF who demand that speech be without consequences, I cannot stand with you. The BFHI has clearly damaged our campus and each of us must be held responsible for our actions, well-intended or otherwise.
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To those who know that this situation lies on the complicated boundary between competing ideals, I stand with you. I stand with you ready to find a path forward.
Finally, to the administration (JH), I’d like to introduce you to the Kobayashi Maru. Do I think your reactions to the BFHI have been stellar? No. However, I doubt that I could have done any better (at least without the benefit of hindsight). I will offer a few critiques. Hiding in the bunker of Johnson Hall and waiting for this to blow over (ahem, denaming Deady Hall) is not leadership. Releasing a public report on the BFHI three days before Christmas, Cambridge Select Women's Closed Pointed Toe Slip-On Ballet Flat (Wide Fit)Cambridge Select Women's Low Top Lightweight Glitter Lace-Up Casual Sport Fashion Sneakermay be smart, but it is not leadership. Leadership is putting forth a plan that addresses both the fears of the FSF and of the SJF, and secures us as an institution that is known both for our stalwart support of free speech, but also for our inclusion and compassion towards others of different backgrounds and narratives.
Here is what I hope. I hope that JH can address both the fear that minorities on campus harbor (especially given the recent election), but also the fear that pitchforks await the next unwitting purveyor of social ignorance. I hope that JH can find a way to reassure campus that they are strong supporters of both free speech and campus inclusion. Finally, I hope that JH together with the SJF can orchestrate a path forward for the perpetrator of the BFHI to be brought back into the fold of the university. Owaheson Classic Canvas Slip-On Lightweight Driving shoes Soft Penny Loafers Men Women colorful Pet Paw PrintOwaheson Classic Canvas Slip-On Lightweight Driving shoes Soft Penny Loafers Men Women Jamaica Resta Reggae Lion KingThis would be real, unifying leadership, of the sort we are going to need over the next few years.
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Besides teaching and web development, I have also spent the summer meeting with Senate President Harbaugh, Senate Executive Coordinator Betina Lynn and Senate Program Assistant Kurt Willcox. They have helped get me up to speed on the ins and outs of the business of running the Senate, and in particular the constellation of committees, advisory groups and task forces where so much of the work of the University is done. One of my overarching goals for the upcoming year is to build an organized view of the committees, what they do, and who serves on them. I hope to make it easy for people to see what the committees are doing and provide mechanisms by which people can share their thoughts about this work in a constructive manner.
In order for this to be successful, I will need your help. Please let me know what sorts of information are useful for you as a constituent of the Senate or as a member of a committee. Visit this site often, and share your opinions on topics of interest. If you are on the Senate, I implore you share your ideas and debate the issues of the day so that we can fully vet all policy proposals, legislation and resolutions in a thorough manner.
As particular issues arise, I’ll add my thoughts to this thread. Until then, I’m going to enjoy the prospect of a few weeks of Eugene summer before the whirlwind of fall quarter begins.
Thanks for reading this far, and here’s to a productive upcoming academic year!
We’ve set up a working group to rewrite the Responsible Employees Policy, as follows. It is a small group, but it will consult with all Senate constituents.
The Senate Responsible Reporting Working Group is tasked with drafting a new Responsible Employees Policy for the Senate and Administration to consider as a replacement for the current emergency policy. The working group will follow the Senate’s normal open meetings rules, and will solicit input broadly from the Administration, the Senate, and the university community, and will hold at least one town hall type meeting for this purpose. The working group may seek outside advice, particularly on considerations involving compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The draft policy sent to the Senate will be accompanied by a document explaining the rationale for the recommended rules and procedures.
- Merle Weiner, Professor, Law (Chair)
- Phyllis Barkhurst, OA, Director of 90by30, Co-Director of the UO Center for the Prevention of Abuse and Neglect
- Jennifer Freyd, Professor, Psychology
- Bill Harbaugh, Professor, Economics
- Darci Heroy, OA, Interim Title IX Coordinator
- Melissa Barnes, Psychology (grad student)
- Mckenna O’Dougherty, Women & Gender Studies (undergraduate student)
General Council Kevin Reed’s 8/19 email:
President Schill has approved emergency policy V.11.02 and associated changes to UO’s grievance policy and discrimination policy relating to the prohibition of discrimination and the process for responding to reports of prohibited discrimination. These temporary changes will be in effect for 180 days and provide needed clarification of who is a “responsible employee” and therefore required to report prohibited discrimination, including sexual harassment.
- Reinforces the expectation that all employees are required to communicate reports of prohibited discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual violence, to:
- The Title IX Coordinator;
- The Office of Crisis Intervention and Sexual Violence Support Services; or
- The Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity.
- Clarifies that the following offices are “confidential resources” that can help connect students and employees with support services and help them navigate their options, without being required to report the alleged misconduct:
- The Office of Crisis Intervention and Sexual Violence Support Services;
- The University Health Center;
- Ombudsperson; and
- The University Counseling Center.
- Provides clarification regarding when a report made in a privileged context does not trigger a duty to report, including:
- Reports made to an attorney in the context of providing legal counsel (such as student legal services);
- Reports made by unit members to a steward of their union;
- Information shared in a public awareness event (such as “Take Back the Night”);
- Information received during an IRB approved research project; and
- Reports made by students in the context of an academic assignment.
- Provides a pathway for certain faculty or staff to receive training and authorization from the Title IX Coordinator to be exempt from the reporting requirement.This emergency policy reflects the input of the University Senate’s Committee on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, and incorporates many thoughtful suggestions made by stakeholders in three separate meetings of the senate as it debated, but was unable to enact a permanent policy this past spring.President Schill and I have asked the senate to return to the task and make modifications that reflect sound policy and remain compliant with our legal obligations under Title IX. To that end, University Senate leadership have appointed a working group, led by Knight Professor of Law, Merle Weiner, to seek broader consensus on a legally sufficient policy.
It is my hope that the senate can run an open and transparent process, one that relies on subject-matter experts and finds a careful balance between supporting a student’s control of whether to initiate a formal response to an incident of sexual harassment or prohibited discrimination and the university’s need to receive information necessary to stop and prevent discrimination. If the senate once again is unable to pass a policy, or if the policy it crafts does not meet minimum legal requirements, the president will be prepared to act at the end of the 180-day life of this emergency policy.
Vice President and General Counsel