Summary Report for UIUC AAUP Policy Committee Meeting on December 10, 2014
Present: Abbas Aminmansour, Joseph Finnerty, Harry Hilton, Lewis Hopkins, Harry Liebersohn, David O’Brien, Robert Parker, John Prussing, Art Robinson, Leslie Struble, Donald Uchtmann, H. F. Williamson, Hadi Esfahani (guest)
The meeting began at about 12:08 p.m.
(1) Introductions. Hilton welcomed Hadi Esfahani and had the members of the Committee introduce themselves.
(2) Review of the Minutes for November 12, 2014 Meeting of Policy Committee. The minutes were approved.
(4) Remarks from the President. Hilton reported that he is waiting for replies concerning when we might meet with President Easter and when the relevant individuals will be free for the Promotion and Tenure Workshop.
(5) Actions by Chapter regarding Provost Communication 27: Shared Governance for Academic Units. A number of questions were raised about the content of the Communication. At some points, the recommendations seemed not to take into account the difference between departments where the EO is a Chairman vs. those were the EO is the Head. It was not clear whether unit bylaws could specify grievance procures for students. It was agreed that Hilton would draft a letter to the Provost for review by the Policy Committee indicating our support for having issued this Communication and that we would offer to help review the document and to help implement the guidelines listed.
(6) Actions being taken that affect faculty-staff benefits. There was a brief discussion of the status of the case challenging SB 1 (overturned at the lower court level; being expedited for review by the Illinois Supreme Court) and of the program to refund the overpayments of health insurance premium;
(7) Actions Regarding the Salaita Case. The report from the Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure (CAFT) is expected to be completed by the end of the semester and sent to the President and the Senate Executive Committee (SEC). There was a lengthy discussion of how the SEC had acted and would most likely proceed on this issue. The discussion included the concerns that many had about how the Chancellor handled the issues last summer. It was agreed that the Chapter should be ready to response rapidly on this issue once the CAFT report was made public. A subcommittee of Aminmansour, Hilton, and Hopkins was established to draft a “rapid” response on the issue.
(8) Actions of the Senate.
(9) Membership on Policy Committee. Parker asked how to proceed if he knew of an individual indicated an interest in joining the Policy Committee. Hilton asked that the he or Williamson be contacted in such a case.