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4/15/15 UIUC Policy Committee Summary

    Present:  Kenneth Andersen, Harry Hilton, Walter McMahon, Cary Nelson, David O’Brien, Robert Parker, John Prussing, Donald Uchtmann, H. F. Williamson.  Guests:  Susan Davis, Hadi Esfahani, Richard Laugesen, Bruce Levine, Bruce Rosenstock

    The meeting began at about 12:05 p.m.

    President’s Report

    1. Introduction.  Hilton had the individuals attending introduce themselves. 
    2. Review of the Minutes for the March 18, 2015 Meeting of Policy Committee.  The minutes were approved (one typo was corrected:  date of IPHR panel presentation was April 28, not April 23).  It was noted that the time and day for the Tenure Workshop were 2:30 on Thursday, April 30 (these were in error in the agenda).  
    3. Schedule of Spring 2015 Policy Committee meetings.   The remaining Policy Committee meeting will be May 6 in the Illini Union.  The Tenure Workshop will be April 30 and the Annual Meeting will be May 12.
    4. Remarks.  Hilton reported that the meeting of Chapter leaders with Campus leaders will be May 13. 
    5. Schedule of Policy Committee Meetings for Fall, 2015.  Williamson indicated that if we continue to meet on Wednesday, the schedule for the fall will be as follows.  This was approved.
      • Wednesday, September 16 (3rd Wednesday); Instruction begins 8/25 and Labor Day is 9/1.
      • Wednesday, October 15 (2nd Wednesday)
      • Wednesday, November 18 (3rd Wednesday).  Union is booked on November 11th
      • Wednesday, December 10 (2nd Wednesday) last day of classes; Reading Day is December 11

    Action Items

    1. Review of Membership of Policy Committee.  A number of Chapter members have indicated an interest in serving on the Policy Committee and are planning to attend Committee meetings as guests this spring.  Williamson suggested that the officers meet after the Annual Meeting to consider the composition of the Policy Committee for the fall. 
    2. Planning for the Spring Tenure Workshop:  The workshop will be at 2:30 p.m. on April 30 in the Illini Union General Lounge (210).  The importance of making sure the Chapter’s role in organizing the Workshop was emphasized.  Parker and Williamson agreed to work with Hilton on a handout on this topic to provide each attendee along with the membership material from the national office.
    3. Planning for the Annual Meeting.  As discussed at the March meeting, the program will be a discussion of the censure issue.  The panelists will be O’Brien to discuss how we got into this situation and Nelson on what the University leadership can do in response.  There was an extensive discussion of such issues as to hope well the campus has done on these issues and the particular actions that should be taken to get off of censure.  The latter included the actions that campus leaders and the Board of Trustees could take on such issues as governance and civility and what might occur with regard to the legal cases being brought by Salaita.
    4. Attendance at Annual Meeting AAUP Meeting in Washington, D.C.  Hilton and Nelson were approved as delegates from the chapter.  A motion to provide support for up to $1000 of documented expenses for each was approved.


    1. Government Relations.  McMahon and Andersen discussed the paper that McMahon has prepared on the effects throughout the state of the proposed cuts in the budget for Higher Education.  They plan to meet with staff in the University’s Office of Government Relations to go over this information.