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12/12/19 UIUC Policy Committee Summary

    Present:  Richard Laugesen, Walter McMahon, David O’Brien, Robert Parker, Bruce Rosenstock, Leslie Struble (electronic); H. F. Williamson

    The meeting began at about 12:35 p.m. with O’Brien presiding.

    1. Review of the Minutes for November 7, 2019 Meeting of Policy Committee.  The minutes were approved. 
    2. President’s Report.  O’Brien noted that we need to prepare for the meetings we have next month with the Chancellor and with the meeting on the report from the  Task force on Faculty Sexual Misconduct.  In January, we will return to the planning for our membership campaign.
    3. Review of spring schedule of meetings
      1. Regular Policy Committee Meetings: at 12:30 p.m. in 217 Illini Union
        • January 23 (third Thursday; instruction begins Jan. 21; King Holiday is Jan. 20);
        • February 20 (third Thursday)
        • March 12 (second Thursdays) (spring vacation starts March 14)
        • April 16 (third Thursday)
        • May 7 (first Thursday, Reading Day)
      2. Meeting with Task Force on Faculty Sexual Misconduct:  11:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 23.
      3. Meeting with Chancellor Jones:  11 a.m., January 27, 2020 in Swanlund (room TBA).
      4. Promotion and Tenure Workshop:  3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in 314A Illini Union.
      5. Date of Annual Meeting:  to be determined.  May 12 is the Tuesday of final examination week, the day chosen for recent Annual Meetings.
    4. Governance Survey. Discussion was postponed until the next meeting when Esfahani will be able to attend.
    5. Discussion of Final Report of the Task Force on Faculty Sexual Misconduct.  There was a lengthy discussion of the report and our preparation for the meeting with the members of the Task Force.This included such topics as the problem of handling the “she said – he said” cases, the role of middle-level administrators, and the effect of any proposed changes on the authority of the Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure.  Other topics covered included the nature of the sanctions that might be imposed.  The role of placing an individual on paid leave was reviewed with regard to how it might be imposed an whether or not it is viewed as a severe sanction.  
    6. Setting an Agenda for Upcoming Meeting with Chancellor Jones.  As noted above, the meeting has been scheduled for January 27 at 11:00 a.m. at the Swanlund Administration Building.  It was agreed to include two topics from the agenda for the last meeting:  the status of the new budget model and the role of faculty as advisors to the administration.  Two new topics will be: what the University is doing to support faculty affected by trolling, and how the University and other Academic organizations will react to President Trump’s December 11 Executive Order regarding anti-Semitism.  The final draft of the agenda will be circulated as part of the preparation for the January 23 meeting of the Policy Committee. 
    7. Adjournment.  There were no reports so the meeting adjourned at about 1:36 p.m.  As noted above, the next Policy Committee meeting will be on January 23, 2020 in 217 Illini Union around 12:30 p.m. following the meeting with the Task Force on Faculty Sexual Misconduct.