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February 19, 2004
Holy Cross House
7:00 p.m.



Members present: L. Batt, R. Clews, B. Cross, S. deVink, J. Gaudet, I. Fraser, J. Gilbert-Walsh, S. Hale, A. Hewson, P. Lee, P. MacDonald, P. Malcolmson, M. MacDonald, C. McCormick, M. McGowan, E. McKim, R. Myers, S. Narine, D. O’Brien (Chair), J. Rahn, S. Rodriguez, J. Rowcroft, A. Secord, N. Seely, M. Smith, D. van den Hoonaard

Regrets: T. Parkhill, S. Reid-MacNevin

Absent: K. Ampong, R. Chrisjohn, D. Gupta, P. Hawkins, N. Kinsella, P. Ouellette, D. Robinson

Dr. O’Brien called the meeting to order.

1. Agenda

Motion: That Senate adopt the agenda with the additional items of March 1, 2004 candidates for graduation and Student Research Fair.

McGowan:Narine. CARRIED.

2. Announcements

Mr. Batt announced three items:

a) The 2004-2005 Timetable of Course Offerings has been published online, effective February 19, 2004.
b) The online registration for students will begin March 10, 2004.
c) The 2004 Intersession/Summer Session course offerings will be published on the web, effective February 25, 2004.

3. Minutes

Motion: That Senate adopt the minutes of January 15, 2004 as circulated.

Myers:Fraser. CARRIED.

4. Curriculum Committee Report

Prof. Rahn had circulated the Curriculum Committee Report (February 19, 2004).

Motion: That Senate receive the report.
Rahn:Smith. CARRIED.

5. SSHRC Renewal

Dr. Clews circulated a report calling for Senate input to the proposed SSHRC Transformation.

Dr. Myers and Dr. O’Brien thanked Dr. Clews again for her leadership and wished her well on her leave.

6. Academic Planning Committee (APC)

Dr. Malcolmson circulated information on the APC consideration of the BAA in Criminal Justice and the BA Honours Criminology.

a) Motion: That Senate approve the proposed changes to the BAA Programme.
Malcolmson:McCormick. CARRIED.

b) Motion: That Senate approve the institution of the proposed Criminology Honours Programme.
Malcolmson:Fraser. CARRIED.

It was understood that the new courses would still be forwarded to the curriculum committee for consideration.

7. Student Research Fair

Dr. Malcolmson described the plans for the first Student Research Fair at St. Thomas to be held Wednesday, March 24, 2004. He introduced Janice Moore, of the Education Department, who is working on the Fair.

There was general agreement to the proposal to cancel classes for that afternoon, 1:30-5:00 p.m. Dr. Malcolmson and Mr. Batt will send out a notice.

8. March 1, 2004 Candidates for Graduation

Motion: That Senate approve the six candidates for the BA degree, March 1, 2004; and that the Registrar be empowered to add to the list the names of any latecomers whose credentials prove to be valid.

Batt:Smith. CARRIED.

9. External Review

Dr. Malcolmson circulated an external review update.

Motion: That Senate approve the external reviewers for the Department of Economics.
Malcolmson:McGowan. CARRIED.

10. Question Period

1) In response to Sofia Rodriguez’s question concerning the McGill University use of a plagiarism software package, Dr. Myers indicted that there is no plan for St. Thomas to purchase or use such software.

2) Dr. Smith asked what principles were used to determine the dates of the mid-term break. He noted that the 2005 break was scheduled for March 7-11, 2005, leaving only four remaining weeks of classes in that semester. Dr. Myers answered that we followed the UNB schedule (for reasons of our exchange students) and that UNB follows the provincial public school dates.

3) In response to Sofia Rodriguez’s question concerning the possibility of a class-free time slot T Th at 11:30 for the 2005-2006 academic year, Dr. Myers described the history of the schedule framework and the extremely tight classroom resources.

Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.

Larry Batt, Secretary
February 23, 2004

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