St. Thomas University
Members Present: M. Arévalo, G. Baier, K. Breen, D. Brodie, J. Coates, B. Craig, J. Doerr, B. Fisher-Townsend, S. Hale, P. Lee, S. MacDonald, D. McKenzie-Mohr, E. McKim, A. Moore, S. Murray, R. Myers, D. O'Brien (Chair), J. Palmer, J. Rahn, S. Reid-MacNevin, J. Rowcroft, N. Seely, R. Williams
Regrets: L. Batt, M. George, G. Kenyon, P. Pheeney, I. Thiessen
Absent: R. Chrisjohn,
T. Good, D. Gupta, P. Malcolmson, D. Robinson, D. Savoie
Dr. O'Brien called the meeting to order.
the agenda be adopted as amended to add "curriculum committee"
under # 6.
opening of Professional Studies Building Monday, January 28,
That the minutes
of the December 13, 2001 Senate meeting be adopted as circulated.
Dr. Williams asked if there was any new information to be shared with Senate in relation to the C.F.I. acquisition. Dr. O'Brien responded that there was no specific information to report.
5. Research Ethics Board Policy Revision
Motion: That Section 1.2 " Composition of the REB" be amended to read: "The REB shall be made up of no less than 5 members . . ."
the following sentence be inserted after the first sentence of Section
2.3(a): "For biomedical research, all research proposals, including
those that present no more than minimal risk, must be peer-reviewed."
6. Committee Reports
a) Academic Planning
Dr. Hale presented the report that had been circulated at the December meeting, along with a supplementary report circulated for this meeting.
Motion: That the faculty members on the committee that generated the original proposal for a programme in Environment & Society be asked to resume their work
b. Curriculum Committee
Professor Rahn circulated a brief report indicating that the Curriculum Committee had given special topics approval to the following courses for the 2002-2003 academic year:
HIST 2253 Art
et culture en France: 1789-1900
7. Senate Review Coordinating Committee
Motion: That Hastings be the first choice for one of the review positions and that Parent be approached if Hastings is unavailable. That Latessa be the first choice for the other position and that Boritch be approached if Latessa is unavailable.
Ommer be the first choice for one of the review positions and that
Sangster be approached if Ommer is not available. That Howell be the
first choice for the other position and that Parpart be approached
if Howell is not available.
8. English Proficiency Standards
That the revisions
to the University's English proficiency standards proposed in the
report of January 2002 be adopted.
9. UNB Libraries Communiqué
Dr. Doerr brought to the attention of Senate a communiqué from UNB Libraries dated December 7, 2001, and expressed concern about the removal of print materials now available in electronic form. Dr. Myers pointed out that Jocelyne Thompson, Head of Collections at Harriet Irving Library, will be meeting with St. Thomas Chairs and Programme Directors on January 29. It was agreed to defer further discussion of this matter to that meeting.
10. Registrar's Warrant
On behalf of the Registrar, Dr. Myers reported that a Registrar's Warrant had been used to provide approval for the HIST 3753 Issues of Race and Gender in 20th Century America. This course was offered at the last minute as a replacement for a course cancelled due to a research release.
11. Students Presenting at Academic Conferences
a five-person committee be established; that this committee consist
of a representative from two academic departments, Student Affairs,
the Student Union, and the University Administration; and that this
committee review the mechanisms and supports that exist to assist
students to present papers and/or presentations at academic conferences.
This committee will bring to Senate, by April 15, 2002, a recommendation
on procedures, level of financial support, and criteria under which
such financial support will be provided by the University.
It was agreed that the mover and the seconder will serve on the committee.
12. Other Business
There was no other business.
13. Question Period
a) Barbara Fisher-Townsend asked whether there was a policy prohibiting part-time faculty members from serving on University committees. Dr. O'Brien responded that there was no such policy, but that it is not the practice of the University to ask part-time instructors to take on obligations for which they are not paid.
b) Dr. McKenzie-Mohr asked whether the University has a procedure for contacting the families of students who are victims in accidents. Dr. O'Brien responded that this is a matter covered by practice rather than by formal procedure.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 p.m.
January 21, 2002
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