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May 20 , 2004
Holy Cross House
2:00 p.m.



In attendance: L. Batt, B. Cross, S. deVink, I. Fraser, J. Gilbert-Walsh, S. Hale, P. Lee, P. Malcolmson, M. McGowan, S. Murray, R. Myers, T. Parkhill, S. Reid-MacNevin, J. Rahn, A. Secord, H. Tomlinson, D. van den Hoonaard

Dr. Myers called the meeting to order.

1. Welcome

Dr. Myers welcomed Hayley Tomlinson as the student government representative to Senate. Ms. Tomlinson is replacing Stephen Brosha during his summer absence.

2. Agenda

MOTION: That Senate adopt the agenda as circulated.

McGowan:Hale. CARRIED.

3. Minutes

a) MOTION: That the minutes of the April 20, 2004 meeting be adopted as circulated.
deVink:Batt. CARRIED.
b) MOTION: That the minutes of the May 7, 2004 meeting be adopted as circulated.
Murray:Batt. CARRIED.

4. Research Ethics Policy

Dr. Myers indicated that the Research Ethics Policy would not be back on the agenda for
a while.

Mr. Batt assumed the Chair

5. Nominating Committee

Dr. Myers circulated the Senate Nominating Committee Report to Senate. (May 2004)

MOTION: That Senate approve the slate of candidates and chairs of the Senate Standing Committees.
Myers:Hale. CARRIED.

6. Report of the Senate Review Committee on CORE 2013 - Critical Reasoning

Dr. Myers presented the report on CORE 2013. (April 2004)

It was noted that the CORE 3013 Problems of Ethical Justification was being taught in Intersession 2004.

There was discussion concerning the possible offering of CORE 3013 again in the first semester of 2004-05.

It was also noted that a review committee should be established to review CORE 3013.

7. Take-home Examinations

Dr. Myers reported that some faculty members have expressed concern about the take-home examinations, especially related to their impact on the examination schedule and the weeks before the formal examination schedule.

MOTION: To refer the matter to the Academic Planning Committee (APC).

Parkhill:Hale. CARRIED.

Dr. Myers resumed the Chair

8. External Review Update

Dr. Malcolmson reported on the three ongoing external reviews:

a) Co-operative Education Programme - self study has been circulated;
b) Economics - external review has been circulated at the meeting;
c) Philosophy - the departmental response to the external review will be coming over the summer.

9. Question Period

Dr. Hale asked about information on variations in grading standards. Dr. Myers described the grade reports which were sent out last summer to each faculty member. He indicated that the reports would be sent again this summer.

10. The meeting adjourned at 2:40 p.m.

Larry Batt, Secretary
May 25, 2004

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