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Senate Minutes

October 16, 2003
7:00 p.m.
Holy Cross House Conference Room



Members present: K. Ampong, L. Batt, R. Bittermann, J. Gilbert-Walsh, S. Hale, P. MacDonald, P. Malcolmson, M. MacDonald, M. McGowan, E. McKim, S. Narine, D. O’Brien (Chair), P. Ouellette, T. Parkhill, J. Rahn, H. Richmond, S. Rodriguez, N. Seely, M. Smith, D. Van den Hoonaard

Absent with regrets: R. Clews, P. Hawkins, C. McCormick, R. Myers, S. Reid-MacNevin

Absent: R. Chrisjohn, S. deVink, I. Fraser, D. Gupta, P. Lee, D. Robinson, J. Rowcroft

Dr. O’Brien called the meeting to order.

1. Agenda

MOTION: That the agenda be adopted as circulated.
Rahn:Bittermann. CARRIED.

2. Announcements

Mr. Ampong introduced the newly-elected student senators: Michael MacDonald and Sofia Rodriguez.

3. Minutes of September 18, 2003 Meeting

MOTION: That the minutes of the September 18, 2003 meeting be adopted as revised. McGowan:P. MacDonald. CARRIED.

(Item 8.b should read “checking with them”)

4. Academic Standing Regulation

Mr. Batt circulated information from the Senate Admissions and Academic Standing Committee.

MOTION: That the regulation E.4 (page 236 of the University Calendar) be amended by deleting the sentence “Previous courses with grades of D are not counted.”
Batt:Ampong. CARRIED.

5. Curriculum Committee

Prof. Rahn had circulated the Curriculum Committee report (October 16, 2003).

MOTION: That Senate approve the recommendations of the Senate Curriculum Committee report (October 16, 2003).
Rahn:Smith. CARRIED.

Two corrections were noted:

a) PHIL 1013 description should have read “reading of original.”

b) Introduction to Human Rights should be identified as HMRT 2313.

6. Nominating Committee

MOTION: That Tom Bateman be elected to the Curriculum Committee for a term commencing immediately and finishing June 30, 2004.
Malcolmson:Rahn. CARRIED.

7. Student Appeals

Mr. Batt brought to Senate the following appeals:

a) James Hickson: appeal of the decision of the Admissions and Academic Standing Committee;

b) Carney Curnew: appeal of the decision of the Senate Student Academic Grievance
Committee.

After some discussion, it was agreed to establish two ad hoc committees to review the appeals and report back to Senate before the end of the semester.

a) Ad hoc committee for James Hinkson’s appeal:
Sylvia Hale, Michael MacDonald, Shaun Narine

MOTION: That nominations cease.
Smith:Rahn. CARRIED.

b) Ad hoc committee for Carney Curnew’s appeal:

Kofi Ampong, Elizabeth McKim, Jonathan Rahn

MOTION: That nominations cease.
Hale:Smith. CARRIED.

8. External Review Updates

a) Dr. Malcolmson circulated a Departmental Review Response from the Education Department for information.

b) MOTION: That the review schedule be revised as follows:

STS to be reviewed in 2004-2005
Anthropology to be reviewed in 2005-2006
Malcolmson:Parkhill. CARRIED.

9. Question Period

a) Dr. Hale asked whether the student government is pursuing its interest in course evaluation. Mr. Ouellette answered that the executive was pursuing the possibility of implementing a student-run online course evaluation. He indicated that the executive was pursuing this avenue in light of the perceived lack of support from Senate at the August 28, 2003 meeting.

b) Mr. Ampong asked about student membership on the Senate Committee to review the MPEC Quality Assurance study. He was encouraged to send the student representative named by the Students’ Union to the meeting planned for October 21, 2003, 3:00 p.m.

10. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

L. Batt, Secretary
October 17, 2003

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