THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA
FACULTY COUNCIL MINUTES
November 17, 1994
Signal Mountain Room
ELECTED MEMBERS PRESENT: Valarie Adams, Jim Avery, Martha Butterfield, Ken Carson, Prem Chopra, Betsy Cook, Neal Coulter, Lloyd Davis, Robert Duffy, Aniekan Ebiefung, Fritz Efaw, Howard Finch, Phil Giffin, Nick Honerkamp, Larry Ingle, Doug Kingdon, Renée Lorraine, David Levine, Jim Macomber, Jim McDonell, Katherine Rehyansky, Mike Russell, Greg Sedrick, Maria Smith, Jim Stroud, John Tinkler, Jeannette Vallier, David Wiley, Sally Young
ELECTED MEMBERS ABSENT: Tom Bibler, Ahmed Eltom, John Garrett, John Lynch, Anna Panorska, Loretta Prater, Margaret Trimpey, Ling-Jun Wang
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS PRESENT: Jane Harbaugh, Charles Renneisen, Grayson Walker
AMONG THE GUESTS PRESENT: Richard Brown, Larry Ettkin, Linda Fletcher, Ray Hall, Steve White
Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 3:17 p.m. by Vice President Greg Sedrick.
Approval of Minutes
In the minutes of October 20, on page 2, Professor Honerkamp actually said that he would like to see Music 311 cross-listed as an anthropology course, not Music 111 as stated.
Professor David Wiley moved and Professor Mike Russell seconded the motion to approve the minutes of November 3, 1994. The motion passed unanimously.
Report of the Curriculum Committee
Professor Ken Venters presented several items for the Councils approval. Professor David Wiley moved and Professor Nick Honerkamp seconded the motion to accept the Curriculum Committees report.
Professor Larry Ingle had a comment about Biology 340. He questioned the use of audiotapes of frog calls. He thought that perhaps the instructor should perform these calls himself and possibly make snake hisses as well.
Professor Renée Lorraine asked if there would be writing in Biology 340.
Professor Charles Nelson said he assumes there will be essay questions on examinations in that course.
Professor Stroud asked where the description of Music 309/327 was.
Professor Venters said that Council had looked at the description previously, but had not voted on it at that time because it lacked the required signatures.
The motion passed 26-0-0.
Professor Stroud wanted clarification that the vote to approve Music 309/327 was a vote to approve 2 hours credit for the Bachelor of Music with a performance concentration.
Professor Venters said yes; thats what had been proposed earlier, and thats what we approved today.
Report on NCAA Athletic Certification
Dean Rocky Renneisen reported that UTC is undergoing NCAA certification as a Division 1 school. It is a two-year process which involves visits from NCAA committees in February, writing a report, and being visited by a review committee. Five committees have been appointed: Fiscal Integrity (Bill Miller, chair); Rules and Compliance (Paul Watson, chair); Equity (Barbara Wofford, chair); Academic Integrity (Chic Day, chair); and Steering (Rocky Renneisen, chair). Susan Cardwell will collect all the information and prepare the report. Going through this review should have the effect of improving our operations.
Report on Safety and Delineation of Campus
Mr. Richard Brown said he had been asked to speak to Faculty Council by the Executive Committee, who had concerns about faculty safety in the classroom. He urges faculty members to try to defuse potentially violent situations as soon as they are aware of them, because things usually get progressively worse. He said faculty members should first try to calm the situation, but if they feel threatened, they should call Campus Police or have a student call. Even if you wait until the student has left, call the police, because then matters are referred to Student Affairs.
The faculty does have rights; no one should be threatened with physical violence or weapons. In fact, if a serious threat or use of a weapon is involved, Security will accompany the faculty member to the District Attorneys office to get a criminal warrant. If a weapon is displayed, call Security immediately; Security can arrest the student immediately.
Professor David Wiley noted that he has been teaching for 40 years and has not heard a speech like this before. He is concerned about the channels Mr. Brown suggested and believes that disruptive behavior should go to Student Affairs first.
Mr. Brown agreed. Only physical threats should go beyond.
Professor Wiley wondered if there was reason for this discussion now.
Professor Martha Butterfield said that faculty have called her and Tom Bibler about classroom incidents. The most recent incident, reported in the Echo Campus Crime Log, concerned a student who threatened a teacher.
The most common concern has been about disruptive students. Many faculty did not know that they could counsel students about their behavior and ask students to leave if their behavior did not improve. Here the Dean of Students should be notified.
We have an increased incidence of these problems. We just want people to know that faculty have rights. The Student Handbook specifically outlines student responsibilities and possible penalties for failure to do so.
Professor Mike Russell wondered why there was an increase in problems.
Professor Butterfield believed that some of our students have learned no other way to handle problems than through aggression.
Dean Renneisen said that teachers should look for early warning signs. If you see behavior problems beginning, call Dean Renneisen early. The student may be having problems unrelated to the class, but which surface in the classroom.
Mr. Brown reminded Council that security is there to help you if you need them.
Mr. Brown also noted that the campus clocks have been reset and are now on a monthly preventative maintenance program. They may eventually be placed on a central control system.
The sculpture by the Fine Arts Center will soon be lighted, as requested.
More lighting on Palmetto Street is in progress.
With respect to campus delineation, Mr. Brown is working on a plan to make the campus boundaries in general more defined, but complementary to the downtown landscape. He has worked out a five-year plan for streetscaping.
Professor McDonell is concerned about the sidewalk on Douglas Street. Wheelchair bound students sometimes have to wheel themselves into the street to get around broken up places. He believes that repairs there should take place before any beautification efforts.
Mr. Brown agreed. The sidewalk from Frist to Douglas is going to be repaired. The City of Chattanooga requires property owners to keep up their own sidewalks, so these residents will be contacted. The University is negotiating to force something to be done there.
He then showed slides of Lee Colleges attractive streetscaping. We are examining their techniques to see what might be used at the Vine Street closure site.
Mr. Brown would like to make other campus markers in the brick and limestone style of the McCallie Avenue site. He believes signs are needed at Houston and Vine, Fourth and Mable, Palmetto and Fifth, and McCallie and Palmetto. These are the main points of entry to the campus.
If you have suggestions, please contact Mr. Brown.
Professor Stroud asked about the progress of the Patten House.
Mr. Brown reported that construction on interior renovation will begin November 28 and continue for about fifteen months.
Sexual Harassment Policy Update
Provost Grayson Walker noted that a task force had developed our policy about a year ago, had presented it to Faculty Council, and then sent it to Knoxville to be circulated among the University attorneys.
Because the landscape in sexual harassment is changing rapidly, the attorneys slowed down consideration. Karen Holt, attorney for this campus, is reviewing it. Very knowledgeable about her subject, she has met with the Committee and expressed her concerns.
Professor Renée Lorraine explained some of Ms. Holts concerns.
First you have to distinguish gender discrimination from sexual harassment. As an example, she noted that if someone called her a "battle axe" that would be gender harassment. (She brought a battle axe as a visual aid.)
If someone repeatedly called her a "tramp" so that it created a negative atmosphere, that would be sexual harassment.
Ms. Holt also wondered why the campus should need such a detailed policy on sexual harassment since there is not a detailed document on other forms of harassment.
Professor Lorraine thinks we can work that question out with her. Sexual harassment is not protected speech, whereas hate speech and racist speech are. Verbal sexual harassment is not protected.
Ms. Holt also noted that onlookers who view sexual harassment may also fear it.
Ms. Holt suggested that the campus should have a committee to advise students about sexual harassment; any person on the campus should be able to help the student. The committee will propose that the student report the offending act to the Affirmative Action Officer who will follow up on it.
Ms. Holt did not want a faculty committee to be an investigative committee; an administrator should investigate such reports.
Ms. Holt also noted that record keeping was an issue. The student records are confidential, but employee records are not. Faculty records are a part of public records. All records can, however, be subpoenaed.
Ms. Holt is also concerned with "anonymous" reports (for example, Anon. vs. Smith). Professor Lorraine thinks that anonymous is all right because it stands as a record to show up patterns.
Harassment can be reported long after its occurrence, even twenty years after graduation.
If some individuals are accused of harassment repeatedly, there is no reason why every faculty member in the department should be required to go to the training.
Provost Walker said that Professor Lorraine had summarized the concerns well. Ms. Holt wants us to proceed, but within reasonable boundaries.
Professor Ingle asked how soon this might be done.
Professor Lorraine said that they had no way of knowing how long the university lawyers will take. We have already been working on this for two years.
Professor Stroud asked what we were doing now.
Professor Lorraine said that Barbara Wofford would be the best source of information about that.
Provost Walker noted that we have training for staff employees and some others at the Administrative Retreat. The UT-Knoxville people have put together some good programs.
Professor Stroud remarked that we need to get information to both students and faculty about reasonable boundaries.
Professor Lorraine said that education was the primary goal of the committee.
Report on Library Policies on Computers
Vice President Sedrick noted that we want to delay this report because it is closely related to development of fiber optics.
Report of the Graduate Council
Professor Greg Sedrick presented one program for Councils consideration. Professor Doug Kingdon moved and Professor James Stroud seconded the motion to approve the proposal for the Management of Information Systems Concentration in the MBA program.
Professor Doug Kingdon wondered whether BACC 526 was no longer a required course.
Professor Larry Ettkin said that people would be advised individually to take either BACC 526 or BACC 512.
Professor Mike Russell asked if they were requiring research papers in all of the courses.
Professor Ettkin replied yes. In fact, one of the highest honors he has received was being told by Professor Ingle that the proposal was excellent when it was being considered by the Graduate Council.
The motion carried 29-0-0.
Professor Martha Butterfield said that even though the library report is being postponed, she wants it in the record that nursing students have been denied access to the computers. Their students have been told to go to Chattanooga State.
Professor Butterfield brought a list of materials available at Chattanooga State to be made part of the record so that we can see what the folks down the road have available.
Professor McDonell said that Social Work students have also been denied access.
Professor Ray Hall said that the library is concerned about meeting students needs. He maintains that students have not been denied access and asks those who say they have been denied to contact him so that he can investigate.
Professor David Wiley notes that those who teach in Brock 201 are faced with one child-sized chalk board. After repeated requests, there is still no change. The portable board periodically breaks up with faculty use.
Professor Wiley also wondered if we could resurrect the policy about athletes absences from class. He thought that the Athletic Department had said that they would schedule so that a student missed no more than three classes. Recently, a player told him he would have to miss five times.
Professor Levine said that yes, the policy was three MWF or two TT classes.
Professor Wiley is concerned that he must try to administer a different attendance policy for athletes.
Vice President Sedrick said that he would ask Professor Mike Jones to look into this problem again. We will have a report next time.
Professor Nick Honerkamp said that some faculty who have very strict day-by-day syllabi are complaining that there are two fewer days this semester. Does anyone know?
Professor Butterfield said that she thought everything had been recounted when we changed the schedule.
Professor Jane Harbaugh said that she thinks days for the fall break were achieved by compressing the summer. She does not think that fall was affected. She recommended asking Ray Fox.
Professor Lorraine noted that she has lost two Wednesday night classes this time, because of Thanksgiving and Fall Break.
Professor Harbaugh thought that the Thanksgiving break began at 11:00 p.m. Wednesday. Several members noted that the STARS says 5:00 p.m.
Dr. Harbaugh said that they would consider changing that time next year.
There was no new business.
There were no announcements.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:15 p.m.