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COUNCIL Call to Special Meeting

Call to Meeting Wednesday, November 5

To Members of University Council:

More than 25% of the members of University Council have submitted a duly constituted petition calling for a special meeting of University Council. The sole agenda item of the University Council meeting will be a resolution (below) proposed by the Graduate-Professional Student Assembly. This meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 5, 1997, between 4-6 p.m. I have been informed that GAPSA has reserved Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall.

This meeting time required a shortening of the meeting of the University Council Steering Committee. Notice of the proposed change was sent to members of Steering October 30, 1997, asking if any members who had an objection to adjourning Steering at 3:50 p.m. to notify the Steering Chair by 10 a.m. today, October 31, 1997. No objections having been received by the deadline Steering will adjourn by 3:50 p.m. on Wednesday, November 5, so that the special meeting of Council can convene at 4 p.m.

--Vivian C. Seltzer, Chair, Council Steering Committee


Agenda for Special Meeting of University Council

Wednesday, November 5, 4-6 p.m. Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall

Resolution for debate and vote:

Whereas Statutes of the Trustees have established University Council, and have empowered this body to "consider the activities of the University broadly in all of its phases[and] recommend general policies and otherwise advise the President, the Provost, and other officers of the University", and

Whereas the Undergraduate Assembly (UA),and the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA) have been established by the Statutes of the Trustees to "discuss and express their views upon any manner they deem to be of general University interest, and to make resolutions and pass resolutions with respect theretodirectly to the President, the Provost and the Trustees"; and

Whereas GAPSA has passed resolutions recommending that the Trammell Crow contract not be approved, and a special committee be appointed by the Trustees to examine the consultative and decision making process at the University; and the UA is considering similar resolutions; and

Whereas both the employee organizations (Penn Professional Staff Assembly (PPSA), and the A-3 Assembly) recognized by Council as the legitimate voices of thousands of University employees, have issued statement strongly critical of the Trammell Crow contract, and the Black Student League (BSL) and the African American Association of Faculty, Staff and Administrators (AAA) have also objected to this deal; and

Whereas University Council itself was not consulted on the decision to outsource facilities management, nor was provided sufficient time in which to independently assess the implications of this arrangement on the University "in all of its phases"; and

Whereas in December 1996, University Council requested that the administration report back to Council on many issues raised by the Trammell Crow contract; and to date the administration has not done so;


University Council strongly recommends that the Trustees act in a manner wholly consistent with the resolutions Graduate and Professional Student Assembly, and the expressed views of the PPSA, A-3 Assembly, the BSL, and AAA.

Return to:Almanac, University of Pennsylvania, November 4, 1997, Volume 44, No. 11