Steering Committee for University Council
The Committees on Admissions and Financial
Aid, Libraries, Facilities, and Recreation and Intercollegiate
Athletics presented 2001-2002 committee reports.
Given the concern nationally about the
increase in pressures on students on college campuses, Council
heard a presentation on services provided by Counseling and
Psychological Services (CAPS).
In accordance with the bylaws, Council
selected and ranked focus issues for the 2002-2003 academic
In accordance with the bylaws, the president,
the provost and other administrators presented extended reports
covering the state of the University.
President Judith Rodin's presentation
focused on selected academic statistics, followed by updates
on recent hires and current searches, as well as highlights
of the West Philadelphia Initiatives and fundraising efforts,
ISTAR, and the new strategic plan--;Building on Excellence.
Provost Robert Barchi's presentation was
a combination of reports by Deputy Provost Peter Conn, Vice
Provost for Research Neal Nathanson, and Vice President for
ISC Robin Beck.
Deputy Provost Conn's report focused on
the current state of strategic planning. Vice Provost Nathanson's
report highlighted the theme of responsible conduct of research.
Vice President Beck's report focused on some of the major information
technology initiatives over the past year, including the PennERA
(Electronic Research Administration), student service systems,
Student Home, wireless PennNet, and ongoing security and privacy
Council also held a discussion on revisions
to the Council bylaws.
Council discussed and voted on revisions
to the Council bylaws. Council voted to change all reference
to the A-3 Assembly to the Weekly-Paid Professional Staff Assembly
to reflect the organization's new name. It also voted to change
all reference to A-1 staff members to representatives of the
Penn Professional Staff Assembly for consistency.
It voted to eliminate the following ex
officio positions on the following standing committees: the
director of the Penn Plan from Admissions and Financial Aid;
the directors of recreation, the Annenberg Center, Community
Housing, and the manager of WXPN-FM from Community Relations;
the comptroller from Personnel Benefits; the directors of Academic
Support Programs and the Office of International Programs from
Pluralism; and the dean of admissions from Recreation and Intercollegiate
Athletics. It voted to add the following ex officio positions
on the following standing committees: the director of Institutional
Research and Analysis to Admissions and Financial Aid; the vice
president for Information Systems and Computing to Communications;
the associate provost to Personnel Benefits; the chaplain and
directors of the Office of Affirmative Action and the Greenfield
Intercultural Center to Pluralism; and the director of Counseling
and Psychological Services to Quality of Student Life.
It also voted to eliminate graduate/professional
student representation and to restrict undergraduate representation
to seniors on Admissions and Financial Aid; and reduce the number
of graduate/professional student representation from three to
two on International Programs. Finally, Council voted to make
corrections to minor changes to committee names and mentions
of committees no longer under Council's purview.
Council held its annual open forum with
speakers and discussion on early decision; the Committee on
University Responsibility and the Penn Advisory Committee on
Investor Responsibility; and a Civilian Review Board for the
University of Pennsylvania Police Department. Speakers were
either directed to appropriate resources immediately, or assured
their issues would be taken up in Steering and/or appropriate
Council committees in the near future.
Council heard a report from the Committee
on Quality of Student Life on proposed changes to the Fraternity/Sorority
Advisory Board (FSAB) Charter to oversee fraternity and sorority
life. Council voted to endorse the committee's recommendations.
The Vice Provost for University Life indicated her great enthusiasm
for the recommendations.
Chief of Police Thomas Rambo also presented
the quot;Share the Roadquot; campaign in an effort to increase
safety for both bicyclists and pedestrians.
The issue of gender identity and gender
expression was raised at the Open Forum of December 2001 and
Steering had referred the issue to the Committee on Pluralism.
Committee Chair Dennis Culhane presented the committee's proposal.
Council voted to endorse the Committee's recommendation to the
administration to adopt gender identity and gender expression
in its non-discrimination clause and to recommend a mechanism
for working out details when necessary.
Council held a discussion on the revitalization
of University Council in an attempt to make Council more effective.
The proposals included topics such as Council meetings, committee
charges, committee reports, committee schedule, committee chairs,
Open Forum, and the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and Council,
all of which did not require a change in the bylaws.
In accordance with the bylaws, President
Rodin and Provost Barchi presented extended reports on budgets
and plans for the next academic year. Ms. Bonnie Gibson, Acting
Executive Director of Budget and Management Analysis, presented
the budget, followed by Vice Provost for Research Neal Nathanson
with a presentation on Penn's research operations, and finally
Vice President for Government, Community, and Public Affairs
Carol Scheman reported on the government relations climate.
The Committees on Libraries, International
Programs, Quality of Student Life, and Personnel Benefits presented
2002-2003 committee reports.
Council heard a report on the legal implications
and the impact of the Patriot Act on international students,
travel, and the University. Director of Environmental Health
and Radiation Safety Matt Finucane presented on select agents
and the Bioterrorism Act requirements. Executive Director of
International Programs Joyce Randolph discussed foreign students,
visas, and immigration. Vice President and General Counsel Wendy
White discussed the FBI on campus, library issues, FERPA, and
In accordance with the bylaws, Council
held a preliminary discussion of focus issues to be discussed
in the 2003-2004 academic year.
-- Leslie Laird Kruhly, Secretary to the Steering Committee
for University Council 2003-2004
Following are the dates for meetings of
the University Council, which are open to observers who register
their intention to attend by calling the Office of the Secretary,
(215) 898-7005, in advance. All meetings are held from 4-6 p.m.,
Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall. The agenda will be announced in Almanac prior
to each meeting.
|Wednesday, September 24
||Wednesday, January 28
|Wednesday, October 29
||Wednesday, February 25
|Wednesday, December 3
||Wednesday, March 24
||Wednesday, April 28
Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 4, September 16, 2003