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Summary of 2003-2004 University Council
Resolutions and Recommendations and
Administrative Actions Taken on Them

"RESOLVED, that at the first fall meeting of the Council, the Secretary shall distribute to the Council the actions of Council passed during the previous academic year, including a list of all recommendations and resolutions, the implementation of which would require administrative action. The president or the provost shall indicate what action they have taken or plan to take with respect to each recommendation and resolution."  (University Council: May 8, 1974)

Resolutions from the 2003-2004 Academic Year

1. University Council members present unanimously voted "the sense of Council" to recommend to the administration to continue the status quo of relaxing the enforcement of closing hours, such that the food trucks would be able to operate after 6 p.m., until the Committee on Facilities was able to address the issue.

Action: The Office of Facilities and Real Estate Services provided the food truck vendors the option of amending their leases and extending their hours of operation. From among the 23 vendors located in the food plazas around campus, seven vendors opted to remain open until 8 p.m.  The remainder have the option of extending their hours beyond 6 p.m. by amending their lease consistent with the new policy.

2. University Council voted to state clearly for the record that it regards the ability of the heads of its member constituencies to communicate with their members to be an essential component in allowing the University Council to fulfill its mission. Further, the University Council voted to request its leadership to secure, through either a fee waiver or the allocation of sufficient funding, the ability of the heads of each constituency (i.e. Faculty Senate, PPSA, WPSA, GAPSA, UA) represented on University Council to e-mail their members free of charge no fewer than six times per year, with an understanding that such e-mails may be held prior to delivery for up to 48 hours after submission to limit the impact on University computing resources during peak usage times.

Action: 2004-2005 Steering Committee Chair Charles Mooney sent Provost Robert Barchi a letter indicating that during discussions of the issues at Steering and again at Council, there appeared to be general agreement that it is important to ensure that leaders of these constituencies have a modest but adequate means of communicating with those that they represent. The difficulties, however, seemed to lie with the details of how to fund these communications. He called on the Provost to seriously consider potential solutions. The Office of the Provost is working with the Steering Committee on appropriate solutions.

3. University Council voted to advise the administration to work with campus constituencies, other universities, and SEPTA to make transit passes more cost effective, more flexible, and more widely used by Penn students, faculty, and staff. It further voted to call on the Penn Transportation Department to explore various options for improving the PennPass program or a local student pass program with SEPTA and other universities, possibly including, but not limited to, negotiating greater discounts on month or semester passes, and using student identification cards as the passes.

Action: The Office of Business Services is working with the Knowledge Industry Partnership to develop a comprehensive transportation strategy that will address the needs of students in the entire Philadelphia region.

— Leslie Laird Kruhly, Secretary to University Council



  Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 4, September 21, 2004


September 21, 2004
Volume 51 Number 4


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