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November 5, 1999

Conduct policy, strategic plan on senate agenda

by Linda Charles
The faculty conduct policy, Iowa State's proposed strategic plan for 2000-2005 and revision of its own basic document will be on the agenda for the November Faculty Senate meeting.

Senate president Dean Ulrichson has set aside about 10 minutes of the meeting to discuss the procedure to be used to consider a proposed faculty conduct policy. The policy lays out both formal and informal procedures that can be followed if a faculty member is accused of misconduct. (See related story Senate mulls separate faculty sexual harassment policy.)

Ulrichson has proposed holding three focus groups to receive input on the proposed policy. One focus group would include senate leaders. A second would include stakeholders in the policy, such as those who represent minority groups or who represent dissenting opinions of the faculty, plus representatives of the professional and scientific and supervisory confidential systems. The third group would be administrators who would be in charge of overseeing the policy.

After the focus groups, the senate executive board would revise the policy and work with the administration to formulate a policy proposal that would be mutually acceptable. Then one or two public forums would be held to receive input from all faculty.

After further revisions based on the public forums, the policy would be brought to the senate for a vote in February or March 2000.

At its November meeting, the senate also will be asked to respond to the proposed university strategic plan recently distributed on campus (see story Senate mulls separate faculty sexual harassment policy). President Martin Jischke had requested comments on the plan by Nov. 30, but accepted Ulrichson's request for an extension for the senate. The senate will discuss the plan at its Dec. 14 meeting.

The senate will spend the bulk of the November meeting working on its basic document and bylaws in an effort to streamline them, make it easier for the senate to act on various issues and provide clearer procedures.

Other business will include discussion of a class attendance policy that would offer guidelines to faculty for dealing with absences of students involved in curricular and extra-curricular field trips and a proposed new master's in accounting in the College of Business.

The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, in 260 Scheman.

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