Welcome to the University of Oregon Senate. The University Senate is a partner in shared governance at the University of Oregon, serving as the university's primary legislative body and the source of university standing committees. It derives its authority from the Statutory Faculty, by virtue of the University of Oregon Constitution, and it expresses its views on University policies and priorities through appropriate legislation, policy proposals, and resolutions.
Next Senate Meeting
Wednesday October 8, 2014
Lawrence 115; 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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The Engine of the University: Shared Governance
Statement to the Board by Robert Kyr, Senate President
Summary: In his statement, Senate President Kyr makes two requests of the UO Board of Trustees. First, to appoint a "sub-committee" to work with the Senate ad hoc committee on further revisions of the Policy on the Delegation of Authority (rather than voting on June 12), especially as related to shared governance through the system of university service (Senate Standing Committees). Second, to appoint a group of board members to work with the Senate President on a direct, ongoing basis on important matters related to shared governance, some of which are cited in his outline of the 2014-2015 Senate agenda.
The following statement was presented by Senate President Robert Kyr at the June 12, 2014 meeting of the UO Board of Trustees.
First, I would like to say thank you to each of you for all of the excellent work that you have done so far. From the Senate side, we’re so impressed. It is a huge task getting ready for July 1, and I want each one of you to know that we truly appreciate how challenging your work is at this time.
As a legislative body, we have an enormous annual agenda. In the past few years, we have accomplished more than just about any academic Senate in the country—you can look at our record—30 motions were approved in 2013-2014, and 35 in 2012-2013, which outpaces any two consecutive years of Senate activity over the past decade. [By year, the number of motions approved from 2004-2014 is: 2004-05 (8); 2005-06 (8); 2006-07 (6); 2007-08 (18); 2008-09 (8); 2009-2010 (11); 2010-11 (15); 2011-12 (11, the year of “the firing”); 2012-13 (35); 2013-14 (30).]
As you know, the Senate is comprised of five constituencies: faculty; students; Officers of Administration; Officers of Research, and Classified Staff. In fact, you’ve heard from some of our constituencies earlier today. [Statements were made by: Miriam Bolton, Chair of the Officers of Administration Council; John Ahlen, Administative Program Specialist in International Affairs (Classified Staff); and three members of the GTFF (Graduate Teaching Fellows Union).] As Senate President, I represent all five constituencies—30,000 people. In particular, I’d like to say thank you to our three most recent University Presidents: first, to former President Richard Lariviere, then to former Interim President Robert Berdahl, and now, to current University President Michael Gottfredson for their incredible efforts to bring about the existence of this board. And I would like to thank everyone in this room who has been part of this remarkable effort, which has finally come to fruition.
Today is a momentous day in our history as we look toward July 1st, when you will take power, and we have ultimate confidence in all of you to make the right kind of difference in the future of our university. Yes, we call it our university—that’s how we refer to the University of Oregon—because we’re all in this together, and today I’m going to talk about ways that together, we can work to create a better future.
First, let’s consider the Policy on the Delegation of Authority that is before you for a vote today. Thank you so much for posting the revisions that you made to the policy submitted to you by the Senate’s ad hoc committee. You have a handout that consists of two documents: the Senate’s submitted version, which is in black print only and a redlined copy that we prepared, which shows the exact differences between what we submitted and what was revised by the board.
After careful consideration of the revisions, I request that you do not vote on the policy today, because we need more time to work on this together in the spirit of collaboration and shared governance. Let’s work together to create the very best foundation for this university going forward.
Please take a look at how much red print there is in the most recent version of the policy, and how many possible pathways of error there might be amidst that red ink. We need to look at this policy together, as people who are concerned about how authority is delegated. Let’s consider whether the Senate is properly represented, since it represents 30,000 people, including all of those who made public comments earlier today. Let’s ask together: “What can we do to make this the very best policy possible?” That’s our goal, because this is the standard at the University of Oregon: “How can we make this the very best policy possible? How can we accomplish this by working together?” We’re thrilled to work with you, and we look forward to achieving our common goals.
In this spirit, I would like to make a request that the board appoints two to three board members to work with our ad hoc committee in order to go forward in a way that will work well for all of us. In particular, we need to carefully consider the parts of the policy that have to do with Senate committees, which are at the very core of the huge amount of work done by the Senate on behalf of the entire university.
2014 UNIVERSITY SENATE AND COMMITTEE ELECTIONS & APPOINTMENTS
The results of our 2014 elections for University Senate and elected standing committees are in. Additionally, appointed committee appointments have been made by the Committee on Committees. Please find the results of the elections and appointments process online here: 2014 Elected and Appointed Committee Results
Please note that this shows only NEW appointments - continuing committee members are shown on each committee's individual website. Election data available upon request.
Senate forms Task Force to Address Sexual Violence and Survivor Support
President Gottfredson approves three policies on an interim basis over summer 2014
Board of Trustees agenda posted for meeting on June 12th and 13th, 2014
|Senate Action||President's Response|
Proposed Change to the Student Conduct Code to Standard of Preponderance of Evidence; Approved by the Senate on May 28, 2014
Proposed Change to the Student Conduct Code Regarding Definitions of Words; Approved by the Senate on May 28, 2014
Task Force to Address Sexual Violence and Survivor Support;
Curriculum Report, Spring Term 2014;
|Senate Action||President's Response|
|Legal Services Policy; Approved by the Senate on April 9, 2014 |
|Fee for Service Policy; Ad hoc committee formed Fall Term 2013||N/A |
Academic Freedom Policy; Approved by the Senate on April 9, 2014
|Signed on 05/28/2014|
Memo from Pres. Gottfredson to Robert Kyr;
May 29, 2014
|Senate Action||President's Response|
Faculty to be Consulted on Review and Selection of the Faculty Athletics Representative; Approved by the Senate on April 9, 2014
Memo from Pres. Gottfredson to Margie Paris;
|Payments by the Athletics Department for Academic Purposes; Approved by the Senate on May 08, 2013 |
SENATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ACTION
|Proposal||Senate Executive Committee Action|
|Environmental Policy Revisions|
Referred to University Senate for
|Preferred First Name Policy Revisions|
Determined the policy change was of insufficient
|Professional Development and Training Policy Revisions||Determined the policy change was of insufficient|
academic import to bring to the Senate
How to make a motion in a Senate meeting - coming soon.
How to submit a motion for legislation, policy proposal, or a resolution - coming soon.