November 2015 FACULTY SENATE SUMMARY
At its November 4, 2015, meeting, the Faculty Senate approved the minutes from the October meeting and then unanimously supported a motion to investigate the arrest and banishment from campus of former AU staff member Jim McCabe while distributing information about the condition of university contract workers. The Senate also approved Vice Provost Lynn Stallings' motion to allow students to automatically withdraw from courses until the 10th week of the semester, rather than until the 8th week, as the prior regulations allowed. Provost Scott Bass reported that the former law school building (the Spring Valley building) is being re-opened, and Registrar Doug McKenna informed the Senate that to accommodate walkers' one-mile round trip between main campus and the Spring Hill building, the class schedule was being adjusted. McKenna also reported on the new online modality for the Student Evaluation of Teaching (SETs), which is being piloted this semester in about 30 class sections and will, if the piloting goes smoothly, "roll out" campus-wide next year. Vice President for Campus Life Gail Hanson presented some of the challenges facing students, such as an increase in students seeking mental health, tensions resulting from lack of ability to address diversity, and issues of sexual harassment. Senate Chair Larry Engel extolled Senate members to extend this discussion of critical issues facing students in the months ahead.