MINUTES OF THE COUNCIL OF ACADEMIC ADMINISTRATORS

1:30 p.m., Monday, April 14, 2003, in Lyceum 200

 

PRESENT:   Dr. Staton, Deans Hopkins, Eftink, Chambless, Davis, Lee, Wells, Stocks, Meador, Chitwood, and Sullivan-Gonzalez, Dr. Rock, Dr. Angle, Dr. Fant,

                     Dr. Hall, Dr. Womer, Dr. Gates, and Dr. Wyandt

 

ABSENT:      Dean Harvey, Ms. Crosby, Mr. Satumba, Dr. Clark

 

ALSO PRESENT:   Dr. Deborah Barker



          1. Sexual Assault Response Protocol (see Attachment #1). Dr. Deborah Barker briefly summarized the protocol. After a brief discussion, Dean Chambless moved that the protocol be approved; the motion was seconded by Dean Sullivan-Gonzalez and Dean Wells and approved by the Council without dissent. Noting that Dr. Barker was ending her period of service as Director of the Sarah Isom Center, the Provost congratulated her on the work she had done for the Center.


          2. Approval of Minutes. The Provost announced that Chancellor Khayat has approved the Minutes of the January 13 and February 10 meetings without exception.


          3. Reaction to Undergraduate Council Minutes of February 7 and March 7. On a motion by Dean Wells and a second by Dean Sullivan-Gonzalez, the Undergraduate Council Minutes of February 7 were unanimously accepted. Following a brief discussion concerning the procedure for selecting Taylor Medalists, and on a motion by Dean Chambless and a second by Dean Davis, the Undergraduate Council Minutes of March 7 were accepted without dissent. During the discussion, there was some concern raised about the Undergraduate Council’s proposal to begin determining the number of Taylor Medalists in January of each year, but the Council of Academic Administrators took no specific action concerning this matter.


          4. Selection Criteria for Honors Day Awards (see Attachment #2). The Council discussed the Honors Day Committee’s reluctance to decide on new awards to be presented on Honors Day. At the suggestion of Dean Chitwood, the Council agreed by acclamation that it would be helpful if Dean Sullivan-Gonzalez investigated this issue.


          5. Other Business.


          a. Fees. The Provost announced that she had approved a charge of specific fees by some departments.


          b. Pharmacy Annual Report. Dean Wells distributed the Pharmacy School’s annual report.


          c. Calendar Issues. The Provost announced that she is working with Dr. Fant to reduce the class contact time for the spring of 2004 by 150 minutes. Dr. David Rock indicated his understanding that the Oxford and Lafayette school districts currently have their spring breaks for the spring of 2004 scheduled for a different week than the University’s spring break. The Provost requested that Dr. Rock communicate specific information about this to Dr. Fant and that she investigate whether the University’s spring break could be rescheduled to coincide with the spring break of local schools. In brief discussion about the proposed wintersession, the Provost indicated to Dean Davis that she anticipates that the Law School would adhere to its normal spring schedule even if the rest of the University delayed starting spring classes to accommodate a wintersession.


          d. Graduation Fees. Dr. Fant announced that she expects her office to collect approximately $108,000 from graduation fees. She noted that although the University of Mississippi is charging $50 for graduation fees many other universities charge as much as $150.


          e. New Computer System. Dr. Gates updated the Council concerning the migration of data to the new computer system. She indicated that she would be visiting the various schools within the university to discuss grading under the new system.


          6. Adjournment. The meeting adjourned at 2:25 p.m.