1:30 p.m., Monday, April 1, 1996, in the Board Room of the Lyceum

PRESENT: Dr. Walton, Deans Boxx, Dingerson, Chambless, Smith, Roberts, Davis, Meador, Dr. Ray, Dr. Staton

ABSENT: Dean Westerfield, Mr. Hutchinson, Mr. Kostopulos, Dr. Clark, Mr. Posey

ALSO PRESENT: Ms. Sabrina Brown

1. Reaction to Minutes of the Undergraduate Council Meeting of March 1. Upon a motion by Dean Roberts, seconded by Dean Smith, the minutes of the Undergraduate Council of March 1 were approved with the exception of Item 4. Dean Abadie voted against the motion. The Academic Council believed Item 4 was unnecessary.

2. Reaction to Minutes of the Graduate Council Meeting of January 19 and March 22. The minutes of the Graduate Council of January 19 were approved upon a motion by Dr. Dingerson, seconded by Dean Roberts with the deletion of Attachment #1 (which refers to #8 on the agenda of the Graduate Council.) The minutes of the Graduate Council of March 22, 1996, were approved upon a motion by Dean Dingerson, seconded by Dean Roberts.

3. Awarding of Posthumous Degree to Ms. Laura Nagel. The Academic Council approved the awarding of a posthumous degree to Ms. Nagel.

4. Format of Commencement Program. Ms. Sabrina Brown presented a format for the Commencement Program which she explained would save money and which would also be easier to read. The Academic Council agreed to the format and paper suggested by Ms. Brown.

5. Photographs at Commencement. Mr. Posey will make arrangements for photographs to be taken.

6. Honors Day. Deans were briefed on the Honors Day Convocation.

7. Future Agenda Items. Dean Abadie asked that we place for discussion on a future agenda the development of a policy about the awarding of posthumous degrees.

8. Spring Commencement Activities. Each academic dean will send Dr. Staton or Dr. Walton a memorandum about plans and needs for afternoon ceremonies on May 11. There will be a reception at the Chancellor's Home from 2 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. on that day.

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9. Students' Participation in Early Commencement Programs. Dean Abadie, seconded by Dean Davis, made a motion that students, with permission of their academic dean, may participate in commencement ceremonies if they are eligible to graduate by completing no more than seven additional hours after the commencement exercise. The motion was carried, with one negative vote.

10. Petitions from Academically Dismissed/Suspended Students. Following discussion of the current appeals procedures followed by students who have been academically dismissed or suspended, members of the Council reached a consensus that the decision of the petitions committee will be final unless an academic dean wishes to admit the student to his or her college or school even though the petitions committee has recommended against the request. It was agreed that the suspension policy needs to be evaluated at some time in the near future, especially the policy pertaining to transfer students.

11. Adjournment. The meeting was adjourned at 3:25 p.m.

Gerald W. Walton, Chair Date

Carolyn Ellis Staton, Secretary Date


Robert C. Khayat, Chancellor Date