MINUTES OF THE ACADEMIC COUNCIL
1:30 p.m., Monday, April 26, 1999, in the Martindale Board Room

PRESENT: Dr. Walton, Deans Hopkins, Dr. Hatfield for Dean Boxx, Eftink, Chambless, Smith, Roberts, J. Davis, Dr. Williamson, Ms. Gong, Mr. Rebman, Ms. Buchanan for Dr. Clark, Dr. Staton, Dr. Borne

ABSENT: Dean Boxx, Dean S. Davis, Dean Meador, Dr. Clark, Ms. Fant, Dr. Oliphant

1. Approval of Minutes.

Dr. Walton announced that the Chancellor had approved the Minutes of the January 11, February 1, and February 22 meetings without exception.

2. Reaction to the Minutes of the Graduate Council of February 17 and March 19, 1999.

On motion by Dean Chambless, with a second from Dean J. Davis, the February 2, 1999, Minutes of the Graduate Council were unanimously accepted. Also on a motion by Dean Roberts, with a second from Dean J. Davis, the March 19, 1999, Minutes of the Graduate Council were unanimously approved.

3. Reaction to the Minutes of the Undergraduate Council of March 3, 1999.

Upon a motion by Dean Chambless, seconded by Dean J. Davis, the March 3, 1999, Minutes of the Undergraduate Council were unanimously approved.  Before the vote, there was discussion of a new class evaluation form that has been recommended by an ad hoc committee. It was commented that the detailed questions were too negative in their tone, and it was suggested that faculty should be informed early in the semester about the questions on the new evaluation form. There was a suggestion that Dr. Mattern, chair of the committee, be invited to the next Academic Council meeting to explain the new form.

4. Copyright Policy.

Dr. Borne recapped the history related to the creation of the proposed copyright policy, which involved an initial policy prepared by the University Research Board, an "alternate" policy prepared by members of the Faculty Senate, and the final compromise policy prepared by a joint committee. There was a brief discussion of the role of the Office of Research in aiding commercialization of copyrightable materials.  This was followed by a motion by Dean Chambless, with a second from Dean Roberts, to approve the Copyright Policy. This motion was unanimously approved. The comment was made that the Copyright Policy should be distributed to all faculty members.

5. Adjournment.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:10 p.m.
 
 

Gerald W. Walton, Chair

APPROVED: Carolyn Ellis Staton, Secretary

by Chancellor Robert C. Khayat 6/22/99