1:30 p.m., Monday, August 25, 1997, in the Lyceum Board Room

PRESENT: Dr. Walton, Deans Abadie, Boxx, Dr. Cole for Dingerson, Chambless, Dr. Bush for S. Davis, Smith, Dr. Wilson for Roberts, J. Davis, Meador, Dr. Green, Dr. Clark, Ms. Fant, Dr. Staton, Dr. Eftink, Dr. Oliphant

ABSENT: Deans Dingerson, Davis, Roberts, Mr. Hammack, Mr. Wilkins, Mr. Woodruff


1. Approval of Minutes. Dr. Walton announced that Chancellor Khayat had approved the Minutes of the Academic Council meeting of July 7 without exception and the minutes of July 21 except for item #1 on that agenda.

2. Academic Discipline. Dr. T. J. Ray spoke about the problems in academic discipline that the University-wide committee is discovering. He stated it may be important to tell faculty and chairs that we need to handle these cases in as openly and evenly a fashion as we can and notify them that in the absence of some clear evidence, a student accused of cheating will not be sanctioned. He would also like for the faculty to know that the Academic Discipline Committee can, on appeal, increase the penalty given by the faculty member.

3. Reaction to the Minutes of the Undergraduate Council of June 13 and

July 30, 1997. Upon a motion by Dr. Cole, seconded by Dr. Wilson, the Undergraduate Council Minutes of June 13 were approved with the understanding that corrections needed to be made to the catalog revisions and that the deans would provide these to Dr. Staton who would in turn work with Dr. Mattern to make sure they are incorporated in the revisions. Upon a motion by Dean Jimmy Davis, seconded by Dean Boxx, the minutes of July 30 were approved with the exception of item #6 regarding transcript notations for Phi Kappa Phi and item #4 regarding length of final examinations. The issue in item #4, length of final examinations, was previously decided by the Academic Council on July 7 in the following manner: "Time allotted for final examinations is three hours, unless otherwise specified in the course syllabus." In item #6, Academic Council wishes to maintain the Phi Kappa Phi indication on student transcripts. In approving the minutes of July 30, an addendum was also approved which included a change in major in the School of Business Administration. The change in major is in changing the current major of Insurance, Risk Management, and Financial Services to a major in Insurance and Risk Management.

4. Preliminary Discussion of Possible Changes in Promotion Policy (see Attachment #2). Dr. Walton asked all members of Academic Council to be thinking about the changes that he has proposed regarding the promotion policy.

5. Promotion for Research Personnel (see Attachment #1). Dr. Walton will work with Dr. Hank Bass to arrange a time for him to meet with the Academic Council to discuss this concern.

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6. Possible Policy Pertaining to Authors Not Accepting Book Royalties When Books are Sold to Their Own Students. A question was raised whether the state’s conflict of interest laws were violated when professors require students to buy their books, and the professors receive royalties on those sales. Dr. Walton will confer with Mary Ann Connell, the University Attorney, about this.

7. Late Petitions for Readmission. Dr. Staton stated that beginning this semester no late petitions for readmissions will be considered.

8. Adjournment. The meeting adjourned at 3:00 p.m.



Gerald W. Walton, Chair Date


Carolyn Ellis Staton, Secretary Date





Robert C. Khayat, Chancellor Date