University Senate

Proposed: April 26, 1996

Adopted: ________________


The meeting was called to order by the chairman, President George Rupp, at 1:15 p.m. in the auditorium of the Schapiro Engineering Building. There were 31 of 83 voting members present, and no observers from affiliated institutions.

1. Adoption of the Agenda (Exb. 1) - The agenda was adopted as proposed.

2. Adoption of the February Minutes (Exb. 2) - The minutes were adopted as proposed.

3. Report of the President - Highlights of President Rupp's report included the following information:

Broadening an effort begun in a lobbying trip to Albany in February, about 40 students had extended the effort this month to Washington, D.C. At stake is as much as $100 million each year in loans to Columbia undergraduate and graduate students.

Forums exploring diversity and race issues have been plentiful this spring and will conclude on April 22 in an exploration of student life at Columbia with faculty and student discussants. Meanwhile, the Civic Engagement Program, aside from its intrinsic good, will assist in breaking down stereotypes as disparate individuals work together on common projects.

A tour of Morningside Heights will be conducted by the Morningside Alliance on May 5, departing from the main gate at 1:45 p.m.

A tentative settlement had been reached with TWU.

4. Report of the Executive Committee Chairman - Senator Paul Duby (Ten., SEAS), substituting for the absent chair, Senator Karl Kroeber (Ten., GS), reported that no position had been taken for or against the agenda item seeking to add an alumni mem ber to the Executive Committee. Rather, the matter would be left for floor discussion. The receipt of a further request recently from the library staff for membership on the Executive and Budget Review Committees raised the question of sheer size, aside from the obvious question of what is fair representation.

The Commission on the Status of Women submitted a revised report and resolution aimed at establishing two permanent committees to examine salary equity. In general, the Executive Committee thought that this effort should be built on past efforts, rather than be completely redesigned. It requested that Faculty Affairs and the Commission work together to develop a proposal that would accomplish this for presentation at the April Senate meeting.

Senator Edgar Housepian (Ten., H.Sci.) noted that External Relations had heard nothing for several months after submitting for action a new mandate it favored to Structure and Operations.

5. Committee Reports

A. Housing Policy - Senator William Harris (Ten., CC), a member, announced that the University had set the norm rental increase on University apartments at 3% next year for faculty or staff, and 2.5% for students. The guideline for salary increases has not yet been calculated. More information would be available next month. The Committee also wished to remind the community that part of its mandate was to receive grievances from affiliated tenants.

B. Commission on the Status of Women - Dr. Amy Heinrich (Nonsenator, Lib. Stf.) reported that the Commission was still attempting a compromise with other Senate committees in devising a permanent mechanism to monitor salary equity and promotional practic es as they may bear on that topic. In question was the best type of committee to do the task.

Next fall, along with the Provost, the Commission will sponsor a series of colloquia seeking to find ways to improve the position of women at Columbia.

6. New Business

Resolution to Appoint an Alumni Representative to the Executive Committee of the Senate - Because no quorum was present, not to mention the supermajority required to amend the Senate By-Laws, this item was postponed.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 1:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

William Phipps