Senate in brief
Highlights from the April 29 meeting of Senate
The Senate observed a moment of silence for former Senators who recently died:
- Dr. David Bacon (elected member, 1974-1976 and ex-officio, 1980-1985, 1986-1991)
- Dr. Norman J.P. Brown (1970-1973)
- Dr. Judith Durance (1990-1993)
In addition to his written report, Principal Daniel Woolf provided the following updates:
- The Richardson Foundation has pledged $5 million toward the revitalization of Richardson Stadium. Together with a $10-million pledge from Stu and Kim Lang, the university is more than halfway towards its goal of $25-million for the stadium. A feasibility study is under way at the stadium and the university will seek input from neighbours and the broader community as specific plans begin to develop.
- The province recently announced increased funding for facilities renewal, to a total of $100 million annually for all of Ontario’s colleges and universities, to be phased in beginning 2015-16.
- Richard Reznick, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, received an honorary fellowship from the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland. He is only the second Canadian surgeon to receive this recognition.
Principal Woolf thanked student senators, former Rector Nick Francis and the outgoing executives of the AMS and SGPS for their contributions over the past year. The Principal Woolf acknowledged the long service of Senator Patrick Oosthuizen, a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Queen’s since 1968, and who is retiring after serving on Senate for 22 years, most recently as vice-chair.
The Provost provided a written report to Senate.
Committee Motions and Reports
- Revisions to the rules of procedure to reflect the change in name of the Senate Nominating Committee as the Senate Governance and Nominating Committee (SGNC) and the Senate Agenda Committee as the Senate Agenda and Summer Advisory Committee
- An amendment to the Senate’s rules of procedure deleting: “IV. Motions other than from Standing Committees and replacing it with: IV. Motions”
- Revisions to the terms of reference of all standing committees to ensure any and all references to “undergraduate student(s)” are replaced with “Member(s) of the Alma Mater Society” and any and all references to “graduate student(s)” are replaced with “Member(s) of the Society of Graduate and Professional Students”
- The recommendation from SGNC that the Senate Information Technology Committee be dissolved, effective immediately
- Revised terms of reference for the Senate Library Committee
- Nominations as recommended by SGNC
- Major Modification to the Graduate Diploma in Accounting in Queen’s School of Business and the School of Graduate Studies
- Centre status for the Centre of Law in the Contemporary Workplace for a period of five years, effective April 10, 2014 subject to ratification by the Board of Trustees.
- Enrolment Targets for 2014-15 and 2015-16 as contained in the Strategic Enrolment Management Group Report
- The Policy and Procedures for the Closure of Academic Programs (Undergraduate or Graduate)
- Revision of the Senate Residence Discipline Process to the Senate Residence Conduct Process
- The Orientation Week Policy Manual
Reports from Standing Committees
Senate received reports from the following standing committees:
- Senate Committee on Academic Development
- Senate Committee on Academic Procedures
- Senate Educational Equity Committee
- Senate Committee on Non-Academic Discipline
- Senate Residence Committee
Reports from faculties and schools
Senate received reports from the Graduate Studies Executive Council Report and the Queen’s School of Business Faculty Board Report to Senate.
Motions other than from standing committees
Senate approved the following motions:
- With the exception of the Honorary Degrees Committee and the Cyclical Program Review Committee, minutes of all Standing and Special Committees, and each of their respective Subcommittees, except portions which contain confidential or personal information, shall be published on the Governance Portal.
- That Section 22, subsection 4 of the Rules of Procedure of the Senate be amended to delete the phrase “at least 48 hours before the meeting” and to insert in its place the phrase “not less than five clear days prior to the day of the meeting, not including the day of distribution."
- That Senate task the SEEC with investigating the reasons for the apparent lack of recognition that research conducted by female faculty has been receiving at Queen’s and to make recommendations on how to improve the situation.