Faculty Discuss Schedule Conflicts
Issue   |   Wed, 11/19/2014 - 01:20

Faculty and staff met in the Cole Assembly Room of Converse Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 18, for the final faculty meeting of the semester.

Professor Adam Honig, on behalf of the Committee on Educational Policy, discussed the issue of overlapping class schedules between the 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. time frames on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. A motion to remove the 12:30 p.m. class block passed.

Following the vote, student activists involved in the Black Lives Matter Awareness Week gave a presentation to address the controversy surrounding the All Lives Matter campaign. They proposed to address issues related to race, identity and conflict resolution through programs, such as cultural and diversity education programs for faculty members, especially those from outside the humanities departments. Other ideas include a “Speak-Out” event, in which faculty would facilitate all-day discussions on race and identity.

Next, Honig, on behalf of the Committee on Educational Policy, proposed that mandatory course evaluations extend to senior as well as junior faculty members, and that evaluations move online by default. After debates over the online medium, the storage and privacy of past evaluations, the motion passed with 88 voting in favor, 20 opposing and seven abstaining.

Director of Communications Pete Mackey spoke on the series of alerts, simulating the threat of an active shooter on campus, which took place on the morning of Nov. 18. He explained that the large volume of notifications was primarily to test the system’s effectiveness during potential chaotic emergency situations.