The final University Senate meeting of 2002–03,
held April 22 in the Woodruff Library’s Jones Room, began
with year-end committee reports. Highlights included:
Campus Life: Mark McLeod reported that the main focus of the committee’s
work was examining mental health issues, including faculty perceptions
of mental health services on campus and short- and long-term strategies
for dealing with prevention, education and treatment.
Campus Development: The committee’s written report detailed
a list of projects the group reviewed during the year, from the
relocation of Fishburne Road to renovation of the Clifton Road bridge
over the CSX rail line.
Fringe Benefits: Sid Stein reported the committee discussed, among
other issues, health insurance for opposite-sex partners, the possibility
of “deemed” IRAs for employees and acquiring the Financial
Engines economic counseling service for employees.
Athletics and Recreation Policy: Ruth Pagell highlighted the accomplishments
of Emory student-athletes during the year. With Emory barely within
Title IX compliance for percentage of male/female athletes to the
student body, Pagell said the committee supported a proposal to
add junior varsity swimming this fall.
Library Policy: Steve Strange reported the major issue of the year
has been the move toward installing compact movable shelving in
the Woodruff stack tower, a project that will begin this summer
on the building’s fourth floor.
Environment: Julie Mayfield lauded the completion of the Lullwater
Comprehensive Management Plan, which gives a rich history of the
acreage while providing recommendations for its stewardship. The
committee also reviewed plans for a low-impact suspension bridge
over South Fork Peachtree Creek between Lullwater and the VA Medical
Parking and Transportation: Kim Turner said analysis of current
available parking and capital projects indicates the University
will have a deficit of roughly 70 parking spaces in 2005. The committee
also reviewed traffic lights and accessibility of all shuttle stops
Next on the agenda was a report from John Snarey, who chaired an
ad hoc committee charged with formulating an alternative to Emory’s
current pre-employment drug testing policy. The group proposed a
two-tiered policy that Snarey said is a compromise between those
who advocate drug testing on safety and security grounds and those
who claim across-the-board testing violates individuals’ right
The proposed policy’s first “level” identifies
certain job descriptions—operators of heavy equipment, drivers
of University vehicles, providers of campus security—as being
especially appropriate for testing, and all applicants for such
positions will be tested per the current policy.
The second level calls upon schools or divisions that wish to implement
pre-employment testing for positions other than those described
above to appear before the Senate and make their case as to why
such testing is necessary. The Senate would discuss and vote on
each proposal and forward its recommendation to the Office of the
President, which has final authority.
Discussion of the proposal dominated the rest of the meeting. Some
Senate members considered it an appropriate compromise, while others
questioned whether the Senate has jurisdiction to insert itself
into operational management of the University; whether the Senate
would be bogged down by such reviews; and whether any criteria for
the necessity of drug testing would be established, among other
After Snarey accepted a friendly amendment to the proposal stipulating
that all divisions currently testing applicants may continue to
do so over the summer but must appear before the Senate no later
than the October 2003 meeting, the question was called by a vote
of 15–4. In the subsequent vote on whether to accept the proposal,
the ayes had it by a vote of 12–7, meaning the proposed policy
would be forwarded to President Bill Chace as the official advice
from University Senate.
Chace, saying this may be the last Senate meeting he attends as
president, thanked the body for its work during his administration.
He said the Senate has grown in stature, importance and maturity
during his presidency.
Senate President William Branch called upon interim Provost Woody
Hunter to install the new Senate officers. Hunter performed his
ceremonial “laying-on of hands” in naming Snarey, professor
of human development and ethics in the Candler School of Theology,
as the new president. Sharon Strocchia, associate professor of history,
was installed as president-elect, and Jane Howell of University
Publications was named secretary.
The Senate will reconvene in the fall.
If you have a question or concern for University Senate, e-mail
President John Snarey at email@example.com.