Senior Vice President and General Counsel Kent Alexander opened
the April 27 University Senate meeting, its last of the year, by
reporting on the progress of a committee charged with examining
Emory’s discriminatory harassment (DH) policy.
The committee is looking at the policy with the goal of striking the optimal
balance between preservation of academic freedom and non-tolerance of harassing
speech, said Alexander, who co-chairs the group along with Emory College Dean
Bobby Paul. Rounding out the committee, which was formed following a request
from the Senate earlier this year, are equal numbers of faculty and staff members.
Alexander said the group had hoped to present a revised draft policy to the Senate
for review by the end of this spring, but that was not possible without short-shrifting
the committee’s work. He said the committee will work over the summer and
report to the Senate this fall.
Next on the agenda were year-ending committee reports. Highlights included:
• Athletic policy, reported by Ruth Pagell. Established a Library Athletic
Program for student-athletes; assisted in the search for a new athletics director;
examined for the first time the possibility of fund raising for Emory athletics.
• Campus development, reported by Nancy Bayly. Examined
and proposed changes to renovation plans for Emory Village; established
a public art review subcommittee; approved installation of lights
along Starvine Way.
• Campus life, reported by Mark McLeod. Continued three-year examination
of mental health issues; developed long-term strategies for improving prevention,
education and treatment regarding mental health.
• Environment, reported by Tim Bryson. Discussed and made suggestions for
Starvine Way light project; reviewed proposals for Visual Arts Center and
Emory Village renovations; further refined working relationship with Facilities
• Fringe benefits, reported by Sid Stein. Assisted in review of retiree
health benefits; examined impact of new federal Medicare drug benefit; investigated
possibility of “master record keeping” among Emory’s three
retirement fund vendors, TIAA-CREF, Fidelity and Vanguard.
• Library policy, reported by Steve Strange. Examined availability of wireless
access in campus libraries and continuing problem of long-term storage for
• Parking and transportation, reported by Scott Kittner. Developed a mission
statement; reviewed membership guidelines; explored possibility of improving
shuttle route information at shuttle stops.
Three ad hoc committees also reported on their work during the
year. Susie Lackey recounted the efforts of the group that looked
at Emory’s pre-employment
drug-testing policy; the previous policy, which required testing for all
prospective staff employees, was amended Jan. 1 to require testing only
for applicants to certain safety-related
Outgoing Senate President John Snarey spoke about the group that examined retiree
health benefits. Earlier this year, the University reinstated pre-2003 contributions
to health premiums for those individuals who retired before 2003 but are not
yet old enough to qualify for Medicare.
Reporting (sans audio) via video technology from Italy, where she has
spent this year, incoming Senate president Sharon Strocchia reported
on the group that next year, in cooperation with Human Resources and
Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Mike Mandl, will
comprehensively review Emory’s entire
employee benefits package (Snarey read from notes to give voice to Strocchia’s
Snarey then formally inducted Mike Rogers, associate professor of mathematics
at Oxford College, as Senate president-elect for 2004–05. Jim Brown,
director of academic computing at Oxford, was inducted as secretary.
To close the meeting, President Jim Wagner said he was proud of how the
University presented itself during the Inauguration Celebration, March
2, and he has received many complimentary notes from the delegates from
other institutions who attended the main ceremony.
Wagner informed the Senate of the resignations of Goizueta Business School
Dean Tom Robertson and of Oxford Dean Dana Greene (see
and he announced the formation of the steering committee for Emory’s
strategic planning process.
The Senate will reconvene in the fall.
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