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The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Faculty Congress is the policy making body of UH Hilo for all academic matters of concern to more than one unit. On UH system-wide issues, the Congress conveys the views of the UH Hilo faculty to the UH President through the UH Hilo Chancellor.

Motions Passed by Faculty Congress and Status of Administrative Approval 2010-2011

Date Notes Motion

Administrative

Status

9/24/2010  

Motion 1:  Motion to hire student teaching assistants in high-enrollment general education courses to assist in evaluating writing and quantitative assignments:
• E. Stacy, Chair, proposed that graduate teaching assistants be hired to assist with larger GE science courses. Discussion among members and guests followed on language of the proposed motion, funding sources and vetting process for graduate TA.
• After discussion, the motion was amended to read:
“At the request of the relevant department faculty that graduate student teaching assistants be hired in high-enrollment general education courses to assist in evaluating writing and quantitative assignments.”
The amendment to the motion was approved by acclamation.
• Discussion continued on new language of motion and meaning of specific terms. R. Figueroa-Centeno motioned to stop discussion. Vote was 0 approve, motion failed.
• J. Ippolito, Vice-Chair, proposed revising current language of motion to:
“If the relevant department faculty makes the request, graduate student teaching assistants should be hired in high-enrollment general education courses to assist in evaluating writing and quantitative assignments.”
• Vote to pass amended motion as policy recommendation to Administration: 16 for, 2 opposed, 2 abstain. Motion approved.

 

Approved 12/8/10
9/24/2010

 

 

Motion 2: Motion to revise policy language on Protocol For Responding to a Student Death: Posthumous Degrees and Certificates:
• R. Figueroa-Centeno, Chair, introduced motion and discussed current problem of “threshold” for when to grant posthumous degrees. Committee proposed revision of policy language to make it incumbent upon the department to recommend a degree:
“When a student has earned at least 102 credits by the end of the semester before the death occurred and has earned at least 30 credits at UH Hilo, The student’s academic department may recommend that the degree be awarded posthumously.”
• Motion approved by acclamation.

 

 
9/24/2010  

Motion 3: Motion to recommend that the language in the UHH catalog, course numbering system, be modified to:
“Courses 600 and above cannot be used toward baccalaureate requirements.”
• R. Figueroa-Centeno, Chair, introduced motion and mentioned that current language could be more explicit about double-counting credits. Students can take the courses, but cannot apply the same credit to both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Discussion from members followed.
• Motion to table until next meeting.
• Motion to table was passed. Vote was 18 for, 1 against, 1 abstain.

 
9/24/2010  

Motion 4: Discussion of time period allowed for tenure applicants to respond to new dossier materials:
• R. Figueroa-Centeno, Chair, introduced topic and discussed the need to amend current procedure language until the new guidelines take effect next year. He motioned to consider topic as a motion for this meeting (this needed approval because of the 48-hour rule). Vote was 16 for, 1 against, 3 abstain. Motion considered.
• Committee proposed that current period of 5 days was insufficient to respond (and unequal for those counting weekends) and that the period be changed to 2 business weeks (10 days + 1).
• Motion passed unanimously.

 

Unsigned 12/8/10
10/22/2010  

Motion 1: .Motion: Faculty Congress recommends that the Chancellor establish an Office of Ombudsman to act as a moderator and facilitator for intra-campus conflict resolution. Rationale: Faculty, staff and student disputes are not handled well at this campus and this creates tension on campus. Creating an Office of Ombudsman would help alleviate much of this tension.
• Discussion: N. Stahl commented that Student Affairs unanimously opposed to motion on basis of funding priorities at this time. R. Figueroa-Centeno and J. Ippolito mentioned need to establish office even in difficult economic times. B. Leonard asked members to agree to motion in principle and allow Chancellor to decide when and how to implement recommendation from Congress.
• Vote was 17 for, 1 opposed, 1 abstain. Motion passed.

 

 

Approved 12/8/10
10/22/2010  

Motion 2: Motion to recommend that the language in the UHH catalog, course numbering system, be modified to:
“Courses 600 and above cannot be used toward baccalaureate requirements.”
• Discussion: R. Figueroa-Centeno, Chair, mentioned clarification of Ken Morris’ concerns at last FC meeting. Motion is a good first step to resolve immediate problem, though there are larger issues to address in the future.
• Motion passed unanimously.

Approved 12/8/10
11/19/2010  

Motion 1: Faculty Congress recommends that the EMIT Committee advise departments to pre-build incoming freshmen schedules on only the English and Math General Education requirements and those courses needed for the major.  

• Vote was 12 for, 3 opposed, 1 abstain.  Motion passed.

 
3/18/2011  

Motion 1: The CCRC requests that the University create a full-time position for a Curriculum Coordinator who will be responsible for facilitating the development and review processes of curriculum.

• Vote was 16 for, 0 opposed, 2 abstain.  Motion passed.

 

 
3/18/2011  

Motion 2: Faculty Congress recommends approval of the new UH Tenure & Promotion Guidelines.

• Vote was 9 for, 0 opposed, 6 abstain.  Motion passed.