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november 27, 2020

senate approved:

  • minutes of the october 30, 2020, meeting
  • revisions to the senate award for service in university governance
  • several undergraduate curriculum changes (see agenda for details)
  • that for fall 2020 and winter 2021 during the significant academic disruption of the covid-19 pandemic,
    • undergraduate students be given the option to change their grades to a pass, provided that they have achieved a grade of d or higher
    • graduate students be given the option to change their grades to a pass, provided that they have achieved a grade of b- or better

senate elected:

  • a faculty member to serve on senate executive
  • dr. germaine chan to serve as senate’s representative on the president’s edia committee

senate received for information:

  • report on external review of modern languages
  • several undergraduate curriculum changes (see agenda for details)
  • enrollment report

june 19 and 24, 2020, special meeting

senate approved:

  • changes to ureb’s terms of reference, bylaw 14.13.
  • the following motions:
    • that the university refrain from cutting previously scheduled fall 2020 and winter 2021 classes that are required for a student’s degree (with the exception of electives or any classes unable to be offered due to public health requirements) and reinstate any such classes that have been cancelled.
    • that senators strongly disagree with administration’s decision to cut the part-time budget and therefore negatively affect academic integrity and request that decision be reversed.
    • that an equity lens be applied to decisions related to the response to the pandemic with the results made publicly available and that equity groups and experts on campus be consulted in conducting the analysis, effective immediately.
    • that senate requests that the board of governors freeze tuition for the 2020-2021 year.
    • that senate request that the strategic planning process be delayed for six months.