University Senate Governance News & Updates

The latest from University Senate governance

New Proposed Revisions to the Civil Service Employment Rules

The Civil Service Consultative Committee (CSCC) and Employment Rules Subcommittee have proposed revisions to the Civil Service Employment Rules. These changes will ensure compliance with the new Title IX regulations.

Please review the proposed amendments to the Civil Service Employment Rules HERE.

The Weekly Update

Approved minutes of senates and their committees are posted on Fridays, when available.

Student Senate Consultative Committee (SSCC), April 17, 2020
In these minutes: SSCC Member Updates; Student Senate Stipend Review Subcommittee; Approval of Docket for April 23, 2020, Student Senate Meeting; Update on Student Safety Resolution

June 9, 2020 Faculty Senate Votes

On June 9, 2020, Professor Amy Pittenger, chair, Faculty Consultative Committee, sent an email to all faculty sharing the outcomes of the votes taken at the June 9th special Faculty Senate meeting. The Faculty Senate took action on the president's recommendations regarding temporary faculty salary reductions and on the proposed changes to the fall 2020 Twin Cities/Rochester academic calendar.

Statement on the Death of George Floyd

On June 5, 2020, the University Senate endorsed a statement from the Equity, Access, and Diversity Committee (EAD) on the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. The statement is reflective of feedback from EAD, senators, and many constituents through their elected senators. Thank you to all who engaged in this discussion.

The Weekly Update

Approved minutes of senates and their committees are posted on Fridays, when available.

Classroom Advisory Subcommittee (CAS), April 13, 2020
In these minutes: 
Discussion of Remote Teaching and Learning; Update from OCM; Ideas for Next Year

The Weekly Update

Approved minutes of senates and their committees are posted on Fridays, when available.

P&A Consultative Committee (PACC), March 19, 2020
In these minutes: Civil Service Consultative Committee Report; Chair’s Report on Faculty
Consultative Committee Meeting; Subcommittee Reports

P&A Spotlight: The COVID-19 Impact Through a Development Officer's Lens

"We are not working from home. We are sheltering in place during a crisis…and trying to work."

Since March and the transition to working from home, a lot of employees have been thinking about ways to stay connected and engaged with colleagues and adjust to the challenges that come from working at home. Jaden Hansen, associate development officer, School of Public Affairs, explained, "The three of us are working in different areas of development at the University and started the ECDP Alumni Group to help our newer colleagues stay connected and build a network with one another. We invited our colleagues to convene virtually to talk about overlaps in our work and to share resources. What we learned is that the work conversation was just the icebreaker.”

Looking Back ~ Noelle Noonan, 2019-20 Chair of P&A Senate

Looking Back

The 2019–20 academic year will be one to remember and, in many ways, perhaps one that we might prefer to forget. The impacts of this global pandemic will be indelible for all of us, even as they are still in flux. When we look back, what will we see? Or, rather, what will we choose to see, to remember, to celebrate? 

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Legislative Update

Last week, the Minnesota Legislature adjourned the 2020 regular session sine die without passing a bonding bill. Despite a flurry of negotiations over the final weekend, legislators were unable to reach agreement on capital investment funding for the second year in a row.

We expect the governor will call legislators back into a special session on or around June 12 to address several unresolved issues, including the next steps in the state’s COVID-19 response. This will likely be the first of multiple special sessions in the coming months as Minnesota continues to respond to the pandemic.

Looking Ahead ~ Erin Heath, 2020-21 Chair of P&A Senate

Looking Ahead

A look ahead to the coming academic year by Erin Heath, 2020-21 Chair of the P&A Senate