Minutes of the

Southeastern Louisiana University

Faculty Senate

Wednesday, May 3, 2004

Alumni Center


I.          The meeting was called to order by Senate President David Wyld at 3:00 p.m.  Senator Ply called roll; senators absent: Ahn, Andrus, Burton, Brewer, Plazinic, Brocato, Brown, Corbello, Depoy, Devaney, Echols, Guendouzi, Hoover, Knutson, Prescott, Ratcliff, Vanbeke, Vidrine, Williams, and Wills.


II.         The minutes of the April 28, 2004, special Senate meeting were unanimously approved with corrections to names made by Recording Secretary Faust.


III.       Invited Guests

A.        President Randy Moffett:  After inviting senators to the President’s residence for a reception following the meeting, Dr. Moffett addressed the Senate on “The Year in Review and the Future”:

1.         ACT Scores Continue to Rise

Southeastern is attracting students who are better prepared for the university experience. This is good news as we move to tougher admission standards beginning this summer.

·        Fall 2003 incoming freshman had the highest average ACT scores ever at 19.9, up from 19.6 in Fall 2002;

·        Fall 2003 saw an increase of approximately 20 percent in students with ACT scores at or above 24. Our incoming freshmen also required fewer developmental courses (a decrease of 8.5%).

·        Spring 2004 ACT scores for beginning freshmen are at 19.2, up from 19.0 a year ago and from 18.6 in Spring 2002.


2.         Enrollment

·        This fall, Southeastern set a record enrollment with 15,602 students enrolled, surpassing our previous high of 15,334 in 1998.

·        Our graduate school enrollment this Spring increased almost 5% over last Spring (2,107 compared to 2,008)

·        Our Spring 2004 enrollment is holding steady with previous years.


3.         New Admission Standards, Effective Summer 2004

·        The University of Louisiana System has approved Southeastern’s request to increase admission standards beginning this summer. The new standards require that incoming students need no more than one developmental course (English or Math) to be fully admitted.  (Other criteria already in place include:  20 ACT, or 2.0 GPA, or rank in the top 50% of high school graduating class.)


·        These changes will be mandatory for all four-year institutions beginning in fall 2005, however Southeastern wanted to implement this change earlier. We believe our area high schools are preparing their college-bound students to meet this standard.


·        We don’t want to exclude any students, so we are working with area community colleges to develop dual admissions. Southeastern will also expand our Summer Bridge program, which provides incoming students the opportunity to complete their developmental course work in the summer prior to enrolling at Southeastern.


4.         New Degree Programs

·        We are making significant progress toward what we hope will be final approval of our first doctoral program – an Ed.D. in Leadership -- to be offered through the College of Education and Human Development.  This program will be offered in coordination with the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

·        The report of the outside consultants who visited our campus earlier this year was very positive, and they clearly recognized the need for the program.  We’re now working to address their recommendations and we will be re-submitting our work to the Board for Regents for final approval in the summer. 

·        The university has received approval for a new undergraduate degree program in Occupational Safety and Health to be offered through the College of Business and Technology.

5.         Accreditation

·        Southeastern has one of the highest rates of national accreditation of its programs among the eight institutions in the University of Louisiana System


·        Accreditation or Re-Affirmation:


Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program (only one of two in LA Universities) received accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs;


Small Business Development Center was accredited for 4 years by the Association of Small Business Development Centers


Music Program was reaccredited for 10 years by the National Association of Schools of Music (Visit in March 2003 - Effective for 2003-04)


Business Program and the Department of Accounting received 10-year reaffirmations of accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. (Visit in April 2003; Approval for 03-04 Academic Year). Only one-third of university business programs in the country have achieved AACSB accreditation, and only 160 accounting programs throughout the world are AASCB accredited.


6.         Pending Approval:

Social Work program - visited in February by the Council on Social Work Education.  Expect approval in June.


Family and Consumer Sciences program – visited in March by Am. Assoc. for Family/Consumer Sciences – our first attempt at accreditation.  Expect approval in November.


Computer Science –visited October 2003; preliminary report showed we met all standards; expect final word shortly


Chemistry – visited in December 2003 for 5-year review; expect word later this summer


7.         External Support for University Continues - Donors

·        Southeastern’s recently recognized major donors whose gifts have helped us to advance the university and its academic programs.  The Commitment to Excellence Campaign raised $24.9 million.

·        Supplemental campaign raised over $5 million to enhance the athletic program and to reinstate football


8.         Grants & Contracts

·        To date (May 2004), 76 new external awards totaling $6.3 million have been received by faculty and staff.  (50% state funding; 36% federal; 14% private).  We expect that number to increase by June 30. 


·        Our numbers are down a bit from last year’s dramatic increase to $ 17 million (last year we received the multi-million dollar EPA, GEARUP and TRIO grants -- a 100 percent increase in grants and contracts over the ’01-’02 year)

·        We’ve also just received the new Board of Regents rankings for FY 2004-05, and 39 of our proposals have been selected for @ $474,000 in funding.


9.         Focus on Civic Mission & Community Outreach

·        This year, Southeastern renewed its commitment to fulfilling  the civic mission of our institution. 

·        We have joined in partnership with 30 colleges and universities in the state, and more than 900 nation-wide, in promoting a “Campus Compact” for higher education. 

·        Our mission is to promote community service initiatives that develop students’ citizenship skills, help campuses forge effective community partnerships, and provide opportunities for faculty to integrate civic engagement into their teaching and research. 

·        Thus far this year, our 26 Jumpstart AmeriCorps students have served over 3,400 hours in area schools and Head Starts, engaged in one-on-one tutoring

·        Our athletes are reading to students in area schools and conducting blood drives for those in need

·        Other students are donating their time to teach English to those from other countries or making maps of Hammond streets for area fire fighters, to give just a few examples. 

·        Our fraternities and sororities performed approximately 10,000 hours of community service activities last academic year, and we’ll have that report for this year very soon.

·        We’re developing exciting, new summer camps for area children this summer in foreign languages, science and other areas. 


10.       Ongoing Construction

·        In the past year, Southeastern opened the expansion of the Teacher Education Center ($6.8 million, approximately 40,000 square feet) providing us with much-need classroom, office and conference space for our teacher preparation program.

·        We are opening the new $13 million Biology Building.

·        Funds have been approved for $8 million in renovations, pending Capital Outlay bill, for Cefalu Coliseum, the former Recreation Center (“Old Men’s Gym”), the Kinesiology Building, and Meade Hall Science Building.


11.       New Housing

·        Southeastern has entered into an agreement with the Capstone Corporation to develop a new $55 million on-campus housing plan for the south campus. Over the holidays, Tucker Hall was demolished.   Other dorms are now being demolished.

·        Later this year, construction is expected to start on a new 400-bed suite facility on SGA Drive near the main entrance to the campus. Renovation to Cardinal Newman Hall is scheduled this summer, with other construction to be phased in over the next several years.


12.       Economic Development Activities

·        The Southeast Louisiana Business Center, a university-sponsored effort designed to spur economic development in the region, opened this year (September 2003) in a Southeastern-owned building located near the campus. The center houses Southeastern’s Small Business Development Center, the Tangipahoa Economic Development Foundation, the Hammond Industrial Development Board, and the Florida Parishes Economic Development Association.

·        The center assists and cooperates with area chambers of commerce, other economic development agencies and the Louisiana Department of Economic Development to recruit new business to the area and to assist existing businesses in expansion.

·        The center also includes a business incubator


13.       Economic Impact: $354 million annually

·        Southeastern is an economic engine itself. An independent study released earlier this year shows that the university has an estimated $343 million economic impact on the communities within 25 miles of the university (before Columbia Theatre and Football were considered).   This is a significant increase from the university’s previous economic impact study (1997, $249 million).

·        Columbia Theatre = $1.5 million annually

·        Football Program = $8.3 million in first year of operation


14.       Athletics = 2 Conference Championships this Year

·        Girls Soccer Team – Won the Southland Conference title and came in second in the conference tournament.

·        Men’s Basketball –Tied for conference championship. Best record in 30 years of play.  Advanced to the semifinals of the Southland Conference tournament.  Coach Billy Kennedy received four Basketball Coach of the Year Awards.


·        Reinstatement of Football – Brought college-level football back to the north shore after an absence of 18 years. The young team, under the direction of Coach Hal Mumme, completed the season with a 5-7 record, and set several I-AA records. Enthusiasm and demand for tickets was high enough for the university to add end-zone bleachers

·        Women’s Basketball – Nearly doubled their win total from previous year

·        Men’s Tennis – Posted a top-3 finish in the regular season

·        Women’s Tennis – Advanced to the SLC tournament for 1st time since 2001

·        Men’s Golf – Finished 3rd in SLC Championships

·        Men’s/Women’s Track – School records continue to fall in both sports

·        Softball – Returned to the SLC tournament before losing out to “bad weather.”  They narrowly missed a berth

·        Baseball – Continues to battle for position in SLC

·        Volleyball – 2nd straight national team digs award (Sarah Gascon)


15.       International Program

·        International program is expanding. Southeastern hosted several groups from Latin America for programs in business and marketing.

·        The university has established a cooperative program with Technological University of Honduras to provide business studies and a dual degree program for 25 Honduran students a year. The program is one of the first English language dual degree programs in Honduras and one of only a few in all of Latin America.


·        Study abroad program is also growing. The SGA last year provided $30,000 in study abroad scholarships.



16.       Students

·        Southeastern students have played a significant role in helping to improve the appearance of the campus. Since 1998, the SGA has expended more than $460,000 in projects such as the Pottle Performance Circle, Library Tunnel Breezeway, the Presidential Plaza, and other projects.


·        Southeastern fraternities and sororities are participating in a revitalization program intended to improve all aspects of the Greek community.


17.       Regional Health Summit and Gubernatorial Forum – Connections for Southeastern and our Community

·        In cooperation with the north shore chambers of commerce and area parish governments, hosted a Gubernatorial Forum focused on economic development of the north shore region. The forum was televised in Tangipahoa, St. Tammany, and Washington parishes.

·        We also hosted a Regional Health Care Summit for Governor Kathleen Blanco.


18.       Southeastern Channel

·        The Southeastern Channel has expanded its original programming to include new “magazine-style” programs, sports offerings, and recordings of Southeastern concerts and some Fanfare events.

·        We recently reached an agreement with Charter to quadruple our reach into the community.  The channel will now be seen in 92,000 homes in St. Tammany,Washington, Tangipahoa and parts of Livingston.

·        We will dedicate the newly renovated studio on May 24, 2004.


19.       Fanfare/Columbia Season

·        Fanfare completed another very successful season, with many events in the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.


·        Columbia season expands the range of national performances offered in the region to a year-round program. The Columbia Theatre serves as the north shore home for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (3 performances) and the Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans.

20.       The university has just completed “Honors Celebration Week” with convocations and other events.  President Moffett offered a few student and faculty success stories:

a.         Students:

·        Sean Kerrigan, graduating this month with degrees in English and Biology, was one of 50 students throughout the nation selected to receive the prestigious Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship.  He will enter LSU Med School in the fall.

·        Jamie Breaux, one of 35 students to go to an 8-week internship at Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service, Georgetown.

·        The Jump-Start Program provides thousands of hours of service and offers the Pierson Teacher Fellowship Program.  Three of 38 students in the nation chosen for this fellowship are from Southeastern:

o       Jennifer Saing

o       Ashleigh Plauche

o       April Thomas


·        Kathy Hanrahan was selected best student news reporter in the south 

·        Kelly Hooper was chosen Top Graduate student in state for Speech Language Hearing Association

·        Likewise, under the leadership of Carl and Toni Phillips of the Management Department, the Society of Human Resource Management student organization in Business and Technology was selected as one of the top 10 in the country.

b.         Faculty accomplishments:

·        Dan McCarthy, head of the Southeastern Department of Chemistry and Physics, was selected as a member of New Orleans CityBusiness’s “Power Generation,” one of 40 young professionals under the age of 40 whose success in business and other professional endeavors is setting the pace for the future of the region.

·        Donnie Booth, Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, was selected to the Nursing Hall of Fame.

·        Roy Blackwood of Visual Arts received the Distinguished Member Award for the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and was named a Fellow of the Royal Society.

·        Linda Synovich of Kinesiology and Health Studies was named the Southern District Outstanding Health Educator of the Year.

·        Olympia Vernon, a Southeastern graduate who has already won 4 or 5 national awards for her writing, has been approved as our second Writer in Residence in the Department of English.

·        The College of Education and Human Development welcomes a new dean, Dr. Allen, who comes from Texas with doctoral program experience.

·        Sue Parrill is retiring as English Department head and we welcome Jeannie Dubino as the new head of English.

21.       Moffett has received comments from those visiting campus that, in its location and where it is in programs, Southeastern is the place to be.

22.       The present legislative session indicates that the state faces budgetary challenges.  We seem to find workable plans to continue moving forward, and we have had 8 or 9 good years.  Higher education is funded now on a “standstill budget,” with uncertainty in areas of health insurance and teacher retirement.  Southeastern has permission to implement a 3% increase in tuition, but our unfounded mandates are $3.2 million, so a definite gap exists and no definitive plans are in place.  Dr. Moffett commented that the administration might be calling on senators to help with phone calls and emails to legislators reminding them of the good things we are doing.  We need to keep the momentum going, and he will apprise us of any developments.

23.       President Moffett opened the floor to questions:  Sen. Faust voiced the query on everyone’s lips:  why did the lights go out? (referring to the two recent power outages that afflicted most of campus).  Dr. Moffett explained it was a matter of old infrastructure.  Wilson Hall is a major switch station that controls much of campus, and it has been pieced and spliced together over the years.  A switch station under the football field near the north end zone simply broke for no reason other than age.  The university then had to turn off the power to avoid burning out other parts of the switching system.  Entergy and Southeastern worked meticulously to find and correct the problem.  We thought we had it repaired after the first outage, but apparently not, since the switch broke again during the Arts and Sciences Convocation and for the evening Nursing Convocation; Entergy patched the part then replaced it the following weekend.  Problems like this will probably occur.

B.         Sen. Wyld amended the agenda to allow our Provost Dr. Crain to address the senate on confidentiality issues.

1.         Dr. Crain explained to the senate that one aspect of the SACS preparation is our privacy policy.  In the past, employees have had to sign a document agreeing not to share confidential records outside their offices.  The Administration decided we need to have some sort of document for all the faculty, since most have some type of information that is confidential, like student records.  The document that all faculty would be requested to sign is simply to agree not to spread confidential information beyond the confines of their workplace.  Dr. Crain asked for feedback or concerns to help him in his report to the committee working on that privacy policy.  He assured the senate that if the committee puts anything together over the summer, he will inform the Senate Executive Committee.

                        2.         Dr. Crain entertained questions:

a.         Sen. Neuerburg wondered if the policy would include “whistleblower protection.”  Dr. Crain responded that he had not thought of that, but he will make the policy will cover that.

b.         Sen. Gillan suggested that the confidentiality agreement might be an easy clause to add to our yearly contracts.  Dr. Crain reminded senators that the university is getting away from written yearly contracts, so this might not be feasible; however, it might be possible for a faculty member to sign such an agreement once for his or her duration of employment.

C.        Kathy Pittman, Alumni Association Director, addressed the senate on Bereavement Outreach.

1.         Ms Pittman explained to the senate that the Alumni Association realized that the university had no real process to acknowledge deaths among faculty, students, and staff.  Policy in the departments varied on such acknowledgements, also.  Therefore, the Alumni Association began sending flowers for university faculty/staff deaths and including these names in the yearly Golden Silence Ceremony.  Discovering that some of these families needed food, the Alumni Association expanded their services to provide food for families.  The task has incurred great expense, but Pittman feels it is important.  Recently, she asked Senate President Wyld his opinion about asking all faculty to volunteer a donation to the Bereavement Fund, and Wyld agreed to put the issue before the senate.  Human Resources Director Jessie Roberts has already agreed to arrange a payroll deduction for those faculty who would like to contribute.  Pittman thought from $.50 to $1.00 per paycheck per faculty member would cover expenses.  She opened the floor to questions.

a.         Sen. Titard asked if faculty could instead make one check out for the donation.  Pittman said that would be fine.

b.         An unidentified senator asked for clarification of the Golden Silence recognition.  Pittman explained that it was a candlelight ceremony held each year to honor the deceased of the Southeastern family and their immediate relatives.

2.         Sen. Wyld thanked Kathy Pittman again for all the Alumni Association has done for this worthy service and informed senators the issue would be discussed under New Business.

D.        Frank Pergolizzi, Southeastern’s Athletic Director, introduced Dorothy Burton, Director of the CAP (Career and Academic Planning) Center, and Heather Jensen, Student Success Coordinator, who addressed the senate on the Online Athlete Progress Reports.  He also offered a handout with information about student athletes’ success (See attachments).

1.         Dorothy Burton thanked faculty for the cited successes of athletes.  The online grading program began in early March the first time it was used, and earlier in the semester the second time.

2.         Heather Jensen explained that her job is to get athletes help when their grades drop, and she invited faculty to contact her any time (#2227).

3.         Heather Lawrence, Pergolizzi’s assistant, worked with Burton on getting 100% faculty participation in the athletes’ online progress reports.  She suggested some type of “reward” for participation: free game tickets, t-shirt, hat, etc., or contacting faculty departments who demonstrated 100% participation.

4.         The group asked for questions:

a.         Sen. Ply commented that some colleagues thought they were being threatened by these online athlete progress forms—they feared they would be reported to their department heads for not filling out the form.  Burton replied that the “coersion” implications were a mistake in the wording of the email and have been eliminated.  Now it will be more clearly explained when requests will come to the faculty and so on.  She also will have her email hyperlinked on the request for any questions.

b.         Ply asked if faculty who do not receive online progress reports can assume they have no student athletes.  Burton said that was correct.

c.         Sen. Dassau asked if there were consequences to excessive student athlete absences.  Burton assured her that absences are also addressed on the online reports.

d.         Sen. Titard asked if faculty will receive a reminder each of the 3 months of athlete student progress reports.  Burton said yes.

e.         Sen. Burns asked if students are allowed to see the comments sent by teachers on these progress reports, like “the student is constantly late to class.”  Faculty might like the student to see that.  Burton replied that students are not shown the comments; however, the coaches note the comments and probably do inform the students of any obvious problems.  She reminded senators that these athletes are held to a higher standard than the other students in this regard.

f.          Sen. Bancroft mentioned that they must recognize that sometimes it is not possible to give comments, particularly if a faculty member teaches 35 athletes and must find them by W numbers, without a real face to place.

g.         Sen. Rossano asked if there were any way to hook up the process to Blackboard.  Burton responded that the athletic department would like early and frequent progress reports, every week if possible, since once a student slips in a class, it is very hard for him to catch up.  If a teacher posts no grades on Blackboard for an extended period, there is nothing her office can do; however, personal comments from faculty, like “Have only seen student once this semester,” would give them important information.  Also, information can only flow from Peoplesoft into Blackboard, but not in the opposite direction.

h.         Burton asked faculty to send any comments and suggestions and left their contact information:

                        Dorothy Burton Nelson


                        NCBS 171

Phone 549-2491


Heather Jensen


NCBS 207

Phone 549-2227


i.          Sen. Bancroft noted that their handout indicates that many athletes are good students—why not just worry about progress reports for those at risk?  Jensen replied that things can change too fast with students, so they want updates on them all.

j.          Sen. Dassau asked if these reports are requested for all athletes or only those on scholarships.  Jensen said reports are requested for all athletes.

E.         Dr. Brad O’Hara, Vice-President of Student Affairs, then spoke on plans for the new dorms and parking on campus.

1.         O’Hara admitted that the new dorms now being planned and built on campus should do much for recruiting and retention of students.  Now plans are to look to South Campus facilities, which are very old and a deterrent to recruitment and retention.

2.         In the last several months, the university has solicited approval for Phase III Housing; when completed, we will be the only university in our primary recruiting area to have entirely new housing facilities, all less than 10 years old.  The more spacious quarters, cable access, and private baths will help recruit better students.

3.         The present dorms are in the process of being torn down; there will be a brief pause in work after this semester, then the rest will come down.  New buildings will replace beds lost.  O’Hara showed the senate a drawn rendition of the new buildings as seen from the South Gates of campus, part of Phase I.  (Sen. Wyld joked that the drawing included empty parking spaces.) Two more buildings will be constructed near the Health Center over the course of 2 ½ years: Phase I should be completed by January, 2005, and Phase II in August, 2005; then, Phase III is anticipated for August, 2006.  Plans also call for renovating Cardinal Newman Hall.

4.         Turning to the parking issue, O’Hara said that when construction is completed, we will end up with more residential parking than we now have in central campus while no faculty-staff parking will be affected.  However, in the 2004-2005 academic year, we will have a student parking crunch.  His office is making provisions for some short-term parking relief for students and he will share those plans with the senate Executive Committee this summer when these plans are finalized.

5.         O’Hara asked for questions:

a.         Sen. Ply asked if there will be handicapped-accessible rooms in the new facilities.  O’Hara responded that these will be available on the first floors, as we now offer in the Village and the 10 organizational homes.

b.         Sen. Dassau commented that she lived in Carter-Harris while she was a student here because it was inexpensive: how expensive will these new dorms be?  O’Hara replied that they had a nationally renown company do a study of dorm fees and rents, and Southeastern’s rates will reflect what the market will bear and what students are willing to pay.

c.         FAC/BOS Representative Bostic asked why the fence was placed around the parking lot in central campus 2 weeks before the semester ended even though no apparent construction was going on—why not wait until after final exams?  O’Hara said that the construction company had to take core samples and test concrete during that time so that ground could be broken by May 17.

d.         Sen. Simoneaux inquired where students will live next year.  O’Hara responded that Taylor and Lee Hall, larger facilities, will be used for those needing them; Livingston will also be available for a time.

e.         Sen. Ply questioned the fence that blocks the road around the Pennington Activity Center—how do students get out of the parking lot?  O’Hara replied, “They can’t,” but explained some retrofits were made to the road so people could turn around and exit; a warning was issued previously that, after spring break, this could pose a problem.

f.          Sen. Rossano queried whether, after all construction is completed, the number of residential students will increase.  O’Hara hoped so, and that is why the university did the studies before beginning construction.  With better amenities, the students should come.

g.         Sen. Ramsey commented that we are still priced below other universities.  He added that other universities tend to offer food services within the residential halls, while our students must walk ½ to 1 mile for services.  O’Hara pointed out that those schools with which Southeastern competes also have centralized food services.

h.         Sen. Wyld noted that a recent Business Week article indicates many schools have really good facilities for those who can pay and really bad ones for those who can’t—creating two classes of housing.  Southeastern is instead renovating all facilities, which is unusual and to be commended.


IV.       Old Business

A.        Multiple Catalogues: Sen. Ramsey of the Academic Committee yielded the floor to Sen. Edwards to present their resolution. (See attachments)

1.         Edwards explained the committee met with Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences Al Doucette, who wanted the policy more specific to eliminate any questions.  They therefore changed the term “curriculum” to “major” and eliminated “Developmental Ed.

2.         The main concern of the issue was the declaration of a second major—how long before graduation must all the paperwork be finished?  It was concluded that students cannot make a declaration right before graduation, but, in some cases, they could earn a second major with only 1 semester left.

3.         Edwards moved approval; Boulahanis seconded.

4.         With no discussion, the resolution was approved unanimously.

B.         Intellectual Property Rights:  Professional Rights and Responsibilities Committee Chair Sen. Guendouzi asked Sen. Wyld to present the resolution and to speak in her absence (see attachments).

1.         Sen. Wyld reminded senators that the committee has been working with the university committee that wrote the present adopted policy.  He pointed out that the committee decided not to include a list of example faculty activities that might be considered intellectual property in order to simplify this present resolution.

2.         Sen. Dassau moved approval; Sen. Bancroft seconded. Discussion:

a.         Sen. Ply questioned the opening “whereas” which mentions “works of art” as property the profits of which should be shared with the university; she commented that she never shared profits from her book.  Burns explained that there never was a policy on the issue before.  Ply asked, then, if faculty received an advance on a book or a writing grant, would the university be able to share profits?  Burns replied that if one is using university resources, yes; if one keeps the work on this activity completely separate, then no.

b.         Dr. Crain added that he thought there is a provision in the policy that, if the work is traditional copyrighted material, then profits belong to the person who created it; if the university pays one to create something, like a lab manual, then the university has a right to some of the profits.  Sen. Burns said that the university committee got into the controversy about having to publish to keep a job at the university, so is all research “for hire”?  The committee hoped that anyone with that question could be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

c.         Sen. Higginbotham mentioned he would like to see something put in the resolution specifying copyright materials should not be involved.  Dr. Crain said that when he was a FAC representative, the policy was not referring to works of art but to inventions.

d.         Sen. Lew queried what about an award for the best paper at a conference?  If it is a monetary award, does the faculty member have to give it back to the university?  Sen. Burns replied that the faculty member should be able to keep it.  Sen. Lew responded that this happened to her last year, and she had to give the money back to her department (Kinesiology and Health Studies).  Senators encouraged the Recording Secretary to put this information in the minutes:  general consensus was that this was not correct.

e.         Sen. Higginbotham added that, about 30 years ago, the University of Chicago decided they would take money from their authors, and all of a sudden, the university quit writing.  He thought the senate should adopt the policy the board now has and leave it at that.

f.          Sen. Ramsey commented that policies like this tend to condemn the honest.  Who would know?  If his students win a monetary award at a conference, they don’t get to keep it—it becomes property of the Southeastern Development Fund.

g.         Sen. Neuerburg clarified that product/procedure development is what is being addressed by the policy, not traditional publications.

h.         Sen. Ply suggested that, to assure faculty of this point, we should strike the first “whereas” mentioning works of art, etc. This was accepted as a friendly amendment to the resolution.

3.         The resolution was approved almost unanimously.


C.        Sabbatical Leave: Because Sen. Schwab, chair of the Faculty Welfare Committee, was not present, the issue was tabled.


V.        New Business

A.        Bereavement Fund: Sen. Wyld presented a resolution supporting the request to faculty to donate a portion of each check to the efforts of the Alumni Association in comforting the bereaved of our university family (see attachments).  Adoption of the resolution was moved and seconded.  Discussion:

1.         Sen. Yeargain did not think we should ask staff to donate, since the senate represents only faculty, so offered a friendly amendment striking “staff” from the resolution.  It was approved.

2.         Sen. Dassau asked what would happen if the fund ran out of money.  Sen. Wyld replied that the money had always come from the Alumni Fund, so we would have to see.

3.         Sen. Edwards questioned whether the resolution was a request only.  Sen. Wyld said yes and that faculty could contribute via payroll deduction or a direct contribution, earmarked for the Bereavement Fund.

4.         The resolution was approved unanimously.

B.         Smoking Policy: Sen. Wyld offered a Xerox of a Press Club article from their publication, The Crossroads Register, that complained no permanent signage had been erected for the smoking policy on campus (see attachments).  The second paragraph of the article referred to the policy as “Faculty-Senate inspired,” so he felt we should approve a resolution requesting permanent signage. Sen. Simoneaux moved approval; Sen. Ply seconded.  Discussion:

1.         Sen. Ramsey thought we needed another “resolved” statement on the resolution stating that the Faculty Senate encourages the administration to press toward a totally smoke-free campus.  Sen. Leonard seconded.  Discussion:

a.         Sen. Simoneaux asked how we would be able to enforce a smoke-free policy when we can’t even restrict smoking to the correct places?

b.         Sen. Burns queried, “Don’t even smoke-free areas have a smoking area?”

c.         Sen. Bancroft added that cars produce smoke, too, so we would have to restrict cars on campus.

d.         Dr. Crain informed senators that, while they could present this resolution, permanent signage is being produced now and should be erected soon. Sen. Wyld thought it would be good to put us on record as saying that the policy had been in place for the academic year, with no signage having been put in place as of yet.

e.         Sen. Boulahanis asked what would happen to those not adhering to smoking areas.

f.          The vote on Sen. Ramsey’s amendment to the smoking resolution was too close to call by voice, so it was decided by a count of hands and was not approved.

                        2.         The original resolution was approved with one nay vote.


VI.       Announcements

            A.        University Committee Elections

1.         Sen. Ply announced new senators elected for Chemistry and Physics, Sociology, and Teaching and Learning.

2.         College elections for University Standing Committees experienced a “glitch,” so Sen. Ply requested the members of the Nominating and Election Committee to meet her after the meeting.

3.         Sen. Ply also informed senators that she almost has the means to send emails to all of our majors.  She will keep senators informed when the process is down to its simplest.

            B.         SGA Report: Sen. Lew

1.         Sen. Lew reported that the SGA has approved the rest of its organizational grants, which will provide biology projectors among other projects.

2.         She asked senators to encourage students from all colleges to join the SGA.

3.         Sen. Lew said the SGA noted the university was purchasing plagiarism softwear, and they asked where we were getting the funds—they hoped it would not be student money.


VIII.     The meeting adjourned at 4:45, and senators proceeded to President Moffett’s home for a reception.  Next meeting:  August 25, 2004



Respectfully submitted,

Joan Faust,

Recording Secretary





Faculty Senate report on Athletics and Academics



The information provided serves as an example of the academic profile summary for Athletes across teams.


  • Current graduation rate for cohort from incoming freshmen from 1997 is 63%.  This rate includes those athletes that transfer and graduate elsewhere or do not complete their degree.


  • 4-year exhausted eligibility graduation rate is 86%. This includes a running percentage that includes all athletes that have entered Southeastern from 1988 through 1997. To be considered in this calculation, the athlete must have completed their athletic eligibility at Southeastern.


  • Fall 2003   116 of 300 athletes received 3.0 G.P.A. or better.




Currently, Athletics and Student Enhancement Services (SES) co-employee a Student Success Coordinator, Heather Jensen, whose duties include identifying athletes in academic jeopardy, creating a plan with students for improving academic performance, teaching and expecting student accountability, and serving as a liaison between academic units and Athletics.


Heather is located in NCBS 207, and can be reached at extension 2227. 


Key thoughts:

  • The athletic program is integral in attracting and recruiting academically stronger students. 
  • Your assistance in responding to inquiry about each student athlete’s academic performance in your class will promote greater student accountability.
  • Our athletes are held to high academic standards, positively impacting progressions and graduation rates.


Summary of On-line Progress Reporting System:


Spring 2004, first use, 2 transmissions

1605 grade requests (all athletes, all classes)

First “close-out” yielded 72% faculty response (1163/1605)

Second “close-out” yielded less than 50% faculty response

Closeout -  faculty responses no longer  accepted, approximately 7-10 days


System design:

Hyperlink to on-line request included in pre-written email (problem - addressed)

PeopleSoft navigation

Information entered into search boxes (term code, class number, etc.) by faculty (problem - addressed)

Student list revealed in search

Information requests included:

  • Current grade
  • % grade (problem - addressed)
  • Absences
  • Comment box
  • Save and submit


Faculty responses:

  • Difficulty with system navigation
  • Wrong set of names (initial problem, but corrected)
  • Lack of understanding of who needed info and who to contact
  • Want a contact person (Heather Jensen)(proposed change to form)
  • Need assistance (proposed change – assistance from Heather Jensen)
  • Would like explanation of when, how often, etc.
  • Second request – may or may not have been grade changes (proposed change)


Athletics responses:

  • Need information to be more indicative of “next steps” (proposed change)
  • Time is of essence (proposed change)
  • Want additional feedback with “at-risk” athletes (less than 2.0, but begin alert with less than 2.5) (proposed change) (Heather will contact faculty with additional requests for information)


Faculty Athletic Committee and Athletic’s proposed changes to On-line system: (for faculty “friendliness” and athletics “usefulness”)

  • Delete “% grade” (done)
  • Auto-populate “term code” – faculty would simply press “search” (done)
  • Add (for inferior grade) “Due to tests?”  “Due to missed assignments?”  “Can assignments be submitted?” (indicates need for  tutoring, academic counseling, or if immediate priority is project/assignment completion)

·          Clarify and post times, dates, and closings of each new grade request (communicate with indicated faculty at beginning of each semester, with initial classrolls, follow-up  email from Heather Jensen, with attached hyperlink to system)(simplify instructions, offer personal assistance)

  • With subsequent grade request, show previous grade and allow option of faculty response as “no edits” (done)
  • Send form on first of month (for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th months of each semester), close-out last day of month (on-going opportunity for grade submission, based on differing course grading timeframes)
  • Send feedback to departments on % of closeout (offer incentives to faculty for participation, i.e., tokens from athletics, departmental recognition for 100% closeout, recognize academic units at athletic banquets, notes of appreciation from students, etc.)








WHEREAS a need exists to revise and clarify Southeastern's General Catalogue description regarding graduation under a particular catalogue (2003-2004 General Catalogue, p. 66),


BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the following revision stand in place of the current Catalogue statement:


     A student may meet degree requirements as stated in any Catalogue in effect during the years of enrollment provided:

     1.  the student has not changed his or her major, and

     2.  there is not a break of one calendar year or more in attending Southeastern, and

     3.  seven years have not elapsed since entering the major.

     A student who changes his or her major, or declares a second major, or does not attend Southeastern for one calendar year or longer, must meet the requirements of the Catalogue in effect at the time of change of major, or declaration of a second major, or re-entry—or any Catalogue in effect between that time and that student's graduation.  The student may declare a second major in any semester prior to graduation, including the semester of graduation.  At no time may a student use a Catalogue in effect prior to the change in major, or declaration of a second major, or re-entry.  The Catalogue year begins on June 1 each calendar year. 

     These academic regulations and degree requirements are subject to revision at any time to accommodate changes in Board policies, occupational and licensure requirements, and other situations involving the quality of the program.




Quoted below is the current (2003-2004) General Catalogue, p. 66:




     A student may meet degree requirements as stated in any Catalogue in effect during the years of enrollment provided:

  1. The student has not made a change in curriculum;
  2. There is not a break of one calendar year or more in attending Southeastern;
  3. Seven years have not elapsed since entering the curriculum.

     A student who changes from one curriculum to another or does not attend Southeastern for one calendar year or longer must meet the requirements of the Catalogue in effect at the time of curriculum change or reentry or later.  A change from the Junior Division to a senior college/school is not considered a change of curriculum in this regulation.  A change from Developmental Education to the Junior Division is considered a change of curriculum in this regulation.  If a student enters a second curriculum for the sole purpose of satisfying requirements for a second degree (associate or baccalaureate) and there is not a break of one calendar year or more in Southeastern attendance, that student may meet requirements according to any Catalogue in effect during enrollment for seven years prior to receiving that second degree.  Under no circumstances may a Catalogue be more than seven years old be used.  The Catalogue year begins on June 1 each year. 

     These academic regulations and degree requirements are subject to revision at any time to reflect changes in Board policies, occupational and licensure requirements and other changes related to the quality of the program.



Faculty Senate Resolution 2003-2004-26

Intellectual Property Policy




WHEREAS faculty may create, author or develop materials, products, and educational/ business programs, and


WHEREAS faculty may utilize materials, equipment, facilities or services (including student/ graduate assistant labor) provided by Southeastern Louisiana University in the development or production of the above, and


WHEREAS faculty may develop the aforementioned products during time periods that are part of their academic schedules or duties, and


WHEREAS since these activities may have commercial potential and may generate income or incentives, there is a need for clear guidance and description relating to the “ownership” of intellectual property, and


WHEREAS all parties need to very clear about what constitutes “incidental usage” of Southeastern’s facilities, time and materials, and


WHEREAS we are aware that, if Southeastern’s facilities, materials, reputation or time have been used in the creation of above mentioned products and services, it is right and proper for both parties to benefit from any potential income generated, and


Whereas the Intellectual Property Policy contains a form that a professor may use in order to bring a possible profit-generating concept to the attention of the Intellectual Property Committee, with the goal of creating an acceptable distribution of profits and/or fees,


BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate recommend adoption of the draft “Intellectual Property Policy.”



Faculty Senate Resolution 2003-2004-27

The Bereavement Fund




WHEREAS faculty in the Southeastern family appreciate the support of the campus community when facing the loss of an immediate loved one, and


WHEREAS the Alumni Association has had an ongoing effort in place to provide support when faculty members face these times of need, sending cards and flowers on behalf of the Southeastern family, and


WHEREAS heretofore, the Alumni Association has taken it upon itself to provide these outreach services, without actively asking for contributions from the faculty,


BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate express our appreciation to the Alumni Association for their quiet efforts in this regard, and


BE IT THEREFORE FURTHER RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate ask that all faculty members begin to actively support this outreach program through a recommended $10 annual donation to the Southeastern Development Foundation, specifically earmarked to the Bereavement Fund for supporting Southeastern’s response to the loss of an immediate family member.


















Bereavement Policy and Procedures

Immediate* Family Member of Southeastern Faculty/Staff:

1.                  President’s Office is notified

2.                  President calls faculty/staff member

3.                  President’s Office:

a.       Emails notice to ByLion

b.      Mails card (pre-signed by president and vice presidents to faculty/staff member)

c.       Calls Alumni Director

d.      Coordinates persons to attend funeral on behalf of the University

4.                  Alumni:

a.       Orders food or flowers

b.      Adds to Golden Silence list

5.                  Flowers or food are also sent to the family members of a current student who is deceased.

6.                  Cards are signed Drs. Randy and Barbara Moffett, Southeastern Alumni and the Southeastern Family

*Immediate:   Spouse, parent, father-in-law, mother-in-law, child


Smoking Sections Show No Sign of Importance


On August 18, 2003, designated smoking areas were established

at four Southeastern buildings D.Vickers Hall (back entrance), Fayard

Hall (east side), Garrett Hall (north side), and Sims Memorial Library

(north side). The purpose, according to a June 12, 2002, Southeastern news

release, was to reduce litter, address health problems and alleviate physical

reactions by those susceptible to second-hand smoke. The Non-smoking

areas have proven to accomplish none of the three tasks.The first goal of the Faculty

Senate inspired and Student Government Association supported designated

smoking areas was to reduce litter. However there are an increased

number of cigarette butts being swept up by Southeastern groundskeepers.

Melvin Montgomery said, “Since the ashtrays have been removed I pick up

on average 500 buts a day”. The second and third goals

of the designated smoking areas were to address some secondhand-smoke

issues and health problems. The schools designated smoking areas

move is keeping with guidelines of the American College Health Association,

which notes that environmental tobacco smoke has been classified as a

Class-A cancer-causing agent. ACHA recommends that smoking be prohibited

within 20 feet of the entrance to any campus building. But due to

non-enforcement of the designated smoking area policy SLU has failed in

its attempt to improve the quality of the air around campus. Southeastern

police Chief Marek said that he was informed of where the areas were but

was given no authority to enforce the policy. This means that there is

nothing that the police can do to stop an individual from smoking in a nonsmoking

area. Also SGA Pres. Ashley McKee said, “I don’t think that the

designated smoking areas have made a huge improvement”.



Faculty Senate Resolution 2003-2004-28

Smoking Policy Signage





WHEREAS the Faculty Senate has been a strong partner in the creation of the current campus smoking policy, and


WHEREAS despite the policy being in place for the entirety of the current academic year, no permanent signage has been put in place to alert faculty, staff and students as to the exact locations and provisions of the smoking policy,


BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate call upon the administration for permanent, visible signage for the smoking policy to be erected as soon as possible at the buildings involved.