USF Undergraduate Council - Minutes of Janurary 14, 2002

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Present: Cindy Bethel, Deborah Condosta, Tony Embry, Myung Kim, Nancy Ratcliff, Sandra Reynolds (Chair), Jennifer Salk

Absent: Joena Bartolini, Greg Hyden, Tanice Knopp, Ram Pendyala

Guests: Terri Flateby, Curtis Wienker

The meeting was called to order at 3:08 p.m.

  1. The minutes of November 26, 2001, were approved as submitted.

  2. Announcements

    Curtis Wienker introduced Tony Embry, Associate Registrar, who will be representing the Registrar's Office at the Undergraduate Council meetings until they hire a replacement for Eva Christensen. Eva has accepted another position in the Registrar's Office.

    Sandra Reynolds reported on the emergency Faculty Senate meeting held to discuss the Sami Al-Arian situation. The Faculty Senate discussed two resolutions one regarding the Al-Arian and support for the administration's position and the other to establish a committee of faculty to work with the President and the Provost when situations regarding faculty fitness arise. Neither motion passed.

  3. Course/Policy Review

    Curtis Wienker distributed a revision to the Academic Renewal II policy. The current policy allows a student to disregard any 3 semesters of their prior academic work. The proposal is to allow students to disregard "up to 3 semesters" and makes it clear that this is at the discretion of the Academic Regulations Committee. Following discussion, this changes was approved.

    He also distributed material regarding the current Academic Dishonesty policy and the posting of FF grades. The proposal is to a line regarding the posting of an "I" grade during the student appeal process and to add a line to the policy - "except in cases when the evidence for academic dishonesty is incontrovertible and documented." Following discussion, the proposal was approved.

    Sandy Reynolds reopened discussion on the Student Government proposal to add an "A+" grade to USF's grading system. As it stands, the Graduate Council is unlikely to approve the proposal. The Provost is also not in favor of it. The feelings of the council members were 4 in favor of the original proposal for the A+, 2 abstention, and 1 with apathetic to the proposal.

    How many would do away with the Plus/Minus system?5
    How many like the Plus/Minus system?4
    How many feel that all faculty should be required to use it?5
    How many are in favor of using a 4.33 for the A+?4

  4. New courses were distributed for the next meeting.

The next meeting will be Monday, January 28, 2002. The meeting was adjourned at 4:32 p.m.

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