University Faculty Senate, May 11, 2007 (same as published in vol. 38, no. 1)
The meeting was called to order at 1:50 PM by President Evans.
The minutes from the previous meeting were approved as distributed.
Visit from President Hart:
President Hart gave a presentation on the state of Safety at Temple. She told us that we have 40,000 people on campus daily. The campus encompasses 362 acres and includes 227 buildings. To manage our security we have 117 sworn police officers who receive regular training. This force is augmented by 75 security officers and 250 additional security people provided by an outside contractor. We have extensive lighting, security kiosks, security phones, and 475 CCTV cameras coordinated by a 24/7 communications center.
We provide mental health & counseling services with immediate availability from 10:00 to 2:00. We are currently in the process of reviewing safety related resources, policies, and criteria.
She then gave a brief overview of what would occur on campus in the event of the President or her designee declaring an emergency. Finally, she discussed the role of the UDC and its need to “investigate and intervene with regard to safety modulated by the need to maintain due process.” There was some discussion about the implications of FERPA and HIPAA with respect to suicidal students.
Herb Simons (SCT) pointed out that it is important to recognize the different security implications for schools which have traditional campuses as opposed to those embedded in neighborhoods. Temple, for instance, must think also about issues of bus and subway safety and the identification of areas where it might not be safe for students to rent housing.
President Hart replied that these sorts of issues are indeed being considered.
Joe Goldblatt (Hospitality) suggested that we need to designate a family reception center. He also noted that cell phones can go down in an emergency, but FM radio stations don’t. Therefore, the use of WRTI for spreading information should also be considered.
Ann Barr (CHP) said that the satellite campuses need more access to support services.
Senate president Evans reported on the accomplishments of the senate over the past year. These included our re-working of the Promotion & Tenure guidelines and merit guidelines. She also mentioned the successful search for a provost and the reformulation of the GenEd documents.
Vice-president Turner announced that the results of the recent elections are available on the senate web site.
Visit from Terry Halbert:
Halbert reported on a number of new developments with respect to GenEd.
The FSSC brought forth a motion to change the membership of EPPC. This motion is attached to the minutes. It was approved unanimously.
The FSSC brought forth a motion to add the Committee on Community-Based Learning and Collaboration to the Faculty Handbook as a standing committee of the senate. This motion is attached to the minutes. It was approved unanimously.
The meeting adjourned at 3:15 PM
Paul S. LaFollette, Jr.