Council makes progress on priorities

In a special report at the Nov. 5 Professional and Scientific Council meeting, president Tera Lawson said eligibility requirements for the provost's Emerging Leaders Academy will change. She said discussions with the provost staff about the criteria stemmed from the council's priority planning activities.

Previously, participation in the program was limited to P&S staff classified at or above the P-level 35 pay grade. Tenured faculty also are eligible. Beginning in 2016-17, P&S employees will be eligible if they hold a "demonstrated leadership role," regardless of P-level. The council president-elect also is eligible to participate.

Lawson said work is continuing on other priorities:

  • Raising tuition reimbursement for staff from three credits to four credits
  • Creating guidelines and best practices for P&S staff with teaching responsibilities

Other business

Council members voted to endorse changes for two existing policies and a proposed policy. They are:

  • Amendments to the smoke-free campus policy that restrict e-cigarettes on university buildings, property and grounds
  • Changes to the facilities and grounds use policy that outline approval procedures for the use of drones on university property
  • New guidelines for administrative uses of video cameras, with council recommendations to clarify camera system requirements and options

Appointment bylaws

Councilors will vote next month on proposed changes (download) to council bylaws that better align council roles with university committee appointments. Appointments would include:

  • Council vice president of equity and inclusion to the university's committee on diversity
  • Policies and procedures committee chair to the university's policy library advisory committee
  • Compensation and benefits committee chair to the university's benefits committee

The council president can designate representatives if the intended appointee is unable or unwilling to serve.