P&S Council considers revisions to two university policies

Next P&S Council meeting: Dec. 7 (2:10-4 p.m., MU Gallery)

Next P&S seminar: Dec. 12 (2-3 p.m., MU Pioneer Room), topic TBD

First readings of revisions to two existing university policies were introduced at the Nov. 1 Professional and Scientific Council meeting, including an expansion of who qualifies to receive donated paid leave.

Under review are the Catastrophic Illness or Injury and Sexual Misconduct policies. The proposed changes are open to public review and comment in the policy library. Comments on the Catastrophic Illness and Injury policy must be submitted by Nov. 6, and feedback on the Sexual Misconduct policy will be accepted through Nov. 17.

Here's a brief look at the proposed changes for each policy.

Catastrophic Illness and Injury

  • Change the policy name to Donated Leave for Catastrophic Illness or Injury
  • Broaden the current policy's eligibility requirements to allow donated leave for employees who have immediate family members with a catastrophic illness or injury in addition to employees themselves

Sexual Misconduct

  • Change the policy name to Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, Stalking and Intimate Partner Violence Involving Students
  • Update and clarify the reporting procedures and resources for responding to sexual misconduct, assault and harassment

Aaron Fultz, chair of the policies and procedures committee, said the committee recommends endorsing both policies, with the proposed following changes:

  • Remove language in both policies that states approving them since they already exist
  • Regarding the Catastrophic Illness and Injury policy, change "received" to "receive" in the fourth paragraph, second line
  • Determine if the revised Catastrophic Illness and Injury policy is consistent with similar policies at the universities of Iowa and Northern Iowa

Council members will hear the final reading of the draft policies at their Dec. 7 meeting.

Other business

  • Teresa Albertson resigned as the council's vice president of university community relations. There were no nominations for the VP post.
  • Tera Lawson, chair of the professional development committee, reported that P&S Council seminars dating from 2014 to the present are available for viewing on Learn@ISU in the Professional and Scientific Council catalog.