Faculty Senate Executive Committee Minutes

 4:15 p.m. – 327 Graff Main Hall

October 28, 2008


Present:  Joe Heim, Rebecca LeDocq, Susan Crutchfield, Brian Udermann;

Visitors: Bobby Erickson, Bob Hoar


1. Amethyst Initiative

Bobby Erickson (a representative from Students for Liberty and the District 5 County Supervisor) updated the SEC on Student Senate plans to vote on recommending the Chancellor sign the Amethyst Initiative Statement (below).  Students want to create a joint committee on the Amethyst Initiative to work on a related Student Senate bill that has currently been tabled.  UW-L Community Health Specialist Matt Vogel is working on this initiative with the students.  Arguments for and against the statement were discussed.  Discussion of the statement will be put on the Senate agenda for Nov. 6.


It’s time to rethink the drinking age


In 1984 Congress passed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, which imposed a penalty of 10% of a state's federal highway appropriation on any state setting its drinking age lower than 21.


Twenty-four years later, our experience as college and university presidents convinces us that…


Twenty-one is not working


A culture of dangerous, clandestine “binge-drinking”—often conducted off-campus—has developed.


Alcohol education that mandates abstinence as the only legal option has not resulted in significant constructive behavioral change among our students.


Adults under 21 are deemed capable of voting, signing contracts, serving on juries and enlisting in the military, but are told they are not mature enough to have a beer.


By choosing to use fake IDs, students make ethical compromises that erode respect for the law.


How many times must we relearn the lessons of prohibition?


We call upon our elected officials:


To support an informed and dispassionate public debate over the effects of the 21 year-old drinking age.


To consider whether the 10% highway fund “incentive” encourages or inhibits that debate.


To invite new ideas about the best ways to prepare young adults to make responsible decisions about alcohol.


We pledge ourselves and our institutions to playing a vigorous, constructive role as these critical discussions unfold.



2.  Ethics Advisory Committee Members Appointments

SEC must appoint to this committee three members, one from each of the three different Colleges, and three alternates.  The following selections were made from a list of nominees:



                        John Gardner (CBA)

                        Eric Kraemer (CLS)

                        Kerrie Hoar (SAH)



                        Michele Strange (CLS)            

Keith Beyer (SAH)

                        Joe Heim (CLS)


3.  UW-L Budget DIN Requests

UW-System is pushing DINs for library money and recruitment and retention money.  UW-L’s DIN is requesting GQA and financial aid money.  We may need to anticipate a budget give-back next Spring.


4.  3.05/3.06 bylaw changes approved by Senate

UW-L has decided not to forward these approved changes to the BOR for approval until the new IAS bylaws are completed.  Both sets of changes will be submitted together.

            The implementation of these new3.05/3.06 bylaws will require that departments archive past bylaws.   The change also creates a discrepancy between bylaw rules for promotion vs. retention:  faculty cannot choose their bylaws for promotion, but they may opt for newer-than-year-of-hire bylaws for retention.


5.  Online SEIs

There are strong arguments for moving all SEIs online, including the fact that PeopleSoft implementation will obviate the use of the CAS system machine for everything but SEIs.  The Dept. of Economics’s proposal to move all SEIs online will be on the Senate agenda for Nov. 6.


6.  5-year Term Limits on GEC

GEC and Bylaws were asked by SEC to consider whether GEC term limits should be shortened.  (Most other committees have 3-year term limits).  GEC and Bylaws decided that no change was needed.  No argument has been presented for the need for change.


7.  The meeting adjourned at 5:15 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,

Susan Crutchfield