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Senate summary, Sept. 25, Oct. 1 meetings

University Senate Sept. 25 heard a summary of the Report on Student Assessment and Expectations by Marcia Baxter-Magolda; questions and comments followed.

In other business, Senate ratified appointments to three ad hoc committees of University Senate: ombuds committee, parking committee and class scheduling and availability committee.

University Senate Monday heard a report by William E. Even, chair of the fiscal priorities committee, on topics under consideration by the committee for 2000-2001; questions and comments followed.

In other business, Senate approved an amendment to MUPIM Section 3.15; the text follows below. Twenty-five members of Faculty Assembly can challenge the resolutions by filing a petition with the Secretary of the University within ten class days after their publication in this issue of The Miami Report. Absent a challenge by Faculty Assembly, these policies will be forwarded to the president and the board of trustees for consideration.

SR 01-02

BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED THAT section 3.15 of the Miami University Policy and Information Manual be amended as follows:

3.15 Romantic and Sexual Relationships in the Instructional and Supervisory Setting
Faculty members and graduate students are prohibited from exercising academic supervision over persons with whom they have a romantic or sexual relationship. (Academic supervision is defined as assigning grades, sitting on a thesis or dissertation committee, or otherwise exercising decision-making power that affects the student’s academic record, academic benefits, or progress toward graduation.) Supervisors are prohibited from having supervisory responsibility over persons with whom they have a romantic or sexual relationship. ("Supervisory responsibility" is defined as any relationship wherein one person has the power or authority to alter or influence the responsibility, duties, terms and/or conditions of employment of another. Those with "supervisory responsibility," as used in this policy, are not limited to direct or first line supervisors.) A faculty member, graduate student, or supervisor who has a romantic or sexual relationship with a person over whom he or she has academic or other supervisory responsibility must notify his or her immediate superior of the relationship. The faculty member, graduate student, or supervisor must be removed immediately from all decision-making processes and supervisory roles concerning the person with whom he or she has the relationship. The University requires the resolution of all conflicts of interest created by the relationship.

Failure to report the relationship, cooperate in the transfer of supervisory responsibility, and resolve all conflicts of interest are grounds for discipline, up to and including termination under appropriate University policies.

The full text of the Report on Student Assessment and Expectations can be found on the Web at www.muohio.edu/provost/reports/assess_expect.pdf.

Date Published: 10/05/2000
Volume: 20   Number: 10

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