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Meeting of the Faculty Council

Friday, October 13, 2017, from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Kerr Hall, 1001 (Eshelman School of Pharmacy)


3:00 p.m. Chair of the Faculty remarks 

  • Professor Leslie Parise

3:10 p.m. Chancellor’s remarks

  • Chancellor Carol Folt

3:30 p.m. Provost’s remarks 

  • Provost Bob Blouin

3:40 p.m. Resolution 2017-12 (PDF). On Supporting Permanent Legal Status for DACA-Eligible Individuals

  • Faculty Assembly DACA resolution (English (PDF) & Spanish (PDF))
  • Professor Alice Ammerman, chair of the UNC-Chapel Hill Faculty Assembly Delegation

3:50 p.m. Student representative introduction

  • Katie Stember, Kyra Rubin, Eliza Filene and Peter Andringa 
  • Slides (PPT)

3:55 p.m. Ethics and Integrity Office update: Introduction to Carolina EthicsLine

4:15 p.m. Faculty Athletics Committee Annual Report (PDF) 

  • Professor Darhyl Johnson, chair of the Faculty Athletics Committee

4:25 p.m. Faculty Athletics Representative Annual Report (PDF) 

  • Professor Lissa Broome, faculty athletics representative 

4:30 p.m. Retired Faculty representative update 

4:45 p.m. Open discussion

5:00 p.m. Adjournment

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Journal of Proceedings of the Faculty Council

The Faculty Council of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill convened on October 13, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. in Kerr Hall, room 1001 at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

The following 48 members attended: Ammerman, Anksorus, Ansong, Arnold, Austin, Babb, Baumgartner, Berkowitz, Berman, Bloom, Brewster, Chambers, Clement, Coble, Dobelstein, Duqum, Edwards, Estigarribia, Fisher, Folt (Chancellor), Fry, Gilland, Hannig, Hastings, Hessick, Ives, Joyner, Khan, Kireev, Koonce, Larson, Malloy, Mauro, Mayer-Davis, Moore, Nelson, Osterweil, Parise (Chair of the Faculty), Pukkila, Rashid, Steponaitis (Secretary of the Faculty), Tuggle, Wallace, Walter, Willet, Yaqub, Zamboni and Zvara.

The following 32 members received excused absences: Aikat, Beltran, Boettiger Cooney, Burch, Chapman, Cox, Cuddeback, Daughters, Estrada, Felix, Furry, Hill, Kang, Kris, Lee, Levine, Lithgow, McBride, Melehy, Mizzy, Muller, Neta, Perelmuter, Platts-Mills, Renner, Sawyer, Scarlett, Stearns, Tepper, Thorp, Thorpe and Upshaw

The following 14 members were absent without excuse: Calikoglu, Coyne-Beasley, Elsherif, Gilchrist, Giovanello, Graham, Hobbs, Levine, Lundberg, Mayer, Ramaswamy, Savasta-Kennedy, Song and Williams

Others in attendance: Blouin (Provost), Andringa (Undergraduate Representative), Filene (Undergraduate Representative), Rubin (Undergraduate Representative) and Stember (Graduate Representative).

Call to order

Chair of the Faculty Leslie Parise called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.

Chair of the Faculty remarks

Chair of the Faculty Leslie Parise welcomed everyone to the Faculty Council meeting. She had an exciting week with the launch of the Capital Campaign and University Day. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) report was released today. Professor Parise acknowledged Chancellor Folt for her prompt action in the investigation, identification and improvement of academic policy. She praised the work of faculty members on the Faculty Executive Subcommittee, the Hartlyn-Andrews Committee and the Student-Athlete Academic Initiative Working Group who helped craft recommendations.

The Honorary Degrees and Special Awards Committee is accepting nominations for the 2018 Edward Kidder Graham Award. This award recognizes faculty members who “make the campus co‐extensive with the boundaries of the State” in the context of the University’s modern mission to extend knowledge‐based service worldwide. Professor Nancy Allbritton (Chemistry) received this award at University Day.

Chancellor’s remarks

Chancellor Folt said before beginning her role as Chancellor, she was briefed on three important issues: sexual assault, athletics and getting to know faculty and alumni. The NCAA ruled that athletics will not face penalties. Chancellor Folt thanked faculty for the work they have done leading up to the NCAA’s finding. She was not surprised by this ruling, she believes that when the facts are presented the right decisions will be made. There are new items on the NCAA agenda that UNC-CH will have input on through the Faculty Athletics Committee.

Professor Nancy Fisher (Medicine) asked if the NCAA decision means that the requests for public records will decrease so that the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA) can focus on other projects.

Chancellor Folt said the OIRA has been working on the reaccreditation process. She clarified that public records request do not have an impact on OIRA because they are handled through the Office of Public Records. She said the University is working on improving the reporting process in ConnectCarolina so data can be more accessible.

Professor David Zvara (Medicine) he asked if the University is anticipating any additional penalties.

Chancellor Folt said the NCAA prescribed two penalties: one against former faculty member Julius Nyang’oro and one against former staff member Debbie Crowder, because they did not cooperate with the NCAA investigation. If Julius Nyang’oro seeks employment at an NCAA affiliated institution that institution is “required to contact the Office of the Committees on Infractions (OCOI) to make arrangements to show cause why restrictions on athletically related activity should not apply.”

Professor Matthew Mauro (Medicine) asked about Chancellor Folt’s enthusiasm and optimism while she was in Nashville, Tennessee during the NCAA hearing.

Chancellor Folt said she feels enormous humility about the NCAA decision, and she is very proud of the people who have been working on this issue. While in Nashville, she felt that the issue was being taken seriously, and the University got a fair hearing.

Chancellor Folt announced that the the Capital Campaign was launched on October 6, 2017. The goal to raise $4.25 billion is focused on meeting the goals in the strategic framework and sustaining student aid. The first gift was from an anonymous donor, who challenged the Carolina Community to match their $20 million gift. Through the Give for Good: Scholarship challenge, the Carolina community raised $45 million. There is also a fund for faculty scholarship. Many donors at the Capital Campaign gala expressed their appreciation for faculty members and wanted faculty scholarship to be one of the major initiatives. Student aid, faculty scholarship and innovation funds make a great public university, but they are not the target of public funds.

Carolina is the 4th highest in graduation rates of low-income students in the country. The University’s six-year graduation rate is 91%; Pell students have an 87% graduation rate.  Chancellor Folt said there is a great deal of funding going toward aid for low-income students. Every school has exciting initiatives going on. The medical school is trying to raise $1 billion for student aid and new laboratories. There have been huge gifts for the entrepreneurship minor, the theatre department and the music department through the Arts Everywhere Campaign. There are also funds for building and improving facilities, including athletic and research facilities. Chancellor Folt believes the $4.25 billion is necessary for Carolina to remain a great public university. Forty percent of the $4.25 billion has already been raised, and 120,000 people have donated money.

Chancellor Folt was pleased by the number of faculty who came to University Day. She said that Governor Cooper did an amazing job, and he is a gracious and proud alumnus. On University Day, Chancellor Folt announced that a series of Bridge Builder scholarships will be named for alumni, faculty and staff who have impacted Carolina.

Provost remarks

Provost Blouin said one of the responsibilities of the provost, the leadership team and faculty is to execute the strategic plan. He appreciates that the strategic framework incorporates every aspect of the University. Provost Blouin has been at the University for 15 years, serving as dean of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Prior to arriving at Carolina, he served as associate dean for research and graduate education and director of entrepreneurial activities at the University of Kentucky.

When Provost Blouin joined Carolina, he was humbled by the prestige of the schools and departments across the University. Provost Blouin said many of the skills he learned as dean are transferrable to his new position as provost. He is committed to helping the University reach its full potential, listening carefully to what is happening in each school, understanding departmental needs and working strategically with chairs and deans. He will work to raise funds from external sources because state and federal funds are not guaranteed. Provost Blouin said he met with the Faculty Executive Committee and appreciates the input that committee members offered. He has also met with chairs in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Professor Bill Zamboni (Pharmacy) asked Provost Blouin what he felt were his biggest challenges acutely and long term.

Provost Blouin said it will be challenging to fully execute the true vision of the strategic plan in a way that maximizes the potential of every unit on campus. He does not think this task is insurmountable because there is a terrific culture at the University. Faculty members naturally find colleagues to collaborate with in research and teaching. In order for the University to be successful in maximizing the potential of every campus unit, this collaborative spirit has to increase. Provost Blouin hopes that he can help to facilitate these collaborations. He respects that different schools have unique cultures and recognizes that some cultures do not lend themselves well to the collaborative approach.

Professor Jan Hannig (Statistics and Operations Research) asked if there would be changes in the budget model.

Provost Blouin said the University has been exploring a new budget model over the last two years. The administration studied a wide array of budget strategies, particularly the budget model that many Big Ten schools have employed. Provost Blouin has asked that this process be slowed down to give him enough time to examine the budget model, to make the process more transparent and to explore any unintended consequences.

Resolution 2017-12. On Supporting Permanent Legal Status for DACA-Eligible Individuals

Chair of the Faculty Leslie Parise said the Faculty Executive Committee received a request to write a resolution about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Since this issue involves the whole UNC system, Professor Parise suggested that the FEC pass their draft to the Faculty Assembly Delegation. The Faculty Assembly passed Resolution 2018-1 and asked each UNC system university to ratify their resolution or pass a resolution in support.

Professor Alice Ammerman (Public Health), chair of the UNC-CH Faculty Assembly Delegation, said the resolution came out of an exchange between the Faculty Executive Committee, the Faculty Assembly Delegation and the Faculty Assembly. UNC-CH is the largest school in the UNC system and is sometimes seen as the most privileged, so it is important that the faculty at Carolina support their colleagues at other system schools.

Secretary of the Faculty Vin Steponaitis stated the question, Resolution 2017-12 (PDF), and opened the floor for discussion.

Professor Charlie Tuggle (Media and Journalism) needed clarification on the second clause of the resolution. He asked if these individuals have permanent legal status, what DACA has to do with that. He also asked if they had permanent legal status why they would want DACA status if they have to pay out-of-state tuition.

Professor Steponaitis said the intent of the second clause was to express support for people in North Carolina under DACA status who are worried about deportation and other consequences that the loss of that status would entail.

Professor Jan Hannig (Statistics and Operations Research) said he interpreted the resolution as the Faculty Council wanting individuals with DACA status to receive green cards, because they do not have a legal status.

Professor David Zvara (Medicine) asked why the Faculty Council is affirming their support for Resolution 2018-1, which has already been passed.

Professor Alice Ammerman (Public Health) said Resolution 2017-12 is a Faculty Council resolution that supports the Faculty Assembly’s resolution.

Professor Ron Strauss, executive vice provost and chief international officer, said if individuals with DACA status receive permanent legal status they are eligible for in-state tuition.

Professor Charlie Tuggle (Media and Journalism) said that is why he finds the second part of the resolution confusing. He said it seems unnecessary and counterproductive.

Professor Ron Strauss said this issue goes beyond students and colleagues. Many students are affected by family members who have DACA status. He thinks the Faculty Assembly wrote the resolution to express that the UNC system understands that people are suffering with the possible loss of DACA status.

Professor Tim Ives (Pharmacy) said Faculty Assembly Resolution 2018-1 goes into greater detail and breaks down what the Trump Administration is doing with regards to DACA. The next step is to disseminate this information to students, staff and faculty. Resolution 2017-12 would help publicize the Faculty Assembly’s resolution.

Professor Andy Hessick (Law) asked if Resolution 2018-1 was available on the agenda.

Professor Steponaitis said Resolution 2018-1 was available on the agenda in both English and Spanish.

Chancellor Folt said she is head of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ (APLU) Research Intensive Public University Committee. The APLU recently put out a resolution that urges Congress to create permanent legal status for individuals with DACA status. The effects of these resolutions are unknown, but they offer an opportunity for collective opinion. This is the second resolution that the APLU has made on DACA. They are trying to get the resolutions to the federal level and to state legislators.

Resolution 2017-12 passed with two abstentions.

Student Representative Introduction

Ms. Katie Stember (Graduate Representative) is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the pathology department and a part of the Graduate and Professional Student Federation (GPSF) Executive Board. She presented Faculty Council with GPSF’s 2017-2018 goals. Ms. Stember said the GPSF is eager to work with Faculty Council members and committees who are also working toward these goals. Mr. Peter Andringa, Ms. Eliza Filene and Ms. Kyra Rubin introduced themselves as undergraduate representatives and explained their role on Faculty Council. They act as a shared resource for both students and faculty. They believe they can be a critical link connecting Faculty Council to students and guiding Faculty Council members in how to use students as a resource in the most efficient way. The undergraduate representatives want to help facilitate student-faculty collaborations and are eager to strategize with Faculty Council members on the best ways to achieve these collaborations.

Ethics and Integrity Office update: Introduction to Carolina EthicsLine

Professor Kim Strom-Gottfried, director of the Office of Ethics Education and Policy Management, said her office was created by Chancellor Folt a year ago based on the recommendations of the Policies and Procedures Working Group and the Ethics and Integrity Working Group. She thanked Faculty Council members who served on these working groups.

She gave a demonstration of new reporting software for ethics compliance. UNC-CH has contracted with NAVEX for Ethics Point, an anonymous compliance hotline that has been at the University since 2005. Even though Ethics Point has been a very important resource, it is vastly underused. There have only been 102 reports submitted through Ethics Line since its inception 12 years ago. Benchmark institutions have an average of 127 reports a year. The Office of Ethics Education and Policy Management is expanding the visibility and scope of Ethics Point. Changes to the Ethics Line website, the University’s personal branding of Ethics Point, will go into effect in November 2017.

Chair of the Faculty Leslie Parise asked if Ethics Line users are required to enter their PID.

Professor Kim Strom-Gottfried said the Ethics Line users are not required to enter their PID.

Professor Parise asked what prevents people who aren’t affiliated with the University from misusing the site.

Professor Strom-Gottfried said there is nothing to keep people from submitting frivolous reports. Less than 10% of the reports appear to be misuse of the system. Ethics Line is not restricted to students, faculty or staff. Anyone in the public can utilize the site if they witness noncompliance.

Professor Nancy Fisher (Medicine) asked if the “University Policies & Procedures” tab on the Ethic Lines website was just related to ethics or if it is a portal to all the University’s policies and procedures.

Professor Strom-Gottfried said it is a portal into all UNC-CH policies and procedures. The Office of Ethics Education and Policy Management is in the process of revising, refining and consolidating University policies and procedures. A part of their mission is to create an accessible and transparent repository for all University policies.

Professor Florence Babb (Anthropology) asked how Ethics Line differs from the University Ombuds Office and how the Office of Ethics Education and Policy Management responds to reports made through Ethics Line.

Professor Strom-Gottfried said the University Ombuds Office has no investigatory capacity.

The Office of Ethics and Policy Management may be able to send a response through the Ethics Line system. An example being “This case is resolved. Thank you for your report.” The reporter may not know the outcome depending on the nature of the report. Some of the issues reported are acute and need immediate response. In those cases, the reporter might see the effect without actually receiving feedback. Professor Strom-Gottfried said she is open to suggestions on ways to raise awareness of the services provided through Ethics Line.

Faculty Athletics Committee Annual Report

Professor Darhyl Johnson (Medicine) thanked the Faculty Council for authorizing the Faculty Athletics Committee to create the Committee on Collegiate Sports at UNC. The committee met in spring 2017 and decided to focus on two issues facing student athletes at the University: time commitments and mental health. During the 2016-2017 school year, the Faculty Athletics Committee also focused on issues relating to the new ACC network, academics, admissions, academic advising and the student-athlete experience. This academic year, the Faculty Athletics Committee will continue to collaborate with campus units and increase the awareness of the Faculty Athletics Committee as a resource.

Faculty Athletics Representative Annual Report

Professor Lissa Broome (Law), faculty athletics representative, said much of her work over the last several years has been focused on the NCAA investigation. The NCAA is now focusing on the influence of shoe companies, agents and advisors in men’s college basketball. The NCAA released a memo requiring Division I schools to examine their programs for possible violations. Professor Broome’s role is to help navigate the relationship between athletics and academics. She serves an advisor to Chancellor Folt and Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham and a liaison to the faculty. She focuses on academic integrity, academic success of student-athletes, rule compliance, the student-athlete experience, and representing the University in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and NCAA matters. Professor Broome discussed the trends in the multi-year Graduation Success Rate (GSR), Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) and Academic Progress Rate (APR) charts located on page 4 of her report. She also recognized the 385 student-athletes who appeared on the 2016-2017 ACC Academic Honor Roll list. The Department of Athletics publishes “Total Tar Heels,” a digest that recognizes academic, service and leadership accomplishments of student-athletes.

Professor Wendy Brewster (Medicine) asked why the Men’s Basketball and Football GSR is so low compared to other schools on the chart.

Professor Broome said the NCAA football investigation occurred in 2010, and many football players left the University, which negatively affected the GSR. The Complete Carolina Program provides academic assistance to former student-athletes who want to complete their degrees after playing professional sports.

Athletics Director Cunningham said that during the 2015-2016 academic year there were a significant number of transfers from the Men’s Basketball team, which affected the GSR. Typically the Men’s Basketball GSR is fairly high.

Secretary of the Faculty Vin Steponaitis asked what ideas are being proposed to make time demands easier for student-athletes to handle.

Professor Broome said the NCAA passed legislation that requires the autonomy conferences, the five largest NCAA conferences including the ACC, to have a time-management plan. This legislation also requires additional days off throughout the academic year for student-athletes. Student-athletes will receive seven days off at the end of their season if it ends during the academic year and an additional 14 days off beyond the mandated time off they receive in season and out of season.

Professor Johnson said he and Professor Strom-Gottfried have served on the Student-Athlete Experience Task Force for three years. Many incoming student-athletes are unaware of the demands required to compete at a Division I ACC institution. The Faculty Athletics Committee is interested in helping student-athletes understand how to manage their time.

Retired Faculty Representative Update

Professor emeritus Andy Dobelstein said UNC-CH is unique in providing the opportunity for continued interaction between retired faculty, active faculty and the community. The present University has been built on the work of retired faculty members. Many retired faculty want to give back and seek opportunities to do so. The UNC Retired Faculty Association (RFA) is contributing to the Capital Campaign by soliciting support from all retired faculty. Professor Dobelstein asked Faculty Council members to explore how the relationship between retired and active faculty can improve the educational value within their schools and departments.

Professor David Zvara (Medicine) said he did not know that the RFA existed and suggested that information be sent to departments to promote the work of RFA.

Professor Dobelstein said there is a wide array of activities that retired faculty are involved in, and the RFA is an untapped resource.

Professor Ron Strauss said once a year the Provost’s Office produces a list for the Office of Faculty Governance and the Retired Faculty Association of all faculty who have retired.

Chancellor Folt said one of the first groups she met with was the retired faculty. Retired faculty have served on committees and task forces. Chancellor Folt said their insights have been incredibly valuable, and it is wonderful that retired faculty are contributing to the Capital Campaign.

Open discussion

Professor Jan Hannig (Statistics and Operations Research) asked how to put an item on the Faculty Council agenda.

Secretary of the Faculty Steponaitis said that the Agenda Committee meets exactly a week before Faculty Council on the first Friday of each month. If someone has an item they want on the agenda, they should contact the Secretary of the Faculty, the Chair of the Faculty or the Office of Faculty Governance staff. The Faculty Code of University Government is available online, and the Faculty Council Rules of Procedure are found on the last page of the Code. The Rules of Procedure outline how to introduce a resolution. According to the rules, a resolution must be submitted in advance and included with the agenda to be considered.

Professor Hannig asked about the composition of the Agenda Committee.

Professor Steponaitis said the composition of the Agenda Committee is detailed in The Faculty Code of University Government. The Chair of the Faculty appoints the Agenda Committee from members of Faculty Council. The Office of Faculty Governance sends a survey to the General Faculty asking which committees they want to serve on. The Nominating Committee and the appointing officer take these results into consideration. Recently-elected members are not usually considered for appointment to the Agenda Committee.


Its business having concluded, the Faculty Council adjourned at 4:50 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Kadejah Murray
University Program Associate

Vin Steponaitis
Secretary of the Faculty

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