News and Events

The LSU Faculty Senate produces news releases throughout the year to highlight Senate actions and events.  If you are a member of the media and require information for a story, please contact facultysenate@lsu.edu or 225-578-5248.

Faculty Council Meeting Changed to End of Year Meeting

May 18, 2022

Dear Faculty, 

Unfortunately, the quorum was not met for a meeting of the Faculty Council. We will convert today’s meeting to an end-of-year meeting with President Tate. As a reminder, the meeting will take place at 2 p.m. in the LSU Union Ballroom. The agenda is as follows:

  1. LSU President's Report by President William F. Tate IV
  2. LSU Faculty Senate President's Report by Professor Lopez
  3. Library Funding
  4. Graduate Student Education
  5. Strategic Planning
  6. Legislative Update

 

Faculty Council Meeting Announcement

May 17, 2022

Dear Faculty,

As it stands, the number of anticipated attendees for the LSU Faculty Council Meeting on May 18 is far below the total necessary to meet quorum. Official business cannot be conducted unless faculty interest increases substantially. Please RSVP to ensure quorum is reached.

If the number of expected attendees does not meet quorum (433 faculty who meet the criteria necessary to vote as members of the Faculty Council) by 5 p.m. tomorrow, then preparations will begin to transition the Faculty Council meeting to an End of Year meeting with President William F. Tate IV.

If this occurs, the agenda will include the following:

  • Legislative Update on Budget Requests
  • Faculty Senate President’s Report
  • Graduate Education
  • Strategic Planning 

The meeting is being held on Wednesday, May 18, at 2 p.m. in the LSU Union Ballroom.

View more details about the meeting

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

 

Faculty Council Meeting Announcment

April 26, 2022

MEMORANDUM TO: Members of the Faculty Council

The meeting of the Faculty Council will be held on May 18 at 2 p.m. in the LSU Union Ballroom.

The purpose of the meeting is two-fold: to keep faculty members informed of Faculty Senate activities, and to allow discussion of faculty interests and concerns with the upper administration.

The Council meeting provides a forum for expression of opinions above and beyond the discussions and actions of the Faculty Senate. Items which have been approved by a vote of the Senate may be placed on the Council’s agenda for discussion in accordance with Article III, Sections 6 and 7, of the Faculty Council bylaws .

 

Click here to RSVP

 
Submission of Resolution Discussions:
Since the last in person meeting of the Faculty Council in April 1995, not including the virtual Faculty Council meeting called in May of 2021 to discuss and vote on a resolution brought forward by faculty members to the council, the Senate has adopted a number of resolutions. Please visit the Faculty Senate Resolutions Webpage to review the list of resolutions, and provide written notice to facultysenate@lsu.edu by Wednesday, May 11, if you wish to have any of the resolutions included in the Faculty Council agenda for discussion. The Faculty Senate Executive Committee encourages members of the Council to limit those resolutions for discussion to the past few years if possible.

 

Faculty Senate Constitution Review and Discussion:
Please carefully review the following documents that are found at the Faculty Council Meeting webpage: the unmarked copy of the Faculty Senate Constitution approved at the October 2020 meeting, the Faculty Senate Constitution 2005 with marked changes, as well as a document from Professor Roland, Faculty Senate Executive Committee Member-at-Large, with suggestions and comments. Send suggested revisions to facultysenate@lsu.edu by Wednesday, May 11.

 

Submission of Additional Agenda Items
Please email facultysenate@lsu.edu to add additional agenda items to those above. Agenda items must be submitted by Wednesday, May 11. 

 

Please note that only full-time LSU A&M faculty members are eligible to vote on matters of the LSU A&M Faculty Council. Full-time faculty members are defined as full-time members of the academic staff with 100% effort during a 9-month appointment or 100% effort during a 12-month appointment having the rank of Instructor or higher (or equivalent ranks).

LSU AgCenter faculty with 100% effort in equivalent ranks who hold current affiliate or associate Graduate Faculty appointment are included in the LSU A&M Faculty Council. University Laboratory School faculty with 100% effort in equivalent ranks are also included in the LSU A&M Faculty Council.

 

Click here to RSVP

 

 

Faculty Senate Meeting, April 25, 2022

April 21, 2022

Faculty Senate Meeting, April 25, 2022
LSU Union, Atchafalaya Room 339
3:00 p.m.
 
  1. Call to Order
  2. Announcement of Alternative Representatives*
  3. Roll, by Means of an Email to facultysenate@lsu.edu
  4. Public Comments on Agenda Item(s)**
  5. Approval or Revision of March 24, 2022 Minutes
  6. Faculty Senate President’s Report
  7. Unfinished Business
    1. Tabled, Resolution 21-12, “Recommendations for Reform of Faculty Senate Practices” Sponsored by Inessa Bazayev, Margo Brault, Jin-Woo Choi, Robert Mann, Helen Regis, Jeffrey Roland, Daniel Tirone and Meredith Veldman
    2. Second Reading, Resolution 22-05, “Increasing Library Funds to Meet Research University Standards” Sponsored by the LSU Faculty Senate Library Advisory Committee
    3. Second Reading, Resolution 22-07, “University Participation in Consortium of Universities Studying Slavery” Sponsored Faculty Senate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, Carceral Studies Group, the Department of History, and the Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Program
  8. New Business
    1. Faculty Senate Leadership Elections: President, Vice President, Secretary, 2 Member-at-Large
    2. Faculty Senate Committee Elections: Budget and Planning Committee, Faculty Adjudication Committee
    3. Faculty Senate Constitution, Proposed Changes

**It is intended that public comments may be made (1) when they relate to a matter on the agenda and (2) when individuals desiring to make public comments have registered at least one hour prior to the meeting by emailing facultysenate@lsu.edu or by calling 225-578-5248. When registering, individuals should identify themselves; the group they are representing, if appropriate; and the topic on which they would like to comment. To ensure that the meeting is conducted in an efficient manner, each individual will be limited to 3 minutes for their public comments and the President reserves the right to limit the total number of public comments if necessary.

Email facultysenate@lsu.edu for more information.

YouTube livestream link, available at 2:45pm: https://youtu.be/yhbrjzjm7iY 

 

Faculty Senate Meeting, March 24, 2022

March 23, 2022

Faculty Senate Meeting, March 24, 2022
McKernan Auditorium, LSU Law Center
3:00 p.m

  1. Call to Order
  2. Announcement of Alternative Representatives*
  3. Roll, by Means of an Email to facultysenate@lsu.edu
  4. Introduction of Guests
  5. Public Comments on Agenda Item(s)**
  6. Approval or Revision of February 23, 2022 Minutes
  7. Faculty Senate President’s Report
  8. Unfinished Business
    1. Second Reading, Resolution 21-12, “Recommendations for Reform of Faculty Senate Practices” Sponsored by Inessa Bazayev, Margo Brault, Jin-Woo Choi, Robert Mann, Helen Regis, Jeffrey Roland, Daniel Tirone and Meredith Veldman
    2. Second Reading, Resolution 22-02, “A Resolution for Fair and Equitable Cost of Living Salary Adjustments for LSU Faculty Based on Annual Inflation Rates” Sponsored by the Faculty Senate Benefits Advisory Committee and the Faculty Senate Budget and Planning Advisory Committee
  9. New Business
    1. First Reading, Resolution 22-05, “Increasing Library Funds to Meet Research University Standards” Sponsored by the LSU Faculty Senate Library Advisory Committee
    2. First Reading, Resolution 22-06, “A Call to Reaffirm Protections of Academic Freedom and Tenure” Sponsored by Inessa Bazayev, Peter Doran, Kevin Ringelman, and Parampreet Singh
    3. First Reading, Resolution 22-07, “University Participation in Consortium of Universities Studying Slavery” Sponsored Faculty Senate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, Carceral Studies Group, the Department of History, and the Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Program
    4. Faculty Senate Leadership Election Candidates, Faculty Senate Nominating Committee
  10. Louisiana Open Meetings Law Training

 

**It is intended that public comments may be made (1) when they relate to a matter on the agenda and (2) when individuals desiring to make public comments have registered at least one hour prior to the meeting by emailing facultysenate@lsu.edu or by calling 225-578-5248. When registering, individuals should identify themselves; the group they are representing, if appropriate; and the topic on which they would like to comment. To ensure that the meeting is conducted in an efficient manner, each individual will be limited to 3 minutes for their public comments and the President reserves the right to limit the total number of public comments if necessary.

Email facultysenate@lsu.edu for more information.

YouTube livestream link: https://youtu.be/O-R6w8VUkGI 

 

SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 6 by Senator Cathey

March 15, 2022

Good afternoon, Colleagues-

Thanks to Professor Doran for sharing the emergence of Resolution 6.  

A few comments/suggestions/updates-

Based on the nationwide trend of threat to academic tenure as well as the recent Board of Regents hire of an individual who participated in establishing post-tenure review at their previous institution, this has long been a point of discussion among faculty representatives across our system. I have, for many months now, been encouraging faculty leadership across the state to work together to develop a set of enumerated statements that substantiate the rigor, value, and meaning of tenure. Additionally, it is equally important to articulate that tenure does not equate to permanent job protection as clearly documented in policy statements such as PS104, 109, and 36T.  All faculty who lived the professional experience of relentless scrutiny of tireless efforts for success in the hyper-competitive "sliding scale" of promotion through the academic ranks and subsequent demands of "professorhood" know and can contribute to conveying the reality. We must be prepared to be proactive versus reactive. Please send all strategic statements to facultysenate@lsu.edu in support of system- and state-wide pro-tenure documentation.

Another point to consider is the intent of political (or other affiliate) strategists. A tried-and-true maneuver is to "poke" or "bait" a perceived opponent to elicit a predictable response and thereby validate an action meant to limit, restrain, or otherwise diminish their strength. I strongly recommend deliberate and inclusive yet cautious preparations for a strong, unified voice. Also note that the resolution calls for faculty participation as the 9th members of the committee described in resolution are "(9) Two members of the Association of Louisiana Faculty Senates appointed by the president of the association."

There is continuous communication between administration and faculty leaders across the state on this and several other topics that impact our faculty statewide. Stay tuned. 

I very much appreciate and respect your concern and encourage your feedback.

 
Ma​ndi J. Lopez, DVM, MS, PhD
President, LSU Faculty Senate
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Professor & Director 
Laboratory for Equine & Comparative Orthopedic Research
Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
O 225-578-9918   L 225-578-9554
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/mandi.lopez.1/bibliography/public/ 
Louisiana State University
School of Veterinary Medicine 
1909 Skip Bertman Dr.,  Baton Rouge, LA 70803
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/jor.24852
 

Faculty Senate Meeting, February 23, 2022

February 22, 2022

Faculty Senate Meeting, February 23, 2022
LSU Union, Atchafalaya Room 339
3:00 p.m.

  1. Call to Order
  2. Announcement of Alternative Representatives*
  3. Roll, by Means of an Email to facultysenate@lsu.edu
  4. Introduction of Guests
  5. Public Comments on Agenda Item(s)**
  6. Consideration of January 25, 2022 Minutes
  7. Faculty Senate President’s Report
  8. Dean of Students Update, Brandon Common, Associate Vice President, Dean of Students, Division of Student Affairs
  9. Old Business
    1. Second Reading, Resolution 21-02, “Faculty Endorsement of the Graduate Student Bill of Rights” Sponsored by Faculty Senator Daniel Tirone
    2. Second Reading, Resolution 21-08, “An Expression of No Confidence in Selected Members of the Faculty Senate Leadership” Sponsored by Margo Brault, Jin-Woo Choi, Robert Mann, Daniel Tirone, Helen Regis, and Meredith Veldman
    3. Second Reading, Resolution 22-01, “Call for Enforcement of LSU’s PS 118 100% Tobacco-Free Policy and an Education Campaign for Students” Sponsored by Dr. Judith Sylvester,  Manship School of Mass Communication/LSU SmokingWords
    4. Second Reading, Resolution 22-03, “Formation of a Planning Committee to Hold an Annual Faculty Council Meeting” Sponsored by The Faculty Senate Executive Committee
    5. Second Reading, Resolution 22-04, “Amendment to Article III of the Louisiana State University Faculty Senate Bylaws” Sponsored by Inessa Bazayev, Pamela Blanchard, Peter Doran, James Madden, Robert Mann, Rosemary Peters-Hill, Jeffrey Roland, Parampreet Singh, Daniel Tirone, and Meredith Veldman
  10. New Business
    1. First Reading, Resolution 21-12, “An Expression of No Confidence in Faculty Senate Practices, with Recommendations for Reform” Sponsored by Inessa Bazayev, Margo Brault, Jin-Woo Choi, Robert Mann, Helen Regis, Jeffrey Roland, Daniel Tirone and Meredith Veldman
    2. First Reading, Resolution 22-02, “A Resolution for Fair and Equitable Cost of Living Salary Adjustments for LSU Faculty Based on Annual Inflation Rates” Sponsored by the Faculty Senate Benefits Advisory Committee and the Faculty Senate Budget and Planning Advisory Committee

 

**It is intended that public comments may be made (1) when they relate to a matter on the agenda and (2) when individuals desiring to make public comments have registered at least one hour prior to the meeting by emailing facultysenate@lsu.edu or by calling 225-578-5248. When registering, individuals should identify themselves; the group they are representing, if appropriate; and the topic on which they would like to comment. To ensure that the meeting is conducted in an efficient manner, each individual will be limited to 3 minutes for their public comments and the President reserves the right to limit the total number of public comments if necessary.

Email facultysenate@lsu.edu for more information.

YouTube livestream link: https://youtu.be/PaEsWLYTUrQ 

 

Campus COVID Case Trends

January 28, 2022

The response below was composed by VP Keena Arbuthnot and interim Provost Matt Lee in response to a request to provide data about the trends of reported COVID infections on our campus. We plan to request weekly updates for the duration of the current surge. 

"We are closely and continuously monitoring several data sources, including on-campus cases and trends, as well as state numbers and that of East Baton Rouge and surrounding parishes. While we are not at the end of the current surge, we are optimistic that we are past the peak and that cases and community spread will continue to trend downwards. 

For example, active positive student cases as of 1/17/22 was 188 and is currently (1/27/22) student positive cases are at 118, a percentage decrease of 37.2%. Similarly, employee cases dropped from 52 (1/17/22) to 40 (1/27/22), a percentage decrease of 23.1%. In the surrounding community, daily case numbers have consistently decreased since the week of 1/17/22 (a difference of 48% from 1/19/22 to 1/25/22).  

Please note, despite the progress, we are still at a level of “high community risk” per LDH, as is most of the state. For this reason, the decision to extend virtual or hybrid modality options was based on the totality of these data available. Again, we continue to monitor this data to keep the campus community as safe and healthy as possible."

 

Faculty Senate Meeting, January 25, 2022

January 24, 2022

Faculty Senate Meeting, January 25, 2022
McKernan Auditorium, LSU Law Center
3:00 p.m.
 
  1. Call to Order
  2. Announcement of Alternative Representatives*
  3. Roll, by means of an email to facultysenate@lsu.edu
  4. Introduction of guests
  5. Public comments on agenda item(s)**
  6. Consideration of December 7, 2021 minutes
  7. Welcome and University Update, Matt Lee, Interim Executive Vice President and Provost
  8. Faculty Senate President’s Report
  9. Old Business
    1. Second Reading, Resolution 21-06, “A Call to Bring LSU’s Vaccination Mandate into Conformity with State Law and National Guidelines” Sponsored by Faculty Senators Inessa Bazayev, Robert Mann, Jeffrey Roland, Daniel Tirone, Meredith Veldman
    2. Second Reading, Resolution 21-09, “Correcting LSU’s Misquotation of the FDA’s Vaccine Letters” Sponsored by Charles Delzell, Charles Berryman, Carol Friedland, Robert Rohli, and Boris Rubin
  10. New Business
    1. First Reading, Resolution 21-10, “Bringing LSU’s COVID-19 Policies into Compliance with State Law” Sponsored by Carol Friedland, Kerry Dooley, Boris Rubin, Charles Delzell, and  Charles Berryman
    2. First Reading, Resolution 21-12, “An Expression of No Confidence in Faculty Senate Practices, with Recommendations for Reform” Sponsored by Margo Brault, Jin-Woo Choi, Robert Mann, Helen Regis, Daniel Tirone and Meredith Veldman
    3. First Reading, Resolution 22-01, “Call for Enforcement of LSU’s PS 118 100% Tobacco-Free Policy and an Education Campaign for Students” Sponsored by Dr. Judith Sylvester,  Manship School of Mass Communication/LSU SmokingWords
    4. First Reading, Resolution 22-02, “A Resolution for Fair and Equitable Cost of Living Salary Adjustments for LSU Faculty Based on Annual Inflation Rates” Sponsored by the Faculty Senate Benefits Committee
    5. First Reading, Resolution 22-03, “Formation of a Planning Committee to Hold an Annual Faculty Council Meeting" Sponsored by The Faculty Senate Executive Committee

**It is intended that public comments may be made (1) when they relate to a matter on the agenda and (2) when individuals desiring to make public comments have registered at least one hour prior to the meeting by emailing facultysenate@lsu.edu or by calling 225-578-5248. When registering, individuals should identify themselves; the group they are representing, if appropriate; and the topic on which they would like to comment. To ensure that the meeting is conducted in an efficient manner, each individual will be limited to 3 minutes for their public comments and the President reserves the right to limit the total number of public comments if necessary.

Email facultysenate@lsu.edu for more information.

 

Faculty Senate Meeting, December 7, 2021

December 6, 2021

Faculty Senate Meeting, December 7, 2021
Magnolia Room 301, LSU Union
3:00 p.m.
 
  1. Call to Order
  2. Announcement of Alternative Representatives*
  3. Roll, by means of an email to facultysenate@lsu.edu
  4. Introduction of guests
  5. Public comments on agenda item(s)**
  6. Consideration of November 15, 2021 minutes
  7. Faculty Senate President’s Report
  8. Phone System Replacement and Classroom Technology, Craig Woolley, Chief Information Officer, LSU Information Technology Services
  9. Old Business
    1. Second Reading, Resolution 21-02, “Faculty Endorsement of the Graduate Student Bill of Rights” Sponsored by Faculty Senator Daniel Tirone
    2. Second Reading, Resolution 21-06, “A Call to Bring LSU’s Vaccination Mandate into Conformity with State Law and National Guidelines” Sponsored by Faculty Senators Inessa Bazayev, Robert Mann, Jeffrey Roland, Daniel Tirone, Meredith Veldman
    3. Second Reading, Resolution 21-07, “A Resolution Commending Faculty Grassroots Collective Action” Sponsored by Rosemary Peters-Hill and Kevin Ringelman
    4. Second Reading, Resolution 21-08, “An Expression of No Confidence in Selected Members of the Faculty Senate Leadership” Sponsored by Margo Brault, Jin-Woo Choi, Robert Mann, Daniel Tirone, Helen Regis and Meredith Veldman
    5. Second Reading, Resolution 21-09, “Correcting LSU’s Misquotation of the FDA’s Vaccine Letters” Sponsored by Charles Delzell, Charles Berryman, Carol Friedland, Robert Rohli, and Boris Rubin
  10. New Business
    1. First Reading, Resolution 21-10, “Bringing LSU’s COVID-19 Policies into Compliance with State Law” Sponsored by Carol Friedland, Kerry Dooley, Boris Rubin, Charles Delzell, and  Charles Berryman
    2. First Reading, Resolution 21-11, “Censure of Faculty Senators for Behavior Unbecoming of LSU Faculty Members” Sponsored by Concerned Faculty Senators and Faculty Council Members
    3. First Reading, Resolution 21-12, “An Expression of No Confidence in Faculty Senate Practices, with Recommendations for Reform” Sponsored by Margo Brault, Jin-Woo Choi, Robert Mann, Helen Regis, Daniel Tirone and Meredith Veldman 

**It is intended that public comments may be made (1) when they relate to a matter on the agenda and (2) when individuals desiring to make public comments have registered at least one hour prior to the meeting by emailing facultysenate@lsu.edu or by calling 225-578-5248. When registering, individuals should identify themselves; the group they are representing, if appropriate; and the topic on which they would like to comment. To ensure that the meeting is conducted in an efficient manner, each individual will be limited to 3 minutes for their public comments and the President reserves the right to limit the total number of public comments if necessary.

Email facultysenate@lsu.edu for more information.

 

Faculty Senate Meeting, November 15, 2021

November 12, 2021

Faculty Senate Meeting, November 15, 2021
Howe Russell, Room 130 (Old Bulding)
3:00 p.m.
 
  1. Call to Order
  2. Announcement of Alternative Representatives*
  3. Roll, by means of an email to facultysenate@lsu.edu 
  4. Introduction of guests
  5. Public comments on agenda item(s)**
  6. Consideration of October 28, 2021 minutes
  7. LSU Board of Supervisors Chair, Mr. Rémy Starns
  8. Faculty Senate President’s Report
  9. LSU Graduate School Strategic Plan Update, James Spencer, Vice Provost & Dean, LSU Graduate School
  10. Faculty Senate Appeals Board Elections
  11. Old Business
    1. Postponed, Resolution 21-02, “Faculty Endorsement of the Graduate Student Bill of Rights” Sponsored by Faculty Senator Daniel Tirone
    2. Second Reading, Resolution 21-06, “A Call to Bring LSU’s Vaccination Mandate into Conformity with State Law and National Guidelines” Sponsored by Faculty Senators Inessa Bazayev, Robert Mann, Jeffrey Roland, Daniel Tirone, Meredith Veldman
    3. Second Reading, Resolution 21-07, “A Resolution Commending Faculty Grassroots Collective Action” Sponsored by Rosemary Peters-Hill and Kevin Ringelman
    4. Second Reading, Resolution 21-08, “An Expression of No Confidence in Selected Members of the Faculty Senate Leadership” Sponsored by Margo Brault, Jin-Woo Choi, Robert Mann, Daniel Tirone, Helen Regis and Meredith Veldman
    5. Second Reading, Resolution 21-09, “Correcting LSU’s Misquotation of the FDA’s Vaccine Letters” Sponsored by Charles Delzell, Charles Berryman, Carol Friedland, Robert Rohli, and Boris Rubin
  12. New Business
    1. First Reading, Resolution 21-10, “Bringing LSU’s COVID-19 Mandates into Compliance with State Law” Sponsored by Carol Friedland, Kerry Dooley, Boris Rubin, Charles Delzell, and Charles Berryman
    2. First Reading, Resolution 21-11, “Censure of Faculty Senators for Behavior Unbecoming of LSU Faculty Members” Sponsored by Concerned Faculty Senators and Faculty Council Members 

To register for Public Comments, please email facultysenate@lsu.edu.

 

A Message from the Faculty Senate Executive Committee

November 10, 2021

The new chair of the Board of Supervisors, Mr. Remy Starns, will visit the Faculty Senate at the beginning of our November 15 meeting. He plans to make a short address and respond to questions posed by the faculty. However, the time for his visit is short, and we want to make sure he can respond to as many points as possible.  As such, we request that you forward questions and topics of significant interest from your faculty to facultysenate@lsu.edu no later than 4:30 pm, Thursday, November 11. The Faculty Senate Executive Committee will then prepare a representative set of questions and topics to forward to Chair Starns to include in his address.

 

Faculty Senate Meeting October 28, 2021

October 27, 2021

  1. Call to Order
  2. Announcement of Alternative Representatives*
  3. Roll, by means of a sign-in sheet and Zoom accommodation
  4. Introduction of guests
  5. Public comments on agenda item(s)**
  6. Consideration of September 22, 2021 minutes
  7. Faculty Senate President’s report
  8. COVID Mitigation Measures Update, Jason Hicks, Provost’s Fellow, Office of Academic Affairs
  9. Supporting Survivors of Sexual Assault on College Campuses, Rebecca Marchiafava, Training and Technical Assistance Director, STAR
  10. Old Business
    1. Postponed: Second Reading, Resolution 21-02, “Faculty Endorsement of the Graduate Student Bill of Rights” Sponsored by Faculty Senator Daniel Tirone
    2. Second Reading, Resolution 21-06, “A Call to Bring LSU’s Vaccination Mandate into Conformity with State Law and National Guidelines” Sponsored by Faculty Senators Inessa Bazayev, Robert Mann, Jeffrey Roland, Daniel Tirone, Meredith Veldman
  11. New Business
    1. First Reading, Resolution 21-07, “A Resolution Commending Faculty Grassroots Collective Action” Sponsored by Rosemary Peters-Hill and Kevin Ringelman
    2. First Reading, Resolution 21-08, “An Expression of No Confidence in Selected Members of the Faculty Senate Leadership” Sponsored by Margo Brault, Jin-Woo Choi, Robert Mann, Daniel Tirone, Helen Regis and Meredith Veldman
    3. First Reading, Resolution 21-09, “Correcting LSU’s Misquotation of the FDA’s Vaccine Letters” Sponsored by Charles Delzell, Charles Berryman, Carol Friedland, Robert Rohli, and Boris Rubin.

 

Classroom Mitigation Survey Results

October 11, 2021

Please see the results of the Classroom COVID-19 Mitigation Measures below.  A wealth of detailed information and rather extensive comments was shared with the administration for action. 

  1. Does your classroom have sufficient room for social distancing? 296 total responses
    1. Yes, 33.11%, 98 responses
    2. No, 55.74%, 165 responses
      1. HSS (48 responses)
      2. Mass Comm (14 responses)
      3. College of Science (17 responses)
      4. HSE (11 responses)
      5. MDA (8 responses)
    3. N/A or no response, 11.15%, 33 responses
  2. Are cleaning supplies and other COVID mitigation resources sufficient and operational in your teaching spaces? 296 total responses
    1. Yes, 57.77%, 171 responses
      1. Yes responses that answered “No” to sufficient room for social distancing (88 responses)
      2. Yes responses that detailed that the filters are so loud it interferes with teaching (5 responses)
      3. Yes and No, 1.01%, 3 responses
        1. Classroom has two giant HEPA filters but both are positioned together at the front of the room... I have asked to have one moved to the back but it hasn't been done.  The machines are very loud.  The filter is always off because it is too loud and the students can't hear lecture.
        2. Sometimes it’s working and sometimes not
    2. No, 10.47%, 31 responses
      1. 11 responses that contain excessive noise or unplugged when entering classroom
      2. 6 responses in which the filter does not work, or a service light is on
      3. 3 responses that indicate there is no filter in the classroom
    3. N/A or no response, 30.74%, 91 responses

 

Classroom Mitigation Survey

September 21, 2021

The FSEC would like to encourage all faculty to participate in the Classroom Mitigation Survey.  The survey will close by this Friday, September 24 at 4:30 pm.  It is intended to gather information on classroom occupancy and COVID mitigation measures. 

 

Faculty Senate Meeting, September 22, 3:00pm, McKernan Auditorium, LSU Law Center

September 21, 2021

  1. Call to Order
  2. Announcement of Alternative Representatives*
  3. Roll, by means of email to facultysenate@lsu.edu 
  4. Introduction of guests
  5. Public comments on agenda item(s)**
  6. Consideration of April 22, 2021 minutes
  7. Welcome, William Tate IV, LSU President
  8. Faculty Senate President’s report
  9. Office of Civil Rights & Title IX Update, Jane Cassidy, Interim Vice President, Office of Civil Rights & Title IX 
  10. ADA Accommodation Request Process and Overview, Jennie Stewart, Title II Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights & Title IX, Jason Hicks, Provost’s Fellow, Office of Academic Affairs
  11. Faculty Senate Constitution and Bylaws, Kenneth McMillin, Past President, Joan King, Vice President, Faculty Senate
  12. Old Business
    1. Postponed: Second Reading, Resolution 21-02, “Faculty Endorsement of the Graduate Student Bill of Rights” Sponsored by Faculty Senator Daniel Tirone
    2. Second Reading, Resolution 21-04, Faculty Compensation for Thesis & Dissertation Credit Hours Sponsored by Faculty Senator Pamela Blanchard, PhD, on behalf of the School of Education
  13.  New Business
    1. First Reading, Resolution 21-06, “A Call to Bring LSU’s Vaccination Mandate into Conformity with State Law and Nati onal Guidelines” Sponsored by Faculty Senators Inessa Bazayev, Robert Mann, Jeffrey Roland, Daniel Tirone, Meredith Veldman
    2. Faculty Senate Member-at-Large Election

Adjournment before 5:30 pm

* A member of the Senate, with written notice to the President before the meeting, may choose another faculty member who is eligible for election to the Senate from the same college or division as a voting Alternate representative at that Senate meeting. 

**It is intended that public comments may be made (1) when they relate to a matter on the agenda and (2) when individuals desiring to make public comments have registered at least one hour prior to the meeting by emailing facultysenate@lsu.edu or by calling 225-578-5248. When registering, individuals should identify themselves; the group they are representing, if appropriate; and the topic on which they would like to comment. To ensure that the meeting is conducted in an efficient manner, each individual will be limited to 3 minutes for their public comments and the President reserves the right to limit the total number of public comments if necessary.

 

ADA Accommodations for Faculty Senate Meetings

September 17, 2021

Dr. Lopez -

I was provided your emails requesting an opinion on virtual participation in Faculty Senate meetings.  In certain limited situations, we believe virtual participation is appropriate.

This issue gives rise to conflict between Louisiana law and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).   The Louisiana Open Meetings Law places several specific requirements on meetings of public bodies.  The Faculty Senate is considered a public body and is subject to the Open Meetings Law.  Among the requirements of the Open Meetings Law is that all votes shall be “viva voce,” which has been interpreted as “by living voice” or in person.  Based on that language, the Louisiana Attorney General has consistently instructed that public meetings require physical presence and voice vote.  This is a position adopted by the Attorney General as far back as the 1970s.  Indeed, this is the default rule for public meetings and the rule which must be followed absent the need for an individual accommodation. 

There have been significant changes since this interpretation was adopted.  Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act was enacted in 1973.  In 1990, the ADA was enacted.  In recent years, new technology has allowed for real time virtual participation in meetings while maintaining the open nature of the meeting.  A recent amendment enacted during the COVID pandemic, however, recognizes that virtual public meetings are permissible in certain very limited emergency circumstances.   While those emergency circumstances do not apply here, it is a recognition that there are times when virtual participation can be effective.

The Open Meetings Law does not recognize any exceptions to in-person participation.  When we refer to “participation,” we are referring to voting and being counted toward a quorum.  There is nothing in Open Meetings Law preventing someone from observing or even engaging in discussion or public comment in a public meeting through virtual means.   The only restrictions are with respect to voting and maintaining a quorum.  

Absent an approved accommodation, participation in a Faculty Senate meeting requires an individual to be physically present.  However, when an individual has been determined to require an accommodation or arrangement due to a health condition under the ADA, we believe that an individualized accommodation for participation is permissible.  When determining a disability for this purpose, it is appropriate to consider an individual’s underlying medical situation in light of the risk presented by the existing pandemic.  This is effectively the analysis made by the ADA Coordinator when determining work-related accommodations and arrangements.  

Based on the information presented, we find the following to be appropriate:

  1. For individuals desiring to participate in a Faculty Senate meeting (vote and be counted toward quorum), and who are currently fulfilling their employment duties under an accommodation or arrangement approved by the ADA Coordinator, electronic participation by Zoom or similar technology is appropriate.  The minutes should reflect those attending virtually and voting virtually under an accommodation.  
  2. For individuals desiring to merely observe and engage in discussion during a Faculty Senate meeting, and who are currently fulfilling their employment duties under an accommodation or arrangement approved by the ADA Coordinator, engagement by Zoom or similar technology is also appropriate.  
  3. For individuals not currently fulfilling their employment duties under an accommodation or arrangement approved by the ADA Coordinator, to participate in a Faculty Senate meeting (vote and be counted toward quorum) will require physical presence.  There is nothing in the Open Meetings Law prohibiting observation, engaging in discussion or even public comment through virtual means.  However, absent a recognized accommodation or arrangement approved by the ADA coordinator, individuals engaged in a meeting virtually cannot vote or be counted toward quorum.
  4. Although there is no obligation to do so, it is permissible to record a Faculty Senate meeting.  It is also permissible to save and share the recording with those who may want to watch it afterward.  
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Faculty Senate Meeting, on standby due to weather

August 29, 2021

The previously scheduled August 31 Faculty Senate Meeting will be on standby until further notice due to Hurricane Ida.  Please check back for details or email facultysenate@lsu.edu for more information.

 

A Message from the Faculty Senate Executive Committee

August 20, 2021

Faculty Senators participated in a survey sent out Monday, August 16.  Their feedback was vital in framing a message to LSU administration on Fall 2021 instructional delivery.  The Faculty Senate Executive Committee shared the faculty consensus with President Tate, copying Interim Executive Vice President and Provost Matt Lee.  Louisiana is experiencing an unprecedented surge in COVID cases, hospitalizations, and deaths since the beginning of the this month, August 2021.  The Faculty Senate Executive Committee advocated on behalf of the LSU Faculty Council that all classrooms require 50% capacity as recommended by the CDC and be observed until such time that the latest surge in cases resolves and the LSU populations is fully vaccinated.  If this is not possible, accommodations must be made for real time instruction by faculty in a safe space separate from any classroom that does not follow CDC guidelines.  Please see below for the results.

  1. Do you feel that the LSU environment is safe for in person instruction with the COVID mitigation measures currently in place?
    1. Yes- (21.43%)
    2. No- (78.57%)
  2. Are you willing to lecture to and interact with a classroom of students from a remote location synchronously (in real time)
    1. Yes- (85.71%)
    2. No- (14.29%)
  3. Will you be willing to return to in-person instruction 10 weeks after the COVID vaccination is mandated for all students?
    1. Yes- (96.43%)
    2. No- 0
    3. n/a- (3.57%)  *n/a indicates mixed results from faculty responses meaning no consensus
  4. Do you support mandatory vaccination for all faculty and staff?
    1. Yes- (92.86%)
    2. No- (7.14%)

 

Fall 2021 Covid-19 Update

August 4, 2021

  • All students are required to submit proof of either a COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. Unvaccinated students must test on a monthly basis throughout the semester.
  • The mask mandate currently in place has been extended, which means masks or face coverings continue to be required indoors at all times, except when individuals are alone in their offices. This is consistent with the governor’s recent order. In addition, we require masks outdoors within 50 feet of entrances to buildings.
  • COVID-19 testing will continue to be required for students in residential and Greek housing when wastewater assessment shows a high prevalence of the virus. 
  • Faculty, Students, and Staff are urged to get vaccinated if you haven’t already done so. The vaccine is free, safe, effective and readily available on campus and throughout most communities. It is the single most effective thing you can do to help us restore “normal” operations to the university.
  • LSU will continue to monitor the progress of the pandemic and be prepared to modify our approach as conditions warrant. Our decisions will be based at all times on the latest available data and expertise from the Centers for Disease Control, Louisiana Department of Health and our own health and medical experts.

 

A Message from the LSU Faculty Senate President

July 23, 2021

Dear Colleagues-

First, I hope this message finds you and yours safe, well, and comfortable amid record setting rains and scorching July temperatures. 

I'm sure you, like me, hope that the shroud of COVID 19 is beginning to lift. What a joy it will be to emerge from the isolation, restrictions, and pervasive fear of the last 18 months. We are all anxious to return to the classroom, laboratory, and hands-on teaching that make our chosen profession the best there is. However, we must do so safely.

Based on current information, the best protection against COVID 19 appears to be vaccination. At the request of our LSU faculty, the upper administration drafted both a letter and a syllabus statement for faculty to share with students. The goals of providing templates are to convey a consistent message across the campus, to show administrative support of the message, and to help avoid potential misinterpretation by anyone who may be unreceptive to a message about COVID vaccination from an individual is not an established expert on the topic. Use and distribution of the documents is individual choice, and minor modifications to personalize the message are completely acceptable. 

 

Faculty Council Meeting

May 25, 2021

Please visit LSU Office of the President to view information on the meeting

  1. Call to Order
  2. Public Comment
  3. Consideration of Resolution “A Call to Add COVID-19 Vaccination as Requirement
    for Attendance at In-Person Classes and Events on Campus”, sponsored by Inessa
    Bazayev, Robert Mann, Michelle Massé, Olivier Moréteau, A. Ravi P. Rau, Jeffrey
    Roland, Adelaide Russo, Edward S. Shihahdeh, Daniel C. Tirone, and Meredith
    Veldman
  4. Adjournment

 

Faculty Senate Meeting

April 22, 2021

Email facultysenate@lsu.edu for more information

  1. Call to Order
  2. Announcement of Alternative Representatives*
  3. Roll, by means of Zoom log-in
  4. Introduction of guests
  5. Public comments on agenda item(s)**
  6. Consideration of March 17, 2021 minutes
  7. President’s report
  8. Update on the Response to the Husch Blackwell Report, Jane Cassidy, Interim Vice President for Civil Rights & Title IX
  9. Standardized Syllabus Template with Required and/or Highly Recommended Components, Professor John Hopkins, Faculty Senate Courses and Curricula Committee Chair
  10. Supporting Survivors of Sexual Assault on College Campuses, Racheal Hebert, LCSW-BACS, President & CEO, Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response
  11. Old Business
    1. Postponed to August Meeting, Resolution 21-02, “Faculty Endorsement of the Graduate Student Bill of Rights”
    2. Ad Hoc Committee Minimum Standards for Remote Teaching, Professor Wright, Faculty Senate Member-at-Large
  12. New Business
    1. Faculty Senate Resolution 21-03, Continued Vote of No Confidence in the LSU Board of Supervisors, Sponsored by the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and Profs. Kevin Cope and James Robinson
    2. Faculty Senate Resolution 21-04, Faculty Compensation for Thesis & Dissertation Credit Hours, Sponsored by Faculty Senator Pamela Blanchard, PhD, on behalf of the School of Education
    3. Faculty Senate Resolution 21-05, A Call to Add Covid-19 Vaccination as a Requirement to the Existing List of Mandatory Immunizations At LSU, Sponsored by Inessa Bazayev and Tara Houston
    4. Faculty Senate Standing Committee Reports
      1. Admissions, Standards, and Honors, Professor Williams
      2. Benefits Advisory, Professor Rouse
      3. Courses and Curricula, Professor Hopkins
      4. Library Advisory, Professor Hachmann
      5. LSU Press, Professor Costello
    5. Faculty Senate Officer Elections
      1. President
      2. Vice President
      3. Secretary
      4. Member-at-Large
    6. Faculty Senate Committee Elections
      1. Budget and Planning Advisory Committee
      2. Faculty Adjudication Committee

 

Faculty Senate Meeting

March 17, 2021

Email facultysenate@lsu.edu for more information

  1. Call to Order
  2. Announcement of Alternative Representatives*
  3. Roll, by means of Zoom log-in
  4. Introduction of guests
  5. Public comments on agenda item(s)**
  6. Consideration of February 23, 2021 minutes
  7. University Update, LSU Interim President Tom Galligan
  8. President’s report
  9. Research Priorities, Samuel Bentley, Vice President, Office of Research and Development
  10. LSU Online Update, Sasha Thackaberry, Vice Provost of Digital & Continuing Education
  11. Ad Hoc Committee Minimum Standards for Remote Teaching, Professor Wright, Faculty Senate Member-at-Large
  12. Old Business
    1. Postponed, Resolution 21-02, “Faculty Endorsement of the Graduate Student Bill of Rights” Sponsored by Faculty Senator Daniel Tirone
  13. New Business
    1. Faculty Senate Standing Committee Nominations
    2. Faculty Senate Officer Nominating Committee
    3. Faculty Nominations, LSU Athletics Council

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

March 1, 2021

"Although COVID-19 vaccine doses are currently limited, letting LSU know whether you're interested in receiving the vaccine by completing the pre-registration survey determines the number of doses the university will request from the Louisiana Department of Health."

Please visit Roadmap to Spring, COVID-19 Vaccines for more information and access to the survey.

 

LSU COACHE Survey

February 26, 2021

All faculty are highly encouraged to participate in the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) faculty job satisfaction survey.  The data will be confidential and will be used to address and engage faculty concerns.  Survey closes April 12.

 

Faculty Senate Meeting

February 23, 2021

Email facultysenate@lsu.edu for more information

  1. Call to Order
  2. Announcement of Alternative Representatives*
  3. Roll, by means of Zoom log-in
  4. Introduction of guests
  5. Public comments on agenda item(s)**
  6. Consideration of January 25, 2021 minutes
  7. President’s report
  8. University Update, LSU Interim President Tom Galligan
  9. Student Systems Update, Matt Lee, Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Support Services, Office of Academic Affairs
  10. International Office Update, Samba Dieng, Senior Internationalization Officer and Executive Director, International Programs
  11. School of Collaborative Programs Update, Theda Daniels-Race, Program Director, School of Collaborative Academic Programs
  12. Faculty Senate Integrative Learning Core Committee, Ken McMillin, Faculty Senate Past-President
  13. Old Business
    1. Second Reading, Resolution 21-01, “Formation of Ad-Hoc Committee to Develop A Comprehensive Framework for Open Access Publishing at LSU” Sponsored by the Faculty Senate Library Advisory Committee
  14. New Business
    1. First Reading, Resolution 21-02, “Faculty Endorsement of the Graduate Student Bill of Rights” Sponsored by Faculty Senator Daniel Tirone

 

Faculty Senate Meeting

January 25, 2021

Email facultysenate@lsu.edu for more information.

  1. Call to Order
  2. Announcement of Alternative Representatives*
  3. Roll, by means of Zoom log-in
  4. Introduction of guests
  5. Public comments on agenda item(s)**
  6. Consideration of November 18, 2020 minutes
  7. President’s report
  8. Mr. Robert Dampf, Board of Supervisors Chair
  9. Proposed Wholesale Revision to PS 104 Dismissal for Cause of Faculty, Dr. Jane Cassidy, Senior Vice Provost, Office of Academic Affairs
  10. COACHE survey and the Advance Grant Update, Dr. Emily Elliott, Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology
  11. Old Business
    1. Second Reading, Resolution 20-05, “Confronting Anti-Blackness by Ensuring Undergraduate Access to Antiracist Curricular Offering” Sponsored by Professors Sonja Wiley and Cassandra Chaney
  12. New Business
    1. First Reading, Resolution 21-01, “Formation of Ad-Hoc Committee to Develop A Comprehensive Framework for Open Access Publishing at LSU” Sponsored by the Faculty Senate Library Advisory Committee
    2. Faculty Senate Standing Committees Elections
      1. Budget and Planning Advisory Committee
      2. Faculty Adjudication Committee
      3. Faculty Appeals Board

 

ALFS Releases the 2020 Faculty Survey

January 12, 2021

2020 ALFS Survey (For an accessible version of this survey, please email facultysenate@lsu.edu.) 

A letter from ALFS Vice President, Kevin Cope

"Dear Members of the ALFS and Alexandria Summit Networks,

As everyone knows, 2020 has been a tough year.  ALFS has not been immune from its miseries and inconveniences.  Fortunately, our sturdy ALFS colleagues have managed to keep our collaborative efforts going, indeed occasionally thriving.  I am delighted to report that the team of Matt Butkus, Cynthia Cano, Mary Jarzabek, and Marcia Hardy have now completed their monumental survey of faculty perceptions of Louisiana higher education, of their own situation in the profession, and of their understanding of their prospects within and without the Louisiana higher educational system.  You will find that brilliant research achievement attached.

The survey reveals and confirms many of the (often sad) facts that well all know about colleges, universities, and their faculty in our region.  Better, the survey delivers hard, statistically confirmed data while also explaining the importance of its revelations to the future of Louisiana and its economy.  Complaining or petitioning academic professionals are often dismissed by those with influence on the grounds that their reports are only anecdotal.  This survey provides firm evidentiary support, on a very large scale, for the suggestions that we make to those in authority.

I and the ALFS leadership encourage everyone to share this survey with anyone who might learn from it.  That would include any decisionmaker within your range of access or acquaintance, whether a Provost, a Dean, a legislator, a pastor, or another citizen.  If you are internet-fluent, please post this study on pertinent web sites, social media, or listservs.

Thank you for your attention.  Stay tuned for more announcements concerning ALFS activities!

With best wishes for an improving new year,

KEVIN

Kevin L. Cope

ALFS Vice-President"

 

Call for Faculty Senate Committee Nominations

December 15, 2020

In September, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee requested that all members and chairs/vice chairs of each committee remain in place until the changes to the Faculty Senate Bylaws were passed. We are happy to announce that they were passed during the October 29 meeting and are ready to start accepting nominations!  Please visit the Faculty Senate Committees webpage to review vacant seats.  Email facultysenate@lsu.edu for more information or to nominate.

 

Redesigned Academic Technology and Learning Design Site

December 8, 2020

The faculty support site for academic technology and learning design has been revamped. The team created a video overview (less than 5 minutes). For more information, visit: LSU Online Faculty Resource and Support

 

Call for Nominations to Graduate School Task Force

December 7, 2020

The graduate school VP and Dean, Jim Spencer, has requested faculty senators to serve on each of five working groups tasked with designing a strategic plan for the LSU Graduate School (Details are provided below). We are currently in need of three more volunteers. Please send your nominations (self or otherwise) to the facultysenate@lsu.edu.    

 

The Graduate School Strategic Planning Process:

As a comprehensive institution, the Strategic Plan for the LSU-GS requires substantive engagement with its wide-range of constituencies. Thus, the planning process will be composed of five working groups of about 10-15 members each: 1) graduate students, 2) faculty and academic advisors, 3) department chairs, 3) graduate coordinators, and 4) academic administrative leadership.

Moreover, this particular moment is an opportune time to reconsider graduate studies more broadly for several reasons:  At the turn of the 20th century, University of Michigan President James Duderstadt authored A University for the 21st Century (2000), writing that “if lasting institutional reform is to be achieved, it will require changes in graduate education, with greater emphasis upon the integration of the disciplines and their applications to societal issues.”  As a Land, Sea, and Space-Grant university, LSU is uniquely positioned to be at the forefront of this lasting change.

Even 20 years into the 21st Century, higher education has only scratched the surface of these changes, especially in the face of a demographic change in the United States that is anticipated to be a “majority-minority” nation by 2050. In 2020, we saw the confluence of major issues: COVID-19, racial tension and social injustice, economic disparities and more. With these trends in mind, our strategic planning process will identity challenges and opportunities relevant to this mission of the public university at this moment, and how graduate education can shape them. 

On December 10, we will host a GS Symposium on Graduate Education in the 21st Century with an overview of how several trends are shaping graduate education: 1) Digital transformation; 2) Accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion; 3) Sustainability; 4) Internationalization and globalization; and 5) The practical need for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary education.

Following an overview of these trends, the symposium will provide: 1) overview of LSU’s Roadmap to Diversity and the state of the university’s broader strategic planning process and how that aligns with the LSU-GS planning process; 2) a description of the current undergraduate student body at LSU and beyond that is more diverse than prior cohorts thereby bringing different skill sets to higher education; and 3) a panel discussion on how technology has affected the ways in which knowledge is defined, produced, and conveyed in recent years.

A second guided formal discussion will take place with each working group followed by several working meetings that will result in preliminary recommendations to the LSU-GS, which will then be organized into a comprehensive five-year strategic plan for review.

·       December 10, 2020: Initiating E-Symposium

·       December 17, 2020: Guided Discussions for Working Groups

·       December 18 – January 31, 2021: Self-organized Discussions of Working Groups (~4-5)

·       February 15, 2021: Overview Reports of Working Groups Conveyed to Graduate School

·       March 30, 2021: Draft Graduate School Strategic Plan Ready for Review.

 

Guidebook for Faculty Searches

November 24, 2020

This Guidebook has been assembled as a resource to academic units for the faculty hiring process. Throughout, attention has been focused on detailing the process such that campus protocols are followed, and the intended outcome of increasing the number of highly qualified diverse faculty can be realized.

It can be found under Office of Academic Affairs faculty resources, titled "Search Committee Guidebook"

 

Faculty Senate Meeting

November 18, 2020

Email facultysenate@lsu.edu for more log in information

  1. Call to Order
  2. Announcement of Alternative Representatives
  3. Roll, by means of Zoom log-in
  4. Introduction of guests
  5. Public comments on agenda item(s)
  6. Consideration of October 29, 2020 minutes
  7. President’s report
  8. Digital Ownership, Andrew Maas, Associate Vice President for Research -Technology Transfer Director, Office of Innovation & Technology Commercialization
  9. LSU IT Updates, Craig Woolley, Chief Information Officer, Information Technology Services
  10. Standardization of Hiring Practices, Jane Cassidy, Senior Vice Provost, Office of Academic Affairs
  11. Old Business
  12. New Business
    1. Faculty Senate Standing Committees
    2. First Reading Resolution 20-05, Confronting Anti-Blackness by Ensuring Undergraduate Access to Antiracist Curricular Offering

 

Faculty Senate Meeting 

October 29, 2020

Email facultysenate@lsu.edu for more log in information

  1. Call to Order
  2. Announcement of Alternative and Proxy Representatives*
  3. Roll, by means of Zoom log-in
  4. Introduction of guests
  5. Public comments on agenda item(s)
  6. Consideration of September 22, 2020 minutes
  7. President’s report
  8. Tiger Tracker, Dr. Keena Arbuthnot, Associate Vice President, Office of Research & Economic Development
  9. National Guard COVID Testing, Lt. Colonel Dorrie Staal
  10. Graduate School Update, Dr. Spencer, Vice Provost & Dean, Graduate School
  11. Old Business
    1. Faculty Senate Constitution and Bylaws Changes
  12. New Business

 

ITS Customer Satisfaction Survey

October 19, 2020

LSU recently welcomed Craig Woolley as its new Chief Information Officer. This recent change in leadership of LSU's IT organization provides a timely opportunity to assess the current state of IT at LSU. We are seeking your input as an institutional stakeholder for this assessment. Your responses will be incorporated into the development of strategies for improvement and increasing value to the university. We would be very appreciative of your honest input. The survey is anonymous and should not take longer than 5 minutes to complete. (Update: July 23, 2021, Survey no longer active)

 

Gear 2 Geaux

September 29, 2020

The LSU Student Technology Fee funds the purchase of mobile computing devices available for check-out at the LSU Library Access Services. A student ID is required to check out these items.  Any items not returned will be charged to your fee bill.

You can also check-out equipment through Communication Across Curriculum.

You must be an LSU STUDENT to be eligible for Gear2Geaux. Unfortunately, Faculty and Staff are not eligible as these services are provided through the Student Tech Fee.
 

AVAILABLE GEAR
Apple MacBook Air
Dell Latitude laptops
Chromebooks
Kajeet MiFi hotspots
Microphones/webcams
HDMI cables
VGA Connector Cables for Mac
Power Cords
Phone Chargers: iPhone 5-11 and 4, and Android
Computer mice
Combination Locks
Calculators
 
Eligibility & Order Procedures
Available To:    LSU Students.

Request Service:    Check out from the Access Services desk in LSU Library.

Delivery Timeline:    Immediate / As Available.

Fees:    No fees to check-out items, however Late Fees and Lost Fees will apply if applicable.

 

Faculty Senate Meeting

September 22, 2020

Meeting ID: 920 852 1199

  1. Call to Order
  2. Announcement of Alternative and Proxy Representatives*
  3. Roll, by means of Zoom log-in
  4. Introduction of guests
  5. Public comments on agenda item(s)**
  6. Consideration of August 31, 2020 minutes
  7. President’s report
  8. ITS Update, Craig Woolley, Chief Information Officer, Information Technology Services
  9. PS-109 Update, Jane Cassidy, Senior Vice Provost, Office of Academic Affairs
  10. HRM Update, Clay Jones, Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Human Resource Management
  11. Old Business
  12. New Business
    1. Faculty Senate Constitution and Bylaws Changes

Faculty Senate Meeting

August 31, 2020

Meeting ID: 920 852 1199

  1. Call to Order
  2. Announcement of Alternative and Proxy Representatives*
  3. Roll, by means of Zoom log-in
  4. Introduction of guests
  5. Public comments on agenda item(s)**
  6. Consideration of April 21, 2020 minutes
  7. University Update, LSU Leadership
  8. President’s report
  9. Virtual Instruction Support, Sasha Thackaberry, Vice President of Online and Continuing Education
  10. Emergency Operations Center Update, Jake Palmer, Manager of the Emergency Operations
  11. FY 2019-20 Annual Report for the Ombuds Office, Retha Niedecken, LSU Ombudsperson
  12. Old Business
    1. Second Reading, Resolution 20-04, “Gender Equity in Health Insurance Benefits” Sponsored by the Benefits Advisory Committee and the Faculty Senate Executive Committee
  13. New Business
    1. Faculty Senate Leadership 2020-2021 Junior Member-at-Large Election
    2. Faculty Senate Constitution and Bylaws Changes

Association of Louisiana Faculty Senates News

August 24, 2020

We are all eager, in these difficult times, for some indication that faculty can influence and improve their future.  I am therefore pleased to draw your attention to an important initiative that is underway on the campus of Louisiana State University Shreveport (LSUS).  Our colleague Brian Salvatore, who is a regular at ALFS-Alexandria meetings, is an AAUP regular, and is a graduate of the AAUP Summer Institute, is spearheading a faculty and student drive to keep LSUS safe by going to online-only education during the new fall semester.  Brian and his colleagues have faced an intransigent administration that has downplayed faculty concerns, ignored faculty expertise, and triggered an adverse relation among both faculty and students.  Brian and associates have pleaded with the administration to give up on a fast-tracked but poorly-conceived plan that, for example, vaunts to control this fierce epidemic with “wellness centers.”

Today, Brian scored a major victory by getting on the television news and thereby putting the LSUS administration on the run.  You may see Brian’s short interview at https://www.ksla.com/video/2020/08/21/lsus-virtual-only-petition-2/

LSUS faculty are also partnering with LSUS students in an online petition drive that is urging the headstrong LSUS administration to rethink its position and implement an online semester.  The petition is available for inspection at . https://www.change.org/p/lsus-students-move-all-classes-at-lsus-online-for-fall-2020?recruiter=1142523188&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=sms&utm_campaign=share_petition&recruited_by_id=20423070-e1cf-11ea-9a14-2babf7522972  .

Anyone who would like to help Brian and his colleagues, many of whom fear for the health, may sign that petition (electronically, online) and may also leave comments.  These colleagues need your help in betting an administration with no training in disease control to listen to profession al advice.  Leaving comments on the petition site would be especially helpful in signaling to the LSUS administration that sending faculty into unsafe, unhealthful conditions is substandard policy.

 

FY 2019-2020 Annual Report for the Ombuds Office and Operation Practices

August 17, 2020

This year’s report provides more information than just statistics, which comprised last year’s report. The report is also available on the Ombuds webpage under the “Resources” tab: https://www.lsu.edu/ombuds/files/ombuds-office-annual-rept2019-20.pdf 

In honoring the health and safety protection directives of the Governor and LSU Board of Supervisors, until further notice, the LSU Office of the Ombudsperson will provide services through a hybrid practice. Commencing the week of August 17, 2020, The office is located at the University Administration Building, 3810 W. Lakeshore Drive, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Ms. Niedecken will be working remotely from home on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Meetings will be by appointment only, no drop-ins, please. Meetings will be offered in-person, with a mask (Tuesday/Thursday only), by Zoom, or by telephone. Please email to schedule a day and time at OMBUDS@lsu.edu  Please note the office is no longer at the Student Union.

 

Return to Campus Measures

August 5, 2020

  • Masks are required on campus in public spaces, especially when it is not possible to maintain appropriate physical distancing of at least six feet. This includes entering and exiting buildings, moving through hallways, using common rooms, and sitting in classrooms and other shared spaces. Masks must be worn correctly – over the nose and mouth.
  • Students, faculty and staff should maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet whenever possible.
  • Stay to your right when walking through buildings. When you enter or exit a building with double doors, always use the door on your right. Walk on the right side of a hallway or staircase. This will help groups of people to move through a building more quickly and to stay separated as much as possible.
  • Follow any signs or arrows in buildings, hallways or on doors that may direct the flow of traffic. This directional guidance has been carefully planned and placed to encourage safety, so please pay attention to signs and follow the instructions.
  • Cleaning materials will be provided in classrooms and students and faculty will be responsible for wiping down their own desks/chairs before and after each class. Please dispose of wipes properly.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has, please email reportcovid@lsu.edu and follow the protocols outlined here: https://www.lsu.edu/roadmap/health/symptoms.php.
  • If you feel sick, stay home. Students who miss class because they feel ill should contact their instructor immediately.
  • If you are planning any meetings or events on campus, you must follow the Fall 2020 Meeting and Event Guidelines: https://www.lsu.edu/roadmap/campus/events.php.
  • Students, faculty and staff will be required to complete a Return to Campus form when they return, to provide LSU with information that will help with contact tracing and providing assistance to anyone who tests positive. More information on this will be shared soon.
  • Students, faculty and staff will be required to complete a symptom checker each day via text or web-based application. More information on this will be shared soon.

 

Faculty and Instructional Guidance

July 31, 2020

Guidance for faculty and instructional activities for fall 2020

 

Protecting our International Students

July 9, 2020

From VP Matthew Lee in response to the FSEC query about plans to protect the education of our undergraduate and graduate international students after the Student and Exchange Visitor Program announced that "foreign students who do not transfer to in-person programs and remain in the United States while enrolled in online courses could face 'immigration consequences including, but not limited to, the initiation of removal proceedings'". 

  1. We will review the schedule of every international student and make sure they are in at least 1 face-to-face/hybrid course. At the undergrad level the usual student support units can do this, but at the graduate level (where 2/3rds of our graduate students are enrolled), this will presumably be a departmental matter. Faculty mentors typically play a critical role in this sort of thing. 
  2. Dissertation, thesis, research and independent study hours are all cataloged as face-to-face. A brief syllabus should be developed for all of these as an added layer of evidence, and we recommend faculty specifically spell out times/days when they will meet with the student and keep it handy. I would also recommend indicating that things like special collections, labs or instrumentation will be used when appropriate to further shore up that the work is campus-based. This is for the protection of the student, and getting the word out on this would be extremely helpful.  
  3. I have spoken with the Provost, and if we have a severe viral outbreak this fall semester we will do everything we can to avoid going completely online. We may spell out special stipulations for the kinds of hours mentioned above as well as some other things. 
  4. International Services has sent out general messaging to all international students. I have briefed our legislative liaisons, and we are coordinating a cohesive system-level response. We are looking at joining the chorus of voices from every major higher ed professional association to push for a rollback on this. Our federal delegation will be briefed on our position on this.
Matt Lee
Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Support Services
Office of Academic Affairs
Louisiana State University

 

Geaux Get Tested

July 7, 2020

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced the opening of several testing sites in East Baton Rouge Parish beginning Tuesday, July 7, through the "Geaux Get Tested" initiative.

The hours and dates of operation for all sites are 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., seven days a week. Test sites will open for 12 days, from Tuesday, July 7, to Saturday, July 18 (unless otherwise noted).

The sites are located at:

  • LSU: Alex Box Stadium parking lot, Gourrier Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70820
  • Southern University: F.G. Clark parking lot, 801 Harding Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70807
  • Cortana Mall: 9701 Cortana Pl., Baton Rouge, LA 70815
  • Healing Place Church: Mobile Testing Site, 19202 Highland Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810.
  • The Healing Place Church site will operate Wednesday, July 8–Saturday, July 18, with the exception of Sunday, July 12.
  • Lamar Dixon Expo Center: 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales, LA 70737.  This site is supported by LDH, GOHSEP, and HHS.

Additional information can be found at https://lsu.edu/coronavirus/index.php and brla.gov

 

Frequently Asked Questions: Purchasing and PPE

June 29, 2020

Procurement will send requisitions back to Departments with University Stores’ link for ordering information for fulfillment by University Stores. Items that are not available at Stores should be entered on a punch out requisition through the master contract suppliers. If an item is not available via Punch out in Workday, send a request to Amy Bourgeois @ ahill5@lsu.edu, to assist with sourcing the item.

The University will provide an LSU-branded cloth mask for each employee. Departments can also order PPE items for employees via University Stores or Procurement, if their budget allows. However, individuals are also able to bring their own PPE supplies.

University Stores should be used to procure PPE items that are on inventory at University Stores using the form @ https://lsu.edu/fs/departments/university-stores/order-forms.php  click on “PPE Order Form”). Lab/Research supplies should be processed through normal procurement processes.

There has been little information received to date on what expenses will be reimbursable, however the COVID grant accounts should be used for all COVID-related expenses until further notice. Colleges/units will be required to cover any expenses that are deemed ineligible or not fully reimbursable from their budgets.

Departments can order PPE items for Departmental use using the form provided @ https://lsu.edu/fs/departments/university-stores/order-forms.php (click on “PPE Order Form”).

Departments can order PPE items for Departmental use using the form provided @ https://lsu.edu/fs/departments/university-stores/order-forms.php (click on “PPE Order Form”) using the College COVID Account number.

The best way to place an order for Plexiglas shields is to work with your building coordinator to create a Facility Services work order, or contact the Facility Services Customer Service Center at facilityservices@lsu.edu or 225-578-3186.

The normal University Stores processes will be applicable to the purchase of PPE supplies.

It is still suggested that you evaluate the needs for 3-months to ensure inventory is purchased to cover this period of time. However, supply is catching up with demand, so this may no longer be a concern for some items.

The best way to place an order for Plexiglas shields is to work with your building coordinator to create a Facility Services work order, or contact the Facility Services Customer Service Center at facilityservices@lsu.edu or 225-578-3186.

You can contact Tyler Kearney (tkearney@lsu.edu) or Janet Parks (jparks@lsu.edu).

Departments were told not to use the account. Please clarify when the COVID grant account can or cannot be used. Since COVID-19 has been declared a federal emergency, Public Assistance through FEMA will be eligible. Category B/Emergency Protective Measures are eligible for reimbursement with a 25% cost share. There has been little information received at this time, but we believe that the costs associated with signage, large scale purchase of cleaning/sanitizing supplies and preparation for remote work and online delivery of courses may be eligible. Colleges/units will be required to cover any expenses that are deemed ineligible from your budget. More information will be provided on potential reimbursements as it becomes available.

Facility Services will work with individual departments on a plan to utilize the shields.

If the purchase is COVID-related and includes potentially reimbursable expenses, you should use the appropriate COVID grant account to help track these expenses.

Departments can order PPE items for Departmental use using the form provided @ https://lsu.edu/fs/departments/university-stores/order-forms.php (click on “PPE Order Form”) using the College COVID Account number.

Departments were told not to use the account. Please clarify when the COVID grant account can or cannot be used. Since COVID-19 has been declared a federal emergency, Public Assistance through FEMA will be eligible. Category B/Emergency Protective Measures are eligible for reimbursement with a 25% cost share. There has been little information received at this time, but we believe that the costs associated with signage, large scale purchase of cleaning/sanitizing supplies and preparation for remote work and online delivery of courses may be eligible. Colleges/units will be required to cover any expenses that are deemed ineligible from your budget. More information will be provided on potential reimbursements as it becomes available.

Facility Services will be providing disinfecting wipes for classrooms and will be deploying disinfecting stands for common spaces serving classrooms. Others may become available for departmental purchase within the priority guidelines.

Copier Management plans to provide an initial supply of the recommended cleaning materials by Xerox – 70% isopropyl alcohol and soft lint-free wipes – for each Multifunction Device (MFD or copier). We anticipate the supplies being available before the start of the fall semester. If you have questions, please contact, copiermgmt@lsu.edu

I heard that priority will be given to classrooms and common spaces so not sure how far down on the list our college will be. And, I want to ensure that our units have supplies in place when they return to campus. PPE supplies identified in the June 18th Procurement memo are to be purchased through University Stores (https://lsu.edu/fs/departments/university-stores/order-forms.php click on “PPE Order Form”). If additional supplies are needed, these are to be procured through normal university procurement processes.

We have vendors that we use to purchase those items as well as items that are specific to cleaning a recreation center. Also, we do charge all of our cleaning supplies related to COVID-19 to our COVID grant account? University Stores should be used to procure PPE items they have available. @ https://lsu.edu/fs/departments/university-stores/order-forms.php  (click on “PPE Order Form”) using the College COVID Account number.

 

Purchasing PPE and Sanitary Supplies

June 26, 2020

Information is provided on the items the University will be acquiring and deploying across campus as well as those that will need to be requested by departments and units through normal procurement processes to meet their specific operational needs in returning to campus.   

Procurement in partnership with Stores is working to source all necessary sanitary and PPE items, including those with supply challenges, to ensure we are able to meet the mission of teaching and learning.

University-Provided Sanitation Supplies and PPE

The sanitation supplies and PPE to be provided by the University are being procured in bulk quantities and will be available to the entire campus community through University Stores to ensure the safest possible return to campus experience. The items being procured by the University include the following:

  • Hand sanitizer and dispensers
  • Sanitary wipes
  • Disinfectant spray and dispensers
  • Paper towels
  • Disposable masks
  • Nitrile (non-latex) gloves

Building Services staff will deploy and replenish these supplies and commodities in classrooms, labs, and other public access areas as necessary and consistent with current CDC guidance. Additionally, Facilities Services will be fabricating Plexiglas shields for classroom podiums and other public-facing areas as necessary. These items will also be available to individual departments and units through the normal University Stores ordering process, though the initial priority for fulfillment of supply will be for use in classrooms and common areas. Any questions on these specific items should be directed to facilityservices@lsu.edu.

Other Sanitary Items and PPE

It is understood that departments and units will also require additional sanitary items and PPE outside of the items listed above to address their specific operational plans and needs in returning to campus. These items should be requested through the normal University procurement process. We recommend utilizing the LSU Master Contracts in Workday. If you have any concerns about current availability of product and delivery time, contact the LSU Master Contract sales representative (https://www.myworkday.com/lsu/d/inst/13102!CK5mGhIKBggDEMenAhIICgYI1A0QmQE~/cacheable-task/2997$2151.htmld) and they will be able to assist. In addition, Procurement is always available to help. Any questions on this process or available supplies and commodities should be directed to purchase@lsu.edu.

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LSU Faculty Senate on PS-15: Academic Freedom, Free Speech, and Tenure

June 10, 2020

PS-15 Academic Freedom, Free Speech and Tenure was issued from the Office of Academic Affairs on April 22, 2020. The history of the policy statement kindly penned by Professor McMillin is included below. Please share this information with the faculty you represent.

 From Past-President McMillin:  "My understanding is that there was no actual LSU policy statement on academic freedom, but the Faculty Handbook, last updated in 1997, had two paragraphs about academic freedom. I’m not sure of the prompting for Kevin Cope to provide some thoughts on expansion of the paragraphs to the Faculty Senate Executive Committee in September, 2012. The topic was discussed off and on in the many following Faculty Senate Executive Committees, with numerous wording changes and researching of academic freedom statements and policies at other universities. In the last SASCOC review, Kevin revised the wording and posted aspects of the Faculty Handbook on the Faculty Senate website. When I became Faculty Senate President, Kevin and I agreed that having a formal policy was becoming more important and urgent, but drafts were never finalized for submission to Academic Affairs. After the Legislature passed the free speech legislation, LSU adopted PM-79 Freedom of Speech and Expression effective November, 2018 in response to the mandate for universities to have policies. The policy seemed inadequate to encompass academic freedom so the FSEC debated wording and inclusion of free speech aspects into a policy in summer and fall of 2019 and submitted a draft to Academic Affairs in November of 2019. Academic Affairs, General Counsel Office, Council of Deans, and other groups reviewed and countered with minor changes in February, 2020, with final version of PS-15 Academic Freedom, Free Speech & Tenure effective on April 22, 2020."

 

LSU Faculty Senate Survey Results, Fall Semester 2020

June 8, 2020

Thank you for your efforts on the faculty survey about Fall 2020 plans. The Faculty Survey Fall Semester 2020 results have been shared with the administration. The feedback from the C&C and ASH committees are the basis for our ongoing discussions with administration about Fall 2020.

 

For earlier news stories, please contact facultysenate@lsu.edu.