Absent: Kenneth Clark, Connie Diffee, and Scott McClain
Excused: Ginny Davis, Hazel Haywood, Russell Hunt, Janet Mitchell, Cornelius Stump,
Karen Thurmond, and Maurice Williams
Minutes respectfully submitted by Harry Flowers
- The meeting was called to order and roll was called.
- The minutes for the August meeting were approved as written.
- Committee reports:
- Finance Committee:
- The University budget committee will address the problem of our budget at their meeting
on October 3. As has been stated since the budgets came out, there are insufficient
funds to even hold our regular election this spring.
- Election Committee:
- Nothing to report.
- Issues/Review Committee:
- The campus school issue regarding staff consideration is still being addressed. Problems
with salary ranges and current employees will be brought up in New Business.
- Ad-Hoc Bylaws Committee:
- While the committee had a recommendation for changes, President Lippy asked the committee
to perform a full review of the bylaws, so that all problems which need to be addressed
may be voted on at the same time. The committee already has the following:
Article V. Section B. Number 3.
Section C. These bylaws may be amended, repealed, or replaced in the following manner.
- Current: A quorum shall consist of at least 50 percent of the Senate representatives.
Votes shall pass and carry by a two-thirds vote of the quorum. There shall be no proxy
- Proposed: Votes shall pass and carry by a vote of 51 percent of the Senate representatives.
There shall be no proxy voting.
- Current: The amendment will be proposed to the Senate and shall require a quorum and
a vote of two-thirds of the quorum to pass.
- Proposed: The amendment will be proposed to the Senate representatives and shall require
a vote of 51 percent of the Senate to pass.
- Ad-Hoc Election Procedures, Provost Division:
- Bill Akey presented the committee findings. Rather than try to improve what seems
to be a fair election process, the committee recommended improving communication could
address the problem. A written report of their findings will be given to President
Lippy next week. They asked President Lippy to make a trip to the Speech and Hearing
Center to encourage their participation. They also recommended a memo being issued
about Senate involvement and campaigning before the next election.
As a related item, Bill Akey turned in his resignation from the Senate today. He's
moving to a higher level employee grade within Enrollment Services, and is no longer
eligible to be a senator as a result. President Lippy thanked him for his work on
the Senate, and we all wish him well!
- Old Business:
A memo from Raymond Pipkin, Associate Vice President for Finance, was sent to President
Lippy addressing the question which arose from the 401(k) discussions: "When are University
employees considered state employees?" Copies were passed out to the Senators, and
President Lippy also clarified some points from other conversations he'd had.
Basically, it comes down to the state legislature. The Tennessee Higher Education
Commission (THEC) is the governing body for the Tennessee Board of Regents (and the
University of Tennessee system), which in turn governs The University of Memphis.
THEC and some other branches (the state judicial system is one) are not considered
part of the "executive branch" of state government. When the Tennessee General Assembly
makes decisions about state employees, they may make a distinction between "executive
branch" employees and "all" state employees at their discretion. Unfortunately, media
reports generally do not recognize that distinction when it is made.
- New Business:
- The $10/visit health center fee for employees was discussed. The health center was
created for students, and is now funded from student fees. Providing health services
for employees is an added benefit that is subsidized by the $10 fee. First-aid for
on-the-job injuries is provided free of charge. The center will begin offering employees
flu shots for $10 the end of this month... call personnel for an appointment.
- The difficulty in career advancement for employees might be lessened if open positions
were made available for existing staff before the general public. This is being referred
to the Issues and Review Committee for further investigation.
- Employees moving into new or upgraded positions have salary restrictions placed on
them that people being hired from outside the university do not have. Because of their
current salary and employee grade, it appears some employees are being discriminated
against in new salary determinations, whereas there are no such salary history restrictions
placed on anyone who is not a current employee. This issue is also being referred
to the Issues and Review Committee.
- President's Remarks:
- The meeting was adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for October 17, 1996.