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    Abortion Access, Lecturer Pay Among Topics Discussed at Final Academic Senate of the Semester

    The CSU Stanislaus Academic Senate met for the last time of the semester May 2. The senate discussed a multitude of items, from policy changes, additions to the calendar, and the reorganization/renaming of extended education.
    The meeting began with the Land Acknowledgement and was followed by the approval of the agenda as well as the minutes from the previous meeting.
    Committee reports followed with each committee reporting on the last time they’d met and what was discussed during those meetings.
    Senator JC Navarro gave the ASI Report. May 4 welcomed the new ASI board of directors and a passing of the gavel ceremony on May 20 will swear in the new board and celebrate the exiting board members.
    California Faculty Association (CFA) President, Dave Colnic, started off the CFA report by acknowledging a misunderstanding that the CFA would be calling for the dismissal of Health Center Employees following their recent exercising of their rights in regards to providing abortion services.
    “I want to reiterate publicly and clearly the CFA leadership has not and will not call for the dismissal of any employees for exercising their contractual rights,” Colnic stated. “Further, CFA will not interfere in the ability of those unions to negotiate with administration on what those rights are.”
    He then laid out a series of issues that would need to be discussed later, like salary improvement for all employee levels and guaranteed parental leave for faculty when in times of crisis, like needing to care for an elder or sibling.
    Online Technology Mediated Courses Policy
    Academic Technology & Learning Committee (ATLC) brought forward changes that would be made to the policy once approved by the senate. These changes would include contact being made by instructors teaching asynchronous classes at least two working days before the start of class. The Online
 and
 Technology
 (OTM) Mediated policies can be found on the academic affairs website.
    These changes were met with questions from various members as to which class types would be affected, the choice of posting the policies on the academic affairs website and how often the policy should be updated.
    Range Elevation Policy
    Faculty Affairs Committee (FAC) Chair, Marina Gerson, introduced the resolutions for the range elevation policy. The policy now includes a clause that states faculty may apply for an elevation upon the completion of an advanced degree.
    The elevation or advancement would see their pay be adjusted accordingly to their new standing.
    “And so our hope is that if we say that there are multiple ways in which we can actually support our lecturers here on campus, that we might have better chance of applying this policy in practice,” Gerson said.
    Curriculum Consultation Policy
    Four changes were made to the curriculum consultation policy after the previous senate meeting. The standard meeting schedule will start earlier in the semester and there will be an increased number of meetings in weeks 2,6,8, and 12.
    Committees are to review proposals in order of submission and not in alphabetical order.
    Shared Governance Consultation at CSU Stanislaus
    Marcy Chvasta opened by recapping how the Shared Governance Statement  statement came into fruition by recalling when President Junn approached her and speaker Stone about reaffirming the commitment to shared governance and the process of consultation.
    President Junn stated, “I would like to also reiterate the reason for why this was so so important at this juncture in time is because of my retirement, and back when I came in 2016, I asked the Senate Senate executive and the Senate to consider writing an explicit statement of shared governance between the Administration, the President’s office, Administration Cabinet, and the Senate itself.
    President Junn then continued by saying that several other campuses have followed suit and that their statement was formed from ideas that came from other campuses and molded them to fit Stan State.
    Chvasta motioned to move it to a second reading item and was seconded by Senator Chaney.

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