University Senate Passed Motions: May 20, 2024 Special Meeting

During a Special Meeting of the University Senate on May 20, 2024, a resolution was passed, comprised of two motions, related to the recent student protests and encampment on the UConn Storrs campus, and the university’s response to these events. 

Overview of Motions passed: 

  • To urge the President to send a letter to the Office of the State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Tolland: 1) stating that the arrests and the judicial processes to date have been punishment enough for the students’ alleged actions, 2) conveying  concern that a lengthy judicial process would constitute undue punishment, and 3) therefore urges the State’s Attorney to drop all criminal charges against the students arrested at the encampment; and, to issue a public communication stating that she will refrain from pursuing any disciplinary actions or retaliatory measures against any student, staff, or faculty member solely for participating in the protests, or for supporting the students. 
  • To form an ad hoc committee that will investigate and report back to the University Senate by the third Senate meeting of the 2024-2025 academic year, on: (1) the terms and mechanisms by which the police were authorized to arrest students at the encampment, (2) the processes by which police are deployed into university spaces (including meetings of the University Senate) and at what  cost; and, (3) a potential process for gaining greater transparency around the University’s and the UConn Foundation’s investments in the interest of faculty governance and feasibility of divestment. 

The full resolution can be read in full here.

University Senate Adjourned for Summer

The University Senate will meet on September 9, 2024 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom (304) and via WebEx. An orientation for new senators will be hosted at 3 p.m. also in a hybrid format. We welcome all newly elected Senators and continuing Senators to join this session. Light refreshments will be provided at both events.

For the full schedule of University Senate meetings scheduled to take place during the 2024-2025 Academic Year, please check here.

Election Results: SEC, Nominating, Committee of Three, PAAC

Senate Executive Committee Election Results:
Three-year term: July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2027
Senate terms of elected SEC members to be extended to be concurrent with elected SEC term

Senate Executive Committee Chair Election Results:
Term: July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025
Laura Burton, Neag

Faculty Election Results:
Sandy Grande, CLAS
Michael Morrell, CLAS
Del Siegle, Neag

Professional Staff Election Results:
Karen Bresciano, The Graduate School

Senate Nominating Committee Election Results:
Term: July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2027
Jennifer Terni, CLAS
Carl Rivers, Office of the Registrar

Committee of Three Election Results:
Term: July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2026
Kenneth Foote, CLAS

President’s Athletic Advisory Committee Election Results:
Term: September 1, 2024 – August 31, 2026
George Plesko, School of Business



Motion Passed: Scholastic Standing & Dismissal Bylaw Change

During its regular meeting on April 1, 2024, the University Senate passed a motion presented by the Senate Scholastic Standards Committee initiating several changes to the Bylaws, Rules & Regulations of the University Senate II.E.13. Scholastic Standing & Dismissal. These bylaw changes will come into effect starting in Fall 2024.

Overview of Bylaw Changes:

  • Name changes of overall process:
    • Rename “scholastic standing” to “academic standing” when referring to the overall process or individual academic standings
    • Rename “scholastic probation” to “academic Notice”
  • Removal of scholastic warning standing and credit-based scholastic standing criteria
  • Change in minimum required time away from UConn after dismissal:
    • Reducing the minimum required time away for students following academic dismissal from 2 semesters to 1 semester after the first academic dismissal and from 8 semesters to 4 semesters for second academic dismissal.
  • Clarifying language added regarding the impact of summer and winter classes on academic standing
  • Change in how a student is returned to good academic standing:
    • Both semester GPA (sGPA) and cumulative GPA (cGPA) must be above 2.0 for a student to return to good standing, regardless of the number of earned credits
    • No student with at least a 2.3 sGPA average after completing all courses for which they are registered at the end of a semester is subject to dismissal; the student will be continued on academic notice if such status is warranted, until both the sGPA and cGPAs are at least 2.o.
  • Moving language about end of semester to II.H.1: University Calendar
  • Small edits to readmission language to more accurately reflect the holistic readmission process for dismissed students.

The full motion language can be viewed here and the University Senate bylaws will be updated to reflect these changes before they come into effect for Fall 2024.

University Senate Meeting: April 29, 2024

The University Senate will meet on Monday, April 29, 2024, in a hybrid format. Click here to learn more and to view meeting materials. Please note the location for in-person attendance has moved to the Student Union Theatre and the public may join either in-person or virtually via Livestream. This is the final meeting of the University Senate during the 2023-2024 Academic Year. 

Spring 2024 Senate Constituency Election Results

Spring 2024 Constituency Election Results:

Deans Constituency:
Three-Year Term, 7/1/2024 – 6/30/2024
*John Elliott, Dean of The Business School

School of Business Constituency:
Three-Year Term, 7/1/2024 – 6/30/2024
Timothy Folta, Boucher Management & Entrepreneurship

CAHNR Constituency:
Three-Year Term, 7/1/2024 – 6/30/2024
Tracy Rittenhouse, Natural Resources & the Environment

CLAS Constituency:
Three-Year Terms, 7/1/2024 – 6/30/2024

CLAS Physical & Life Sciences:
Christian Brueckner, Chemistry
Alvaro Lozano-Robledo, Mathematics

CLAS Social Sciences:
*Michael Morrell, Political Science
*Eleanor Ouimet, Anthropology
*Cindy Zhang, Geography

CLAS Humanities & Centers/Institutes:
Jennifer Terni, Literatures, Cultures & Languages

School of Engineering Constituency:
Three-Year Term, 7/1/2024 – 6/30/2024
Horea Ilies, Mechanical Engineering

School of Fine Arts Constituency:
Three-Year Term, 7/1/2024 – 6/30/2024
Alexis Boylan, Art & Art History

School of Law Constituency:
Three-Year Term, 7/1/2024 – 6/30/2024
*Joseph MacDougald, Law

School of Nursing Constituency:
Three-Year Term, 7/1/2024 – 6/30/2024
Kristin Bott, Nursing

School of Social Work Constituency:
Three-Year Term, 7/1/2024 – 6/30/2024
Nathanael Okpych, Social Work

Stamford Campus Faculty Constituency:
Three-Year Term, 7/1/2024 – 6/30/2024
Ingrid Semaan, Sociology, CLAS

Waterbury Campus Faculty Constituency:
Three-Year Term, 7/1/2024 – 6/30/2024
Kimberly Cuevas, Psychological Sciences, CLAS


Wymanized at end of term

University Senate Passes Series of Motions to Update SET

During its regular meeting on Monday, March 4th, 2024 the University Senate approved a series of three motions presented by the Senate Faculty Standards Committee:

  1. In official university documentation, remove the “SET+” terminology, which implicitly foregrounds and prioritizes the SET as a primary and definitive assessment of teaching effectiveness. “Assessment of Teaching Effectiveness” (ATE) is the desired general descriptive language to be used moving forward. (63 YAY, 0 NAY, 3 ABSTAIN)
  2. Redefine the SET acronym from “Student Evaluation of Teaching” to “Student Experience of Teaching,” which reflects the subjective nature of the instrument and acknowledges the potential inherent biases present therein. (66 YAY, 2 NAY, 1 ABSTAN)
  3. That the Senate endorse these recommendations and implementation strategies, as well as provide additional venues to their broad distribution, including appropriate websites and the Senate FSC/Provost Office PTR Information Sessions in the spring of each academic year. (62 YAY, 2 NAY, 4 ABSTAIN)

The full SET Taskforce recommendations referenced in these motions can be found in the Academic Affairs Governance Documents Library and the full language of the motion presented by the Faculty Standards Committee to the Senate can be found here.


University Senate Fall 2023 Election Results

Fall 2023 Election Results

Faculty At-Large
Three-Year Terms, 7/1/2024 – 6/30/2027
John R. Cooley, CLAS
David Embrick, CLAS
Kenneth Fuchs, SFA
Beth Ginsberg, CLAS
Phoebe Godfrey, CLAS
Rachel O’Neill, CLAS
Del Siegle, Neag School of Education
Rebecca Thomas, CLAS

Professional Staff At-Large
Three-Year Terms, 7/1/2024 – 6/30/2027
Leo Lachut, First Year Programs
Carl Rivers, Registrar’s Office

Faculty Review Board
Deborah Chyun, Nursing (term ending June 30, 2026)
Judith Thorpe, SFA (term ending June 30, 2026)