RIT AAUP JANUARY 12, 2007: 1:00-2:00 P.M.

In attendance: T. Policano; J. Naud; J. Aumer; V. Serravallo

1.  Citizenship Requirements in RIT Job Search

President Policano notified President Simone and the Chair of Academic Senate of the job requirement, “Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents (i.e., able to handle ITAR restricted data)” used in a current ad for a faculty position in the Carlson Center for Imaging Science.  The Chapter seeks to know why the job search lists this requirement.  A dialogue has been started, and the Chapter will monitor this issue.

2.  Amendments to Policy on Retirement Benefits

In response to the Chapter’s concern with the Institute’s proposal to
discontinue retirement benefits to those who, among other things, behave in ways that are “detrimental to RIT,” a volunteer group of three faculty members has been formed to examine and offer alternative language to the proposed changes. 

With assistance of legal counsel, the group has submitted to RIT Human Relations its fifth version of policy to articulate the conditions that jeopardize continued benefits.  In this version the language, “detrimental to RIT” is omitted.  The group holds that the Institute should apply its already existing policy regarding fired-for-cause.  The group also notes that RIT Human Relations may recommend loss of benefits, but it does not have the authority to make decisions on that matter.

If RIT Human Relations accepts the group’s language, it will next be reviewed by Academic Senate.

3.  Rankism at RIT

In response to the article in the AAUP Academe , Class Issues Outside the Classroom (Sept-Oct, 2006) which reported mistreatment of staff by faculty and administration, Academic Senate has made overtures to Staff Council. Staff Council has responded by doing an informal survey and preparing a report that was shared with President Simone. Academic Senate will review this report and follow up as well.

4.  White Paper on General Education

The Chapter reminds CLA, NTID and COS is maintaining a forum to facilitate discussion on the General Education White Paper DRAFT , and Chapter officers welcome the opportunity to explain the system and share views on general education to the Colleges.

5.  New Math for Grant Overhead

In response to the Chapter’s concern with a new math policy that assigns Don Boyd's Office a percentage of grant overhead monies received by RIT faculty that would lead to a policy of supporting "success," Academic Seante asked Don Boyd to review this new math at the January 11, 2007 Academic Senate meeting. Don and President Simone both promised that there are and will be other sources for funds and support for faculty to develop new and low dollar grant proposals.

respectfully submitted 1/19/07 by V Serravallo, Revised 1/22/07