University Faculty Senate sets agenda for Jan. 28 meeting

January 21, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The University Faculty Senate will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 1:30 p.m. in 112 Kern Graduate Building. The items below will be considered at the meeting.

A forensic session will be conducted regarding the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at Penn State: Employer Responsibility Provisions; Part Time Benefits and High Deductible Plans. The forensic session is meant to provide faculty an opportunity to discuss and provide views about one set of policy choices – implementation of the employer responsibility provisions of ACA to part-time employees.

Votes will be taken on three motions that were presented at the Dec. 10, 2013 Senate meeting. The first motion, from Matthew Woessner, Harrisburg senator, pertains to the Wellness Task Force; the second motion, from James Ruiz, Harrisburg senator, is on reporting Senate election results; and the third motion, from Maria Truglio, Liberal Arts senator, is on the collection of wellness data by the University.

Votes will also be taken on revisions to the Bylaws, Article VII, Section 3 (College of Medicine, Delegation of Authority); revisions to the Standing Rules, Article I, Section 7 (c & g) (Rules of Procedure); and revisions to the Standing Rules, Article III, Section 10 (University Ombudsperson).

Senate Chair Brent Yarnal will introduce the Reports on Engaged Scholarship co-sponsored by the Senate Committees on Curricular Affairs, Educational Equity and Campus Environment, Faculty Affairs, Global Programs, Outreach, Research, Student Life, Undergraduate Education, and University Planning.

Reports appearing in the agenda only and posted on the University Faculty Senate website include the Senate Committee on Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid’s Annual Report on the Reserved Spaces Program, the Election Commission’s University Faculty Census Report 2014-2015, Senate Council’s Report on Fall 2013 Campus Visits, and the Senate Committee on University Planning’s An Update on For the Future -- The Campaign for Penn State Students. Senators with questions about these reports may send their questions to and they will receive a response from the committee chair.

Faculty Senate meetings are aired live via Mediasite. Instructions for the use of Mediasite are available at

The Senate office will be piloting a new voting system during the January 28 Senate plenary meeting.  The new system will allow Senators who are participating via Mediasite to vote by using  Instructions for using this voting system are posted at

Members of the University community are invited to attend this meeting.  Any member of the University community not a member of the Senate may request the privilege of the floor on any item of business already before the Senate.  Such a request must be made to the chair, through the executive director, at least four calendar days before the meeting at which the individual wishes to speak.

The Senate Agenda will be posted on the Senate website one week prior to each meeting and the Senate Record (minutes) will be posted approximately three weeks following each meeting at

For information on submitting major, minor, option, or course proposals, the Guide to Curricular Procedures is available at The Senate Curriculum Report is available at

Last Updated January 22, 2014