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UHM Minutes of Faculty Senate Executive Committee, December 1, 2003

Present: Martha Crosby, Thomas Hilgers, Roger Lukas, Jill Nunokawa, Thomas Schroeder, Mary Tiles, Janice Uchida, and Charlotte Mitsutani.

Chair Tiles called the meeting to order at 3:05 pm.

1. The minutes of 11/24/03 were approved.

2. Chair's Report (Tiles)

a. With the Chancellor away, MME did not meet.

b. Tiles attended the Community Partnership meeting on 12/1. The group discussion focused on K-12 issues.

c. Jan Heu has forwarded to SEC a proposal to allow applicants to take either SAT or ACT exams, with the additional requirement that they also take the new SAT or ACT writing examination that will be offered in 2005. SEC is sending the proposal to CAPP for review.

d. The proposal for the Center for Genomics, Proteomics, and Bioinformatics will be going to the BOR in February. SEC will be provided with the proposal for purposes of review. SEC will probably take the matter to the full Senate at its January 21 meeting.

e. Diane Perushek will send a discussion paper on journals acquisitions to MLT and SEC. SEC will invite Perushek to meet with SEC to discuss the several knotty issues as a possible prelude to a full Senate discussion on 1/21. SEC may also invite Bill Hamilton of UH Press for an update on his electronic publication plans.

3. Faculty Senate Agenda for 12/10/03

a. Approval of Minutes of ________ Charlotte will provide date

b. Committee on Athletics action item

c. Strategic Plan implementation update

-Proposal to reorganize Chancellor's office

-Academy of Creative Media (CAPP report and January BOR action item)

4. CFS Committee Report

Senator Steven Ward has withdrawn his request for a leave. CFS will thus not have to hold a special election.

5. Issues Relating to UH/BOR Policies on Research (Jim Gaines, interim VPR)

a. Conflict of interest policies

-With the increasing availability of privately funded grants, the risk for PI conflict of interest with government-funded research requirements grows. When either a PI or the university has a percentage stake in private entities, conflict almost always exists, but "full disclosure" may help with federal compliance.

-The state Ethics Commission doesn't allow any state employee to receive financial gain from work done in conjunction with state employment. Full disclosure of possible conflicts of interest alone will not satisfy the state Ethics Commission. Is it possible for UH to secure a manageable separate ethics code for UH employees?

b. Proprietary and classified research

-Current BOR policy does not allow UH to accept contracts that in any way restrict publication of research results. But industry- and military-funded research almost always puts some restriction on publication.

-Is the faculty open to allowing waivers of the BOR policy, or revising it?

-Is the faculty willing to accept any restrictions on possible publication? UHPA has a role in all decisions involving intellectual property.

-If classified research is to be allowed, can we ensure that no grant proposal go forward with commitments for classified projects on the physical campus?

c. SEC raised a third issue: Are the various UH units sufficiently transparent when it comes to processes related to RTRF funds?

The meeting adjourned at 5:25 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Thomas Hilgers


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