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Senate Summary | August 2022

If you missed the Academic Senate meeting on Aug. 29, 2022, or need a refresher, then keep reading for the highlights from the meeting. For more information on the Academic Senate, click here.


August ASUU Academic Senate Update

ASUU's Vice President of University Relations Benvin Lozada gave the following update:

The Associated Students of the University of Utah have been hard at work preparing for the upcoming school year. Within this, the new ASUU administration is choosing to focus on three themes for the upcoming year: inclusivity, community and advocacy. Current ASUU initiatives include the founding of the inaugural ASUU Campus Safety Committee to help represent students and provide a centralized student voice; the return of Recycle Rice-Eccles to help encourage sustainability efforts from the student body; restarting the Student Commission as a think-tank style body to help gather feedback and ideas for university policy changes; and expanding the Student Leadership Council to better integrate student leaders from across the campus community. Future areas of focus for ASUU include the relationship between students and Housing and Residential Education, increasing discussions around mental health and student wellness, and fostering collaborations between ASUU, faculty, staff and administration to better serve students.

Debate Calendar

New minor and emphasis in real estate

Danny Wall from the David Eccles School of Business presented the following:

The Department of Finance at the David Eccles School of Business proposes the creation of a minor and an emphasis in real estate to complement the already established Master of Real Estate Development program and the Ivory Boyer Real Estate Center. Growth in Utah has attracted institutional investment capital, which has created significant demand for entry-level real estate talent. These jobs exist in real estate development, investment, banking, brokerage and in other firms. These new programs will also expose students to opportunities to help solve Utah’s housing affordability crisis and housing shortage.

The faculty, courses, advising, centers and other resources are already in place. Business students will be able to complete the minor/emphasis without extending program of study. Other degrees on campus may be able to complete the minor without extending program of study, depending on their degree requirements.

Policy 1-020: Required Professional Boundaries in Relationships

Robert Payne, deputy general counsel, proposed the update to Policy 1-020 with required wording from State law regarding the sharing of sexually explicit images.

Policy 7-013: Section E-Copying by University Libraries

Susan Brusik, Marriott Library interlibrary loan/document delivery manager, and Alison Mortensen-Hayes, Eccles Health Sciences Library interlibrary loan supervisor presented the following:

This is a proposal to update Policy 7-013: Copyright Policy: Copying of Copyrighted Works Section E-Copying by University Libraries. It is a combined effort of the interlibrary loan departments from the three campus libraries: Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, James E. Faust Law Library and the J. Willard Marriott Library. We propose discontinuing reliance on the CONTU Copyright Guidelines in evaluating Interlibrary Loan activity and instead reviewing copyright based on the U.S. Copyright Law Title 17 Section 108 and paying copyright fees based on that review. The CONTU guidelines are outdated and were never part of U.S. Copyright law. The impact of these changes is potential cost savings on copyright fees and expanding interlibrary loan resources to our campus library users. We expect to see a positive impact on library budgets and workflows.

Graduate Certificate: Population Health Sciences

Dr. Elissa Ozanne and Dr. Angie Fagerlin presented the following:

The graduate certificate in population health sciences will provide medical students with a robust population health curriculum and facilitate real-world learning opportunities. Students who graduate with a graduate certificate in Population Health Sciences will be equipped to implement a population health framework in their future practice. Real-world learning opportunities have been purposefully designed to expose students to the unique components of health care in Utah, at a health systems, policy, community, and individual level. Students will engage in meaningful volunteer and service learning experiences with local community partners and organizations designed to create lasting and meaningful relationships centered around the health and well-being of local residents and communities. These first-hand experiences will reinforce concepts in social determinants of health, health policy, health systems and health informatics from a population health lens to equip students with the tools necessary to thrive and address complex health care needs while providing high-quality care.