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Senate Summary | March 2023

If you missed the Academic Senate meeting on March 13, 2023, or need a refresher, then keep reading for the highlights from the meeting. For more information on the Academic Senate, click here.

Debate Calendar

Senate Campus Contraception Initiative Resolution

Jessica Sanders, David Turok, Sarah Elliott, Sonia Salari and Allyson Mower presented the following resolution:

This resolution provides Academic Senate Affirmation of support for the Campus Contraceptive Initiative (CCI). The CCI program works to increase contraceptive access and reproductive health education at the University of Utah. This resolution supports the Campus Contraceptive Initiative goal of provision of no-cost contraceptive services to students, faculty, staff and their partners, as well as providing comprehensive reproductive health education on campus.

Proposal for a New Academic Unit: Division of Medical Education in the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine

Christy Porucznik, Ph.D. MSPH, professor and vice dean for faculty, Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine, presnted the following proposal:

We propose the Division of Medical Education to serve as the academic home for faculty appointments for community faculty engaged with medical student education. These faculty are currently appointed in various departments, and consolidating the faculty appointments of community faculty into one Division will facilitate efficiency, enhance faculty development, retention and evaluation activities.

Information & Recommendation Calendar

Revisions to Policy 5-211: University Independent Personnel Boards & Procedures for Complaints under the Utah Protection of Public Employees Act

Bob Thompson presented on the following:

Human Resources is proposing changes to Policy 5-211 in response to a statutory change made by the Legislature that changed the scope of the types of complaints that are subject to the policy from complaints of “adverse actions” to complaints of “retaliatory action.”

Senior Associate Athletics Director for Academic Services Report

Cathy Badger and Dr. Jason Burrow-Sanchez gave a presentation updating the Academic Senate regarding the overall structure of academic support in athletics, purpose of the office and fall 2022 summary data.