UNMC Student Senate

Student Senate Minutes 12/4/2019

Student Senate Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 – Sorrell Center 2018, 5:30pm

  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Guest Speakers
    1. Dr. Covington will be talking about the new proposed code of conduct
      1. Working on this document for over a year across the University of Nebraska system – still in the draft phase
      1. Main difference is a clear, streamlined process for when there is student misconduct across the university system and student’s rights should they be accused of misconduct as well as timeline
        1. Includes due process procedure
        1. Clear guidelines for what constitute misconduct/bad behavior
      1. Current questions about it applying to residents and post docs
      1. Ideas around having a centralized process for University wide student conduct
      1. Suspension would not allow a student to enroll, attend events, nor be compensated
      1. Timeline – Implementation tentatively Fall 2020
      1. Student Senates role, a document of support i.e.: resolution in support or letter from the Student Senate President
  4. Approval of Minutes from last meeting
  5. Advisor’s Report
    1. Phil Covington Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Success
      1. Working to identify additional study spaces, a list will be published on the website soon – will also be in the next UNMC Vitals
      1. Reach out to Keith or Dr. Covington with any concerns, they are happy to connect you to the proper resources
  6. Executive Council’s Reports:
    1. President:
      1. Schedule for Next Semester
        1.  Committee meeting Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 MSC 2018 5:30-7:30
        1. Full Meeting Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 MSC 2018 5:30-7:30
        1. Committee meeting Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 MSC 2018 5:30-7:30
        1. Full meeting Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 MSC 2018 5:30-7:30
        1. Committee Meeting Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 MSC 2018 5:30-7:30
        1. Full meeting Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 MSC 2018 5:30-7:30
        1. Committee Meeting Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 MSC 2018 5:30-7:30
        1. Full meeting Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 MSC 2018 5:30-7:30 (Likely elections for executive and liaison positions the next year!)
        1. The April dates are “Tentative” still, however, I doubt we will have competition for this room during our scheduled time!
      1. Priority Candidate for the next president of the University System Walter “Ted” Carter will be voted upon Tomorrow at the Board of Regents meeting.  Is there interest in passing a resolution to approve him as the future president of the University? 
      1. Study room resolution for open study halls in the lecture halls. Email communication was sent out, did everyone receive it? Future ideas to help with study spaces?
        1. Available to All Students 24/7
          1. College of Pharmacy/UNMC Center for Drug Discovery and Lozier Center 
            1. First and Second Floor Common
          1.  Michael F. Sorrell Center 
            1. Second and Third Floor Commons and third Floor Computing Cluster
          1. Durham Research Center I and II
            1. First Floor Commons and Dining Areas
          1. Student Life Center
            1. Second Floor Commons Area
        1. Availability Varies By College & Time
          1. Center for Nursing Science
          1. College of Nursing
          1. Center for Public Health
            1. Open 24/7 for Students of those colleges, other hours for other students (6:00a-6:00p)
        1. Quiet Study Rooms
          1. These rooms are open to all students 24/7 for quiet study when not being used for classes or meetings. These rooms can accommodate as many students as seats available.  
            1. Michael F. Sorrell Center
              1. Rooms: 1005, 1010, 2010, 2014, 2018, 4053
            1. College of Pharmacy/UNMC Center for Drug Discovery and Lozier Center
              1. Rooms:1002, 1026, 2006, and 2030
        1. Small Group Study Rooms
          1. These rooms are open to all students 24/7 for small group study when not being used for classes or meetings.
            1. Michael F. Sorrell Center
              1. Rooms: 2006, 2007, 3003-3028, 4051-4058
            1. Student Life Center
              1. Rooms: 2003A and 2004
      1. Discrimination at UNO and UNMC recently (Note found on a car, bigoted message written on a flyer), thoughts on the response from the administration?  Thoughts for how to address these events in the future?
        1. Make students aware of proper channels for reporting – make reporting easier
          1. Currently an option on the website for reporting, more info to come and will make it more visible to students – FORM BELOW https://app1.unmc.edu/forms/studentservices/biasreports/
      1.  Broomball started yesterday!  Only had two people, we need more people, 30 minute games, Officially rescheduled our first game because the other team only had two people as well. Alec is out of town so the communication piece has been hard, he gets back next week.
      1. Security concern with people abusing the security after hours for rides to cars.  Approx. 250 people during the last 2 weeks.  Security wanted me to reach out to everyone and to make sure people are using this service for actual security concerns not just when it is snowy or bad weather.  However, I understand that this was provided as a solution to the distance of parking lots and so I am in discussion with individuals about other solutions.  Has anybody used this?  Thoughts?  Shuttle?  More Lyft advertising?  Scheduled times for pick ups and drop offs? Etc.
      1. Advocacy for the University
        1. Meeting with Central earlier today, full steam ahead for the legislative session starting in January.
        1. Planning on partnering with Student Delegates to help facilitate various events.  This will be during the legislative session and tasks will include helping plan I love NU day, helping plan an Advocacy Summitt in February, help with letter writing campaigns and possibly testify (Only if you want to).   Planned team:  Abbey Klein, Krysten Vance, Emma Shultz (Student Delegates), Ashton Wyrick, and a couple more individuals.  Please let me know after the meeting if you are interested!
      1. Global Engagement Student Liaison Position in the works, most likely will be voting on it next Full meeting.
        1. Annie
    1. Vice President
      1. Please set up your townhalls and let me know –  money will be provided to furnish this event
    1. Secretary – sign in!    
    1. Treasurer – no report
  7. Committee Reports
    1. Executive – no report
    1. Academic Affairs
      1. VITALS, January 1st, 2020 is the way to send out ALL student communications
      1. Add to calendar will become an option
    1. Activities – see proposals below
    1. Issues – no report
  8. College Reports
    1. College of Allied Health – no updates
    1. College of Dentistry  – no updates
    1. College of Graduate Studies – no updates
    1. College of Medicine-
      1. SHARING clinic App
    1. College of Nursing – no updates
    1. College of Pharmacy- no updates
    1. College of Public Health – no updates
    1. Liaison Reports-
      1. Legislative Affairs: first meeting two weeks ago, predicting a very busy session- be diligent
    1. New Business
      1. New Proposals
        1. Bowling night: proposal passed
        1. Student & Faculty Excellence Awards Luncheon 2020: proposal passed
        1. Student Senate Holiday Party: proposal passed

Next Meeting:

  • Holiday Party – December 15th, 2020 at DJ’s Dugout, Time TBD
    • Committee – January 22nd, 2020  in MSC 2018
    • Full Senate –February 5th, 2020  in MSC 2018
  • Adjournment