In late November 2011, the Executive Committee of the FSC was informed that the Administration was planning to roll out a program termed “NYU Traveler” across the whole University.
This program would require all faculty traveling with the expectation of reimbursement from NYU to register their travel plans on line either individually or automatically if they choose to use one of Traveler’s two travel services, American Express or Egencia.
The reason for this mandatory registration, according to the administration, was to enhance the safety and security of NYU employees and students.
Pilot programs, first at Stern and then at FAS, met with considerable criticism focusing on concerns about privacy and the time consuming nature of the requirement. As a result, the University’s administration has announced a significant modification to the NYU Traveler: the program is now voluntary for all but faculty and other University employees who accompany undergraduates on NYU-affiliated student trips.
Participation in University Governance for Non-Tenure Track Faculty
The FSC passed a resolution calling for the participation of non-tenure track faculty in university governance.
At present, NYU by-laws recognize tenure and tenure-track faculty, students, administrators, deans, and members of the central administration as eligible participants in university governance, specifically as members of University Senate and its various committees.
The FSC further recommends that the participation of non-tenure track faculty be channeled through its own council, similar in design and purpose to the existing senate councils for full-time faculty, students, and deans.
The resolution now goes to the Senate Committee on Organization and Governance for further consideration. Any change to NYU’s by-laws will require the final approval of the Board of Trustees.
Recommendations on Faculty Compensation, 2012-2013
In November, the Finance and Policy Planning Committee developed and FSC approved the recommendation to the administration on matters pertaining to faculty compensation for the Academic Year 2012-2013. The Committee provided a presentation of these recommendations at the Senate Financial Affairs meeting in early December.
The FSC Benefits Committee worked last year with Human Resources (HR) to improve retiree health and wellness programs. They advocated for a retiree dental plan and access to on-campus wellness programs such as free flu shots.
In this memo, the Provost announced that effective January 1, 2012 access to a new group dental plan option for both current and future retirees will be offered. The details of this retiree paid dental plan will be sent in the fall.
Also, free seasonal flu shots are now being offered to NYU retirees and one household member over age 18 at convenient locations on campus. In addition, after the Committee's suggestion in the fall, the Benefits Office included retirees in the cholesterol, derma scan, and bone density screenings for the Spring.
The Global Network University Initiatives Committee will meet with various administrators involved in the development of portal campuses and other Global Network University initiatives. The topics the Committee will focus on include quality control, governance, hiring, and academic freedom issues.
The Faculty/Student Relations Committee and Educational Policies: Teaching Excellence Committee will examine the process of implementation of the new policy in NYU Schools.
Documents reviewed by the Personnel and Affirmative Action Committee
The Personnel and Affirmative Action Committee reviewed and made recommendations to the administration on the Guidelines for Clinical Faculty at NYU Steinhardt School and recommendations on the Policy on Conflict of Interest and Conflict of Commitment.
Along with the Governance Committee, PAAC will also soon review the policies on Research Personnel Appointments and Postdoctoral Appointments.
Documents reviewed by the Tenure Modifications Committee
The Tenure Modifications Committee reviewed and made recommendations to the administration on the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW)’s Tenure and Promotion Guidelines and the Institute for Fine Arts (IFA)'s Promotion and Tenure Guidelines. The Provost sent a response memo and addressed the FSC's recommendations, which were not incorporated in the final document.