University of Central Florida

2017-2018 Resolutions

Resolution 2017-2018-1 Availability of Lactation Rooms for UCF Women

Whereas, UCF currently has 7 publicly available lactation rooms: one is on the College of Medicine campus at Lake Nona, one is in Research Park at the College of Nursing University Tower building, and five on the main campus. The main campus rooms are located in the Global UCF Building, Physical Science Building, Engineering 1 Building, COHPA, and the Recreation and Wellness Center. On the main campus, these rooms are clustered on the north and east sides of the campus; and

Whereas, UCF Human Resources procedures document entitled, "Break Times and Locations for Nursing Mothers, Effective December 2010", states that the University of Central Florida will provide a supportive environment to enable breastfeeding employees to express their milk during working hours; and

Whereas, UCF currently does not provide sufficient and equitable access to lactation rooms for large population of UCF women who may need to express their milk post-delivery, including UCF women faculty (782), UCF women staff (2363), and UCF women students (35,508); and

Whereas, this lack of lactation rooms has economic implications for UCF, as reported by the 2010 University of Rhode Island report of "College and University Lactation Programs", including a $3 cost savings for every $1 invested in breastfeeding support, parental absenteeism is 3X higher for formula-fed infants compared to breastfed babies, companies with an employee lactation support program experience less turnover and lower losses of employees after childbirth, and companies with lactation rooms are also rewarded with higher satisfaction, loyalty and morale; therefore

Be it Resolved that the Faculty Senate encourages the administration to follow the guidelines put forth by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, US Office of Personnel Management, and National Institute of Health as well as the US Department of Labor for working women which recommends 6 lactation rooms for every 1000 women employees (Attachment 1), and there be lactation room access within a 5-minute walk for the employee. At a minimum, UCF should attempt to triple the number of lactation rooms available to women employees on the main campus through designating space in planned constructions and retro-fitting rooms in existing buildings, especially on the west and south sides of campus; and

Be it Further Resolved that the Faculty Senate additionally recommends that the lactation rooms at the College of Medicine and the College of Nursing (Research Park) be maintained, and will work to identify space both at the Rosen College and at regional campuses where UCF has a presence (if not currently available), and rooms be added to the new downtown campus construction designs based on expected campus enrollment and employment projections.

Attachment 1:

Recommendations from the U.S. Department of Helath and Human Services and National Institute of Health for working women (womenshealth.gov)

The number of spaces needed depends on many factors. For example, companies will want to consider how many women are employed, the number and size of buildings, and the work schedule and job settings of employees. A general rule is to provide at least one permanent milk expression space for every 50–100 women employed by the company, and adjust as employee needs increase. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) compiled a formula for identifying the number of spaces needed, and estimate that at least six milk expression stations for every 1000 female employees should be the general rule. This number is based on a pregnancy rate of 5–7 percent among the female population, a breastfeeding initiation rate of 75 percent, and an assumption that most nursing women cluster milk expression periods around a similar period from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during a standard work day. The chart below is based on their general guide:

Milk Expression Spaces
Number of Female Employees Number of Stations Needed
Under 100 1
Approximately 250 2
Approximately 500 3
Approximately 750 4
Approximately 1000 6
For every additional 1000 employees 6 additional stations

Seek locations that employees can reach within a 5-minute walk. This means that spaces should be evenly distributed within large buildings, as well as evenly distributed across a large campus in easily accessed locations. Limiting an employee's travel time minimizes the overall amount of break period women need to express milk. Centralized locations also make it possible for the greatest number of employees to access the space. Within a building, spaces can be located near a central bank of elevators, the entrance to a facility, or the employee lounge or eating areas. Look for space near running water for washing hands and breast pump parts.

Women will feel comfortable and safe when the door into the milk expression room can be locked. A keypad l ock or electronic key provides privacy, and nursing moms can use a key, key card, or code to enter the room. If a lockable door is not possible, provide a sign outside the door with a well-communicated policy to help prevent others from entering the space. Curtains or partitions by the door might be needed to provide an additional layer of privacy when the door is opened from the outside.

Approved by the Faculty Senate on August 24, 2017.
Transmitted to Provost A. Dale Whittaker on August 25, 2017.
Approved by the Provost on October 13, 2017.

Resolution 2017-2018-2 Faculty Senate Bylaw Change, Undergraduate Policy and Curriculum and Undergraduate Course Review Committees

Whereas, the duties and responsibilities of the Undergraduate Policy and Curriculum and Undergraduate Course Review committees have not been updated to reflect university organizational or process changes since 2010; and

Whereas, the College of Undergraduate Studies would like to modify the duties and responsibilities to clearly reflect the committees duties and responsibilities; therefore

BE IT RESOLVED that the Bylaws of the Faculty Constitution be amended as follows:

  1. Undergraduate Policy and Curriculum Committee
    1. Duties and Responsibilities.
      1. To study, review, and provide recommendations on undergraduate academic policies, instruction, and standards.
      2. To study, review, and provide recommendations on university-wide undergraduate degree requirements, including the General Education Program (GEP), foreign language requirements or proficiency, admission standards, instruction, and baccalaureate academic honors.
      3. To study and review recommendations from the University Common Program Oversight Committee on changes to the General Education Program and to transmit recommendations to the Faculty Senate vice provost for Teaching and Learning and dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies for approval.
      4. To review and make recommendations on all proposals for planning and implementation of new undergraduate degree programs, minors, and elimination of existing programs that will be submitted by the committee to the Office of Academic Affairs prior to submission to the Board of Trustees for final approval.
      5. To review the university program review reports and make recommendations on any policy or curriculum changes that might appear warranted based on the program review.
      6. To review and make recommendations on all proposals for revisions to existing degree programs, and certificates.
      7. To review and make recommendations on the allocation of the Equipment Fee to the vice provost for Teaching and Learning and dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies, who submits his/her recommendations to the provost and executive vice president.
      8. vii. To transmit its recommendations to the vice provost for Teaching and Learning and dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies, who submits his/her recommendations to the provost and executive vice president. The committee may also make recommendations to the Steering Committee of the Faculty Senate.
  1. Undergraduate Course Review Committee
    1. Duties and Responsibilities.
      1. To review all undergraduate course additions, revisions or deletions, and special topics course requests and transmit its recommendations to the vice provost for Teaching and Learning and dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies (or designee) for approval. The vice provost for Teaching and Learning and dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies will inform the Undergraduate Policy and Curriculum Committee of any related mandated curricular changes.
      2. To review recommendations from the Undergraduate Common Program Oversight Committee regarding course proposals related to the General Education Program.
      3. To make recommendations on the allocation of the Materials and Supplies Fee to the vice provost for Teaching and Learning and dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies, who submits his/her recommendations to the provost and executive vice president.

Approved by the Faculty Senate on November 16, 2017.
Transmitted to Provost A. Dale Whittaker on November 17, 2017.

Resolution 2017-2018-3 Faculty Senate Bylaw Change, Undergraduate Common Program Oversight Committee

Whereas, the duties and responsibilities of the Undergraduate Common Program Oversight Committee has not been updated to reflect university changes since 2010; and

Whereas, the College of Undergraduate Studies would like to modify the duties and responsibilities to clearly reflect the committees duties and responsibilities; therefore

BE IT RESOLVED that the Bylaws of the Faculty Constitution be amended as follows:

  1. Undergraduate Common Program Oversight Committee
    1. Duties and Responsibilities.
      1. To monitor that students fulfill common undergraduate program requirements such as General Education Program, diversity, Gordon Rule, and foreign language, and CLAST as outlined in the undergraduate catalog.
      2. To monitor university-wide undergraduate curriculum requirements such as the General Education Program, diversity, Gordon Rule, foreign language proficiency, and to review any changes, additions, or deletions to those curriculum requirements.
      3. To review, monitor, and make recommendations to the vice provost for Teaching and Learning and dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies on that all courses and syllabi submitted to fulfill the university diversity requirement meet the established definition of diversity.
      4. To review and approve alternative diversity plans for those units in which some students cannot meet the diversity graduation requirement via the General Education Program or a course in the major.
      5. To make recommendations to the Undergraduate Policy and Curriculum Committee on changes to the General Education Program.
      6. To make recommendations to the Undergraduate Course Review Committee regarding course proposals related to the General Education Program.
      7. To work with the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, The Burnett Honors College, the Office of Diversity Initiatives, and other units as appropriate to develop lectures, workshops, and other opportunities to permit faculty development related to the diversity requirement.
      8. To oversee the creation of survey instruments and other assessment materials regarding the General Education Program and to work with the deans and chairs to incorporate the results into the General Education Program.
      9. To review initiatives directed towards enhancing undergraduate academic experience.

Approved by the Faculty Senate on November 16, 2017.
Transmitted to Provost A. Dale Whittaker on November 17, 2017.

Resolution 2017-2018-4 Faculty Senate Bylaw Change, Admissions and Standards Committee

Whereas, During the 2014 Legislative Session, the passage of House Bill 433 amended Florida Statutes 1012.56, eliminating the obsolete option of achieving a passing score on the CLAST to satisfy the general knowledge requirement; and

Whereas, the requirement for CLAST expired June 2009; therefore

BE IT RESOLVED that the Bylaws of the Faculty Constitution be amended as follows:

Admissions and Standards Committee

  1. Duties and Responsibilities.
    1. To consider all undergraduate student admissions that do not meet the minimum university admissions standards and that are referred to it by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
    2. To consider all undergraduate student appeals of readmission decisions or academic standing.
    3. To consider undergraduate student appeals of decisions that have been made by the College of Undergraduate Studies concerning late withdrawals, late drops, late adds, and medical withdrawals.
    4. To consider continuation of undergraduate students who fail to meet CLAST requirements in accordance with appropriate rules and regulations.
    5. To consider graduate student appeals of decisions that have been made by the College of Graduate Studies concerning late withdrawals, late drops, late adds, and medical withdrawals.

Approved by the Faculty Senate on November 16, 2017.
Transmitted to Provost A. Dale Whittaker on November 17, 2017.

Resolution 2017-2018-6 Endorsement of University of Chicago Statement on Freedom of Expression

Whereas, the University of Central Florida firmly supports academic freedom and free speech on campus; and

Whereas, multiple events on university campuses across the country over the past several years, but especially 2017, have raised questions about status of free speech on American university campuses; and

Whereas, the free speech policy statement produced by the Committee for Freedom of Expression at the University of Chicago has become a model for university affirmations of free speech and academic freedom across the country since its publication in 2015; and

Whereas, the Chicago Statement has been adopted or endorsed by a growing number of faculty bodies and institution across the United States; therefore

Be it Resolved that the Faculty Senate endorses the following statement on freedom of expression, adapted from the University of Chicago statement:

Because the University of Central Florida is committed to free and open inquiry in all matters, it guarantees all members of the University community the broadest possible latitude to speak, write, listen, challenge, and learn. Except insofar as limitations on that freedom are necessary to the functioning of the University, the University of Central Florida fully respects and supports the freedom of all members of the University community to discuss any problem that presents itself.

Of course, the ideas of different members of the University of Central Florida community will often and quite naturally conflict. But it is not the proper role of the University to attempt to shield individuals from ideas and opinions they find unwelcome, disagreeable, or even deeply offensive. Although the University greatly values civility, and although all members of the University community share in the responsibility for maintaining a climate of mutual respect, concerns about civility and mutual respect can never be used as a justification for closing off discussion of ideas, however offensive or disagreeable those ideas may be to some members of our community.

The freedom to debate and discuss the merits of competing ideas does not, of course, mean that individuals may say whatever they wish, wherever they wish. The University of Central Florida may restrict expression that violates the law, that falsely defames a specific individual, that constitutes a genuine threat or harassment, that unjustifiably invades substantial privacy or confidentiality interests, or that is otherwise directly incompatible with the functioning of the University. In addition, the University may reasonably regulate the time, place, and manner of expression to ensure that it does not disrupt the ordinary activities of the University. But these are narrow exceptions to the general principle of freedom of expression, and it is vitally important that these exceptions never be used in a manner that is inconsistent with the University’s commitment to a completely free and open discussion of ideas.

The University of Central Florida’s fundamental commitment is to the principle that debate or deliberation may not be suppressed because the ideas put forth are thought by some or even by most members of the University community to be offensive, unwise, immoral, or wrong-headed. It is for the individual members of the University community, not for the University as an institution, to make those judgments for themselves, and to act on those judgments not by seeking to suppress speech, but by openly and vigorously contesting the ideas that they oppose. Indeed, fostering the ability of members of the University community to engage in such debate and deliberation in an effective and responsible manner is an essential part of the University’s educational mission.

As a corollary to the University of Central Florida’s commitment to protect and promote free expression, members of the University community must also act in conformity with the principle of free expression. Although members of the University community are free to criticize and contest the views expressed on campus, and to criticize and contest speakers who are invited to express their views on campus, they may not obstruct or otherwise interfere with the freedom of others to express views they reject or even loathe. To this end, the University has a solemn responsibility not only to promote a lively and fearless freedom of debate and deliberation, but also to protect that freedom when others attempt to restrict it.

Approved by the Faculty Senate on October 19, 2017.

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