Faculty Senate Approved Posthumous Degrees – Iowa State Daily
The Faculty Senate saw the first reading of a policy allowing the State of Iowa to award posthumous degrees and discussed a point allowing for less formalized faculty discipline.
The senate discussed a new policy allowing the university to award degrees to deceased students. This would allow families of deceased students to receive a diploma to commemorate their efforts, no matter how close the student was to completing their degree.
“The university can award undergraduate degrees posthumously,” said Rahul Parsa, chairman of academic affairs of the Faculty’s Senate Executive Council. “To be eligible, this deceased student must be in good standing [with a] GPA of two or more, and have completed 32 credits at Iowa State University. I think it’s just a nice gesture for… grieving families.
While most senators agreed it was good policy and should be approved, Brian Behnken, associate professor of history, suggested an amendment to loosen restrictions on which students are eligible for posthumous degrees. .
“I would argue that the student who is unfortunately killed on the way to freshman orientation is just as much a student at Iowa State University as it is a student who is still on the verge of graduating,” said said Behnken. “So I would suggest we hit the ‘and we’ve completed 32 credits’ [portion of the policy] and say a registered student in good standing and leave it at that.
The policy was changed to allow deceased students of any academic level or credit hour level to graduate. After some confusion and an amendment to Behnken’s amendment, the senate approved the policy to be reworded and passed to its second reading at the next meeting.
The Senate approved the policy to be reworded to include students of any academic level or credit hour level after an amendment to the Behnken Amendment. The policy will see its second reading at the next meeting of the Faculty Senate on November 15.
The agenda item titled “Progressive Corrective Action” was referred to the Faculty Senate Executive Council for amendment after concerns were raised by Cullen Padget-Walsh, Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies.
The progressive remedies would allow the university to take disciplinary action without filing conduct charges. It is intended to protect faculty from abusive or false accusations of misconduct and to allow for more “low-key” options for disciplining faculty.
“I quite like the direction this policy is taking, but there are a significant number of changes that I would like to see,” Walsh said. “And in particular, I think it’s important to keep in mind that we’re reviewing this policy, not only because the old one wasn’t clear, but many teachers felt it was being misused or abused.”
The senate also approved dropping Latin as an undergraduate and graduate minor, as the program had not been used in recent years.
The Senate has approved a new undergraduate minor in Spanish Translation and Interpretation Studies, which Parsa says is in high demand and costs the university little.
A new major in biomedical engineering has also been approved, although Ann Smiley, professor of kinesiology, criticized the task force responsible for building the major for relying on the decisions of administrators rather than members of the body. professorial.
The Senate heard first reading of a clause to remove the student drop limit for courses, which would allow students to drop an unlimited number of courses throughout their college career.
Smiley expressed some concern that the new policy would allow students to take advantage of the system and drop courses in which they were unhappy with their grades, but the article eventually passed second reading.
The Faculty Senate met Tuesday in the Sun Room of Memorial Union from 3:30 to 5 p.m.; the next meeting will be on November 15.