University of Alabama at Birmingham, Faculty Senate Resolutions
2003.4.1a Resolution on Adding Sexual Orientation to UAB's Equal Opportunity Policy
the Faculty Senate of The University of Alabama at Birmingham
represents the interests of a diverse group of faculty functioning within
a diverse university community; and,
WHEREAS, the University of Alabama at Birmingham affirms in its Mission Statement" an unyielding belief in the virtue of diversity as well as the fair and equitable treatment of students, faculty, and staff and those we serve"; and includes among its Guiding Principles/Core Values encouragement and promotion of "diversity of thought, ideas, and people as a vehicle for strengthening society"; and,
WHEREAS, the University's commitment to diversity reflects its recognition of the importance of an inclusive and welcoming environment in attracting, retaining, and supporting high quality faculty, staff, and students; and,
WHEREAS, diversity of ideas can be expressed in classrooms, research, and administrative and support programs of the University only if all members of the university community feel protected in expressing their views; and,
WHEREAS, exposure to and education regarding diversity of individuals and ideas are important components of professional education in medicine, psychology, social work, business, and other fields; and,
WHEREAS, acts of discrimination and harassment against individuals, based upon their sexual orientation, have been reported at this University; and,
WHEREAS, a clear and unambiguous policy prohibiting such discrimination and harassment is necessary so that all members of the university community will understand the protections afforded this University; and,
WHEREAS, resolutions endorsing such a policy have been adopted by UAB's Undergraduate Student Government Association, Graduate Student Association, and student government associations in Nursing, Health Related Professions, Public Health, and the School of Medicine;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham encourages President Garrison and the UAB administration to work toward inclusion of sexual orientation in the University's Equal Opportunity Policy, and to take other steps as warranted toward ensuring compliance with this amended policy.
2003.5.1a Resolution Supporting Tax Reform for Alabama Schools
Whereas the citizens of Alabama continually identify funding of public education as the highest priority of the state, and,
Whereas, education funding at all levels is facing a crisis that demands immediate attention, and,
Whereas, studies and surveys clearly show that Alabama has the capacity to fund public education, and,
Whereas, higher education in Alabama is especially underfunded, resulting in a continuing loss of quality faculty to other states, and unacceptable degradation of teaching facilities, equipment, and library collections, and,
Whereas, the underfunding of higher education has a direct negative impact on economic development in Alabama and the prosperity of Alabama citizens, and,
Whereas, the citizens of Alabama expect and deserve an adequately funded education system;
Therefore, be it resolved that the Faculty Senate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham expresses its strong support and advocacy of Alabama tax reform designed to produce a fair, productive, and accountable tax structure that will provide equitable and adequate funding for all of Alabama public education.
Be it further resolved that the Faculty Senate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham requests the Governor and Alabama Legislature to develop and adopt specific legislation that will provide adequate, on-going funding for all of Alabama public education in a time frame that will prevent Alabama public education from being permanently damaged by the threatened crisis.
And, be it resolved that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Governor, members of the Legislature, and other interested parties as appropriate.
May 13, 2003 University of Alabama Faculty Senate
2003.5.2 Resolution of Appreciation to Craig Beard for Development and Continued Support to The University of Alabama at Birmingham Faculty Senate By Contributions to the Faculty Senate Web Site
Whereas, in 1998 Craig Beard volunteered to maintain The University of Alabama at Birmingham Faculty Senate Web site, and
Whereas, Craig Beard has continuously updated, maintained and expanded the Faculty Senate Web site through March 2003, and
Whereas, Craig Beard has continuously assisted members of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, the Chair of the Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee and the Office Associate for the Faculty Senate, and
Whereas, Craig Beard has continuously served The University of Alabama at Birmingham Faculty and Faculty Senate by enabling the distribution of information concerning faculty affairs,
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate at The University of Alabama at Birmingham commends and extends appreciation to Craig Beard for his years of service, support and contributions to The University of Alabama at Birmingham and The University of Alabama at Birmingham Faculty Senate.
2003.6.1 Resolution Commending the Service of Timothy J. Heaven, DDS, MS
WHEREAS, Dr. Timothy J. Heaven, DDS, MS, Associate Professor in the School of Dentistry at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, has served with distinction as the Chair of the UAB Faculty Senate for the academic year, 2002-2003; and
WHEREAS, Timothy J. Heaven served as Alternate Senator, Senator, and Chair-Elect of the UAB Faculty Senate; and
WHEREAS, Timothy J. Heaven, as Chair of the Faculty Senate, served as Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama for the academic year, 2002-2003; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Timothy J. Heaven has served with distinction as a member of the Planning Committee for the recently developed UAB Strategic Plan; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Timothy J. Heaven, throughout his 27 year tenure at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, has exemplified dedication to the mission of The University of Alabama at Birmingham in teaching, research and publishing, and service; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Timothy
J. Heaven has demonstrated outstanding work as a member of the School of Dentistry
Faculty Council; University Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee during
1989-1993; UAB President-Faculty Liaison Committee during 1989-1991; UAB Information
Technologies Committee during 1991-1993; UAB Information Services Committee
during 1995-2001; Reynolds Library Steering Committee since 1991; Friends
of the Lister Hill Library Steering Committee since 2000;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, The Faculty Senate of The University of Alabama at Birmingham commends and thanks Dr. Timothy J. Heaven for his service, his hard work, his dedication, and his many contributions to The University of Alabama at Birmingham and to the UAB Faculty Senate.
Adopted by the UAB
Faculty Senate at its meeting of June 10, 2003.