Members Present: Dr. Madelyn Coar, Dr. Loretta Cormier, Dr. Dorothy Gauthier, Dr. Joseph Gauthier, Dr. Pat Greenup, Dr. Timothy Heaven, Dr. Philip Musa, Mr. Timothy Pennycuff, Dr. Sonja Rieger, Dr. Rose Scripa, Dr. Om Srivastava, Dr. BJ Stephens, Dr. John Waterbor, Dr. Michael Wyss (Chair)
Ex-Officio Members Present: Mr. James Lowery, Mr. Edward Kennedy, Dr. Joseph Telfair
Members Absent With Notice: Dr. Eli Capilouto, Dr. Hrudaya Nath, Ms. Carolyn Walden
Alternates Present: Mr. Fred Olive, Dr. Mark Lockhart
Chair Wyss called the meeting to order at 7:35 a.m.
The minutes from the January 23, 2004 meeting were approved as distributed.
Chair Wyss informed the FPPC committee members that the May 21st meeting will be cancelled and will resume on June 25, 2004.
Chair Wyss indicated that he has not received a response on Section 2 or Appendices A, B and C from the Office of the Provost.
Mr. Lowery reported that the President’s Cabinet discussed the Conflicts of Interest Policy. Financial Affairs will be deciding if any changes are needed to the non-extramurally funded section, and the Vice President for Research will be deciding about possible changes to the extramurally funded portion. Then the policy will go through the regular policy review process at which time the Senate and FPPC will have a chance to review it.
Chair Wyss indicated that the FPPC will be reviewing the Conflicts of Commitment Policy over the next few months. FPPC revised (approved by FPPC at January 2004 meeting) This action may be necessary related to emerging / potential issues arising on campus.
Dr. Scripa indicated that changes need to be made to the foreign travel policy form. Mr. Lowery said that changes to the form can be done at anytime since the form is not part of the policy. Dr. Wyss suggested that an electronic signature block should be added to all forms online, including this one.
Chair Wyss indicated that the You and UAB Handbook has been edited and Mr. Margison’s office wants the Senate and the FPPC to review it.
Mr. Lowery indicated that no changes have been made to the “Status of Sections of the Handbook and Policies Currently Being Reviewed” chart handed out for information purposes.
Dr. Stephens indicated that Subcommittee A has completed its assigned task relative to review of the Faculty Handbook.
Dr. Greenup wanted to know if the Conflicts of Interest Policy will come back to the FPPC for a final review. Mr. Lowery indicated that the policy should be coming to the FPPC as part of the regular policy review process. Dr. Coar wanted to know where the changes were coming from? Mr. Lowery indicated that the suggested changes came from the Conflict of Interest Review Board. Chair Wyss wanted to know what the committee will do next? Mr. Lowery said that review of the policy by Subcommittee C probably should be on hold for now and the FPPC should be able to review and get input from Subcommittee C later if needed.
Dr. Heaven inquired about the recommended time frame for schools to have their handbooks to be in sync with the Faculty Handbook. Dr. Greenup indicated that the Senate approved and forwarded the recommendations to the Provost. The Office of the Provost indicated that it may not be possible to set a time frame.
Dr. Greenup indicated that Subcommittee C will hold its next meeting on May 21, 2004.
Dr. Wyss indicated that Dr. Coar will be the Chair of the FPPC Nominating Committee for the June 25, 2004 meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 8:15 a.m.