Faculty Senate to discuss faculty expectations

By Nicole Adamski Collegian Staff Writer

After many members of the Penn State administration have been questioned for not fulfilling their moral obligations as employees, the University Faculty Senate is looking to change the way faculty members are evaluated.Following the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse case, members of the senate looked to become actively involved in the case moving forward, making a motion to give the Board of Trustees a vote of no confidence. The motion failed to pass at the meeting on Jan. 24.

But the senate isn’t finished yet.

The new motion, made by Faculty Senator Albert Luloff, states, “That no employee, faculty member or other agent of the University be required, as a condition of employment, to adhere to standards of conduct that are not specified by rules, regulation, or legal requirement,” which Luloff said at the January meeting. He also added that evaluations or job performances should not be based on failures of moral obligations.

“We’re not governed by the whims and fancies of whoever is leading and their moral codes,” Luloff said.

He added that faculty members and employees of the university are governed by a set of norms and standards outlined in human resource policies, among others, and those are the norms that are and should continue to be followed.

While Luloff remained unsure as to how the senate would vote, he expressed his hope that the faculty senators would stand up and “rise to occasion.”

“What happened to Coach [Joe Paterno] can happen to any of us for any reason,” Luloff said.

Paterno was removed from his position as head coach on Nov. 9 after the Board of Trustees determined that he failed to fulfill his obligations as a leader to report to police what he was told about alleged child sexual abuse involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky in 2002.

Faculty Senate Chair-elect Larry Backer expressed his support for Luloff’s motion in his blog, writing that the motion reminds people that scandals shouldn’t lead to a shortcut in shared governance processes.

He wrote specifically that universities are governed by a set of views shared by the surrounding community and officials in charge, and that “the product of a deliberative process that is transparent and conforms to the process expectations of the community.”

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