TO: IUPUI Faculty Council

 

      FROM: FC Faculty Affairs Committee

 

       DATE: 31 March 2004

 

SUBJECT: Resolution to Rescind the 3/9/2004 UFC Vote on

                   The New Conflicts of Interest Policy

 

 

 

Whereas faculty governance and proper legislative procedures should be—and in most instances, are—the guiding principle in Faculty Council (and University Faculty Council) matters, especially in policies that directly affect faculty members; and

 

Whereas in the matter of the new Conflicts of Interest Policy (CIP), introduced at the 2/10 UFC meeting in Indianapolis and adopted at the 3/9 UFC meeting in Fort Wayne, the guiding principle seems to have been celerity rather than propriety; and

 

Whereas it is impossible to trace the exact process of revision/conversion from the 9/12/2000 Academic Handbook CIP to that adopted on 3/9/2004 or to ascertain whether any duly constituted faculty committee had any part in its revision; and

 

Whereas no reaction to the revision was solicited from individual campuses and their representatives, and IUPUI’s opposition to it was apparently ignored; and

 

Whereas common sense suggests that, instead of adopting a narrow new CIP, we should adopt—simultaneously—a tetrad of integrated policies (on conflicts of interest, conflicts of commitment, textbooks, and several relevant state laws), and submit CIP materials at the time of Faculty Annual Reports submissions;

 

Be it therefore resolved that, at its 4/27/2004 meeting, the University Faculty Council rescind its 3/9/2004 vote regarding the new CIP—and thereby restore proper legislative procedures and accord individual campuses and their representatives the opportunity to discuss important new policies before they are voted on.