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April 15, 1992

                                    MINUTES

                                    VPI&SU

                        COMMISSION ON GRADUATE STUDIES

                           15 APRIL, 1992  3:30 P.M.

                                206 SANDY HALL

 

 

  Present: Drs. Boyle, Eaton, M. Johnson, R. Johnson, LaBerge,Lutze, McCoy,

           O'Brien, Orcutt, Sporakowski, Stephenson, Strickland, Stout,

           Tideman, Robert Tracy (for A. Snoke), Mr. Jay Comeaux

 

  Absent with notification: Hooper, Snoke, Strickland, Towsend

 

  Absent:  Brown, Harris, Niles, Faw

 

  Visitors: Marvin Foushee - Registrars Office

 

            Susan Trulove -  Spectrum Representative

 

  Guests:   Wayland Winstead - University Director of Planning

 

 

  1.  ANNOUNCEMENTS - Dr. Eaton stated Dr. Hooper was unavailable for today's

      meeting.

 

      On  April  29, a reception will be held in the Emerald Room at the Uni-

      versity Club for the members of the Commission on Graduate Studies, the

      Commission on Research and the CARS Committee.

 

      The Graduate School has received information from the Budget Office re-

      garding Instructional Fee Scholarship dollar allocations for next year.

      Statements of tuition and fees have also been received and  distributed

      to departments for their information.

 

  2.  INFORMATIONAL HANDOUTS - none

 

  3.  APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA - The agenda was approved with addition of 8.2 -

      Report on the status of the Graduate Honor System for the year.

 

  4.  APPROVAL  OF  MINUTES  OF 18 MARCH 1992 -  the minutes were approved as

      submitted.

 

  5.  COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

           Course and Program Criteria Committee - Mike O'Brien presented

                the minutes of the last meeting.  Mr. O'Brien noted that,

                in addition to the various courses listed, a program

                proposal for the Master of Science in Ocean Engineering was

                approved.  The proposal for the combined degree of DVM/MS or

                Ph.D. in VMSC was tabled.  The committee supports the concept

                of the program and the way it is structured, however, they

                were interested in the way the courses overlap within the

                curriculum.  With additional information from the department,

                this proposal will be reviewed again next year.

 

                The report was accepted as submitted.

 

           Graduate Appeals Committee - Dr. Fred Lutze presented the

                committee's report.  He briefly stated the background of the

                case the committee reviewed.  He also stated that the

                appeals procedures had been reviewed by the committee and he

                briefly explained the suggested new procedures that the

                committee would like to have implemented.  The revision of this

                process will be brought before the CGS next year for

                consideration.  The committee's report was accepted.

 

           Scholarship Committee - Dr. Eaton announced that the next meeting

                of the scholarship committee will be April 17.

 

 

  6.  GRADUATE  STUDENT  ASSEMBLY  - Mr. Jay Comeaux stated that the Graduate

      Research Symposium was held last week at the  CEC.    The  speaker  was

      Richard  Bakker and he gave an outstanding talk.  Mr. Comeaux expressed

      the dismay of the graduate community over the increase of tuition, how-

      ever, he stated that the graduate community will also appreciate the  2

      percent  increase  that has been proposed for the stipend levels in De-

      cember of this year.

 

      OLD BUSINESS

 

 

  7.  7.1 - IMPACT OF POLICY CHANGES ON STUDENT SYSTEMS  -  Wayland  Winstead

      stated  that,  with budgetary cuts, the Student Systems group no longer

      has adequate resources to implement new undergraduate and graduate aca-

      demic policies and at the same time to implement essential productivity

      enhancing improvements to the student systems.  Mr. Winstead asked  the

      CGS for input regarding a priority setting suggestions.

 

      Dr.  Eaton suggested that the Provost's staff group draft a set of pri-

      orities and then go to an ad hoc committee of the CGS and CUS  for  re-

      view.    The  CGS membership agreed that this would be acceptable.  Mr.

      Winstead will take this suggestion to the Provost's group for review.

 

      NEW BUSINESS

 

 

  8.  8.1 - MEMBERSHIP ON AD HOC COMMITTEE  ON  COURSE  AUDITS  -  Dr.  Eaton

      stated  that  the  CGS  had  previously discussed the issue of students

      signing up for courses as an audit,  receiving  the  audit  credit  but

      never  attending the course.  The issue has been brought to the CUS and

      there was considerable interest in pursuing the issue.   The CUS  named

      two persons, Jim Marchman and Rita Purdy, to serve on an ad hoc commit-

      tee in conjunction with members from the CGS.  Jay Comeaux, Steve Boyle

      and Ernest Stout volunteered for this committee.

 

  9.  8.2  -  REPORT  ON  THE  STATUS  OF  THE GRADUATE HONOR SYSTEM - Martha

      Johnson stated that there were twelve  honor  court  cases  this  year.

      Four  of  the  twelve  did  not go forward from the investigative panel

      which meant that the group did not deem that there was sufficient  evi-

      dence  to hear the case.  There were four cases of plagiarism with five

      charges of plagiarism, three charges of cheating,  and  one  charge  of

      falsification.   All the cases heard, excluding one, were found guilty.

      The most frequently given penalty was in the  probation  category.    A

      grade of "F" was given in three instances, zero on assignment was given

      in three instances and that caused the students to receive an "F".  De-

      cision is pending in two cases.

 

      Dean Johnson also stated that there has been an increase of honor court

      cases  in  the past three years and the cases are becoming increasingly

      serious.

 

  10. ADJOURNMENT - 4:23 p.m.

 

                                     Respectfully submitted,

                                     John L. Eaton

                                     Secretary

 

 

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