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January 27, 1993

                                    Minutes

                            COMMISSION ON RESEARCH

                               January 27, 1993

                                206 Sandy Hall

                                   3:30 p.m.

 

 

  MEMBERS PRESENT:  T. Brandon, P. Edwards, P. Eyre, C. Flora, J. Johnson, H.

                    Kriz, R. Lytton, A. McNabb, R. Olin, R. Reneau, P.

                    Scanlon, D. Stoker, J. Tank, T. Wildman

 

  MEMBERS ABSENT:   H. Doswald, J. Eaton, J. Lee, E. McNeil, J. Pinkerton, P.

                    Rasnick, E. Stout, J. Wightman

 

  INVITED GUESTS:   A. W. Donald, M. Nasta, M. D. Shelton, S. Trulove

 

 

 

  1.  ANNOUNCEMENTS.  Ms. Jennifer Tank introduced the new Graduate Student

      Assembly representative to the Commission, Mr. Manish Nasta from the

      Electrical Engineering Department.  Ms. Tank will be leaving on Febru-

      ary 15 for New Zealand.

 

  2.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF JANUARY 13.  Dr. Eyre motioned approval; Dr.

      Flora seconded; Minutes were approved.

 

  3.  APPROVAL OF AGENDA.  Dr. Johnson asked that termination procedures for

      research faculty be added to the agenda.  The Commission on Faculty Af-

      fairs wanted some changes made in the procedures.  Dr. Flora motioned

      approval; Dr. Eyre seconded; Agenda was approved with the addition.

 

  4.  HUMAN RESOURCE INFORMATION SYSTEM - WAYNE DONALD.  Dr. Donald, Director

      of University System Analysis and Services, gave an overview of his de-

      partment.  The University Systems Analysis and Services was set up

      about a year ago to report to the Vice President for Information Sys-

      tems on administrative applications at the university.  They are taking

      a re-engineering approach and focusing on how we go into business, how

      we can do those processes and what technology can be applied.  Dr.

      Donald mentioned efforts in the area of enrollment services, personnel,

      payroll, etc.  Overall they are trying to design a comprehensive human

      resource system with streamlined procedures utilizing appropriate com-

      puter software and network systems, such as ethernet.  Dr. Donald sug-

      gested that the COR have Erv Blythe address upcoming changes in the

      computer systems.

 

  5.  ALLEGATIONS OF MISCONDUCT IN SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES.  Dr. Johnson said

      that all the comments from the last meeting had been inserted into the

      document.  In response to Dr. Scanlon's question about reimbursement

      for legal fees, Dr. Johnson checked with Legal Counsel and was told

      that the Commonwealth of Virginia cannot pay for someone's personal le-

      gal expenses.  As suggested by the Provost's staff, the inquiry process

      was defined.  The paragraph on ownership of data was added, taken from

      the ownership policy which this Commission has seen.  Other changes

      were explained and the proposed document was discussed at length.  A

      vote was taken to approve the proposal and send it forward to Univer-

      sity Council, which will then send it to Faculty Senate.  Seven voted

      in favor; one opposed; and 6 abstentions.  Dr. Scanlon requested that

      we communicate to University Council that his opposing vote was because

      the policy did not provide for compensation for legal costs to those

      wrongly accused and that he did not oppose other parts of the policy.

 

  6.  INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD FOR RESEARCH INVOLVING HUMAN SUBJECTS.  Dr.

      Johnson provided two handouts to the membership.  This board reviews

      all studies having to do with human subjects to make sure ethical pro-

      cedures are being followed (155 reviews in 1991; 255 in 1992).  The

      list shows who the customers are.  The application for approval of re-

      search involving human subjects has been revised and is much more user

      friendly.

 

  7.  ADJOURNMENT.  Meeting adjourned at 4:55PM.

 

 

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