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November 26, 1990

                                    MINUTES

                      COMMISSION ON UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

 

                            Burruss Hall Board Room

                               November 26, 1990

 

 

 

 

  PRESENT:  Dr. E.F. Carlisle, Chair; Deans J. White, M. Ogliaruso, N. B.

            Spencer, M. A. Lewis, J. F. Marchman, R.S. Purdy; Drs. W. Kerns

            for L. Geyer, K. Eschenmann, D. Morris, J. Taper, E. Brown, W.

            Etgen, M.  Murray; C. Burch-Brown; D. Bousquet, Admissions; W.

            Dean, University Registrar; B. Kuster, P. McConnell, J.

            Hansbrough, SGA; B. Sgro, Dean of Students.

 

  ABSENT:   Drs. D. E. Egger, M. Deisenroth, R.W. Daniel, C.D. Shoulders, L.

            Geyer; A.R. DeHart, SGA.

 

  VISITORS: J. Williams-Green; Melissa Byrne, President, Class of 1992

 

  1.  CALL TO ORDER AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:

      Dr. Carlisle called the meeting to order at 3:04 p.m.

 

  2.  The AGENDA was approved as distributed.

 

  3.  The MINUTES of the November 12, 1990 meeting were approved as cor-

      rected.

 

  4.  RESOLUTION 90-91 C, ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY, FIRST READING - J. F.

      Marchman

      Dr. Marchman introduced the changes suggested by the sub-committee by

      relating the current academic policy.  He summarized the substantive

      changes as:  1) an increase in the flexibility for terms students may

      use in correcting academic deficiencies; 2) terminology for initial ac-

      ademic deficiency (PROBATION) and continuation of the deficiency (SUS-

      PENSION); 3) second academic suspension will result in a suspension of

      two years before request of readmission may occur; and 4) students may

      NOT transfer work from other institutions while on probation or suspen-

      sion.  Dr. Marchman suggested a change in the wording in paragraph six

      to read, "...has been SUSPENDED OR ON ACADEMIC PROBATION..". Dr.

      Carlisle asked whether the rationale for this item is simply punitive.

      Dr. Marchman responded that the university is stating that the student

      is not ready to take courses at Virginia Tech and therefore should not

      be taking courses elsewhere. Dr. Spencer asked if use of the term PRO-

      BATION will be interpreted as a warning rather than action by the uni-

      versity.  Dr. Marchman replied that the committee had labored over the

      semantics but strongly preferred the word probation over the current

      use of the terminology of "academic drop."  Ms. Dean asked Dr. Sgro if

      there was an existing university policy that prohibits participation in

      extracurricular activities while on probation.  Dr. Sgro responded that

      the policy prohibits a student's participation in these activities if

      the student is ineligible to enroll.

 

  5.  COURSE CRITERIA COMMITTEE REPORT  - M. A. Lewis

      A motion was made and seconded to approve for second reading the Novem-

      ber 12, 1990 report.  Motion CARRIED.  Approved effective Spring 1991

      were:

 

      o   COMM 3034 (HUM 3034) Theories of Popular Culture (revised)

      o   COMM 4034 (HUM 4034) Functions of Popular Culture (revised)

      o   Humanities, Science, and Technology (HST) concentration - approved

          to appear on transcript and change in requirements

      o   Humanities, Science, and Technology (HST) option approved changed

          in requirements

 

      Approved effective Fall 1991 were:

 

      o   BIOL 3004 Introductory Genetics (revised)

      o   EE 2005-2006 Network Analysis (revised)

      o   LASC, Resource Management (RMGT) concentration - approved to appear

          on transcript

 

  6.  Meeting adjourned at 3:35 p.m.

 

                                     Respectfully submitted,

                                     Wanda Hankins Dean

                                     University Registrar

 

 

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