January 27, 2005

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Senate approves grad program
Senate unanimously approved the school of interactive arts and technology (SIAT) graduate program on Jan. 10. Until now, SIAT operated its graduate program under a “special cohort arrangement,” offering masters of applied science and PhD degrees. Under the permanent program, students will be able to pursue a master of arts, a master of science or a PhD in interactive arts and technology. SIAT graduate chair, Rob Woodbury says the goals of the program are “to explore, understand and critically evaluate the interplay between technology and society in the broadest terms and to foster the development and design of new technologies to benefit society in existing and future contexts.”

Pierce to develop Kamloops plan
Senate asked dean of arts and social sciences John Pierce to develop an academic plan for Simon Fraser University's Kamloops campus. The senate request follows an external review of the Kamloops cooperative education program, which has operated for the past 15 years as a partnership between SFU and the Secwepemc Cultural Education Society. The partnership ended last fall, and SFU is currently negotiating a new partnership with the Kamloops Indian Band. The plan should include recommendations regarding programming and faculty and staff levels, as well as a plan for new or upgraded facilities, according to the senate motion. Approximately 200 students take courses through the Kamloops program.

Committee on integrity created
Senate has created a new committee on student academic integrity. It follows from the recommendations of the task force on academic honesty and integrity. VP-academic John Waterhouse says the committee will make recommendations on steps necessary to improve and promote student academic integrity and will develop a recommended statement on academic honesty for use in course outlines. The committee will be chaired by a faculty senator and will include both faculty and student senators, as well as the dean of student services and the university librarian.

Identity crisis solved
Simon Fraser University is suffering a minor identity crisis, according to Warren Gill, the university's VP-university relations. Gill says that the creation of new facilities in the downtown Vancouver campus, such as the Segal graduate school of business, the Morris J. Wosk centre for dialogue and the Chief Dan George centre for advanced education “has led to the erosion of the identity of Simon Fraser University in the public mind.” To help the university's identity, Gill proposes that the official names of SFU's campuses be Simon Fraser University for the main Burnaby Mountain campus, Simon Fraser University Vancouver for the downtown Vancouver facilities, and Simon Fraser University Surrey for the Surrey campus. “The establishment of such standard names is certainly not intended to preclude colloquial usage of terms such as downtown or the hill,” Gill says.

Policy on names goes to governors
Simon Fraser University will soon have a formal policy on named recognition of university buildings, endowments and academic units. The policy was developed by Cathy Daminato, VP-advancement. Senate approved it on Jan. 10 and it will now go to the board of governors. The policy is designed to promote consistency in how the university recognizes its supporters and to establish a protocol for the approval of permanent named recognition. It provides for limited term recognition, minimum funding requirements for naming facilities after donors, and also outlines what approval is needed to name facilities, chairs and professorships and academic units.

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