January 24, 2002 Meeting Summary

Open Session

A. Finance and Administration

  1. Donations, November 2001 - The Board approved the terms of reference and accepted donations to Simon Fraser University in the amount of $10,000.00. The Board received for information donations of $8,936,752.58 to University funds that have established terms of reference.
    Donations, December 2001 - The Board approved the terms of reference and accepted donations to the Simon Fraser University Foundation in the amount of $16,500.00, and to Simon Fraser University in the amount of $21,000.00. The Board received for information donations of $681,195.46 to University funds that have established terms of reference.
  2. The Board received the Year-to-Date Financial position report as at November 30, 2001 for information.
  3. Burnaby Mountain Community Corporation
    1. The Board of Governors approved a motion to request an Order-in-Council from the Provincial Government that would grant a lease or an agreement to lease to Burnaby Mountain Community Corporation for the East Campus Neighborhood. The agreement would allow for subsequent conversion into separate leases and assignment to developers for mixed use development, to the City of Burnaby for park use, and to the local school district for school use. The Order-in Council would also grant other necessary statutory rights and restrictive covenants to utilities and various levels of government for the provision of services and access, and to satisfy zoning, conservation and other subdivision conditions.
    2. The Board of Governors approved the document entitled UniverCity - The Community at Simon Fraser - Community Character and Social Composition. In April 2001 the Board directed BMCC to produce a plan that described the desired composition and character of the new community, with particular reference to a number of goals including social diversity and student housing options, and that examined the financial and other costs and benefits associated with these goals. The plan, developed with input from the University community, has been endorsed by both the Community Advisory Committee and the BMCC Board of Directors.
    3. The Board received for information the Development Guidelines dated January 2002, which set out the general and specific design criteria for developers.
  4. The Board approved the PCAMM CFI Grant and Inter-Institutional Agreement between UBC and SFU. In support of its portion of the joint venture project known as the Pacific Centre for Advanced Materials and Microstructures (PCAMM), $3.4 million will be conveyed to SFU from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the BC Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF).

B. Academic

  1. The Board approved the proposal for a Graduate Diploma in Urban Studies and the proposal for a Minor in Counselling and Human Development.
    The Board received information on Senate actions of December 3, 2001 regarding undergraduate curriculum revisions in the Faculties of Applied Sciences, Arts, and Education; graduate curriculum revisions in the Faculties of Arts, Education and Science; and Deletion of Courses Not Offered/Temporarily Withdrawn Courses. The Board also received information on Senate actions of January 7, 2002 regarding undergraduate curriculum revisions in the Faculties of Applied Sciences, Business Administration, Education, and Science; the External Review of the Department of Chemistry; and BMCC progress to date.
  2. The Board approved the revised Policy A31.06 - Study Leave for Non-Tenure Track Faculty and Librarians. The revisions were needed to bring the procedures into line with the tenure-track faculty study leave policy.
  3. The Board discussed the 2001/02 Faculty Renewal Report. Faculty renewal and retention will be a major challenge for the next 10 years as universities across North America face retirement and attrition pressures. The report estimates that without further growth in FTE's, SFU will need fifty new faculty members per year for the next ten years. The labour market is particularly tight in computing science, engineering, business and economics, increasing the pressure on salaries in these areas. The Canada Research Chair program, in which SFU was allocated 39 research chairs over a five-year period, is one way of recruiting and retaining valuable faculty members. Externally funded chairs are also being sought.

C. Other

  1. The Board heard a report on the budget position. Indications from the Provincial Government are that a "0" increase will mean that there will be no increases in the grant to cover research infrastructure, inflation, and negotiated compensation agreements.
  2. The Board heard a report on the recent allegations of academic dishonesty that had been widely reported in the media. The allegations against the 47 students for cheating will be dealt with through due process. The University is examining the idea of using a web-based service to detect plagiarism, and an ad hoc committee will be struck to examine course administration practices.
  3. A report on the formal announcement regarding the Segal Centre for Management Studies in the old Bank of Montreal Building was made to the Board.
    1. Faculty Appointments

      The following faculty appointments have been approved and have been accepted:

      Dr. William de la Mare Professor REM 02.04.01 - 07.08.31
      Dr. Arthur Kirkpatrick Assistant Professor Computing Science 01.08.01 - 05.08.31
      Dr. Eirikur Palsson Assistant Professor Biological Sciences 02.05.01 - 05.08.31
      Dr. Michael Scheinfein Professor with Tenure and CRC Chair Physics effective 02.01.29
    2. Administrative Appointments
      Dr. Jack Little Chair History 02.09.01 - 05.08.31
      Dr. Judith Zaichkowsky Director, Graduate Academic Program Director, Graduate Academic Program 02.01.01 - 03.08.31
    3. Enhanced Early Retirements
      Dr. James Dean Economics effective 02.08.31
      Dr. Janet Stryer Psychology effective 02.08.31
      Dr. Edgar Pechlaner Mathematics effective 02.08.31
      Dr. Brian McKeown Biological Sciences effective 02.08.31
    4. Promotions
      Dr. David Mitchell Assistant Professor Computing Science effective 02.02.01
      Dr. Eugenia Ternovska Assistant Professor Assistant Professor effective 02.01.01
    5. Modified Appointments
      Dr. Nancy Hawkins MBB effective 02.04.01, to full time
      Dr. Christopher Beh MBB effective 02.08.31
    6. Resignations
      Dr. Mark Kamstra Economics effective 01.10.26
      Dr. Judith Scott Education effective 02.01.04
      Dr. Neal Roese Psychology effective 02.08.30
    7. The Board of Governors approved the awarding of Professor Emeritus status to Dr. Fred Cooke, Biological Sciences, effective March 31, 2002.
    1. The Board elected B. Louie to the position of Chair of the Board of Governors for the calendar year 2002.
    2. The Board elected P. Pratt to the position of Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors for the calendar year 2002.
  4. Closed Session

    A. Finance and Administration

    There is no business to report.

    B. Academic

    CONFIDENTIAL SESSION

    The next Board of Governors Meeting will be held in Room 126 of the Halpern Centre, Burnaby Mountain Campus, at 3 p.m. on Thursday March 21, 2002.

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