The Minerva in front of the oval where Grawemeyer Hall sits
The Minerva in front of the oval where Grawemeyer Hall sits

The University of Louisville Board of Trustees at its Oct. 29 meeting ratified the Faculty Accountability Policy, which articulates an equal, consistent process for the administration to follow in instances of faculty misconduct.

Faculty Senate Chair David Schultz noted that that development of the policy was a two-year process which was reviewed by the senate on two occasions. In addition to the Faculty Senate, several other university units were asked to provide feedback. The policy is similar to accountability policies for UofL administration, staff and students.

Michael Cunningham, UofL chapter president of the American Association of University Professors, expressed in a statement to the trustees concerns that faculty didn’t have enough appropriate input and involvement in the development of the policy. He asked that ratification of the policy be tabled for further consideration.

Given that the policy is subject to revisions after ratification, Schultz recommended that the policy be implemented as written.

University Provost Lori Stewart Gonzalez added that such a policy is common among several other universities. In her response to concerns raised by the AAUP, Gonzalez said that the policy: was established within the appropriate scope of her authority; is constitutional and contains all hallmarks of due process; embodies principles of shared governance; and encourages collaborative discussion and problem-solving among faculty members. Gonzalez will report to the board occasions when the policy is used.

In other action, the board:

  • Approved the revised Board of Trustees Personnel Policy and the Memorandum of Understanding with the UofL Real Estate Foundation, both submitted by the Governance, Trusteeship and Nominating Committee.
  • Approved a report submitted by the Audit, Compliance and Risk Committee, which included audits of UofL and UofL Research Foundation financial statements. The audits, conducted by CliftonLarsonAllen LLC, yielded an “unmodified” opinion, which is the cleanest evaluation report.
  • Approved the designation of the Cardinal Stadium Club as the Angel’s Envy Club. Formerly designated as the Brown & Williamson Club, the facility will undergo renovations and other updates.

Additional meeting highlights

Campus Police Chief Gary Lewis shared information about changes his department has made to improve safety on and around the Belknap Campus. Lewis specifically addressed additional security around affiliated housing in response to recent reports of crimes in that area.

University President Neeli Bendapudi announced three designations honoring longtime friends and supporters of the university.

Basketball court six in the Sports and Recreation Center was named to honor Intramural Sports and Recreation Director Dale Ramsay, who, on Nov. 1, retired after 41 years of service.

Gallery space in the Ekstrom Library will be named in honor of Julius Friedman, an internationally known artist, award-winning graphic designer and co-founder of Images design studio in Louisville.

The Allen Courtroom in the UofL Brandeis School of Law has been redesignated as the Breit Courtroom in honor of Marc and Lisa Breit. Renovations to the courtroom began in the spring 2021 semester.

Jason Smith, chief medical officer at UofL Health, provided information about the organization’s ongoing efforts to provide services in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as expansion of services in Bullitt County, Brownsboro and Shelbyville. UofL Health will provide nearly $32 million to the university for mission support.

Student Government Association President Ugonna Okorie shared information about the SGA’s efforts to increase its visibility throughout the UofL community, create an inclusive and equitable learning environment for students, increase students’ compliance with COVID-19 vaccinations and testing and advocate for affordability in higher education.

The next scheduled meeting of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees is Thursday, Jan. 13.