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EDUCATIONAL AND RESEARCH POLICIES COMMITTEE

Minutes of

March 29, 2012

MEMBERS PRESENT: Marcus Agustin, Darryl Coan, Robert Dixon for Leah' O'Brien, David Duvernell (Chair), John Hunt, Susan Morgan for Jerry Weinberg, Joe Schober, Terry Yan

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Rakesh Bharati, Sarah Bailey

GUESTS: Linda Skelton, Compliance Administrator, The Office of Research and Projects

Todd Wakeland, Associate General Counsel

I. Announcements

Susan Morgan announced that the results for the Hoppe research competition will be available next week. She also announced that the Distinguished Research Professor results will be announced soon. There is an Equipment and Tools competition this spring.

II. Minutes of February 23, 2012

Marcus Agustin made a motion to accept the minutes; Terry Yan seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

III. Drug Free Workplace Policy

http://www.siue.edu/orp/researchpolicies/drugs.shtml

Robert Dixon made a motion that the ERP table this item until the Faculty Senate has discussed this with Legal Counsel; John Hunt seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

IV. Responsible Conduct in Research Training

http://www.siue.edu/orp/humansubjectsprotection/rcr_home.shtml

The current policy requires a core curricula: CITI training and attendance at one workshop. Some students can't make the workshop. Susan Morgan presented three options for the committee to consider. All options include CITI training. One option is to eliminate the workshop and use CITI training only. Another is to substitute one of the following for the workshop: a) an additional online training option; b) complete with a 'C' or better an approved for-credit course; or c) read and discuss at least one relevant published article. The third option is to allow the substitution of one of a.-c. for the workshop if desired, but to allow the workshop to be one of the choices.

Robert Dixon made a motion to eliminate the workshop and use only the CITI workshop; Marcus Agustin seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

V. Doctoral Policies

A. 1E1 - University Admission Policies

The subcommittee, chaired by Terry Yan, revised the language of the policy to reflect the inclusion of the new doctoral degree programs. In addition to the proposed changes, the ERP committee wished to change as a requirement for admission possession of a master's degree, to "at least a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent" because some doctoral programs, such as the Doctor of Nursing Practice, do not require a master's degree for admission. It also specified that the GPA for admission must be "at least" 3.00 on a scale of A= 4.00 "in the highest attained degree." The committee also took out redundant language in the section on Admission of International Students.

Marcus Agustin made a motion to accept the revised policy as amended; Robert Dixon seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

B. 1F1 - Graduation Requirements

The subcommittee, chaired by Terry Yan, revised the language of the policy to reflect the inclusion of the new doctoral degree programs. In addition to the proposed changes, the ERP committee wished to eliminate references to University Microfilms, since archiving may take a different form. Additionally, it wished to eliminate the reference to fees charged for archiving documents. Each department will communicate those needs to its students.

Darryl Coan made a motion to accept the revised policy as amended; Robert Dixon seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

The committee wished to add a statement clarifying that individual graduate programs may have higher retention standards.

Marcus Agustin made a motion to accept the revised policy as amended; John Hunt seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

C. 1L8 - Approval of Thesis or Dissertation Proposals and Research

The committee pointed out that in the second paragraph, the term "Graduate Studies and Research" should be "The Graduate School."

Marcus Agustin made a motion to approve the policy as amended; John Hunt seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

D. 1L13 - Registration for Thesis Credit

The committee eliminated the last sentence in the first paragraph, since the thesis or dissertation may be included in a course other than 599/699. It requested that the second sentence in the third paragraph regarding dissertation credits be moved to the second paragraph, while the first sentence was eliminated, since it is not necessary to state that credit hours "may have different course numbers specific to the program."

Marcus Agustin made a motion to approve the policy as amended; Darryl Coan seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

VI. Research and Development (R&D) Committee Nominations

The committee did not comment on the proposed ballot.

VII. Research and Projects Advisory Board (RPAB) Nominations

The committee did not comment on the proposed ballot.

VIII. Continuing Business

There was no continuing business.

IX. New Business

There was no new business.

X. Adjournment

Darryl Coan made a motion to adjourn; Robert Dixon seconded. The motion passed unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 12:35 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Jerry B. Weinberg
Acting Associate Provost for Research and
Dean, The Graduate School

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