The UAF Faculty Senate passed the following at its Meeting #66 on 
October 14, 1996:


The UAF Faculty Senate moves to amend the Associate of Arts 
Requirements in the following way:

To allow three semester-length courses (9 credits) in American Sign 
Language taken at the university level to be substituted for one of 
the required humanities and social science core courses, and the 
three-credit humanities or social science elective.

	EFFECTIVE: 	Fall 1996

	RATIONALE:	During the 1995-96 year, the Faculty Senate 
		approved the use of three semester-length courses 
		(9 credits) in American Sign Language to substitute for 
		two courses in the Perspectives on the Human Condition 
		section of the baccalaureate core curriculum. At the time 
		this was presented and approved, no consideration was 
		given to the associate of arts degree requirements. 

		The humanities and social science requirements for the 
		associate of arts degree are identical to the 
		baccalaureate core ´┐ŻPerspectives on the Human 
		Condition´┐Ż area with the exception that 3 credits of 
		humanities or social science electives are required 
		instead of Phil. 3232X/PS 300X.

		This motion meets the intent of the Faculty Senate to 
		facilitate the movement of associate of arts students 
		into baccalaureate degree programs.


The UAF Faculty Senate passed the following at its Meeting #66 on 
October 14,  1996:


BE IT RESOLVED, That the UAF Faculty Senate moves to confirm the 
Chemistry and Biochemistry Department Peer Review Committee for 
the 1996-97 academic year as indicated below:

	Don Button, Marine Science & Biochemistry
	Tom Clausen, Chemistry/Biochemistry
	John French, Fisheries & Biochemistry
	Dan Jaffe, Chemistry/Biochemistry
	Gerry Plumley, Marine Science
	Glen Shaw, Geophysics
	Richard Stolzberg, Chemistry/Biochemistry

	EFFECTIVE: 	Immediately

	RATIONALE: 	According to UAF Regulations, units with 
		less than seven tenured faculty must have their Unit 
		Peer Review committees augmented with additional 
		appropriate faculty.  Presently the Chemistry 
		Department has six tenured faculty, one of whom is 
		serving on the University-wide Promotion and Tenure 
		Committee.  Thus, Chemistry has only five faculty 
		eligible for serving on the Unit Peer Review Committee.


The UAF Faculty Senate passed the following at its Meeting #66 on 
October 14, 1996:


The UAF Faculty Senate moves to change the Student-Initiated 
Withdrawal Policy that applies to all Fairbanks campus courses (i.e., 
all UAF courses except those given by the rural campuses or the 
Center for Distance Education); and change the no basis (NB) grade to 
the following:

The last day for student-initiated withdrawal for all Fairbanks 
campus students shall be the sixth Friday of the semester.

Class roll correction forms completed by faculty during the sixth 
week of class (rural campuses will follow their own time line) will 
also serve as faculty initiated withdrawal forms for students not 
attending or participating in that course.  For courses with duration 
other than the normal fall or spring semester the time period will be 
prorated according to the length of the course.  For non-semester 
based correspondence students a course length of one year will be 

The no basis (NB) grade will be eliminated from grades given at UAF.

	EFFECTIVE:  	Fall 1997

	RATIONALE:	One major factor in the senate vote that 
		created the relatively short time period for student 
		initiated withdrawals was a belief that students were 
		shopping for credits.  The elimination of the tuition cap 
		and implementation of new late add fees have changed 
		the situation.

		Each semester the faculty is requested by the registrar 
		to correct class rolls but often see no change in the 
		status of nonparticipating students in subsequent class 
		rolls.  Although our registrar may check student initiated
		 withdrawal records, or change to audit requests, and
		may even attempt to contact these students, in many 
		cases no change occurs in the student's status.

		With the faculty being able to withdraw students who 
		are not attending class or who have not submitted work 
		by the end of the sixth week, there is no longer a need for 
		the NB grade.

		Together these changes should reduce student 
		resentment for missing a deadline, reduce the number of 
		negative interactions between students, faculty, and 
		administrators, and reduce the abuse of NB grades.