September 25th, 2000

  • Location: 2000 Sayles-Hill 251
  • Time: 4:15 pm
  • Present: President Stephen R. Lewis; Deans Mark Govoni and Elizabeth McKinsey; Professors Cathy Yandell, Jennifer Manion, John Ramsay, and Richard Keiser; Students Kate Lundeen, Andy Pierce, Jenny Houghton, Alyssa Thomas, and Graham Wilson; Staff Persons Sam Demas, Gail DeGroot; Trustee Observer Louise Heffelfinger
  • Absent: Dean Stephen Kelley; Professor Sarah Hurst; Trustee Observer Ann Iijima
  • Guests: --
  • Secretary: Benjamin Ward
  • Keywords: howard hughes, multicultural alumni reunion, council role, 21st century, buildings, sexual harassment,

Approval of Minutes

The College Council minutes of the meeting of May 9, 2000, were approved in a voice vote without dissent.

President's Report

President Lewis reported that Carleton has received a $900,000 grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to fund the biological sciences; part of it will support outreach to minority students. President Lewis also mentioned that the college has received numerous other grants from the Japan Foundation, the NEH, and others. The Multicultural Alumni Reunion is scheduled for October 6-8th and is expected to be attended by 125 or so. President Lewis expressed Carleton's desire to do a better job with minority admissions, particularly with African-American students. Competition is very intense for these students. Asked for more information on the Admissions Office's plans for recruiting minority students, President Lewis mentioned the possibility of working with the Posse Foundation, which brings inner city youth to campus in groups or "posses." The Wallin Foundation, which works with Minneapolis youth and an alumni couple who are setting up a program to bring African-American youth to campus for a week in the summer were also noted. He closed his remarks by mentioning that alumni stewardship has been very energetic with 185 Carleton events held around the country this year.

The Council and its Role

President Lewis suggested a discussion of the role of the College Council. Sam Demas pointed to the consultative role of the Council and asked if Council members should bring issues that cut across the campus community. John Ramsay asked for clarification on how the Committee on Convocation and Common Conversation had come about. Several members answered that it was an outgrowth of the convocation committee and that it had been set up to deal with the notion that convocation is being squandered and that there is a lack of common conversation on campus. The Council's role in bringing common conversation to the Council Agenda was brought up. Jennifer Manion suggested a more visionary role for the Council so that issues could be dealt with sooner rather than later. Rich Keiser stated that a negative point on the role of the Council is that decisions often seem to have been made when they come to the Council and that the consultative role may often be ignored.

21st Century Report: Update

Dean McKinsey presented a progress report on issues identified in the 21st Century Report. She encouraged input from the College regarding activities she might not have known to list in the report and President Lewis noted that one item has been taken off the agenda for lack of further interest. This report will remain a "work in progress," with periodic updates; the 21st Century Agenda will be ongoing. Sam Demas suggested that there be more emphasis on development for exempt staff, but Dean McKinsey responded that Human Resources is in fact dealing with this issue. Demas also expressed his satisfaction in how the campus community worked together very well for the Clinton Commencement and that he hoped the community could come together like that more in the future.

Buildings Update

Dean Govoni reported that by January 1, 2001, the townhouses will be ready for students with the exception of one of the buildings. This will add 23 new units less the 2 in the incomplete building. The Committee on Student Life is finalizing policies for the townhouses having to do with smoking, alcohol and parking. The units will most likely be allowed one car per unit with the new parking lot across Division Street providing ample parking for those students and others. Dean Govoni also reported that the new dining hall will be open on January 1, 2001, with the new academic facilities above it opening later in the year. The hours of the dining hall and the after-hours study area are still under discussion.

Amendments to Policies against Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment

President Lewis asked Dean Govoni and Dean McKinsey to outline changes they think are needed in the Colleges Policies Against Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment. Dean Govoni reported he hopes to develop a new judiciary hearing board for sexual misconduct. He also reported that the word "intentional" has been a problem in interpretation and that he is working with Carolyn Chalmers, a consultant, to clarify that problem. He said also that there is no comparable policy language pertaining to racial and other types of harassment, and that he intends to work with others to consider whether to add more comprehensive language to all forms of harassment. Dean McKinsey wants to propose amendments to the policy dealing with "seemingly consensual" relationships where she felt that the language is not explicit enough. John Ramsay proposed that SHARE be made a subcommittee of the Council to discuss amendments to the Sexual Harassment and Assault policies and Dean McKinsey seconded the motion. The motion passed without dissent in a voice vote.

The meeting concluded at 6:15 PM.