Tenure and Shared Governance
The Board of Regents met last month and approved three policies related to tenure, post-tenure review, and faculty layoffs. The meeting was contentious at times as the board rejected three faculty-supported amendments offered by Regent Tony Evers.
The language approved by the board was broad and intends to serve as an umbrella policy for individual campuses. The Regent Education Committee will consider UW-Madison’s faculty layoff policy (below), approved by the Faculty Senate in November, at its meeting in Green Bay later this week.
Republican legislative leaders have said the legislature has concluded its regular 2015-16 session. The legislature is unlikely to meet again this spring, but could reconvene in special or extraordinary sessions later this year. PROFS monitored and lobbied on the following bills this session:
Assembly Bill 305/Senate Bill 260, Limits on Scientific Research—Passed committee, never brought to the floor
PROFS registered against AB 305 and SB 260, proposals that would make it illegal to provide or use for experimentation fetal body parts.
Assembly Bill 480/Senate Bill 363, Campus Concealed Carry—In Committee
PROFS registered against AB SB 363, legislation that would have require UW System and Wisconsin Technical College System campuses to allow concealed carry of weapons in campus buildings. Current law permits concealed carry on campus grounds, but allows individual campuses to forbid weapons in buildings.
Assembly Bill 485/Senate Bill 365, Bans Guns on College Campuses—In Committee
PROFS registered in favor of this bill, which would ban guns on college campuses.
Assembly Bill 814, Shared Governance—In Committee
PROFS registered in favor of this bill, which would have returned university, shared governance to state statutes.
Assembly Bill 898, Tenure—In Committee
PROFS registered in favor of this bill, which would have restored strong tenure language to state statutes.
College Affordability Package—Four bills signed into law
Governor Walker signed four of six bills into law last month. A PROFS statement on the bills is here.
Senate Bill 276, Parking Revenue
Governor Walker signed this bill into law. It allows the university to spend parking revenue on campus safety and transportation programs. PROFS registered in favor of this proposal.
Senate Bill 571, Sale of Agricultural Lands
Governor Walker signed this bill into law. It expands UW System Board of Regent authority over agricultural lands. PROFS registered in favor of this proposal.