UO Board of Trustees winter meeting preview

The University of Oregon’s Board of Trustees will be on campus next week for its winter meeting.

The long meetings have jam packed agendas. Here are the most intriguing items of the winter 2015 session:

    • The public comment section is always interesting. Students and members of the community can sign up to speak directly to the board. Previous meetings started with the public comment session, but this term public comment comes after several presentations.
    • The board will have a luncheon with students on Monday. Small groups of students were selected to have lunch with the board at its Thursday meeting.
    • Thursday afternoon the board is revisiting a controversial resolution to endorse a new policy on university policies.  What does that actually mean? Since transitioning away from the Oregon University System, the University of Oregon has hundreds of policies to adopt or revise. Last term, the University Senate argued that the resolution would supersede existing protocols. Since then, the resolution says that the University Senate and the University President approved the new resolution to streamline existing policy processes.
    • Another interesting resolution is called Board Responsibilities in Dealing with Potential University Employee Strikes. This comes on the heels of last terms GTFF strike and the beginning of bargaining between the university and the faculty union, United Academics. The resolution directs the president to update board members about negotiations before an impasse is reached,  provide board members with both parties’ final offers, explanations of both sides positions when an impasse is reached and request an emergency board meeting.
    • The BOT will approve tuition and fees for the 2015-2016 school year.

The meetings start Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 8:00am in the Ford Alumni Center, Giustina Ballroom and Friday, March 6, 2015 at 10:00am. For the full agenda check here and here to find out what you missed at the fall term BOT meeting.

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Alexandra Wallachy

Alexandra Wallachy

Alex is a head correspondent at the Emerald focusing on higher education and student government. She is also a producer for the Emerald Podcast Network and a huge fan of the Daily Show.