May 5, 2008
I. Approval of agenda – approved
II. Approval of minutes of April 7th, 2008 – approved
III. Provost’s Report (E. Kaler)
IV. 149th Plenary Meeting at SUNY Delhi (K. Gillespie)
V. President’s Report (S. Kenny)
VI. Smoking Policy (L. Esparza):
Effective Fall 2008 smoking will be prohibited within 20 feet of all building entrances throughout the University and in the academic mall except in clearly designated area(s). Individual campuses may enforce stricter smoking policies as indicated. In accordance with SUNY policy, smoking is prohibited in all indoor areas, including all residence halls and apartment complexes throughout the University, with the exception of the Long Island State. Veterans home. This policy will must be reviewed after a five year period but may be reviewed at any time to assess the impact and effectiveness of the new rules Smoking cessation assistance is available through the New York State Smokers Quitline by calling 1-(866)-697-8487 or online at www.nysmokefree.com.
Substitute Motion on Smoking Policy
Executive Committee of the University Senate
The Executive Committee of the University Senate recommends the adoption of the following substitute motion on “smoking policy”:
Effective Fall 2008, smoking will be prohibited within 50 feet of all building entrances throughout the University. In accordance with SUNY policy, smoking is prohibited in all indoor areas, including all residence halls and apartment complexes throughout the University, with the exception of the Long Island State Veterans Home. This policy will be reviewed after a one-year period to assess the impact and effectiveness of the new rules. The Campus Environment Committee is requested to determine a methodology by means of which the impact and effectiveness of the new policy will be appropriately assessed. Smoking cessation assistance is available through the New York State Smokers Quitline by calling 1-(866)-697-8487 or online at www.nysmokefree.com.
Professor Goodman noted that the Executive Committee is a standing committee so its motion doesn’t require a second. The substitute motion becomes the one on the floor and is open to discussion, amendment, and vote. If the substitute motion is voted down, the original motion would then be considered. In support of the substitute motion, Professor Goodman pointed out that a change from 15 feet to 20 feet as stated in the original motion is no change at all. Further, waiting 5 years to review the impact makes no sense. After 1 year we should be able to decide the policy is working or not.
L. Naydan (President of GSO) said the GSO Senators support the work that the smoking policy subcommittee has done on this contentious issue over the past 2-years and believe that the subcommittee's product should be adopted without amendment. The parliamentary process was debated at length and it was finally ruled that the substitute amendment was appropriately on the floor and had to be dealt with first.
There was a second order amendment to the substitute amendment changing the distance from the buildings to 20 feet while making the distances from building entrances 50 feet. After some discussion the second order amendment passed 22 to 18.
After extended discussion about the time interval to review of the impact of the policy no additional amendments were proposed and the substitute motion, amended only with regard to distances from buildings and building entrances, was passed 24 to 16
The hour being late, the meeting was adjourned without completion of the agenda.