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Resolutions Approved 2020–21

  • February 9, 2021: Resolution to Censure President Besikof
    • Resolved that the Laney Faculty Senate censures President Besikof for his lack of planning, communication and leadership at Laney College;
    • Resolved that because President Besikof did not address our concerns and questions in writing, dismissing the urgent call for collaboration and collegiality with our senate, we invite him to our next senate meeting to answer questions from our senate directly.
  • December 15, 2020: Resolution Honoring Bruce Lazarus for his Service to Laney College
    • Resolved: that the Laney College Faculty Senate cannot allow Bruce to depart without “fanfare” and gratitude for all he does for our campus and our students; and
    • Resolved that the Laney College Faculty Senate wishes Bruce a restful, happy and fulfilling retirement and we thank him bringing positivity and expertise to our community.
  • November 17, 2020: Resolution Requesting a Revised and Optimized Scheduling Process
    • Resolved: that enrollment management is a key area for the sustainability of the college and we request that our resources, financial and human, should be applied to a revised and optimized scheduling process that gives students every opportunity to plan for the coming semester and ultimately meet their goals; and
    • Resolved: that we ask the administration to consult with the senate and department chairs prior to the end of the fall 2020 semester about ways that the scheduling process can be improved before scheduling begins for summer 2021 and fall 2021.
  • October 27, 2020: Resolution for Return to F2F Labs for Spring 2021
    • Resolved: that all CTE and science classes that need to have hands-on hours during their lab classes be allowed to teach them with established social distancing and compliance with established safety protocols; and
    • Resolved: that we urge the district to develop (1) metrics and criteria of concerns it feels need to be addressed to allow face-to-face lab hours in CTE and science classes to occur in Spring 2021 and (2) a process for approval of protocols, contact tracing mechanisms and risk assessment from the County to allow face-to-face lab hours to be taught.
  • September 29, 2020: Resolution Honoring the Life and Service of Stephen Corlett to Laney College
    • Resolved: that Laney College will remember Stephen Corlett for his dedication, passion, patience, collaborative spirit, fairness and gentleness;
    • Resolved that Laney College is so thankful to have had Stephen Corlett as part of our community and that his memory will remain eternal at our campus, living on through the work we will continue in his honor; and
    • Resolved that we extend our deepest sympathies to Stephen Corlett’s family and join them in their grief as Stephen was a galvanizing and catalytic member of the Laney College family.
  • September 1, 2020: Resolution in Support of Peralta Independence
    • Resolved: that the Academic Senate supports the independence of Peralta Community College District and opposes any takeover by the California Community College State Chancellor and Board of Governors that would impose a Special Trustee;
    • Resolved: the faculty, staff, administrators, students, and all locally elected political leaders support an independent PCCD that relies on both the democratically elected Board of Trustees as well as the participatory governance process that is central to a healthy and inclusive decision-making process that benefits the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, and the Presidents of the Peralta Colleges.

 


 

Resolutions 2019–20

  • April 7, 2020:  Resolution Regarding the Chancellor’s Communication Policy and Practices
    • Resolved: That the Laney College Faculty Senate wishes to bring their concerns, dissatisfaction and dismay about the chancellor’s communication policies and practices to the urgent attention of the Peralta community, the Board of Trustees, all district stakeholders and the East Bay community that our district serves;
    • Resolved: That the Laney College Faculty Senate reminds the chancellor that the sense of “respect and belonging” she cited in January should be modeled by everyone, including the chancellor, and that Peralta’s “culture of contempt” is further fueled by the chancellor’s caustic communication practices;
    • Resolved: That the same respect and standards of communication the chancellor expects from faculty, classified professionals and administrators also apply to the chancellor, and we demand a culture of collaboration, critical inquiry, collegiality and civility.
  • April 7, 2020:  Resolution on Collaboration
    • Resolved: That the Laney College Faculty Senate urges the Peralta district administration and whatever leadership teams exist to work closely with representatives from faculty organizations that have a legal right to input and negotiation as to changes in curriculum and learning conditions, in a joint effort to cut down on errors and confusion that has thus far characterized their actions despite their most sincere and diligent and earnest efforts;
    • Resolved: That the Laney College Faculty Senate reminds the Peralta district administration that in the context of these emergency conditions, participatory governance and consultation with faculty would enable the district to make wiser decisions as to how best facilitate student success in our classrooms, counseling offices, and libraries.
  • April 7, 2020:  Urging PCCD to Refund Students
    • Resolved: That the Laney College Faculty Senate urges the Peralta Community College District administration to refund all fees to students who by no fault of their own have been forced to drop their classes as a matter of survival.
  • February 4, 2020:  Resolution on Joining the California Virtual Campus–Online Education Initiative (CVC-OEI) Consortium
    • Resolved: That the Faculty Senate fully supports Laney College’s application to join the CVC-OEI Consortium Cohort in 2020 as well as the adoption of both the OEI Course Design Rubric and Peralta Online Equity Rubric.
  • January 21, 2020:  Resolution Regarding Academic Free Speech and District Electronic Mail Use Policies
    • Resolved: That faculty assert their role and right to consult collegially with the Chancellor and District Office regarding academic and professional matters and to collaborate with the Chancellor and District Office to ensure that any changes to the existing Electronic Mail policy is developed via consultation with relevant college and District participatory governance bodies  to ensure that such a policy be in accordance with the above policies and procedures; including, especially, Academic Freedom; and
    • Resolved: that faculty support maintaining open “Faculty/Administrators/Staff” (FAS) electronic mail lists subject to the creation of a new and agreed upon Electronic Mail policy.
  • October 15, 2019:  Resolution in Support of Building a New Fab Lab
    • Resolved: That the Laney College Faculty Senate acknowledges the FabLab as a valuable learning resource for students; and
    • Resolved: That the Laney College faculty senate recommend the FabLab be located in the new Library & Learning Resource Center, if possible, or to a larger and more accessible space on campus.
  • October 1, 2019:  Resolution Further Honoring the Memory of Phillippa Caldeira
    • Resolved: That The Laney College Faculty Senate recognizes Phillippa Caldeira for the caring, compassionate, remarkable member of our community that she was, and for her immeasurable contributions to the college; and
    • Resolved: That the Laney College Administration name an appropriate area within the new Library & Learning Resource Center using Phillippa Caldeira’s name to recognize and honor her efforts and achievements in the development and growth of the Laney College Library & Learning Resource Center.  This action will serve as a reminder of her tremendous legacy of contributions to students, her colleagues and the college.
  • September 10, 2019:  Resolution in Loving Memory of Phillippa Caldeira
    • Resolved: That The Laney College Faculty Senate recognizes Phillippa Caldeira for the caring, compassionate, remarkable member of our community that she was, and for her immeasurable contributions to the college; and
    • Resolved: That the Laney College Faculty Senate offers their sincere condolences to those who also knew and loved Phillippa Caldeira and will never forget her tremendous legacy of contributions to students, her colleagues and the college.


Resolutions 2018–19

  • February 12, 2019: Resolution of No Confidence in Peralta Colleges Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre
    • Resolved: That the Laney College Faculty Senate affirm that it has no confidence in Chancellor Laguerre’s leadership of the four-college District; and
    • Resolved: That, in order to prevent further damage to the District’s and Colleges’ planning and budgeting processes, Faculty, Classified and Administrative personnel, and the general morale of our Colleges’ communities, the Laney College Faculty Senate call for Chancellor Laguerre to resign immediately or have his contract terminated with cause by the PCCD Board of Trustees.

 

  • February 12, 2019: Resolution on the Formation of a DAS Constitution Workgroup
    • Resolved: That the Laney Faculty Senate requests that the District Academic Senate convene a workgroup of College Faculty not currently members of the District Academic Senate to review and make recommendations to the District Academic Senate and College Faculty Senates regarding possible revisions to the District Academic Senate’s Constitution consistent with applicable California Educational Code and Peralta Board Policy and Administrative Procedures.

     

  • November 6, 2018: Support for Transgender, Gender-Nonconforming, and Intersex Students
    • Resolved: That the Laney College Faculty will continue to provide a welcoming and supportive environment for all students regardless of gender, gender identity, and gender expression;
    • Resolved: That the Laney College faculty will further this atmosphere of support by including in our syllabuses a preferred pronoun and name statement1 and by making a concerted effort to address students by their preferred pronouns and names; and
    • Resolved: That the Laney College Faculty Senate request that theCollege Council work to officiate this practice, integrating it into our faculty handbook and orientations.

     

    Resolutions 2017–18

    • October 3, 2017: Primary Charge of the DE Committee
      • Resolved: That the Laney College Distance Education Committee will serve as the college’s primary recommending body on matters related to distance education – specifically, focusing on supporting excellence in distance education teaching and learning; recommending policies, procedures, and resources to support effective, innovative, and equitable distance education at Laney College; and ensuring that Laney College distance education classes meet federal, state, and accreditation standards.
    • September 5, 2017: Role of Faculty in Budget Development
      • Resolved: That the Chancellor or District designees immediately convene with the District Academic Senate or District Academic Senate designees to revise AP6250 to include consultation with the College and District Academic Senates and the relevant designated deliberative bodies at each stage of the budget management process as presently articulated in AP6250: Budget Calendar, Budget Directives, Budget Preparation, Budget Consolidation, Budget Presentation of each of the preliminary, tentative, and final budgets, and Budget Adoption; and
      • Resolved: that this proposed revision be completed in time to be approved and enacted prior to January 2018 for implementation in the 2018-2019 budget process.

     

    Resolutions 2016–17

    • March 7, 2017: Role of the Academic Senate in Prioritization
      • Resolved: That the Laney Faculty Senate objects to the arbitrary and capricious administrative usurpation of the faculty prioritization process, and
      • Resolved: That the Laney Faculty Senate requests that all permanent faculty hiring be placed on hold (except for the Math position which was not contentious) until the new college president comes on board, and
      • Resolved: That this resolution be shared immediately with the Laney College President, Chancellor and Board of Trustees of the Peralta Community College District.
    • February 21, 2017: Freedom of Speech
      • Resolved: That Laney Faculty attended the forums and did prior research about the candidate, Dr. Anthony Tricoli, who questioned Tower reporting and claimed his character was defamed in the article entitled THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF LANEY COLLEGE?
      • Resolved: That all information reported in the article was properly attributed from accurate sources, including statements from Dr. Tricoli himself, court documents and newspapers
      • Resolved: That the article was carefully edited and approved and nothing was inaccurate or unsubstantiated
      • Resolved: That the Laney Academic Senate unequivocally supports “unfettered” Freedom of Speech and Academic Freedom by The Laney Tower and the Journalism Department.

    Resolutions 2015–16

    • April 19, 2016: Support of AB 2009
      • Resolved: That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges supports AB 2009 and other efforts to increase the success of undocumented students at California public institutions of higher education.
    • March 1, 2016: Mental Health Specialist
      • Resolved: That the Laney College Faculty Senate receive an additional position to support students’ mental health needs in accordance with the Budget Allocation Model based on the number of students we serve. We request a full-time Mental Health Specialist position be immediately approved so that Laney College is not left with a gap in urgently needed services for our students.
    • November 24, 2015: PASS Report
      • Resolved: That the Laney College Faculty Senate request that College President Webb and Vice President of Instruction Celhay make the PASS report originally requested by Dr. Gravenberg available to the Faculty Senate before its December 1st meeting.
    • November 24, 2015: SSSP and Equity
      • Resolved: That the Laney College Faculty Senate request an immediate meeting between the college president and a delegation of senators to review, in detail, the SSSP and Equity planning process, the SSSP and Equity funds, and SSSP and Equity expenditures.
    • November 3, 2015: Instructional Equipment and Library Materials
      • Resolved: That the Laney Faculty Senate recommends that, in accordance with the Budget Allocation Model, the Peralta Community College District allocate an additional $75,000 in funds for instructional equipment and library materials to Laney College in an effort to advance the goal of equity for the students of Laney College.
    • October 20, 2015: SSSP and Equity
      • Resolved: That the Laney College Faculty Senate request an immediate response (on or before Tuesday, October 27) from the President (not a designee) regarding:
        1. Justification of expenses/encumbrances to date, with explanation on how they align with the FY15 Equity and FY15 SSSP plans
        2. Details about if/how Laney can expend remaining funds in line with the FY15 Equity and FY15 SSSP plans by December 31, 2015
        3. Details about the planning process for FY16 Equity plan and funds, and details about the planning process for FY16 SSSP plan and funds
      • Resolved: That, without timely response and clarification on these matters, the Laney College Faculty Senate President, representing the Faculty Senate, will not sign reports to the State Chancellor’s Office.
    • October 20, 2015: Smart Classroom Assignment Process
      • Resolved: That the Laney College Faculty Senate urge the administration to work with the Senate to develop and institute a transparent process for requesting and assigning smart classrooms.

    Resolutions 2013–14

    • February 18, 2014: Representation on the PBC
      • Resolved: That the Laney Faculty Senate requests that the PCCD Planning and Budget Committee include two voting representatives from each college academic senate on the PCCD Planning and Budget Committee in alignment with the other three PCCD colleges.