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May 18, 2009  Volume 30, No. 32
Council approves student conduct rules

The Binghamton University Council approved changes to the Rules of Student Conduct at its last meeting of the academic year — changes arrived at through a new collaborative process, according to Brian Rose, vice president for student affairs.

“These changes are the result of increased student involvement and a truly collaborative process,” he said, “and it’s a credit to all of those who participated that we were able to complete this revision in one year.”

Rose said the rules are in plain language, will improve efficiency and are more transparent than prior versions.

“These changes also introduce the opportunity for mediation,” Rose said, and a training document will be developed to help the campus move forward with the changes. The Office of Judicial Affairs will take the lead on developing the training document, with student input to be an integral part of the process.

The council also heard a report from Marcia Craner, vice president for external affairs, on fundraising efforts. Over the last year, 18 new endowed scholarships were created, the University received a gift from the Clifford G. and Florence B. Decker Foundation to renovate the University Health Service and about $1.2 million was distributed to nearly 1,000 students. The University also received a $6 million anonymous gift, the largest individual gift in its history. Craner said that $4 million of the gift will be endowed for scholarships to support women and minorities.

Faculty Senate OKs Decker program proposals

The Faculty Senate approved three proposals to establish new programs in the Decker School of Nursing at its last meeting of the academic year.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), the Master of Science in Psychiatric Nursing and the Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certificate will each serve a need, according to Gale Spencer, Decker chair in community health nursing.

The DNP is becoming a standard and will be required for accreditation purposes by 2015, Spencer said, and establishing these programs will provide continuity for the Decker School as students and practitioners transition to the new requirements.

Electrical shutdown to affect several buildings

There will be a 12-hour electrical shutdown affecting several campus buildings beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, May 23.

The shutdown is necessary to perform annual preventive maintenance and to make power connections for some of the capital projects that are underway.

The following buildings are affected: Mountainview (Marcy Hall, Hunter Hall, Cascade Hall, Windham Hall, Appalachian Collegiate Center); Library south and north (Library Tower and the old north wing will have power); Computer Center; Engineering; Hillside Community including Rockland and Saratoga; Academic Building A and B; and University Union West.

Due to scheduling conflicts, the following buildings will no longer be affected: Events Center, West Gym, Bearcat Sports Complex and Physical Facilities Addition.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08