University Committee Meeting Minutes
Minutes approved 3/07/2022
UC members present: Babcock, Halverson, Sandgren (chair), Tejedo-Herrero, Thibeault
Others: Greg Bump, Michelle Felber, Lesley Fisher, Jane Richard, Jake Smith
Sandgren call the meeting to order at 1:30.
The minutes of the meeting of February 21, 2022 were approved by consent.
Provost Karl Scholz said that there are no UW-Madison students or employees known to be in Russia, Ukraine, or the other Baltic countries. There are students and scholars from these countries currently studying here in Madison. Any university sponsored travel to Ukraine or Russia has been suspended. All students studying abroad have been contacted about the situation unfolding in Ukraine.
The provost also reported on a meeting between ASM leadership, Chancellor Blank, and Vice Chancellor Reesor to discuss a number of items around masking. The students did not ask for the mask mandate to be continued. The University Committee discussed the mask mandate and how various constituencies across campus are reacting.
The University Committee approved the Faculty Senate agenda for March 7, 2022.
Professor Paul Kelleher, co-chair of the Health Care Advisory Committee, presented the HCAC annual report. The committee primarily advises University Health Services (UHS) regarding health care needs for students. The committee has implemented a student co-chair model. HCAC provided advice to UHS on COVID policies and procedures. A subcommittee made a formal recommendation to implement vaccine and TB screening for new students. All but three Big Ten schools have vaccine requirements, with UW-Madison being one of the three. The committee also provided input on a chaperone policy for sensitive exams and reviewed the SSFC fee and budget proposal for UHS. Kelleher will add information about work the committee has done in regards to student mental health to their annual report.
Future HCAC agenda items include making emergency contraception more available and the possibility of becoming a tobacco-free campus.
Sandgren moved to convene in closed session; it was seconded and approved at 2:48.
Sandgren moved to reconvene in open session; it was seconded and approved at 3:50.
Sandgren adjourned the meeting at 3:51.