Will parking permit fees be refunded for the period in which faculty are being directed to stay away from campus?
EVP Layzell: The short answer is that we have not yet made a determination on that matter. The longer answer is that Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is an auxiliary enterprise which means that they are responsible for generating their own revenue to cover their operating expenses. For example, the revenues generated by parking fees go to cover ongoing operating costs for PTS such as staff salaries and benefits (which continue to be paid during this time) as well as fixed costs such as debt service for the Union Parking Garage and related projects which also must continue to be paid through those revenues. In short, there are a number of implications to be considered in regard to this issue.
The faculty are concerned about state funds and startup funds that are no longer available after June 30, 2020. Will extensions be granted, or funds carried over to the new fiscal year?
Provost Haynie: The startup funds are with the deans and faculty should connect with them.
Industry, private and public funding agency grant deadlines have not changed. Given the moratorium on research, funds cannot be expended. There are serious concerns about the impact of a huge number of no cost extension requests on OSP. Should faculty start the requests now?
Provost Haynie: Definitely contact OSP sooner rather than later on extensions. It is our understanding that agencies are being very flexible. I’ve cc’d Sam as well.
VP Bentley: Some of the questions related to grants and deadlines may be addressed on the ORED COVID FAQ list. We will be happy to address others as well.
Yes. Check all federal agencies for funding opportunities related to COVID-19. National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding opportunities: Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) regarding the Availability of Urgent Competitive Revisions for Research on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
The impact of the research shut down will not necessarily be apparent in upcoming annual reviews, but the lack of new data generation will impact manuscripts and other research productivity in the future. The magnitude will be dependent on the loss of samples, research momentum and funds. Faculty are concerned. How should they prepare for the upcoming shortage(s)?
Provost Haynie: I will also add the concern about evaluations to the list for the deans. I would expect the disruption would be factored into reviews. I have cc’d Jane to be sure that we discuss this with HR and with the deans. This could also impact staff as well.
VP Bentley: Please reach out to me with any questions the senate has related to research.
Tenure Track Timeline
Note: The faculty senators will send the final votes by Friday, April 3 for or against “opting in” to an automatic 1-year extension to the tenure clock for all untenured, tenure track faculty. If the vote is against, faculty will need to “opt out” of the automatic 1-year extension described by VP Cassidy below.
For those of you who are in your mandatory year this year, the process is in its final stage and you will hear before May 1 the outcome, so the extension of the tenure clock does not apply. For all others, we have asked the Faculty Senate to recommend whether this be an opt-in or an opt-out process. An opt-in process would require you to request an extension by a certain date due to COVID-19 disruptions. An opt-out process would mean that all untenured faculty would automatically be given a year extension, and if you did not want that you would have to request being put on your original timeline. We acknowledge that many of you are well on your way to amassing a body of research that will meet or exceed the expectations of your department, and for some of you your work can be accomplished remotely. So, you may not want to delay promotion and tenure and the pay increase that comes with it. For others of you, the current situation significantly impairs your ability to do your work and you will need the extra year to get on track. Either way, you will have an opportunity for an extension of your tenure clock that will be automatically approved if you respond by the deadline that will be communicated in the near future. Should you be in your first or second year, this request would also push back your third-year review by a year. If you are currently undergoing your third-year review, it will not be pushed back.
Additional Questions on opt-in voting:
What are we voting on again?
If faculty vote to opt-in (a yes vote), the extra year won't be added unless requested. If they vote to opt-out (a no vote), all untenured, tenure track faculty (with the exceptions noted by SVP Cassidy) will have to request NOT to have the extra year added.
Who should vote?
A decision by the LSU faculty as a whole has been requested. As such, please query all faculty that you represent for a majority decision to guide your vote. Each senator has one vote on behalf of the faculty represented by that senator.
When would this become effective?
The understanding is that it will be effective immediately. Additional guidance on implementation will be requested from the administration.
If a person wants to go forward at the usual time, without delay, that should not be now considered “early”, with the attendant hoops to jump through.
This situation should not occur. Under an “opt-in” process the person would not submit a request for an extension. Under an “opt-out” process the person would simply put in a request to revoke the extension. In both of those cases, the person would go up on their original timeline.
What about AgCenter faculty?
I heard back from Phil Elzer from the AgCenter. He said they were discussing it and would consider what the campus was doing. He said he would get back to me.
Faculty Survey Fall Semester 2020
As elected representatives of our LSU faculty, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee requested information based on responses from the faculty you represent. A summary to this address was requested by 3 pm Thursday, May 28, 2020. The collated information will be used by the FSEC, ASH, and C&C committees to formulate a framework for administrative implementation.