Student Academic & Financial Affairs Committee


September 27, 2007


Minutes of Meeting




Present: Greg Corso (Psych), Reta Pikowsky (Registrar), Kapil Gupta (Grad Student), Matt Peeples (UG Student), Ruperto Perez (Counseling), Ed Omiecinski (CoC)


Absent:  Augustine Esogbue (ISYE), Mo Li (MSE), Patty Sobecky (Biol)


Guest:   John Stein (Dean of Students)



The meeting was called to order by Ed Omiecinski at 10AM, in the J.S. Coon building, room 150.



The topic for discussion, suggested by Reta Pikowsky, was to examine the current process of approving excused student absences.  For the last several years, the Registrar's Office has been responsible for excusing student absences.  This task was outsourced to the registrar by the SAFA committee informally several years ago but without specifying any fixed procedure or guidelines.  The committee felt that additional discussions on this topic were needed before any actionable items could be finalized.  The discussion will continue at the October meeting.


Along with the above discussion, a specific request was presented for excusing absences for 31 students participating in the Solar Decathlon.  The following two motions were made by Greg Corso. Both were unanimously approved by the committee.


1)      Approve all absences for graduate students, while participating in the solar decathlon.


2)      Approve absences for up to three sections of each course for undergraduate students, while participating in the solar decathlon.


The following additional motion was tabled for further discussion.


3)      All approved absences are to be processed by the Registrar's Office.



The meeting was adjourned at 11AM.