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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Faculty raps endorsement of rejected policy changes

The Board of Regents was alerted yesterday to the endorsement of some proposed changes in the policies of Northern Marianas College despite being rejected by the institution’s shared governance councils.

Faculty Senate member Kyle Podziewski told regents during yesterday’s board meeting that three items on the agenda relating to the “repeal of old board policies” are not supported by the shared governance councils, yet the management went ahead and endorsed them to the board.

Podziewski was referring to the proposed repeal of old policies governing student services, human resources, and finance and procurement.

“We are concerned because these [proposed repeal of policies] were rejected at the shared governance process and yet are being presented to the board. We want to make sure that the board is aware of this,” said Podziewski during the public comment period yesterday.

According to Podziewski, the management had informed the shared governance councils that these “rejected” proposed policy amendments will be rewritten but they have yet to be provided copies of these rewritten policies. However, these items were on yesterday’s agenda for board review.

The board did not take up the proposed policy amendments yesterday. Instead, board chair Juan T. Lizama formed a policy committee to handle the subject, with regent William Torres serving as panel chairman and all regents as members.

On the new committee’s table for deliberation are Board Policy No. 206 pertaining to policy introduction, amendment, passage, and suspension; Board Policy No. 206.3, which pertains to budget, audit, and finance committee; Board Policy No. 402, which relates to student health insurance; and the proposed administrative regulations to enforce a drug-free workplace, tobacco, and betel nut policy.

The policy committee gave itself 30 days to review any proposed new policy and procedures for the college.

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