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Rockland Community College Board of Trustees Approved 1/21/21 E.Hughes

 

Date: January 21, 2021
To: Board of Trustees
From: Dr. Michael A. Baston
Subject: Approval to grant Micro-credentials

MOTION

A motion by Trustee Valentine, second by Trustee Hilowitz, and

WHEREAS, Micro-credentials earned via course work, Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), or in transfer (for credit) will appear on the student’s transcript. Non-credit and/qr skill based micro-credentials that are earned shall appear on the student’s credit free transcript; and

WHEREAS, Faculty, Educational Support Staff (ESS), Administrators, and/or other staff who complete a micro-credential(s) shall have supporting documentation added to their Human Resource (HR) file effective the date of the Board of Trustees approval of the policy; and

WHEREAS, The Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee and the Faculty Senate have reviewed the request; and

WHEREAS, The Provost and Executive Vice President recommend the granting of micro-credentials at Rockland Community College; and

WHEREAS, The President supports the recommendation; be it therefore

RESOLVED, That the Rockland Community College Board of Trustees approves the granting of both credit and non-credit Micro-credentials.

ACTION

Yeas: Trustees Wortendyke, Rand, Valentine, Dillon, Hilowitz, and Bastos
Nays: none
Motion passed: 6 yeas, 0 nay, 0 abstentions
January 21, 2021

Rockland Community College Board of Trustees Approved 1/21/21 E.Hughes

 

Date: January 21, 2021
To: Board of Trustees
From: Dr. Michael A. Baston
Subject: Approval to Amend the Late Withdrawal Policy

MOTION

A motion by Trustee Valentine, second by Trustee Hilowitz, and

WHEREAS, There are certain circumstances where students request a late withdrawal; and

WHEREAS, The current late withdrawal policy needed updating; be it therefore

RESOLVED, To approve this amended policy to read as follows:

Existing Policy: (withdrawals after the 12th week of the semester until the end of the
semester)

  • Must be submitted in writing to the Office of Academic Affairs;
  • Must include supporting documentation;
  • Must be approved by the faculty;
  • Approval of a late withdrawal will result in a W (Withdrawal) on the
    student’s record, but no refund will be issued.

The Office of Academic Affairs will not consider appeals that are not filed in
compliance with these procedures.

Proposed Late Withdrawal Appeal Policy: (withdrawals between weeks thirteen and fifteen)

  • Must be submitted in writing to the Chief Academic Officer;
  • Must include supporting documentation indicating extenuating
    circumstances;
  • Include Late Withdrawal Request form (see attached) and the College
    drop/add form;
  • Must be approved by the faculty of record;
  • Approval of a late withdrawal will result in a W (Withdrawal) on the
    student’s record, but no refund will be issued.

The Chief Academic Officer will not consider appeals that are not filed in
compliance with these procedures or that are incomplete. Late Withdrawals will
be granted for only the most serious of reasons. Reasons not listed on the
Late Withdrawal Form, e.g. grade dissatisfaction, will not be considered. The
decision of the Chief Academic Officer will be final.

ACTION

Yeas: Trustees Wortendyke, Rand, Valentine, Dillon, Hilowitz, and Bastos
Nays: none
Motion passed: 6 yeas, 0 nay, 0 abstentions
January 21, 2021

Rockland Community College Board of Trustees Approved 1/21/21 E.Hughes

 

Date: January 21, 2021
To: Board of Trustees
From: Dr. Michael A. Baston
Subject: Approval to Amend the Student Grade Appeal Policy

MOTION

A motion by Trustee Valentine, second by Trustee Hilowitz, and

WHEREAS, There are certain circumstances where students request a grade appeal; and

WHEREAS, The current grade appeal policy needed updating; be it therefore

RESOLVED, To approve this amended policy to read as follows:

Existing Policy:

  • A student’s request for a grade change must be initiated no later than one
    semester after the grade had been issued.
  • Students must request a grade change from the course instructor.
  • All requests must be in writing and be supported by documentation.

If a student’s request for a grade change has been denied by the instructor of the course, the student has 14 days from the date of that denial to appeal to the Vice President of Academic Affairs. In consultation with the instructor of the course, the Department Chair and the Division Chair, the Vice President of Academic Affairs will determine if an appeal committee will be convened. This committee will consist of the Vice President of Student Development, the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the appropriate Division Chair, and two faculty members from the appropriate division. The committee will review the student’s request for a grade change with proper and appropriate documentation. If exams, papers, etc. have been returned to the student, the student is responsible for providing them to the committee.

The instructor of the course for which the student is requesting a grade change must submit the appropriate documentation in the form of, but not limited to, the final examination or project. If a final exam was given in a course, the instructor must keep the student’s final exam for one year as stated in the New York State Regulations Guide after the course has ended.

Upon the conclusion of the appeal hearing, the Vice President of Academic Affairs will notify the instructor of the committee’s recommendation in writing within fourteen days. After reviewing the committee’s recommendation, the instructor will make the final decision. If the instructor is no longer employed by the College, the Department Chair will make the decision. The Vice President of Academic Affairs will then notify the student. There is no further appeal process.

In the case of administrative error, and with appropriate documentation, the faculty member or division chair or discipline chair may waive the one semester grade change limit with the concurrence of the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

If the above options are not appropriate for the student’s situation, please refer to the Academic Forgiveness Policy.

Proposed New Policy:

A student’s grade appeal must be initiated no later than the following major semester (spring or fall) after the grade had been issued:

  • Students must request a grade change from the course instructor.
  • All requests must be in writing and be supported by documentation.

If a student’s request for a grade change has been denied by the instructor of the course, the student has 14 days from the date of that denial to appeal to the Program Director or relevant department ( or, if the instructor is also an administrator the appeal will go to their supervisor). If the Program Director finds the appeal has no merit, the decision will be communicated to the student, the instructor, and the School Dean within 14 days. If the Program Director finds that the complaint may have merit, they should discuss the matter with the instructor. If the matter still remains unresolved, it will be referred to an ad hoc faculty committee within 14 days.

In consultation with the Chief Academic Officer, an ad hoc committee of faculty members will be convened by the Program Director of the relevant department. The ad hoc faculty committee will consist of one faculty member from the instructor’s department, one member of the instructor’s school, and one faculty member of another school. The ad hoc faculty committee will examine all available written information related to the dispute. P Prior to a decision being reached the student and/or faculty member and/or ad hoc faculty committee have the right to request a meeting, along with others as the ad hoc faculty committee sees fit.

Upon the conclusion of the appeal hearings, a decision shall be rendered within 14 days. If the ad hoc faculty committee determines that compelling reasons exist to change the grade, it will request that the instructor make the change, after providing the instructor with a written explanation. Should the instructor decline, they should provide an explanation for refusing.

The ad hoc faculty committee, after considering the instructor’s explanation, and upon concluding that it would be unjust to allow the original grade to stand, shall recommend to the department head or to the instructor’s immediate administrative superior that the grade be changed. That individual will provide the instructor with a copy of the recommendation and will ask the instructor to implement it. If the instructor continues to decline, the faculty Chair of the ad hoc faculty committee shall then change the grade, notifying the instructor and the student of this action. Only that individual, upon the written recommendation of the faculty committee, should have the authority to effect a change in grade over the objection of the instructor who assigned the original grade.

In the case of administrative error, and with appropriate documentation, the faculty member, Program Director, or Dean may waive the one semester grade change limit.

ACTION

Yeas: Trustees Wortendyke, Rand, Valentine, Dillon, Hilowitz, and Bastos
Nays: none
Motion passed: 6 yeas, 0 nay, 0 abstentions
January 21, 2021

Rockland Community College Board of Trustees Approved 2/25/21 E.Hughes

 

Date: February 25, 2021
To: Board of Trustees
From: Dr. Michael A. Baston
Subject: Approval to amend the Conferral of Professor Emeritus Status Policy

MOTION

A motion by Trustee Valentine, second by Vice Chair Rand, and

WHEREAS, The current Conferral of Professor Emeritus Status policy states Professor Emeritus is an honorary title for professors who have made significant contributions to the College and the community during their tenure at the College. Eligibility requirements for Professor Emeritus
status:

  1. Must be retired at the rank of Full Professor
  2. Award will be granted when the faculty member retires at full-professor status

Nominees will be judged on:

  1. Length of service to the institution
  2. Leadership and/or active participation in a discipline
  3. Excellence in performance of assigned professional
    responsibility
  4. Service to the College, community, and one’s profession

WHEREAS, Faculty, Educational Support Staff (ESS), Administrators, and/or other staff who complete a micro-credential(s) shall have supporting documentation added to their Human Resource (HR) file effective the date of the Board of Trustees approval of the policy; and
WHEREAS, The nominating committee recommends this policy be amended to update the wording of eligibility criteria and judgement criteria; be it therefore

RESOLVED, That the Rockland Community College Board of Trustees amends this policy to read as follows:

Professor Emeritus is an honorary title for professors who have made significant contributions to the College and the community during their tenure at the College. Eligibility requirements for Professor Emeritus status:

The nominees will be judged upon the following criteria:

  1. Must be retired at the rank of Full Professor
  2. Award will be granted when the faculty member retires at full professor status and is a non-teaching faculty member within one-year after retirement
  3. The title of SUNY Distinguished Professor is automatically deemed Professor Emeritus status upon retirement

Nominees will be judged on:

  1. Length of service to the institution
  2. Leadership and/or active participation in a discipline
  3. Excellence in performance of assigned professional
    responsibility
  4. Service to the College, community, and one’s profession
  5. Demonstrative collaboration in service to students and colleagues

ACTION

Yeas: Trustees Wortendyke, Rand, Eckert, Valentine, Dillon, Donnellan, Hilowitz, Ramos and Bastos
Nays: none
Motion passed: 9 yeas, 0 nay, 0 abstentions
February 25, 2021

Rockland Community College Board of Trustees Approved 2/25/21 E.Hughes

 

Date: February 25, 2021
To: Board of Trustees
From: Dr. Michael A. Baston, President
Subject: Approval for Reappointment of Non-Tenured Faculty for Academic Year 2021-2022 Third Year

MOTION

A motion by Trustee Valentine, second by Vice Chair Rand, and

WHEREAS, The Agreement by and between SUNY Rockland Community College, the County of Rockland and the Rockland Community College Federation of Teachers (RCCFT) Local 1871 requires that persons with term appointments be notified of their reappointment by the last day of March; and

WHEREAS, The SUNY Rockland Community College Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion (RTP) Policy requires that each candidate be reviewed and evaluated for renewal by a Division R TP Committee; and

WHEREAS, The following non-tenured faculty have submitted to the RTP process and all recommendations have been reviewed and are endorsed by the Provost and Executive Vice President; and

WHEREAS, The President has reviewed the recommendations of the Division RTP Committees and the faculty will be sent the required notification by February 28, 2021; be it therefore

RESOLVED, That the SUNY Rockland Community College Board of Trustees approves the reappointment of the following non-tenured faculty, to their third year, for one academic year beginning September 1, 2021:

Third Year:
James Liporace
William Blake Terry

ACTION

Yeas: Trustees Wortendyke, Rand, Eckert, Valentine, Dillon, Donnellan, Hilowitz, Ramos and Bastos
Nays: none
Motion passed: 9 yeas, 0 nay, 0 abstentions
February 25, 2021

Rockland Community College Board of Trustees Approved 2/25/21 E.Hughes

 

Date: February 25, 2021
To: Board of Trustees
From: Dr. Michael A. Baston, President
Subject: Approval for Reappointment of Non-Tenured Faculty for Academic Year 2021-2022 Fourth Year

MOTION

A motion by Trustee Valentine, second by Vice Chair Rand, and

WHEREAS, The Agreement by and between SUNY Rockland Community College, the County of Rockland and the Rockland Community College Federation of Teachers (RCCFT) Local 1871 requires that persons with term appointments be notified of their reappointment by the last day of March; and

WHEREAS, The SUNY Rockland Community College Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion (RTP) Policy requires that each candidate be reviewed and evaluated for renewal by a Division RTP Committee; and

WHEREAS, The following non-tenured faculty have submitted to the RTP process and all recommendations have been reviewed and are endorsed by the Provost and Executive Vice President; and

WHEREAS, The President has reviewed the recommendations of the Division RTP Committees and the faculty will be sent the required notification by February 28, 2021; be it therefore

RESOLVED, That the SUNY Rockland Community College Board of Trustees approves the reappointment of the following non-tenured faculty, to their fourth year, for one academic year beginning September 1, 2021:

Fourth Year:
Cheryl Iorio
Cynthia Lasman
Kostandinos Ritsatos
Dr. Louis Rosenfeld
Chris Spezial

ACTION

Yeas: Trustees Wortendyke, Rand, Eckert, Valentine, Dillon, Donnellan, Hilowitz, Ramos and Bastos
Nays: none
Motion passed: 9 yeas, 0 nay, 0 abstentions
February 25, 2021

Rockland Community College Board of Trustees Approved 2/25/21 E.Hughes

 

Date: February 25, 2021
To: Board of Trustees
From: Dr. Michael A. Baston, President
Subject: Approval for Reappointment of Non-Tenured Faculty for Academic Year 2021-2022 Fifth Year

MOTION

A motion by Trustee Valentine, second by Vice Chair Rand, and

WHEREAS, The Agreement by and between SUNY Rockland Community College, the County of Rockland and the Rockland Community College Federation of Teachers (RCCFT) Local 1871 requires that persons with term appointments be notified of their reappointment by the last day of March; and

WHEREAS, The SUNY Rockland Community College Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion (RTP) Policy requires that each candidate be reviewed and evaluated for renewal by a Division RTP Committee; and

WHEREAS, The following non-tenured faculty have submitted to the RTP process and all recommendations have been reviewed and are endorsed by the Provost and Executive Vice President; and

WHEREAS, The President has reviewed the recommendations of the Division RTP Committees and the faculty will be sent the required notification by February 28, 2021; be it therefore

RESOLVED, That the SUNY Rockland Community College Board of Trustees approves the reappointment of the following non-tenured faculty, to their fifth year, for one academic year beginning September 1, 2021:

Fifth Year:
Jodilynn Greico
Maureen Kroning
Sabrina Rieder

ACTION

Yeas: Trustees Wortendyke, Rand, Eckert, Valentine, Dillon, Donnellan, Hilowitz, Ramos and Bastos
Nays: none
Motion passed: 9 yeas, 0 nay, 0 abstentions
February 25, 2021

Rockland Community College Board of Trustees Approved 3/25/21 E.Hughes

Date: March 25, 2021
To: Board of Trustees
From: Dr. Michael A. Baston, President
Subject: Approval for Reappointment, Promotion and Grant of Tenure to Non-Tenured Faculty, for Academic Year 2021-2022

MOTION

A motion by Trustee Valentine, second by Trustee Dillon, and

WHEREAS, The Agreement by and between SUNY Rockland Community College, the County of Rockland and the Rockland Community College Federation of Teachers (RCCFT) Local 1871 requires that persons with term appointments be notified of their reappointment by the last day of March; and

WHEREAS, The SUNY Rockland Community College Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion (RTP) Policy requires that each candidate be reviewed and evaluated for renewal by the College RTP Committee; and

WHEREAS, Non-tenured faculty have submitted to the RTP process and recommendation for reappointment, promotion and grant of tenure has been reviewed and are endorsed by the Provost and Executive Vice President; and

WHEREAS, The President has reviewed the recommendations of the College RTP Committee and the faculty member will be sent the required notification by March 31, 2021; be it therefore

RESOLVED, That the SUNY Rockland Community College Board of Trustees approves the reappointment and grant of tenure to the following faculty effective September 1, 2021:

Dr. Rachel Golland
Dr. Meghan Nolan

ACTION

Yeas: Trustees Wortendyke, Rand, Eckert, Valentine, Dillon, Donnellan, Hilowitz, Ramos and Bastos
Nays: none
Motion passed: 9 yeas, 0 nay, 0 abstentions
March 25, 2021

Rockland Community College Board of Trustees Approved 3/25/21 E.Hughes

Date: March 25, 2021
To: Board of Trustees
From: Dr. Michael A. Baston, President
Subject: Approval for Reappointment and Grant of Tenure to Non-Tenured Faculty, for Academic Year 2021-2022

MOTION

A motion by Trustee Valentine, second by Trustee Dillon, and

WHEREAS, The Agreement by and between SUNY Rockland Community College, the County of Rockland and the Rockland Community College Federation of Teachers (RCCFT) Local 1871 requires that persons with term appointments be notified of their reappointment by the last day of March; and

WHEREAS, The SUNY Rockland Community College Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion (RTP) Policy requires that each candidate be reviewed and evaluated for renewal by the College RTP Committee; and

WHEREAS, Non-tenured faculty have submitted to the RTP process and recommendation for reappointment, promotion and grant of tenure has been reviewed and are endorsed by the Provost and Executive Vice President; and

WHEREAS, The President has reviewed the recommendations of the College RTP Committee and the faculty member will be sent the required notification by March 31, 2021; be it therefore

RESOLVED, That the SUNY Rockland Community College Board of Trustees approves the reappointment and grant of tenure to the following faculty effective September 1, 2021, and be it further

RESOLVED, That, per the RCCFT contract, the following shall be granted promotion to Assistant Professor, effective September 1, 2021:

Khader Humied
Natalia Lubarsky

ACTION

Yeas: Trustees Wortendyke, Rand, Eckert, Valentine, Dillon, Donnellan, Hilowitz, Ramos and Bastos
Nays: none
Motion passed: 9 yeas, 0 nay, 0 abstentions
March 25, 2021

Rockland Community College Board of Trustees Approved 3/25/21 E.Hughes

Date: March 25, 2021
To: Board of Trustees
From: Dr. Michael A. Baston, President
Subject: Approval for Reappointment and Grant of Tenure to Non-Tenured Faculty, for Academic Year 2021-2022

MOTION

A motion by Trustee Valentine, second by Trustee Dillon, and

WHEREAS, The Agreement by and between SUNY Rockland Community College, the County of Rockland and the Rockland Community College Federation of Teachers (RCCFT) Local 1871 requires that persons with term appointments be notified of their reappointment by the last day of March; and

WHEREAS, The SUNY Rockland Community College Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion (RTP) Policy requires that each candidate be reviewed and evaluated for renewal by the College RTP Committee; and

WHEREAS, he following non-tenured faculty have submitted to the RTP process and all recommendations have been reviewed and are endorsed by the Provost and Executive Vice President; and

WHEREAS, The President has reviewed the recommendations of the Division RTP Committees and the faculty will be sent the required notification by March 31, 2021; be it therefore

RESOLVED, That the SUNY Rockland Community College Board of Trustees approves the reappointment of the following non-tenured faculty, to their second year, for one academic year beginning September 1, 2021:

RESOLVED, That, per the RCCFT contract, the following shall be granted promotion to Assistant Professor, effective September 1, 2021:

Second Year: Steven Carroll
Dominic Dimare

ACTION

Yeas: Trustees Wortendyke, Rand, Eckert, Valentine, Dillon, Donnellan, Hilowitz, Ramos and Bastos
Nays: none
Motion passed: 9 yeas, 0 nay, 0 abstentions
March 25, 2021

Rockland Community College Board of Trustees Approved 3/25/21 E.Hughes

Date: March 25, 2021
To: Board of Trustees
From: Dr. Michael A. Baston, President
Subject: Approval of candidate for Professor Emeritus Status

MOTION

A motion by Trustee Valentine, second by Trustee Dillon, and

WHEREAS, Professor Emeritus is an honorary title for professors who have made significant contributions to the College and the community during their tenure at the College. Eligibility requirements for Professor Emeritus status:

  1. Must be retired at the rank of Full Professor
  2. Award will be granted when the faculty member retires at full professor status
  3. The title of SUNY Distinguished Professor is automatically deemed Professor Emeritus status upon retirement; and

WHEREAS, Nominees will be judged on:

  1. Length of service to the institution
  2. Leadership and/or active participation in a discipline
  3. Excellence in performance of assigned professional
    responsibility
  4. Service to the College, community, and one’s profession
  5. Demonstrate collaboration in service to students and colleagues; and

WHEREAS, Based upon the criteria above, the Provost and Executive Vice President recommends the approval of the eligible candidate; and

WHEREAS, The President endorses this recommendation; be it therefore

RESOLVED, That the Rockland Community College Board of Trustees approves the conferral of Professor Emeritus Status upon the following candidates:

Bill Baker

ACTION

Yeas: Trustees Wortendyke, Rand, Eckert, Valentine, Dillon, Donnellan, Hilowitz, Ramos and Bastos
Nays: none
Motion passed: 9 yeas, 0 nay, 0 abstentions
March 25, 2021

Rockland Community College Board of Trustees Approved 3/25/21 E.Hughes

Date: March 25, 2021
To: Board of Trustees
From: Dr. Michael A. Baston, President
Subject: Creation of the Position of Coordinator of Testing

MOTION

A motion by Trustee Valentine, second by Trustee Dillon, and

WHEREAS, SUNY requires that each community college Board of Trustees pass a formal resolution when creating a new position title at the respective campus; and

WHEREAS, Rockland Community College wishes to move forward with creating the title of Coordinator of Testing; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Rockland Community College Board of Trustees approves the creation of the title in the professional services of Coordinator of Testing, at Rockland Community College.

ACTION

Yeas: Trustees Wortendyke, Rand, Eckert, Valentine, Dillon, Donnellan, Hilowitz, Ramos and Bastos
Nays: none
Motion passed: 9 yeas, 0 nay, 0 abstentions
March 25, 2021

Rockland Community College Board of Trustees Approved 4/22/21 E.Hughes

Date: April 22, 2021
To: Board of Trustees
From: Dr. Michael A. Baston, President
Subject: Approval of 2021-22 Budget

MOTION

A motion by Trustee Valentine, second by Trustee Dillon, and

WHEREAS, The Board of Trustees of Rockland Community College has reviewed and
determined the appropriate fiscal policy to be represented in the College’s fiscal 2021-22 budget; and

WHEREAS, The expenditures of unrestricted funds total $66,972,980 and are appropriate to meeting the mission and goals of the institution; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the Rockland Community College Board of Trustees approves the attached proposed operating budget as the College’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2021-22.

ACTION

Yeas: Trustees Wortendyke, Rand, Valentine, Dillon, Yeger and Bastos
Nays: none
Motion passed: 6 yeas, 0 nay, 0 abstentions
April 22, 2021

Rockland Community College Board of Trustees Approved 4/22/21 E.Hughes

Date: April 22, 2021
To: Board of Trustees
From: Dr. Michael A. Baston, President
Subject: Approval of Tuition & Fees for Academic Year 2021 – 2022

MOTION

A motion by Trustee Valentine, second by Trustee Dillon, and

WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees of Rockland Community College has endeavored to
maintain tuition and fee rates at the lowest possible levels, and,

WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees of Rockland Community College must establish tuition and fee rates which will insure the fiscal stability of the College, and,

WHEREAS, the tuition and fee rates must be established at this time to allow students and the families the opportunity to plan accordingly, now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, that the Rockland Community College Board of Trustees does hereby set the following tuition and fee rates for the 2021-2022 academic year:

Tuition

Full-Time Enrollment (12 or more credit hours) – $2,606 per semester
Part-Time Enrollment – $218 per credit hour
Concurrent Enrollment – $72 per credit hour

Fees

Student Activity fee $74.00* per semester for full-time students (excludes intersession)
Student Activity fee $4.50* per credit hour for part-time students (excludes intersession)
Course fees $5 to $200 (based on additional costs required by course participation)
Admissions Application fee $30.00*
Payment Plan fee $30.00* Late fee $15.00*
Dishonored check fee $30.00* Graduation fee $30.00
Document fee $5.00 each*
Drop fee $5.00*
Identification card Replacement fee $5.00 Malpractice Insurance $13.50
Readmission fee $5.00*
Technology fee $15.00 per credit hour
Telecourse and Distance Leaming $50.00
Transcript fee $5.00
* Non-Refundable

ACTION

Yeas: Trustees Wortendyke, Rand, Valentine, Dillon, Yeger and Bastos
Nays: none
Motion passed: 6 yeas, 0 nay, 0 abstentions
April 22, 2021

Rockland Community College Board of Trustees Approved 4/22/21 E.Hughes

Date: April 22, 2021
To: Board of Trustees
From: Dr. Michael A. Baston, President
Subject: Approval to designate public single-occupancy bathroom facilities as gender neutral

MOTION

A motion by Trustee Valentine, second by Trustee Dillon, and

WHEREAS, New York State, the State University of New York, and Rockland Community College are committed to protecting the safety and well-being of its students and staff and maintaining educational and working environments that are free from discrimination and harassment; and

WHEREAS, SUNY recognizes the need to take all possible precautionary steps to prevent harassment from occurring, and believes that college officials can play a crucial role in creating a space of inclusivity to protect transgender, gender nonconforming, and non-binary (TGNCNB) individuals from discrimination and harassment on its campuses; and

WHEREAS, On December 23, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed into law Chapter 353 of the Laws of 2020, relating to the single-occupancy bathroom requirement; now therefore, be it

RESOLVED, All public single-occupancy bathroom facilities at Rockland Community College shall be designated as gender neutral for use by no more than one occupant at a time or for family or assisted use; be it further

RESOLVED, Such gender neutral bathroom facilities shall be clearly designated by the posting of such on or near the entry door of each facility.

ACTION

Yeas: Trustees Wortendyke, Rand, Valentine, Dillon, Yeger and Bastos
Nays: none
Motion passed: 6 yeas, 0 nay, 0 abstentions
April 22, 2021

Rockland Community College Board of Trustees Approved 4/28/21 E.Hughes

Date: April 28, 2021
From: Board of Trustees
Subject: Approval to Extend and Modify the Employment Contract of President Michael A. Baston

MOTION

A motion by Trustee Hilowitz, second by Trustee Yeger, and

WHEREAS, On May 2, 2017, Rockland Community College acting through the Rockland Community College Board of Trustees signed an employment contract with Dr. Michael A. Baston to serve as President of Rockland Community College from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2021; and

WHEREAS, The current contract specifies the compensation to be paid to Dr. Michael A. Baston through June 30, 2021; and

WHEREAS, Article seven of the current contract states that “This agreement may be extended for one or more additional years upon the terms and conditions contained in this Agreement…”; and

WHEREAS, The Rockland Community College Board of Trustees and Dr. Michael A. Baston jointly wish to extend and modify the employment contract through June 30, 2024; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Rockland Community College Board of Trustees approves an extension and modification to the employment contract of Dr. Michael A. Baston to serve as President of Rockland Community College at an annual salary of $250,000.

ACTION

Yeas: Trustees Wortendyke, Valentine, Dillon, Hilowitz, Ramos, Yeger and Bastos.
Nays: none
Motion passed: 7 yeas, 0 nay, 0 abstentions
April 28, 2021

Rockland Community College Board of Trustees Approved 5/20/21 E.Hughes

Date: May 20, 2021
To: Board of Trustees
From: Dr. Michael A. Baston
Subject: Approval to accept the candidates for Promotion

MOTION

A motion by Trustee Dillon, second by Trustee Hilowitz and

WHEREAS, The College’s Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion Committee made recommendations for promotion to the Provost and Executive Vice President;
and

WHEREAS, The President supports the recommendations; be it therefore

RESOLVED, That the Rockland Community College Board of Trustees approves promotion
for the following faculty, effective September 1, 2021:

NameDisciplineNew Rank
Eileen MacAvery KaneGraphic DesignAssociate Professor
Talia LiptonSpeechAssociate Professor
Dr. Jeffrey McLeanBiologyAssociate Professor

ACTION

Yeas: Trustees Wortendyke, Rand, Eckert, Valentine, Dillon, Donnellan, Hilowitz, Ramos, Yeger and Bastos.
Nays: none
Motion passed: 10 yeas, 0 nay, 0 abstentions
May 20, 2021

Rockland Community College Board of Trustees Approved 5/20/21 E.Hughes

Date: May 20, 2021
To: Board of Trustees
From: Dr. Michael A. Baston
Subject: Approval to Discontinue the Certificate Program in Computer Web
Development

MOTION

A motion by Trustee Dillon, second by Trustee Hilowitz and

WHEREAS, Program Discontinuance ” … formal permission to stop enrolling and graduating students in a degree or certificate program and taking the program off the roster of approved degrees for the College, (SUNY Memorandum to Presidents Vol. 83 Ii August 26th 1983); and

WHEREAS, The Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee in collaboration with the departmental faculty reviewed the program; and

WHEREAS, The Provost and Executive Vice President recommends the discontinuance of the Computer Web Development Certificate program as of May 31, 2021,and

WHEREAS, The
President supports the recommendation; be it therefore

RESOLVED, That the Rockland Community College Board of Trustees approves the discontinuance of the Computer Web Development Certificate program.

ACTION

Yeas: Trustees Wortendyke, Rand, Eckert, Valentine, Dillon, Donnellan, Hilowitz, Ramos, Yeger and Bastos.
Nays: none
Motion passed: 10 yeas, 0 nay, 0 abstentions
May 20, 2021

Rockland Community College Board of Trustees Approved 5/20/21 E.Hughes

Date: May 20, 2021
To: Board of Trustees
From: Dr. Michael A. Baston
Subject: Approval to discontinue the Certificate Program in Computer Information/Computer Support

MOTION

A motion by Trustee Dillon, second by Trustee Hilowitz and

WHEREAS, Program Discontinuance ” … formal permission to stop enrolling and graduating students in a degree or certificate program and taking the program off the roster of approved degrees for the College, (SUNY Memorandum to Presidents Vol. 83 Ii August 26th 1983); and

WHEREAS, The Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee in collaboration with the departmental faculty reviewed the program; and

WHEREAS, The Provost and Executive Vice President recommends the discontinuance of the Computer Information/Computer Support Certificate program as of May 31, 2021,and

WHEREAS, The
President supports the recommendation; be it therefore

RESOLVED, That the Rockland Community College Board of Trustees approves the discontinuance of the Computer Information/Computer Support Certificate program.

ACTION

Yeas: Trustees Wortendyke, Rand, Eckert, Valentine, Dillon, Donnellan, Hilowitz, Ramos, Yeger and Bastos.
Nays: none
Motion passed: 10 yeas, 0 nay, 0 abstentions
May 20, 2021