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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

Rockland Community College Board of Trustees Approved 8/19/21 E.Hughes

Date: August 19, 2021
To: Board of Trustees
From: Dr. Michael A. Baston
Subject: Creation of the Position of Research and Data Associate

MOTION

A motion by Trustee Hilowitz, second by Trustee Yeger, 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 Research and Data Associate; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Rockland Community College Board of Trustees approves the creation of the title in the professional services of Research and Data Associate, at Rockland Community College.

ACTION

Yeas: Trustees Wortendyke, Rand, Dillon, Valentine, Donnellan, Hilowitz, Yeger, Frias
Nays: none
Motion passed: 8 yeas, 0 nay, 0 abstentions
August 19, 2021

Rockland Community College Board of Trustees Approved 8/19/21 E.Hughes

Date: August 19, 2021
To: Board of Trustees
From: Dr. Michael A. Baston
Subject: Creation of the Position of Coordinator of Photography and Digital Arts

MOTION

A motion by Trustee Hilowitz, second by Trustee Yeger, 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 Photography and Digital Arts; 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 Photography and Digital Arts, at Rockland Community College.

ACTION

Yeas: Trustees Wortendyke, Rand, Dillon, Valentine, Donnellan, Hilowitz, Yeger, Frias
Nays: none
Motion passed: 8 yeas, 0 nay, 0 abstentions
August 19, 2021

Rockland Community College Board of Trustees Approved 8/19/21 E.Hughes

Date: August 19, 2021
To: Board of Trustees
From: Dr. Michael A. Baston
Subject: Approval to Amend the Academic Honesty and Integrity Policy

MOTION

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

WHEREAS, The current Academic Honesty and Integrity Policy needed updating; be it therefore

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

Existing Policy:

Violations of this policy include but are not limited to the following:

  • Cheating on an examination;
  • Plagiarizing: that is, the taking and pass off as one’s own work the work of another
    without citing the source;
  • Creating/citing false or fictitious references or providing false data for a research project;
  • Submitting work from another course unless receiving advanced approval to do so by the instructor
  • Stealing or possessing stolen examinations or course materials;
  • Posing as another person or allowing another person to pose as oneself;
  • Falsifying academic records;
  • Giving and/or receiving help from others in work to be submitted, if contrary to stated course rules. This includes use of complete or partial papers from websites, internet sources, and other sources of non-original work with or without attribution.

If the instructor deems that a student is guilty of cheating or plagiarism, the student will be informed of their alleged violation(s) by their instructor either verbally or in writing, and a meeting will be arranged between the instructor and student to discuss the
evidence and to afford the student an opportunity to respond to the Student Code of Conduct charges.

If a student is found to be in violation of academic honesty/integrity, a decision will be made by the instructor, in conjunction with the Department Chair and/or Division Chair as to an appropriate academic penalty.

The instructor may:

  • Require that the student repeat the assignment or the examination;
  • Give the student a failing grade for the assignment or examination;
  • Give the student a failing grade in the course and deny the student continued access to the class;
  • Initiate a written grievance with Judicial Affairs, within five (5) business days of the alleged incident.

If the penalty is reported to Judicial Affairs, then the penalty will be communicated to the student in writing within seven (7) business days of the original meeting and a copy of the decision will be sent to the Division Chair, the Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, and the Vice President of Student Services.

If the accused student does not agree that he/she is in violation of the standard of academic honesty/integrity, and the academic penalty does not involve suspension or expulsion from academic programs of the College, he/she may appeal in through the Appeal Process for Academic Sanctions outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. In cases where the academic penalty involves suspension or expulsion from academic programs of the College, a student may appeal through the Appeal Process for Suspensions or Expulsions from Academic Programs outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.

Proposed Academic Honesty and Integrity Policy:

Violations of this policy include but are not limited to the following:

  • Cheating on an examination;
  • Plagiarizing: that is, the taking and pass off as one’s own work the work of another
    (including essays, lab reports, art, music, and other digital media) without citing the source;
  • Creating/citing false or fictitious references or providing false data for a research project;
  • Submitting work from another course unless receiving advanced approval to do so by the instructor;
  • Stealing or possessing stolen examinations or course materials;
  • Posing as another person or allowing another person to pose as oneself;
  • Falsifying academic records;
  • Giving and/or receiving help from others in work to be submitted, if contrary to stated course rules. This includes use of complete or partial papers from websites, internet sources, and other sources of non-original work with or without attribution.

If the instructor deems that a student is guilty of cheating or plagiarism, the student will be informed of their alleged violation(s) by their instructor either verbally or in writing, and a meeting will be arranged between the instructor and student to discuss the evidence and to afford the student an opportunity to respond to alleged violations.

If a student is found to be in violation of academic honesty/integrity, a decision will be made by the instructor, in conjunction with the Program Director and/or School Dean as to an appropriate academic penalty.

The instructor may:

  • Require that the student repeat the assignment or the examination;
  • Give the student a failing grade for the assignment or examination;
  • Give the student a failing grade in the course and deny the student continued access to the class;
  • Recommend suspension or expulsion of the student, in extreme cases of policy violation, to the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs.

If the accused student does not agree that they are in violation of the standard of academic honesty/integrity, and the academic penalty does not involve suspension or expulsion from academic programs of the College, they may appeal through the Appeal Process for Academic Sanctions outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. In cases where the academic penalty involves suspension or expulsion from academic programs of the College, a student may appeal through the Appeal Process for Suspensions or Expulsions from Academic Programs outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.

ACTION

Yeas: Trustees Wortendyke, Rand, Dillon, Valentine, Donnellan, Hilowitz, Yeger, Frias
Nays: none
Motion passed: 8 yeas, 0 nay, 0 abstentions
August 19, 2021

Rockland Community College Board of Trustees Approved 8/19/21 E.Hughes

Date: August 19, 2021
To: Board of Trustees
From: Dr. Michael A. Baston
Subject: Approval to amend the Dual Degree Policy

MOTION

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

WHEREAS, Every campus of the State University of New York shall have a defined, written policy concerning the awarding of two degrees at the same level; and

WHEREAS, A second degree at the same level may be undertaken concurrently or consecutively, but should be awarded only when a significant amount of additional coursework in a different field is completed; and

WHEREAS, Several degrees have been re-approved by SUNY and the State Education of New York that need to be added to the policy; and

WHEREAS, The Faculty Senate has reviewed the amendments and the Provost and Executive Vice President recommends this amendment be approved; be it therefore

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

A student may earn more than one degree at RCC subject to the following restrictions:

  • A minimum of 20 academic credits from any Associate degree and 10 academic credits for any Certificate must be credits, which have not been applied to any previously or currently awarded degree.
  • A student may earn not more than one degree from any single curriculum grouping listed below:
    1. A.S. Environmental Science
      A.S. Liberal Arts/ Adolescence Education
      A.S. Liberal Arts/ Childhood Education
      A.S. Liberal Arts/ Early Childhood Education
      A.A Liberal Arts / Humanities, Social Science
      A.A. Liberal Arts / Math, Science
      A.S. Liberal Arts / Math, Science
      A.S. Math and Computer Science
      A.A. Liberal Arts/ Speech-Communication Studies
    2. A.A.S. Accounting
      A.S. Accounting
      A.A.S. Business Administration
      A.S. Business Administration
      A.A.S. Entrepreneurship
      A.S. Entrepreneurship
      A.S. International Business
      A.A.S. Marketing
      A.S. Marketing
      A.A.S. Office Technologies
    3. A.S. Computer Information Systems
      A.A.S. Computer Support Specialist
    4. A.S. Fine Arts
      A.A.S. Graphic Design
      A.S. Photography
    5. A.A.S. Fire Protection Technology
      A.S. Fire Science Technology
    6. Corporate and Homeland Security Criminal Justice*

*The Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee recently reviewed this policy and determined that a new group be established for Criminal Justice and Corporate and Homeland Security.

Please note that this policy does not have any impact on the number or content of Rockland Community College degree sheets.

ACTION

Yeas: Trustees Wortendyke, Rand, Dillon, Valentine, Donnellan, Hilowitz, Yeger, Frias
Nays: none
Motion passed: 8 yeas, 0 nay, 0 abstentions
August 19, 2021

Rockland Community College Board of Trustees Approved 8/19/21 E.Hughes

Date: August 19, 2021
To: Board of Trustees
From: Dr. Michael A. Baston
Subject: Approval to Amend the Degree Requirement Policy

MOTION

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

WHEREAS, The current Degree Requirement Policy needed updating; be it therefore

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

Existing Policy:

Completion of an Associate Degree Program requires a minimum of 60 credits exclusive of physical education courses and credit equivalents with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.

In addition, documentation must be provided showing that the applicant has received a high school diploma or its equivalent before the degree will be conferred.

Successful completion of MAT 065, Mathematical Skills is a required graduation requirement for all students whose entering Math placement is MAT 065.

Three credits in Physical Education are required. A waiver from this requirement may be requested, for medical or personal reasons, from the Coordinator of the Physical Education program. Students seeking a medical waiver must present a doctor’s statement indicating why such a waiver might be appropriate.

Proposed Degree Requirement Policy:

Completion of an Associate Degree Program requires a minimum of 60 credits exclusive of credit equivalent courses, such as ESL, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.

Completion of a Certificate Program requires a minimum of 30 credits, a program GPA of 2.0, is in good academic standing (cumulative GPA of 1.5 and above) and adheres to all accreditation standards where appropriate.

For those programs that require students to a complete Exercise and Human Performance course(s) a waiver from this requirement may be requested, for medical reasons, from the Program Director for the Exercise and Human Performance Studies department. Students
seeking a medical waiver must present a doctor’s statement indicating why such a waiver is necessary. Students that are granted a waiver for Exercise and Human Performance will still need to complete the required number of degree credits. Students can take no more than three (3) credits of Exercise and Human Performance activity courses toward a degree or certificate requirements.

In an extenuating circumstance, a substitution for a graduation requirement may be requested from the Program Director. Substitutions may be granted for no more than three (3) courses for a maximum of eleven (11) credits. All course substitutions must comply with General Education, SUNY Student Mobility and the New York State Department of Education policies.

In addition, course substitutions can only be done when the courses are equivalent, for example, a liberal arts course can only be substituted with another liberal arts course.

In addition, student may elect to take a course on a pass/fail basis. The maximum number of pass/fail courses that can be used toward degree/certificate requirement shall not exceed two (2) classes for a maximum of eight (8) credits. Please refer to the College’s approved Pass/Fail policy for further information. Courses that are repeated in order to earn a higher grade can only be used one time to fulfill a degree requirement.

All students seeking an Associate degree or Certificate must provide documentation indicating that the graduation applicant has received a high school diploma or its equivalent before the degree/certificate will be conferred.

ACTION

Yeas: Trustees Wortendyke, Rand, Dillon, Valentine, Donnellan, Hilowitz, Yeger, Frias
Nays: none
Motion passed: 8 yeas, 0 nay, 0 abstentions
August 19, 2021

Rockland Community College Board of Trustees Approved 8/19/21 E.Hughes

Date: August 19, 2021
To: Board of Trustees
From: Dr. Michael A. Baston
Subject: Creation of the Position of Benefits and Compensation Analyst

MOTION

A motion by Trustee Hilowitz, second by Trustee Yeger, 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 will be assuming the responsibilities for the administration of health benefits from Rockland County; and

WHEREAS, Rockland Community College seeks to establish the infrastructure to fully support benefits administration; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the Rockland Community College Board of Trustees approves the creation of the title of Benefits and Compensation Analyst.

ACTION

Yeas: Trustees Wortendyke, Rand, Dillon, Valentine, Donnellan, Hilowitz, Yeger, Frias
Nays: none
Motion passed: 8 yeas, 0 nay, 0 abstentions
August 19, 2021

Rockland Community College Board of Trustees Approved 8/19/21 E.Hughes

Date: August 19, 2021
To: Board of Trustees
From: Dr. Michael A. Baston
Subject: Approval to Accept Funds from NY State for Roads, Parking Lots, Sidewalk, and Site Improvements

MOTION

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

WHEREAS, The roads, sidewalks, and parking lots throughout the Rockland Community College Campus require critical maintenance and repair; and

WHEREAS, The County of Rockland previously approved $400,000 ($200,000 State) under project 8309, to finance the cost of improvements to roads, parking lots, sidewalks, and other site enhancements at Rockland Community College Campus; and

WHEREAS, the County of Rockland has increased and approved an additional $900,000 ($450,000 State) under project 8309, to finance the increased scope of improvements to roads, parking lots, sidewalks, and other site enhancements at Rockland Community College; and

WHEREAS, The College is seeking approval from SUNY’s Office for Capital Facilities for the revised amount of $1,300,000, 50% State share of $650,000; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the Rockland Community College Board of Trustees approves the increased acceptance of funds from the State for the Roads, Sidewalks, and Parking Lots improvements project.

ACTION

Yeas: Trustees Wortendyke, Rand, Dillon, Valentine, Donnellan, Hilowitz, Yeger, Frias
Nays: none
Motion passed: 8 yeas, 0 nay, 0 abstentions
August 19, 2021

Rockland Community College Board of Trustees Approved 9/23/21 E.Hughes

Date: September 23, 2021
To: Board of Trustees
From: Dr. Michael A. Baston
Subject: Creation of the Position of Vice President for Economic Mobility and Workforce Innovation

MOTION

A motion by Trustee Valentine, second by Trustee Rand, 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 Vice President for Economic Mobility and Workforce Innovation; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the Rockland Community College Board of Trustees approves the creation of the title in the professional services of Vice President for Economic Mobility and Workforce Innovation, at Rockland Community College.

ACTION

Yeas: Trustees Eckert, Valentine, Dillon, Hilowitz, Yeger and Frias Sanchez
Nays: none
Motion passed: 6 yeas, 0 nay, 0 abstentions
September 23, 2021

Rockland Community College Board of Trustees Approved 9/23/21 E.Hughes

Date: September 23, 2021
To: Board of Trustees
From: Dr. Michael A. Baston
Subject: Creation of the Position of Assistant Director of Enrollment Technology Operations

MOTION

A motion by Trustee Valentine, second by Trustee Rand, 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 Assistant Director of Enrollment Technology Operations; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the Rockland Community College Board of Trustees approves the creation of the title in the professional services of Assistant Director of Enrollment Technology Operations, at Rockland Community College.

ACTION

Yeas: Trustees Eckert, Valentine, Dillon, Hilowitz, Yeger and Frias Sanchez
Nays: none
Motion passed: 6 yeas, 0 nay, 0 abstentions
September 23, 2021