Wednesday, September 1, 2021

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
SUB Room 235
Printable Minutes


Waded Cruzado, Kenning Arlitsch, Sreekala Bajwa, Camie Bechtold, Norris Blossom, Janelle Booth, Matt Caires, Jason Carter, Julie Clay, Leon Costello, Chris Dobbs, Ariel Donohue, Tracy Ellig, Stephanie Erdmann, Chris Fastnow, Stephanie Gray, Jeannette Grey-Gilbert, Stefani Hicswa, John How, Brett Gunnink, Alison Harmon, Deborah Haynes, Robert Hawks, Yves Idzerda, Chris Kearns, Greg Kegel, Ryan Knutson, Chere LeClair, Ilse-Mari Lee, Dan Miller, Terry Leist, Bob Mokwa, Chris Murray, Kim Obbink, Craig Ogilvie, Kellie Peterson, Sarah Shannon, Royce Smith, Cody Stone, Amber Vestal, Bradford Watson

  1. Call to Order
    President  Waded Cruzado

  2. Approval of Minutes from August 11, 2021

    Royce Smith moved to approve minutes; seconded by Chris Kearns.  Minutes were approved unanimously.

  3. University Wide Information/Announcements

    President Cruzado shared excitement of the Mark and Robyn Jones investment of $101 million to the College of Nursing on August 30, 2021.

  4. Public Comment

    There was no public comment offered.

  5. Old Items

    A. Revisions to Space Management Policy, Principles, and Research Guidelines
         Kellie Peterson, Legal Counsel; Richard Rudnicki, Planning Manager, Campus Planning Design &                                        Construction

    Norris Blossom moved to table vote, so ASMSU may review more closely; Terry Leist seconded. Motion to        table the vote was approved unanimously.

    University Contract Approval and Execution Proposed Policy
          Jennifer Glad, Associate Legal Counsel

    Terry Leist moved to table the vote; Bett Gunnink seconded motion to table vote.  Motion to table the              vote  was approved unanimously.

    VI. New Item

         A. Research Misconduct Policy Revision
             Camie Bechtold, Chief Compliance Officer; Kirk Lubick, Director Office of Research

    The proposed updates to the research misconduct policy, last updated in 2012, would create more                  transparency and ensure compliance with federal regulations. Proposed updates include additional                  definitions, a timeline, details about the inquiry process, the appointment of an advisory committee to            assist with a research misconduct investigation, and details about appeals.

    VII. Informational Items

           A.  Long Range Building Program (LRBP) Process
                John How, Associate Vice President, University Services

    Madison Graff shared as part of the state's biennial Long-Range Building Program, each campus in the            Montana University System prepares project lists for funding consideration during the Montana                        Legislature. Recent MSU successes with the Long-Range Building Program include funding for                            renovating Romney Hall and repairing the Lewis Hall roof. Madison reviewed the process, including the            steps leading to the next Legislature in 2023, and recapped projects funded during the 2021 legislative            session. 

           B. Choosing Promise: Goal: 2.4: Elevating Research Expectations
                Ian Godwin, Associate Director, Office of Planning and Analysis

    Ian shared Intentional Focus 2: Improve Lives and society through research, creativity, and                                  scholarship,  found here:

    & Goal 2.4: Elevate expectations for scholarship:

    Montana State University faculty, staff, and students hold themselves to the highest standards of                    research and creative outcomes.


    1. Colleges, departments, and centers will set goals and document progress in their annual research reports by 2020.
    2. Montana State University will have annual contract and grant expenditures exceeding $200 million spanning all units by 2024.
    3. Publications, presentations of creative works, translational research and creative activity, and other evidence of dissemination of scholarship will meet or exceed peer benchmarks by 2024.
    4. Montana State University will increase the number of research faculty, research staff, post-docs and graduate students funded on external contracts and grants by 2022.

    VIII. Public Comment

           There was no public comment offered.

    IX. Updates

         Around the table updates were shared from members.

         University Council adjourned at 10:00am.


NOTE:  The next University Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 1, 2021, from 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM.