Wednesday, April 5, 2023

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


Waded Cruzado, Sreekala Bajwa, Camie Bechtold, Janelle Booth, Matt Caires, Leon Costello, Chris Dobbs, Ariel Donohue, Tracy Ellig, Stephanie Erdmann, Chris Fastnow, Beverly Garrison, Stephanie Gray, Jeannette Grey Gilbert, Brett Gunnink, Alison Harmon, Robert Hawks, Jeff Heys, Stefani Hicswa, John How, Yves Idzerda, Chris Kearns, Greg Kegel, Ryan Knutson, Chere LeClair, Terry Leist, Dan Miller, Bob Mokwa, Chris Murray, Jennifer Thomson, Doralyn Rossmann, Tricia Seifert, Kim Obbink, Lucas Oelkers, Craig Ogilvie, Kellie Peterson, Sarah Shannon, Royce Smith, Cody Stone, Amber Vestal, Kristof Zaba


  1. Call to Order
    President Waded Cruzado

    President Cruzado called meeting to order at 8:30am. 

  2. Approval of Minutes for March 1, 2023

    Moved to approve minutes by Dean Brett Gunnink and seconded by Dean Sreekala Bajwa; minutes were approved unanimously.

  3. University Wide Information/Annoucements

    President Cruzado welcomed incoming chair of Faculty Senate, Colter Ellis. 

  4. Public Comment

    There were no public comment offered. 

  5. Old Items

    1. Export Control Policy Revision
      Quinton King, Export Control Officer

      The policy was approved unanimously.

    2. Restricted Research Policy Revision
      Kirk Lubick, Director, Office of Research Compliance

      Kirk Lubick has asked that both VP of Research and Economic Development and the Provost’s offices co-own this policy.  The policy was approved unanimously.  
  6. New Items
    1. Relationships with Students Policy Revision
      Camie Bechtold, Chief Compliance Officer; Kyleen Breslin, Managing Director, Office of Institutional Equity & Tile IX Coordinator

      Among the proposed revisions are the addition of a third category of prohibited conduct and wording to align definitions with the Student Code of Conduct. Please provide feedback over the next month.

    2. Campus Surveying Policy
      Chris Fastnow, Director, Office of Planning & Analysis

      Chris Fastnow asked that we kindly postpone this policy until she can incorperate feedback received. 

  7. Informational Items
    1. Name change for Recreational Sports and Fitness

      Amber Long, Associate Vice President of Student Wellness, Student Health Partners; Spencer Sorensen, Recreation Manager, Recreational Sports &Fitness

      They asked for support to update their campus department name to Campus Recreation to better align with their new vision with the Student Wellness Center.

    2. Choosing Promise: Goal 2.3, Strengthen instututional reputation in scholarship
      Chris Fastnow, Director, Office of Planning and Analysis

      GOAL 2.3: Strengthen institutional reputation in scholarship

      Montana State University’s success in scholarship results in increased state, national and international prominence.



      1. Montana State University will annually increase scholarship standing when compared to peer institutions.


      1. Montana State University faculty will be recognized as regional and national leaders in Grand Challenge areas by 2024.


      1. Montana State University will demonstrate improved institutional reputation through the increased size of faculty applicant pools, increased diversity of applicant pools and increased ratio of offers accepted to offers made.


      1. Montana State University will increase the number of faculty with membership among national academies, professional society fellows and state/federal/international advisory committees.


      1. Montana State University will increase the number of faculty who receive national and international awards, and honors.
      2. Montana State University will establish a baseline by 2020 and increase its number of international projects and collaborations in learning, scholarship and engagement by 10% by 2024.

    3. Code of Student Conduct Policy Update
      Jenifer Glad, Associate Legal Counsel; Bill McKenney, Associate Dead of Students

      They expanded on the definition of "Student" throughout the policy.
      Jennifer and Bill plan to return in May to follow-up on the feedback provided. 

  8. Public Comment

    There was no public comment offered

  9. Updates

    Around the table updates were shared.  University Council adjourned at 10:00am.


NOTE:  The next University Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 3, 2023, from 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM in SUB, Room 235.