Vote for MU non-tenure-track faculty voting rights postponed

Monday, March 11, 2013 | 2:00 p.m. CDT; updated 7:07 p.m. CDT, Monday, March 11, 2013

COLUMBIA — MU's Faculty Council is postponing a vote that, if passed, would expand the definition of faculty, which would give non-tenure-track faculty members voting rights in campus matters.

The election was supposed to open Monday for tenured and tenure-track faculty members. A firm date for the election has not been set but is expected to be in the next week or so, Faculty Council Chairman Harry Tyrer said.

The election had already been postponed once from its March 4 start date after the Faculty Council decided to re-examine the voting process to ensure votes could not be tampered with or cast multiple times.

Council members are still deciding which online system to use. Options discussed include the Division of Information Technology's Shibboleth service, Qualtrics and SurveyMonkey. Paper ballot voting was proposed.

Executive committee members Clyde Bentley, an associate professor of journalism, and Stephen Montgomery-Smith, a professor of mathematics, will meet with representatives from the Division of Information Technology to determine whether Shibboleth will fulfill the requirements for the voting process.

At its Thursday meeting, the council will decide whether to accept proposed changes to the wording of the motion and further discuss the committee overseeing the voting process. The committee, which has not been finalized, will consist of Faculty Council members.

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