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Report of the president: Academic Council Professoriate appointments

The following Academic Council Professoriate appointments, promotions and reappointments for the periods indicated were reviewed by the Advisory Board of the Academic Council and approved by the president.

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Faculty Senate condemns COVID-19 actions of Hoover’s Scott Atlas

In its last meeting of the autumn quarter, the Stanford Faculty Senate condemned the COVID-19-related actions of Hoover senior fellow and presidential adviser Scott Atlas. The Faculty Senate also approved a new policy on Open Access to make scholarly works more widely available.

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Faculty Senate urges acceleration of Stanford sustainability goals

Members of the Faculty Senate on Thursday encouraged the university to accelerate its target dates for completing its transition to at least net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in its operations and endowment.

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A political scientist at the helm of the Faculty Senate

Judith L. Goldstein, who is the Janet M. Peck Professor of International Communication in the Department of Political Science and a senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, is serving as chair of the 2020-21 Faculty Senate of the Academic Council.

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Faculty alter new first-year requirement because of continuing pandemic

The new two-course Civic, Liberal and Global Education Requirement for undergraduates approved in May has been reduced to one course for one year by the faculty because of disruptions caused by the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Academic freedom questions arise on campus over COVID-19 strategy conflicts

As Stanford faculty members disagree – often publicly – about the best way to confront COVID-19, questions about the responsibilities and limitations of academic freedom and the university’s relationship to the Hoover Institution have arisen.

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Faculty Senate hears budget update, approves new unit-limit policy

At the Oct. 22 senate meeting, Provost Persis Drell provided an update on the university’s finances and the senate voted on a proposal to add exemptions and exceptions to a policy setting a 100-unit limit for undergraduate majors.

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