President Michael Benson addressed an advertisement posted on the EKU Colonels Facebook page during his address to the Faculty Senate on Feb. 4.
The advertisement, which supposedly contained a link to a website where individuals could enter for a chance to win a “3-night luxury getaway at any Trump Hotels destination," was posted by Learfield/IMG College.
Learfield/IMG College is the, “exclusive multimedia rights holder for Eastern Kentucky Athletics, EKU Sports Properties manages all aspects of the rights relationship, providing corporate partners both traditional and new media opportunities with the Colonels in which to bolster their own brand and garner maximum exposure,” according to the Learfield/IMG College website.
The university has asked for a cease and desist on the advertisement and has chosen not to take place in the promotion, said Benson during the meeting.
President Benson also announced the times and locations for the upcoming Board of Regents meetings. In addition to the meetings, the board will be eating lunch in Case Dining Hall prior to the meetings in order to interact and engage with students and faculty.
The dates, times and locations of meetings were also listed in the faculty regent’s report to Faculty Senate.
Jon Fleischaker, an attorney at Kaplan, Johnson, Abate and Bird Law and an author of Kentucky’s open meeting laws, filed a complaint Jan. 29 on behalf of the Kentucky Press Association because the board had not yet posted the locations and times of its upcoming meetings.
Board of Regents Chair Lewis Diaz responded to the complaint on Feb. 1 by stating he, “respectfully disagree[s] with your [Fleischaker’s] assertion that EKU has an ‘ongoing failure to comply with Kentucky’s Open Meetings Law.”
Other business discussed at the Faculty Senate meeting included:
Student Government Association has now been placed in Coates room 2.
A new SGA chief justice has been nominated and is up for approval next week.
The approval of Policy 4.1.1 - Academic Freedom by a vote of 49 yeas, 2 nays and 1 abstention.
The approval to repeal Policy 4.7.9 - Limitations on Academic Work while under Contract to Teach at Eastern by a vote of 51 yeas, 0 nays and 1 abstention.
The approval to repeal Policy 4.3.12 - Degree Completion for Accomplished Professionals by a vote of 51 yeas, 0 nays and 0 abstention.
The rejection of Policy 4.7.7 - Consulting and Outside Activities by Faculty by a vote of 18 yeas, 29 nays and 4 abstention.
A first read of Policy 4.6.12 - Shared Faculty Appointments which was presented for repeal.
A first read of Policy 4.1.7 - Student Opinion of Instruction.
Numerous committee and faculty reports.
For a more in-depth story about the Feb. 4 Faculty Senate meeting, check out the Feb. 7 issue of The Eastern Progress.