Concerns: Dr. Monty Graham, Assistant VP for Research, Coastal Operations to discuss our position in the blue economy and USM's commitment to research and coastal studies. Dr. Casey Maugh-Funderburk, Vice Provost for Gulf Park Campus.
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The committee met February 27 and 28. The consensus of the committee was that while the policy does not specifically identify how the tuition waiver will be expensed, the form for the waiver the employee has to complete to request the free classes, requires budget authority approval. When the form is approved by the budget authority, responsibility is taken at that point for the cost of the waiver.
All tuition waivers are charged to the home department, but for E&G funded areas, they are paid out of a central fund. That central fund does not cover grants or auxiliaries. Auxiliary units are required to cover the cost of the tuition waiver as they are fiscally self-sustaining. Employees paid by grants have to have the tuition waiver approved by the grant as the cost of the tuition waiver may not be covered by the grant.
The Salaries and Benefits committee recommends a paragraph be added to the employee handbook section 4.2 / 4.2.2 Procedures outlining the procedure of how the tuition waiver will be handled as far as expensing the cost of the waiver. It is also being recommended that section 4.2.3 be revised for current University Practices and section 4.2.4 revised for new payment options.
Peggy H. McArthur, Chair
After consulting with the University Police Department, it was decided to be in the
best interest of the university to eliminate all of the parking along Pearl Street.
Parking and Transit Services planned to phase those out over the summer of 2019 to
minimize the impact to campus. However, the City of Hattiesburg repaved Pearl Street
over the holiday break and officials were deeply concerned about adding back this
parking. After multiple conversations between the city and USM administration, it
was decided to let these spaces go now instead of five months down the road.
The good news is Parking and Transit Services will place faculty/staff parking into the first two rows of the Theater and Dance parking lot west of Harkins Hall. As a result of these changes, faculty and staff will have a net gain of 39 parking spaces over the loss of street parking. The lines are being painted to denote faculty/staff parking and additional signage has been ordered, however, permanent signs may not be in place by the start of spring full term classes. Commuter students will have to make use of the parking lots on Ross Boulevard, 34th-35th Avenues, and Scholarship Hall.