Norman Oppenheimer, M.D., Chair

Meeting of October 2, 2001


PRESENT: N. Oppenheimer (Chair), P. Robertson, D. Perry, R. Binder, B. Newcomer, J. Barbaccia, S. Norberg

ABSENT: G. Gregory, S. Eisendrath, J. Howley

The meeting of the Committee on Faculty Welfare was called to order by Chair Oppenheimer on October 2, 2001 at 12:10 am in Room S226. A quorum was present.

Chair’s Report

Chair Oppenheimer distributed copies of the draft report of the executive summary of the report of the Campus Planning and Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Housing. This report has not yet been finalized and will go forward for final drafting before being made publicly available.


The minutes of the meeting of September 4, 2001 were approved unanimously.

Systemwide Report – Renee Binder, MD, Chair, University Committee on Faculty Welfare

Retirement Benefits: R. Binder informed the Committee that the UC Office of the President engaged William M. Mercer to conduct a retirement survey to determine if UC's retirement benefits were competitive for faculty in the compensation plan. The study noted that retirement benefits offered at UC health sciences campuses are less extensive than those offered by some other universities.

The Office of the President has created a system wide health sciences retirement taskforce to recommend improvements to retirement benefits for the faculty at the five UC health sciences campuses. Jackie Boyden, Vice-Dean of Administration and Larry Pitts, MD will represent UCSF on this taskforce. Warren Gold, M.D. will be one of the representatives of the Academic Council. They will be invited to join the Committee at a future date to update members on the its progress.

The Report and the announcement of the Task Force are available at:

Proposed "Whistleblower" Policy: The UniversityWide Privilege and Tenure Committee and the University auditor submitted a proposed "whistleblower" policy for review by the systemwide Committee on Faculty Welfare. Review of this proposal is scheduled for the next meeting of the University Faculty Welfare Committee on October 12, 2001. Attorneys from the general counsel's office and the University auditor will be participating in the discussion. R. Binder will update the Committee on the results of the discussion of this policy.

Disability Benefits Available to UCSF Faculty

Senior Benefits Counselor, Sandra Norberg summarized the issues surrounding Disability Benefits currently available to UCSF faculty:

  • The Deans of each of the five Schools mandated that a six week minimum period of disability coverage should be incorporated within the compensation plan available to faculty and that implementation of this mandate would take place at the level of each Department. The Committee asked Senate Analyst E. Langdon-Gray to survey each School to collate information regarding the extent of this implementation and the variation in disability coverage policy across departments.
  • A Department should contact Diane Dillon, Academic Personnel, Academic Affairs should it have queries as to the implementation of the six week minimum coverage.

The Committee expressed concern that the faculty are under-informed regarding the issue of disability coverage. S. Norberg will draft language for publication on the Academic Senate website outlining current disability coverage and indicating sources of information for further inquiries.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:00 p.m.

Senate staff:
Elizabeth Langdon-Gray
Senate Analyst
Tel. 476.1307

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