Faculty Senate considers bill to encourage voter turnout


Photo by Katherine Kealey

The Faculty Senate conducting business Nov. 9 in the Sun Room at the Memorial Union. 

Katherine Kealey

The Iowa State Faculty Senate will vote on a resolution to encourage flexible exam deadlines and attendance policies for Election Day in the upcoming meeting Tuesday.

Iowa State University voter turnout for students is 30-40 percent lower in midterm elections than in the presidential. In light of the Nov. 8 midterm election, this bill sponsored by the Liberal Arts and Science At-Large Senator Karen Kedrowski seeks to make it easier for students to vote on Election Day. 

As the Russian Federation’s aggression persists, the Faculty Senate has taken up a bill to stand in solidarity with Ukraine. While acknowledging the thousands of civilian deaths and condemning the “brutal and barbaric attacks” by the Russian military, the resolution calls on the faculty to cease any cooperation with Russian businesses or organizations which finance the war. 

It also calls on faculty to counteract Russian propaganda by “spreading correct information” while supplying accommodation and financial support to all those who have been impacted by the war.

Also on the Faculty Senate’s agenda for Tuesday:

  • Hear from Iowa State University President Wendy Wintersteen

  • Nominate the Senate secretary and council chairs

  • See a proposal to the Board of Regents to implement a new interdisciplinary design program for the College of Design

  • Vote on a proposal for the new global human science minor in the College of Human Science

This will be the Faculty Senate’s second meeting of April, with the final meeting of the year in May. The Senate will convene at 3:30 p.m. in the Sun Room at the Memorial Union.