URBANA -- An attempt to have a faculty/student senate vote on a resolution seeking alternatives to closing the Institute of Aviation failed when it ran headlong into Robert's Rules of Order.
Last week, the senate narrowly voted down a resolution supporting a proposal by Urbana campus interim Chancellor Robert Easter and interim Provost Richard Wheeler to discontinue aviation studies at the University of Illinois.
A new resolution drafted by business Professor Mark Roszkowski with help from Senate Executive Committee Chair Joyce Tolliver called for an ad hoc committee to write a report for Wheeler and Easter on alternatives to closing the institute.
But it was not on the agenda for Monday's meeting, the last of the school year.
To get a resolution onto new business, a two-thirds vote is required.
The motion to put it on new business won only 52 votes, to 29 no. The senate has 200 faculty members, and 50 students.
The head of the Institute of Aviation, Tom Emanuel, said after the meeting, since the senate has not had a positive vote for or against his unit, he was disappointed "we're still in limbo."
He was also concerned the UI Board of Trustees would take action without a senate recommendation.
Roszkowski conferred with Tolliver after the meeting about setting up a committee to research the issue.
He also said he would seek to get the resolution on the agenda of the first meeting next fall.