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2002-2003 Academic Year Resolutions Adopted

R6: 2002/2003: Censure Resolution


Censure Resolution

Whereas: The Faculty Senate has advisory, consultative, and shared governance responsibility to voice its opinion and concern regarding the Chancellor’s exercise of her legal authority for staffing decisions within the university administration, and

Whereas: The university community expects that authority to be exercised with fairness in a non-precipitous, reasoned and civil manner, and

Whereas: The recent firings in the Provost’s office, resulting in the Provost’s resignation in protest, failed to meet those expectations, and

Whereas: Firing individuals not directly reporting to the Chancellor over the objections of those individuals’ immediate administrative superior officer undermines if not destroys the leadership role of that officer, and

Whereas: The authority of the Provost has been usurped as a result of the Chancellor’s actions, and

Whereas: The Chancellor has shown serious lack of judgement in firing two Vice Provosts who commanded widespread respect and regard within the university community, and

Whereas: The Chancellor’s actions have damaged the relationship between the faculty and the administration, and have diminished the public image of the university, therefore be it

Resolved: That the Faculty Senate censures the Chancellor for her actions in this instance in the strongest possible terms and be it further

Resolved: That the Faculty Senate supports the strengthening of the Provost as the chief academic officer of the university in actuality, with primary influence over personnel and financial matters that directly impact academic affairs.


Resolution: R6: 02/03
First Reading: January 14, 2003
Second Reading: January 21, 2003
Adopted: January 21, 2003

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