DePaul Faculty Council PASSES Motion Re: Namita Goswami Case

The DePaul University Faculty Council courageously passed a motion┬áby a vote of 20-4-2 that “calls upon” President Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider to adhere to the procedural mandates of the Faculty Handbook that require additional appellant procedures subsequent to a successful academic freedom appeal. AAUP in its letter of December 15, 2010 requested that the president “suspend” his decision to deny tenure and promotion to Assistant Professor of Philosophy Namita Goswami, pending her right to have either a new contract or a hearing. She is the first facuty member in the history of the university to win an appeal before an academic Review Board on both process and academic freedom violations. The Faculty Handbook requires that in the case of the latter, the dean may recommend a new contract or a hearing. Before Dean Chuck Suchar could make such a mandatory choice, the president denied the appeal and essentially stopped the process before the professor could have “another day in court.” The Faculty Council, which is another term for a faculty senate or assembly, has joined in solidarity with AAUP and others who believe that process counts, justice counts, rules and regulations count, and that shared governance requires at a minimum, that administrations adhere to their stated guidelines particularly in academic freedom cases.

{I HAD POSTED A VERSION OF A LONGER PROPOSED MOTION THAT WAS EXTANT AS OF YESTERDAY. THE ACTUAL MOTION THAT WAS ADOPTED BY THE DEPAUL UNIVERSITY FACULTY COUNCIL MAINTAINS THE ESSENCE OF THE PREVIOUS VERSION: FR HOLTSCHNEIDER SHOULD ADHERE TO 5.1.1. OF THE FACULTY HANDBOOK THAT MANDATES SUBSEQUENT ACTION AS NOTED ABOVE}:

This is the motion adopted on January 12, 2011:

“Faculty Council calls upon President Holtschneider to withdraw his final judgment in the Namita Goswami tenure case in order to allow for the full consideration of academic freedom.”

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