Committee proposed to review USU faculty policy

USU’s Faculty Senate Executive Committee proposed an ad hoc committee be formed to review and enforce faculty policy.”Here we have this wonderful code,” said Ed Heath, president of the executive committee. “There are instances where the code is ignored, violated, whatever word you want to say, pretty consistently, and in some pretty big situations, that have an effect on all of us.”USU President Stan Albrecht and Provost Ray Coward were not in attendance of Monday’s meeting due to prior obligations.”I’m just wondering how our conversation might have been different if Ray and Stan had been here today,” said Steven Burr, associate professor in the College of Natural Resources.Maria Cordero, associate professor of Spanish, said, “I’ve seen blatant violation, not just of the spirit, but of the letter of the code.”Burr said, “It seems like some faculty are a bit frightened to call administrators on violations of code.”Several committee members said that there wasn’t a proper channel for faculty to report grievances.”We don’t have a mechanism to oversee this,” said Dave Wallace, senior lecturer in biology. “There’s no Supreme Court to tell us if something is unconstitutional.”Heath said, “It (grievance process) is totally inadequate.”Glenn McEvoy, professor in the College of Business, said, “We all know that if there’s an egregious violation of code, you can grieve it; but we all know that if you grieve something, then the administrative reaction is to circle the wagons and basically support each other. And people that I know that have filed grievances in the past have said it was the worst thing they ever did, professionally, to their careers regardless of the outcome.”

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