Petitioning University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees

UAMS Faculty Senate Council Resolution to Proposed Changes to Board Policy 405.1

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UAMS Faculty, please voice your opposition to Board Policy 405.1 by signing this petition. Infringement of academic freedom is simply unacceptable and harmful for the success, growth, and prosperity of higher education in the State of Arkansas.  You are able to anonymously sign this petition.

Whereas academic freedom is one of the foundations of higher education, and tenure is the principal guarantor of academic freedom,

Whereas a high quality faculty is necessary to guarantee high quality education which the students and citizens of Arkansas deserve,

Whereas the proposed modifications of Board Policy 405.1 stating that a tenured professor can be dismissed as the result of subjective measures including a single ‘unsatisfactory performance’ rating given by a single administrator, a “pattern of disruptive conduct”, or an “unwillingness to work productively with colleagues” without due process,

Whereas the proposed modifications of Board Policy 405.1 violated principles of shared governance in drafting this proposal with no input from faculty,

Whereas if the University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees adopts the proposed changes, ALL FACULTY ACROSS THE UA SYSTEM will lose the rights of academic freedom, hampering their effectiveness in teaching, research and service, and face severe hardship in recruiting and retaining qualified faculty; and

BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that the UAMS Faculty Senate condemns these proposed revisions to the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees Policy 405.1 Appointments, Promotion, Tenure, Non-Reappointment, and Dismissal of Faculty;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that WE RECOMMEND IN THE STRONGEST TERMS THAT:

“The current discussion on the amendments to Board Policy 405.1 be tabled,

That a committee be formed which includes ALL STAKEHOLDERS AND representation OF faculty across the UA system, and

That reasonable time be allowed for proper consultation and discussion of any proposed changes.”

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