Tuesday, December 9, 2014

UO faculty tensions flare

Register Guard
December 9th, 2014

In the throes of a constitutional crisis, the University of Oregon Senate’s executive committee convened an emergency meeting Monday to figure out how to change the course of impending Board of Trustees legislation.
The board on Thursday is scheduled to consider a policy that some faculty members believe will supersede the UO constitution, usurp faculty authority over academic matters — and even repeal part of the university’s 1876 charter.
Interim President Scott Coltrane appeared at Monday’s meeting to say that superseding, usurping or repealing is not what the Board of Trustees has in mind.
“I don’t attribute to the board evil intent. There was a lack of full and transparent communication. I take some responsibility for that,” Coltrane said. “They (trustees) might not have the appreciation for faculty debate and processing that we do. It’s true of almost any board that I know of, so we have a lot of education to do.”

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