Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Addendum on academic freedom committees 

OK, this one is a little strange. A faculty member at UC Santa Cruz asks a committee on academic freedom, of which she is a member, to discuss a rally organized by "Faculty Against War." She wants to discuss that use of institutional funds at a public university is at least unethical if not illegal, and wants to discuss it. Not only does the committee on academic freedom's chair not place the item on the agenda, but the faculty member is booted off the committee. She notes:
The idea that I was essentially kicked off the Committee for Academic Freedom for exercising my academic freedom is almost Orwellian. It�s a sad indictment of how the university�s mechanism for self-governance has gone wildly out of control.