from “Butler University vs. John Doe: A New Challenge to Academic Freedom and Shared Governance,” by William Watts
[Yes, but also universities need to listen to their students and listen to their staff as well—if they were in on this sentiment that Watts is putting forth I’d be 110% behind his argument here. That said:]
This is the most frightening thing about the layoffs that are happening this week as my school. Faculty, staff, and students have all expressed great displeasure at what is happening—faculty and staff the most of all, I would say, because students were kept deliberately in the dark and the timing of the budget crunch was so convenient. But from day one, these cuts have been deemed non-negotiable and the administration has decided that they have the right to make decisions about what our school stands for and who is important to that defintion.
I feel sabotaged, set up to fail, totally power-played, and worthless in the eyes of my college both as an alum and as an employee.