DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF ACADEMIC FREEDOM IN THE CASE OF LORETTA CAPEHEART
Snehal A. Shingavi (assistant professor, English) has submitted the following resolution in support of academic freedom in the case of Loretta Capeheart. A motion was made to postpone the vote so that the authors could revise the resolution for an email vote by the Faculty Council to be concluded by May 1, 2012.
Following is the revised resolution for your consideration. An email response to the Office of The General Faculty by 5:00 P.M. should reflect a positive or negative vote.
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council
Distributed through the Faculty Council website on April 27, 2012.
RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF ACADEMIC FREEDOM IN THE CASE OF LORETTA CAPEHEARTUniversity of Texas at Austin Faculty Council
Drafted by Dana L. Cloud, Associate Professor of Communication Studies,
and Snehal A. Shingavi, Assistant Professor of English,
University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas Faculty Council has as its mandate to advise the Board of Regents on important matters of academic policy to make the University of Texas System of the “first class”; and
The capacity of faculty members to critique accepted truths and search for new knowledge is essential to making the System one of “the first class”; and
The University of Texas System Board of Regents Rules and Regulations Series authorizes the faculty to have a “major role in the governance of their institutions” with regard to general academic policies and welfare, student life and activities, and faculty rules of procedure; and
Federal rulings on the subject of academic freedom and responsibility have an impact on academic freedom in teaching, research, and expression at the University of Texas; and
Garcetti as applied in Capeheart v. Hahs et al., endangers faculty members’ freedom to critique accepted truths and search for new knowledge and threatens academic freedom safeguards of tenure, due process, and faculty governance that allow faculty members to serve the common good without being controlled by public opinion; and
The dangerous application of the Garcetti ruling in Capeheart v. Hahs et al. is of national significance in defining faculty rights across the US;
Be It Resolved That
The University of Texas Faculty Council shall endorse and sign the petition of the Justice for Loretta campaign (justice4loretta.com); and
The University of Texas Faculty Council shall make this endorsement publicly known and publicize the case and appeal among the University of Texas System faculty.