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AAUP Letter to Chancellor Martin and President Di Mare 1-8-14

AAUP Letter to Chancellor Martin and President Di Mare 1-8-14

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1133 19th Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036
PHONE:
 
202.737.5900
 
 
FAX:
 
202.737.5526
 
 
www.aaup.org
January 8, 2014 VIA ELECTRONIC AND USPS MAIL Dr. Michael Martin Chancellor Colorado State University System 410 17th Street, Suite 2440 Denver, Colorado 80202 Dr. Lesley Di Mare President Colorado State University
 – 
 Pueblo 2200 Bonforte Boulevard Pueblo, Colorado 81001 Dear Chancellor Martin and President Di Mare: This letter is prompted by reports that Chancellor Martin has informally proposed the elimination of numerous Colorado State University - Pueblo faculty positions in order to meet a planned 2014-15 budget reduction. The university is not reported as having declared financial exigency. You are doubtless aware that the interest of our Association in a current situation such as that reported at Colorado State University
 – 
 Pueblo stems from its longstanding commitment to academic freedom, tenure, and due process. The basic standards are articulated in the enclosed 1940
Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure
, jointly formulated by the AAUP and the Association of American Colleges and Universities and endorsed by more than 210 scholarly and higher-education organizations.
Derivative procedural standards are set forth in the AAUP’s enclosed
 Recommended Institutional Regulations on Academic Freedom and Tenure,
and
The Role of the Faculty in Conditions of Financial Exigency
. As these documents specify, the AAUP recognizes only three bases for the termination of faculty appointments as being consistent with principles of academic freedom and tenure: (1) dismissal for cause, (2) bona fide financial exigency, and (3) program discontinuance for educational reasons, as determined by the faculty. See particularly Regulations 4 and 5 of the
 Recommended Institutional Regulations
. Because the stated grounds for the threatened terminations are financial, the most applicable AAUP-recommended

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