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GilbertCase.DU-AAUP

GilbertCase.DU-AAUP

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AmericanAssociationofUniversityProfessors
UniversityofDenverChapter
 
12November2011To:ProvostKvistadandChancellorCoombeFrom:DUChapter,AAUPRe:ArthurGilbertCasecc:AdamKissel,ChristopherHill,KathrynGrove,AmyKing,KathyOhman,CaryNelsonWe,theundersignedmembersofDU’sAAUPchapter,urgeyoutovacatethedecisionfindingProfessorArthurGilbertguiltyofsexualharassmentasrecommendedbytheFoundationforIndividualRightsinEducation(FIRE)initslettertoChancellorCoombeofNovember4,2011.WhentheGilbertstorybrokelastspringourchapterquicklywentonrecordtoexpressconcernsaboutboththedueprocessandacademicfreedomdimensionsofthecase(seeattachedmemo).Wecloselyfollowedthecaseinsubsequentmonths.ThefinaldecisionagainstProfessorGilbertonlydeepensouroriginalconcerns.ThefindingsofDU’sinternalFacultyReviewCommitteecombinedwithFIRE’sexternal,independentanalysisofthecasemakeaverystrongargumentforfullyexoneratingProfessorGilbertofthechargesagainsthim.Wedon’tbelievethatjusticeinthiscasehasbeenserved.Werenewouroffertohelpformulatepolicytoensurethatitwillbebetterservedinthefuture.WewillcontinuetoworkwiththeFacultySenateandotherstoproduceastrongerandbetteracademiccommunity.Inthemeantime,failuretovacatethedecisionwillseriouslyunderminetheuniversity’sexpressedcommitmenttotwovitalelementsofsuchacommunity:sharedgovernanceandacademicfreedom.Respectfully,DeanSaitta,Professor,DepartmentofAnthropologyandAAUPChapterPresidentMiriamBornstein,AssociateProfessor,DepartmentofLanguagesandLiteraturesRobertoCorrada,Professor,SturmCollegeofLawMichaelCortés,ClinicalAssistantProfessor,GraduateSchoolofSocialWorkSandraDixon,AssociateProfessor,DepartmentofReligiousStudiesClauded’Estree,Director,HumanRightsProgram,JosefKorbelSchoolofInternationalStudiesSarahGjertson,AssociateProfessor,SchoolofArtandArtHistorySylviaHall-Ellis,AssociateProfessor,MorgridgeCollegeofEducationScottLeutenegger,Professor,DepartmentofComputerScienceSalvadorMercado,AssociateProfessor,DepartmentofLanguagesandLiteraturesNaomiReshotko,Professor,DepartmentofPhilosophyLynnSchofieldClark,AssociateProfessor,DepartmentofMedia,FilmandJournalismStudiesJosephSzyliowicz,Professor,JosefKorbelSchoolofInternationalStudiesOscarSomoza,Professor,DepartmentofLanguagesandLiteraturesPaulSutton,AssociateProfessor,DepartmentofGeographyPaulViotti,AssociateProfessor,JosefKorbelSchoolofInternationalStudiesYavuzYasar,AssociateProfessor,DepartmentofEconomics

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