Tonight’s faculty meeting was momentous for everyone who is upset with the department cuts, among all the other symptoms of administrative bloat, systemic racism, and institutional complacency we have seen lately.
Here’s the rundown; we expect more details will emerge over the next few days (or hours).
Faculty agreed to a formal and neutral review of the decision-making process behind the cuts. Specifically, they voted 103-96 not to rescind Matthew Payne’s motion to conduct the review (PDF), which passed last month.
They also voted, by a large majority, to formally censure President Wagner for treating the Three-Fifths Compromise, a constitutional scaffold for slavery, as a model of university governance. Wagner will be asked to address the faculty and hopefully the student body as well.
Many also seconded a stronger motion, calling for a vote of no confidence against Wagner. The vote, however, was postponed.