ACLU rebuke UC Berkeley administration

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BERKELEY, California – On April 6th, the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California delivered a 9 page letter to the chancellor, Robert Birgeneau, and the chair of the Academic Senate, Christopher Kutz. The letter rebukes the administration of UC Berkeley for how it’s handled the judicial case for two students arrested the night of the December 11th demonstration. It cites legal precedences in regard to the lack of due process this case has seen and urges the campus leadership to change its policies and overturn judicial action taken thus far to ensure due process. A copy of the letter is available here.

One Response to “ACLU rebuke UC Berkeley administration”

  1. Transparency Says:

    UCB Chancellor Birgeneau Loss of Trust,Credibility
    The UCB budget gap has grown to $150 million, and still the Chancellor is spending money that isn’t there on expensive outside consultants. His reasons range from the need for impartiality to requiring the “innovative thinking, expertise, and new knowledge” the consultants would bring.

    Does this mean that the faculty and management of a world-class research and teaching institution lack the knowledge, impartiality, innovation, and professionalism to come up with solutions? Have they been fudging their research for years? The consultants will glean their recommendations from interviewing faculty and the UCB management that hired them; yet solutions could be found internally if the Chancellor were doing the job HE was hired to do. Consultant fees would be far better spent on meeting the needs of students.

    There can be only one conclusion as to why creative solutions have not been forthcoming from the professionals within UCB: Chancellor Birgeneau has lost credibility and the trust of the faculty as well as of the Academic Senate leadership that represents them. Even if the faculty agrees with the consultants’ recommendations – disagreeing might put their jobs in jeopardy – the underlying problem of lost credibility and trust will remain.

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