Sue Martin, President
Eastern Michigan University
Dear President Martin,
The Committee on the Status on Women is a standing committee of the American Philosophical Association (APA). As a committee, we write to you to protest the treatment of one of the APA's members, Dr. Margaret Crouch. A Full Professor, Dr. Crouch was subjected to offensive and abusive comments posted by members of her undergraduate class on the internet site, Yik Yak.
This incident was brought to our attention in a front page article that appeared in The New York Times on Monday, March 9, 2015. We were horrified to learn of this abuse, but outraged at the inaction of Eastern Michigan University despite Dr. Crouch’s complaints. It is no part of the job description of philosophers or of any professional teachers to endure abuse of any kind, much less from their students. Such attitudes as those that gave rise to the abusive comments posted on Yik Yak are the essence of disrespect, and poison the atmosphere of mutual respect and trust needed for serious classroom learning. Moreover, Title IX enjoins institutions to prevent hostile environments and to work to dispel them where they are known to occur. In this matter, Eastern Michigan has failed on multiple counts. The University should act immediately to prevent future recurrences and send the message to all students that such commentary will not be tolerated. We look forward to learning of your plans in this matter.
For the Committee
Hilde Lindemann, Chair
Committee on the Status of Women
Professor of Philosophy
Michigan State University
CC: Kim Schatzel, Provost
Susan Moeller, Union President
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Dear EMU Faculty:
The collective bargaining contract between the EMU-AAUP and EMU expires on . As you have hopefully heard from your stewards and bargaining council representatives, Bargaining Council is already in session and working on contract issues. Attached to this email is the list of Bargaining Council representatives.
Dear EMU Faculty Colleagues:
One particular item that the EMU-AAUP will address in negotiations is faculty and student safety in the classroom and our ongoing disagreement with the administration's understanding and handling of the matter. The administration's position was articulated in the Provost's most recent email (February 17) to the faculty as is discussed below. Although we are pleased that the Provost finally communicated with the faculty about this situation, we have concerns with the additional comments and interpretations on faculty and student safety as evidenced in her email.
In discussions with the Provost, and based on her comments in a recent Senate meeting, it appears that she believes that the faculty need to put more 'rules' in their syllabi to cover disruptive student behavior and the outcome of such behavior to be imposed by a faculty member. The Provost wants the EMU administration to have cover if a faculty member demands that a student be removed from their classes.