Full Disclosure

About Full Disclosure

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Why does this website exist? What is our purpose?

Welcome to Full Disclosure. Our goal is to unify the exhaustive efforts of multiple individuals who have sought truth and action regarding unethical practices at Dixie State University. 

Our aim is to raise awareness with facts rather than conjecture. We hope to make it as easy as possible for you to take action and have your voice be heard. Most of all, we hope to help those who have been unjustly wronged by Dixie State University.

"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere."   -Elie Wiesel

 

A letter from former DSU President Lee Caldwell


"As a former President of Dixie State University, I can no longer remain silent about issues of academic freedom and the treatment of tenured faculty members by the current University administration.  DSU has successfully recruited nationally competitive faculty members who then undergo a rigorous tenure review process which considers the quality of their teaching, intellectual contributions and service to the University, profession and community over an extended period of time.

The national norm, as suggested in a joint statement on shared governance jointly formulated in 1966 by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), the American Council on Education (ACE), and the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) states:

“Faculty status and related matters are primarily a faculty responsibility; this area includes appointments, reappointments, decisions not to reappoint, promotions, the granting of tenure, and dismissal.”

It appears that university attorneys and administrators have usurped this primary faculty responsibility in decisions related to the dismissal of tenured faculty members.  The Statement on Procedural Standards in Faculty Dismissal Proceedings prepared by a joint committee representing the Association of American Colleges (now the Association of American Colleges and Universities) and the American Association of University Professors and approved by these two associations at their annual meetings in 1958 further clarifies that investigations into faculty conduct should be initially conducted by the faculty and not university attorneys or administrators.

These procedures are designed to protect core principles of academic freedom.  They also prevent university administrations from embarrassment by using faculty members who are familiar with pedagogical practices and dialog in a particular discipline to conduct the initial reviews.  I should also note that academic freedom not only covers teaching and research but also dialogue concerning the governance of the institution. At every university I am familiar with, criticism of university administration seems to be among the most popular activities.

Now that we are in 2018, it is well past time for DSU to modernize its policies to reflect national norms articulated well more than 50 years ago.  The reported process faced by Drs. Petersen and Webb is so lacking in principles of fundamental fairness that it shocks to conscience of anyone involved in higher education for any period of time.  Their dismissal has been widely nationally reported and could easily attract the attention of AAUP committees. Censure by one or more of these committees would reflect poorly on DSU and on the entire Utah System of Higher Education.  It would also significantly impair DSU’s ability attract and retain high quality faculty members."
 

 

References:

Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities

This statement was jointly formulated by the American Association of University Professors, the American Council on Education (ACE), and the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB).

https://www.aaup.org/report/statement-procedural-standards-faculty-dismissal-proceedings

Statement on Procedural Standards in Faculty Dismissal Proceedings

The following statement was prepared by a joint committee representing the Association of American Colleges (now the Association of American Colleges and Universities) and the American Association of University Professors and was approved by these two associations at their annual meetings in 1958.

https://www.aaup.org/report/statement-procedural-standards-faculty-dismissal-proceedings