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What Can I Do to Help?

Nothing will change unless we act. There are many ways you can help, whether it is donating money or signing a petition. 

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Show your Support

There are upcoming Public Awareness events you attend to help show your support for these men. They can be found on our "Events" page.


Know the Facts

There are many ways to learn about what's happening at Dixie State University. Be informed and be vigilant in asking for the truth. Below are links to outside sources with details of the situation. Full Disclosure is not associated with outside links.

St. George Truth: A timeline of events leading up to the terminations of Dr. Peterson and Dr. Webb.

Academe Blog: A blog post outlining the policy violations and other egregious violations made by Dixie State University.

The "News Timeline" page of this website has all the articles relating to these matters in order of most recent date.


 

Call for DSU and Administration to be Investigated

Dixie State University's Administration have engaged in unethical practices, and the Board of Regents, the Board of Trustees, the Governor, and others have been unwilling to look into the Administration's actions. Call others to action who can help.

 
 
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The American Association of University Professors (AAUP)

"The mission of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is to advance academic freedom and shared governance; to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education; to promote the economic security of faculty, academic professionals, graduate students, post‐doctoral fellows, and all those engaged in teaching and research in higher education; to help the higher education community organize to make our goals a reality; and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good."

On their contact page: "Academic freedom, tenure, due process, or governance problem on your campus: academicfreedom@aaup.org. But before you write, please see our Resources on Academic Freedom."

 
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The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)

"FIRE welcomes submissions regarding potential rights violations from concerned students and faculty members. When our involvement is warranted, FIRE will work with you to contact your institution to demand that it remedy violations of your rights. FIRE may also bring public attention to rights violations to prompt universities to uphold student and faculty rights."

Submit a Case

 
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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

"Protecting free speech means protecting a free press, the democratic process, diversity of thought, and so much more. The ACLU has worked since 1920 to ensure that freedom of speech is protected for everyone."

Contact ACLU

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The Department of Justice

"To enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans."

Contact the Department of Justice


Sign Petitions

The following link is a petition calling DSU to action:

You can also help by printing blank petition pages and asking people in person to sign. Here is the document to print. Any completed pages can be given to Corinne McFerran. You can contact her at full.disclosure.dsu@gmail.com:

Blank Petition Pages


Donate

Consider donating to those affected by these events. You can also make a donation to this website, which keeps it up-to-date and thorough. Links are below:


Join the Discussion

Join the Facebook page  "Full Disclosure DSU" and join the discussion: 

Full Disclosure DSU Facebook Group

You can also submit a testimonial about any of the Professors who have been terminated on this website under the "Testimonials" page. 


Get Involved

Every movement needs volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering please send us that info on our "Contact" page. 

You can also buy a shirt to show your support here

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Know Your Rights

  • You can record any conversation or meeting of which you are a participating member. 
  • The First Amendment: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
  • Students are one of the most protected groups in the country. Learn what you can and cannot do to protest. 
  • Learn more about your rights here: Campus Rights

Call and Write Letters to Those in Power

Call and write to as many people as you can regarding your concerns for the recent events at Dixie. Here is a loose "script" that is easy to alter and add to if you don't feel comfortable writing your own:

To whom it may concern;

My name is (insert name here) and I am a (music alumni, community member, current student, etc). It has come to my attention that Dr. Glenn Webb and Dr. Ken Peterson have been terminated from their music department positions at Dixie State University. I have serious concerns regarding the circumstances surrounding their termination and I’m looking for answers and solutions.

Dr. Glenn Webb, a tenured professor, has been the sole Chairman of the music department for 10 years. He led the way to authoring the Integrated Studies in Music degree, Bachelor of Arts in Music degree, Bachelor of Science in Music degree, Bachelor of Science in Music Education, a minor in Music degree, and most recently, the Bachelor of Music degree. He was also the principle author and led the rigorous process for accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music. He is a staple of both the University and the community. 

(Talk about Glenn’s character if you know him here. If you don’t know him well, it’s okay to just list his accomplishments)

Dr. Ken Peterson, also a tenured professor, was the director of vocal activities. He has been a professor at Dixie State University for 16 years. He also conducts the Heritage Choir, a group of 180 singers that performs regularly in Saint George and also tours the world. He has conducted the school’s choirs and taught thousands of private lessons for many years, and many of his students have gone on to be highly renowned singers and educators. 

(Talk about Ken’s character if you know him here. If you don’t know him well, it’s okay to just list his accomplishments)

Both of these men have their Doctorate degrees, had tenure, are widely loved by their students, and are pillars in the music community of Saint George. I believe both of these men to be of the highest character and are shining examples to peers, students, and community members. It would be in the school’s best interest to re-instate these men and deal with the alleged minor policy violations in a matter that does not involve terminating them. As a school for higher learning, I would assume the administration would want to handle policy violations in a way that does not disrupt student’s educations.  I would also hope that a University would have the well-being of their tenured employees in mind when dealing with policy violations, with termination being saved as a last resort for the most heinous of actions. 

I ask you to investigate what other options were explored to deal with their actions before termination was considered. Dixie State University cannot consider itself to be a great University if they fire tenured professors without an extremely good reason. While I understand that policy violations are serious and that discipline is necessary in such cases, the punishment should fit the crime. Without a sufficient explanation given by the administration, the community of St. George has no reason to believe that the termination of these two educators is justified.

With respect,

(sign name)

If you need some advice on how to write your letters, here are some helpful guidelines:

Suggestions for Letter Writing

If you would like help editing your emails/letters, please send your rough drafts to our editing team at full.disclosure.dsu@gmail.com and we will edit them and send them back to you. 

Below is a list of Administration, Representatives, and others to whom you can send your letters and emails. This part of the site is currently under construction:


Richard "Biff" Williams, President of DSU
Email: president@dixie.edu
Phone: 435-652-7502

Dr. Peter Gitau, Vice President of Student Affairs

Email: gitau@dixie.edu
Office: Holland 177

Board of Regents:

Email: uheaa@utahsbr.edu

Governor Herbert

Office Phone - 801.538.1000

Contact Form

Senator Anne Millner

Contact Website

Office Phone: 801.538.1035

High Education Appropriations Subcomittee Members

All Contact info under Members Tab: Members

Who are my State Representatives?

State Representatives

Utah System of Higher Education

Website

Greg Benson

Office Phone – 801.321.7167

Walt Brooks, House District 75 Representative

Email – wbrooks@le.utah.gov

Office Phone – 435.817.3530

Don Ipson, Senate District 29 Senator

Email – dipson@le.utah.gov

Mobile Phone: 435.817.5281

Dixie State University Board of Trustees

David Clark, Chairman- dclark@infowest.com

Julie Bangerter Beck- juliebb98@gmail.com

Lindsay T. Atwoodlindsay.a@truhearing.com

Larry Bergesonlarry.bergeson@washk12.org

Dr. Christina Juarez Durham- no contact info

Russ Feller- russfeller@gmail.com

Ezra Hainsworthdsusapresident@dixie.edu

Jon Pike, Mayor of St. Georgejon.pike@sgcity.org

Gail Cooper Smith- no contact info

Tiffany L. Wilson- no contact info

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