Submitted by AAUP Purdue on Mon, 05/25/2020 - 16:54

The Purdue chapter of the American Association of University Professors has released the following statement in regards to comments made by President Mitch Daniels on May 19, 2020. 
 
For further information about this statement or AAUP Purdue contact us at  aaup.purdue@gmail.com

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The Purdue chapter of the American Association of University Professors, the largest AAUP chapter in the state of Indiana, expresses its full sympathies with and empathy for all people affected by the coronavirus or COVID-19. As an organization dedicated to shared governance, we wish to respond to the comments President Daniels made when he was interviewed on CNN”s Erin Burnett Out Front on May 19th, 2020 to discuss Purdue University’s plans for on-campus instruction for the fall semester. Burnett asked President Daniels to respond to a quote by a Purdue faculty member who expressed her concerns about in-person teaching until a coronavirus vaccine was available. President Daniels denigrated the faculty member’s concerns as a “very tiny minority view” and discredited her viewpoint as “not from the most scientifically credible corner of our very STEM-based campus.” In fact, these comments were from a female tenured professor and scientist in a school dedicated to the education of future engineers and STEM students. This interview is another unfortunate example of how Daniels and the Safe Campus Task Force (now the Protect Purdue Implementation Team) he appointed have continued to dismiss the diversity of faculty and staff views on fall instruction and COVID-19. 

President Daniels' comments also ignore the documented disparate effects the coronavirus has had on Indiana communities of color and lower socio-economic classes from which many members of the Purdue community come, as well as unknown longer term effects of infection on “young people”. His comments dismiss valid questions from faculty, staff, and at-risk students about how the commitment to on-campus instruction will address their concerns. 

For this reason, we call for immediate and greater inclusion of faculty, staff, and student voices at all levels of the decision-making processes regarding university instructional and research activities, especially as they relate to the return of students to campus in the fall. In addition, we demand that all instructors should have the freedom to choose to teach remotely or on campus based on their personal circumstances in the coming academic year without penalty or risk to their financial or professional status at the university. Finally, we reiterate an earlier statement from the Purdue AAUP executive committee that maintaining all employees in their current positions must be a priority for the campus in addition to guaranteeing a safe work environment for all.

AAUP Mission

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.

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The AAUP strongly opposes Donald Trump's unconstitutional and discriminatory ban on entry into the United States for people from some Muslim-majority countries.

Large numbers of our students and faculty members are affected by administration’s ill-considered executive order, which violates so many American traditions and beliefs. We fear that the abuse of power we are witnessing will wreak havoc on our institutions of higher education.

We call on faculty, students, and all citizens to remain engaged in the struggle for justice on every campus and in every community. We call on all reasonable politicians to oppose against this administration’s discriminatory order. Add your name in solidarity.

Stand against the ban

Stand Against the Ban

The AAUP strongly opposes Donald Trump's unconstitutional and discriminatory ban on entry into the United States for people from some Muslim-majority countries.

Large numbers of our students and faculty members are affected by administration’s ill-considered executive order, which violates so many American traditions and beliefs. We fear that the abuse of power we are witnessing will wreak havoc on our institutions of higher education.

We call on faculty, students, and all citizens to remain engaged in the struggle for justice on every campus and in every community. We call on all reasonable politicians to oppose against this administration’s discriminatory order. Add your name in solidarity.

Stand against the ban

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The AAUP strongly opposes Donald Trump's unconstitutional and discriminatory ban on entry into the United States for people from some Muslim-majority countries.

Large numbers of our students and faculty members are affected by administration’s ill-considered executive order, which violates so many American traditions and beliefs. We fear that the abuse of power we are witnessing will wreak havoc on our institutions of higher education.

We call on faculty, students, and all citizens to remain engaged in the struggle for justice on every campus and in every community. We call on all reasonable politicians to oppose against this administration’s discriminatory order. Add your name in solidarity.

Stand against the ban