No Confidence in the CSU

By Christina M. Smith


Over the last eight years, faculty senates across multiple California State University campuses have passed a vote of no confidence in their campus leadership. Many of the votes stem from mismanagement of sexual harassment claims and the lack of accountability for upper-level administrators who engage in such behavior or work to cover it up. This article summarizes the votes of no confidence, including the circumstances that led to them, the common themes present across institutions and resolutions, and the broader context of eroded shared governance and reactive administrative power within which faculty vote. In addition to the problems surrounding sexual harassment and Title IX reporting processes, faculty resolutions consistently cited loss of faculty participation in deliberative processes, administrative overreach into curricula, a lack of clarity around budget allocations, and low morale.

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