AAUP Expresses Strong Concern Over Renaming GMU Law School and Issues of Shared Governance

AAUP Associate Secretary Anita Levy sent a letter to the president of George Mason University and the chair of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia expressing concern over the action of the GMU Board of Visitors at the end of March 2016 to approve renaming the university’s law school the Antonin Scalia Law School as a result of the university’s having received a combined gift of $30 million from the Charles Koch Foundation and an anonymous donor. The AAUP shares the university faculty senate’s deep concerns about the terms of the donor agreements under which the university carries many other obligations, including creating two new centers affiliated with the law school and appointing new faculty. Under AAUP principles, the faculty should be meaningfully involved in decisions such as whether to accept the grant and its attached conditions. Decisions about a college’s long-range objectives, faculty appointments, and changes in the structure of academic programs relate to the faculty’s areas of professional competence and thus also require their direct involvement.

Full letter here

Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities

Publication Date: 
Tuesday, May 10, 2016