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UC Berkeley Faculty Petition Concerning the Suspension of a DeCal Course

We, the undersigned faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, object to the decision taken by Chancellor Dirks and Dean Hesse to suspend a Decal class that was sponsored by a faculty member in Ethnic Studies and approved by its Acting Department Chair as well as the Academic Senate’s Committee on Courses of Instruction (COCI).  However that decision is justified, the sudden suspension of the class, prior to consulting the Academic Senate, is a clear violation of the two principles of shared governance and academic freedom that are hallmarks of our campus.  As it is the responsibility of faculty to determine the curriculum, we demand the immediate reinstatement of the course.

Thanks very much to all those who signed the petition.



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