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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.

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Mara LovemanProfessor and ChairSociology
Michael BurawoyProfessorSociology
Gillian HartProfessor of the Graduate SchoolGeography
Daniel PerlsteinAssociate ProfessorGraduate School Of Education
Christine RosenAssociate ProfessorHaas Sch of Bus (Library Committee)
Anne-Lise FrançoisAssociate ProfessorEnglish & Comparative Literature [past member of COCI]
Celeste LanganAssociate ProfessorEnglish
Greg LevineAssociate ProfessorHistory of Art [Library Committee]
Wendy BrownProfessorPolitical Science (Graduate Council)
Peter GlazerAssociate ProfessorTDPS (Elected representative to DIVCO)
Leslea HluskoAssociate ProfessorIntegrative Biology (COCI Chair 2016-7)
Elizabeth DeakinProfessorCity & Regional Planning and Urban Design, (Academic Senate Chair 2013-4)



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