Whereas the American Association of University Professors has a censure process, utilized in cases where colleges or universities violate the basic principles of shared governance, fair and effective hiring, or academic freedom and tenure, and this censure process is used to communicate to faculty in the field who may be considering applying to the institution in question, and
Whereas policies in the California community colleges regarding hiring, academic freedom, and collegial consultation are locally determined but the principles of good academic practice are general and transcend both local district boundaries and particular statutes and regulations, and
Whereas the Academic Senate for the California Community Colleges is often called upon to assist local academic senates when repeated violations of such principles occur and may work with the local academic senates to pursue a sequence of available steps and levels of recourse, such as college/district based processes, informal efforts of the Academic Senate, the technical assistance process jointly agreed to by the Community College League of California (CCLC) and the Academic Senate, and/or a more formal complaint process through the office of the Chancellor for the California Community Colleges if violations of law or regulation are involved, and
Whereas ongoing violations of principles of shared governance, fair and effective hiring, or the tenets of academic freedom and tenure may still remain un
Resolved even after the available processes have been exhausted,
Resolved that the Academic Senate direct the Executive Committee to research the advisability and feasibility of establishing a process of censure of districts and colleges engaged in violations of basic principles of shared governance, fair and effective hiring, or academic freedom and tenure and bring back to a future session a recommendation on an Academic Senate censure process.
The research has been completed and is under discussion by the Executive Committee.