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April 27, 2005 Town Hall with UNT Administrators
The following written questions were submitted on cards provided during the Town Hall Meeting or were presented prior to the beginning of the meeting. The first set of questions are those read during the meeting; the second set are those submitted but not read.
There appears to have been a significant erosion of trust and confidence in administrators, their decisions and motivations. This can be attributed to many individual things that have already been identified.
What does the Administration plan to do to rebuild trust and regain the confidence of the faculty and staff?
2. What will be the university view of academic integrity when the faculty will be pressured to keep classrooms full?
Was the Provost asked to sign the “University of North Texas Workplace Compliance and Ethics Standards” which is attached as terms to all faculty contracts, and which reads under the heading “use of copyrighted materials”:
“Do not download copyrighted materials from the Internet and distribute them without permission.”
If not, why?
Provost Johnson has repeatedly embarrassed the university. Evidently he is not qualified to be our academic leader. Why is he still in office? You have not been reticent to dismiss faculty who have not embarrassed us. Why are you reticent to dismiss an administrator who is obviously adverse to our academic health?
At least some members of the executive committee of the faculty senate received excellence money from the provost, even though they are rated among the lowest performers in their department by the PAC and they were not recommended by either the department chair or the Dean for a raise. In at least one case the individual can’t even get elected by his peers to any of the department’s committees. Yet, you chose to give them a great excellence raise. Do you anticipate continuing this policy? Is being on the faculty senate more valuable to building a research university than doing research?
What do you see as faculty morale? If you see it as lower than desirable, how do you plan to improve it?
The negative press regarding UNT’s ignoring faculty governance has lead to
The reputation of the university may take ten years to recover from the events of this year. What is your plan for restoring the reputation of UNT?