The council unanimously sent two proposals to the Board of Curators and tabled two other recommendations for further discussion.
The proposal is a recommendation to remove or revise rules, such as a ban against using chalk on campus surfaces, that restrict free speech.
Tenure is not only used for academic freedom, but also for recruitment purposes to gain better professors at MU.
Committee member Craig Roberts: “White people tend to see racism in terms of lynching, physical abuse, bullying and other products of hate. Racism is more than the overt, blatant, extreme incidents.”
Interim Chancellor Hank Foley: “I am not for this union, let me say that. I think that graduate students should be graduate students first and workers second.”
Council member Art Jago: “(Tim Wolfe) was probably a pretty good strategist, but he was a terrible leader.”
Currently, MU has received 23 percent fewer deposits compared to this time last year.
After the UM System Board of Curators’ decision to fire the professor, faculty members have questioned their own ability to stand up for students.
Faculty Council Chairman Ben Trachtenberg: “Regardless of one’s position or opinion on professor Click’s behavior fitness for duty, she was entitled by the rules — rules that the Board of Curators approved — to a fair process. That she did not receive.”
New initiatives include meetings with students to discuss important issues in the UM System as well as a lecture series on black voices in Missouri and the First Amendment.
The examination would review MU’s relationship with the system and the possible consolidation of the chancellor and system president roles.
Professor Art Jago: “If ever there’s a time to examine the system and the relationship to the campus, it’s now.”
“They’re supposed to be a support function, but somehow they are dictating academics … so what value is (the) system supposed to play?” council member Jung Ha-Brookshire asked.
The changes made in the proposal would allow students to select from pre-existing courses at MU that have been approved to educate on the subject of diversity.
The committee will continue to work with MU administration to improve race relations.
“This unresolved situation erodes our ability to perform faculty duties of teaching, research and outreach,” the statement read.
“Personally, I’m sorry for what happened, I really am,” Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin said.
The committee was conceived in January in response to student leaders’ Call for Action regarding campus climate and race relations.
Some of students’ request in the Call for Action include the creation of an intergroup dialogue course and evaluating how MU recruits minority students and faculty.
Faculty Council vet race relations committee members, approve student leaders’ modifications to religious observance policy
Administration will give update on response to Call to Action during public race relations meeting April 29.