Statement of Concern – August 2020
The Fontbonne chapter of the American Association of University Professors supports the efforts of the University to exercise its “duty of care” for the health of its students, faculty, and staff. In recognition of the University’s responsibilities and to show good faith in this regard, no one should be expected to waive their legal rights in order to be on campus. This applies to all members of the University community – faculty, staff, and students.
Reply from President Blattner
I am writing to acknowledge the letter you sent on behalf of the Fontbonne chapter of the AAUP. I will share this with both the rest of the team as well as our attorneys. Asking for students to sign such a document in no way is intended to indicate that the university is not taking every precaution possible to protect all members of our community; rather, it is an acknowledgment of the fact that all of us are parts of many communities, some of which might be less diligent than others with regard to practicing social distancing and safe hygiene.
The American Association of University Professors is a nonprofit membership association of faculty and other academic professionals. Headquartered in Washington, DC, we have members and chapters based at colleges and universities across the country.
Since its foundation in 1915, the AAUP has helped to shape American higher education by developing the standards and procedures that maintain quality in education and academic freedom in this country's colleges and universities. We define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, advance the rights of academics, particularly as those rights pertain to academic freedom and shared governance, and promote the interests of higher education teaching and research.
2020-2021 Schedule (Fridays @ 1:30 pm on Zoom)
If you are interested in joining Fontbonne's chapter or want more information, contact Sharon McCaslin (firstname.lastname@example.org).