Friday, December 16, 2011

Two #UCDavis Academic Senate Ballot Initiatives related to #OccupyUCDavis Pepper Spray Incident

Just got this email and thought it would be of interest to some


This message provides notice of two impending ballots, as required by Davis Division Bylaw 17:  You have received this notice as a voting member of the Davis Division of the Academic Senate.  The Davis Division received at least 50 valid signatures with each petition, requiring initiation of a formal notice and electronic ballot.  More information, including the method for gathering pro and con statements and the voting period, will be distributed on January 9, 2012.  The petitions are summarized below:

1) Petition received on December 6, 2011, requests a vote regarding a lack of confidence in the leadership of Chancellor Katehi, with the result of the vote to be communicated to the Board of Regents and UC President.

2) Petition received on December 15, 2011, requests a vote regarding 1) condemnation of both the dispatch of police and use of excessive force in response to non-violent protests on November 18, 2011; 2) opposing violent police response to non-violent protests on campus; 3) demanding that police deployment against protestors be considered only after all reasonable efforts have been exhausted and with direct consultation with Academic Senate leadership; 4) acceptance of Chancellor Katehi's apology; 5) expression of confidence in Chancellor Katehi's leadership and efforts to place UC Davis among the top public universities in the nation.

Ines Hernandez-Avila
Secretary, Davis Division of the Academic Senate
Chair, Native American Studies


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  2. I look forward to reading actual arguments for each proposal. I haven't seen too much in terms of clear thinking yet. I'd be happy for people just to define phrase, such as "taking responsibility" and "apology" in order to determine if these events have really happened. I would like to know what "best interests of the university" means (who counts, what counts, how much, method of aggregation).


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