FLORENCE---Francis Marion University has been removed from sanctions by the American Association of University Professors.
The move came Friday (June 9) in a vote of delegates at AAUP’s 86th annual national meeting at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.
FMU was placed on AAUP’s governance sanctions list in 1997 after the FMU Board of Trustees dissolved the faculty senate and set aside the faculty constitution.
To get off AAUP’s blacklist, institutions must convince the association that they have rectified the situation that got them into trouble in the first place. The association concluded that the university’s new president has worked with the faculty to restore shared governance, academic freedom and due process.
Francis Marion University is the first institution to have been sanctioned and then redeemed by the AAUP’s governance committee.
Removal of FMU from the AAUP “blacklist” has been a year-long effort by the campus chapter of AAUP, the university faculty, President Fred Carter, and the university’s trustees.
“I am pleased that we’ve been successful in getting this sanction lifted,” said Carter. “I am grateful to our faculty leadership and the officers of the campus AAUP chapter for their efforts. This sends a strong message across the country that Francis Marion University is committed to shared governance and working in harmony with its faculty.”
FMU’s Duane Myers, who heads the campus AAUP chapter, and Charlene Wages, chair of the general faculty, attended the Washington meeting. The FMU chapter had recommended the removal of the sanctions earlier this year.
Mary Burgan, the general secretary of AAUP, and Jeffrey Butts, a professor at Appalachian State University and an official of AAUP, both visited the FMU campus during the last year to review the situation and to make recommendations.
Founded in 1915, AAUP is a national organization of university faculty members, administrators, graduate students and the general public that defends academic freedom and tenure, advocates collegial governance and develops policies ensuring due process. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AAUP has chapters at 450 accredited colleges and universities across the nation, including Francis Marion University.
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