Faculty Democracy, a faculty group at NYU composed of over 200 full-time faculty, has issued the following unanimous resolution re: Sexton's ultimatum. The group recently held a "funeral precision" for academic integrity from the north end of Washington Square Park into the picket line in front of Bobst Library on Washington Square South.


We, members of Faculty Democracy, abhor the recent policy decisions taken by the President and the Provost regarding penalties for striking GAs. Insofar as these decisions also affect academic matters such as evaluation of student work and assignment of teaching responsibilities within departments, they improperly encroach on the domain of faculty governance.

If the administration proceeds with these unduly harsh and undemocratic policies, there will be consequences that may include, but are not limited, to the following:

*withholding grades
*implementing a moratorium on the graduate admissions process
*informing prospective candidates for faculty positions, as well as those to whom offers are outstanding, of the administration's persistent violations of faculty rights at NYU.

We call on other faculty members and administrators to join us in pursuing these and other actions.

Passed unanimously 11/30/2005

Today marked the last day strikers could remain on strike without losing their jobs. Most remain on strike in defiance of Sexton's illegal ultimatum. Hundreds proudly stood on the picket line today and joined a demonstration in Washington Square Park along with unions from across the city.

NYU's reputation in the international academic community has been severely tarnished by Sexton's move, with professors around the world condemning the administration. John Comaroff of the University of Chicago has said that he "will not accept any invitations to scholarly activities in the institution and will encourage all my colleagues at the University of Chicago and elsewhere to do the same." Pulitzer-prize winner Robert Massie has predicted that NYU's prestige will "decay and shrink." A petition to the administration, started by a number of distinguished scholars including Judith Butler and Slavoj Zizek, has gained 5,500 signatures in less than a week.