The University sends me the following:
I have been at CU for five years now, working first on a terminal MS and now a PhD in Environmental Studies. I have been teaching in the classroom for four of those years, plus summers. I have five questions related to the overarching policies in place by CU.
2) I make 25% of what my students pay to take my classes. Where does the other 75% go? How is it enhancing their education/improving the “product” you sell? Is that other 75% providing three times the educational value that I provide in my classroom? If not, why is it being spent?
3) What, if anything, will the University do to address its inability to treat criminal sexual assault and harassment as a crime, not a “code violation”? Will the University reform the Office of Student Conduct, the Office of Discrimination and Harassment, and CUPD to create a true criminal justice system for crime on this campus, or will the University continue to shelter rapists, violent sexual offenders, and verbally abusive people behind a kangaroo court-like “investigation” where victims' rights are not respected and “restorative justice” programs allow the wealthy to write papers for things the poor go to jail for? When will the University take seriously its mission to educate the whole person, and teach personal responsibility using the same consequences one would face in the real world?
4) We already see the University defending its hateful “visiting scholar of conservative thought” through its silence after his disgusting diatribes against people who are not like him on this campus. What is the University doing to ensure that the recent Regent’s policy surrounding political ideology and affiliation is not used to silence dissent on campus or allow for hate speech? How is this protected behavior? If I said anything remotely like what Steven said I would be fired immediately; why hasn’t the University fired Steven Hayward, and what will the university do in the future when an explicitly conservative political puppet harasses and demeans the student population of CU?
5) When will the University divest from fossil fuels and end its support of (a) the international criminal gangs/hit squads paid off by fossil fuel companies to murder environmentalists and civil rights leaders, (b) policies here in the US that are anti-worker and counter to the public good, and (c) organized crimes against humanity through the complete and utter destruction of the ecosystem upon which out species depends?
I don’t expect you to answer these questions because they’re not the kind that build CU’s brand. But an honest assessment of them will be crucial in determining the future of CU’s “climate” for undergraduates and graduate professionals, which you are apparently concerned about now that a Republican regent has released the hounds.
With a disposition not meant to manipulate you emotionally,