Clash Between Chicago State U. and Its Faculty Leaders Redefines Hardball

October 06, 2014 / Phil Lesch

The Chronicle of Higher Education
October 6th, 2014

Many higher-education institutions experience internal fights over governance, but Chicago State University’s administration and its Faculty Senate are going at each other in ways that their counterparts elsewhere have not thought of before.

Among the innovations spawned by the escalation of their long-running war: Chicago State’s administration has sought to use Illinois’s open-records law to extract from the Faculty Senate details of a faculty vote this year on changes in the senate’s constitution. The records request—an attempt to find evidence that faculty members had been disenfranchised in the voting process—puts the public university in the unusual position of asking state lawyers to try to pry information from one of its own advisory bodies.

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