The Board of Trustees of the SOCCCD is committed to fostering a district-wide environment which maximizes mutual respect and promotes a cooperative climate of civility.
Evidently, the Saddleback College Academic Senate has already approved a slightly reworded version of BP180:
You’ll recall that, last spring, considerable controversy erupted when IVC administration pursued a heavy-handed approach to addressing a “civility” deficit in the district that had been noted by accreditors. Those fools were about to sick the Civility Police on us. We squawked plenty. After the Sturm und Drang, administration backed off.The Board of Trustees of the SOCCCD is committed to fostering a district-wide environment that promotes mutual respect and a climate of cooperative civility.
Well, they're back to the Police idea.
According to a document provided for our discussion at today's meeting, the review process will also yield an administrative regulation “stating that the Chancellor and Presidents [of the two colleges] will implement BP 180 at their sites….”
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At today’s senate meeting, I, along with another rep, voiced strong opposition to the proposed BP/AR 180 essentially on that basis. I suggested that the proposed policy and regulation were contrary to ideals of academic freedom and the free exchange of ideas. Another rep argued forcefully that this policy is wholly inappropriate and that the college could address and promote civility in many other ways that fall short of this kind of enforcement.
After a few minutes of discussion, the gathering unanimously (there may have been one abstaining vote) approved a motion to reject the proposed policies and anything of their kind. It was further recommended that the board instead pass a resolution concerning the desirability of civility.
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