Re: [xmca] SA Universities and Academic Freedom

From: Mike Cole <lchcmike who-is-at>
Date: Thu Nov 27 2008 - 08:29:54 PST


What is the Academic Senate Confidentiality Clause and what obligations do
professor who are members? I ask so that when I write my letter will have a
chance of having an impact. Our university has various confidentiality rules
that apply to Senate members which, if broken, are grounds for removal. So
knowing that part of the terrain seems important.

My thoughts, at the moment, are very much focused on Mumbai. It is
thanksgiving day in the United States when those who can afford food
overeat, and those who cannot, hope for charity. They eat Turkey. The name
of the bird and the name of the country are, it is rumored, are not

On Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 10:05 PM, Mary van der Riet

> South African Professors Face Disciplinary Hearing
> Two eminent professors from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in
> South Africa are facing disciplinary proceedings by the university after
> criticising the vice-chancellor in the media. John van den Berg, a
> professor of mathematics and Nithaya Chetty, a professor of physics, are
> accused of breaching a senate confidentiality clause.
> Full alert at:
> One of the professors has signed an apology, the other resigned
> yesterday. There is an ongoing debate about this issue on the Change
> mailing list, which is accessible to those outside the university. There
> have been a number of letters from professors/academics/chairs/faculty
> at other universities across the world to protest the university's
> stance.
> Mary van der Riet; School of Psychology; University of KwaZulu-Natal
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