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UFS Executive Committee Statement on Petraeus Incident

posted Sep 14, 2013, 11:33 AM by Emily Tai   [ updated Sep 16, 2013, 11:26 AM ]

Released Friday, September 13, 2013, on behalf of the University Faculty Senate Executive Committee:

Protestors reportedly including CUNY Students have harassed new Macaulay Honors College Visiting Professor (and former CIA head and general)  David Petraeus on his way to class, using epithets, shouting “You will leave CUNY,”  and chanting “Every class, David,” expressing an intent to continue their verbal attacks.  

Because they disagree with Professor Petraeus' views, these demonstrators intend to deprive him of his ability to teach and the ability of his students to learn from him.   

CUNY has  long-established policies to protect the academic freedom of faculty, which are essential for the University's operation as a center of learning.   

The Executive Committee of the University Faculty Senate deplores all attacks on the academic freedom of faculty, regardless of their viewpoint.  In the past, we have been strong advocates for the freedom of Kristofer J. Petersen-Overton to teach at Brooklyn College without harassment or retaliation.  

Professor Petraeus, and all members of CUNY's instructional staff, have the right to teach without interference.  Members of the university community must have the opportunity to express alternate views, but in a manner that does not violate academic freedom.


We invite and welcome faculty comment regarding this statement. Please submit comments to the Editor, at etai@qcc.cuny.edu Comments may be edited for length.