Protest Against Punitive Sanctions

Protest Against Punitive Sanctions
February 5, 2006

John Sexton, President
David McLaughlin, Provost
New York University
Bobst Library, 12th Floor
New York, New York, 10003

Dear President Sexton and Provost McLaughlin:

We, undersigned faculty at NYU, write to protest the implementation of sanctions outlined in your November 27th 2005 letter concerning the strike of GSOC/UAW Local 2110. These punitive sanctions, which, for the first group of students notified this week, amount to loss of a full year’s stipend, are draconian in nature, excessive relative to student labor penalties at other campuses, and antithetical to values that are foundational to academic, as well as civil, society. Moreover, this latest policy decision extends a disquieting pattern of unilateral governance at this campus. It has been conceived, announced, and implemented with no regard for standing disciplinary procedures at the Department or School level, which are the customary prerogative of faculty. While they are clearly intended to force a return to what is presented as proper order and business as usual at NYU, we believe that such penalties can only lead to greater animosity among the diverse members of this community, and a stain on this institution’s reputation that will take years to remove.

We call upon you to restore right and reason to this situation by rescinding these penalties, and ceasing to pursue their implementation in all future cases. Additionally, we urge that negotiations between representatives of the University administration and those of GSOC/UAW2110 be resumed. Ignoring this advice, and maintaining this ill-advised policy, only leads us all still farther down the road of disunity and mistrust.


Thomas Abercrombie, Anthropology, FAS
Gerard Aching, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Charles Affron, French, FAS
Rodolfo Aiello, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Gwendolyn Alker, Drama, TSOA
Richard Allen, Cinema Studies, TSOA
Julian Everett Allgood, Bobst Library
Sinan Antoon, Gallatin
Walter Alvarez, Social Work, Wagner
Edwin Amenta, Sociology, FAS
Awam Amkpa, Drama, TSOA
Karl Appuhn, History, FAS
Emily Apter, French, FAS
John Archer, English, FAS
Gabriela Basterra, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Adam Becker, Classics and Religious Studies, FAS
Brigitte Bedos-Rezak, History, FAS
Zvi Ben-Dor, History and Middle Eastern Studies, FAS
Thomas Bender, History, FAS
Amy Bentley, Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, Steinhardt
Claudie Bernard, French, FAS
Howard Besser, Cinema Studies, TSOA
Jacqueline Birnbaum, Music Therapy, Steinhardt
Renee Blake, Linguistics, FAS
Eliot Borenstein, Russian and Slavic, FAS
Joy Gould Boyum, Humanities Education, Steinhardt
Neil Brenner, Sociology and Metropolitan Studies, FAS
Roger Brown, Culture and Communication, SSOE
Barbara Browning, Performance Studies, TSOA
Jerome Bruner, School of Law
Eduardo Capulong, Lawyering Program, Law School
James Cassese, LCSW, Graduate School of Social Work
Herrick Chapman, History and French Studies, FAS
Una Chaudhuri, Drama, TSOA, and English, FAS
Peter Chelkowski, MEIS, FAS
Vivek Chibber, Sociology, FAS
Brian Cogan, Culture and Communication, SSOE
Jean-Louis Cohen, Institute of Fine Art
Lena Cohen, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
Robby Cohen, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
Robert Cohen, German, FAS
Jan Cohen-Cruz, Drama, TSOA
Christopher Collins, English, FAS
Joy Connolly, Classics, FAS
Catherine Coray, Drama, TSOA
Nina Cornyetz, Gallatin
Pam Crabtree, Anthropology, FAS
Patricia Crain, English, FAS
Suzanne Cusick, Music, FAS
Arlene Davila, American Studies and Anthropology, FAS
Lourdes Davila, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Patrick Deer, English, FAS
Mark Dery, Journalism, FAS
Dipti Desai, Art and Art Professions, Steinhardt
Maryann Dickar, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
Angela Dillard, Gallatin
Hasia Diner, History and Hebrew and Judaic Studies
Carolyn Dinshaw, Gender and Sexuality and English, FAS
EL Doctorow, English, FAS
Georgina Dopico Black, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Ana Dopico, Comparative Literature and Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Thomas Drysdale, Film/TV and Photography and Imaging, TSOA
Lisa Duggan, American Studies and Gender and Sexuality, FAS
Stephen Duncombe, Gallatin
Troy Duster, Sociology, FAS
Nicole Eustace, History, FAS
Khaled Fahmy, MEIS, FAS
Catherine Fallon, Photography and Imaging, TSOA
Ada Ferrer, History, FAS
Hartry Field, Philosophy, FAS
Alla Fil, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Sybille Fischer, Spanish & Portuguese, FAS
JoEllen Fisherkeller, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt
Iris Fodor, Applied Psychology, Steinhardt
Miriam Frank,General Studies, SCPS
Elaine Freedgood, English, FAS
Sharon Friedman, Gallatin
Everett Frost, Film and Television, TSOA
Norm Fruchter, Education Policy, Steinhardt
Alexander Galloway, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt
David Garland, Sociology, FAS, and Law School
Brett Gary, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt
Kathleen Gerson, Sociology, FAS
Ernest Gilman, English, FAS
Michael Gilsenan, Middle Eastern Studies and Anthropology, FAS
Faye Ginsburg, Anthropology and Culture and Media, FAS
Jeff Goodwin, Sociology, FAS
Linda Gordon, History, FAS
Manu Goswami, History, FAS
Greg Grandin, History, FAS
Bruce Grant, Anthropology, FAS
Jean Graybeal, Gallatin
Adam Green, American Studies, and History, FAS
Ed Guerrero, Cinema Studies, TSOA and Africana Studies, FAS
Douglas Guthrie, Sociology, FAS
Sally Guttmacher, Health Studies, Steinhardt
Yukiko Hanawa, East Asian Studies, FAS
Lynne Haney, Sociology, FAS
Phillip Brian Harper, American Studies and English, FAS
Harry Harootunian, East Asian Studies and History, FAS
Martin Harries, English, FAS
Christine Harrington, Politics, FAS
Vicki Hart, Drama, TSOA
Laura L. Hayman, Steinhardt
Wolf Heydebrand, Sociology, FAS
Barbara Heyns, Sociology, FAS
Robert Hinton, Africana Studies, FAS
Martha Hodes, History, FAS
Kathleen Holley, Liberal Arts
Philip Hosay, International Education, Steinhardt
Diana Hughes, Psychology, FAS
Kathy Hull, General Studies, SCPS
Richard Hull, History, FAS
Bernd Huppauf, German, FAS
Katherine Hurbis-Cherrier, Film and TV, TSOA
Steve Hutkins, Gallatin
Kota Inoue, East Asian Studies, FAS
Edwin Irizarry, Bobst Library
Virginia Jackson, English, FAS
Kim Jessor, Graduate Acting, TSOA
Walter Johnson, American Studies and History, FAS
Jonathan Kahana, Cinema Studies, TSOA
Marion Kaplan, Hebrew and Judaic Studies, FAS
Rebecca Karl, History and East Asian Studies, FAS
Esther Katz, History, FAS
Paul Kelleher, Draper Program, FAS
Julia Keydel, Film and Television, TSOA
Eric Klinenberg, Sociology, FAS
Zoya Kocur, Art and Art Professions, Steinhardt
Terry Knickerbocker, Drama, TSOA
Karen Kupperman, History, FAS
Antonia Lant, Cinema Studies, TSOA
Darlene Larson, American Language Institute, SCPS
Andrew Lee, Bobst Library
Susie Linfield, Journalism, FAS
Zachary Lockman, Middle Eastern Studies and History, FAS
Laurence Lockridge, English, FAS
Michele Lowrie, Classics, FAS
Robert Lubar, Institute of Fine Arts, GSAS
Steven Lukes, Sociology, FAS
Pedro Machado, Draper, FAS
Elizabeth Machlan, Expository Writing, FAS
Cecil MacKinnon, UG Drama
Holly Maguigan, School of Law
Richard Maisel, Sociology, FAS
Robert Malgady, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
Jane Malmo, Drama, TSOA
Emily Martin, Anthropology, FAS
Randy Martin, Art and Public Policy, TSOA
Paul Mattingly, History, FAS
John Mayher, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
John Maynard, English, FAS
Anna McCarthy, Cinema Studies, TSOA
Robert McChesney, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, FAS
Micki McGee, Draper Program, FAS
Elizabeth McHenry, English, FAS
Sally Merry, Anthropology, FAS
Mark Crispin Miller, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt
Eleanor Miller, French and History,. FAS
Bella Mirabella, Gallatin
Nicholas Mirzoeff, Art and Art Professions, Steinhardt
Chris Mitchell, Politics, FAS
Timothy Mitchell, Politics and Middle Eastern Studies, FAS
Sylvia Molloy, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Harvey Molotch, Metropolitan Studies and Sociology, FAS
Haruko Momma, English, FAS
Jairo Moreno, Music, FAS
Jim Morgan, Fine Arts, FAS
Brian Morton, Creative Writing, FAS
Jose Munoz, Performance Studies, FAS
Michael Nash, Bobst Library,
Eugène Nicole, French, FAS
Lara Nielsen, Drama, TSOA
Molly Nolan, History, FAS
Pedro Noquera, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
Lorie Novak, Photography and Imaging, TSOA
Tavia Nyong’o, Performance Studies, TSOA
Bertell Ollman, Politics, FAS
Eugene Ostashevsky, GSP, SCPS
Christopher Otter, History, FAS
Paul Owen, UGF/TV and Photography and Imaging, TSOA
Crystal Parikh, American Studies and English, FAS
Carol Parness, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
Cyrus Patell, English, FAS
Michael Peachin, Classics, FAS
Marta Chaves Peixoto, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Ann Pellegrini, Religious Studies, FAS, and Performance Studies, TSOA
Karl Peterson, Photography and Imaging, TSOA
Kimberly Phillips-Fein, Gallatin
Rene Francisco Poitevin, Gallatin,
Dana Polan, Cinema Studies, TSOA
Ricky Pollack, Courant Institute
Janet Poole, East Asian Studies, FAS
Mary Louise Pratt, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Anne Rademacher, Metropolitan Studies, FAS
Laurin Raikin,Gallatin
Arvind Rajagopal, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt
Rayna Rapp, Anthropology, FAS
Christopher Ratte, Classics, FAS, and Institute of Fine Arts
Nancy Regalado, French, FAS
Martin Reichart, General Studies, SCPS
Timothy Reiss, Comparative Literature, FAS
Fred Ritchin, Photography and Imaging, TSOA
Moss Roberts, East Asian Studies, FAS
Edward J. Robinson, Physics, FAS
Avital Ronell, German, FAS
Renato Rosaldo, Latino Studies and Anthropology, FAS
Robert Rosenblum, Institute of Fine Arts
Andrew Ross, American Studies, FAS
Kristin Ross, Comparative Literature, FAS
Kathleen Ross, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Jeffrey Sammons, History, FAS
Sukhdev Sandhu, A/P/A and English, FAS
Robert Scally, History, FAS
Martin Schain, Politics and European Studies; FAS
Ned Seeman, Chemistry, FAS
Richard Sennett, Sociology, FAS
William Serrin, Journalism, FAS
Svati Shah, Gender and Sexuality, FAS
Lytle Shaw, English, FAS
Michael Shenefelt, General Studies, Steinhardt
Karen Shimakawa, Performance Studies, TSOA and A/P/A, FAS
Beth Shinn, Psychology, FAS
Ella Shohat, Art and Public Policy, TSOA, and Middle Eastern Studies, FAS
Patrick Shrout, Psychology, FAS
George Shulman, Gallatin
David Sider, Classics, FAS
Richard Sieburth, Comparative Literature and French, FAS
William Simon, Cinema Studies, TSOA
John Singler, Linguistics, FAS
Lok Siu, A/P/A and Anthropology, FAS
Robert Sklar, Cinema Studies, TSOA
Mark Smith, Hebrew and Judaic Studies
Trika Smith-Burke, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
Marilyn Sobelman, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
Alan Sokal, Physics, FAS
Helga Tawil Souri, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt
Jeffrey Spear, English, FAS
Judith Stacey, Gender and Sexuality and Sociology, FAS
Robert Stam, Cinema Studies, TSOA
Mitchell Stephens, Journalism, FAS
George C. Stoney, Film, TSOA
Guenther Stotzky, Biology, FAS
S. L. Straussner, School of Social Work
Lisa M. Stulberg, Humanities and Social Sciences, Steinhardt
Marita Sturken, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt
Eduardo Subirats, Spanish and Portuguese, FAS
Constance Sutton, Anthropology, FAS
Diana Taylor, Performance Studies, TSOA
Jack Tchen, A/P/A and Gallatin
Paul Thompson, Film and Television, TSOA
Sinclair Thomson, History, FAS
Elayne Tobin, General Studies, SCPS
Tim Tomlinson, General Studies, SCPS
Gilbert Trachtman, Emeritus, Applied Psychology, Steinhardt
Diana Turk, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
Jim Uleman, Psychology, FAS
Siva Vaidhyanathan, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt
Shouleh Vatanabadi, General Studies, Steinhardt
Keith Vincent, Comparative Literature and East Asian Studies, FAS
Linda Voorsanger, Opportunities Program, Stenihardt
Robert Vorlicky, Drama, TSOA
Joanna Waley-Cohen, History, FAS
Daniel Walkowitz, History and Metropolitan Studies, FAS
Marc Walters, Chemistry, FAS
Bryan Waterman, English, FAS
John Waters, English, FAS
Michael Westerman, Psychology, FAS
Heidi E. White, General Studies, SCPS
Ellen Willis, Journalism, FAS
Lawrence L. Wu, Sociology, FAS
Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Psychology and Public Policy, FAS
Marilyn Young, History, FAS
George Yudice, American Studies and CLACS, FAS
Caitlin Zaloom, Metropolitan Studies and American Studies, FAS
Xudong Zhang, Comparative Literature and East Asian Studies, FAS
Zhen Zhang, Cinema Studies, TSOA
Edward Ziter, Drama, TSOA
Angela Zito, Religious Studies and Anthropology, FAS
Daniel Zwanziger, Physics, FAS

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