Response on Hunter-L to Colleague Larry Shore’s Hunter-L Whining About Alleged Violation of Listserv Rules

Posted by me on Hunter-L Thursday, March 6:

I’m told by a H-L Honcho that my post is in violation. I’ve requested a meeting. But I have to say this to the list:

1) It’s absolutely silly that I can’t mention the name of a prominent public figure, the Hunter College PSC Chapter Chair, conducting a very public jihad, apparently using whatever means she believes is at her disposal, including Hunter-L (such as linking to the Chronicle of Higher Ed). See this other link to a WORD news story for context, reference:  (Postmortem: The Children’s Learning Center Debacle).

Regarding this PSC Chapter Chair vs. Hunter College President, or PSC Chapter Chair Barbara Bowen Proxy vs. Hunter College President, it should be obvious that this is more than a domestic D:F/M matter AKA “department politics,” which supposedly can’t be recognized, addressed nor criticized on this listserv even though the rancor has moved beyond department and campus boundaries. It’s approaching critical mass.

2) As for “department politics:” In a meeting a while back with the Provost, I was told that the administration was concerned about the image of the department. At one point in that long meeting, I was told to contact the Acting Dean of Diversity and Compliance, and together he and I were to contact the CUNY Dispute Resolution Center ( Note: There are Colleagues who have said at department meetings that there is no rancor and no concern on the part of the Administration.

The rest is in the attachment.

Revised D:F/M Logo in the Works

Revised D:F/M Logo in the Works

[Attachment] The Acting Dean of Diversity and Compliance, refused, telling me that I had missed an opportunity. He was referring to my refusal to participate in an investigation that he wanted to do of alleged salacious conduct toward students by D:F/M Colleagues. One student had come to my office in tears, saying that one of my Colleagues had “mocked my dreams.” Regardless of the animosity between me and my Colleagues, I told the Acting Dean of Diversity and Compliance that I had serious reservations about what he wanted to do and about his agenda. So, I refused. This is all in writing.

He learned of the allegations from one of my department email memos leaked to him. A Colleague had sent him a copy of the email. I use to write, but not anymore, lots of those, signing off sometimes as “A Cassandra.” The alleged Colleagues were not identified in the memo, and the Acting Dean of Diversity and Compliance wanted their names. Yes, I eventually learned the identity of the leak.

Subsequently, a Violence in the Work Place Complaint was filed against me, and the Chair of the Violence in the Work Place Committee conducted an investigation, which, I wrote in a response, was seriously flawed. For example, Colleagues, some who were supposedly interviewed for the investigation, supported a resolution at a faculty meeting with details about alleged behavior that obviously conflicted with the details supposedly provided to the investigator regarding alleged behavior at the faculty meeting. There is a lot more to this, too much to be revealed here.

I subsequently contacted the Office of Frederick P. Schaffer, General Counsel and Senior Vice Chancellor For Legal Affairs, about filing an ethics complaint against the Dean for Diversity and Compliance who also served as Chair of Hunter’s Violence in the Workplace Committee. I was advised to contact Hunter’s Campus Ethics Officer. I did and filed a complaint. There is a lot more to this. And so on, ad Infinitum.

I’m suppose to believe that all this is to be concealed from the list because it has to do with department politics?

G Morris

Gregg Morris, editor of the WORD and this site.

Gregg Morris, editor of the WORD and this site.

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