Statement of Michael Bailey, Executive Director,
Michigan Conference, American Association of University Professors
I am Michael Bailey, Executive Director, Michigan Conference, American Association of University Professors. I have been asked to speak in the place of Professor Susan Moeller, President of the Michigan Conference, who is laid up with back surgery and cannot be here.
When our Executive Board read the details of the proposal of the Wayne State University Administration, essentially to end tenure at the University, they were shocked. They could not imagine that any Administration at a respectable Research University would make such a radical proposal. Tenure protects academic freedom, and any attack on tenure is an attack on academic freedom.
The Executive Board voted for the Conference to do whatever it could to voice its concerns and to let others in academia know what was being proposed at the University. The decision was taken to initiate an online petition to protest this proposal. This petition was initiated and nearly 6,000 persons from across the nation have signed it. The petition states: