Open Letter to Jay Roman, Former Chair of the Department of Film and Media Studies, Hunter College, City University of New York
Dear Jay, after you read my letter please contact me as soon as you can. It’s important that we talk. To give you an idea what I want to talk about, below is a long ago post from one of my blogs. Issues are still simmering. I’ve also written former chair Stuart Ewen; yet to hear from him; time’s running out for that erstwhile Colleague.
[I have been considering writing an open letter to Peter Parisi too, keeping in mind, De mortuis nil nisi bonum. But I believe enough time has passed, so it’s on to, Dic quidquid vis de mortuis, si merenturi.
Attention Jay Roman, Chair of the Department of Film and Media Studies at Hunter College, City University of New York–Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
As the fall 2014 semester begins, I believed this is a good time for a moment of recollection. The Hunter College Senate this past spring upheld my appeal of a D:F/M Grade Appeals Committee decision to give a passing grade of B to the worst cheating student in all my years of teaching, not just at Hunter but at Rutgers. And LIU, Brooklyn Campus.
Grade appeal procedures were again not followed even though Grade Appeal Chair Timmy Portlock insisted that they were. If procedures had been followed, I wouldn’t have had to file an appeal and the department would not been smeared with another stain, though I believe D:F/M wears the stains as a coat of arms.
I also provided what I believed were important reasons why specific committee members should have recused themselves. This has to do with the Faux Collegiality of D:F/M (most notably in its phony Violence in the Workplace Complaints). I suggested that Colleagues who breached Academic Collegiality (by trying to disrupt my classes or office) should recuse themselves because there was no way I could imagine them being imparitial. The committee members ignored my warnings…