Kalter was defeated, those in attendance rejected her agenda, at least that’s what I hear!
An email I received from Academic Senate Chair Susan Kalter:
The Dr of (I believe) English is WRONG. She called the meeting, therefore it is subject to the Open Meetings Act. This is no different than Koos inviting 2 council members to his house for a “chat”. ISU could shut off electricity to the room holding this virtual meeting or maybe send in the ISU police to stop it. If you do attend, you have a duty to stop Kalter from holding an illegal meeting.
By: Diane Benjamin
Have you ever heard of the Academic Senate? I’m an ISU grad and never heard of it. See how they describe themselves here: https://academicsenate.illinoisstate.edu/
The Academic Senate is the primary governing body at Illinois State University and provides for faculty and student participation in academic governance. The Academic Senate is the primary body to recommend educational policy of the University and to advise the President on its implementation.
It also serves as a method of transparent governance that permits access to the process of the Academic Senate.
Not so transparent, the chairperson Susan Kalter is controlling who can listen to this meeting. She rejected my request within 5 minutes.
The Academic Senate also isn’t the primary governing body. Just like government there are 3 branches: Administration, Board of Trustees, and the Academic Senate.
From the link above, click on Documents. A tentative agenda is posted. It isn’t written like an agenda, it looks more like the opinions of the chair: TENTATIVE All faculty meeting agenda
Included is also link to a letter addressed to ISU President Dietz. It is signed by 521 teachers, staff, students, and somehow parents. Many are anonymous and therefore should be ignored. Opinions people aren’t willing to put their name on, regardless of the consequences, mean zero. Stand and be counted or shut up.
This is the letter: Planning for Health, Safety, and Equity at ISU
It looks to me like Dr. Susan Kalter doesn’t want to have students on campus, maybe she likes hanging out at home in her PJ’s all day. She must not realize college is much more than sitting in a class. Parents aren’t going to pay the ISU tuition so kids can sit on a computer in their home. If students aren’t back on campus this fall there is little reason for ISU to exist, on-line classes are available in lots of places and for less money. Of course the Town of Normal will be devastated along with ISU.
Kalter claims the press is not allowed at this meeting. I wonder of WGLT will be there? I wouldn’t be surprised if a no confidence vote is taken against Dietz. Somebody who attends will have to let us know.