Calling on the CSU to Designate March 2, 2010 as
“A Day Without The CSU”
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) encourage campus Presidents who wish to designate one or more faculty furlough days in the spring to select Tuesday March 2nd as one of these days so that classes will not be offered on that date; and be it further
RESOLVED: In absence of campus Presidents selecting March 2, 2010 as a faculty furlough day, the ASCSU call on all CSU faculty who hold classes on Tuesdays to designate March 2, 2010 as one of their furlough days; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Fiscal and Governmental Affairs Committee will report to the ASCSU at the January 2010 plenary on the status of this endeavor on the 23 campuses; and be it further
RESOLVED: That this resolution be sent to the CSU Chancellor and Board of Trustees, CSU Presidents, Campus Senate Chairs (with a request to Senate Chairs to forward this resolution to all faculty), to the leadership of the California Community College and University of California Academic Senates, and to the leadership of the California Faculty Association.
RATIONALE: The unprecedented cut of over a half a billion dollars to state funding of the CSU has resulted in increased student fees, cuts in course offerings, denial of admission to eligible transfer students in spring 2010, possible delays in student graduation, cancellation of state-funded summer session on most campuses, and a furlough of faculty and staff. The faculty of the CSU can educate its stakeholders about the effects that deep cuts in state funding to the CSU have on students and the state. Cancelling all classes throughout the system on a single day will provide a powerful demonstration of the impact of state budget cuts on the CSU and provide an opportunity to educate our stakeholders about the lost opportunity for higher education faced by students denied access to the CSU. Given that March 2, 2010 is a Tuesday and the President’s Day holiday closure observed by many campuses is on a Monday, selecting March 2nd will balance class meeting reductions. It should not disadvantage faculty to designate one of their furlough days on this date, as at least nine furlough days are required in 2010.
Approved – November 5-6, 2009