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Court Sets Future Date for Hearing on Faculty Lawsuit

(Oct. 3, 2006) – The Los Angeles Superior Court today set Jan. 11, 2007 as the hearing date for an amended complaint by the California Faculty Association against the California State University alleging a violation of the Open Meetings Act.

The CFA, who represents more than 22,000 faculty members and lecturers at 23 campuses, had originally filed a petition alleging the CSU violated the Open Meetings Act when it did not discuss in open session the return of former CSU Chancellor Barry Munitz to the campus of Cal State Los Angeles.

However, on July 28, 2006, after the filing of CSU’s motion to dismiss, the CFA admitted that its original Open Meeting Act claim and its claim for violation of the Public Records Act were both groundless, and filed a motion to amend the complaint to allege an alternate Open Meeting Act theory, claiming that the CSU Trustees were not permitted to discuss Munitz’s employment in a closed session. The court granted the motion to amend with the next hearing date set for Jan. 11, 2007.

Munitz rejoined the faculty under the CSU’s “Trustee Professor Program” that was approved by the CSU Board of Trustees in 1981. The program provides for former system executives appointed before 1992 to return to a CSU campus. The policy has since been superseded by an executive transition program for campus presidents and executives.

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Last Updated: October 3, 2006

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