University of Oregon strike hits 8th day

U of O faculty say board of trustees grabbing their authority

Members of the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation hold a picket line at the University of Oregon Dec. 2. (KEZI)
Members of the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation hold a picket line at the University of Oregon Dec. 2. (KEZI)

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Amid a strike of graduate assistants that went into an 8th day Tuesday, University of Oregon faculty members say the school’s new board of trustees is moving to usurp their authority over academic matters.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports that faculty members are protesting against a policy proposal that declares trustee decisions supersede “all related and existing university authorities, policies and procedures.” They say that would even repeal the school’s 1876 charter.

The school’s interim president, Scott Coltrane, acknowledges faculty mistrust and communication failures, but he says the trustees don’t intend any of those things.

Last year, prominent alumni led a successful move to get the school removed from the jurisdiction of the state Board of Higher Education and governed by a board appointed by the governor.

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